We’ve rounded up the best flying toys for kids, from helicopters to drones, motorized paper planes and kites. With high tech, low tech and a bunch of hybrid options in between, you’re sure to find something artfully areodynamic for the budding pilot or flying enthusiast in your life. While you’re at it, check out even more unique Christmas gift ideas for kids and everyone else who’s young-at-heart on your holiday gift list!
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The Air Hogs 2-in-1 Hyper Drift Drone can both race along the ground and fly through the sky at lightening speed. It includes a detachable drone, equipped with a turbo power source made for racing. Designed with a self-righting cage, this flier always lands upright and is ever-ready for lift off, even after a gnarly crash! Ages 8 and up.
Flight of Fancy
Low-tech and loads of fun, the Flying Bird goes 50 yards with the help of only a simple rubber band. And such vibrant colors and detailed design are unusual at this price. Ages 7 and up.
Play to Grin
Cheery swirls, sunbursts, and a smiley face decorate these Pocket Discs, handmade in Guatemala. The Classic disc is featherweight, making it (relatively!) safe for playroom tossing; the Sport one is heavier and will fly farther outdoors. Ages 5 and up.
Army games, safari adventurers, traffic and weather reporting — name it, and the Syma S107G 3 Channel RC Radio Mini Alloy Remote Control Helicopter can play along as it swooshes all over inside the house as well as the backyard. Compact in size, it's a cinch to steer and fly. Plus, this model is made with a high quality metal body frame that's built to endure dozens of crashes. Note: The S107G is recommended for kids over 14, but younger children can play in the company of adults.
The PowerUp 2.0 Electric Motor Paper Airplanes Conversion Kit will teach your kid to make next-level paper planes. PowerUp 2.0 motorizes a hand-made creation enough to power it for 30 seconds of flight with just a 20-second charge. This kit turns the hybrid object into a virtually unbreakable toy. The kit comes with a carbon fiber propeller shaft and durable propeller, as well as directions for building four different plane designs. For ages 8 and up.
Play It Forward
The simple Monkey Business Sports SkyRockets are propelled with kid power, using a handheld elastic launcher. The colorful red-and-yellow foil rockets hook into the slinglike loop and then shoot upward for hundreds of feet, but land sorftly (they're made of foam). The set comes with a mid-range rocket and two long-range ones, for targets both near and far. Ages 8 and up.
Sky's The Limit
Every childhood should have a toy like a Stunt Sport Kite in it — a beauty to behold, with a brilliantly colored, stylish design. This vibrant version is so easy to assemble, your kid can do it herself (just attach the bar and the strings); it also weaves and bobs well in strong winds, so go ahead and bring it to a wide-open space. Available in two other models. Ages 8 and up.
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He'll get to load up the side tube of the Blast Pad with a foam-topped missile, back up a few yards, and then take a running, flying leap onto the launching pad. The force of his weight sends air through the hose, pushing the missile skyward. It's so awesome. Ages 8 and up.