The Must-Have Toys for the Holidays – List 3 #GIVEAWAY

The Must-Have Toys for the Holidays

Are you ready to see what the must-have toys of the season are? We (yes “we” does include me) had a lot of fun testing out the newest toys for the Holidays and I am excited to finally let you know what they are. Brace yourself there are A LOT that we loved and want to share! All these toys were sent to me for review and I have hand picked our favorites.

NHL AirPuck (3+)
This is going to be a HUUUUUGE hit this season!!!!
The amount of marks and dents I have on my wall in the basement from hockey pucks/balls hitting it is my new kind of normal. My big guy started playing hockey 5 or 6 years ago and used to practice shots in the basement with my husband. It wasn’t until a puck ALMOST hit my little guy in the head that I stopped it. There is a solution!!!! The brand new NHL AirPucks have protective foam padding around it so it won’t damage walls. Turn it on and it lights up and hovers over smooth surfaces. This actually makes playing hockey fun for my 5 year old.
Side Note: it does not come with batteries so make sure you have it accessible (4 x AA)

Where to Buy: Party Rock $25

AirPuck

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MGA Entertainment’s Ready2Robot Battle Pack (4+)
A gift within a gift within a gift within a gift!!! Just when you think you got your toy, there is a blind box that the kids unwrap (parents get the scissors out for this one) and it reveals different parts of the second battle robot which the little one’s assemble (don’t worry, it’s easy to put together). What really made my little guy laugh was that he had to stick his fingers into a little container of gooey slime to get the little character that goes onto the top of the robot! If you want a stocking stuffer or to collect more, you can buy the blind boxes separate.
Note: Make sure to open all three areas of the chamber to get all robot parts. 

Where to Buy: Indigo $30

Battle Robots

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MGA Entertainment’s Crate Creature Flingers (4+)
Brake the crate to let your creature free! We can’t seem to get enough of these little guys (i’m a sucker for a not-so-scary monster). Not only are they cute, but you pull their tongue and they say funny things and best of all (what gets the kids laughing), they belch. For the parents (like myself) that dislike toys that just randomly talk when they aren’t being touched, this is not one of them and there is an off button on the back. These are great as a stocking stuffer or as a smaller gift (he is about the size of my hand)
Note: they come in larger furry creatures 

Where to Buy: Indigo, Amazon $15.99

Crate Creatures Flingers

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Flushin Frenzy – Pop the Poop by Mattel (5+)
Talk about getting a laugh, this game is a MUST have for the Holidays!!!! I mean, what child wouldn’t love a game with a flying poop. Yup, you heard me: roll the dice and plunge the toilet as many times as the dice shows to unleash the flying poop. The first person to grab it or catch it in the air gets a coin. The first person to get the most coins wins (it’s just that easy).

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca, Indigo, Toys R Us $17.50

Flushin Frenzy

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Hydro Strike by Pressman Toys (7+)
So first off this game totally reminds me the old school pinball games but mini version. My big guy really liked this one and that says a lot since he doesn’t really play games anymore with me 🙁 Fill the two little containers on the side with water, drop a ball down ramp and try to keep it out of your zone. If the ball gets through your zone, the game will squirt you. Not to worry parents who don’t like a mess, it’s just a little squirt but since they are little it gets them bang on (hence why he took his shirt off) LOL.

Where to Buy: Amazon.com $38.50 (includes import fees)

Hydro Strike

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Grossery Gang Bug Strike (5+)
Back 5 years ago, my older son was introduced to Grossery Gangs by his cousin. My mini has since taken over his collection and we have a bin … yes a BIN full of Grossery Gangs. The newest line is called Grossery Gang Bug Strike and they are little rubbery creatures that kids can collect. The best way to describe these is that they are the boy version of Shopkins. The best part is that they come in little toilets which you add water to (before you open it) and when the kids break the seal (no pun intended) it is filled with a yellow bubbly substance with the figures inside (you dump it out after – it’s just for giggles).
They come in smaller toilet packs (great for stocking stuffers) and larger packs (great for the bigger presents), as well as a lot of garbage trucks and motor bikes the kids use the little figures with.

Where to Buy: Toys R Us, Price ranges from $3.99 – $24.99 for the packs

Grossery Gang Bug Strike

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Flik Flak Watch
A few years ago, my big guy was learning to tell the time so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to buy him a watch. First stop, the Swatch booth at Yorkdale (their kids line is called Flik Flak)! We were offered a chance to check out Flik Flak’s new line of watches and my mini was so excited because he was finally getting a watch. They both have not taken them off since. This year they are offering really great patterned and textured bands great for their little audiences and their older audiences.

Where to Buy: Amazon Swatch $80-$95

Flik Flak Watches

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DC Super Friends HeroDrive Batman Racer by Funrise (3+)
Calling all Superhero fans! Little one’s are going to love these racers, with lights and sounds they are sure to please those curious little minds. I thought they might be too young for my mini but he has been playing with them using his little superhero figures that we have.  There are a lot of options in this new line: the Signal Squad cars have a signal light that illuminates on walls and retail for $12.99, from the Mash Machines which make sounds and have flashing lights retail for $9.99 and lastly the ultimate Batman Racer has lights, engine sounds and music  which retails for $29.99. The added bonus, all come with batteries!!!

Where to Buy: Toys R Us and Home Hardware

Batman HeroDrives

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Professor Maxwell’s 4D Chef’s Kit
This is neat!!! Now that it’s getting colder out, parents are always looking for indoor things to do with their kids and this is a great activity! Cooking brought to life. Download the app onto your phone, insert your phone into the virtual reality glasses then look at one of the recipes and Professor Maxwell comes to life introducing your child to the recipe and he even explains the science behind the food. Look at all the steps and it activates “how to” videos. Note: this product DOES NOT come with the food, but it does come with all the utensils (measuring cups, cutting board, spatula, measuring spoons, apron, hat and much more!
Side Note: the VR glasses were too heavy for my mini to wear so he lost interest

Where to Buy: Scholar’s Choice Best Buy $40 (other options available: Science and Chemistry Kits)

Professor Maxwells 4D Chef

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Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty (8+)
Remember the days when putty was only a beige colour and came in an egg and we thought it was the coolest thing ever? Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty has completely changed putty and it can’t get any cooler. You name it, they have it. Everything from: sparkly putty, magnetic putty, hypercolour putty, unicorn putty, glow-in-the-dark putty, scented putty to name a few. When my kids saw these, they begged me to open them. One was the Strange Attractor Putty which is magnetic (which they were fascinated with) and Super Fly Putty which is an illusion putty. What they were even MORE excited about was the Mixed by Me Thinking Putty Kit which they create their own heat sensitive putties and even make their own tin labels. This one makes for a great rainy day activity – my new go-to birthday gift! I love that it’s non-toxic and made in the USA.
Side Note: the tin can be hard to open, I had to use a fork to separate the tin (part of the putty was under the lid which is why it was sealed as tight as it was)

Where to Buy: Amazon $32 and Scholars Choice $30

Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty

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Tic Tac Tongue by Yulu (4+)
This is a very easy game that the whole family can play. Put the tongue through the frogger face mask, attach the mouth cap to it (easier to clean), insert the number images into the little stands, put them randomly in a row and begin the game. The object of the game is to get the most cards in your colour by choosing the correct number shown and knocking it down with your frogger tongue. This game is perfect for the little one’s who are learning to recognize numbers, plus they loved blowing out the tongue!
Side note: the kids loved the face mask but I had a really hard time with having my face covered 

Where to Buy: Amazon $17.99 or Indigo $20

Tic Tac Tongue

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LeapFrog LeapStart Learning System
This is fabulous learning tool that is actually a fun way for kids to learn! My recommendation: purchase some books right off the bat. First you are going to need to charge your LeapStart Book then download the audio for the books you have purchased by going to the leapfrog web page. If you want to know which books are suitable for your kids, you can go online and see what they offer by grade. Once that is all done, your little one takes the pen that is included with the LeapStart and tap on all different points of the book and it will read/say what you have touched. There are different icons at the bottom of some of the pages, those will guide you to different activities/challenges/problem solving etc that your mini can do throughout the book. Up next for us, the beginner learn-to-read series! Big fan.

Where to Buy: Amazon $50 and Mastermind Toys $60, Books range in price from $10-$25

LeapFrog LeapStart

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HexBug Ring Racer (8+)
I feel like this is the kind of product I would walk right by at a toy store (probably because it’s small), but now that we have tested it out, that would have been a mistake! Out of allllll the toys we have gotten to test, this is the only one that caused a fight because they both were fighting over who got to play with it. So first, let me recommend BUY TWO if you have two kids. They can battle it out together and create their own unique stunts (my kids had it fly down the stairs)! The HexBug Ring Racer tumbles, spins and flips over 360 degrees using the little controller. There are two speed settings: regular and fast mode. Best of all, the batteries are rechargeable so no need to go through a ton of batteries. Just make sure to charge it before you give it to them (it comes with a cord and charges pretty quickly).

Where to Buy: Mastermind Toys $30 or Amazon $32

HexBug Ring Racer

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There are two more toys that I wanted to show you as I thought they would be great for the Holidays, however I did not test them so I can not review them, BUT I am going to purchase them for my kids if that helps 🙂

A. Crate Creatures: I have the Crate Creature Flingers which made my list but this is the larger version that is plush and makes tons of hilarious noises that kids just love! Plus you have to break them out their crate which is always fun for kids
B. Kerplunk Game: A game that would be great for both of my kids to play. Carefully pull out the sticks but don’t pull the the wrong one otherwise all the balls will fall.

Kerplunk and Crate Creatures

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GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!!!!
Just in time for the Holidays, we are giving away (1) Hydro Strike game to (1) lucky reader! This contest is open to Canada and US residents. Here’s how to enter: 

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Thanks to our friends at Stortz Toys, they are offering (1) lucky reader a chance to win (1) NHL AirPuck (your team choice). This contest is open to Canadian residents only. Here’s how to enter:
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Disclaimer: all items were sent to me for review. Opinions are strictly my own

The New Play-Doh Poop Troop Playset is sure to get Laughs! #GIVEAWAY

I bet I got your attention with the word POOP didn’t I?!!!!! Or wait is that our children that can’t get enough of that word!

I feel like I am not alone with this, but it seems that the word “poo” is one of the funniest words alive according to my 5 year old and 8 year old (along with a few other words). It’s almost impossible to say the word “poo” without someone belly laughing and that is precisely why the new Hasbro Play-Doh Poop Troop was a HUGE hit in my house.

I mean what is better than creating your very own Play-Doh poop emojis!!! Even I had fun with this one.

What I love about the Play-Doh Poop Troop Playset
(what is not to love really)
– it comes with a whole assortment of Play-Doh colours so your kids can really use their imagination
– it comes with funny arms, eyes, ears, noses and mouths to add to your poop emoji
– they creations are endless
– the set comes with a poop mold OR a tube where they can design their own poop shape (for the non-traditional poop)
– both of my kids loved playing with this (we did a contest of who can make the most creative poo – clearly it wasn’t mine on the bottom right)

Play-Doh Poop Troop Set

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our wonderful friends at Hasbro, they are giving away (1) Play-Doh Poop Troop Playset to (1) lucky reader. Must be a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec). Here’s how to enter:

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Happy Poop Creating
T.
xo

Celebrating with Disney Princesses #DreamBigPrincess

Calling all Disney princess fans!!!!

So it’s starting to get chillier out (well not this weekend) and you don’t want to freeze your butt off sitting at a park so what can you do instead that your kids will still enjoy???

Well, we are celebrating with Disney Princesses of course! This fall from September 7th to October 11th, all major television networks (YTV, The W Network, SRC (French CBC)) will be airing your favorite Disney movies like Tangled, Frozen, Cinderella, Pocahontas and many more. Who doesn’t love a good ol’ Frozen sing-a-long!!!!

So pull out your little one’s favorite Disney princess dolls, line them up on the couch and have them join you for your family movie night. I’m sure they would love watching themselves on t.v 😉 Dream big and live your story!

In celebration of this, I am giving away the ultimate princess gift: Belle, Ariel and Cinderella dolls PLUS a Disney Princess Pop-Up Palace.

Disney Princess

Here’s how to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Newest Toy to Hit the Market – Your Hearing About it Here First

Simbrix

You probably don’t know about Simbrix and it’s not because they are hidden on the shelves,  it’s because they are a hugely popular product in Europe and now they are launching here in Canada for the first time (lucky us).

I don’t know where to begin because there are so many things I love about this new toy Simbrix.

A Contained Mess: If you know me, you know I hate toy mess, it drives me CRAZY!!!! It’s like my boys know this about me and purposely take their toy and flip it upside down so it scatters all over the floor and then likely within 10 minutes someone steps on a piece and ends up in tears (by the way it’s usually me). Well Simbrix comes in this amazing, two level plastic container and has a handle for easy carrying. First impression … like WOW!

Simbrix

Be Your Own Designer: the Genius kit comes with a large stack of cards and by colour they show you how to make a fun design. The cards start with easier images and then gets to harder images giving the little one’s a challenge which is great for different age groups.

Simbrix

Let’s Get Creative: Getting my kids off their device is always a challenge (don’t judge), but as soon as I unpacked this and showed it to him he immediately put down his iPad and asked how it works. He decided to be CRAZY and use his imagination. He decided to make a face and after countless hours of working on it, he finished and was so proud of himself (frankly so was I).

Simbrix

Keep It or Leave It:  once your mini is done with their design and feeling proud of themselves, there is a chance they will want to keep it and collect their beautiful masterpieces not to worry, all you need is parchment paper and an iron to preserve their creations. HOWEVER, if they don’t really care and are onto the next design, simply pull apart the Simbrix pieces and put them back in their case. The beauty of not keeping their designs is that you will never run out of the pieces or colours.

Assembly: slide two Simbrix pieces into each other … that’s it! It’s just that easy.

Simbrix

Word of Advice: obviously I had a lot of fun making a design with my son (because I love testing the toys for myself), I HIGHLY recommend when making something, start from one side and work your way in. Do not do the outline and fill the inside, I found myself having to rearrange the way the Simbrix pieces connect (left side, right side, top and bottom is how they connect).

Where to Buy in Canada: Amazon.ca

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

Thank you to our wonderful friends at Simbrix, they are giving away (1) Geek Kit to 1 lucky reader! The contest is open to residents of Canada and the US. Here’s how to enter:

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Good Luck
T.
xo

What’s a Stikbot? #FamilyGaming #Giveaway

Stikbots

What’s a Stikbot you ask? I certainly had the same question and to be quite honest, I was worried I wasn’t going to be overly impressed with this toy.

I’ve seen Stikbots around toy stores, but I just assumed they were a toy kids can stick on smooth surfaces and that’s about it (meh right). I was completely wrong in my assumption as there is a whole other part to these movable figurines. The new Stikbot Studio Pro has arrived and kids can take their imagination and creativity to a whole new level.

Stikbot Pro

 

Here’s how it works:
First, download the Zing Stikbot Studio app onto your phone (I was hoping you could use your tablet but if you want to use the tri-pod they provide you this is not an option as it only fits a phone). After spending some time clicking on the app buttons trying to get familiar with what you can do within the app, set up the green or blue stage (very easy to do – insert slits are pretty visible) that is provided. What’s the difference between the blue and green stage: if you have a green figure, you will not be able to see it on the green screen so flip it around and use the blue stage)

Stikbot Pro

Set your phone up on the tri-pod in front of the stage, open the app and either find a pre-loaded scene your little one wants to use to create their animated video or use of your own pictures as the back drop. Have your little one set up their Stikbots on the stage (they have suction cups on their hands and feet) using the added prop box (creating a 3-D effect) and take still photo’s. Once the photo’s have all been uploaded, the app will stitch them together into a film with built-in music and sound effect options. My kids had a blast once we figured it all out!

Stikbot Pro

New, born into the Stikbot family are the Stikbot Pets! Dogs, cats, cow, horse, gorilla, bear and monkeys will help add some extra fun to your kids videos!

Stikbot Pets

Where to Buy: Toys R Us and Walmart
Stikbot Studio Pro: $25.00
Stikbot Pets: $5.99

 

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thank you to our friends at Zing they are giving away a Stikbot Studio Pro (comes with two Stikbots) to 1 lucky reader! The contest is open to US and Canadian residents. Here’s how to enter:
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Happy Creating
T.
xo

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

 

The Toy that will Make your Kids Laugh #HolidayToyList

Sing-A-Ma-Ling's

I was recently introduced to a new toy called Sing-A-Ma-Lings and when I mentioned these cute toys to a friend thinking they were new, she looked at me as if I was crazy for not knowing them!

I gave these funny looking yet totally adorable little things a go, handed them to my mini toy reviewer and let him decide if they were worthy enough of his time. Within 2 minutes of figuring them out, he was belly laughing because the Sing-A-Ma-Lings (we got 2 of them) were talking in their own funny language … TO EACH OTHER.  They communicate! He was so fascinated by them singing together that he tried to have them FaceTime to see if they can do the same thing over the phone

Sing-A-Ma-Ling Toy

I played around with them for a bit (during my mini’s nap time because there was no way I was laying a hand on them when he was up) and figured out there are three modes of play: Harmony (they harmonize together), Jibber Jabber (they talk in their funny language together) and Song (each one sings a word of a song together). Combine any of the 6 Sing-A-Ma-Lings and enjoy listening to them harmonize together.

This is definitely on my hot toy list for the holidays!

Sing-A-Ma-Lings

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Price: $16.99

As if your mini can’t get enough of their Sing-A-Ma-Lings, you can catch them here on their Youtube channel

Happy Sing-A-Ma-Linging
T.
xo

It’s a Hasbro Kind of Holiday

Hasbro

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

JJ Furreal Friend

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, 

Connect 4

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,

Playskool Pop-Up Shape Sorter

Playskook Pop up Shape sorter

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

Twister Moves

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

Star Wars Jedi Master Lightsaber

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

Play All Day Elmo

Now the fun part … buying them, wrapping them and then passing them on to the kids.
Happy holidays to all (well almost)
T.
xo

What’s New with Sands Alive? It GLOWS!! Enter to #WIN

Sands Alive Glow

I thought just the regular Sands Alive was the coolest product on the market (which it still is, years later my big guy still loves to sit down and play with it) … but now comes Sands Alive Glow!!!

There’s just something about toys that glow that I have always loved. Yes, I was the kid who had glow stickers around her room and loved getting those glow bracelets and necklaces from birthday parties taking them into a dark room and swinging them around. Why didn’t they have toys like this when I was a kid???!!! Check this out!

 I gave my big guy the kit and he freaked! I told him to put on the special glasses and point the light at the sand (to charge it) and I explained how magically the sand will glow. As a side note: a kids reaction to all things magic is just so damn cute. I gave him the glow tool (make sure to pull out the tab PS) and he started drawing in the sand. Not only was he amazed, I was amazed – how cool is this?! My kid was in Sands Alive Glow heaven!!

Sands Alive Glow

 GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thank you to our wonderful friends at Sands Alive, they are giving away 1 Sands Alive Glow kit,
2 pounds of extra Sands Alive Glow for each kit and 1 Large deluxe blue sand tray to TWO lucky winners! The contest is open to CANADIAN residents only. Here’s how to enter:

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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