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Holiday gift guide 2012: Best gifts for grade-schoolers

Choose building toys, updated classics and craft kits from our holiday gift guide for the school-age set.

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Alex ScaniMagic color and scroll pictures, $24; at Children’s General Store, 168 E 91st St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-426-4479)

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Crazy Stuff animal helmets, $58 each; at alexandalexa.com

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2-in-1 Reversible Magnetic Dartboard, $25; at E.A.T. Gift Shop, 1062 Madison Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-861-2544)

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GG Geographia Night Sectional Globe origami earth, $58; at Acorn Toy Shop, 323 Atlantic Ave between Hoyt and Smith Sts (718-522-3760, acorntoyshop.com)

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Alex Zippy Zipper Jewelry kit, $19; at gifthero.com

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Sequin Chalet boot, $30; at The Children’s Place. Go to childrensplace.com for store locations

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iHome Minnie Mouse speakers, $50; at ekids.com

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Spy Gear Night Goggles, $22; at gifthero.com

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Barbie Photo Fashion Doll, $50; at mattelshop.com

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Toss n’ Score bean bag toss, $30; at E.A.T. Gift Shop, 1062 Madison Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-861-2544)

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Discovery Kids Rocketship projection alarm clock, $10; at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Go to bedbathandbeyond.com for store locations

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Fortune-cookie maker, $28; at walmart.com

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Present Time Robot Dinosaur, $60; at Maxiga, 1023 Third Ave between 60th and 61st Sts (212-752-4550)

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Furby, $54; at Target. Go to target.com for store locations

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Reptangles geometric snap-together turtles, $30; at Torly Kid, 51 Hudson St between Duane and Thomas Sts (212-406-7440, torlykid.com)

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Crayola Color Wonder Light-Up Paint Palette, $25; at Toys“R”Us. Go to toysrus.com for store locations

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Matryoshka Madness robot nesting dolls, $16; at spoonsisters.com

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Boiled-wool slipper boots in animal prints, $44 per pair; at garnethill.com

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Toobalink towel tube construction kit, $35; at gifthero.com

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Lush FUN moldable soap, shampoo, and bubblebath, $7 for 250g; at Lush. Go to lushusa.com for store locations

There's a reason why a number of the toys in our holiday gift guide for grade-schoolers look familiar—many of them are updated takes on popular items from yesteryear (think Furby and Barbie). Other picks for the five- to eight-year-old set include a fortune-cooking maker for foodie kids, a construction set made up of paper towel tubes for creative types and a bean bag toss game for little sports fans.

RECOMMENDED: Complete holiday gift guide for kids

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