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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

 (Photograph: Laura Gallant)
Photograph: Laura Gallant

Zoomer Dino

Make this T.Rex growl, groove and even fart (yay?) with a handheld control pox. $80, at toysrus.com

 (Photograph: Laura Gallant)
Photograph: Laura Gallant

Dinosaur Skeleton Dig

Little archaeologists will love making their own fossils with this fun kit. $9.95, at thamesandkosmos.com

 (Photograph: Laura Gallant)
Photograph: Laura Gallant

Lego Friends Advent Calendar

Celebrate the days leading up to Christmas with this exciting advent calendar. $30, at shop.lego.com

 (Photograph: Laura Gallant)
Photograph: Laura Gallant

Sketch Wizard

Dare to draw almost anything with help from this cool projector. $25, at shop.crayola.com


Artist's Surplus Art Jar

Beads, pom-poms and more will keep kids crafting for days. $29, at landofnod.com

 (Photograph: Lauren Spinelli)
Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

Sock Monkey Headphones

Ditch the earbuds and plug in these cute and cozy monkeys. $25, E.A.T. Gifts

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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