Candy Free Easter Baskets

Easter is an often-underrated family holiday, and making Easter morning special for your kids by putting together the perfect basket from “The Easter Bunny” is always fun. To help you celebrate the occasion, here are some great toys that you’ll love doing with the kids.

Easter gamesWonderforge, makers of creative children’s games, has created the Disney Matching game. The classic matching game, where you and your child turn over cards, trying to remember where the matching counterpart is, now with your favorite Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell, Donald Duck, and more all dressed up for Easter. This game will not only be a fun Easter treat, but will also give you and your child bonding time while helping to increase his or her memory, response to patterns, and problem solving skills.

For older children, try the new Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Clash Alley Strategy Board Game. With many of the toys, shows, and games from the 80’s making a comeback, todays kids are loving the new TMNT as much as their counterparts just a few years ago. This is a strategy board game, working in 3D to beat the bad guys and rescue April, eat pizza, complete missions, battle bad guys, Krang, and Shredder. Of course, there will be pizza breaks- turtles have to eat. Enjoy helping your child physically build the game and defeat evildoers together.

For more information, go to http://wonderforge.com/

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StoryToys Children’s Book Apps Review

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Reading books is one of our favorite family activities. Both of my children absolutely love reading books and picking them out. I was recently asked to review the StoryToys 3-D Interactive Pop-Up Books, and my children both absolutely love them.

About Story Toys:

StoryToys are interactive books that combine a great story, stunning illustration and beautiful design with the interactivity and engagement of games. They admit that while they do love games,
they also prefer that their kids are playing games that are going to leave them with something of value. Each StoryToys is designed to help children learn something, from reading, to sequencing to task coordination.

Also, StoryToys are made by parents, so all of their product have been tested by children ages 2-11. So you know that they really [Read more…]

WIN- Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway 5 in 1 Up and Around Set

wooden tracksThomas the Train has been around for a while, and one of the most fun and original ways to play is with the wooden sets. These sets can be great fun especially on a big, clean, empty table or train table. Try telling that to my son, though, who wanted them opened immediately and played with right where he was. Kids. Setting up the track can be done in a plethora of ways and of course once the tracks are all set up playing with them with the trains are great fun too. Or, not setting up the tracks, and just pushing stuff around….whatever. He was quiet for nearly an hour. 🙂

thomas the trainThe most recent Thomas Wooden set is Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway 5 in 1 Up and Around set. This set includes Thomas and 17 pieces of track including a bridge and a tunnel. Little Man loves Thomas, especially the wooden sets. He loves how whenever a new set comes along, it is great both by itself [Read more…]

iLearn ‘N’ Play Adventure Explorer Review and Giveaway

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The big Christmas present in our house this year was an iPad for the family! I must admit that now that we have one, I can already tell that we need another one 🙂 Everyone wants to use it all the time, which is really testing the patience of my almost 3 year old (which is a good thing).

Being as my almost 3 year old really loves to play with the iPad, I work very hard trying to find “apps” and “games” that are educational for her as well as fun. I was very happy to try out the Adventure Explorer from iLearn ‘N’ Play & appStart Learning.

About AppStart Learning:

AppStart Learning joins 3+ toys and apps to make learning fun by making learning play! iLearn ‘N’ Play works with our young children to help them learn and understand some of the early learning concepts.

The company has offices throughout North America, as well as offices in London, Rome, Sydney, and Hong Kong.

Adventure Explorer

About Adventure Explorer:

For the Adventure Explorer, you can connect your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, or iPod to the console.

The Adventure Explorer has a working on/off ignition switch, a steering wheel, a shifter, accelerator, forward/reverse control that works with the iLearn ‘N’ Play apps.

There [Read more…]

New York Toy Fair- Where Fun and Games Begin

Starting tomorrow, the Jacob Javits Center in New York City will be host to the worlds largest gathering of toys and games, organized by the Toy Industry Association. Hundreds of toy manufacturers and game publishers gather to show off their recent and upcoming products to retailers, buyers, and the press. The New York Toy Fair is filled with nearly every toy, game, form of electronic entertainment, and outdoor play thing you can imagine.
With roughly 100,000 products and 7,000 new toy debuts, NY Toy Fair is a wonderland for your inner child. Here are a few toys who made their premiers at the Javits Center in 2012 that were interesting, innovative, and fun for families.
CrayolaDigital Light Designer

This fun and adaptable new drawing medium is designed to allow children to draw and create with lights.
The Digital Light Designer uses colored LED lights to let kids draw, imagine, and be creative- with no mess. Using a special attached stylus on a spinning 360 degree domed drawing surface, kids can easily switch between eight different colors, or erase and start over. They can also save up to fifty creations. It takes 4 D Batteries or alternately, can be plugged in.

Brobo

These plush robot freinds have glowing chests that help children learn to be brave in the dark. When you touch the hands of these toys (available in several varieties), a soft light glows and gives comfort to scared children. Brobo also has animated webisodes, [Read more…]

Chew Beads Review & Giveaway



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If you have ever held a teething baby, you know that anything on your body is always fair game to them :)! I find myself having to be careful what jewelry I choose to wear, knowing that if my daughter pulls hard enough, she might break it, and who knows what else could happen. ChewBeads is the ultimate solution for a mother with children!

About Chewbeads:

Chewbeads are mommy chic, and baby safe!

Chewbeads are non-toxic jewelry for moms. The most important thing about chewbeads is that all of their jewelry is safe for babies to tug, touch, and chew.

Chewbeads were created by a former fashion industry expert turned Mom. She has created stylish, colorful, non-toxic jewelry that are safe for children.

Facts:

  • Made of 100% silicone
  • Soft on babies gums and emerging teeth
  • Easy to clean with soap and water, as well as dishwasher safe.
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The New Mint Build A Bear

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Build-A-Bear workshop is making quite a splash recently with their new store front roll out and their constant stream of cute new plush to make. Today we are looking at one of the newest bears, Mint.

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Mint is a Girls Scout Thin Mint Bear. She is a rich brown chocolate color with mint green highlights, like the inner ear, paws and snout. Her feet also sport the Girl Scout Trefoil one one side and the Thin Mints Cookie on the other. This is an officially licensed Girl Scout product as well, so she is very well done.

As with all Build A Bear plush, the real fun starts with the accessories. Also available [Read more…]

Meet the American Girl 2013 Girl of the Year – Saige Copeland

 

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Saige Copeland is the 2013 Girl of the Year. I was lucky enough to be able to get to know Saige through her first book Saige by Jessie Haas.

Saige Book-Hi Res

Saige Paints the Sky-Hi ResSaige will also be featured in the book Saige Paints the Sky. As well as the activity line of books, Express Yourself: Use Art to Explore the Emotions Inside You! will help you follow Saige’s passion for painting and expressing herself creatively. Saige Book helps your child explore the topic of preserving the arts in education.

 

Starting today, January 1, 2013, the Saige collection(including all 3 books) will be available through the American Girl Catalog, and the American Girl website, as well as all of their retail locations.

Saige is a spirited and imaginative young girl who loves painting and horseback riding at her grandma’s ranch in Albuquerque, New Mexico – the hot-air balloon capital of the world. Saige’s collection is available for one year; the character comes [Read more…]