Test some of the most popular games before the holidays

Detroit With the holidays approaching, there are many games that are generating quite a buzz. The Help Me Hank Toy Test collected some of those toys to see if kids think they deserve attention.

Magic Mix Magic Misting Crystal Ball

  • Magic Mixies Magical Misting Crystal Ball with 8″ Pink/Blue Interactive Plush Toy and Over 80 Sounds and Feedback ($64 – $85) Amazon.com

Of all the games tested, the girls were drawn to this one the most. Children wave a wand to conjure up a fortune-telling pet.

While it was the most expensive on our list, parents don’t see the potential for it. Parents believe that children will only use the crystal ball once before they get tired of it.

“It’s an individual job,” said Father Dustin Fitzgerald. “I thought it would open up and that was it.”

The stuffed animal got the most attention, so some parents said they would just give them a regular stuffed animal.

“She really enjoys the stuffed animal that came out of that,” said mom Coutnie Squirewell. “So I feel like we can just buy a stuffed animal using it.”

Connect 4 spin game

  • Connect 4 Spin Game, Featuring Spinning Connect 4 Grid, Board Game for Kids and Family ($15 – $21) Connect 4 Spin Game, Featuring Spinning Connect 4 Grid, Board Game for Kids and Family – Walmart.com

Connect 4 Spin is a twist on the classic board game for two. The warp occurs after each move, the player must rotate that row.

The price ranges from $15 to $21, which makes the price a bit higher than the original, but is it worth it? Children and parents agreed that you can’t improve on a classic. When trying to spin one shaft many ended up spinning multiple times.

“This sounds much more difficult,” said the mother, Dara Bassil.

This was a common consensus among parents and children.

Pop It Pro

  • Pop It Pro ($20 or less) Pop It! Pro Game by Buffalo Games – Walmart.com

Mimics are very popular, so fidget pop takes it to the next level. This game is a pattern based luminous game.

Several kids mentioned that Pop It Pro was more than a one-off game. While the kids loved the game, it may require reading the instructions first.

Fashion fidget

  • Fashion Fidget ($7.99 – $10) Amazon.com: Fashion Sensory Toys Dolls – Push Pop Fidget Toy Includes 1 Fuzzy Doll – Anxiety & Stress Relief for Kids: Toys & Games

Fidgets fashion seems to be a great stocking stuffer. Simple but fun. All dolls have their own unique fidget features. A common sentiment that children share is the love of the clip that allows them to put fashion items on their backpacks or clothes

Learning Resources Great Pineapple Feelings

  • Learning Resources Big Feelings Pineapple – 30 Pieces, Ages 3+ Social Emotional Learning Toy ($10) Amazon.com: Learning Resources Big Feelings Pineapple – 30 Pieces, Ages 3+ Social Emotional Learning Toy for Boys and Girls, Body Awareness, Educational Toys for Toddlers : toys and games

Fashionable boss for Mr. Potito here. It is a touch game that can keep kids away from the screen. Creative children will enjoy this gift. Parents approved, especially because the expressions can go inside the pineapple for easy cleaning.

The word is lava

  • The floor is lava ($17.99) The original floor is lava! Game by Endless Games – Interactive Game for Kids and Adults – Walmart.com

With 27 challenging to do floors, Lava is a great game for 2-6 people. This game encouraged all the children to play with each other.

Minark ax foam

  • MinnARK Foam Ax Toss ($6) Amazon.com: MinnARK Sports MinnARK Foam Ax Toss: Foam Ax Toss Game for Kids/Families – Includes 2 Lightweight Axes with Easy Stick Target: Toys & Games

Ax throwing is a popular activity for adults and now kids can try it too. The hubs are firm foam with velcro where the blade would normally be. The challenge was getting the axes to stick to the target, but once you find the trick it’s very easy.

Legends of Akedo Powerstorm Triple Strike Tag Team Arena

  • Legends of Akedo Powerstorm Triple Strike Tag Team Arena with 40+ Fighting Sound Effects, Light Up Scoreboard, and 2 Battling Warriors Exclusive to Playset: Play & Games ($49.99) Amazon.com: Legends of Akedo Powerstorm Triple Strike Tag Team Arena with 40+ Battle sound effects, light-up scoreboard and 2 exclusive warriors for this playset: toys and games

This game was a hit with the boys. 3v3 battle with warrior action figures. The game includes two people to start and have more separately. It has a similar feel to Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. Parents enjoyed it too.

“I would love something like that because I would love to play with it,” said Dane Ziemba. “She spends a lot of her life on screen now, so it’s nice to be doing things with her.”

Orbeez Sensation Station

  • Orbeez Sensation Station, The One and Only, 2,000 Non-Toxic Water Beads, Includes 6 Tools and Storage, Sensory Toy for Kids ($20) Amazon.com: Orbeez Sensation Station, The One and Only, 2,000 Water Beads, Includes 6 Tools and Storage, Sensory Play for Kids Ages 5 and Up (Packaging May Vary): Toys and Games

Orbeez Sensation Station is a hit with kids but can leave a mess. Kids can roll, shoot and crush them.

It was a very satisfying experience to play with. By the play’s end, Orbeez has ended up all over the studio floor. Parental advice is to make it an outdoor game.

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