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Metro Parent's Holiday 'It' List Gift Guide 2013

S.T.E.M. – science, technology, engineering and math – is the focus of this year's toy selection for kids of all ages. Plus, you'll find holiday 'hot toys,' books, music and more.

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Invent and Building Toys

Nancy B's Science Club Science Kits

These gender-neutral teal-and-purple sets, created by a mom/former science teacher, come complete with cool activity journals. We love MoonScope ($49.99) and Microscope ($39.99). Ages 8+.

YOXO

This inventive building line (say "yock-so") includes three shapes – Y's, O's and X's – made of sustainable material kids can turn into rovers, robots and more with household stuff. Ages 4+. About $12.99.

Play-Doh Plus Sweet Shoppe

"Fluffy fantasy ice cream swirls" – yes, please! This nifty gift for future kitchen chemists features Play-Doh Plus, which is softer, fluffier and less rubbery than the original. Ages 3+. $14.99.

Bendastix

Bend, curl, manipulate, create. With these soft squishy reusable play pieces, kids can whip up jewelry, critters, picture frames and more (loads of ideas online too). Ages 6+. $19.99 for a 38-piece set.

That's Gross Science

Lab Four words: motorized toilet bowl mixer! Discover 26 "extreme lab" experiments like foaming flush, cabbage crud, yellow snow, popping poo and stink bubbles. Ages 8+. $24.99.

Edu Science Wacky Lab

Prime for "mini mad scientists," the chemistry intro set ($29.99) has basic gear for 99 experiments, from giant bubbles to making your own yogurt and cookies. Ages 8+. Line ranges $4.98-$49.99.

Crayola Marker Maker

Classic eight-pack not cutting it? Hook kids up with the ultimate mix kit: They can create 16 custom markers using three primary ink colors, complete with DIY labels. Ages 8+. $25.99.

Mod House

Dull doll house, step aside. Aspiring architects build, decorate and rebuild on a dime with this 105-piece set that has moveable walls, reversible furniture and crayon-erasable surfaces. Ages 6+. $55.

Powerup Toys

Electric paper airplanes and motorized paper boats? Budding mechanics will dig these green contraptions that mesh origami, wind-up propellers and waterproof paper. Ages 8+. $9.99-$16.99.

 

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