Toy Insider Senior Editor Jackie Cucco joined News 12 New York to show off some of the best STEM toys of the holiday season, including several from our STEM 10 list. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the holiday season, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide.

ARTIE MAX

Kids can have an immersive STEM experience as they create a variety of designs by plugging in code for Artie Max to draw with three colored pens. It features secure, private WiFi; a light-up mouth; LED eyes; emotive sounds; and edge detection. Kids can have an immersive STEM experience as they create a variety of…

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  • MSRP:
  • $109.99
  • Age:
  • 8+

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CODING CRITTERS MAGICODERS

Kids can learn STEM skills through 100% screen-free storybook coding adventures with these interactive pets. Each playset includes a magic wand programmer and spellbook that kids can use to make the pets dance, light up, and move. Kids can learn STEM skills through 100% screen-free storybook coding adventures with these interactive pets. Each playset includes…

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  • MSRP:
  • $49.99
  • Age:
  • 4+

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COUNTALOUPE

In this slice-and-dice game of risk and reward, players roll the dice, count their seeds, and try be the first player to get rid of all the slices in their deck. But players must be careful, one rotten roll of the dice can ripen or squash their chance for sweet victory. In this slice-and-dice game…

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  • MSRP:
  • $19.99
  • Age:
  • 7+

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PIXICADE

Kids can draw a game on any white surface, take a picture with their device on the Pixicade app, then play their unique game on-screen. Kids can also share their creations and play other kids' games in the arcade. Kids can draw a game on any white surface, take a picture with their device on…

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  • MSRP:
  • $19.99
  • Age:
  • 6+

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STAR WARS R2-D2 TAMAGOTCHI

Tamagotchi, the renowned virtual pet brand, is joining forces with Lucasfilm to bring fans a fun new way to play, inviting fans to interact with R2-D2 like never before. Brings one of Star Wars' most iconic characters to the palm of kids' hands for on-the-go entertainment that's out of this world. Train the R2-D2 Tamagotchi…

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  • MSRP:
  • $19.99
  • Age:
  • 8+

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Bill Reese

Bill Reese

Bill Reese is Director of Operations at Adventure Media & Events, where he's worked since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and making subway systems out of Brio trains with his little boy Jonah.

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