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Easter Basket Toys

Friday April 11, 2014

Nick Peter Rabbit plush toys

Within a week the Easter Bunny will be hopping along, leaving children sweet treats and toys. The Easter Bunny tends to be a little more financially reserved in our house, so for those of you looking to find some fun new toys that don't cost a fortune, here are my top 10 Easter Basket Toys for around $10! The list features new LEGO Mixels, a new travel loom called Monster Tail from the makers of Rainbow Loom, Peter Rabbit themed plush and lots of outdoor toys that include bubbles and new sidewalk chalk paint.

What types of Easter basket toys does the bunny bring to your home? If you've got suggestions, please share them here or with me on Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus!

New Toy Reviews & Thoughts

Sunday March 30, 2014

Since the warmer weather is arriving,  spring cleaning season is knocking on our doors. In addition to thinking about cleaning, donating, storing and organizing toys, I've been searching and reviewing many new arts and crafts toys, movie toys and spending a lot of time with many new construction block sets.

New Articles

  • Kinetic Sand - Have you been dreaming of silky sand in lots of colors that's moldable, non-toxic and doesn't get stuck underneath your fingernails? Then you will love Kinetic Sand.
  • Disney Frozen Toys - Some of the newest dolls, role-play dresses and games featuring Princess Anna, Princess Elsa and Olaf the Snowman.
  • Best Ways to Organize LEGO's and Construction bricks - Tired of stepping on those little blocks? Whether you prefer sliding bags, drawers, play mats or zippered bins, these are some of my favorite construction block storage solutions.
  • LeapFrog LeapReader Review - Spring and summer bring a lot of family travel opportunities. Based on the popularity of the TAG Reader from LeapFrog, which encourages children to magically explore books, make sure you consider the LeapReader. It has some of the same great features of the TAG Reader, but it also has a writing component and a built-in MP3 player.
  • Spring Cleaning Tips for Toys - If tackling your playroom is on your to-do list, learn how and where to donate toys, as well as different ways to  clean the germs from stuffed animals and toys.
  • Entrepreneur Barbie - Every year Barbie has a new profession and this year she's "an Entrepreneur." While I certainly believe in Barbie's mission to teach young girls that anything is possible, I'm not so sure I'm sold on the fact that an "entrepreneur" is a stand-alone profession with women who wear cutesy skirts and do all of their important business in the tablet housed in their purse?

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Frozen Toys

Sunday March 30, 2014

Disney Frozen Anna Doll and Elsa DollDisney's Frozen is now the highest grossing animated movie of all time, surpassing Toy Story 3! This movie and the music has been a huge hit amongst children, who can be heard everywhere singing all of the songs from the soundtrack.

If your children are begging you for the latest toys featuring Princess Anna, Princess Elsa and of course, Olaf the Snowman, here's a list of my favorite Frozen toys!

Construction Toy Resources

Tuesday March 25, 2014

These days, both boys and girls are enjoying construction brick sets. Here is some of the newest information and resources related to construction toys to help parents wandering the toy aisles.

  • Best Way to Store LEGO's and other Construction Blocks - bins, workstations, tables, slider bags? Here are at least 8 different ways to store construction blocks.
  • Construction Toy Buyers Guide - Learn about some of the differences between brands that include LEGO, Kre-O, Ionix, and MegaBloks.
  • LEGO Juniors Review- LEGO launched a new line of sets for 4-7 year olds with more simplistic instructions, multiple builds, and pre-sorted pieces which are housed in a storage container.
  • Playmobil Toys Collectors Club - To celebrate Playmobil's 40th Birthday, the Playmobil Collector's Club members have been photographing a specific Playmobil character all around the world.
  • Lay n' Go Lifestyle Storage Backpack - where can you contain and store all those construction toy pieces? The Lay n' Go is a mat that transforms into a backpack that provides both storage and portability.

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