Leap into the Holidays with LeapFrog #HolidayToyList

Leap Frog Toys

LeapFrog #1 fan right here, always have been, always will be! Now it’s time to leap into the Holiday toy buying with LeapFrog.

If you don’t know the LeapFrog brand (not sure there are many people out there that don’t know their brand) their products are educational, age appropriate, interactive and simply just fun.

My kids recently tested out 2 of the products, the Count Along Register and LeapStart Learning System and both were huge hits. The Count Along Register my youngest son went crazy over because for whatever reason he absolutely loves cash registers (I think it’s an age thing). The last two cash registers he got as gifts for his birthday didn’t last more than a few weeks (1 broke as it was thrown down a flight of stairs and the other, the cash drawer got stuck and wouldn’t close) so he was ecstatic to get this. As for my older son, he is in grade 1 now and is getting homework weekly which oddly enough he LOVES to do (that was a big shock for me) and when he saw the LeapStart Learning System, he was intrigued and immediately wanted to try it. Now we only had the demo book for it, but he thought it was pretty cool how you take the pointer and put it on a picture and it knows what you are pointing at by saying it out loud.

What I love about the Count Along Register
– I love the size of the register, it’s small enough for little fingers but big enough not to over power the little one’s
– there is a lot to touch and play with
– It comes with a bunch of coloured fruit, credit card and coins
– helps children learn their colours, teaches them how to count using the coins and learn about recognition with fruit
– has volume control
– sings songs to your little one that they can learn and sing along to
– great for imaginative role playing
– very reasonable priced at $26.99

LeapFrog Count Along Cash Register

What I love about the LeapStart Interactive Learning System
– they have two separate LeapStart systems for different age groups
– replayable activity books
– educational without them really knowing it is because they make it a fun kind of learning
– the activity books (sold separately) $14.99 include reading, math, vocabulary, science and many more (these are books for 1st graders) there are also books for Kindergarten
– retails for $49.99

Notes:
– the product does not come with batteries so make sure you have them on hand when your little one unwraps it
– I have not had the opportunity to try out the activity books beyond what it comes with, but I have already purchased some (waiting for them to come in the mail) as I know these will make learning just a little more fun and i’m excited to see how
– there is another interactive book for younger kids available

LeapFrog LeapStart

Where to Buy: Toys R Us, Amazon.ca and Well.ca

Happy Shopping
T.
xo

 

Give the Gift of Giving this Holiday

Donation Gift

We are weeks away from the holidays and you still have a few people on your list to buy presents for, but you don’t want to go to a mall because that is a Joe Public move and you don’t even know where to start looking on the internet so what’s next?

Tis’ the season for giving and this is the kind of gift that will make you truly feel like you are giving. Give the gift of a Charity Gift Card. I love this idea and know that EVERYONE would appreciate it.

Here’s how it works:
– Go to CanadaHelps website
– Pick a design based on the type of occasion
– Pick a value to donate
– Write a message
– Have it sent via email to the recipient of the gift or you can print it and put it in a card (you can choose the date you want them to receive it on)
– The recipient will then choose the Canadian charity of their choice (there are more than 86,000 charities to choose from)

Now tell me this isn’t one of the most thoughtful gifts to give or receive?!!!

Happy Gift Giving
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