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The ultimate toy guide 2015: 22 toys for big kids

Tough-to-buy-for older kids will swoon for the tech-y, crafty and strategic-thinking toys on our list.

By Amy Valm

The ultimate toy guide 2015: 22 toys for big kids

2015 toy guide big kid

All-Natural Spa Soaps

Skip the spa and create pretty homemade soaps with this kit that incorporates things from around the house, like lavender and honey, and includes  14 moulds, glycerine soap base and gift boxes. SmartLab, $25, scholarschoice.ca

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Mighty Makers Up, Up and Away Building Set

This 140-piece kit aims to help budding builders create all sorts of flying apparatuses for Ava and her bird Jay. K’Nex, $20, toysrus.ca

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Giant Knot & Stitch Pillow

Aspiring needleworkers can flex their sewing muscles with this pillow. Affix letters to either side by stitching through the pre-punched holes, and then stuff, embellish with fringe and beads, and you’re sleepover ready! Alex Toys, $20, indigo.ca

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FireTek Zeon Bow

This LED-lit set shoots foam arrows high into the sky (up to 145-feet!) making a wicked whistling sound as they slice the air. Zing Toys, $22, indigo.ca

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LiteHawk Mini High Roller Helicopter

Encased in an impact-resistant roll cage, this little remote-controlled helicopter can fit into small spaces (and won’t chip paint or bash walls). A bright light illuminates nighttime flights. Borgfeldt, $60, mastermindtoys.com

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Flower Crowns

Hippie chicks and boho babes will swoon for these pretty floral crowns that are made by twisting paper flowers around a bendable lightweight wire. Creativity for Kids, $20, mastermindtoys.com

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Nanoblock Tower Bridge

Five hundred and eighty itty-bitty pieces take patience to build with, but are awesome for developing problem-solving and fine motor skills. The completed model with a working drawbridge is small enough to showcase on a shelf or dresser. Kawada, $23, amazon.ca

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LiteHawk APEX

Perfect for indoors and out, the soft tires with maximum grip help young racers control this speedy remote-control bike. Borgfeldt, $60, mastermindtoys.com

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Crowded Waters

Kids are challenged to arrange coloured tiles in chains to try to block their opponents in this fish-themed strategy game. Educational Insights, $29, indigo.ca

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Scrabble Twist game

Old-timey Scrabble gets a makeover with this electronic version that can be played alone or with friends. Players tap letters to build a word and then twist to lock it in. $25, hasbro.com

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Twister Moves Hip Hop Spots Electronic Dance Game

With four levels to master and awesome hip-swaying music, players step on the dots to keep the beat. Kids can unlock new levels and challenge their friends to a dance off, or brush up on their moves by playing solo. $30, hasbro.com

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Pickles to Penguins

This game calls for quick thinking to keep players on their toes. Lay down a card and make a connection. For example, if you put down a clover, and your opponent lays down a pickle, the first one to figure out that they’re both green wins! Outset Media Games, $20, toysrus.ca

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Nerf Rebelle Arrow Revolution Bow

Channel Katniss Everdeen with this state-of-the-art bow, which features a rotating quiver that quickly loads the next arrow with the touch of a button. Its shooting range is up to 90 feet! $50, hasbro.com

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City Deep Sea Exploration Vessel

Explore the depths of the ocean with this 717-piece set that features seven minifigs, a collapsible shipwreck, sharks and even sunken treasure. $150, shop.lego.com

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Alpha Loom

The ever-popular loom is cranking it up a notch with this awesome new alphabet set that allows little loomers to spell out whatever they want at seven times the pace. We predict a “BFF” bracelet trend in the near future. Rainbow Loom, $19, mastermindtoys.com

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Attila

This newfangled spin on chess seems simple but still packs a powerful strategic punch as Attila the Hun battles the Roman Empire. $23, amazon.ca

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MiPosaur

Able to sense everything around it, this highly intelligent robotic dino moves and reacts in a lifelike way. MiPosaur loves playing with the included TrackBall, which has six games that make him beat-box, dance, eat a snack, take a walk, and can even change his moods. Watch out! WowWee, $130, toysrus.ca

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Marvel Avengers XPV Remote Control Hulk Smash

Bring on the angry. Use the remote control to get Hulk moving around—he’ll smash with his fists, flip against walls, spin and pop wheelies. With 10 classic Hulk phrases and sounds, fans will have a roaring good time. Arbor Toys, $100, toysrus.ca

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Sew Softies Sea Creatures

Learn to sew with this cute kit that encourages kids with pre-punctured holes and an oversized needle, making it easy to create a ocean creatures like a crab or fish. The Orb Factory, $15, toysrus.ca

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Lego Friends Pop Star Tour Bus

Pop Star Livi is on the road, and she has everything she needs for an awesome tour with her wicked bus. She can sprawl out and read fan mail, sing karaoke with her pals Mia and Stephanie, DJ a party or just relax in the hot tub. $70, shop.lego.com

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Cling Creator

Spruce up your windows with these fun clings. Kids can mix the colours they want into the included moulds, and in minutes they’ll have flexible formations that will adhere to most smooth surfaces. Crayola, $26, toysrus.ca

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