Playskool’s Let’s Rock! Cookie Monster and Let’s Rock! Strummin’ Ernie Toys

Is your little one a fan of Sesame Street?  My daughter, Savannah, just loves this show, especially when Elmo, Zoey and Cookie Monster appear on the screen.  Since welcoming Savannah in 2010, I have been exposed to shows and toys that were a big part of my childhood and which I have fond memories off.  So, when she began watching Sesame Street and enjoying it as much as I did when I was little, I couldn’t help but smile.  And, when it comes to Sesame Street merchandise, I can’t get over what is available nowadays, compared to 20+ years ago.  All the new toys on the market are so technologically advanced, in their ability to interact with other toys, as well as all the features they offer.  I remember having a doll that you could crank her hand to make her hair grow and get shorter.  And, as a little girl, I thought this was amazing.

A few weeks ago, I was sent Playskool’s Let Rock! Singin’ Cookie Monster and Let’s Rock! Strummin’ Ernie dolls to review with Savannah.  As soon as I took them out of the box, she ran over and began asking for “Cookie” and “Ernie.”  I still can’t get over how she knows the characters by name and can point them out when she sees them in books, on television and when she sees them in stores.  Being the first grandchild, my parents spoiled her this past Christmas with everything Elmo.  They bought everything they could find Elmo, except for the Let’s Rock! Elmo toy, which was a hot holiday item and was sold out at the time.  Fast forward a few months later, and Let’s Rock Elmo toy is now part of her collection, as are the Let’s Rock Ernie and Cookie Monster dolls.  Did you know that if you put each of the characters next to the Let’s Rock! Elmo doll, they will rock out together (Note: You can only pair Elmo and Ernie or Elmo and Cookie Monster together to interact together —  It doesn’t work if you try to have all three rock out together).
The LET’S ROCK! Strummin’ Ernie doll stands 12 inches tall, comes with a guitar, and sings and rocks out to “Old McDonald.”  As for PLAYSKOOL’s LET’S ROCK! Singin’ Cookie Monster, he is also 12 inches in height, but comes with a microphone, in which he sings into.  When you push Cookie Monster’s hand, holding the microphone towards his mouth, he begins to sing.  The closer you put the microphone to his mouth, the louder he sings.
When paired with Elmo (check out our review of Let’s Rock! Elmo), the Let’s Rock! Cookie Monster doll sings, “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” and Elmo chimes in with “Clap your hands!”  The first time Savannah saw the two characters interacting together, she didn’t know what to think?  She gave me a puzzled look, like how can this be.  But, that didn’t stop her from jumping around and clapping her hands in excitement.  She loved having an instant rock band in the house, and even joined in with her musical instruments.  By adding these two Let’s Rock! dolls with her Let’s Rock! Elmo doll, it has brought a new level of fun and excitement to playtime.  When Elmo tells her to clap her hands, she does with a smile and laugh.  And, when Ernie sings about the animals on Old McDonald’s farm, she can’t help but laugh at their sounds.  I am loving watching her play with these toys from Playskool, and seeing her get into the song and dance.  I can’t think of any other toys that she has that get her moving and grooving like these dolls do.

The only negative thing that I can think about regarding these two Playskool Let’s Rock! dolls is that unlike the Let’s Rock! Elmo doll, they are smaller in size.  And, you have to continually push the microphone towards Cookie Monster’s mouth, and the strum the guitar of Ernie with his hand, in order for the music to continually play.  Savannah has a hard time getting the Ernie doll to sing and play the guitar as you really need to pull down on his hand, making sure he rubs against the plastic guitar. It took me a few demonstrations in order to show her how to make these two characters come to life.  But, once she got the hang of it, it got easier over time.  I am surprised at how well she has taken to these new Let’s Rock! dolls from Playskool, as she brings them wherever she goes.  I am guessing this is because she likes the smaller size, making them easier to carry around.  There were a few instances when she had the microphone right up to Cookie Monster’s mouth and he sang really loud, startling her.  But, I told her to keep the microphone at a distance to lower the volume of the singing, which made a big difference.

Did you get your little one a Let’s Rock Elmo doll this past holiday?  If you did and don’t have the Let’s Rock! Cookie Monster and the LET’S ROCK! Strummin’ Ernie dolls, why not surprise them this Easter with these two toys.  At only $19.99 each, if purchased from either Playskool’s online store, or, they would make for an affordable holiday gift.  Here are just a few photos of Savannah interacting with her two Sesame Street pals.

So, what are you waiting for?  Head on over to the Playskool website today and order these cute toys, to get in time for Easter.  In addition to ordering online, you can also buy them at Toys R Us and other major retailers.



Click here to order the Let’s Rock! Cookie Monster  or LET’S ROCK! Strummin’ Ernie toys directly from Playskool’s online store, for only $19.99 each.

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

POUND PUPPIES: Homeward Pound on DVD now #Giveaway

Pound PuppiesI’m a child of the 80s. Well, the 70s, really, but my earliest memories are from the 80s. One favorite thing I remember was my beloved Pound Puppies!!  I may or may not still have one…

I was excited to hear about the March 6 release of POUND PUPPIES: HOMEWARD POUND. Another way to revisit favorite friends from my childhood and share wholesome television with my kids.   The kids love animal characters, and each of the Pound Puppies are just lovable, relatable characters.  The five episodes are long enough to keep the kids’ attention – but short enough that we can watch just one before bedtime or after lunch.  Sweet stories and endearing characters make this a great DVD to our collection! [click to continue…]

TABOO Review and Flash #Giveaway

tabooTABOO has always been a favorite game of mine.  I love it!  It’s good, clean fun, and you can get seriously silly.

TABOO is recommended for adults, but I think many kids from 8+ can play- you may have to skip a few words, but overall I think they can do it.  You have to think fast and think creatively when you aren’t able to rhyme or gesture to get someone to guess your words!  This is definitely a must-have game if you are a game night lover like me, and with over 1000 words you are sure to have many hours of fun (especially now with the Uh-Oh! Buzzer- which I won’t lie, makes me jump every.single.time!!)  Games like this are great to bring on family trips, too, or to family gatherings!

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Ultimate Easy Bake Oven #Giveaway #Rafflecopter

Last week, I opened a gift I’d secretly wished for many years ago, but never told my parents- nor Santa.  The little kids were napping and my oldest was at school, and there was a big white box on my doorstep holding the new Ultimate Easy Bake Oven inside!!  I used to get so excited when I’d go to a friend’s house and they had the Easy Bake.  I tried to act all cool and nonchalant, but inside I was all “wheeeeeeeeeeeeee I get to bake and I’m a kid” at their houses.

Times have changed for the Easy Bake- the new design is far more sleek, more hip, more modern than before, and there’s no more cooking with a light bulb.  They even make whoopie pie mix for the Easy Bake.  Little tiny whoopie pies.  Teeny tiny cookies, cupcakes, and cakes.  The whole thing just screams fun for everyone.  Who wants to cook dinner like a grownup when there’s an Easy Bake oven around? NOT ME! (Oh wait. I don’t usually want to cook dinner anyway…)

The Ultimate Easy Bake gets to a toasty 375 degrees inside. Outside, its cool to the touch.  That’s not to say you shouldn’t be exercising caution, because I firmly believe you always should when cooking…but its a nice feature that gives a littel peace of mind.  You should always have your child using this under adult supervision.  The recommended age for this toy is 8+ so if and when my oldest uses this, it will be with my very close supervision and likely only me using the oven itself (and not just because I don’t want to share my new toy…) [click to continue…]

Hasbro Gift Ideas for Boys

Captain America The First Avenger Disc Launching Shield is going to be a HUGE hit with little boys.  As if Captain America himself isn’t cool already, now he’s got a super cool shield that also launches discs.  What a fun outside toy (maybe inside some places, but not my house.  Too small!!) and a great way to build on imaginative play, role play and some serious superhero fun!!

Built especially for the Allies’ own super soldier, this indestructible shield became a symbol of strength for people around the world. In the hands of Captain America, it is a powerful weapon. Now you’ve got the chance to wield the shield of the most skilled fighter in the world!

Make crime-fighting action “come alive” with this Disc Launching Shield. When enemies appear and it’s up to you to defeat them, wield your shield to protect yourself from their advances. Just when they think they’ve got you cornered, use your shield to launch your five discs up to 20 feet to take out their forces! With your power and this shield, there’s just no stopping you!

Shield comes with 5 discs.

Requires 4 “AA” batteries (not included).

Ages 5 and up. $19.99 ARV

/!\ CAUTION: Do not at aim at eyes or face. TO AVOID INJURY: Use only discs designed for this product. Do not modify discs or blaster.


There is a Captain America The First Avenger Hero Mask that is a nice, soft, pliable rubber for ease of use and comfort for little hands.  Hours of fun with the disc launching sheild, sure to please your little superhero.   Fits ages 5- adult.  I may have to put this on Mr. Bargains just to see.  I love how masks nowadays do not cover full faces – much easier for kids to see and maneuver around, and just as fun!  I forsee many hours of play in these toys!

Make super hero action “come alive” with this awesome Captain America Hero Mask. When villains rear their ugly heads and you’ve got to save the day, put on your mask to feel just like your favorite hero! With details that make this mask seem just like the real thing, you’ll want to wear it all the time — or until your evil enemies are defeated!

Mask adjusts to fit head sizes for ages 5 through adult.

Ages 5 and up. $8.99 ARV [click to continue…]

Monopoly: Electric Banking Edition #Giveaway #Rafflecopter

Family Game Night is something we’ve begun as a tradition- in part for the fun of it but also because we feel it’s something that will keep us connected in just one more way, and it’s something both Mr. Bargains and myself grew up doing- playing games with family.  While our kids aren’t yet old enough to enjoy games like Monopoly: Electric Banking Edition, we certainly are!

It’s all about flash, not cash, in this ultra-modern version of MONOPOLY. Wave goodbye to bills and say hello to your sweet new MONOPOLY bank card! Scoop up property with a swipe of plastic. Choose from a selection of cool tokens, including a Segway, flat screen TV and space shuttle. With cards, not cash, you can grab those properties faster than ever before!

Gameboard comes with title deed cards, chance and community chest cards, 6 debit cards, 2 dice, 6 tokens, 32 houses, 12 hotels and instructions. 2-6 Players. 2 “AAA” Batteries Required (not included).

One reader will win Monopoly: Electric Banking Edition! [click to continue…]

KRE-O Transformers Autobot Ratchet set Giveaway and Discount code

Building blocks and Tranformers are very popular around this house.  So I knew my son would love this set for his 7th birthday.  KRE-O Transformers Autobot Ratchet set can be made into an ambulance or Autobot Ratchet.  My son and husband loved building this set together.

With 187 bricks and other construction pieces, you can build the heroic AUTOBOT RATCHET character in either robot or vehicle mode with just one set! In robot mode, your AUTOBOT RATCHET figure is an intimidating force.

Build your favorite Transformers hero, Autobot Ratchet, in vehicle or robot mode with this 2-in-1 set of KRE-O construction pieces. It includes 2 Kreon figures: Autobot Ratchet and Medic. The KRE-O construction set lets you build Autobot Ratchet as a robot figure or as an ambulance. In vehicle mode, put your Kreon figures in the back or the front seat of the ambulance. The set includes 187 KRE-O pieces and stretcher and fire axe accessories. [click to continue…]

Cranium Brain Breaks: Great for #FamilyGameNight (Giveaway)

Another great game from the folks at Cranium is here- and you’re going to want to grab it fast!!  Full of over 200 different games that are all able to be played in under 1 minute, CRANIUM BRAIN BREAKS offers family friendly fun for all ages, and the small packaging means its totally portable- teachers, doctors, friends, family, just about anyone will love to own this fun game!

I love the classic elements of this game, combined with the fast pace of each individual game- being able to play games in 1 minute can really make for some fun times- and also keep everyone’s attention better than perhaps some longer games might, especially for the younger kids. If you are going to have Family Game Night anytime soon, add this to your must- have list! [click to continue…]

Let’s Rock! Elmo (Giveaway)

Let’s Rock! Elmo may very well be one of *the* hot toys for the preschool crowd this year.  It’s got the components that kids love- you can play with it, sing with it, dance with it, and interacts with them.  Music, technology and entertainment in an adorable, furry red package.  The black tshirt Elmo’s wearing helps him look the rock star part for sure!  I love that Elmo interacts with the other instruments in the LET’S ROCK line- offering the juice box crowd a way to form a friendly (and age appropriate) little rock band of their own. 

My kids love music, they love technology and they LOVE to sing and dance so I had to jump at the chance to check out this new Elmo- and I’m so glad I did!  He’s so cool, and so much fun- plus, even though he’s a cool rock star, Elmo stays true to his roots- he remembers to say please and thank you when asking for and receiving his instruments.  The songs he sings are also very appropriate (including Elmo’s World).  

One thing that immediately stuck out to me is that Elmo really does interact with the instruments.  He shakes the tambourine, lifts the mic to his mouth, sometimes even when humming, and pounds on the drums with his arm- sometimes both arms.  Sometimes “interactive” toys don’t necessarily work properly- but as you can see in this video, which I had to do when the kids were alseep (because I can’t get a minute alone with Elmo to let him do his thing to show you all!!) down in the basement…but you can see just how much he interacts with the drums, the tambourine and the microphone that come along in the box with Let’s Rock! Elmo.

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