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School Years Toys of the Year

  • The best toys of the year are here! These 16 games and toys are educational, fun and perfect for kids from 5-12. The best part? You have a chance to win all of these mom-tested toys! Visit parenting.com/toys to find out how to enter our giveaways for the Early Years Toys of the Year and the School Years Toys of the Year once a day until December 14!

  • Riprider 360
    It's a trike on steroids, spinning out to shrieks of delight. And the joy will go on for a long time: Thanks to the 160-pound weight limit, our testers reported that teenage neighbors were begging for a turn. (5 and up; $99.99, razor.com)

    "We have to drag him inside! And it is sturdy enough for me to take for a spin. I love it, too!" --Sylvia Baker, mom of Mason, 5, Nacogdoches, TX

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  • Nitro Web Notebook

    With 70 language-arts, math, and science games, this portable plaything won over our moms. And the kids were hooked on the real-laptop look. (5 to 8; $49.99, vtech.com)

    "This is a very fun way for Julia to enhance what she learned in kindergarten." --Sarah Brown, mom of Julia, 6, Mechanicsville, MD

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  • Bop It! Party
    An obsession-worthy upgrade to classic Bop It!, the new party version is more challenging and begs to be played with a group. (8 and up; $19.99, hasbro.com)

    "Addicting! We especially like the new 'shout' skill." --Kim Feldhake, mom of Nicole, 10, Montevideo, MN

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  • Discovery Kids Safari Scope

    These big-time binoculars may look like a toy, but they're more like the real thing. Our moms couldn't get over how well they worked for the price. (6 and up; $49.99, jakkspacific.com)

    "He's amazed at how far he can see with it. We can spot things miles away." --Chelle Daly, mom of Kelden, 6, Chandler, AZ

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  • Mouse Match
    Will your mouse match the color of the cheese when he comes out of the tunnel? Simple rules and short rounds make this game a win-win. (4 and up; $19.99, fundexgames.com)

    "He would have played with it all night if I'd let him." --Rachel Skau, mom of Jason, 4, Clinton, CT

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  • Saucer Scramble
    As the colorful discs shoot out of the spaceship (six feet high!), players dash around trying to grab them midair. The first to catch five wins! The spaceship sounds add to the mood. (5 and up; $23.99, mattel.com)

    "She really enjoys chasing after the spinning discs. And it certainly gives her some exercise!" --Tammy Boyd, mom of Brooke, 6, Footville, WI

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  • King Me
    Here's a new twist -- literally. You get three variations on checkers; whenever a piece is kinged, twist it and a crown pops up. (8 and up; $18.95, winning-moves.com)

    "Good fun! In a video age, I like going old-school." --Heather Snyder, mom of Cameron, 11, Longview, WA

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  • Hyper Blast
    When the numbered balls fly out, kids hear commands that challenge them to find and replace the balls that represent certain number combinations, the sum of two numbers, the difference between two numbers... as quick as they can! (6 and up; $20, wildplanet.com)

    "I don't know who gets more laughs out of this game -- Liam, my husband, my parents, or me." --Ursula Carvalho, mom of Liam, 6, Wahiawa, HI

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  • Family Matters
    Learn each other's interests, fave things, pet peeves, and solve fake family crises playing this game that gets families talking. (7 and up; $25, betterindeed.com)

    "The questions are thought-provoking; we really like guessing each other's responses." --Kristen Henning, mom of Keegan, 7, Lakeville, MN

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  • Creator: Fiery Legend
    Building a fire-breathing dragon with moving wings (even if the fire is a light-up brick) makes for a kid's perfect day. But being able to rebuild it into a Chinese dragon and an ogre? Better clear the whole weekend. (7 and up; $39.99, lego.com)

    "The fact that it lights up and there are three different ways to build it makes it so much cooler than regular Legos." --Ashlee Maher, mom of Brennan, 8, Johnstown, PA,/p>

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  • The T-Shirt Game
    All you need for a satisfying, silly afternoon is this card game. Kind of like Mad Libs, you match funny slogans with outrageous pictures to create hysterical combos. (10 and up; $19.99, buffalogames.com)

    "We couldn't wait to see what the next T-shirt would be. We laughed and laughed at the crazy phrases." --Jennifer Ellis, mom of Rileigh, 12, Hampton, GA

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  • Mythbusters Weird World of Water
    Launch a water-powered rocket! Create a liquid rainbow! Test the strength of whirlpools! No wonder this kit was a smash with our tween testers. (9 and up; $19.99, elmers.com)

    "This is a cool toy that teaches chemistry as well as fun! He set it off three times the first day alone." --Suzanne Gallic, mom of Sebastian, 11, Warren, NJ

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  • Pool Sharks
    In this game of tabletop pool, shark sharpshooters replace cues. They can be adjusted to hit the ball hard or softly. (8 and up; $26.99, gamewright.com)

    "Well worth the money for any family game night! From the moment it arrived, it's been 'Can I play it now pleeeaaase?'" --Susan Littlefield, mom of Bryan, 9, Surprise, NE

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  • Eyeclops Night Vision 2.0 Goggles
    Covert operations in your backyard? Nocturnal investigations in your attic or basement? Moonlight hide-and-seek? Yes, yes, and yes. These goggles let kids see up to 50 feet in complete darkness. (8 and up; $59.99, jakkspacific.com)

    "He's absolutely flipped. He wants to play with them every night." --Denise Pope, mom of Kyle, 8, Colorado Springs

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  • Boggle Reinvention
    It's hard to improve on Boggle, but now the dice are enclosed in a plastic case, so no more lost letters. (8 and up; $13.99, hasbro.com)

    "Chantel and her friend get very creative trying to find words... and also trying to justify misspellings. This is exactly the kind of game a mom likes to see!" --Shayne McCaslin, mom of Chantel, 11, Tucson, AZ

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  • Make a Ruffle Rug
    Got a crafty kid? With this complete kit, it's easy to decorate a rug with T-shirt strips. Make designs, initials...whatever! Just stitch through the rug weave and snip the ends. (7 and up; $33, alextoys.com)

    "I like this a lot. It teaches patience and how to follow directions. And it gave her a completed project at the end." --Angie Scott, mom of Jessica, 10, St. Petersburg, FL

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