2018 Top Toys for Elementary School Children

By Aric Klar | Toy Guides

Nov 01

Check out our favorite products for elementary school children!

As your child begins to navigate and become more comfortable in school, children develop likes and dislikes, hobbies and what interests them. They are more self-aware and in return, more vocal. They are learning new things, making new friends and their needs in toys and products begin to change. Here at Toyology Toys, we always promote “toys that teach”, but during this age especially, it is important to make learning fun with educational toys and games. We make it easy to find toys that help them learn with toys that really interest them. With toys that spark interest in STEAM like the Circuit Scribe Maker Kit or STAX, our insanely magnetic building blocks, we’ve got you covered! Here’s our list of top toys for your child navigating elementary school!

 

STAX

Insane, magnetic, building blocks – STAX!

Ages: 8+

STAX are insane magnetic building blocks designed for kids and “kidults” ages 8-108. Each set comes with 28 pieces and 1 magnetic tray. Each set of STAX contains an array of colors. Collect all 6 colorways or collect all of your favorite colors. STAX will entertain kids and “kidults” for hours, inspiring creativity and imagination is what STAX are all about.

  • 12 x Squares (1″ x 1″)
  • 8 x Equilateral Triangles (1″ x 1″)
  • 4 x Right Triangles (1.35″ x 1″)
  • 4 x Acute Triangles (2.35″ x 1″)
  • 1 x Magnetic Tray

Ribbon Ninja

Think like a fox… Move like a monkey… Strike like a cobra…

Ages: 6+
  • Active game of trying to snatch your opponents’ ribbons before they snatch yours
  • Encourages active play, coordination, strategy, quick thinking
  • Active fun that’s sure to keep everyone on their toes
  • Everyone gets 3 ribbons of his or her own color
  • Place 2 ribbons on one hand, 1 on the other
  • If all ribbons are taken from one hand, put that hand behind your back
  • Last ninja standing with at least one ribbon left wins the game
  • Includes 6 wristbands, 18 ribbons in 6 colors
  • Detailed game rules and instructions included
  • High-quality materials – Lasting durability, exceptional game-play experience
– courtesy of Fat Brain Toys

Boom Brick

Boom Brick by On Trend Goods is a one of a kind way to play your favorite music!

Play music anytime, anywhere with this speaker system. All you have to do is play music from your device, set it on top of the speaker and watch the magic happen. Charge via USB for a 6-8 hour battery life or keep plugged in to keep the party going.

  • No Bluetooth Required
  • No Cables or Wires
  • Compatible with any device
  • No Batteries Needed
  • Stereo Quality
  • Touch Release

 

KiiPix

We’ve got to be real with you: instant cameras seem like a great idea but in reality, they’re unlikely to see much use.

Ages: 8+
  • Turn your smartphone photos into IRL vintage masterpieces
  • Stupidly easy to use
  • All you need is your smartphone and film
  • No WiFi, app, batteries or cables needed!
  • It’s basically magic
  • Lovingly built by the innovative wizards at Tomy

Please note:

  • Film not included
  • Neither is the smartphone, obviously
– courtesy of TOMY

Ava, age 11 , uses KiiPix to print Polaroids of her and her friends!

Circuit Scribe
Basic Maker Kit

The Basic Kit is an entry level kit with a full-size pen, light outputs, and so much more!

Ages: 8+

Explore basic circuit concepts like conductivity and work up to creating a touch-sensitive circuit using the NPN transistor and the included guided workbook.

The Basic Circuit Kit Plus contains a workbook with 27 pages of lessons that work through resistance, elements in parallel and series, open circuits and short-circuits, and more.

6 Modules:

  • 9V Battery adapter with 9V battery 
  • x2 Bi-LED 
  • SPST Switch
  • NPN Transistor
  • 2-Pin Adapter with 5x resistors (100, 1k, 10k, 100k and 1M ohm), 2x capacitors (0.1uF, 1.0uF), and one photoresistor (10k ohms)

Additional Items:

  • Conductive Ink Pen
  • Circuit Stencil 
  • Jumper Sticker Sheet
  • Workbook (Optional) 
  • Steel sheet
– courtesy of Circuit Scribe

Mixed By Me Hypercolor Kit

When the mixing is done, the fun’s just begun!

Ages: 8+

Each kit includes five tins of clear putty, three Chiller concentrates, three thriller effect putties, and an instructional mat—everything you’ll need to make awesome heat-sensitive Thinking Putty just like Crazy Aaron himself! 

Play with your new creation and watch as the putty changes color right before your eyes. Need help creating the perfect mix? Learn from Crazy Aaron, he’s got a DIY recipe for every level of expertise.

You can even use the included colored pencils to decorate your tins to match. Don’t forget to use #mythinkingputty to share your creations with Crazy Aaron and the world!

  • Contents: Includes 5 tins of clear putty, 6 special effects (3 Chiller Concentrates, 3 Thriller effects), colored pencils, tin labels, and instructional mat
  • Materials: Non-toxic silicone
  • Never dries out!
  • Proudly made in the USA
  • Manufactured with the help of exceptional individuals challenged with disabilities
– courtesy of Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty 

Pepper Mint in
The Great Treehouse Engineering Adventure

In this story-based STEM kit, Pepper Mint visits her aunt who is a scientist researching primates.

Ages: 8+

She lives in a treehouse in the rainforest on the island of Borneo. The treehouse is not connected to the electrical power grid, but Pepper Mint and her aunt devise mechanical inventions to accomplish various tasks. They equip the treehouse with mechanical equipment using pulleys, winches, and gears, and learn lessons in physics. Projects include a rope ladder, a pulley to lift heavy objects into the treehouse, a rubber-band-powered lift, a rotating palm leaf umbrella, a zip line, a catapult, and a trap door. At the end of the story, Pepper Mint wires up a string of LED lanterns using conductive thread and a battery holder to light up the treehouse in the dark jungle night. While doing this, she learns about electric circuits. The kit includes materials to build the treehouse and do the projects, a full-color illustrated storybook and step-by-step instruction manual, as well as a scale Pepper Mint figurine.

– courtesy of Thames & Kosmos

Ozobot 2.0 Bit
Starter Pack

Coding and creativity in endless fun experiences!

Ages: 6+

Ozobot Bit blends coding and creativity in endless fun experiences. Bit uses optical sensors to read lines and OzoCodes—short color code sequences—that you draw with markers and paper. Use OzoCodes to command the bot to speed up, slow down, spin and more to complete mazes and challenges. The Starter Pack includes all of the necessary tools to ignite imaginations in ages 6 and up. Whatever your child can dream up, Ozobot Bit can do!

– courtesy of Ozobot

Codenames:
Harry Potter Edition

CODENAMES: Harry Potter™ is a fun, easy-to-learn cooperative word and picture deduction game for Harry Potter fans of all game levels.

Ages: 11+

Players help their teammates locate secret Agents who are concealed among a grid of Harry Potter references. Use only one-word clues to guide guessers to the right spots, or hidden Death Eaters will cost them the win. This co-op game is a great challenge for Harry Potter fans of all levels. Work together with multiple players on each team to increase your chances of locating all of the Secret Agents.

– courtesy of USAopoly

Stressed by Design - Purple Wave

Stressed by Design - Turquoise Tint

Stressed by Design - Salmon

Squeeze and stretch for peace of mind.

Ages: 8+
 

This “can’t put it down”, manipulative, tactile, soothing and stretchy ball helps ease your stress and give you peace of mind.

  • Clean
  • Stretchy
  • Soothing
  • Washable
  • Collect all designer colors

Magic: Gold Edition

Master the magical arts! With this extensive collection of magic props, you can easily learn, practice, and perform 150 incredible magic tricks and illusions to astonish spectators.

Ages: 8+

Magically guess birthdays, numbers, and colors. Levitate yourself and objects. Bend and restore metal. Practice dozens of tricks with playing cards: guessing, transforming, locating, and making cards vanish. Finally, amaze the audience with tricks that make a thimble appear, disappear, jump around, and pass through objects.

A 96-page instruction manual with color photographs illustrates how the tricks are performed. Video tutorials for the tricks are available online. For one magician, ages 8 and up, and many audience members. 

– courtesy of Thames & Kosmos

Super Slime Masterpiece Kit

Learn all about polymers by mixing two liquids together to make some amazing goo!

Ages: 8+

Mix and match colors to find the combination you like.  Watch as your Super Slime turns into a Super Slime Masterpiece.

– courtesy of Be Amazing! Toys

The Game of Space

The Ultimate Game of Magnetic Attraction!

Ages: 8+

 

THE WAY TO PLAY:

1. Divide magnetic rocks evenly between all players

2. Place game tiles based on the level of difficulty.

3. Turn by turn, place one magnetic rock down at a time. If a magnetic rock attracts to another magnetic rock, the player must pick up all connected rocks.

4. The first person to get rid of all their magnetic rocks wins!

THE DIFFERENT WAYS TO PLAY:

The game tiles create endless combinations for levels of difficulty.

  • This game will become an instant hit with any game board enthusiast.

  • Perfect for summer travel plans, whether a car, plane, or boat!

Gross Gummy Candy Lab:
Worms and Spiders

Gross new shapes, delicious new flavors!

Ages: 6+

 Mold your own delicious gummy worms and spiders using a natural gelatin-like ingredient called carrageenan that comes from seaweed. Flavor and sweeten your mixture with mixed berry and green apple flavors and then mold the gummy worms and spiders in the included mold. You can even add citric acid to make sour gummies! Learn about the scientific properties of natural polymers. Food ingredients included.

– courtesy of Thames & Kosmos

About the Author

Aric Klar is owner, co-founder and CEO of Toyology Toys