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Reviews of Top 10 Most Popular Games and Toys for 8-13 Years Old Kids
Reviews of Top 10 Most Popular Games and Toys for 8-13 Years Old Kids
Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Great adaptation of Legos Minecraft video game
  • Fun to build different structures
  • Appeals more to older Lego enthusiasts
  • Durable
  • Creative
  • Colorful set
  • Sturdy toy

    Cons

  • Unlike the video game, with the legos you are limited by the number of pieces
  • Tiny pieces; not a plaything for small children
  • Pricey
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Review Summary

The gullivar of online games, Minecraft was the fastest growing video game in 2012. Capitalizing on its popularity, LEGO has 'crafted' a Lilliputian version of the virtual world - the LEGO Minecraft 21102.

Lego and Minecraft enthusiasts couldn't be more pleased with LEGO's offering. As one reviewer puts it, "it's excellent for kids or fans of the game, honestly you could rebuild some pretty awesome (structures) as an homage to things you built in-game."

With over 450 pieces, Lego lovers can now bring tangible 3 D life to their favorite virtual structures. With unlimited customizable building options, the sky is the limit here!

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Fun for all ages
  • Good quality pieces
  • Good value for money
  • A simple thinking game
  • Pictorial game; no reading needed
  • Great concept based on 20 questions
  • Strengthens memory power

    Cons

  • Fewer cards make the game repetitive
Review Summary

Uncontrollable and continuous laughter would be the only music associated with the Hedbanz board game that has no correlation with rock music whatsoever. With 74 cards and 6 headbands, kids and adults use their heads (in more ways than one!) while playing this goofy guessing game.

The catch is everyone knows your identity but you! The goal is to deduce who or what you are by asking questions before the clock runs out.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Great flying ring
  • Keeps older kids entertained for long durations
  • Easy for dogs to retrieve
  • Fun play tool for wide open spaces
  • Gives a good workout
  • Durable
  • Super portable

    Cons

  • Easy to lose
  • Does not float
  • Almost uncontrollable in windy weather
Review Summary

You actually get to grasp (gasp!) a Guinness World Record holder for the farthest throw when you play with the Aerobie Pro Flying Ring. Dressed in soft rubber, the award winning ring aids comfortable catches and terrific throws. The Aerobie flies fast and far, so even a football field may not give enough clearance...you really need a huge empty space to play this with ease. The trick to getting a perfect curve or a straight flying line, lies in the flick of the wrist - which comes with some practice. This sturdy traveler does make you run after it, so forget the treadmill during summers and get yourself the Aerobie for a good workout.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Strategy based thinking and fun game
  • Easy to understand and learn
  • Pleasantly competitive
  • Highly recommended as family game
  • Entertaining and fun filled game
  • For all ages 8 years and up
  • Addictive and does not involve elimination

    Cons

  • Expensive and quality of play pieces doesn't match the price
  • Available add-ons need to be purchased additionally
Review Summary

Jules Verne's illustrious 19th century work "Around the World in 80 Days" has been the inspiration for one of modern day's rollicking, adventurous, and high-paced board games - Ticket to Ride. Like Phileas Fogg, the intrepid traveler in you gets to 'travel-gamble' in this fast paced journey. So get on board, wager all your bets in a cross country ride through North America with a twist - the longer your routes the more points you rake.Pardner, you need your thinking caps for this one as you lay down the routes, strategize new game plays and learn about all the North American Train routes you never ever dreamed of knowing in your lifetime! Each time you open the board it's a fresh approach to travel, making every game different from the other.

An enjoyable family game with straightforward rules, this one entertains tweens, teens and even the grandpas and grandmas. For the Speedy Mcallisters out there, this trip takes just around 60 minutes, unlike other board games like Monopoly and Risk.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Great strategy game
  • Can help teach strategy while having fun
  • Fun and lengthy game
  • Dynamic game with random placement of pieces
  • Good for kids and adults
  • Simple game
  • Enjoyable and easy to learn

    Cons

  • Low quality board and tiles
  • Interlocking borders does not fit right
Review Summary

The Settlers of Catan is a fun family board game that could very well have your family sitting together on one table and talk. This game is a great way to bond with your family and at the same time, have fun. This great strategy game is a dynamic also where the level of difficulty can changed from leisure to hardcore. This game starts off by placing the pieces provided randomly. Now, where you place the pieces are important as this could very well affect your game play.

This fun and lengthy game will be so fun that you won't even notice the time fly by.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Lots of fun for kids and adults
  • Great suction on arrows
  • Great power and shoots far
  • Bow is very easy to pull back
  • Good accuracy
  • Well-made toy

    Cons

  • Too few arrows in the set
  • Grip may be hard to hold
  • May break glass if hit hard
Review Summary

The Air Hunterz Z-Curve Bow is a great toy that you can teach your kids to use, with its basic design the Air Hunterz Z-Curve Bow is actually very easy to use. This is a lot of fun to play with and you won't even have to worry about whether the arrows will stick or not because suction really works. The arrows fly far and really pack a punch. Some may not need targets to play with these arrows; however, it is advisable that you use targets so that your children will shoot at the target instead of each other. 

The Air Hunterz Z-Curve Bow is a big hit with the children, if ever you would like to buy this set, users advise that you buy some extra arrows. Kids will love playing with these and so with use, it's possible that the arrows might get lost. The Air Hunterz Z-Curve Bow has pretty good accuracy and a cool design, very well-made for a toy. Although, the bow string does have a tendency to snap and the arrows are very much capable of breaking glass upon impact.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Teaches kids basics of electricity and electronics
  • Good educational and fun toy
  • Easy to understand and follow
  • Helps child get away from the computer or from video games
  • Develops imagination and creativity among kids
  • 300 projects to work on
  • Can be expanded to 500 projects

    Cons

  • Some instructions may be a bit too technical for kids
  • At times, connections are prone to errors
Review Summary

The Snap Circuits SC-300 is a great toy for children to enjoy and at the same time, learn from as they follow instructions and build a variety of projects. This kit is sure to help your child learn about electricity and electronics as well as the functions of some circuits. The Snap Circuits SC-300 comes with easy to understand manuals and pieces that snap like Legos on your projects. 

For the Snap Circuits SC-300, there are about 300 projects that can be expanded up to 500 or more projects by buying additional kit and manual. This fun toy is sure to help your child learn and grow as they think about how the projects will work. Some projects in the kit however may be a bit too technical for children alone to read and so it's especially recommended that you watch over your child and explain the mechanics to them. Think of it as a great way to bond with your children. 

Overall, the Snap Circuits SC-300 is a great gift that you can give to any growing child to help them have the fun and distraction they need to get away from computer games as well as video games for a while. The Snap Circuits SC-300 is sure to pique you child's interest, especially if they like tinkering with a lot of stuff in your home.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Very durable and climbs rough terrain well
  • Good directional control and wheel control
  • Good radio range with tri-channel transmitter
  • Great for outdoors use
  • Two motors and low gear for good traction
  • Good suspension and shocks
  • Good price for a toy truck

    Cons

  • Doesn't work well in small hallways or around corners
  • Uses lot of battery
  • A bit slow for a RC toy
Review Summary

The Maisto Remote Controlled Rock Crawler is a great toy truck for entertaining your little one. This RC toy truck makes a great gift you've been looking for your child! It's a safe truck that will get past most bulky roads, great for outdoor plays. Try it out in reverse and see how it turns really well! It has 2 motors to power all 4 wheels and a low gear for a good traction on rough terrains. The suspension and shocks with coil-over work very well. 

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • A fun game
  • Good for whole family
  • Makes a great gift
  • Teaches focus and balance
  • Looks like a art piece when playing
  • Easy and simple game
  • Reasonable price

    Cons

  • Some find it too difficult and lose their interest
  • May get a little messy while playing the game
Review Summary

The Melissa & Doug Suspend is a game of balance and concentration. This game is sure to test the limits of your patience and focus as you hang and suspend the pieces. For an affordable price, you can start playing with the family, kids are sure to enjoy the game while the adults are sure to enjoy the challenge. For those who likes to build things, they are sure to find satisfaction with this game.

A fun and intriguing game that is sure to keep you and your kids entertained for a while. The Melissa & Doug Suspend comes with easy to understand instructions. Pretty fun and exciting, however, some people do find this game a bit too difficult to play and so lose their interest. So, those who definitely loves to challenge themselves are sure to find this game incredibly fascinating. 

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Encourages creative thinking
  • Thought provoking and interactive game
  • Great game for students with learning disabilities
  • A good teaching aid for language classrooms
  • Affordable and well made
  • Compact and portable
  • Appropriate for all age groups

    Cons

  • None
Review Summary

Make way for some 'roll'icking fun with Rory's Story Cubes, where storytelling is the name of the game and imagination is your passport for this inventive ride. You can be a solitary player or band with like-minded participants to explore this brain workout. These 9 cubes with rounded edges come with 54 detailed images that help spark your creative juices.

Less is indeed more here. With just few cubes you can play a variety of games with countless possibilities...little and big innovators can also create their own games. The white cubes foster speaking and listening skills, problem solving, sequencing, logical thinking, descriptive writing...the list goes on! A great teaching tool, this box can be a good gift for an educator.

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