Best Kids Games for Christmas 2019

Toys are great for kids, but often many toys are individualized, meaning children tend to play with toys by themselves.  That’s all well and good, but such play doesn’t promote interaction with other children, which can build excellent life skills such as cooperation and patience.  And that’s where games come in. Not just “board games”, but all kinds of games that allow your kids to have some competitive fun with other children or even adults.

When children play games they learn all sorts of valuable skills and life-lessons.  Cooperation, rule-following, patience, strategy, and also sportsmanship.  When such attributes can be instilled at a young age the child will be on a great start in life.

Here are some of our selections for top-rated and award-winning games that kids will love for Christmas or their birthday in 2019 and beyond.

Disney Villainous Board Game

Disney Villainous Game

Disney Villainous Game

Kids love their Disney heros and princesses, but they also have an attraction to the villains.  With the Disney Villainous Board Game kids play as their favorite evil-doers like Maleficent, Ursula, and Captain Hook.  Players take on the role of the villain and plan out their schemes in the way of the villain to reach their objective before the other villains.  In the process kids, I mean the villains, will set traps, wield curses, work with their evil allies, be genuinely diabolical.

The game is very well designed for kids, with oversized pieces, immersive storytelling, and a detailed scheming guide for each villain.  This game is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Monster Match Dice and Card Game

Monster Match Dice and Card Game

Monster Match Dice and Card Game

Here is a fun game for the younger crowd.  The Monster Match Dice and Card Game is great for kids ages 6 and up. It is a quick-paced game of catching, of all things, cute little donut-eating monsters.  When players roll the “Monster Dice” they hurry to find a monster that matches the dice rolled.  It’s a real challenge for the kids to find a monster matching either 3 eyes…or 4 arms!  Kids need to be quick and strategic in this game.  It’s pretty easy to learn and easy to play.

Unstable Unicorns Card Game

Unstable Unicorns Game

Unstable Unicorns Game

We like this simple little game.  With the Unstable Unicorns Game you can build a unicorn army because unicorns are your friends. Unstable Unicorns is a strategic card game about destruction and unicorns, two things that kids can really get into. The first person to build an army of 7 unicorns wins the game.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Dr. Biscuits’ Radical Road Trip

Doctor Biscuits Radical Road Trips

Doctor Biscuits Radical Road Trips

Dr. Biscuits’ Radical Road Trip is not just one game, it is a collection of 60 games for those long road trips where boredom can be a real problem.  There are 6 categories of games to choose from, each one containing 10 games. The Categories are: Everlasting Games, Logical Games, Ridiculous Games, Games for Humanity, Creative Games and Games Outside the Car. Your kids will be hard pressed NOT to find a game in this set that they’ll want to play.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Voice Originals: When in Rome Trivia Game

When In Rome Trivia Game

When In Rome Trivia Game

We found a more advanced game that is geared towards technologically-aware teenagers.  The When In Rome Trivia Game brings in an unlikely emcee: Amazon’s Alexa.  During the play of this game you prompt Alexa to ask the trivia questions that must be answered to progress through the game.  The game is geared towards world travel, and the questions accordingly focus on relevant categories such as slang and language, food and drink and random and strange.

This game does require that you connect to the ‘when in Rome’ skill on your Alexa-enabled device, such as the Amazon Echo. Players split into two teams, and compete each other to make new friends, earn upgrades and collect souvenirs in the cities they visit.  This is such an original game that we can’t leave it off our list.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

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Top Construction Toys for 2019

It may only be January, but we’ve already got some of the top toys lined up for the year to come.  Toy companies can’t wait until later in the year to finalize their toy production plans, so toys are release very early in the year to get exposure and to begin selling.

Let’s start our reviews with the Construction Toy category.  Lego is still a big player, but there are many other construction toys that are very popular with kids these days.  These other construction sets target different types of skills and attributes of the young builders. Let’s sett what we’ve got.

GeoSmart Flip Bot

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GeoSmart Flip Bot is a 30-pieces geomagnetic construction set that doesn’t just sit there.  This set includes turbo motors to get your finished product moving.  The remote vehicles can zoom, spin, and flip over. We like it as an ideal STEM magnetic construction set.  The set features bright colors, strong magnetic pieces and, for those worried about the magnet, a patented double-safety system.

Flip Bot’s turbo motors use internal, rechargeable batteries, while the remote control requires AAA batteries (sold separately).

Recommended for: Age 5 and up

Gravitrax Construction Set

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GraviTrax is not just a construction set – it is an interactive track system where kids can design and build custom marble runs. This STEM toy encourages experimenting with magnetism, gravity, and kinetics to transport each marble to the finish.

This construction toy set offers oceans of possibilities to design a different track every time.  Builds can be expanded with a variety of expansion sets and accessories.  (The set linked here is the Ravensberger starter set)

Recommended for: Ages 8 and up

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Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Machines in Motion

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Gears! Gears! Gears! is another unique construction toy set that is garnering awards in 2018 and 2019.  This set is for the younger kids who can build their own interactive machines and vehicles with included instructions that incorporate a wrecking ball, chains, pulleys, and wheels.  This set is ideal for boys and girls who like building and assembling things. Kids work together to build things they’ve designed.  There are plenty of pieces in this set – no more worrying about running out before your design is done.

Recommended for: Ages 4-8 years old

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Snap Circuits BRIC: Structures


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Snap Circuits Bric Structures combines Snap Circuits and compatible brics to energize your kids’ brick building experience.  Kids can wire up their brick builds with Snap Circuits lights, sounds, moving parts, and 3-D circuits.  In this way they can invent just about anything and make it go.  Snap Circuits features building components that have snaps to assemble electronic circuits that function like the printed circuit board found in many electronic products.

Recommended for: Ages 8 and up

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Toy Stores – Top Toys

Many stores such as Walmart, Amazon and Target release their annual list of hot toys for the holiday shopping season.  The stores themselves are not just guessing – they have the ability to predict the hot toys based on early buying patterns, such as for birthdays and other holidays.  So you have to take these lists seriously if you want to make sure your kids find the top toys waiting for them this year.

We  took a look at various store-based toy lists and we’ve picked out some products that we think will rise to the top of many kids’ wish lists.

LEGO Ninjago Building Kit

LEGO Ninjago Green Mech

LEGO Ninjago Green Mech

The latest LEGO movie Ninjago extends the popular dragon-based characters from the Ninja series.  This Ninjago Green Ninja Mech building kit has a fantastic 544 pieces and it puts kids right into the middle of the action.  This large figure sports a minifigure cockpit, articulated snapping jaws, posable body, and a wheel-activated swooshing tail.

The kit include four additional mini-figures The Green Ninja, Wu, Garmadon and Charlie, as well as an array of weapons.

We really like these LEGO building kits that kids can actually play with, rather than static kits that you pretty much put on a shelf and stare at.

K’NEX Thrill Rides Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set

K’NEX Thrill Ride Roller Coaster Kit

There are over 430 pieces in this exciting K’NEX Thrill Rides Roller Coaster building set.  After you receive the satisfaction of completing your build you then get to actually run the air-powered car around the track.  This looks like a really fun set similar to other K’NEX building sets such as the giant Ferris Wheel.

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox – Building and Coding

LEGO Creative Toolbox

With the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox you and your child can build one of five multi-functional robots and control them with the easy-to-use coding blocks on your tablet.  LEGO has come a long way into creating a robotic building set that combines technology education with the fun of building and reaching the final creation.  

This set is recommended for ages 7-12 years old.

Nickelodeon – Paw Patrol – My Size Lookout Tower

Nickelodeon – Paw Patrol – My Size Lookout Tower

The Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Lookout Tower is more than two and a half feet tall and features interactive lights and authentic sounds. Hear each character’s signature phrase with the press of a button.   There is also a rotating periscope and a central elevators that takes the mini-figures up and down.  And finally there are vehicle launchers along the base – ready for some exciting fun.

This set is recommended for ages 3 and up.

Lulu Jr. My Comic Book Making Kit

My Comic Book Building Kit

Enough with the high-tech toys and building kits.  This is the very unique My Comic Book Making Kit. Okay yes – it is technically a building kit, but in this case it gives you various tools to help you create your very own 18-page full-color comic book.  This kit will boost your child’s creativity and give them a sense of self-esteem when they’ve completed their book.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.


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10 Hot New Toys of 2017

Christmas is just a few short months away, and some really cool new toys are emerging as possible top-sellers that you’ll want to take a serious look at.  This list takes a different look at toys and games – not necessarily offerings from the huge toy franchises, but the unique and the cutting edge.

Fingerlings by Wowwee



Fingerlings are adorable baby monkeys that are curious about the world around them—starting with you! These interactive pets love to hang onto your finger, blink their eyes, turn their heads, blow kisses, swing by their tails, and talk in monkey babble!  Kids will just love to interact with them. There are a number of different Fingerlings to choose from – different names and different colors.  Check them all out.

Recommended For Ages 3 and up.


Laser X Laser Gaming Set

Laser X Gaming Set


I haven’t met a kid (including my own) that doesn’t love to play laser tag.  With one of these Laser X gaming sets you can have the same laser fun at home.  Blast your opponent’s receiver vest from up to 200′ away. Full Color Lighting Effects let you keep track of shots and hits. Interactive voice coach gives tips, feedback during the game. Plug in headphones and hear the Laser X Soundtrack and Sound Effect.

Recommended For Ages 8 and up.


Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000

Nerf Artemis Rival

Nerf Rival Artemis

Nerf has a long history of making fun and safe toys guns and blasters.  The Nerf Rival Artemis is a high capacity blaster that holds 30 high-impact rounds.  It has a rotating barrel and an easy-load integrated magazine. Just like its predecessors this blaster will yield hours and hours of great indoor and outdoor fun.

Recommended For Ages 14 and up


Fisher-Price Think & Learn Tag ‘n Teach Movi

Think & Learn Tag 'n Teach Movi

Think & Learn Tag ‘n Teach Movi

The Fisher Price Think & Learn Teach ‘n Tag Movi is a really fun interactive toy for preschoolers.  It encourages kids to get their minds and bodies moving while teaching them how to follow directions and think critically about the world around them.  It has 3 game modes and 6 games to choose from.  Teach ‘n Tag Movi may be asking kids questions to engage their critical thinking skills, prompting them to follow directions to a fun game, or getting silly on the dance floor. Kids will have a blast with this toy.

Recommended For Ages 3-6 Years


Power Wheels Wild Thing

Power Wheels Wild Thing

Power Wheels Wild Thing

The Power Wheel Wild Thing vehicle looks awesome!  It is a self-powered ride-on toy with 360 degree action.  It goes forward, reverse, and spins in place.  ALong with the motion possibilities it looks really cool with its exposed metal structure, extra-wide seat and oversized tires.  The rider uses the dual joysticks to control the steering forward and backward – and the exciting spinning action,

Recommended For Ages 5-10 Years


Simon Star Wars Darth Vader Game

Simon - Darth Vader

Simon – Darth Vader

The Simon Darth Vader is the science fiction version of the classic Simon game.  Instead of boring buttons the elements of Darth Vader’s face light up to let you play the fun memory game that has been challenging generations of kids.  If you or your family loves Star Wars then this is a must-have toy.

Recommended Far Ages 8 and up (although kids of any age can give this toy a try)


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