By Liz Atwood
For The Baltimore Sun
6:12 PM EST, November 21, 2012
From Liz Atwood: Call me a party-pooper, but I make it a habit never to shop on Black Friday. It isn’t so much that I hate the crowds, but that I almost never know what I want to buy for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. I can never understand those folks who do their Christmas shopping in the summer and have it all wrapped by Halloween. I have only started to think about what I want to buy.
I was scouring the websites to find out the hot toys for tweens this year and I’m reminded of the old saying "There's nothing new under the sun." It seems the Easy Bake Oven, which has been around since I was a kid, is still popular. And it looks like Furby has made a comeback. Was there ever a more annoying toy? I had one years ago, and he sat on the shelf and kept saying "Feed me." It was like the plant in Little Shop of Horrors. I happily sold him at a yard sale.
But if you have a tween on your Christmas list, here are a few toys that did look kind of cool.
All Duct Out. This is basically a kit that lets kids create accessories such as purses and jewelry with Duct tape. Of course you could just go to the hardware store and buy the tape, but it probably wouldn't look quite as impressive.
PicWits. In this game, players try to match their picture cards with a judge's caption.
Lite-Brix. Anything that glows seems big this year. This toy combines Legos and Lite-Brites and lets kids create buildings and machines that light up.
Any other ideas for the tween on your list?
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