As much as I dislike winter, I absolutely love the holidays! The decorations, the music, the family gatherings and of course for me, shopping for presents for my kids. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the huge smile on their faces when they open their gifts to find the newest, coolest toy. Now the problem is, which one’s to buy???
I had a chance to preview (and test) some of Hasbro’s newest toys (all ages) for the Holidays and I have to tell you, they were pretty amazing.
Here are my top picks for the Holiday’s
1. Furreal Friends – J.J the Jumpin Pug
By far, this toy is at the top of my list of “must-have” toys. I cant begin to tell you how much I love it, never mind my kids!! I originally brought it home for my younger son because he loves dogs, but as it turns out, my older son is playing with him just as much as my younger son! Wave your hand at him and he jumps up on his hind legs, barks and pants. If you want to calm him down, pet his hand and he sits back down. I have to tell you this toy pup has taken quite a beating as he has been thrown around and shockingly is still working perfectly (which is when I realized this is the closest we are going to get to a dog EVER). MSRP $49.99
*other toys in this category: Happy to see me Pets, Pets with Style, Lil’ Big Paws, Luvimals, Starlily my Magical Unicorn, Get up and Gogo My Walking Pup, Pom Pom My Baby Panda, Daisy Plays with me Kitty, Butterscotch My Walkin’ Pony
2. Connect 4
What’s old is new again!! Who knew that something so simple could derive so much pleasure. I got this game for my older son as he is now at the stage where he wants to play games and we played it over and over and over. What I realized is that even though this is for older kids, the little guys can play with it too as it is great for dexterity getting the small chips into the slots. It kept my youngest son busy for at least 30 minutes emptying out the slots and filling them back up (comes in a mini travel version too). MSRP: $10.00
*other toys in this category: Monopoly Jr Frozen, Candy Land Disney Princess Edition, The Game of Life Junior, Monopoly Avengers Edition, The Game of Life Minions Edition, Trouble Minions Edition, Operation Minions Edition, Guess Who Extra Game, Scrabble Junior Game,
3. Playskool Pop-Up Shape Sorter
With my first born (who was colicky might I add), I had a toy stuffed into my diaper bag or in my purse at any given time anticipating the massive meltdown while I was out. Who’s purse and diaper bag has the room for a big bulky toy??!!! Playskool has introduced a new line of toys which are great for moms who are always on-the-go. This adorable shape sorting kitty comes flat which is great for storage purposes and then pop it up to create a fun sorting game. Play – Stow – Go! MSRP $16.99
*other toys in this category: Stack ‘N Stow Cups, Roll ‘N Gears Car Toy, Wobble ‘N Go Friends, Pop-Up Rollin’ Ramp Toy, Dressy Kids Assortment, Fold ‘N Go Elephant Toy,
4. Twister Moves Hip Hop Spots Game
What a fun game!!!! My kids (and I) had a blast playing even though we realized how terribly uncoordinated we are The game is rated for 8+ years but my 5 year old loved it and wasn’t too bad at it either. My 2 year old on the other hand … well let him have a turn because he giggled his way through his turn and made us all laugh. Play solo or with a friend and move to the beat by matching your feet to the flashing colours. Note to self: buy batteries for it! MSRP: $29.99
*other toys in this category: Twister Moves Hoop, Twister Moves Skip-It Game, Twister Moves Tracker
5. Star Wars BladeBuilder Jedi Master Lightsaber
These toys are getting bigger and better than ever! When I saw this new Jedi Master Lightsaber, I thought I was in lightsaber heaven (I am a true kid at heart). Configure any way you want, make a new lightsaber every day with over 100 combinations. I didn’t have the kids test this one because the thought of having one of these in my house with two very rambunctious kids who like to constantly mount each other and play fight, sounds like … well you get it. MSRP: $49.99
6. Play All Day Elmo
The ultimate of all the Elmo’s on the market … bigger, smarter and funnier! If you are wondering what does he do, the question should be what doesn’t he do!!!! Unlike the rest of the Elmo’s, this Elmo grows with your child having stages of play (toddler and pre-school). Flip him upside down and he will tell you he is upside down, play pat-a-cake with him, put your face close to his and he will kiss you. Squeeze his nose and he plays games like red light, green light (guess what, he knows if your moving or not with his excelerometer) and Elmo says. He will engage with your child by asking what your little one’s favourite part of the day was. Put him into nap mode and he will play a lullaby and his voice will get softer and softer. He truly will be your little one’s best friend!!! MSRP: $79.99
*other toys in this category: Bath Time Elmo Plush, Sesame Street on the Go Friends, Elmo’s on the go Letters
Now the fun part … buying them, wrapping them and then passing them on to the kids.
Happy holidays to all (well almost)