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EDUCATIONAL/TECH

BRACKITS PULLEYS SET (A) Building with Brackitz goes to a new level with the Pulleys Set. With the addition of pulleys, string, crank, and a bucket, kids as young as 4 can now design and create zip-lines, cranes, elevators, draw-bridges and so much more. The set comes with 88 pieces. Ages 4+. Brackitz.com; $40

MAGFORMERS CURVE 50PC SET (B) Design and build organic structures with curved 3D magnetic shapes with the all-new curve 50Pc set. Arriving with six geometric shapes, use Squares, Arches, Sectors, Cones, Spheres, Super Arches and Super Sectors to build balls, towers and so much more! Let your child’s imagination run free this holiday season! Ages 3+. Magformers.com; $100 SUMOKU (C) A unique crossword-style game with numbers. It can be played five different ways! Just add up tiles to multiples of the number shown on the die, connect them all together, and you have a Sumoku! Look no further for a cool math game. Ages 7 to 99. Amazon.com; $14 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: ROBOTIC ARMS FROM THAMES & KOSMOS (D) Build six mechanical models of the types of arms, grabber claws and legs found on robotic machines. Explore mechanical engineering principles f irsthand as you assemble and play with the working models. Learn how pneumatic and hydraulic systems are used in industrial. Ages 7+. Thamesandkosmos.com; $60

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KIDZ BOP 36 (E) Known for kid friendly versions of hit singles that re-corded by session musician and the kidz Bop Kids, a chorus of child singers. The compilations became popular with families who wanted cleaned-up versions of pop songs. Kidzbop.com; $12 GREEN TOY’S DOUGH SETS (F) Made with non-toxic ingredients like organic flour and bundled with simple, quality tools and fun accessories to encourage open play that the whole family can enjoy. Press, smoosh, squish, roll, squeeze and shape with added peace of mind. Finally, dough play that’s safe, simple and tons of fun. Greentoys.com; $25 SWEETLINGS SPRINKLE SHOP (G) Bring characters to life by frosting the characters with clay as they easily rotate. Grab your accessories from the easy storage and create custom looks. When ready, add the final pizazz with the glitterizer. Ages 6 +. Target.com; $30 COOPERATIVE GAMES BEASTS OF BALANCE (H) An award-winning augmented reality stacking game of dexterity, strategy and creation. Players take on the role of divine creators, tasked to play solo or with friends to build worlds and reach high scores by stacking magical artefacts into incredible towers. Ages 7+. Beastsofbalance.com; $100 SUNNY AND STORMY DAY (BOOK & GAME) (I) Every day is made up of so many moments – some make you feel happy (sunny) and others sad or scared (stormy). Includes a delightful full-color picture book, a cooperative matching game, and a sweet little pouch with sharing tokens from which your family

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STOCKING STUFFERS

KINDNESS TINS FROM PEACEABLE KINGDOM (J) With nine different tin designs, each tin offers unique prompts for kindness. These small acts of kindness can be done alone or together with family and friends. Kids learn how fun and rewarding kindness can be! Be Bold! Be Brave! Be Happy! Be Different! Be Creative! Ages 7+. www.peaceablekingdom.com; $25 HUGGERS BY WILD REPUBLIC (K) Loveable soft stuffed animals in adorable designs that hug you back. Just spread their arms wide, give the chest a squeeze, and your little friend will instantly wrap arms around you. Wear them on your wrist, backpack, stroller, bike, or wrap around a vase. Made of soft fabric and adorable designs that make them a favorite. Wildrepublic.com; $8 WELCH’S FRUIT ROLLS (L) Made with real fruit and one pack meets daily vitamin C value. Comes in 3 delicious flavors: berry, tropical punch and strawberry and only 70 calories per pack. Stuff yummy snacks into stockings this holiday! Walmart.com; $10

PETS

HOLEE GOURMET (M) A 2-in-1 treat and toy that provides a unique challenge to engage a dog’s problem-solving abilities while providing tasty rewards. Add your dog’s favorite treats into the rubber shell, or fill the nylon center with peanut butter or another spreadable treat. Comes in small, medium and large. Petsmart.com; $10 small

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