2013 Holiday Toy Guide

Here are our favorite new Stocking Stuffers

Radz candy dispensers from Radz Brands come with in all sorts of fun characters and they open their mouths, stick out their tongues and offer candy pellets. Plus they come with an online game code. Ages 4 and older. At BeanHead Toys, Kazoo Toys and Learning Express. $4.99-$6.99; refills, $1.50

Show your team spirit with College Team Trains, wooden trains in team colors with team logos. The trains are compatible with Thomas and Brio. Buy Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators trains and stage a wreck! Ages 3 and older. At BeanHead Toys, Cutie Pies, Hobbytown (Kennesaw), Kazoo Toys,  Learning Express and Shenanigans. $17.99

Erector Micro Kit Helicopter, Bi-Plane and F1 are made for the boy or girl who loves putting things together. Each kit has 30-plus parts, tools and instructions. Ages 8-15. At BeanHead Toys, Kazoo Toys and Learning Express. $6.99

Learn a little science with this fun activity, the Floating Ball Game from Schylling. Blow into the wooden tube and see how long you can make the Styrofoam ball float. Ages 3 and older. At landofnod.com. $3.95

Bouncy and fun, Y’all Balls from Joint Merchant are colorful, soft and durable, plus the surface is washable. Sizes range from 6-inches to 40-inches. Ages 3 and older.. At BeanHead Toys, Kazoo Toys and Learning Express. 6-inch ball, $6.99

Play-Doh Color Sticks from Hasbro are the perfect size for small hands and small sculptures. Best of all they come in lots of cool colors in 1 oz. packs. Ages 2 and older. At major retailers. Grab n Go Brights Pack with six sticks, $1.99; Box o Color set of 16 sticks, $4.99; Rainbow Pack with 33 sticks, $9.99

Young children will have a starry night and comforting presence with Pillow Pets Dream Lites Minis from OnTel. Squeeze the light, disguised as a critter, for instant starlight. Ages 3 and older. At major retailers. $12.99

The new Optari Mini Loom is an ideal take-along craft that’s easy to do everywhere! All materials are included to make up to six colorful rubber band bracelets to share or keep. Our tween testers were expertly weaving in no time and showing off their handmade accessories. Ages 8 and older. At local specialty toys stores. $5.99

Every stocking needs a lump of coal – who hasn’t been a bad little girl or boy at least once in the past year? Marbles are extra fun with this Lump of Coal marble game from Fabricas Selectas USA. Ages 3 and older. At Richard’s Variety Stores. $3.49

Puppet-on-a-Pen by Motivation USA is the perfect silliness to ease the tension in a homework assignment. Pull down a lever to make their mouths move and say what comes to mind, “Ma, can I do this later?” Set of three. Ages 8 and older. At amazon.com. $15

Be sure to check out our Holiday Gift Guide with top picks for all ages- Baby and Toddlers, Preschool, Early Elementary, and Tweens!