Toddlers / Preschool / Early Years

Christmas 2019 Gift Ideas for Kids: Elementary School Age

There are tons of toy options for Elementary age kids.  Toys that are from the latest TV shows, ones that flash and make noise, and that have all the bells and whistles.   The issue that I often have is that there are tons of options, but most lack quality.  As my sons get older I still want things that grow with them and help inspire their creativity.

Here are a few of my favorite finds this year:


Botley Coding Robot:  Botley is a great way to introduce kids to coding.  It is screen free and comes with a 45 piece set to create obstical course for navigating botley around.

Marble runs are something that both of my boys love.  A big thing for both of them is having a variety of ways to build and rearrange the marble run, as well as having choices in drops, spirals and more.  These are two of our favoirte marble runs.Gravit 2

  • Ravensburger Gravitrax:“What is GraviTrax? With the GraviTrax interactive track system, you can design and build your own marble runs and experiment with gravity, magnetism, and kinetics to propel your marble to the finish. With a variety of tiles, levels, tracks and elements, you can control the speed of the marble.The open-ended building concept offers endless possibilities to design a different track every time you play. Add flair and speed to your tracks with expansion sets and action accessories. Experience the power of gravity with this epic marble run toy.”  (Description taken from
  • Quadrila:  “Quadrilla’s unique wooden marble-run system is a lot like coding, and a perfect platform for STEAM learning. ”  (Description taken from

Technic Lego:  All Lego is amazing.  There is a wide range of the technic (some that is very expensive), however there is a range of technic that is between $15 to $50.  What I like about the technic is that it is a little more detailed and resembles model cars but can be played with.

Games:  Whether for quiet time, or to play with friends and family, games are always a big hit. Slamwich.png

  • Slamwich : “Flip and stack this clever loaf of cards to build slamwiches and double-deckers. Tomato, onion, tomato… slap! Get there first and win the pile. But watch out – you’ll have to catch the thief and stop the muncher from stealing the stack of cards. When you’re out of cards you’re out of the game. The player who collects all of the cards wins.” (Description from
  • Too Many Monkey :  “Primo the Monkey was fast asleep until his friends swung by for a surprise pajama party! Help Primo chase away the primate pranksters by flipping and swapping cards in numerical order. Watch out for elephants and giraffes who want to crash in on the fun. And if you’re lucky, draw a wild monkey card to clear out the room in one clean sweep! The first player to stop the monkey mayhem and get Primo back to bed wins.” (Description from Punch
  • Fruit Punch Card Game : “Players scan the cards as they’re flipped to find five of the same fruit, then race to squeak the banana. The first player to bop it keeps all of the face-up cards and play continues. Everyone looks for five fruits at once, so there’s no waiting–it’s a full-on fruit frenzy!”  (Descriptions from Roads & Rails
  • Rivers, Roads, & Rails Board Game :  “An ever-changing matching game. Build a world of rivers, roads and rails. Each card has to connect perfectly to the next to create an intricate network of transportation. Plan ahead, form pathways and be the first to use up all your cards to win the game. Includes three different game variations.”  (Description from Shot 2019-11-19 at 9.54.52 PM
  • Dragon Dash Board Game : “A Noggin Playground cooperative early learning game for kids.  This means that all players are teammates and have the same goal. Either everyone wins, or everyone is defeated!” (Description from
  • Ticket to Ride First Journey: “Ticket to Ride: First Journey is the perfect introduction to the Ticket to Ride series. Players collect train cards, claim routes on the map, and try to connect the cities shown on their tickets to achieve victory. So climb aboard and embark on your very own railway adventure!”  (Description from

For more game ideas and suggestions check out this blog  It has recommendations for all ages including family games!

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