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The VTech Spin & Learn Adventure Globe is one of my favorite learning tools. Its interactive surface uses touch technology to teach little ones about the different cultures, foods, animals and more found around the world. Music and sound effects complete this truly memorable educational journey.
Multiplication can seem like a bore for many kids, so Ka-Ching turned it into a high-stakes card game that lets them see the importance of math in everyday life. Players must try to end up with the largest profit by buying and selling cards – and keeping their opponents from doing the same, which also builds those oh-so important strategy skills.
Moms have their Kindles and nooks. Now kids can be part of the eBook revolution with the Vtech V.Reader, an interactive system that offers fully narrated and animated stories to take your child from pre-reader to book lover in record time.
Cats don't need a lot to stay entertained. Give them a ball and they'll stay entertained for hours. The problem, though, is when they keep knocking the ball under the furniture so that you have to constantly retrieve it. But not anymore thanks to this Bergan Turbo Track Cat Toy. The track allows you to change the pieces around so that your cat doesn't get bored. The ball stays in the track so that... more
Puzzles aren’t just for people, they’re for pets, too. This Ethical Pet Seek-A-Treat Shuffle Bone Dog Puzzle promises to keep your favorite pet entertained for hours, while also working to stimulate his or her mind. The puzzle lets you hide their favorite treats inside the compartments so that he or she can sniff out and locate the treat. And even though it’s advertised for dogs, cats will also be entertained by the challenging puzzle.
It's not every day you see a pet toy receive accolades for its innovative design, but the FroliCat BOLT Interactive Laser Pet Toy is such a toy. It was a finalist in the 2009 Chicago Innovation Awards. Simply place the toy on a flat surface and watch as your furry friends are entertained for hours by the automatically generated red laser pattern. Random mode creates random patterns for your cat or dog to chase,... more
Call us old-fashioned, but with all the electronic games and toys for kids today, we prefer to stick to simple holiday gifts that don’t require batteries, and let them use their imagination. This Alex Toys Fold-n-Fly Paper Airplane Activity Kit uses colorful paper and stickers to create up to 18 paper airplanes. It also includes a folding tool, and an easy instruction book packed in a printed storage folder.
We know that toys are usually associated with kids, but really, this Mini Gumby and Pokey are probably going to be better appreciated by adult kids, or at least the ones that remember when Gumby and Pokey had their own television show. This set includes a miniature Gumby and Pokey reminiscent of the 1950's classic stop-motion clay characters. Both figures are fully bendable and posable for hours of fun.
We're a little out of the loop when it comes to what's popular with the kids these days, but we were recently informed by a four-year-old that Silly Bandz are all the rage. And after a bit of research, we were happy to learn that the silicone bracelets are very budget-friendly, and make a very good stocking stuffer for the holiday season. This selection of Silly Bandz includes all kinds of shapes representing popular... more
Another hot toy for the 2010 holiday season, the Magic Orbeez Maker "grows" polymer beads that can be used with other Orbeez products. The beads start off hard and tiny, but after adding water, they grow to more than 100 times their volume. The maker can produce up to 300 Orbeez at once. While they grow, the beads can be shot through the hoops and sent down the spiral ramp into the collection tray.
As a little girl, we would have been all over this Baby Alive Bouncin' Babbles doll, but as an adult, we just find her a little creepy. As its name suggests, the doll bounces up and down much like a real baby when you hold its hand. She also "tells" you how excited she is by making baby sounds. If your little one is a fan of dolls, she'll be excited to find this... more
We have no idea who or what Calico Critters are, but apparently, they need a posh townhome to live in. This Calico Critters Townhome has five rooms to house the Calico Critters family, and includes lots of features, such as lights that turn on and off. Four larger rooms make up the house, and a room divider creates the fifth room. A moveable staircase and extra floor area create larger rooms for all of... more
They might be too young to watch the show on television, but that doesn't mean they can't train for their future career as a crime scene investigator. This CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Kit includes everything they need to lift fingerprints just like the experts. It features a fingerprint brush, dusting powder, flap lifters, two fingerprint stamps, stencil, fingerprint card, alternative light source, ink pad, marker, CSI notebook, and magnification glass.
As a kid, we played with our Nerf football until it fell apart. We were surprised to find that Nerf is still around, and that the Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25 Blaster is a hot toy for this holiday season. The blaster holds up to 25 darts and can fire up to three darts per second. And because it's Nerf, you don’t have to worry about any black eyes since the darts are soft. It's... more
LEGO is breaking into the board game market, and is off to a great start with the LEGO Minotaurus Game. The game centers around a mighty Minotaur, a mythical creature that protects a secret temple hidden deep inside a labyrinth. The goal of the game it to be the first to lead your heroes to the temple, avoiding the Minotaur and cleverly placing walls to block your opponents. It's fun, but challenging game for... more
There's always a hot toy each holiday season, and this year, the Fisher-Price Imaginext Bigfoot The Monster is it. Bigfoot The Monster is an interactive toy that talks, walks, throws a ball, and what's more, he chews, burps, and exercises. Kids can bring him to life with an included easy-to-use wireless remote control. With the press of a button, they can hear him say things like "play" and hear him laugh.
We're big fans of buying toys that will grow with kids, and this Fisher-Price Go Baby Go! Stride-to-Ride Dino will help them with their first steps and take them through their toddler years. It features a large wheelbase and sturdy handle that act as a walker for your baby. As they walk, three lights dance along to music, and fun sound effects motivate and keep them entertained while they take their first steps. The... more
Kids these days, they have it made. Do you remember the boring, plain magnetic letters we had as kids? Well, they're still around, except now, they talk. The LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet brings traditional refrigerator letter magnets to life to teach letter names and sounds. All they have to do is place any letter into the letter reader and press it to hear its name, sound, and a phonics song.
We love this modern and "green" take on a dollhouse. The Plan Toys Green Dollhouse features a wind turbine, a solar cell panel with electrical inverter for generating electricity, a rain barrel for collecting rain, a green facade which helps control the appropriate temperature of the house, and a shade canopy that can be pulled down preventing or allowing the wind and sunlight coming through. Recycle bins are also included in the set.
Growing up, we didn't have a pool in our backyard like some kids, but we had the next best thing: a Slip 'N Slide. Kids will have fun for hours with this easy-to-assemble water slide. Just roll it out, spike it down, hook up the hose, and it's ready to go. Oh, and just be sure to remove any rocks or sticks on the ground before laying it down (trust us on this). The... more