Are you ready for some serious RC (remote control) fun?
How about miniature race cars that travel 500 miles per hour if you take their scale into account?
How about an Infinity Loop Set of 46 feet dual tracks that glow in the dark and can be configured anyway you like with curves, straight-aways, elevated areas and loops?
If you are then Skullduggery’s new ‘Max Traxxx Tracer Racers’ is the RC set for you!
Imagine yourself. You’ve lined up your RC racer at the starting line. Your finger twitches on your remote IR controls. Your opponent sits next to you, finger poised on their controls and --- you’re off!
You pull ahead in your red racer as it heads into the first curve, you straighten the wheels and prepare for the next elevated curve, you barely make it and for an instant you fear you’ve lost the game.
Miraculously you pull out of the curve, your opponent hot on your heels in their blue racer.
Up ahead you see the treacherous loop. Picking up speed you suddenly find yourself upside down and your racer successfully completes the loop, but so does your opponent’s car.
You both rev up the speed and hit another straight stretch. An unexpected raised curve and section of road catch you both unawares. You make it. Your opponent also just manages to hang on.
Now’s your chance! You pull the remote control trigger all the way in and whoosh!—your car crosses the finish line with a light trace swishing behind it! You’ve won!
Max Traxxx Infinity Loop Set has everything you need for indoor or outdoor racing fun.
Both cars’ batteries are rechargeable and there's plenty of track, connections, a loop and corners along with 20 X-BLOX pieces, two risers, four hinges and a full set of instructions.
Max Traxxx is great for RC racers six years old and up. The set comes packaged in a heavy duty box perfect for storing your Max Traxx. Play it during the day or at night or in a dark room-no problem-it glows! RC--Really Cool!
Even though professional football is going through a somewhat turbulent phase at the moment, it is still popular with fans.
Young boys (and some girls) dream of becoming professional football players.
The key to success? Practice, practice, practice!
And nothing is more important to practice than throwing and handling the football itself.
While playing with neighborhood kids or friends or on the practice field with teammates are ideal scenarios for practicing throws and catches, other people aren’t always around to play.
That’s why the Passback Sports’ ‘Passback’ football is so vital.
Different sizes for different age groups are available but they all have one thing in common. Throw them at a wall and they rebound back to you!
Practice throws, repetitions, catches and even mix it up with friends.
Made of high-quality and durable materials the Fastpass football is the perfect way to practice and improve your football skills even when you’re by yourself.
Unwrap it, pump in some air and you’re ready to go!
This is one football you don’t want to ‘pass’ up.
Letter Block and Alphabet Acorns Activity Set
One of the most important things a young child needs to learn is the alphabet.
But, let’s face it, repetition and memorizing can be boring and challenging for children.
When I was small I found the whole letter thing tedious and boring. I wanted some action! Some excitement! I needed to mix things up a bit.
Learning needs to be fun and challenging.
Learning Resources knows that kids crave excitement and most of all fun.
That’s why Learning Resources created two new ways to learn the alphabet that are fun, develop color identification, fine motor skills and letter recognition of letters, both upper and lower case.
For ages two and up there’s ‘Letter Blocks’. Thirty six colorful letter blocks (some duplicates for spelling) come in the set, along with a storage bag.
Kids can stack them; use their hollow backs to stamp them in clay, cut out shapes and even spell. Kids learn as they play!
For children three years old and older Learning Resources adds even more excitement learning about the alphabet.
The ‘Alphabet Acorns Activity Set’ not only teaches kids about the alphabet but also how to tell the difference between upper and lower cases.
Each acorn represents a separate letter in different colors. On the outside of the brown acorns, with color tops, are printed upper case letters, pop the acorns' tops open and lower case letters appear on the underside of the acorns' tops.
To reinforce the letter designated a small object is inside each acorn coinciding with the acorn letters.
For example: A=apple, E=elephant, T=train and so forth.
Twenty six two-piece acorns, 26 color-coded figures and an activity guide are included.
Stack them, play hide and seek, build words (literally) and explore.
Both letter sets come packaged in heavy-duty and colorful cardboard boxes with flip-open secure lids and clear plastic viewing panels.
My Little Veterinarian Kit
My daughter works at a Veterinarian office. Part of her duties is to prepare pets for examination, book work, surgery assistance, grooming and general pet care. She is very good at her job and loves what she does.
Recently she gave birth to a little boy and if I know my daughter as well as I think I do then she plans on passing on her love of animals to her son-perhaps encouraging him to enter the veterinarian profession when he gets older.
What better way to stoke a child’s interest in the Veterinarian field than by introducing them to My Little Veterinarian Kit?
Shaped like a doctor’s medical bag the kit contains everything that a child needs to examine a pet or animal--from the tip of their nose to the end of their tail.
Just look at what you get:
Little Medical School White Coat
Student Doctor ID Badge
Pet Assessment Form
Dog Bone Cookie Cutter
Tick Removal Stickers
There’s even a Plush Dog with Bandana to practice on!
Every item and form is just like the kinds you see in a Veterinarian’s office. No skimping on quality. The Medical Coat is an exact miniature version of the real thing.
Forms are perfect duplicates of those used by Veterinarians and each and every object is an exact match for its grown-up counterpart.
The heavy-gauge cardboard box the contents come in has an easy to uses flip-cover with Velcro strips to keep it securely shut.
The kit is top-notch and allows a child to pretend to be a Veterinarian.
Circuit Scribe Basic Kit
Several years ago while I was a teacher at a local high school a portion of my classes were vocational classes.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term, vocational classes teach students a skill or skills: carpentry, welding, auto mechanics, computer tech and electrical work.
There is a huge need for young people to take up trade skills and none more so than electrical work.
Electricians are sorely needed in construction, electrical component assembly and plant work. That’s why I was so excited when I received a copy of Electroninks’s ‘Circuit Scribe’ Basic Kit with 11 pieces.
The kit is a godsend for up and coming electricians and those students interested in electricity and its function and uses.
The kit comes in a flip-open lid, hard cardboard box which includes simple instructions, a separate work book/sketchbook, a conductive silver ink pen, a steel sheet, a sticker sheet, a circuit stencil, a battery, six electronic modules and resistors.
Circuit Scribe makes electronics easy to understand and implement.
All you do is follow the directions, select a piece of paper and place the metal sheet behind it.
Using your conductive ink pen you draw your circuit.
You can then place the various modules (output, input, 2-pin adapter and NPN adapter) in place on the silver ink line. Connect the battery and adapter and you can use electrical conductivity using the various resisters.
Create a touch sensor, light up an LED and make a switch-the possibilities are endless.
Even an old codger like me can do it! Now that’s making electricity easy to understand!
Modules are colored coded for easy identification. A 9-volt battery powers the entire assembly making it safe to work with.
Ages eight years old and up can spend hours tinkering around with lights, switches and other electronics we use every day.
The kit is a great way to encourage kids and students to take up a well-paying and exciting trade and have fun in the process.
Pull & Discover Activity Elephant
Kids 12 to 36 months of age will go wild about V-tech’s ‘Pull & Discover Activity Elephant’.
The large blue elephant that when pulled flaps his purple ears.
Push or pull the elephant and it makes music and sounds.
The toy features shapes when pushed make music, sound or other noise when the talk or music slide is moved.
Kids answer questions, solve problems and sort numbers, shapes and images.
Mounted on top of the elephant is an adorable yellow bird with a spring that moves when the elephant moves.
There are objects to spin, move, slide, and select.
The special spinning, light-up selector on the side of the elephant asks questions, makes music and animal noises depending on the slide bar selection.
Everything moves, makes noise, flashes lights and is guaranteed to keep young children busy for hours.
The interactive toy has volume control; an automatic shut-off, is made of hard durable soft edge plastic and includes batteries.
Kids will love to sing-along with three songs and 15 melodies.
There’s so much to do, listen to, watch and learn! Dexterity, sight and sound identification, singing, talking, cognitive and chital thinking skills and much more help children to develop and grow.
A personal note: I am so grateful to God that I have the opportunity to review so many products: especially toys.
It is with heartfelt gratitude that I thank such wonderful companies as V-tech and its employees for being so generous and kind.
Roll & Roar Animal Train
You’ve heard the phrase, “Get it in gear!”
V-tech has taken that phrase’s meaning-literally!
V-tech’s ‘Roll & Roar Animal Train’ has so many gears and handles that children ages 1 ½ to 4 years old will spend hours turning gears, watching animals spin about and making fun noises and phrases.
Gears, animals, a train, fun noises and a great way to learn-what more could a kid ask for?
The Roll & Roar Animal Train features a lovable bear, a purple ear elephant and a spinning, zebra, bear and hippo along with an extra set of colorful gears.
The train engine has a spinning smokestack with smoke, a spinning animal that can be changed out for other animals and a front engine cap that spins at the turn of a handle.
Its four wheels also turn as kids roll it across the floor as do the engine car and caboose.
The passenger car holds the blue and purple elephant holding red and purple gears.
The caboose carries the circus bear in his bright blue collar and by turning the gear attached to his arm the entire caboose gear assembly turns and raises and lowers the caboose top.
There are 15 mix & match gears and the entire train is loaded with sound!
Move the Smart Gear animals to the engine for some silly songs with animal sounds.
Slide the bar on the side of the engine to switch from Exploration Fun to Quiz Mode and Mix & match.
Push the blue, red or yellow button above the slide bar in each selection and kids will hear music, speech and more.
Bu sliding the small blue switch below the slide bar and pushing select buttons kids get all kinds of sound, quiz, lessons and more.
What a great way for kids to learn, develop their coordination, sing and have fun at the same time!
The engine, passenger car and caboose detach from each other for individual play or easily reattach for locomotive mayhem.
Created in bright primary and secondary colors the Animal Train is built rugged, safe for kids with its smooth edges and large parts and offers hours of entertainment and learning.
Parents will love the volume control and automatic turn-off features.
Star Wars First Order
How does V-tech do it? I am constantly and pleasantly surprised about how V-tech can produce such high-tech and sophisticated toys and electronics.
The ‘Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Smartwatch’ is one such example.
Smartwatches are all the rage nowadays. It seems like everyone has one or wants one.
It’s no secret-they are expensive. That’s why I’m so surprised about V-tech’s Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Smartwatch’.
Granted it is made for kids but its electronic and computer technology is nothing to sneeze at. And…the price is a fraction what you would pay for an ‘adult’ smartwatch.
That’s not to say that he watch skimps on apps and goodies. Far from it!
First up is the watch face itself. You can choose a huge selection of Star Wars themed backgrounds (30 in fact) and you can display it as digital or traditional face. Even better the backgrounds are animated! Is that cool or what!?
There are full volume controls (yes, it makes cool sounds), a math function, calendar and setting controls.
There is a camera with still and movie capabilities, you can dress up your photos with cool pictures and effects, sound effects, a voice recorder, games and mini-activities and you can download your photos and movies with the handy mini-USB cable straight to your computer!
Did I mention it has a stopwatch, timer, alarm, calculator you can even change your voice using the voice-changing effects.
The Smartwatch comes in a special Star Wars display box that can used to store your watch while not in use. Complete instructions make setting up the watch easy and fast.
The Smartwatch is splash proof, boasts a durable design, has a rechargeable battery, uses touch screen and is tough enough for everyday play.
Who says this watch is just for kids? I plan on wearing mine proudly wherever I go.
4-in-1 Stroll & Grow TEKtrike
I’m about to become a very popular grandpa. Better yet, I’m about to become very popular for a long time-try for at least six years!
“How so?” you may ask.
I owe my newfound popularity to V-tech--specifically to V-tech’s ‘4-in-1 Stroll & Grow TEKtrike’.
Finally a toy that grows as your child does. Starting out a nine months of age the TEKtrike, grows and changes as your child does-all the way to six years old-or maybe older!
Here’s what you get.
At Stage 1 Stroll most little tikes have yet to walk and depend on mom and dad to push them around in a stroller. How boring!
Liven things up a bit by using the TEKtrike’s Stage I Stroll configuration. Kids 9 to 18 months sit in a high-back seat that also includes a 3-point safety harness. It’s even adjustable to four positions and comes with removable wraparound safety bar with cup holder.
Mom or dad provides the horsepower using the height-adjustable push-handle.
Youngster hold tight to the handlebars, prop their feet on the removable footrest and enjoy the ride of their life!
An adjustable canopy protects children from the sun and rain.
A small console situated on the handlebars features an interactive panel with an LED screen and sounds and voices appropriate for each stage of a child’s development. Batteries are included.
Children can push the horn, turn the ignition switch, shift the gear knob and hear funny sound effects. It’s a great interactive center that develops children’s motor skills and eye/hand coordination.
Remove the extended seat back, safety bar and footrest and the TEKtrike transforms into the Train Stage 2 configuration for ages 18 to 24 months.
Youngsters learn how to use the TEKtrike’s pedals, move the handlebars on their own, while still being guided when necessary by mom or dad. Both the canopy and push-handle are still attached.
In the Ride Stage 3 level for ages 2 to 4 years, children go into full tricycle mode with no canopy, safety bar or seatbelts. At this stage children should wear helmets (not included).
Children are in full control and quickly learn how to steer, pedal (and listen to the pedal music) and direction sensors tell them when they turn right or left.
As with all levels the TEKtrike is easy to maneuver with its swiveling rear wheels, includes a storage area and is easy to keep stationary using its pedal lock so children can get on and off the TEKtrike without falling.
Stage 4 for to six years of age is called the Drift stage and with it children can do all sorts of wild and crazy maneuvers including gliding, spinning and turning a full 360 degrees!
The TEKtrike is made of heavy duty plastic and metal and is a snap to assemble using the easy-to-follow instructions-even and adult can do it!
It’s a great toy that will last kids for years, even through their rough and tumble stage.
Like all of V-tech’s toys the TEKtrike is safe, made with the highest quality materials, tested for toughness and is guaranteed to bring a smile to any kid's face.
I can’t wait for my grandson to try it out!
It’s no secret that kids love to build things. It doesn’t matter how they build it or with what. Stones, sticks, twigs, dirt, mud-you name it, kids will use it to make wherever their imaginations lead them.
There’s a better way to let kids build and create and it’s not nearly as messy. In fact, it’s downright easy to organize, set up, break down and store.
It’s Strictly Briks, the product and company by the same name.
The ‘10” X 10” Stackable Base Plates Rainbow Assorted Colors 12-Pack’ features hard plastic Bases in a spectrum of color that have hundreds of circular knobs on their surfaces.
Twelve bags of assorted color Briks come with the Bases,
Kids choose what colors to use, snap the Briks together and on the Bases and before they know it they’ve created Briks' masterpieces!
Along with Bases and Briks the ‘Strictly Briks Building Briks & Straps’ come in various, sizes, colors and shapes add to the fun!
Other sets are available for building all sorts of things. They can even be used with ‘other’ building brick toys.
Just imagine being able to make impressive buildings, vehicles, stairs, ramps, entire city and town landscapes and so much more!
The only limit is a child’s imagination!
Mom, dad—here’s the best part; Strictly Briks are safe, non-toxic, snap together and apart easily and clean up is a snap! However there are small pieces, so it’s best only children five years old and up play with them.
I wish I had a collection of Strictly Briks when I was young. There’s no telling what I could have created.
Hold on a minute! Who says Strictly Briks are just for kids!? I’ll wager adults can have just as much fun creating things with Strictly Briks on their own and with their kids or friends.
I can hardly wait to get started!
Did you ever catch yourself wanting to ‘blend in’?
I’m not talking about blending in with the crowd. I’m referring to the ability to blend colors together in a drawing or painting.
It’s not as easy as it sounds. In fact, it is one of the most difficult things any young artist wannabe needs to learn. I know, I taught high school drawing.
If only there was an easier way.
Chameleon Kidz has the perfect coloring pens for doing just that.
‘The Original Blendy Pens’ pen sets are the answer…and they do all the work for you!
The 24 pen set, including 12 Fusion Chambers, allows young artists to select two colors, join them together in the chambers and viola! Perfect blending!
It’s easy: just twist, fuse and blend!
The pens’ vibrant colors blend in over 276 combinations making blending, shadowing and 3D rendering look like a professional artist did them!
Here’s what you get in the colorful box of Blendy Pens:
24 Blendy Pens
12 Fusion Chambers
10 Magic revel Posters
2 Stencil Sheets
A Bonus Airbrush and Art Portfolio
Everything listed comes at a great price so you can make hundreds of color combinations, blend to your heart’s delight and impress both friends and family with your artistic talent.
Shhhh! Your secret is safe with me! It’s the perfect way to ‘blend in’.
Shining Star and
Do you know of any children who want to star in their own magical adventure?
I know I do and I’ve got the perfect way for them to do so.
Starpath Dolls’ ‘Shining Star’ is one of four spectacular new lifelike dolls that not only look real and wear real cloths but can star in their very own chapter book!
Shining Star is a beautiful almond skin, brown eyed, auburn hair, girl doll that looks so real you expect her eyes to move and her mouth to speak.
She’s absolutely beautiful dressed in her frilly white collar, short-sleeve sweater shirt with wide black belt, black and white plaid skirt, black knee socks and shoes and adorable pink floppy cap.
She poses just like a real child and her skin looks real as do her fingers, hands, feet, face and entire body, She can even stand on her own with no help!
Little girls will especially like her soft features, delicate nose, slightly pouty lips, big eyes, delicate ears and cute round face.
Children learn how to dress and undress her (and themselves) and along with Shining Star they can go on an incredible adventure by going online and personalizing an E-book. In just a few days a paperback book starring Shining Star will arrive in the mail. Just follow the directions on Shining Star’s big box.
She’s an incredible doll, priced at a very affordable cost and makes the perfect gift for any occasion.
‘Tiger Magic’, the fluffy, soft, cuddly Tiger-Cat stuffed animal can star in his own adventure also.
Tiger Magic features soft, tiger-stripped fur, a fluffy tail, big white and black ears, oversize white eyebrows, a pink nose, big brown and black eyes, four stubby feet and an adorable kitty smile.
But them both today, kids will love them! Both toys are of the highest quality, kid safe, are carefully and lovingly made and packaged and are guaranteed to win any kid’s heart.
Plastic, artificial dyes, man-made materials. What if I told you that there are toys out here for children that use none of the previously mentioned items?
Would you be interested? How does environmentally friendly sound to you? Does preserving our natural resources sound interesting to you? How about renewable resources?
Papoose Toys has just the toys for you!
Made with Fair Trade in Nepal villages by local residence to support their families, Papoose Toys are handmade from natural fibers such as wool, use natural dyes and safe for children.
Soft, cute and perfect for little hands Papoose Toys, and the packages they come in, are eco-friendly and fun.
The ‘Fat Gnomes’ come three to a package, are made from wool and wood and feature soft, slightly bendable bodies.
Topped with red-pointed hats, the figures also feature white wool beards, flesh colored hands and face, a blue tunic, green pants and brown wooden shows. Garden Gnomes beware! You’ve just be out-cuted!
The ‘Veggie Pack’ box contains a cornucopia of veggies that include a carrot, corn on the cob, a pumpkin, onion, peas and red pepper all made from wool.
The pumpkin is my favorite with its long vine with leaves and flower bud.
The ‘Arctic Animal Set’ has an adorable collection of cold weather critters that include a polar bear with her two cubs, a seal, a walrus and a killer whale.
Soft wool and felt make up the animals that are stitched and glued together and perfectly safe for young children three years and up (as are all Papoose Toys).
Anyway you look at it Papoose Toys are the perfect environmentally friendly toys that kids will love and parents will feel safe letting their children play with.
Baby Stella and
Soft, pliable and cuddly dolls are all the rage.
The reasons are many: they’re safe for small children, easy to clean, small children love the soft feel of the dolls and kids can toss and drop them without them breaking.
Manhattan Toy has two series of soft dolls that kids (both boys and girls) are sure to love.
They are ‘Groovy Girls!’ and ‘Baby Stella’. Both are perfect for little hands, soft, cuddly and come dressed in adorable outfits.
Groovy Girl! Lily stands about one foot tall and has long brown hair made of yarn. Her body is made of stitched together, fuzzy fabric that feels warm and soft to small hands.
Her head, legs and arms are securely sewn to her torso.
Her outfit consists of a bold pattern and colorful sundress, with twin, small shoulder straps, a white t-shirt undergarment, yellow shoes and a bright pink ribbon on her left wrist.
Her slightly tan complexion complements her outfit.
She has large blue eyes, a big toothy smile and red earrings decorate her ears.
Velcro strips allow small children to take her dress off and her t-shirt slips easily off her torso.
Lily makes for a perfect, perky companion that kids are sure to love, cherish and play with for years to come.
Baby Stella is a soft, hand-crafted doll with lifelike toes, belly button and cute plump tummy.
The Baby Stella Beige Doll comes with a two-tone, pink magnetic pacifier, a floral design outer garment and pink with white polka dots panties that cover her white diaper.
Her arms and legs move freely, the magnetic pacifier stays in place over her mouth via the hidden magnet in her torso and pacifier and her sparse, brown hair mop top sets off her brown eyes, cute smile and button nose.
Baby Stella comes packaged in an open-face, heavy card stock box and is secured in place by small plastic ties that detach easily without any damage to the doll.
Baby Stella encourages youngsters to nurture and care and how to dress and undress.
She’s soft, sweet and so cute!
Both the Groovy Girls! and Baby Stella series of dolls aid small children with dexterity, encourages imaginations and assist them in learning how to dress and undress.
Both sets of dolls come in a variety of complexions and attire, include boy dolls and have special furniture and accessories available.
Anyway you look at them they are the perfect soft dolls for little hands.
Sack Pals Snuggle Sack
‘It’s sack time!!’ To most of us that phrase means, ‘It’s time to go to bed.”
Not so when you’re referring to the Sack Pals Snuggle Sack.
The ‘Sack Pals Snuggle Sack’ is a soft and plush, slightly larger than a pillowcase, sack that kids can climb into, snuggle and keep their most prized possessions and toys in.
Speaking of toys, Sack Pals Snuggle Sack comes with four adorable stuffed animals that stick to the special Velcro material anywhere you place them on the Sack Pals Snuggle Sack!
All feature big, happy eyes, smiles and are so soft and cuddly kids will treasure and play with them for hours.
They include a blue Elephant (Elliot), a pink Kitten (Emilee), a green and blue Turtle (Theodore) and a tan and orange Puppy (Henry).
Also included are four, flat and colorful Sack Bling: the Sun, a Star, A Lady Bug and a Butterfly.
Like the stuffed animals they stick anywhere kids place them on the Sack Pals Snuggle Sack.
The shapes and stuffed animals can adorn the outside of the Sack Pals Snuggle Sack while kids can get in the sack or use it to put things in. Or by reversing the Sack Pals Snuggle Sack the plush, stuffed toys and Sack Bling are kept safe and sound.
Reverse the bag and a special pocket appears on the soft lavender interior for storage.
Either way you look at it the Sack Pals Snuggle Sack is great fun, perfect for small hands to place their toys or other objects in, a warm and snuggly mini-sleeping bag to hide or sleep in and something every kid will cherish.
The Sack Pals Snuggle Sack comes in a clear plastic, soft cube with a zipper so the Sack Pals and Sack Bling can be stored away while not in use and stay clean and soft.
‘The best friends in life are the ones who stick around!’
Something smells. In fact, something smells really good.
Kids are drawn to aromas. The smells make your mouth water.
Is that Strawberry, Pumpkin Spice Donut, Birthday Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Pear, Cherry, Root Beer and Eggnog I smell? I especially like the Birthday Cake and Pumpkin Spice Donut.
There are more, so much more. There’s even some that are a mystery, appropriately labeled as ‘Mystery Packs’.
You’ll never know what’s inside the special Mystery Packs until you open one and take a big whiff.
There’s so many that there’s even a Whiffer Sniffers Collector’s Book Fall 2017 that lists and shows each Whiffer Sniffer since they were first introduced.
Now my mouth is watering. What could it be?
Whiffer Sniffers presents its 2017 collectible ‘Whiffer Sniffers’: small, plush, backpack hangers that smell as good as they look.
Talk about adorable! The Whiffer Sniffers are small, plush, stuffed creatures that represent the best of the best of pleasant smells.
Each comes in its own special, clear, plastic package. They dangle from their clips so that kids (and adults) can attach them to their backpacks, purses, belts,--anywhere you like!
All feature lovable faces with big expressive eyes, arms and leg and soft, cuddly bodies that fit right in your hand. Collect them, trade them, love them and let them ‘hang out’ with you.
‘Everything Else Just Stinks!’ Smell ya later!
Sesame Street Elmo’s World Hide & Seek
Kids are naturally curious. They constantly poke and prod things, scramble up and behind furniture, climb stairs, look behind couches and furniture, open doors, explore and constantly discover new and exciting things.
It’s part of being human. We’re a curious and inquisitive species. It’s how we learn, interact with and navigate the world around us.
Identity Games recognizes how important it is for kids ages one to four to develop their curiosity and ability to locate and identify objects and people.
‘Elmo’s World Hide & Seek’ is the perfect vehicle by which kids can explore and develop their skills at locating things.
Here’s how it works.
Take the small, talking Elmo figure and place him in a specific location.
Depending on the age of the child or children you can simply hide Elmo under a blanket or soft object close to the child until they locate him by his voice.
As the child grows you hide Elmo further away until they find him or multiple players can simultaneously look for Elmo.
Older children are given cards with specific pictures of objects on them. When they locate the object on the card they find Elmo. This also gives parents the opportunity to talk about the object with the child or children.
No matter how you play it (you can even make up your own rules) Elmo’s World Hide & Seek is great tool for educating children on how to find objects that are out of sight simply by sound.
Groups of kids can even make a game of it by using the cards as clues until one of them finds Elmo by his voice (that sounds every 10 seconds) guiding them to him.
Whoever finds him first wins!
Elmo’s World Hide & Seek comes in a sturdy steel box with a clear plastic panel showcasing Elmo. Inside there is a small stack of picture cards along with instructions.
AAA batteries are required.
Sound, it’s everywhere. Unfortunately in our rush and push society sounds pound our ears constantly. Loud music, city traffic, airports—sounds permeate every facet of our lives. There is no escaping sound.
Loud sounds can be especially damaging to young children or infants’ ears. It’s hard to avoid loud sounds, but it’s essential for young ears to develop.
So what’s a parent to do? Lucid Audio has the solution.
Why not downplay sounds? Not only lower sounds, but keep the clarity.
Lucid Audio presents ‘HearMuffs Sounds’ a revolutionary new set of headphones for young children and infants that protects young ears by providing passive noise reduction and keeping loud sounds out of the environment.
Simply place the HearMuffs Sounds headphones onto a child’s head, securing them in place by the soft, adjustable headband that offers both comfort and protection. This means one pair will last from babyhood up to 4 years old..
The padded head piece is perfect for a young head and the adjustable side, sliding headphone straps make it easy to fit any infant’s or preschooler’s head.
Soft, pliable liners cushion the headphones to a child’s ears and keep out harmful, loud noises.
The headphones allow comfortable sound levels in, so voices sound soothing and non-abrasive.
To sooth a child even more while traveling, sleeping or downtime, the headphones can play soothing melodies such as a lullaby, white noise, creek and heartbeat.
The HearMuffs Sounds come packaged in an attractive, secure box with two AAA batteries included.
Instructions are included for mode and sound adjustment.
I can’t wait to try them out on my grandson! His mother will love them!
One of my all-time favorite things to do as a kid was to gather as much bric-a-brac and objects together so I could create all sorts of things-mostly spaceships, toy guns, etc.
I would plunder my Mom’s junk drawer and pick out buttons, spools, paper clips, wire—anything that I could cobble together so I could feed my imagination.
If the Alex Brands’ ‘Giant Art Jar’ existed when I was a kid it would have been one of my favorite treasure troves.
It has everything: ABC shapes, wooden sticks, google eyes, buttons, colored paper, glitter glue, a glue stick, feathers, scissors, sequence, stickers and more-oh so much more!
It’s a veritable cornucopia of creative art and craft items that will keep kids gluing, cutting, folding, pasting, assembling, taping and enjoying themselves for hours.
What a great way to encourage creativity and allowing a child’s mind and imagination to run wild.
Kids can make their own special jewelry, art, funny objects and things and share them with their friends and family as gifts.
A large plastic jar with a twist on lid, with handle, holds everything a child needs to unlock their imagination.
For the child, student or adult the ‘Essential Drawing Set’ is a great way to inexpensively enter the world of art.
As a graphic designer, illustrator and former high school art teacher I can attest that buying art supplies can get expensive.
Once established as an artist’s supply costs can be curtailed a bit because you tend to buy just the supplies you need at the time.
If you are someone who wants to learn many different types of art using various art medium the ‘Essential Drawing Set’ from Alex Brands is the perfect way to do so.
The ‘Drawing Set’ contains everything you need to get started in your drawing adventure.
Erasers, a sandpaper block, charcoal pencils, pastel pencils, sketching sticks, charcoal sticks, a ruler, graphite pencils, of various types, blending sticks, color sticks, a sharpener, a sketch pad and even a drawing mannequin all come securely packaged in foam in a wooden box with hinges and a heavy duty handle.
It makes for an organized art package so young artists minimize the mess and can find what they need easily and quickly.
Using art supplies items seen in the set I was able to make the following drawing with no muss or fuss.
With a little practice and patience you can make your own masterpieces to share and display.
The ‘Shrinky Dinks Sweet Treats Jewelry Making Kit’ brings out the decorator and craftsman in kids and teenagers.
Just color, bake and shrink and future jewelers can make all the bling and glittering necklaces, bracelets and decorations they want.
There’s so much to see and do! All sorts of sweet goodie shapes can be colored and baked. Once they finish baking they shrink. Just look at all the beads and baubles!
Everything you need is included: color pencils, shapes, beads and more. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to shine and do your bling thing!
We’re all familiar with the super spy James Bond and dozens of other spy characters in books, films and on TV: James Bond, Jason Bourne, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible-the list goes on and on.
The world of spies has always intrigued people of all ages –especially kids.
Adventure, danger, good versus evil-they are all familiar themes and they play out well in the spy genre.
Alex Brands’ ‘Spy Case Under Cover’ if filled with spy gadgets sure to satisfy the super spy hiding in every kid.
Just look at what you get: folding binoculars, a flashlight, a magnifying glass, fingerprint powder, a dusting brush, a secret marker pen set, secret code files, an ultimate code book, an ink pad and a spy case to carry them all in.
Imagine that you’re a young child and you suddenly find yourself in the middle of international intrigue.
You study your spy files, decode your secret spy assignment and set off on your mission.
Once there you gather important information using your top secret spy skills.
First you spy out the location using your binoculars and later at night you use your magnifying glass and flashlight to gather clues and meet up with your undercover contact.
Together your study your code files, using your code booklet to decipher important clues. Careful to document your discoveries using your special marker pen set you dust for prints, gather your equipment and report back to headquarters, careful to secure all of your equipment in your special spy case.
Having polished your spying skills you decide to expand your sleuthing capabilities and bring in your 80 piece ‘Super Sleuth Kit.
It also contains a magnifying glass, fingerprint powder, a fingerprint ink pad, dusting brush and flashlight.
Additional equipment rounds out your sleuthing paraphernalia which includes 10 finger print specimen cards, lifting tape, secret marker, developer marker, rear view spy glasses, code booklet, two decoder packets, two code wheels, two code tubes and easy to follow instructions.
Whether pretending to be a super spy or a super sleuth kids are sure to love both the Spy Case and Super Sleuth Kit.
Both offer a great way for kids to develop their critical thinking skills, logic and perception and problem solving talent.
Monkey, Octopus and Pirates
OK, I admit it. I’m guilty!
I fess up! I requested a few review items from Alex Brands, three of which are for small children.
OK, what’s so unusual about that?
Did I mention I have a new grandson and I thought these three items would make perfect toys for him to play and learn with? See, I told you I had an ulterior motive.
Seriously these are some pretty cool toys!
Any parent knows that teaching your child to tie shoelaces, button buttons, snap snaps, zip zippers, buckle belts, hook and loop and put on shoes, socks and cloths can sometimes be a real challenge.
Each child learns at a different rate and masters different skills at different times.
Alex Brands’ ‘Learn To Dress Monkey’ makes learning all these essential skills fun, colorful and captivating for young children 18 months and up.
The soft, plush monkey with its multi-color face and body instantly draws a young child’s attention.
The monkey comes dressed in a shirt, short overalls, socks and shoes. Look for oversize buttons and zipper, large orange snaps, green shoes with orange shoe laces, shoulder straps and a belt, with buckle, located on the back of the overalls.
The lovable simian even comes with a banana that Velcros to his hands. In total there are eleven dressing activities that will help a child develop their dexterity, patience, perseverance and confidence. Face it—he’s just plain cute!
The ‘RubaDub Blink & Float Octopus makes the perfect toy for a young child as they take their bath.
Mom or dad can scrub away on a youngster as they sit captivated by the adorable orange translucent octopus with the starfish hat that bobs up and down in the water and lights up!
Dunk it, swirl it, splash with it or just watch it as it floats and lights up the bathtub. For 12 months and up.
Speaking of having fun in the tub! What kid doesn’t like pirates and pirate ships?
The ‘Pirates Of The Tube” fulfills every kids swashbuckling dreams with 37 buccaneer foam pieces to entertain and delight kids three years old and up.
Two short and stubby pirates and their blue, brown and black cannon are just a few of the cool pirate treasures in the set.
Look for pirate, island, palm tree, raft, ship, ship stores and other foam pirate goodies that kids can float in the water or stick to the side of the tile wall next to the tube.
There’s even a bag to carry the objects not in use so they won’t get lost.
Squeeze the two tubby pirates (a first mate and captain) and water spurts out of their mouths. Even the cannon shoots water! Watch out mom and dad!
Yo, ho, ho! It’s the pirates’ life for me! Avast me hardies, there’s clear sailin’ ahead and the bathtub calls!
Kids love listening to music, plugging into the audio of a video game or watching a movie on a laptop, computer or TV.
The only problem is that most kids are pretty rough when it comes to using headphones and with the cost of high-end headphones it can get pretty expensive to replace them.
Problem solved! Kidz Gear introduces the KidzControl Volume Limit Wired Headphones that are durable, kid-friendly and best of all--inexpensive.
Just because they cost less than ‘adult’ headphones the Kidz Zone headphones use high quality components that deliver great sound at a fraction of the cost.
The headphones deliver rich, full sound that can be controlled by KidzControl Volume Limit Technology.
The headphones can used on a variety of electronic devices.
Avoid hearing damage using the volume control headphones while still delivering full rich sound kids will love.
Included with the earphones are padded ear protectors, an adjustable head strap, a long plug-n cord and full instructions.
Packaged in a small box, with see-thru side panels, the headphones come in seven colors kids like.
Keep the headphones safe and secure and free from dust and damage with the special protective carrying bag that is also available.
In your car, in a plane or at home the Kidz Gear KidzControl™ Volume Limit Wired Headphones is kid-friendly, parent approved and a real deal for the money.
Speaking as a father and grandfather I can testify to the fact that as kids grow up they want to be busy.
Their little minds seek to explore, learn and take in what they’ve discovered and make and do things.
Toy play sets that encourage kids to create are vitally important to a young child’s development.
It doesn’t matter what a child creates looks like anything. The effort and challenge to their dexterity and imagination are enough. As they grow older then they start to recognize, emulate and perfect their ability to create copies of actual objects.
Alex Brands understands this.
Kids love things that are bright and inviting. Ask any balloon vendor or toy manufacturer. The brighter the better.
Alex Brands ‘My Art Desk’ fits the bill with its vibrant, primary color scheme, star cutouts and inviting, no hard edge design.
Perfectly kid size the Art Desk makes the ideal way for young children to show off their blossoming creativity. All you need is crayons, paint, pencils, markers and whatever other art supplies a kid is sure to love.
What you don’t need is a roll of paper, as it comes with the Art Desk.
Attached underneath to a wooden rod with large removable ball ends the paper slides easily on the Desk top and inserts into the small wooden ‘cutter’ (no blades) at the bottom of the Desk top (which also serves as a small ledge so pencils and crayons don’t slide off. Simply pull the paper and once an art project is done, slide the top edge to the cutter and tear off.
The entire Art Desk comes in a large flat box with its contents carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and foam sheets.
Using the enclosed instructions I was able to assemble the Art Desk in a snap using the screws and wrench along with my own screwdriver.
All of the pieces for both the Desk and Chair went together with little effort. Parts matched up perfectly and once the screws were tightened the Desk and Chair were secure and extremely stable.
The Desk features a large surface in black with primary and secondary color spots decorating it.
Fours large yellow ringed holes hold the four supply cups where kids can store their paint brushes, pencils, etc.
Two green dowel assemblies slide through the Desk top holding it securely in place.
Simply undo the dowels, reposition them in various slots on the Desk top undercarriage and the Desk surface can be raised or lowered at different angles best suited for a child.
A large dowel hangs underneath the top of the Desk top where a large roll of paper can be stored and then dispensed.
The base of the Art Desk also includes a horizontal slate for stability and makes for a handy foot rest.
The small chair slides underneath the Desk for easy storage and is the perfect size for small children.
As I mentioned before there are no sharp edges and the entire Art Desk assemble is made of durable solid wood painted in virtually chip free paint making it safe for kids.
I can imagine my grandson spending many hours enjoying his Art Desk, especially considering his grandpa will be right there with him showing him how to draw and paint.
Alex Brands’ ‘My Work Bench’ is the perfect solid wood, child safe toy that encourages kids to build.
Like ‘My Art Desk’, ‘My Work Bench’ is easy to assemble following the enclosed instructions. Screws are included. All you need is a screwdriver.
Painted in bright primary colors (red, blue and yellow), the Work Bench is perfect scaled down version of a real woodshop Work Bench.
A small wooden hammer, saw, wrench, screwdriver and scale hang on pegs for the blue stripped backboard.
The Work Bench top is perforated with holes so kids can pound in the wooden ‘nails’, set in ‘bolts and nuts’ and have a surface to work on.
Smooth surfaced nails and nuts and bolts allow kids to use the tools and make their own creations.
A wooden robot and truck are included, which (along with other items) can store on the lower shelf.
The front edge of the top surface is marked off as a ruler.
The Work Bench is made of solid wood with smooth corners and edges and painted in chip resistant paint.
Little builders and carpenters are sure to love this colorful and fun Work Bench and enjoy hours of hammering, bolting and unbolting, screwing in pieces and pretending to make wooden masterpieces.
Both the Art Desk and Work Bench are made of the highest quality wood, smoothed and finished for little hands and painted with safe, non-toxic paint.
Both pieces are guaranteed to last for years and make for fine gifts for young kids to ignite their imaginations and creativity.
When I taught I used to tease my high school students about The Walking Dead.
I would tell them the definition of The Walking Dead: they are always hungry, make guttural noises and wander around aimlessly.
Once I described The Walking Dead I would then tell them why they like the show so much.
It’s easy really-the Walking Dead are teenagers! The description fits!
OK, on to more serious matters-or at least onto the reviews.
Of course the bullets are soft tip darts, but they can fire up to 100 feet!
The rifle features real bolt lever action, a removable scope, a working trigger, a heavy stock, an Ultra-Tex Clip for holding the eight darts and a short barrel for maximum carnage.
It’s a real beauty of a brute made of heavy and durable plastic, featuring recreated details from an actual rifle and offers more fun than you can shake a dismembered zombie leg at.
Proudly displayed on its ‘The Walking Dead’ display box, that is decorated with art from the comic book series, Andrea’s Rifle is a proud member of the ‘Air Warriors’ series of action toys.
When I was a young boy my friends and I used to trek out to the wilds, pitch a tent and tackle the rugged terrain and harsh conditions of living in the wild.
Actually we would put up a pup tent in the backyard, string out an extension cord for our radio, cook up some hotdogs inside my house, grab a few snacks, lay out our padded sleeping bags and spend most of the night talking, telling jokes and making strange noises that young boys do.
One of us might have brought along a compass or a pack of matches but that was about the extent of our camping equipment.
Backyard Safari Adventures bumps up things a few notches with its awesome Utility Belt set.
Here’s what kids get: a utility belt, a protective case, a field microscope, a pencil and notepad, patch and field guide.
The utility belt includes a belt buckle, D rings, elastic loops and the elastic holster attaches to it.
The portable field microscope also has adjustable lens, a view finder and the entire assemble folds down for easy storage and transport.
Everything fits snuggly into the clip case sans the belt and buckle.
It’s an awesome kit that I wish I had when I was a kid.
I’m excited. My grandson just turned three months old and he’s starting to really get active.
One of his favorite things to do is to take a bath.
Now he has something to make bath time even more fun: the Alex Brands’ Jungle Friends Block Squirters.
These cute, little, cubed animals stack on top of each other, can fill with water and with a simple squeeze out shoots a stream of water!
They are colorful, cute and feature a tiger, hippo, elephant and zebra.
It’s a wild and wacky water world of fun that little kids are sure to love and which make bath time a real treat.
It is remarkable to me and a real testament to a toy line that certain action figures tend to stay around for years.
Ben 10 is one such action figure line of toys.
When Ben finds an alien watch; the Omnitrix, he discovers, to his delight, that he can change into 10 different aliens.
Once he changes he takes on the characteristics and powers of the alien he chooses.
Ben chooses to be the hero and he’s saved the planet a number of times. Over the years the selection of aliens has changed but the adventures of Ben is as fun as it gets when you consider he’s a kid and he’s just been handed awesome powers.
Playmates Toys has produced a lot of Ben 10 figures over the years and its newest selection ups the ante with some incredible sound chips producing voices, alien power surges and more.
The new figures not only talk and make noises but they also light up.
Get ready to ‘Power up!’ with latest and greatest Ben 10 action figures yet.
Heatblast stands about six inches tall and looks translucent.
His fire/flame head is accented with a red skull front that lights up whenever he talks.
With four finger hands and two-toe feet the translucent figure is every bit the hero with alternating fire red patches over his nearly transparent body.
Fully-articulated, Heatblast is a real ‘hot’ toy that is sure to ‘turn up the heat’ against any bad guy.
Watch his head and torso light up with the push of the button on his upper back.
He’s hot stuff!
What’s better than two arms? Why Four Arms of course!
Four Arms is a muscular red, black and white clad alien with massive arms and hands and two-toe feet.
His four eyes and large teeth filled mouth make him look intimidating-which he is!
Fully–articulated, Four Arms can move his legs, arms, torso, head, hands and he lights up as he shouts out some warnings and threats against any adversary.
Both figures are expertly crafted with great sculpts, no slop over or rough edge paint application, are rugged, articulated and look great in their full-figure display bubble packs.
Push their buttons and they talk, hold the buttons down and get ready for some alien energy blasts! Exclusive at Toys R Us.
“Money makes the world go around
In the Bible it is stated that ‘The love of money is the root of all evil.”
You’ll notice that it is the ‘love’ of money, not money itself that is evil.
Money is neither good nor bad. It can be used for good or evil purposes, but money itself is neither.
There is nothing wrong with money in of itself. In fact, without money it is very difficult to survive in today’s modern world.
It’s important that children are taught how to save and spend money. They need to learn what it means to earn money. It requires work and discipline.
Unfortunately too many kids are taught that they are entitled to things and money. Very little emphasis is placed on working and earning a paycheck or allowance.
Good financial planning and understanding is a must if a child (when they get older) expects to survive and use their finances properly.
That’s why I got so excited when I saw Alex Brands/Brainy Bucks newest educational toys-all about money and banking.
Granted it may not seem like a big deal. Trust me-it is a very big deal.
Let’s start with the basics.
Brainy Bucks’ ‘Cash Stash Tray’ contains over $3,000 in realistic play money-both in coins and paper money.
One hundred and twenty bills and 100 coins make up the set, all divided by denomination and accurate to size.
With the play money children can be taught to recognize real money and how to make change. The Brainy Bucks money can also be used in Brainy Bucks toys-or kids can actually use real money if they want.
Either way allows kids to comprehend and use proper currency.
An excellent way to get kids to save money is with a traditional piggy bank. Kids put in their money and after awhile they open the piggy bank and either spend their saving or put it away in a saving account.
But, what if you had a bank that not only stores your money but keeps track of the amount, shows a digital display of your total savings, counts your change, keeps track of paper money and features an undo button should you mess up?
The Brainy Bucks’ ‘Bill & Coin Money Jar’ does all that and much more!
Kids can watch their loose change add up, personalize it with their picture and it even remembers their balance even if the batteries have to be replaced.
That’s some piggy bank!
A free educational book on how to be money smart is also included.
What if a child’s saving mount up and overflow the Money Jar?
Easy problem to solve.
Kids can keep their money (and other valuables) safe in the ‘Voice Activated Safe’!
The bank is voice activated and will only open when the password the child creates is spoken by the child.
If someone tries to activate who is not the child an alarm goes off-even when it is tampered with.
The interior of the safe has shelves and a drawer for valuables and a special manual override that allows kids to change their password.
Simple press the password button, state a password and immediately begin storing your valuables.
ATM’s are everywhere and it is imperative that kids know how to use one.
Brainy Bucks’ ‘Real Money ATM’ operates just like a real ATM and accepts real money.
It tracks accounts, is activated by an ATM Card, counts coins, has an automatic bill feed and it even makes sounds just like a real ATM!
It’s digital, it’s realistic and it works!
The ‘Time To Save ATM’ is the big daddy of the Brainy Bucks money toys.
It looks (in a smaller scale) just like a wall-mounted ATM machine that does everything the ‘Real Money ATM’ does but also includes a secure vault and a real working alarm!
Kids will get a kick out of its functional buttons, ATM Card Slot, Speaker, Screen, Keypad, Vault and Money Slots.
It’s big, it’s rugged and it makes for a perfect gift to teach kids how to save and keep track of their money.
I highly recommend the ‘Brainy Bucks’ line of money toys. You can ‘count’ on them!
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