Boys love toys that have wheels and motors, but not all toys are created equal when it comes to longevity and entertainment value. Learn more about the best toys to hit the market in 2011 before you decide what to buy the special boys in your life this holiday season.
Here is the list of the top toys gift ideas for boys for Christmas 2011.
1. Razor A Kick Scooter
Every boy on the block will want to own a Razor A Kick Scooter. Available in blue, green, black, and red, this scooter is made from top-of-the-line aircraft grade aluminum. Your child will be able to travel around your neighborhood with ease while standing vertical on his Razor Scooter.
This manual version is perfect for encouraging physical activity in a fun and entertaining way. When the child isn’t riding his scooter, he’ll be able to carry it with ease, thanks to the folding capabilities and lightweight aluminum frame; the unit weighs approximately 6 pounds. Suitable for children 5 years and older, the weight limit of the scooter is 143 pounds.
2. LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet
The hot item of 2011 for all adults and children alike is electronic tablets meant for reading, writing and communicating via the Internet. Keep your son’s hands off of your own tablet with the LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet in Green by LeapFrog meant for ages 4 to 9. Just like a full size tablet, this 5-inch wide touch screen has 2GB of memory as well as a camera and video camera function.
The LeapPad also features apps, such as Story Studio and Art Studio, which provide educational curriculum that is meant to stimulate your little one’s budding creativity.
3. Ripstik Caster Board
Available in silver, red, green and blue, the Ripstick Caster Board is a combination of a scooter, snowboard, and surfboard. Boys will have a blast ripping through the neighborhood on the innovative 2-wheel design. As quick as he’ll be able to spin around in a 360 degree circle, he can speed up with the use of traction plates that will propel his caster board.
Made for ages 8 and up, this caster board also features a kick tail and nose, similar to a traditional skateboard. The Ripstick Caster Board will hold boys up to 220 pounds.
4. LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0
LEGO Mindstorms take the all-time favorite LEGO block building system to new heights with the integration of computer technology. This set of 612 pieces allows your child to construct four different functional robots. He will be able to program the robot using included software for PC and Mac computers that allow him to set color, sound, and movement perimeters for the robot.
With a 32-bit microprocessor as well as two touch sensors, an ultrasonic sensor, and a color sensor, this toy will teach your child basic engineering, robotics and computer programming functions as he makes awe-inspiring robots.
5. Spy Gear Spy Video Car VX-6
Boys of all ages love toys with wheels and anything that moves. The Spy Gear Spy Video Car VX6 integrates the traditional remote control-operated wheeled toy with a new twist—spy gear technology.
With this Spy Video Car, your child will be able to use infrared night vision to navigate the spy car incognito; the color LCD screen on the remote allows him to keep an eye out for whatever the car is seeing even in the dark. He will even be able to drive the car out of sight, such as in other rooms or outdoors, all while using the LCD screen as his second pair of eyes. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
6. LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon
Star Wars is a classic movie for boys featuring fantasy worlds and outer space. One of the most recognized vehicles from the movie is the Millennium Falcon, a prized item for any Star Wars toy collector. Now thanks to LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon, your child will have a Falcon he has built himself using LEGO building blocks.
As an added perk, the kit also includes six of the main characters from Star Wars—Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Organa, Ben Kenobi, and Darth Vader. This LEGO building set is appropriate for ages 9 to 14.
7. Melissa & Doug 60-Piece Standard Unit Blocks
Melissa and Doug presents the 60-Piece Standard Unit Blocks, which are made of solid rubber wood, a lightweight type of hard wood. The light colored blocks are great for stacking and building, and come in shapes including triangles, circles, arches, rectangles, and cylinders.
Your little guy will have, quite literally, years of fun building tall towers and other imaginary structures, and you will appreciate the ability to introduce shapes, as well as math concepts and spatial relations. Ideal for ages 3 and up, these wooden blocks also encourage the development of fine and gross motor skills.
8. Nerf Vortex Nitron
Nerf has created yet another blasting weapon, the Nerf Vortex Nitron. Aimed at children ages 8 and up, this Nerf disc shooter features a 20 disc magazine and an electronic scope for simplistic targeting.
Every boy will have a great deal of fun with the fully automatic Vortex Nitron with the acceleration trigger. He will be able to shoot the discs long distances thanks to Nerf’s XLR technology that shoots discs farther than ever before.
9. Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect
The Xbox 360 4GB Gaming Console now comes packaged with the gaming technology of Kinect. Using the Kinect sensor technology will allow your child to play games on Xbox 360 without the need for a controller. His body will become the controller, providing an interactive way to get him up and moving while he is playing his favorite adventure and sports-themed video games.
The Kinect sensor is appropriate for all ages.
10. Strider PREbike Balance Running Bike
Teach your little fellow how to ride a bike quicker than ever before with the Striker PREbike Balance Running Bike. Ideal for boys as young as 1 year old, this 7 pound cycle removes the clumsy side petals and replaces them with convenient Launch Pad footrests.
Your child will start by learning to balance on the bike and then advance to learning to coast. Featuring puncture resistant tires suitable for all terrains, as well as an adjustable seat and handlebar unit, this bike will be able to adapt to your child as he develops his riding confidence and skills.