Simon Game

Did you have the Simon memory game when you were a child? This classic toy, originally launched in 1978, is back again, and this time updated with modern tech. The buttons are actually touch sensitive screens now. Improvements also include a screen that shows high scores, current round number, and animations.

Play by yourself, or with others in “party mode.” It’s addictive and awesome.

Perfect gift, because it’s fun and batteries are included!

Perplexus Maze Game by PlaSmart, Inc.

Perplexus Maze Game by PlaSmart, Inc.Wow! Are you looking for a toy that will challenge kids and adults of all ages?

Perplexus Maze Game is like a labyrinth toy that’s been spherized and twisted. It’s a 3D puzzle that you maneuver the marble through. Some parts are easy, others quite tricky.

No batteries required. Not a tech toy in the typical sense – but whoever built this probably used a lot of tech to get it just right. Multiple start points keep this game interesting too. This is a toy everyone will enjoy just as much next year.

4M Crystal Mining Kit

Is your tomboy a budding rockhound? Does she like to explore her backyard?

Here’s a great gift idea for a young girl who likes to dig! This is a unique science kit for children ages 5-12. It’s like a mineral collection, but the minerals are hidden in a plastic rock that you have to chip away at. There’s 8 gemstones hidden inside, all different types, and it comes with a magnification glass to help with identification.

This toy has so many positive reviews. It’s a treasure hunt that seems to hold the attention of lots of kids. So many parents took the time to write about their kids’ excitement. It even appealed to kids who were usually impatient or had ADHD. If you’re looking for a cheap and educational rainy day gift, give this a try and you might be surprised. Just one word of caution: wear safety goggles.

Toy Catapult Wooden Building Kit

I remember learning about the catapult in social studies class, and at that young age, it was quite fascinating that you could bend a plastic spoon to fling something across the room, and that this was similar to a war machine of long ago.

They didn’t have the plastic we have today, so medieval catapults were usually made out of wood. Here’s a wooden kit that makes building a functional catapult a lot of fun. If you want something super cool and educational for your older child or teenager, look no further. It’s not common that you find an educational toy that combines both history and science.

All I wanted for Christmas was a SuperSoaker..!

My neighbor had one of these and boy did I want one that summer! I had those little tiny dollar store water guns, and they were a joke in comparison.

I’m glad to see that over 20 years later, they’re still making them. This one is designed to soak your target
with lots of water. It will reach distances up to 25 feet away!

If you have an animal problem, like a wild animal eating your garden, or squirrels at your bird feeder, the customer reviews indicate this might be the right ‘toy’ for you as well. As an adult who loves to compete in outside games, I wish I had a flock of turkeys attacking my garden, so that I could buy one of these today.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

This book is so different from most books I read as a kid. It’s a historical novel about a 13 year old girl who was the only girl on a ship back in 1832. While on the ship, she is accused of murder and there is a mutiny. I remember learning about what a mutiny was from reading this book. It was published originally in 1990, and was awarded the Newbery Honor in 1991.

I think it appealed to me because she was a girl thrown into this adventure and I could really relate to her. The whole story is written like a diary so we get to read about her inner thoughts and feelings. As a teenager who thinks that “no one understands me” it is reassuring to find a fictional character to relate to, and one you might even call a “tomboy.” After completing the book, I imagined someday living on a ship!

Remote Control Helicopter

Syma S107G 3.5 Channel RC Heli with Gyro - Yellow
This little toy is a great gift idea that will impress older kids and adults! Although I always thought a remote control car would be fun, I think that this might be a better gift idea. It’s small and durable, so even if it crashes into the wall, it’ll likely still fly. It also has a built-in rechargeable battery, so you won’t have the added cost of batteries.

The packaging says it’s for ages 14 and up, but many of the reviews say that their middle aged children – even as young as age 6 – are able to get the hang of this. Remote controlling an aircraft is good for learning an abstract skill and if the child doesn’t get frustrated too easily, they’ll certainly enjoy the challenge. It is best flown indoors, because wind really can make it hard to control.

With over two thousand reviews and an average rating of 4 stars, this is definitely a winner!

Clue Board Game

Was it Miss Scarlet in the Conservatory with the wrench?

Board games like Clue provides for hours of family fun on rainy days. Clue was my favorite game, as I also read Nancy Drew mysteries, watched Colombo, and dreamed of becoming a detective. Solving a mystery is a fun tomboy thing – it means investigations, explorations, and doing daring things to uncover the real truth.

This clue board game will keep her our of harm’s way as she tries to be the first player to solve the mystery. The crime is in one’s imagination, but the challenge quite real.

Spy Goggles with Night Vision

For the tomboy who loves to run around outside, looking for enemies, bigfoot, or just the neighborhood cat, this is a fun toy that has working night vision. I’m sure it’s far from military grade, but it apparently actually does work.

I would love to go outside at night and see if there are any birds nesting in the bushes, and I can imagine my younger self playing spying games with my sister with this. This would make night time hide and seek a whole new game!

You can even put a micro SD card in these goggles and make recordings. It’s all around a pretty cool toy!

Bug Catcher Net and Tools

Grasshoppers, butterflies, crickets, lightning bugs, oh my!

Little kids are often fascinated with bugs. Here’s a set of tools that are perfect for the adventuresome girl who’s interesting in looking at insects up close. This set comes with a wrist compass, examination tank with magnifier, and bug transfer tweezers.

Whether you live in the countryside or the city, there’s always a bug to catch and examine. From the cute ladybug to the scary spider, kids are always interested in creepy crawlers and this kit will please the young tomboy.