Water beads, $8, which are non-toxic and legitimately cool. You put the teeny tiny beads in water for a few hours, and they fill with water. They feel weirdly great and soothing and are good for sensory play. Eight-year-old Anton is obsessed.
Kids’ waterproof watch, $50, that you can take in the bath. No gimmicks, just awesome.
Aaron Slater, Illustrator, $18, features a boy with dyslexia who loves stories. The book is printed with a dyslexia-friendly font, and Aaron has two moms and an older sibling with hearing aids. LOVE this series of books celebrating diversity and learning differences. (Another book we’re into right now is Cake Mix by Mikki Hernandez.)
A few crisp $2 bills, which you can get at most banks. (Bonus points if you fold them in cool ways.)
Mindscope Twister Tracks, $25. They glow in the dark, you can build different tracks, the car will go upside down in a 360-degree stunt loop!
Custom face stickers of themselves, $17, to stick on notebooks, bikes or water bottles. Nothing funnier to unwrap.
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