All in good fun

Molly Logan Anderson

GateHouse News Service

It’s true that every holiday season boasts predictions of record-breaking, shelf-emptying toy sales, reminiscent of the Cabbage Patch Kids days of yore.  

This year, things are no different, with early leaders emerging from the pack. Read on for chart-topping toys — and some less-heralded but equally as exciting — sure to please the youngsters in your life.

If they build it …

Unleash a child’s creativity and imagination with the eco-friendly and eye-pleasing bamboo Organeco Blocks. The endless construction possibilities keep kids entertained as they grow.

Price $68.79  Ages 1 to 5 years

Where to find: www.fatbraintoys.com

When fish fly

One of the coolest gadgets around for entertaining crowds of kids or adults, the Air Swimmers Remote Control Flying Clownfish offers hours of fun. Fill it with helium for a full two weeks of a flying good time.

Price $37.9  Ages 3 and older

Where to find:  Amazon.com

Whooo’s there?

The cuddly Skip Hop Treetop Friends Hug & Hide Activity Owl keeps infants and babies entertained for hours. More than 10 mentally stimulating and fun activities are tucked inside this adorable creature, which deserves a top spot on your shopping list.

Price $17.95  Ages Younger than 11 months

Where to find:  Barnes & Noble

Take Potter to new levels

Strategy and creativity are top players in the Lego Hogwarts board game. Kids will construct their own Hogwarts castle and battle to be the first to turn in their homework despite shifting stairs, secret passageways and duels. The Harry Potter fan on your list will love this challenging game.

Price $27.24  Ages 8 to 14 years

Where to find Amazon.com and game stores