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Best Toys for Kids 8-12

  • Air Hogs Hyper Actives Pro R/C Vehicles 1 of 25
    Air Hogs Hyper Actives Pro R/C Vehicles
    Racing these micro-sized speed demons is the closest our kids will ever come to doing 450 mph (we’re talking speed to scale, of course) on dry land.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $39.99 »
  • Angry Birds Knock On Wood Game 2 of 25
    Angry Birds Knock On Wood Game
    The Angry Birds experience meets family game night, complete with catapults that allow us to fling our favorite creatures from the smartphone smash.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $11.89 »
  • Beyblade: Metal Masters Triple Battle Set 3 of 25
    Beyblade: Metal Masters Triple Battle Set
    With its launchers, stadium, collector’s cards, and two exclusive metal tops, this set has everything your Metal Master needs to host a Beyblade battle.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $31.99 »
  • Brainstring Advanced 4 of 25
    Brainstring Advanced
    We were drawn to this brain-twisting puzzle based on its quizzical looks alone — but ever since we started twisting and pulling its elastic strings, we’ve been positively tangled up in it. Rubik’s Cube, meet your match …
    Get it from Amazon, $14.11 »
  • Bleacher Creatures Plush 5 of 25
    Bleacher Creatures Plush
    Bleacher Creatures scale down NFL and MLB players into 14” plush sizes, making them perfect for older kids who like to pretend they’ve outgrown stuffed toys.
    Get it from Amazon, $21.99 »
  • Calafant Treehouse 6 of 25
    Calafant Treehouse
    Not only is this 22” high treehouse way cooler for imaginative play than any plastic castle, but it also comes un-colored and unassembled, so kids are free to really make it their own.
    Get it from Creative Toyshop, $24.99 »
  • Clue: World of Harry Potter Edition 7 of 25
    Clue: World of Harry Potter Edition
    Along with its familiar spells and characters, this Hogwarts-themed edition of the classic board game lets us use the Floo Network to sneak in and out of rooms.
    Get it from Amazon, $26.48 »
  • Crainium Brain Breaks 8 of 25
    Crainium Brain Breaks
    It might fit in the palm of your hand, but the newest Cranium is big on entertainment, with 200 brainy games that the entire family can play — in 60 seconds or less.
    Get it from Amazon, $12.96 »
  • FunGoPlay Membership and Sports Gear 9 of 25
    FunGoPlay Membership and Sports Gear
    FunGoPlay bridges online gaming with the real world by rewarding kids for physical activity. Join for a year and you get the soccer ball and disk, which unlock rewards when kids play with them.
    Get it from FunGoPlay, $6.95 - $59.95 »
  • JAKKS Pacific I Am T-Pain Mic 10 of 25
    JAKKS Pacific I Am T-Pain Mic
    Even if they don’t know T-Pain from tea time, kids will love giving their voice the robotic R&B treatment with this microphone, which also lets you sing along to your own MP3s.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $39.95 »
  • Ji Ga Zo 300 Piece Puzzle 11 of 25
    Ji Ga Zo 300 Piece Puzzle
    Ji Ga Zo’s shaded pieces can be assembled into literally any picture you like. Simply upload a photo, and Ji Ga Zo’s icon map provides instructions on making its pieces fit your puzzle.
    Get it from Amazon, $8.55 »
  • LEGO HEROICA Castle Fortaan Game 12 of 25
    LEGO HEROICA Castle Fortaan Game
    We love that LEGO games are always “assembly required.” In this edition, you build your human and goblin hordes and roll the dice in a battle to reclaim your castle.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $27.99 »
  • LEGO Ninjago Limited Edition Lightning Dragon Battle 13 of 25
    LEGO Ninjago Limited Edition Lightning Dragon Battle
    Kids already hooked on LEGO’s mega-popular Ninjago series will love this 645-piece set, which includes not just a dragon and ninja warriors, but also...a helicopter?
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $69.99 »
  • MOGO Design Charmbands and Charms 14 of 25
    MOGO Design Charmbands and Charms
    The classic charm band gets a contemporary upgrade with MOGO. Start with a basic bracelet, and add or swap bands and magnetic “jewels” as your collection grows.
    Get it from Amazon, $14 »
  • Monster High Ghoul Spirit Fearleading Doll 3-Pack 15 of 25
    Monster High Ghoul Spirit Fearleading Doll 3-Pack
    Nothing against blonde bombshells and their well-coifed boyfriends, but there’s something about the fierce, feisty Monster High crew that appeals to our inner misfit.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $42.99 »
  • Moshi Monsters Moshling Mini-Figures 3-Pack 16 of 25
    Moshi Monsters Moshling Mini-Figures 3-Pack
    These pint-sized beasties aren’t just fun to collect; they also have an online component that allows kids to build virtual worlds using the included codes.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $4.79 »
  • NERF Vortex Praxis Blaster 17 of 25
    NERF Vortex Praxis Blaster
    The literal big gun in NERF’s new Praxis series comes with 10 flying discs, a removable shoulder stock, and the ability to add accessories that make it even bigger and badder.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $24.99 »
  • Playmates Hearts for Hearts Girls Dolls 18 of 25
    Playmates Hearts for Hearts Girls Dolls
    Each doll in the Hearts to Hearts collection represents a global community, with proceeds from the dolls’ sales going toward nonprofit aid groups in the girls’ real-world homes.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $24.99 »
  • Playmobil Spy Camera Set 19 of 25
    Playmobil Spy Camera Set
    This USB camera and monitor work just fine on their own, but you can add them to the Playmobil Robo Gang Truck ($27.99; sold separately) for remote-controlled 007 play.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $84.99 »
  • Radica 20Q Artificial Intelligence Game 20 of 25
    Radica 20Q Artificial Intelligence Game
    We all know the game of 20 Questions, but this high-tech version adds impressive artificial intelligence to guess exactly what you’re thinking.
    Get it from Amazon, $7.50 »
  • Redakai Championship Tin with Cards 21 of 25
    Redakai Championship Tin with Cards
    Whether your kids are beginning Redakai players or seasoned warriors, this set includes everything they need to master the whirlwind trading-card game.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $22.49 »
  • Spy Gear Spy Safe with Magnetic Key 22 of 25
    Spy Gear Spy Safe with Magnetic Key
    Even for kids who aren’t spy-obsessed, this 10” tall safe is great for storing toys, journals, classroom notes, and other top-secret items.
    Get it from Amazon, $17.72 »
  • Terra Kids Experimental Box Knack of Knots 23 of 25
    Terra Kids Experimental Box Knack of Knots
    This kit includes ropes, winding cards, carabiner clips, and the instructions we need for getting tangled up in some good, old-fashioned knot-tying.
    Get it from Creative Kidstuff, $19.99 »
  • Wow Stuff My Keepon Dancing Robot 24 of 25
    Wow Stuff My Keepon Dancing Robot
    This dancing robot is big on personality and super-responsive to sound and touch — and, unlike big brothers or sisters, it never criticizes your taste in music.
    Get it from Toys “R” Us, $39.99 »
  • Wow Wee Paper Jamz Pro Series Microphone 25 of 25
    Wow Wee Paper Jamz Pro Series Microphone
    Easier on the wallet than a real P.A. system, this working cardboard (yes, cardboard) microphone and amp lets kids unleash their inner pop star, complete with voice effects.
    Get it from Amazon, $22.89 »
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