The New Hottest Toy on the Market

Thumb Chucks

Everyone is looking for the new hottest toy for their kids and Thumb Chucks has earned it’s spot on the shelves!

Test your skills and show them off learning how to control the roll. Now, this is not an easy task, but the more you practice the better you will get and well if your mini just can’t get the hang of it no worries … they are just a fun toy for the kids to play around with.

My big guy truly had no idea what to do with them when we opened the package (nor did I to be quite honest) but then we watched the Thumb Chucks video and he was really into trying to figure them out. I mean, I was pretty mesmerized by the video – it’s truly amazing the tricks people can do with these but this is no easy task! I have told my mini he needs to keep practicing and he will get better and better. He still hasnt got the full hang of it. I can tell you that my boys had a blast in their dark room swinging these around! They got such a kick out of them.

Fun Features:
– they glow in the dark using their montion-sensitive LEDs inside the balls
– small enough and lightweight enough the kids can keep them in their pockets
– endless trick combos
– there’s an app that kids can download that includes over 20 tutorials that teaches users amazing tricks
– (for the older kids) the app has an easy to use recording feature with built-in special effects to create cool videos
– post your kids (or your) mad thumb chuck skills on social media and hashtag #thumbchucks for a chance to be rewarded with custom belts
– colours: red, orange, green and blue
– you can switch out the balls so you have different colour combinations

Thumb Chucks2

Price: $10.00 (makes a really great loot bag)
Where to buy: Toys R Us, Walmart, Mastermind Toys and Amazon

Let’s see how you control the roll
T.
xo

 

Hasbro Holiday Must-Haves

Hasbro

I had the opportunity to preview the newest, latest, greatest Hasbro toys coming out in the upcoming months for the holidays (yup, thats right, I said HOLIDAYS) and all I have to say is WOW. I, unfortunately couldn’t bring my older guy to test them out because he was at camp, though I have to be honest, I had a such a fun time testing them out myself 😉

Here is a (LONG) preview of some of the great toys to help get the ball rolling with those lists your kids are making.

Kre-O
All new Transformer: Age of Extinction sets starting with small building sets (DINOBOT CHARGE SET), Medium sets (GRIMLOCK STREET ATTACK SET) and large building sets (GALVATRON FACTORY BATTLE SET). All are very reasonably priced and of course easy to assemble as each has a step-by-step guides which will walk you through building it. What’s unique about these sets and many others is that the main building figures have magnets in them to capture the characters .. NEAT right??!!!

Transformers Kre-O

Nerf
Nerf has really stepped it up by creating a whole new line of elite toys. NERF N-STRIKE MEGA THUNDERBOW  Toy (which was a ton of fun to play with might I add) made top of my list. Pull back and release to send the dart flying up to 100 feet. Comes with 10 darts ($34.99 – Available in August)

Nerf Thunderbow

Next on my list is the NERF N-STRIKE ELITE COMBAT CREATURE TERRADRONE which looks like an enormous bug and is powered by a remote control and works on all terrain. Just aim and fire. Comes with 12 darts ($69.99 – Available in November) – This was very cool!

Hasbro Nerf Terradrone

Lastly is the highest end of all the shooters is the NERF N-STRIKE ELITE NERF CAM ECS-12 BLASTER that has a built-in camera to record your child’s Nerf battle missions.  There is a 1.77″ colour screen for aiming and playback which allows the kids to show their friends for bragging rights 😉 Shoots up to 90 feet and comes with 12 darts. Oh did I mention a 4GB memory card is included which can hold up to 2000 photos. Requires AA batteries NOT INCLUDED ($89.99 – Available in August)

Nerf Elite Cam

Did you know there was a Nerf line for the little ladies’ out there called NERF REBELLE? Playing on the amazing movie, Hunger Games, this is a great line targeted to girls (but of course all can play with it) and has a whole spy aspect to it where you can write with a special pen on the missiles and they can only be read in a special decoder which come with a bunch of the blasters (Available in August)

Nerf Rebelle

Marvel
Just when you think they have thought of it all, Hasbro comes out with a life sized (well for my big guy it is life sized) 31″ SPIDER-MAN FIGURE with articulation having head and body movement ($39.99 – Available in August)

31" Spider-Man

I reviewed the Superhero Mashers a little while back and thought it was such a neat idea (of course my son loved them) and now there is a SUPERHERO MASHERS MASH PACK offered for the holidays. Mash up all the Superhero’s to make your own custom Superhero … their little imaginations run wild! ($29.99 – Available in August)

Marvel Superhero Mash Pack

Transformers
Now I don’t know much about Transformers (though I did play with them when I was a kid thanks to growing up with two older brothers), but the new Transformers action figurines are seriously out of control!!! I was able to try out the TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION STOMP AND CHOMP GRIMLOCK ACTION FIGURE and this was pretty damn cool. Grimlock turns into Dino-Mode mode with a chomping jaw and light up eyes in one easy step. Included is a (non-converting) Optimus Prime who can ride him and unlocks electronic lights, sounds and pop-out weapons. As well, Grimlock has different lights and sounds depending on who is riding him (figures sold separately) $89.99 – Available in August

Grimlock Stomp and Chomp

DohVinci
New to Hasbro, this is going to be a HOT seller for the holidays! It’s a totally new art experience for kids. Put your favourite colour into the styler and squeeze to make your own 3D art. DohVinci sticks to surfaces such as wood, glass (you will need a scraper to get it off though), paper, cardboard and duct tape. DohVinci sold in different kits that will keep your kids busy for hours and yes it is non-toxic. Options are: STYLE AND STORE VANITY KIT, ANYWHERE ART STUDIO KIT, FLOWER TOWER FRAME KIT, MEMORY MASTERPIECE RIBBON BOARD KIT, DOOR DECOR KIT, PEACE PROJECT KIT, POP UPS ART BOARD ASSORTMENT (Price ranges from $5.99 – $24.99 – Available in July)

DohVinci

Mr. Potato Head
Take a mini Mr. Potato Head and combine it with a Superhero or Transformer and you have a mini MR. POTATO HEAD MIXABLE, MASHABLE HERO FIGURE and this was a big hit in my house ($5.99 – Available NOW)
REVIEW POST TO COME

Mr. Potato Head Mashers

Play-Doh
So there is regular Play-Doh, Super soft Play-Doh … what’s next?? SPARKLE Play-Doh for the Disney Princess Sets (yes that’s right, there are now Disney princess sets with lots of great molds). With that, you can now get JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES PLAY-DOH PLAYSET, DOC MCSTUFFINS DOCTOR KIT PLAYLET, SOFIA THE FIRST and MINNIE’S BOWTIQUE (Prices range from $7.99 – $24.99 – Available NOW)

Play-Doh

As if the Play-Doh brand didn’t think of it all already, now they have a Play-Doh Game and I think it’s AWESOME. The PLAY-DOH LAUNCH-O-RAMA GAME is going to be a big hit this holiday season for the 3+ year olds. While Doh-Doh is spinning around, players load, mold and launch Play-Doh into his can. First player to launch three molds into his can WINS ($19.99 – Available NOW)

Play-Doh Launch-O-Rama

Playskool Heroes
I love this line as it is big boy brands for little hands! Where to start? The TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS OPTIMUS PRIMAL FIGURE is pretty cool. Just twist of the torso, and the Autobot hero will convert from bot to Tyrannosaurus Rex! The OPTIMUS PRIMAL figure features over 20 phrases and dino sound effects and will even let out a load ‘roar’ in dino mode and lots of special effects, like the blue Energize Hide activation panel, dino chomping action, and working rescue drill ($44.99 – Available NOW)

Playskool Rescue DinoBots

My son saw a picture of the SUPERHERO ADVENTURES KAPOW ACTION FIGURES and insisted on me getting him these. Activate HULK smashing action by moving his legs, and watch HULK smash with his oversized plush fists! Activate SPIDER-MAN web slinging action by moving his legs back and forth and then pretend to spin webs with his oversized plush fists! Each Superhero has over ten fun phrases and sounds ($24.99 – Available in August)

Superhero Kapow

Playskool
Did I ever love all the new Playskool toys coming out! I am most excited to test out the new ROCK, RIDE ‘N STRIDE HIPPO TOY as my little guy is at the stage where he loves to walk (assisted of course) and he thinks any toys that he can ride on are the funniest things on earth. This is a great transition toy that goes from a walker, to a rocker (you can lock the wheels) and then to a ride-on depending on your child’s stage. As you move, music plays to reward your motor skills – slow down and the music will fade, and move again to bring it back. For even more fun and stimulation, kids can press the 3 buttons on hippo’s dashboard to play with fun music, animal sounds, and silly sounds ($49.99 – Available NOW)
REVIEW POST TO COME

Playskool Rock N Stride HIppo

The Shapes ‘N Colours Turtle toy is another that is on my most wanted list. Tap and bat the turtle to watch it wobble around the floor! As little ones interact with the SHAPES ‘N COLOURS TURTLE toy, they will be rewarded with colourful lights and fun sounds. This toy helps develop hand-eye coordination with light up sounds and reactions ($19.99 – Available NOW)
REVIEW POST TO COME

Playskool Turtle

Sesame Street
All I can say is I am inlove with the new Elmo’s that are new to the market. My little guy is at the stage where he loves to play peek-a-boo and sure enough there is now a PEEK-A-BOO ELMO where you push his tummy and his arms will move to cover his eyes, release and he will reveal his eyes. That’s not it, he has 15 fun phrases that will make the kids giggle. LOVE LOVE LOVE ($24.99 – Available NOW)
REVIEW POST TO COME

Playskool Peek-A-Boo Elmo

I always wondered why there were never SESAME STREET BATH SQUIRTERS and now there are! We are sick of the regular ol’ duckies and since our little kiddies love Sesame Street this is a great addition to the bath (3 pack $12.99 – Available NOW)

Sesame Street Bath Squirters

FurReal Friends
How many times has your little one asked for a pet and how many times have you said no? Need a solution? FurReal Friends is your answer. I saw the GET UP AND GOGO MY WALKING PUP PET in action and I can understand why kids would love this. She sits and speaks on command, walks, wags her tail and even comes when you call her, she has a remote control on her leash. Like real dogs, GOGO reacts when other FurReal friends are near and barks to say hello. There is an app the kids can download to help care for their pet and she will even respond to all the on screen action with movement and happy barks! Within the app, kids can also play fun games, and even meet other virtual FurReal friends pets. Lots of pets to choose from. Batteries not included ($69.99 – Available August)

FurReal Friends Get up and GoGo

My Little Pony
I used to LOVE My Little Pony when I was a kid and now Hasbro has stepped it up and made a “create your own” My Little Pony with the MY LITTLE PONY POP DELUXE STYLE KIT ASSORTMENT. Twist off the two sides of the ponies in the pack and your little one can put together her (or his of course) pony in matching or opposite colours, pick her mane of all different styles, tail and decorate with stickers. Use additional stickers to create a custom cutie bracelet, and show your love of your favourite MY LITTLE PONY POP characters wherever you go! Fans can choose from PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE and PRINCESS CADANCE ponies or RARITY and PRINCESS LUNA ponies, each sold separately

My Little Pony

Have you heard of MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS? It’s new to me and it’s a cute concept. A magic mirror connects the world of My Little Pony to Canterlot High. The mirror is a portal to a magical new land with high schools instead of castles, and six pony friends become real girls full of fun and fashion. You can buy the dolls individually, the doll with accessories, the doll with their matching pony and best of all the Rainbow Rocks Mane Event Stage with Exclusive Figure

My LIttle Pony Equestria Girls

Games
It doesn’t always have to be for the kids! Hasbro has a lot of fun games for both the kids and for us. Let me start with CATCH PHRASE DECADES which is honestly the best game. Whenever I get together with my girlfriends, we always play this game and we are always laughing our asses off – I HIGHLY recommend this game. You pick a category and the person holding the game has to get their team members to figure out the catch phrase on the screen by using words to describe it but not using “sounds like” or not saying any of the words in the catch phrase. Make sure to pass it on before the timer runs out and keep going until it buzzes. If it buzzes in your hands you lose a point ($24.99 – Available August)

Catch Phrase Decades

Remember Jenga? Now there is a new Jenga called JENGA QUAKE. The pieces sit on a moving base that shakes and quakes during game play for added challenge, excitement and a little bit more anxiety 😉  Build the tower as tall as you can without it all falling down on your turn ($24.99 – Available August)

Jenga Quake

So there you have it, all the best toys and games for your little one’s 2014 holiday list #HasbroHoliday
Happy shopping
T.
xo

Educational Games for Kids – Enter to WIN #eeBoo

eeBoo always good gamesI noticed that my big guy kept asking me to buy puzzle apps on the iPad and he was actually pretty good at them, so in true Terri fashion, I went to the toy store and walked out with a stack of puzzles. Of course there was a ton of puzzles to choose from, so here’s how I chose:

1. My son’s interests: he loves animals and faces so I looked for puzzles that I knew he would get excited about
2. Size of the puzzle pieces: the bigger the puzzle piece, the easier the puzzle but is a great way to get your little one started. I noticed that most puzzles will show you the size of the puzzle pieces on the box
3. If the puzzle or brand has won any awards: these awards are always proudly displayed on the front of the boxes
4. If there are different kinds of puzzles: just to mix it up a bit, if there are matching games or other fun puzzle like games I will try them

When I was going away with my son a little while back, so I went to the toy store to look for some puzzles and found an Alphabet puzzle by eeboo (which met all my above requirements) and I can’t begin to explain how much he loved it! This puzzle was exactly what he was learning in school, so it was perfect for us! It’s not your traditional puzzle, you match the letter with the picture (A would have the matching piece of an Apple) and including numbers as well.

eeboo alphabet puzzle

Putting together the Alphabet Puzzle

It was like the stars aligned because months later I was contacted to test out some of their puzzles (a complete fluke), and I happily took them up on it and got two “non-traditional” puzzles.

eeboo Dominoes and The Lotto Game

First let me say, eeBoo makes so many great games and puzzles it was hard to choose, but I am very happy with my selection as they were perfect for his age. The Dominoes game is a take on the old time classic, but instead of just the regular ol’ dots, you match up the animals. The Lotto Game, is a fun game playing on BINGO and the matching games where each player gets a board, players pick up a tile to see if it matches what is on their board, if it does not match you put it back with the other tiles and hopefully those around you don’t remember where the tile was. Players continue until all 6 spaces on his/her board is full and scream LOTTO when completed

eeboo dominoes game

Playing Dominoes

Why I love eeBoo games:
– a lot of their products have won awards which they proudly display on their boxes (Oppenheim Best Toy Awards and other honours)
– the pictures they use are done by  well-known and well-loved children’s book illustrators
– eeBoo’s games encourage literacy, story telling, drawing, imaginative play and basic math
– they proudly display their safety information on their site (not a lot of companies do)
– family run business (I always love to support family run businesses)
– their website is extremely easy to use and you can even shop by age and even by holiday
– the prices are very reasonable
– the instructions on how to play the game are printed on the lid of the box (instead of just a piece of paper which we always lose) and are very easy to follow

eeboo game instructions

Thank you to our friends at eeBoo, they are giving away one of these two games to ONE lucky Babylish Advice reader. Sorry Canadian friends, this contest is only open to US residents (though the games are available in Canada). Here’s how to enter:

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Where to Buy: Mastermind Toys, Chapters Indigo, eeBoo online

Happy playing and good luck
T.
xo

Baby Shower Game Ideas

 

Baby Shower Ideas

It seems like a lot of people are looking for baby shower ideas and today I am welcoming Stephanie from Spaceships and Laser Beams to Babylish Advice who is providing an article on games for a baby shower.

Is there a new baby on the way for someone dear to you? A baby shower is one of life’s sweetest celebrations! If you’ve never been hostess for a shower, you’ll find there’s a big difference between being a guest and creating the party. Is it work? Sure…fun work, though. Is it difficult? No, especially if you pre-plan and organize your to-do list. On my blog, Spaceships and Laser Beams, we specialize in parties for boys (and non-frilly girls!) so I see lots of parties and I have lots of ideas to help with yours.

Baby Shower Game Ideas

After planning your shower theme, decorations and menu, you’ll need to come up with party activities. Watching mama-to-be open gifts and noshing on the treats will be fun, but the most successful gatherings will include conversation starters, too. Here are a few baby shower game ideas to jump-start the girl talk:

  1. Just Like Grandma: Before the shower, gather pictures of mom and dad-to-be and their families (you might want to photo copy the pics, so no precious images are accidentally ruined). Include as many greats as possible as well as siblings, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. In random order, number and mount them on a board. Have guests guess if the relatives belong to mom or dad. The most correct answers win.
  2. Toilet Paper Squares: This game is a good ice breaker, especially when people don’t know each other well. Pass around a roll of toilet paper and have each guest tear off as many sheets as they want. Don’t tell them why! When everyone has their squares, announce they must tell one thing about themselves for each square they have. You might have to give grace to those who take off a lot!
  3. Trash Can Toss: Tuck a bean bag or something similar into three disposable diapers. Blindfolded guests (it’s dark in the middle of the night!) must take turns tossing the diapers into a trash can that is several feet away. The most “baskets” win.
  4. Who Knows Mama the Best: Have a list of features (eyes, mouth, hair, feet, etc.) on a paper, with two columns; one says, “Mom” and the other, “Dad”. Guests must guess whose traits Mama hopes baby will have. New Mama can either give her answers after everyone has made her guesses, or she can fill out a sheet before the party begins. Of course, the most correct answers win.

What game would you love to play at a baby shower?

For more game ideas and baby shower planning inspiration, make sure to visit Spaceships and Laser Beams.

Stephanie Keeping is mom to a boy named Sam, a blogger, and an Etsy-preneur. She celebrates boyish charm at Spaceships and Laser Beams, where she talks about all things boy and birthday party. You can connect with her on FacebookGoogle+, Pinterest, Twitter and on Etsy.

Happy Planning
T.
xo

Scholar’s Choice Review – Enter to Win a $50 Gift Card Giveaway

scholar's choice

Do you remember when you were a kid and walked into a toy store for the first time and found yourself saying “OH WOW”, it was like heaven on earth! I found the inner 2 year old in me coming out when walking into Scholar’s Choice for the first time this past weekend and saying the exact same thing and out loud at that.

I have a tendency to get slightly overwhelmed when I am in toy stores (my secrets out) as there are so many rows and I really like to sift through everything and find the toys and games that are age appropriate for my son, are fun and educational and lastly that encourage him to try new things and work on the skills he is good at.

Toys

There are so many reasons why I love Scholar’s Choice!

#1 When I started walking around the store, one of their staff members came up to me and asked if I needed help. I told her a little bit about my sons likes and dislikes and such and she guided me to the toys and games that she thought would work for him. She was extremely knowledgeable about the products that they have

#2 How I first fell in love with Scholar’s Choice was from their website! It is by far the most helpful website I have found yet (and trust me when I say I do a ton of online shopping – I hope my husband doesn’t read this). It is just so organized (every mother’s dream)! Pick the category you are looking for: Arts & Music Play, Baby & Toddler Toys, Active Play, Pretend Play etc and then from there you can search by either a sub-category, Age, Brand or Learning Skills (BRILLIANT RIGHT!). This makes it sooo easy for parents, grandparents, caregivers, cousins, aunts/uncles and such to find he right gift

#3 They ship!!! Working full time and having little to no time on weekends to get anything done, a toy store that ships gets extra bonus points in my books. You get free shipping over $100 OR there is a $10 flat shipping rate in Canada #4 I love to support Canadian owned family business and they have been in business for over 70 years

GIVEAWAY:
Thanks to our AMAZING friends at Scholar’s Choice, they are giving away a $50 gift card to one of my very lucky readers! Enter below on Rafflecopter, it’s just that easy.

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Happy toy shopping (i’m jealous)
T.
xo

Disclosure: I was not paid nor given any personal perks to review this company