We are parents, and as parents, we put much thought and consideration into the toys we buy our kids. We want said toys — all toys, but especially toys for big kids — to be inspiring and educational, intriguing and challenging, well-made and built to last. And then, there are those other toys. The popular toys. The ones that are loud and plastic and have nothing much going for them except that they’re fun as hell to play with. These instant gratification toys are the ones that older kids — the same ones who give you side-eye at the mention of anything that’s not a tablet — gleefully, greedily embrace. These are not the worst toys, to be clear: They’re just silly. And if there’s a year when kids need more silliness, 2020 is it. Here are the best silly toys for big kids (ages 5 and up) this year.
Last year we had an owl toy that learned to fly. And now, we have flying pixies! Kids launch the pixie from the base or lift her into the air, then use their hands to guide her. If her wings are touched mid-flight, she'll stop flying. She recharges via USB.
Kids can build this dope-ass ship from 'The Mandalorian.' How dope is it? It has two spring-loaded shooters, a cargo hold, and a detachable escape pod. Yeah.
The HD cam, which turns any kid into the next Francis Ford or Sofia Coppola, has green screen and more than 20 animated backgrounds and comes with a tabletop tripod/selfie stick and built-in microphone.
At last, a monster blaster worthy of Halo. This motorized, clip-fed blaster unleashes 10 darts in a row and comes with a removable, 10-dart clip and 10 darts. And it includes a game card with a code to unlock a digital asset in the Halo game.
When kids touch the head of the mystical Child, they get over 25 sound and motion combinations. The Child giggles, babbles, moves his ears back and forth, and opens and closes his eyes. Bone broth not included.
This doll goes from a newborn to a little girl. First, she drinks a bottle and opens her eyes. Then she sits up and says her first word. The more kids nurture her, the bigger she grows. Of course, kids can also just use their imaginations for this, but whatever. It's a pretty sweet concept, anyway.
You're not a serious Star Wars aficionado if you don't own this lightsaber. Passed down through generations of warriors, it's now in the hands of Moff Gideon. And it makes sounds inspired by the 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' animated series.
One of this year's most coveted toys, this set includes two — yes two — rock bands and more than 70 surprises. Kids get four L.O.L. Surprise! dolls (and their sisters) and four rock instruments that really play music. Yes, real, actual music. In fact, each instrument has six unique sounds.
A toy canine Jeff Koons might have dreamed up, this one can be deflated and then reinflated. It farts. It begs. And kids can train it using the squeaker toy.
Barbie has finally entered the world of surprise toys. This set features 50 surprises that include a Color Reveal Barbie doll, a Color Reveal Chelsea doll and three Color Reveal pets. How does this work? Well, kids remove Color Reveal Barbie from the tube, fill it with warm water, then insert the doll and swirl her around. And when kids pull her out, her features are revealed. Surprise!
This thing is hard to find. But you can sign up for alerts to know when it's back in stock. Seriously, this is something the whole gaming family will appreciate. It loads fast, has insanely cool graphics, and adaptive triggers, plus 3D audio. It's immersive and cool as hell.
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