This past month I was busy doing some traveling with friends and my family which inspired this content:
- Shopping for Toys at Disney World - now that you've entered the happiest place on earth, find out the best places to look for toys and gifts for kids
- Playmobil Zoo Themed Animal Playsets - taking a trip to the zoo this year? We recently took a trip to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. These endangered species themed playsets from Playmobil will definitely be a great way to help your child remember their favorite animals from their visit.
The weather is finally warming up! If you are planning a party or a trip to the beach then you make sure you check out:
Though the Hess gas stations are being sold, don't worry the Hess Toy Truck is here to stay, just as it has for the last 50 years. Are you a loyal Hess Toy Truck collector? Consider nominating the Hess truck into the toy hall of fame!
- History of the Hess Toy Truck - Find out some great reasons to make sure the Hess Toy Truck is on your holiday toy list ever year.
Okay Rainbow Loom addicts, there's a new addition to the family! The new Monster Tail Rainbow Loom kit is a travel sized loom for under $10 that kids and adults can use to make all sorts of new bracelets!
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Here's the latest information on newly released toys and events your children and family will enjoy!
Are you or your children addicted to Disney Infinity?
- What is Disney Infinity?
- 4 Reasons to Buy Disney Infinity Toys & Games
- Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel's Avengers Toys & Games
Headed to New York City this summer with the family and you are a die-hard Avengers fan?
Looking for a way to encourage your children to engage in more physical activity?
The past month has been a busy one, so I created a "round up" of all my newest articles and toy reviews.
- Eco Friendly Toy Companies - Many toy companies are vowing to use recyclable materials in their packaging and are pioneering their own manufacturing processes that are environmentally friendly
- How to Avoid Gift Store Tantrums - Every ride these days seems to end in a gift store, how do you minimize the stress and tears that comes along with having to say, "No!"
- Skylanders Trap Team Toys - See pictures of the newest members of the Skylanders Family! For the first time, children can now trap the villains in the game, then play as the villains
- Lego Mixels Toys - based from the Cartoon Network television show, these are small, inexpensive LEGO sets that can be mixed and matched with other sets
- The Happy's - Remember Zhu Zhu Pets? The Happy's are adorable puppies and kitties that can perform tricks
- B. Toys Build-a-ma-jigs Construction Toys - Using a kid-friendly screwdriver, these toys provide a safe way for kids to learn to take things apart and put them back together
- GoldieBlox Engineering Toys for Girls and Boys - Women engineers are scarce. GoldieBlox construction toys are aiming to encourage girls to solve problems in hopes of steering them towards STEM careers
- Disney Planes Sky Race Action Game - Looking for a family game that gets you off the couch? This game will have you flying foam airplanes all over the living room with your eyes closed or while lying on your belly!
- Disney Frozen Matching Game - Frozen toys are flying off the shelves, this memory matching game is perfect for travel and great for players of all ages
- Automoblox - these collectible wooden toys will surely be passed on from one generation to the next
Several toy companies these days are committed to "sustainability." Many companies vow to plant trees in replacement of the wood they are using to manufacture their toys. However, wooden toys aren't the only eco-friendly toys available.
In addition, these same companies are committed to creating new manufacturing processes that are conscious of resources and used recycled materials to provide products that are non-toxic and safe for children. Read more in details about some of my favorite eco-friendly toy companies and links to reviews of some environmentally friendly 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.
Do you have a baby you are buying toys for? Though infants don't generally worry about their gifts from the Easter Bunny here are some fun Easter ideas for babies who definitely are a little to young to eat chocolate!
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.
- 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?
Disney'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!
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.