Published: December 8, 2015, 11:40 am Updated: December 8, 2015, 11:41 am

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Looking for a toy this year that your child is sure to love?! Why not go straight to the source? That’s what the crew at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis did! Here’s how it worked:

KidsToyPurpleKids of all ages were invited to The Museum Store to play with and vote for their favorite toys, during the 17th annual Kid-Tested, Kid-Approved event! Toy experts scoured The Store with thoughtful insight into selecting 2015’s hottest holiday toys. 30 toys were played with- 10 were selected as the winners by boys and girls who visited the store on Oct. 16. The toys are appropriate for different ages from toddlers to pre-teens. Many of the winners have educational value as well as are simply fun!

Here are the Top Ten Toys for Kid-Tested, Kid-Approved, in order of most votes:

  • Crazy Bubbles—Discover a whole new world of bubble-making. Square bubbles, cubic bubbles, spiral bubbles, saddle-shaped bubbles, wormhole bubbles, parabolic bubbles!! Skills to learn: shape differentiation, dexterity, logic, scientific thinking, and prisms.
  • Glow Pad Animator—Light Up LED glow pad blue Animator with Glow Markers. Bring your drawings to life. Comes with 4 neon markers, has 8 LED light modes. Skills to learn: creativity, neon as a new vocabulary word, artistic expression, drawing, and fine motor skills.
  • SmartMax Magnetic Discovery—The SmartMax line of toys combines the wonders of magnetism with the world of construction in a way that’s safe for young children. Skills to learn: magnetic attraction and repulsion.
  • Doodle Track Car—Doodle Track follows the twists and turns on a track you design with any black marker. Comes with stick on decals. Promotes imaginative play.  Skills to learn: Fine motor skills, line tracking, creativity.
  • RC Mini Racer—One of our smallest RC racers! This remote-controlled racer is agile , has a long battery life and is renowned for its handling! Suitable for both young and old! Skills to learn: eye-hand coordination.
  • Robo Bug—Build  your own robot bug that crawls, climbs, and chomps its pinchers. No tools required. Fosters curiosity, scientific thinking, and is a great introduction to robotics.
  • Marble Maze—An intriguing and fascinating construction set with many possibilities to create a variety of marble runs. Skills to learn: How to think through processes and test ideas (scientific thinking), spatial perception, problem solving.
  • Indoor Snowballs—Everyone enjoys a snow battle. These soft snowballs allow lots of winter fun inside. Skills to learn: hand-eye coordination, responsive socialization.
  • Spiral Ball—Use the spring loaded shooter to fire marbles at the targets for scoring points. Fun and safe for indoor arcade play.
  • Bristle Blocks—Soft to the touch and easy to connect, these unique building blocks are ready to transform into any structure your child can dream up. Skills to learn: Principles of construction, tactile experience with soft bristles, fine motor skills.

For more information: www.childrensmuseum.org.

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