Friday, December 4, 2015

Top Picks for Christmas Ages 5-9 Toys and Books

Sometimes it's hard to know what to buy a child for Christmas. And if time is short, you might not have time to browse. So below are some suggestions to make shopping easier. Most of these toys are available at Target, Walmart, Toys R Us and other stores so check sales, compare prices and get online coupons.

As I mentioned in the last post, the best gift you can give is the gift of time, so whatever gifts you buy, include the time to share them.

LEGO® Friends Heartlake Private Jet $30

Star Wars Episode 7 Remote Control BB-8 (Only at Target) $80

Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck Playset $20

Barbie® Dream House $170

Razor A Scooter $28

Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Transforming Batcave $50

Magformers® Magnetic Power Magic Rainbow Set - 30 Piece

FurReal Friends JJ, My Jumpin’ Pug Pet

View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack $30

LEGO Minecraft Snow Hideout 21120

LEGO® Minecraft Creative Adventures Crafting Box 21116

Razor® Ripstik Mini Blue

Original Spirograph Kit with Markers $15

LEGO® City Deep Sea Explorers Submarine

Black Series Remote Control 

Thunder Tumbler Car $30

Spin Master Games - Quick Cups $18

ThinkFun Gravity Maze Falling Marble Logic Game

UNO Card Game - Retro Edition (stocking stuffer!) $5


Choosing books for school age children 

becomes more complicated 

because individual interests start to develop. 

One child wants to read mysteries, 

another is still interested in dinosaurs. In 

order to choose the best books, you need to 

know the child's current obsessions, 

interests, and reading level. If the child has 

many interests, but his reading ability holds 

him back, consider giving both the book and 

the book on CD. He can read along and not 

be frustrated or find it hard to follow the plot 

because of his reading level.

Most children enjoy learning new things so 

consider one of the many books of facts or trivia 


(Some of the books below are Christian, some are

 not. Always review a book before giving it as a 


Mystery series

Cam Jensen (6-9)

A-Z Mysteries (6-9)

Calendar Mysteries (6-9)
American Girl Mysteries (8-12)

Ball Park Mysteries (7-10)

The Boxcar Children (8-12)

Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars 


Nate The Great (6-9)
 A Dog and His Girl Mysteries (8-12)
 Jigsaw Jones (7-10)

Mandie (9-12)

Three Cousins Detective Series(7-10)

The Cul-De-Sac Kids(7-10)

Red Rock Mysteries (8-10)


Other Popular Series

TJ and the Time Stumblers (8-12)

Nancy Clancy (6-9)

Meghan Rose (6-9)

Little House on the Prairie (7-12)


The Cooper Kids (9-12)

Magic Tree House (7-10)

Books with extra value

I have three DVDs to give away. Simply leave a 

comment as to what your favorite present was as 

a child, and you'll be entered into a drawing to 

win a movie. They are all new, the only one that 

is open is God's Not Dead because I opened it to 

have two of the actors sign it. If less than three 

people comment, then someone may get more 

than one DVD! I'll draw names on the 10th and 

post the winners so check back. U.S. mailing 

addresses only.  Drawing is complete. Rather 

than draw for a certain video, I drew three and 

they can chose in order.Ty drew the names.


  1. When I was a kid and old enough to remember what I got, books were my favorite gift. I loved books. As a matter of fact, I still have the Little House on the Prairie series I got as a kid. I still love to read, I just don't have the time these days except for baby books.

  2. I only read when I'm waiting for an appointment. I have a slew of books waiting to be read from past book conventions. I have a book for Benjamin as an adoption present.

  3. I can't really remember getting a gift that was a favorite. I remember getting a doll house one year. I remember I asked for one of those horses on springs every single year because I loved horses and I never got it so that would have been my favorite present. lol. I did ask for and get a skateboard one year and I was happy about that. :)

  4. I love love love to read. My mom gave me books every Christmas, a tradition I've continued with my kids. I used to love to sit in my Christmas corner and eat my candy and read on Christmas Day. When I was in early elementary, my mom got me Berenstain Bears books. In older elementary, it was American Girl (back when there were only three dolls) and Happy Hollisters. In middle school, I loved the Mandie books. In high school, it was all about Janette Oke. She's still a favorite, and I have all her books.

  5. Love the suggestions for the books by ages.thank you