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  • Pierre the Maze Detective and the Great Coloring Adventure

    Pierre the Maze Detective and the Great Coloring Adventure

    Complete the exciting new spotting challenges, crack the mazes and color in the scenes. Can you help catch the pirate in his biplane? Can you rescue a stranded sailor? There’s also a werewolf who needs to find a magic potion as soon as possible, a lost professor, and even a sea-monster expert in search of a scary monster.

    Available at Laurence King and Amazon. MSRP $12.95

  • RoseArt 3D Coloring Color Blanks

    RoseArt 3D Coloring Color Blanks

    These aren’t just any ordinary forms, they’re an animal array of the most lovable, colorful sort. Whether you color these creatures on your own, or throw a party and share the fun with friends, this deluxe pack is sure to be a hit! Each set comes with a complete palette of markers which includes 3 metallic colors, for adding an extra touch of shine and shimmer.

    Available at RoseArt and Amazon. MSRP $29.99

  • Sticker Design Studio

    Sticker Design Studio

    Paint and print art that you can use to decorate almost anything else. To use begin, just squeeze a small amount of the paint onto the clear gel mat and use the roller to blend the paint into a fun design. Once you’re done, put your art onto a sticker sheet to transfer your creation and let it dry. Each of the repositionable stickers can be moved around whenever you’re ready for a fresh look.

    Available at Crayola and Amazon. MSRP $19.99

  • RoseArt Charminis Jewelry Studio

    RoseArt Charminis Jewelry Studio

    This set comes with over 100 charm pieces so you can put together endless charm combinations to create customized jewelry like never before. Select several sweet treats and fashion icons charm pieces that you want to turn into a charm. Brush with water, stack all the pieces together and watch as they instantly fuse! It’s as easy as that - no glue needed.  Add sparkle and shine to your charms with the included glitterizer!

    Available at RoseArt and Amazon. MSRP $14.99

  • RoseArt: Ultimate Artist

    RoseArt: Ultimate Artist Coloring Book + Super Tip Markers

    Mixed Media Coloring Book ($12.99) This book features 40 8”x10″” coloring pages in four fabulous mixed media pages: foil, translucent, fuzzy, artist paper.

    36 Supertip Markers ($6.99) Bold and bright, pastel-y and neutral, your collection runs the gamut—a true spectrum of colors to enjoy.

    Available at RoseArt and Amazon.

  • Magic Light Brush and Drawing Pad

    Magic Light Brush and Drawing Pad

    Color Wonder paints are specifically designed to work only on special Color Wonder paper, so they won't leave marks on the skin, furniture, or carpets. Simply dip the Magic Light Brush into any of the six included color paint pots, and the brush will magically light up to match the color you've chosen.

    Available at Crayola and Amazon. MSRP $19.99

  • Art with Edge Pencils and Markers

    Art with Edge Pencils and Markers

    Color FX Pencils: Featuring vibrant neon and metallic colors that add shimmering effects to art projects and coloring pages, a fun way to add depth and dimension to your artwork. Glitter Markers: Bring a shimmering touch of glitter to your drawings and coloring pages. Wedge Markers: Featuring a versatile chisel tip that gives artists total control over stroke width, these wedge markers create crisp, detailed lines and bold, thick strokes with equal ease.

    Available at Crayola and Amazon. MSRP $10.99 Each

  • smART Sketcher Projector

    smART Sketcher Projector

    The smART sketcher Projector injects more fun into drawing, coloring and writing with a simple to use app. Step-by-step instructions guide small or large hands through the entire process. Download photos from any mobile app, insert pre-loaded activity packs or download new photos from their website.

    Available at Smart Sketcher and QVC. MSRP $59.99

  • KLUTZ Make Your Own Bath Bombs Arts and Craft Kit

    Make Your Own Bath Bombs Arts and Craft Kit

    With this kit, you’ll learn the science behind creating the perfect fizz and make up to 12 colorful bath bombs in five different shapes-right in your own kitchen. Then dunk them in a bathtub full of water to release the sensational strawberry kiwi scent.

    Available at Scholastic and Amazon. MSRP $21.99

  • World War Books for Kids

    Chicago Review Press: History Books for Kids

    World War I for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by Kent Rasmussen - This book provides an intriguing and comprehensive look at this defining conflict that involved all of the world’s superpowers.This richly illustrated book goes in depth into such fascinating topics as turn-of-the-20th-century weaponry and the important roles animals played in the war and explain connections among events and how the war changed the course of history. 

    World War II for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by Kent Rasmussen - This book is filled with excerpts from actual wartime letters written to and by American and German troops, personal anecdotes from people who lived through the war in the United States, Germany, Britain, Russia, Hungary, and Japan, and gripping stories from Holocaust survivors. This collection of 21 activities shows kids how it felt to live through this monumental period in history.

    Available at Chicago Review Press and Amazon. $17.95

  • Rocketbook Intelligent Reusable Notebook

    Rocketbook Intelligent Reusable Notebooks

    Color Notebook ($22): Create colorful drawings with crayons, markers and colored pencils, then instantly send or save them using a mobile device and the Rocketbook App then wipe them totally clean with water in seconds.

    Everlast Notebook ($34): The Everlast is endlessly reusable and connected to all of your favorite cloud services. When you write using any pen from the Pilot Frixion line, your writing sticks to Everlast pages like regular paper. But add a drop of water… and the notebook erases like magic.

    Available at Get Rocketbook and Amazon.

  • Game On 2018

    Game On! 2018: All the Best Games: Awesome Facts and Coolest Secrets

    The most comprehensive guide to all the best games, tech, and YouTube stars features some of the year's greatest moments including exclusive interviews with YouTube legends like Minecraft superstar CaptainSparklez, top streamers and game developers. All games featured are rated T for Teen or younger keeping it appropriate for young gamers.

    Available at Scholastic and Amazon. MSRP $14.99

  • Funnybone Games

    Funnybone Games

    Array ($14.99) Players compete to place the highest number of multi color cards into multi-color patterns. Disruptus ($24.99) Disruptus asks players to look at objects and ideas and use different approaches — as determined by the roll of a die — to innovate.

    Spectracube an Art Game ($21.99) Spectracube encourages color-matching, sequencing, quick thinking, critical thinking.  Multiple styles of play - wild, quick, risky, eagle-eye, wait-your-turn. Funnybones Game ($9.99) Funnybones game offers 30 game challenges so the excitement never ends!

    Available at Funnybone Toys and Amazon.

  • Design Originals: Coloring Books for Boys

    Design Originals: Coloring Books for Boys

    Fantasy Adventure: Dragons, Dwarves, Elves, and Other Extraordinary Creatures ($9.99) Enter an enchanted land of awesome ogres, legendary dwarves, and supernatural beasts. This imaginative coloring book will cast a spell on colorists of all ages, with fantastic visions of mythical creatures.

    Loveable Dogs Coloring Book ($9.99) If you love dogs and you love to color, get ready for hours of relaxing creativity. Talented artist Brenda Abdoyan presents 32 dog-gone cute designs for you to bring to life with beautiful colors.

    Available at Fox Chapel Hill and Amazon.

  • Top Elf

    Top Elf by Caleb Huett

    The elves can't be kept on shelves in this hilarious middle-grade debut about what happens when Santa opens a contest to find his successor. Ages 8-12

    Available at Scholastic and Amazon. MSRP $16.99

  • Spy Code Safe Breaker

    Spy Code Safe Breaker

    Safe Breaker is an electronic game that challenges spy skill, memory, and luck! To start the mission, players pick a card and turn the safe combination to the corresponding number shown. Next, listen to the secret hint using your Spy Stethoscope as you gently press the fingerprint scanner to test the number. If the light is green, the safe will release some coins. If the light is red, you will get a clue. The spy who collects the five golden coins or two diamond coins first wins the game.

    Available on Amazon. MSRP $24.99

  • Spy Code Operation Escape Room

    Spy Code Operation Escape Room

    Do you think you have what it takes to escape? First, lock the belt on a player and set the timer on the belt. You must solve a series of three challenges, a Skill Challenge, Strategy Challenge and Luck Challenge to retrieve the key that unlocks your friend. If all the tasks are not solved within the time frame on the belt, the player wearing the belt stays captured and everyone loses.

    Available at Spy Code Toys and Amazon. MSRP $29.99

  • Secret Emoji Personal Diary For Kids

    Secret Emoji Personal Diary For Kids

    Most kids of secrets and this hardcover diary will keep it safe because of the invisible ink pen and black light! Kids can even write in the dark using the bendable clip-on LED book light with batteries included. Plus, the front page of the diary is lenticular which means it looks like 3D and creates an illusion of depth in the images. 

    Available at SmitCollc and Amazon. MSRP $27.99

  • Spy-Code Break Free

    Spy Code Break Free

    You are locked up in handcuffs, how fast can you Break Free? Use your lock-picking tool to escape and collect the most points if you Break Free the fastest. Break Free is a super-secret spy mission with challenging action skills. The objective of this fast-action game is to find the exit of the maze to open the handcuff the fastest. 

    Available at Spy Code Toys and Amazon. MSRP $19.99
  • Snow Queen Lottie Doll

    Lottie Dolls

    At Lottie, kids have helped to create a range of toys that they actually want to play with. Lottie Dolls empower children to be themselves and are based on the proportions of a 9-year-old child. The Snow Queen wears a silver, sparkly mask and a magnificent ice blue and frosty white gown studded with silver snowflakes!

    Available at Lottie and Amazon. MSRP $19.95

  • Jelt Timber-Camo

    Jelt Youth Belt

    A comfortable belt made with recycled materials. Super low profile, no buckle bulge. Airport easy, leave it on for security check. The grippy, inner gel holds on tight. Made from 100% recycled elastic. The versatile style is made for men, women, and kids. Also, XS is great for kids ages 9+! 

    Available at and Amazon. Price Starts at $24

  • FlipZee Girls Zandy

    Flip Zee Girls 2-in-1 Plush Doll

    Two dolls in one, unique, soft, and cuddly Flip Zee Girls easily convert from a 12-inch cuddly baby to a stylish 18-inch big girl doll complete with soft, colorful hair and a chic dress that’s sure to impress.

    Available on Amazon. MSRP $29.99

  • Babytime! Fruity Fun Care Bundle Pack

    Babytime! Fruity Fun Care Bundle Pack

    Artificial fragrance-free, these sweet-smelling goodies are naturally scented with safe, fun and allergy tested fresh plant extracts like bubbly tangerine, calming lavender, sweet cherry, and juicy plum to make bath time fun. Includes Playful Wash, Peaceful Bubbles, and Snuggly Lotion.

    Available at Babytime USA and Amazon. $35

  • 3Doodler Start Powerpuff Yourself Pen Set

    3Doodler Start Powerpuff Yourself Pen Set

    The 3Doodler Start allows kids to bring their ideas to life in 3D with the 3Doodler Start Powerpuff Yourself Sets you can create your own unique Powerpuff characters in 3D! This 3D printing pen is designed with no hot parts and uses low heat BPA-free, non-toxic Plastic so it’s completely safe for kids aged 8+.

    Available at The 3Doodler and Amazon. MSRP $69.99


  • November Geek Fuel

    Geek Fuel Monthly Subscription

    Geek Fuel monthly mystery box is filled with exclusive games, toys, gear, collectibles, and all things epic. Pictured is the November box filled with Star Wars Rogue One, Deadpool, and Jurassic Park Fallen Kingdom.

    Available at Geek Fuel. MRSP $24.90 Monthly, 3, 6, and yearly plans also available

  • Torpedoed! A World War II Story of a Sinking Passenger Ship and Two Children's Survival at Sea

    Torpedoed! A World War II Story of a Sinking Passenger Ship

    Torpedoed! vividly re-creates the events surrounding the attack on the Athenia, the first ship lost in the battle of the Atlantic. Through firsthand accounts, interviews with survivors, and powerful photos, award-winning author Cheryl Mullenbach brings to life the pre-war environment in America and Europe, the anxious days leading up to the surprise attack, the frantic rush to escape the sinking ship, and the long, terrifying night that Russell, Florence, and others spent in churning lifeboats battling the elements and imagining the worst.

    Available at Chicago Review Press and Amazon. MSRP $17.99

  • Tracer Racers Remote Control Twin Loop Set

    Tracer Racers Remote Control Twin Loop Set

    With a glow-in-the-dark dual loop, 4 dual glow-in-the-dark corners, over 36 feet of glow-in-the-dark track, 2 remote control Tracer Racers, and 16 X-BLOX construction brix, racing, in the light and the dark, will never be the same. Each Tracer Racer beams down purple light rays from its undercarriage onto track specially engineered to emit glow remnants long after the racer has passed.

    Available at Skullduggery and Amazon. MSRP $99.99

  • Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy

    America’s Greatest Game Shows: Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy

    Bring your family and friends together with America's game, Wheel of Fortune, the most-watched program on TV, and America's favorite quiz show, Jeopardy! Now, for the first time in full HD, you can test your reflexes, show off your smarts, and experience the thrill of these classic shows with friends and family at home or with thousands of active players online.

    Available on Amazon. MSRP $19.99

  • The LEGO Trains Book by Holger Matthes

    The LEGO Trains Book by Holger Matthes

    Learn the model-making process from start to finish, including the best ways to choose a scale, wheels, motors, and track layout. Get advice for building steam engines, locomotives, and passenger cars, and discover fresh ideas and inspiration for your own LEGO train designs. For ages 10+

    Available on Amazon. MSRP $24.95

  • PLAYMOBIL Pharaoh's Pyramid

    Playmobil: Pharaoh’s Pyramid

    Five chambers within Pharaoh’s Pyramid, hide precious treasures protected by tricky puzzles and sneaky traps. Discover the room filled with jewels and golden riches or climb the stairs to enter the tomb chamber complete with mummy. Watch out for the booby trap! Remove the pyramid walls, sneak through the revolving door, but be careful, there might be some skeletons or spiders hiding in the shadows.

    Available at Playmobil and Amazon. MSRP $69.99
  • Playmobil NHL Sets

    Playmobil: NHL Sets

    NHL Locker Room Play Box ($24.99) Open the two front panels to reveal a locker room full of hockey gear, a player, and game-play strategies. Perfect for on-the-go play, all the pieces can be stored inside this portable set.

    NHL Shootout Carry Case ($17.99) This compact take-along case lets your youngster explore their imagination and choose their favorite teams to face off. When playtime is over, simply store the pieces inside the case for next time!

    Available at Playmobil and Amazon

  • Kids Christmas Music

    Kids New Music CD’s

    Lisa Loeb - Lullaby Girl: Fresh and dreamy arrangements of 13 classic songs from a variety of genres. Available at Lisa Loeb and Amazon

    Jack Forman - Songs from the Monkey House: These 12 new original songs are not just songs for babies; families with older kids ages five and up will find worlds of fun and memorable melodies. Available at Jack Forman Music and Amazon

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo  - Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around the World: “We want parents to have a collection of songs to listen to with their kids, songs that hold important messages", says group member Albert Mazibuko. Available at Mambazo and Amazon

    Brady Rymer & the Little Band that Could - Revvin' Up the Reindeer: Every track is inflected with the band's rootsy, feel-good sound, recalling beloved seasonal standards. Available at Brady Rymer and Amazon

  • Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey

    Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey

    No one loves Christmas more than Pig. And the world's greediest pug will stay up all night to get his presents! When Pig yips at Santa and finds himself joining in on the flying sleigh ride, things quickly get out of hand in a way that is pure Pig pandemonium.

    Available on Amazon. MSRP $14.99

  • LEGO NINJAGO How To Draw Ninja, Villains, And More! Drawing Set

    LEGO NINJAGO How To Draw Ninja, Villains, And More! Drawing Set

    Learn how to draw favorite characters from the world of LEGO NINJAGO with this step-by-step tutorial. Train your fingers with beginner-friendly draw-in-the-blank pages, tracing activities with easy inking and coloring practice sections. Then practice techniques to sketch, ink, and color right inside the book, using the included mechanical pencil, black marker, block eraser, and colored pencils.

    Available on Amazon. MSRP $16.99

  • Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey

    Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey

    Thelma dreams of being a glamorous unicorn. Then in a rare pink and glitter-filled moment of fate, Thelma's wish comes true. She rises to instant international stardom, but at an unexpected cost. After a while, Thelma realizes that she was happier with her ordinary, sparkle-free self. So she ditches her horn, scrubs off her sparkles, and returns home, where her best friend is waiting for her with a hug.

    Available an Amazon. MSRP $14.99

  • Piper Computer Kit

    Piper Computer Kit: DIY Computer that Teaches STEM and Coding

    This DIY kit for kids that uses Minecraft and Raspberry Pi to teach them the fundamentals of electronics, coding, engineering, and problem-solving, while instilling confidence and fostering creativity. Kids assemble a handcrafted wooden toolbox and screen into a computer, and then move on from their engineering feat to code and program the computer through step-by-step instructions provided within the 3D world of Minecraft. 

    Available at Build Piper and Amazon. MSRP $299

  • Star Wars Deco Mini 3D Lights

    Star Wars Deco Mini 3D Cordless LED Wall Night Light

    The wall light is shaped just like each character (C-3PO, Han Solo, Yoda, R2-D2, Chewie, Trooper, Luke, Boba Fett, Vader, and Leia) and comes with a character name sticker which allows you to position the light correctly on top of it. The light is cordless, battery operated and stays cool to touch. The wall light also comes with everything for an easy installation and long lasting LED bulbs which will never require changing.

    Available at 3D Light FX. MSRP $9.99 Each

  • Nerf Nitro MotoFury Rapid Rally Set

    Nerf Nitro MotoFury Rapid Rally Set

    Kids can create awesome stunts as they fire foam cars from blasters that feature the power and performance of the Nerf brand. Blast into stunts to go high, go far, go fast. Nerf Nitro sets come with accessories to set up all kinds of car-blasting stunts and challenges.

    Available at Hasbro Toy Shop and Amazon. MSRP $49.99

  • Star Wars Nerf First Order Stormtrooper Deluxe Blaster

    Star Wars Nerf First Order Stormtrooper Deluxe Blaster

    First Order Stormtooper blaster features GlowStrike technology that charges the darts to make them glow when fired. The blaster’s acceleration button powers up the motor for motorized action and unleashes 12 darts in a row with clip-fed blasting.

    Available at Hasbro Toy Shop and Amazon. MSRP $79.99

  • Poo-nicorn Plush

    Poo-nicorn Plush

    Bloopy, Blossom, Lolly, Skyla, and Fawna each have their own unique personalities and magical powers in the Poo-niverse, making them the perfect team and best of friends. The Poo-nicorn PlushiPalz, Droplings, Poo-nicorn Plushiez, and pillows make a poo-fect holiday gift!

    Available on Amazon. Prices Vary

  • Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children's History of Art

    Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children’s History of Art

    A journey through 40,000 years of art, from prehistoric cave paintings right up to the present day. Discover artists and their art around the world. Written by educator and art historian Michael Bird, and illustrated by Kate Evans, the book also features reproductions of the famous artworks discussed, a comprehensive timeline of events, and extra feature spreads on places connected with art.

    Available at Laurence King and Amazon. MSRP $22.95

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    December 1, 2017 at 11:21 am

    My boys would go crazy over the Tracer Racers Remote Control Twin Loop Set. The two youngest each have a collection of hot-wheels cars. They love to show me each and everyone.

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    Amber Ludwig
    December 17, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Love those Playmobil sets!! My son adore role playing and really just making his toys talk to each other!! He could get a kick out of all the Playmobil sets!! In fact, we got him the Ghostbusters one for Christmas this year!

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