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Holiday gift guide for kids ages 6–8

Snagging these awesome toys for your big kids will make you the coolest parent of them all
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Photograph: Laura GallantZoomer Dino Make this T.Rex growl, groove and even fart (yay?) with a handheld control pox. $80, at
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Photograph: Laura GallantDinosaur Skeleton Dig Little archaeologists will love making their own fossils with this fun kit. $9.95, at
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Photograph: Laura GallantLego Friends Advent Calendar Celebrate the days leading up to Christmas with this exciting advent calendar. $30, at
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Photograph: Laura GallantSketch Wizard Dare to draw almost anything with help from this cool projector. $25, at
Artist's Surplus Art Jar Beads, pom-poms and more will keep kids crafting for days. $29, at
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Photograph: Lauren SpinelliSock Monkey Headphones Ditch the earbuds and plug in these cute and cozy monkeys. $25, E.A.T. Gifts
By Allie Early |

These little toys will bring out your kids' huge imaginations...yes, even the "big kids" who are too cool for such things. Whether they're taming their own pet dinosaur or listening to music through sock monkey headphones, you know this Christmas for kids in Chicago will be one to remember.

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