Hottest toys to get during after-Christmas deals

Hottest toys to get during after-Christmas deals

Holiday shopping doesn't end with Christmas. Many retailers are offering after-Christmas shopping deals on toys.

Video games, action figures, princesses and ponies.

Toy store aisles and online searches can get exhausting for parents like Kim Curtiss trying to find that perfect holiday gift.

"I'm always looking at mom blogs to see what they're giving and what they recommend," she said.

This year the hottest toy isn't one item.

"It's a category. What's hot right now is math stem, anything teaching science," she said.

Toy store owner Claudia Towles said toy companies are reinforcing science, technology, engineering, and math in their products - filling toy aisles with education.

"The reactivity of the magnet is a very interesting idea for kids," Claudia said.

Even though MagnaTiles are nothing new to store shelves, Towles said it's a classic favorite that promotes early math concepts. A child ages add to the collection, so they can build more complex structures.

"Think about it, with Legos the more pieces they have the more they can build," Claudia said. "These don't hurt though when you stand on them."

It's never too early to start learning.

The Noggin Stick is one of the hottest toys for babies.

"This changes color every time you shake it, it helps with visual tracking," Claudia explained. "It's educational. Now does the baby know they're being educated? Of course not, but it teaches cause and effect."

Even Barbie is hopping on the STEM wagon.

"Barbie is something very familiar to kids, but STEM and engineering concept may not be. So this is trickery," Claudia said.

Don't forget family game night!

Klask is a skill game with magnetic control.

"This is one we sell to college kids and five-year-olds, it's kind of like air hockey but without the danger. And it doesn't take that much space. I scored," she said.

This holiday season, the emphasis is on anything that fosters critical thinking and problem-solving.

She's hoping a gift now will also provide her son with skills he'll be glad to have later.

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