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Crayola Marker Airbrush • Uses markers to create spray-paint-style art while giving kids a serious workout operating the manual pump. Includes 12 markers and four stencils. For ages 6 and up, $25.
Lego Friends Adventure Camper • Constructing a motor home replete with two dolls, bikes and a surfboard made this a popular pick among testers. They were also fans of the Lego Creator Street Rebel set. For ages 6 to 12, $30.
Playmobil E-Rangers Headquarters • Older kids adored this command center, with a swiveling LED spotlight for imaginary scenarios. A working solar panel (it operates a fan) instills eco ideals. For ages 7 to 12, $130.
The amazing racer
Moose Toys Micro Chargers Loop Track • Perfect for superfast freewheeling fun. Tiny collectible cars, charged in as little as nine seconds, shoot to incredible speeds for thrilling play. For ages 6 and up, $20.
Silverlit Porsche Carrera • Hardly a standard remote-controlled toy. This 1:16 replica of the coveted sports car can be steered via iOS devices — download the Silverlit app first. For ages 8 and up, $80.
Seeing the Sights
Revensburger 3D Building Sets • May trigger the travel bug as young ones dexterously join curved, hinged and flat puzzle pieces to form a famous site. Kits make the Empire State Building, Big Ben and Tower Bridge. For ages 10 and up, $26.
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