Top 10 Birthday Gifts for Young Kids (Ages 6-10)

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Searching for cool birthday gifts for kids? These gift ideas are sure to please. You'll find toys for the budding writer, scientist, artist, or musician. Grab 'em fast!
Barbie House
Barbie 3-Story Dream House Playset
From Mattel. Over three feet tall and fully furnished, this three-story home for Barbie includes a winding staircase and a gourmet style kitchen with all the popular conveniences. Realistic details throughout the house include the sounds of a sizzling stove, a doorbell, and music on the house intercom. Dolls are not included.

Price: $289
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Blokus Board Game
Blokus Board
From Mattel. This strategy board game helps develop logic and spatial perception while teaching kids how to be tactical. Each player starts from his corner, and players take turns placing colorful pieces on the board. Every new piece must touch at least one other piece of the same color, but only at the corners. The goal is to get rid of all your pieces, and the game ends when all players are blocked from laying down any more of their pieces. Blokus is the winner of over 20 prestigious awards, including Mensa Select.

Price: $24.99
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Hyper Slide Toy
HyperSlide
From Hasbro. Kids have to be quick as they flick, slide, or shoot different-colored hyper discs under the arch! This tabletop game features electronic lights and sounds, and an announcer's voice that talks kids through three fast-sliding game modes. HyperSlide can be played alone or with a friend. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Price: $24.99
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Illustory
IlluStory Make Your Own Story Kit
From Creations by You. Now your child can write and illustrate his very own professionally typeset, hardbound book! Using the kit's special markers and book pages, your child creates an original story, which you mail to the publisher in the provided postpaid envelope. The author's name, book title and illustration are then laminated onto the cover. An Internet production option is also included with online drawing tools and a choice of font styles and colors. IlluStory has won many prestigious awards, including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, Dr. Toy Best Toy Award, Parents' Choice Classic Award, and the Family Life's Best Learning Toy Award.

Price: $21.95
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Play Guitar Toy
I Can Play Guitar System
From Fisher Price. Now learning to play the guitar is as easy and fun as playing a game. The I Can Play Guitar System plugs directly into your TV and has the look and feel of a real video game. Your child can have a blast while gaining the skills that could lead to playing a real guitar. The player advances through four levels based on his performance -- earning collectibles along the way. Plug in the song cartridge and get read to rock!

Price: $119.99
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EyeClops Handheld Bionic Eye
EyeClops Handheld Bionic Eye
From Jakks Pacific. Kids can take a fascinating peek at the world around them with the EyeClops Bionic Eye. This handheld bionic eye allows kids to view virtually any item at 200 times its normal size on any TV screen! Just plug the EyeClops into the TV -- there's no software to install and no buttons to fiddle with. An observation chamber and dish are included for small objects and liquids. There is also a base for hands-free use.

Price: $49.99
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Barby MP3
Barbie Girls MP3 Player
From Mattel. Get the next-generation fashion doll and stylish MP3 player all in one! The Barbie Girl MP3 player comes with a second fashion outfit, adjustable-sized earbuds, belt clip, docking station, registration CD, and reusable storage case. Connect her to a computer to unlock even more features on BarbieGirls.com, including special fashions, furniture, accessories, pets, and access to Club Beauty. With 512 MB of memory and an expandable mini-SD slot that holds up to 2 GB, this MP3 player is Windows XP and Vista compatible, but not Mac compatible.

Price: $37.99
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Standing Easel
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Large Standing Easel
From Melissa & Doug. The generously-sized chalkboard and dry-erase board are perfect for projects large and small. With three adjustable height positions, the easel can grow with your child, and it folds up for easy storage. Also featured is a colorful paint tray with cup holders, and an extra large tray for holding chalk, erasers, and clips.

Price: $69.99
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Spin Master Helicopter
Air Hogs Havoc Heli
From SpinMaster. This small infrared remote-control helicopter features a durable EPP foam body and a flashing Blue LED for night flying. Intended for indoor use and outdoor flying only under zero wind conditions, the helicopter offers four-way control for accurate flying in any direction. The rechargeable LIPO battery provides six minutes of flight time from a single charge. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Price: $24.99
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Wizards Workshop
Wizard's Workshop Puzzle Kit
From Family Games. Kids are spellbound by this puzzle kit filled with metal rings, wooden balls and blocks, and twisting ropes -- all the pieces they need to assemble eight bewitching wooden puzzles and a magical maze. An instruction manual is included. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Price: $36.95
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