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Sinclair Cares: Smart Toys

Sinclair Cares: Smart Toys

You better watch out, only seven days until Christmas.

If you still haven't figured out the perfect gift for the little ones this holiday season, we're taking a look at toys that are packed with education and tons of fun.

For Sinclair Cares, Joy Lambert shows us a few educational toys the child on your list won't put down.

Video games, action figures, princesses and ponies.

Toy store isles and online searches can get exhausting for parents like Kim Curtiss trying to find that perfect holiday gift.

“I'm always looking at mom blogs to see what they're giving and what they recommend,” said Kim Curtiss, a mother of two.

This year the hottest toy isn't one item.

“It's a category. What's hot right now is math stem, anything teaching science,” said Claudia Towles, owner of aMuse Toys store.

Towles said toy companies are reinforcing science, technology, engineering and math in their products, filling toy aisles with education.

“The reactivity of the magnet is a very interesting idea for kids.”

Even though Magna Tiles are nothing new to store shelves, Towles said it is a classic favorite that promotes early math concepts as a child ages add to the collection so they can build more complex structures.

“Think about it, with Legos the more pieces they have the more they can build. These don't hurt though when you stand on them,” Towles said.

It's never too early to start learning. The Noggin Stick is one of the hottest toys for babies.

“This changes color every time you shake it, it helps with visual tracking. It’s educational. Now does the baby know they're being educated? Of course not, but it teaches cause and effect,” Towles said.

Even Barbie is hopping on the STEM wagon.

“Barbie is something very familiar to kids, but stem and engineering concept may not be. So this is trickery,” said Towles. “This one's really cool and I don't know if you've heard of the slime craze, this is another one, this is all chemistry.”

And don't forget family game night.

Klask is a skill game with magnetic control.

This is one we sell to college kids and 5-year olds. It's kind of like air hockey but without the danger. And it doesn't take that much space. I scored,” Towles said.

This Holiday season the emphasis is on anything that fosters critical thinking and problem solving.

For Curtiss and her two kids, “Did you ask Santa for something for Christmas Henry?”

She's hoping a gift now will also provide Henry with skills he'll be glad to have later.

For Sinclair Cares, I'm Joy Lambert.

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