Summer Boredom Busters

Possibly the most frightening creature that rears it’s head in the summer months are bored children.  I write this and we still have many weeks LEFT of summer… we’re at the point where swim team is done, lessons are finished…. and kids are getting bored. They bring with them everything from whining and misbehaving, to chaos and clutter in the house, not to mention eating you out of house and home!  Parents everywhere are in luck! I’ve put together a list of summer boredom busters that will save your sanity and your household!

 Summer Boredom Busters

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Nerf N-Sports Sonic Howler Flying Disc

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This disk takes the game for Frisbee to a whole new level with it’s howling! The soft grip makes it safe and easy to hold! Tons of fun, and even little ones can use it with the open center design.

 

Nerf Super Soaker Tri Strike Crossbow Water Blaster

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No summer is complete with out a little super soaker action! This isn’t your normal water gun. This Nerf has a deployable crossbow that shoots up to 3 streams of water, up to 38 feet away!

 

Nerf Rebelle Super Soaker Dolphina Bow ·

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Another awesome Super Soaker is the Rebelle. This adorable Super Soaker puts a feminine spin on the Crossbow, with cute colors. Don’t let the cuteness fool you though! This Nerf packs a serious punch as well and can actually reach targets up to 75 feet away! It can spray dad with water from the windows in our playhouse, a full 50+ feet away from where he stands and grills… and if the kiddos are quiet, he’s not sure who’s gotten him.  Of course, the giggles always give them away…

 

 

Play-Doh Double Desserts Playset ·

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Play-Doh has come a very long way since my childhood days! The Play-Doh Double Desserts Playset allows your child to make pretend cakes and frosting with a special play-doh compound specifically made for modeling. It actually gives the full effect with its oven for baking, and adorable decorating options.

 

Disney Princess Pop Up Magic Tangled Game ·

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This game takes board games to the next level. With the pop up game board, you actually feel as if you are a part of the game, as you navigate through the game  as Rapunzel or Flynn. This game board can actually connect to other pop-up game boards, which you can purchase separately!

 

Mr. Potato Head

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No list of children’s games can be complete without the classic Mr. Potato Head! Mr. Potato Head let’s your children be creative, while being entertained! There are so many different accessories to go with Mr. Potato Head nowadays, the fun never ends!

 

Mad Libs

 

I’ve rediscovered these with the kids and we’ve had SO much fun with these.  There are all kinds of themed books of Mad Libs, Junior versions, etc. Also- just a bit of trivia.  Mad Libs?  OVER 56 years strong already.

 

Fairy/Gnome Gardens

Send the kids to build fairy/gnome gardens.  They may stare at you like you are crazy at first, but if they are anything like the kids we know, they will ultimately spend hours creating a whimsical village.

Beginning or end of summer, we are always glad to find more boredom busters.

What are your favorite boredom busters??

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Super Hero Mashers from Hasbro #MyMashUp

I think we have approximately 5002 action figures in this house.  We’ve been adding to our collection since my son was 2 and talked about “bad guys” more than anything else (which, incidentally, were good guys, but he had limited verbal skills at the time…) So we kind of have a feeling like we maybe have “all” the action figures we need, you know?  Many of his friends’ moms say the same thing. But I heard about the new Super Hero Mashers from Hasbro, and I thought to myself, that’s something a little different. So when the chance popped up to review them, through our partnership with Mom It Forward network, we were excited to check these out.

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MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS Action Figures Assortment

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: January 2014)

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Mash up your hero, and then crack up your friends! Hasbro’s MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS feature your favorite MARVEL Super Heroes and Villains with completely interchangeable parts and accessories, so kids can create their ultimate (or ultimately silly!) hero. Would a hero with SPIDER-MAN’s body and HAWKEYE’S head shoot arrows or webs? With MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS, the possibilities are colossal for you to make YOUR mash-up! Thirteen figures will be available in this assortment in 2014, featuring favorite Marvel characters like CAPTAIN AMERICA, SPIDER-MAN and GREEN GOBLIN. Each figure is sold separately and comes with an accessory.

 

MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS BATTLE UPGRADE Action Figures Assortment

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: January 2014)

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Mash up your hero, and then crack up your friends! Hasbro’s MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS feature your favorite MARVEL Super Heroes and Villains with completely interchangeable parts and accessories, so kids can create their ultimate (or ultimately silly!) hero. Each MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS BATTLE UPGRADE figure comes with multiple Battle Gear pieces, including a launching missile, for even more crazy combinations! With MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS, the possibilities are colossal for you to make YOUR mash-up! Seven figures will be available in this assortment in 2014, featuring favorite Marvel characters like HULK, THOR and VENOM. Additional Mash up arms included with Wave 2 figures. Each figure sold separately.

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The ‘trunks’ of the bodies of these action figures are a nice solid construction.  They are a solid weight (not heavy, unless used as trajectory, which, well, it could be), so you know it’ll stand up to the play tests kids will put them through. Standard colors for each Masher go with their superhero costume colors. The feet seem a tiny bit small so the figures don’t seem to stand up on their own- at least not for long- but really, when my kids play with toys, they are rarely standing them upright and walking away so it’s a non-issue for us.

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Then the fun parts come into play.  Each of the Super Hero Mashers comes with some parts and pieces that are removable- and repositionable- so that you can change things up with different Mashers.  Hands, feet, gloves, webs, weapons, different Mashers come with different accessories but anything that comes OFF a Masher can be easily put onto another Masher.

So you can, say, combine your favorite parts of Spiderman with Thor, and maybe add a little bit of Iron Patriot in.  Create your own figures, or play with them as they come.  Lots of fun and creative options for kids!

My son really liked these.  A lot.  I was really surprised when he asked me for a paper and colored pencils so he could start drawing his creations that he made.  He actually has an assignment to bring in a toy or something from home in a dark bag for Friday, and has to write 7 things to describe it for his class to guess…without saying what it is.  He’s very excited to bring one of his Super Hero Mashers in and hopes to stump them since it’s NOT just Spidey or Iron Patriot!!  We will see.  But any toy that has him wanting to further his play with art AND language arts is going to get a second look by this mama.

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Which Super Hero Mashers figure do YOU like best?

Toy storage that makes cleaning up fun! ($150 Prize Pack #Giveaway)

A while back, I lost my mind.  I think it was the eleventy billionth LEGO brick I stepped on, or maybe it was the fourteen thousandth article of doll clothing/accessories I found under my pillow.  The toys are taking over my house and it has.to.stop. Toy storage needs to be stepped up.

I love my kids. I love their toys. I do. I really, really do. I have a deep love of toys. It’s just the leaving of the toys everywhere in the house that makes me crazy.  I love my son’s LEGO creations but I really don’t need to find them in my bed, or in the cabinet next to my deodorant. I just don’t. Racecars don’t need to be in the fridge, and doll shoes don’t belong in the VCR slot. (RIP VCR, RIP).

Three kids,  + three kids’ toys + a small sized house = need for organization.  (I really, REALLY wanted to put 4 in there, because, it was like math, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it). Now do 3 kids + 3 kids’ toys + a small house + 3 kids who hate cleaning up their toys = mom with a lost mind.

This is where I tell you what’s helping me regain my mind, one tiny little toy at a time.  It’s really not one thing, but several.  ToyTainer.

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ToyTainer is a company that clearly spends a LOT of time either secretly videotaping my children or is run by people who have children just like mine.  They came up with toys for kids to play with that also can house those same toys so that the children playing with them want to put them away WHERE THEY BELONG.  They asked if I’d check out their products and um, yea. Of course I would.

My little one is at the oh I love puppies and kittens and everything princess age. If it sparkles and comes with a lot of little parts she can shove into a pocket, even better. ANDDDDDDDDDDD she likes to have sets of things (can’t deny, that’s right from mama). So she has a new collection of Palace Pets toys. Which we’ve been shoving into this metal, sharp edged  bin thingy because we hadn’t had anything else that worked. Not safe and not practical, and always falling open.  Apparently, there IS a difference between the brushes that Cinderella’s puppy uses vs.  the brushes Snow White’s pet Apple uses. And if you know 4 year olds, you understand that they will smell your fear that a piece or part was misplaced…and they will hound you to find that piece.

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Above, not working.  Parts were lost. Tears were shed.

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Above, not working.  More tears shed.  (By mom).

Drumroll please….

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HEY MOM! I put my Palace Pets away!! All by myself!!

See this magical rectangle of pink? That’s the Shoe Box Play-n-Store Castle from ToyTainer.

Watch what it does.

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And then… and then….

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She can play with the pets.  All of them.  On a  mat.  That folds up into the case to carry the pets.  Do you SEE this, people?

She cleans up her toys and puts them away.  (Well, really, she cleans up THESE toys and puts them away. Baby steps).

It even has a handle so she can carry it from one place to another.

No pony brushes in my bed, no tiaras in my fridge.  No accessories in the laundry.

ToyTainer, if you are listening? I love you. Long time.

 

There’s all kinds of other equally fabulous ToyTainer products. Some are pink and some are blue and some are neither.  My son has more fun dunking Beanie Boos into the Fold n’Go Games Center on the back of his closet door than putting laundry away but… but… the 4003 Beanie Boos that live in my house are all in one place. And not in my bed.

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American Girl, Build-A-Bear, Barbie and Strawberry Shortcake…oh, and you, too, my little LaLaLoopsy pals… you can all rest easy, because you can spend some time on the back of the girls’ door now in the Princess Castle Fold n’ Go.  Mommy won’t be stepping on Jasmine’s leg and dismembering her any longer.

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ToyTainer is available exclusively at Target.com and in Target stores.

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My Little Pony is growing up with Equestria Girls (2 winner #giveaway)

This is a sponsored post about the My Little Pony Equestria Girls line of dolls.  Opinions are my own. Growing up, I loved My Little Pony everything.  I think that they came in third only to my Annie wig and my Cabbage Patch Kid doll.  The ponies were different- I could do so much with them including brush their hair.  They were smaller in size than a doll, so I could bring them wherever I went much easier. A few ponies and some imagination and I could fill an afternoon.  My older daughter likes MLP but hasn’t fallen in love with them.  My little one, who just turned 4? She adores MLP.  Tshirts, underwear, mini ponies,  regular ponies, videos…and to her delight…the new Equestria Girls line.

Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Shimmer arrived at our house the other evening, packaged together in one box.  Each has her own sense of style and comes with a few accessories.  There’s only one girl who can be crowned Fall Formal Princess, and only one crown in the box…your little one gets to decide who wins the title and the crown. The kids have been enjoying Sunset Shimmer and Twilight Sparkle together- they were immediately “best friends” and have been marrying all of brother’s action figures (Iron Man is quite the catch, who knew?)

(Please note- when my 8 year old says something is creepy, it’s a GOOD thing!)
The MY LITTLE PONY You Know and Love Has a New Look!

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Twilight Sparkle has been transformed into a teenage girl by walking through a magical mirror to a parallel universe where she makes some new friends who remind her of Ponyville’s Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy. Check them out as they explore Equestria!

Come Thru the Mirror to check out the Equestria Girls at Walmart

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Come through the mirror on Walmart.com to get all of the info on the new MY LITTLE PONY Equestria Girls. Check out biographies on all of the MY LITTLE PONY Equestria Girls, and view all of our MY LITTLE PONY Equestria Girls product. As you move throughout the page, roll over hidden gems to discover fun activities and features for your MY LITTLE PONY fan to enjoy, like Magic Hair Chalk, MY LITTLE PONY nail art, MY LITTLE PONY Equestria Girls coloring pages, and more!

Twilight Sparkle- Only Available at Walmart

Buy your Equestria Girl products at Walmart so your daughter can experience MY LITTLE PONY and build memories of her own, while you get Walmart’s everyday low value. Give her an exclusive MY LITTLE PONY experience when you buy her Twilight Sparkle, only available at Walmart!

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Little Bits Modular Electronics for Kids

I am SO excited to share this new product with you! If you have a budding engineer in your family you are going to want to pay attention to this! Through my internet search to find a fun and unique toy that would spark the interest of my grade schooler, I learned about Little Bits. What are they you ask? Why only the most awesome electronic modules that snap together with magnets! They can be used for prototyping, learning and fun. Sound geeky? Good, it’s supposed to! I received the Holiday Kit in the mail. It was nicely packaged for gift giving in a compartmentalized box with a magnetic closure and a bow. What It’s All About “A special kit for the 2012 Holiday Season! The Holiday Kit is a great introduction to littleBits, and also includes step-by-step instructions to make special projects, like a Christmas Tree ornament, a Dancing Skater and a New Year’s Party Hat! This Kit features some awesome new Bits including the Light Wire and the Bright LED to help you make a splash during the holidays. And, of course, you can you can pack everything away in the snapp case if you ever stop playing. littleBits is a system of modular electronics that snap together with magnets for prototyping, learning and fun! Each bit has a simple, unique function, like blinking a light or sensing pressure. Just snap a few

The littleBits Holiday Kit includes:

  • A double sided instruction sheet with quick start guide and project suggestions
  • A custom-made 9V battery + cable
  • A 9V battery connector.
  • Custom plastic screwdriver

7 littleBits:

  • power
  • pulse
  • light wire
  • dc motor
  • bright led
  • wire x2

Winner of Awards From: parent tested, parent approved National Parent Publications Awards Maker Faire Dr. Toy Popular Science TED *littleBits is for kids 8+ and contains small magnets My Experience I am not electrically or mechanically inclined, but these things are FUN!! I unpacked the kit and immediately started on a project. I simply followed the “recipe” in the pamphlet, cut out a figure of an ice skater, attached it with a pipe cleaner and voila. I made a spinning ice skater!!! The quick start guide had me creating within minutes.

Not only is it rewarding to make your own creation come to life, but it’s a GREAT way to learn. Each component snaps together with magnets and labelled (power, pulse, dc motor, etc…) Through experimentation and play your child will quickly learn the cause and effect of each of these components. Little Bits are recommended for children aged 8+, but I am really excited about sharing this with my 7 year old (with parental guidance of course). He just loves building and creating with legos and other materials. This will help him take his imagination to the next level. Who knows, maybe I will have a budding engineer on my hands! Little bits come in a variety of packages, including: teaser, starter and extended kits. Individual components are also available for sale. All kits and products can be purchased at www.littlebits.com The Little Bits Holiday Kit retails for $49. A great price for gift giving! One of our readers will win their very own Little Bits Holiday Kit!!!!

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Air Storm’s Zing Z-Tek Crossbow (#Giveaway)

The Air Storm Z-Tek Crossbow is a soft-foam crossbow for bigger kids to start learning and shooting a crossbow. It’s cool, less dangerous than the real thing, and packs a lot of power. With soft-foam, parents can feel a bit more comfortable letting their child try their hand at archery, and kids can use the “real thing” to practice. I always loved shooting archery at summer camp, back in the day.

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Decked out in bright orange and black, the Z-Tek Cross Bow’s most innovative feature is the extension application that offers two distinct firing modes; short-range and POWER-SHOT. Arrows can shoot up to 30ft in the short-range mode, perfect for tight spaces! Switch to the POWER-SHOT mode by pushing the button between the arms to extend the shaft of the crossbow, lock it in place, pull the trigger, and watch the Zartz fly to nearly 45ft with the increased tension

The Z-Tek Cross Bow is sold exclusively at Walmart stores and includes a Mega Target and three special Zartz arrows with suction cupped tips that stick to flat surfaces…perfect for target practice and friendly competitions!

zing toys crossbow toyThis crossbow is made for the 8+ crowd, and I implore you to please follow that guideline. Part of that age suggestion is because younger children simply do not have the strength needed to operate this crossbow for safety. To be honest, my kids have been so enthralled with archery and anything closely related to it since we saw the movie Brave over the summer, that I’d thought this would be really fun for them to have to practice with. I’d envisioned a nice, safe and quiet archery target in my backyard.

Once this crossbow arrived, I realized how wrong I was and asked a friend with an older child if I could pass it along to him- he’s the perfect age for this and has been wanting to try his hand with something like this! Things do seem to work out for a reason, right? Anyway, my pal is really enjoying this crossbow and was really happy with how fast and far the arrows went when he was shooting it.

There are some features that I really think show some attention to detail and thoughtfulness. There’s a safety feature- you can’t fire the arrows until they are in place and you release the safety. The arrows are foam tipped. There are also 2 modes to use this crossbow in so that younger, or not so strong children, can still enjoy this toy without risk. I will again caution you that this is NOT meant for little ones- and for good reason. It’s a great toy, and very cool, but let’s keep it for the 8+ crowd!

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BOGO Fisher Price, 40% off Joe Boxer at Kmart! #Holiday2012

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Holiday shopping deals are popping up left, right, and every which way. Two fun brands are having some HOT deals at Kmart this week and you won’t want to miss out!

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Fisher Price is a longtime family favorite toy brand- some of MY Fisher Price toys from childhood are still kicking around. I found an adorable minivan and outdoor playset to go with my younger daughter’s dollhouse at Kmart this week- which means I can save big by taking advantage of the BOGO 50% off Fisher Price !

Shopping for the kids? We’ve got BOGO 50% off Fisher Price now! #Holiday2012 http://kmrt.us/U2XD91
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Another hot sale at Kmart this week is on Joe Boxer– again, great timing- my pajamas are pathetic right now and I’m in desperate need of new ones. I love comfy, snuggly pajamas- and that’s what Joe Boxer is all about! This week we can save 40% on Joe Boxer Baby and Kids sleepwear and robes and Women’s sleepwear and thermals

Savings for snuggling! Save 40% off select Baby, Kid & Women’s @JoeBoxer sleepwear http://kmrt.us/StMmRl #Holiday2012
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Kmart’s Fab 15 Holiday Toys #HGG

Kmart has a LOT of the hottest toys this holiday season.

  • Johnny The Skull  Johnny the Skull is an electronic game that, when he swivels his head around the room, ghosts are projected from his eye. Shoot quick or you may miss them! The blaster will count the number of ghosts hit. Hear the ghosts make spooky sounds throughout the game. Game has 3 different skill levels — can you master them all?
  • Twister Dance An updated, modern version of the ever-popular, classic game.  It’s Twister, 2012 style.  Fun for parties and family get togethers!
  • WEE Brawlin’ Buddies Stuffed versions of popular WWE stars who can handle a throwdown and even use familiar phrases used by the real stars!

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  • FurReal Friends Bouncy My Happy To See Me Pup– This little pup is just cute as can be.  A nice small size, this little pup comes with it’s very own tote bag and brush (an exclusive to Kmart gift set) and is all ready to interact and play with your little one.  This little pup even jumps and spins!
  • Monsuno Strike Sector Combat Set Step up your game and take your Monsuno action into the battle zone! The Monsuno Strike Sector Combat Set allows for fast-paced battle anytime, anywhere. Quickly & easily snaps apart and folds up for easy transport! Comes with an EXCLUSIVE translucent blue Charger figure, core & card!

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  • 2012 Brunette Holiday Barbie- This is a brunette Barbie in a gorgeous, holiday red ball gown, with shimmer and silver accents.  She’s a favorite collectible and any Barbie fan will love to have her!

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  • LEGO Monster Fighters: The Vampyre Hearse With all of the success of the Twilight movies, LEGO has found a way to give the “bigger” kids some fun – and safe- vampire toys.  We’re huge LEGO fans anyway in this house but I am loving the “edge” of this product line!
  • HotWheels Dune Racer Ride On My son would be over the moon for this dune racer, although it’s not in our budget and we have some ride on toys already.   It is totally cool, though.  I wouldn’t mind if Santa dropped one by the house!
  • Furby Furby’s back and I secretly hope someone decides to tell Santa I’d not mind having a pink one.  Why?  I was “too old” for them last time, but always wanted one.  Now they are back and the kids are almost old enough…and I still want one!  It’s hard to resist such a cute, furry toy that’s interactive.
  • Air Hogs Hover Assault- Super cool R/C vehicle that can also FLY!
  • Imaginext CastleWe are HUGE fans of the Imaginext Line- so much opportunity for creative and dramatic play!  There are also accessories and add ons for every budget and this is going to be a big hit under the tree….and one of those toys that’s played with for a really long time.  Anything Imaginext we’ve had has been played with for hours upon hours a week…
  • Cinderella Enchanted Carriage Vanity My 3 year old is fully engrossed in the world of princesses.  She saw this vanity in the store and I’m telling you, my child’s eyes filled up with tears.  “It’s so beautiful, mommy,” she said in a whisper.
  • LeapFrog Explorer LeapPad2 The #1 learning tablet just got better! LeapPad2 Explorer inspires kids to imagine and explore with front-and-back cameras and video recorders, 4 GB of memory and a library of 325+ cartridges and downloadable apps, including eBooks, videos, music, creativity apps and more for limitless learning and fun!
  • Master Moves Mickey- Mickey’s always a hit and Master Moves Mickey is no exception. He’s a dancing machine and does handstands and even 360 spins.
  • Monster High Roller Maze Gift Set Skultimate Roller Maze is a ferocious game that requires monster skills. Unfortunately, the star players have all gotten injured, and the ghouls of Monster High have to save the day! This Kmart exclusive gift set includes both Ghoulia Yelps and Abbey Bominable dolls. Ready to roll, each player has a “fangtastic” skating outfit with helmet, knee pads and skates.

And Kmart has some of the hot toys that aren’t ON the list- like any of the Doc McStuffins toys- each time I head to Kmart I peek at the Fab 15 toys and check for Doc McStuffins and I can tell you that at least in the Vernon, CT store, there have been items in stock a few times per week…when other local stores are sold out!
What are the toys on YOUR shopping list this year?

Samples of these products were received in exchange for this post.  The samples were photographed in their packaging so that we could donate them to ToysforTots. 

iPieces Games for iPad by Pressman (Giveaway) #GiftGuide

ipieces gamesI have a FUN stocking stuffer idea for all of you who own iPads!  Pressman Toy has these fun new games that bring old school board games into the world of technology- the new line of iPieces!  These games are fun- the digital boards mean things can move, you can have sound effects, etc.  That’s a new twist on an old fav0rite in itself.  The game pieces are just like the “real” ones, although scaled to fit within an iPad screen.  There are also fewer pieces since much of the game is within the free app- so less to lose (This is kind of important in my house because my kids are constantly losing track of game pieces and it drives me bonkers!). While I will always prefer traditional board games, I am glad to have these games, and I know there will be times I use them- especially when we travel, or have medical appointments.  Bringing 5 board games on a family trip will take up a considerable amount of space, but bringing 5 iPieces games on a family trip will maybe fill up a space the size of a lunchbox!  The smaller size means they are very easy to transport and a great thing to keep in your bag for just in case.  I like to have one of my devices on hand if we go to a doctors appointment, or another appointment where we may be waiting a long time- and I’d much prefer to play a game with my kids than have them play solo if possible. I think it will be more fun to play Snakes and Ladders while waiting for the nurse to come in than not having a game to play!  (Plus, there are snake sounds, and tumbleweeds that roll across the screen. The sound effects are great fun!) ipieces snakes and ladders The pieces for each of these games is made with a material meant to not scratch your iPad screen.  There are notes on each game that if you you do have a protective screen on your device, the pieces may leave some marks. MY favorite of these games is Air Hockey.  The teeniest version of Air Hockey you ever did see, but just as fun.  It makes me think of the “old” days when we’d play things like tabletop football while waiting for our orders at a restaurant.

iPieces Goose Game brings the classic goose game to life! Move across the board and see how your interactive iPieces unlock fantastic animations of flying geese. iPieces Snakes & Ladders Game brings the classic game of Snakes & Ladders to life! Move across the game board and place your ladders strategically to reach the top. Experience how the snakes rise and hiss. iPieces Air Hockey Game allows you to experience the thrill of hitting the puck with real iPieces strikers on your iPad. Various game possibilities. iPieces Fishing Game brings the classic fishing game to life! Catch a fish with your fishing rod and drag it to your bucket to score points. But watch out for the Heron or Pike! This fishing game provides hours of fun! iPieces Pool Game (This one is going in my husband’s stocking- he actually played pool in a league when I first met him and while he’s not playing anymore, it’ll be fun to play with him now!) Just when you thought you have mastered Pool comes a great new way to play. Take your cue and rack up the balls. Play right on the iPad. 1 – 2 players.  Compatible with all iPads

Each of these iPieces games retails for about $9.99-$12.99 and are definitely a great gift for any iPad user on your list! iPieces are available for purchase at Toys“R”Us, Barnes & Noble, K-mart, Radio Shack, Learning Express, and BJ’s Wholesale Club stores nationwide.  They are also available for purchase online at Amazon.com and ToysRUs.com. holiday gift guide One reader will win an iPieces game of your choice! To enter, simply leave a comment and tell me which of the iPieces games you’ll choose if you win!
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 Samples of this product were received to facilitate my review.  Opinions are my own. This giveaway will end on November 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST. US only. Winner to be chosen randomly. One entry per household.

The Perplexus Review – Holiday Gift Guide

 

Have you seen the new Perplexus maze game from PlaSmart?  I have a feeling that this going to be BIG this holiday season.  This fun toy requires critical thinking, fine motor skills and NO batteries!  Great for kids ages 6 and up.  I was SO excited with the folks at Plasmart agreed to send me the original Perplexus.  My kids were immediately intruiged when they saw this colorful orb.  In fact, I had to set up a timer and organize a line so that all 3 of my kids got equal time playing.  They had a blast with this thing!  There is a small metal ball that must be maneuvered through the maze in the ball.  You are guided by small numbers on the track.  The concept is easy, the game is challenging!  I love that you can play this game as a single player or make it into a multi player game.

Here are the details:

PERPLEXUS is a maze game where players maneuver a small marble around challenging barriers inside a transparent sphere. Unlike traditional flat-surface mazes that are composed of one path, PERPLEXUS houses various challenging tracks with 100 barriers providing a frustrating three-dimensional experience. Players select the track they would like to attempt and must work with gravity to carefully shift, flip, and twist the sphere to guide the marble. Players can race each other or the clock.

There are many fun ways to play PERPLEXUS. It works as both a single player game and as a multi-player competitive game.

HOW TO PLAY… the basics

  • Roll the ball to one of the starting points, numbered 1 2 or 3 (we suggest starting with #1) If you can´t find them…. put PERPLEXUS down and slowly back away!
  • Flip, twist and spin PERPLEXUS to move the ball along the numbered path. When you fall off the track…. cuz it´s gonna happen…. just start over!!!
  • If you make it to the end, pat yourself on the back… then go get the next PERPLEXUS challenge!

The Perplexus is at the top of my list for holiday gift ideas.  No assembly is required, the game is nice and QUIET, reasonably priced and provides endless entertainment for anyone over the age of 6.  In fact, I am thinking of getting one for my elderly grandparents!  Perplexus offers the maze in the following styles:  Original, Rookie, Epic and Twist.  Get one this holiday season and your entire family will be hooked!

Follow Perplexus on Facebook for the latest information and updates.  Perplexus Original retails for $18.89.  You can find a local vendor here.

“A sample of this product was provided to facilitate my review.  All opinions expressed are my own.”