Kids Gift Ideas
Construction Toy Buyers Guide
Now, there are several different toy companies designing collectible construction sets. Here's a “Construction Toys Buyers Guide” to help you choose between LEGO, Ionix, Kre-o and Mega Bloks sets to fit your child’s needs and interests.
Doh-Vinci is a new decorating compound from the makers of Play-Doh that encourages them to creatively decorate frames, accessories and pictures.
Easter Ideas for Babies
For those of you gift givers with young babies who might be looking for something fun, or if you need to purchase something little because the baby has older siblings, these are some of my favorite Easter ideas for babies that don't involve candy.
Disney Frozen Toys
Many children have really enjoyed the Disney movie Frozen. There are a variety of Disney Frozen toys that include a makeup vanity, Ice Palace playsets, role play costumes, and Anna and Elsa baby dolls and fashion dolls.
Top 10 Easter Basket Toys
Looking for Easter Basket toys instead of chocolates and candy? These are my top 10 Easter basket toys for kids so you can have less room for junk and more room for fun.
Angry Birds Toys
Angry Birds is a very popular app played on both tablets and smartphones. These silly characters have not only launched into the hearts of young children everywhere, but in the toy aisles of most major retailers you will find a variety of angry birds plush toys, angry birds video games, and new Star Wars Angry Birds games from Hasbro.
Iron Man Toys and Action Figures
Last year, Marvel's The Avengers toys were very popular for young children after the blockbuster movie was released. Iron Man 3 is soon to hit the theaters. These are some new Iron Man 3 toys featuring Iron Man action figures and pictures from Hasbro and LEGO.
Kinderfeets Kids Balance Bike Review
Many kids enjoy riding bicycles, ride-on toys and scooters. Toys like the Kinderfeets balance bike are becoming increasingly popular, so children can learn to eventually ride a standard bike, without ever needing to use training wheels.
Have you ever purchased any pet toys? Many kids these days ask their parent for real animals for gifts, whether it be a dog, cat, fish, hermit crab, hamster, or snake. If your children are asking for pets and you want them to try their best to care and nurture one, these are some of the coolest toy pets. With the advances in technology, some of these pet toys are able to learn commands, develop personalities, and respond directly to a child.
Video GameTruck Party
Have you ever considered a video GameTruck Party for your child's birthday party or a family event? I had an opportunity to experience a Game Truck party with a lot of friends and it was a big hit with both kids and parents.
Sassy Non-Sters Plush Baby Toys are an adorable and unique line of infant toys and rattles, available exclusively at Target.
The Legends of CHIMA Speedorz
THE Legends of CHIMA are stories about various animal tribes that used magical CHI orbs as a source of energy. The 8 different animal tribes include lions, crocodiles, eagles, wolves, gorillas, ravens, rhinos and bears. In addition to television episodes kids can collect and construct a variety of LEGO Legends of CHIMA playsets. These special...
New Skylanders Figures, Skylanders SWAP Force
New Skylanders Figures include 16 additions to the team that make up the Skylanders SWAP Force. For the first time, kids can combine and swap Skylanders toys in order to create over 250 character combinations that can fly, teleport, climb, dig, bounce and now jump.
Oz the Great and Powerful toys
The original Wizard of Oz movie released in 1939. Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful, the prequel to the classic favorite was just released. Whether your children are fans of the classic movie or the modern prequel, these are some Oz the Great and Powerful toys and Oz the Great and Powerful costumes that may be of interest.
Monsters University Toys
With the release of the new Monsters University movie, there are several Monsters University toys featuring Sulley and his friends including interactive role play toys and characters as part of the Disney Infinity gaming accessory.
New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Action Figures
2013 has brought several new teenage mutant ninja turtle action figures. Playsets include pop-up pizza sets, a remote controlled shellraiser vehicle that launches sewer lids and vehicles and action figures that launch and release ooze.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Toys
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys and movies were a huge part of my personal childhood in the 1980's. In 2012, the 3rd animated series debuted with several different toys featuring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures and an amazing secret sewer lair playset.
The Fun Machine: A New Dr. Seuss Game by Wonder Forge
Dr. Seuss Books featuring their unique rhymes and characters like Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, the Lorax and Horton, are recognizable by both children and adults. Wonder Forge makes several fun Dr. Seuss games, like the Fun Machine, that are both fun and educational.
2012 Toys of the Year
What were the 2012 Toys of the Year? Each year at Toy Fair, the Toys of the Year are unveiled. 2012 honored Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, LEGO Friends, Skylanders Giants, the LeapPad2, Perplexus Epic, and the Doc McStuffins Time for Your Check-Up Doll.
New Barbies for 2013
These are the toys and new Barbies for 2013.
Disney Princess Enchanted Cupcake Game by Wonder Forge
Enchanted Cupcake Party is a new Disney Princess game by Wonder Forge. Kids play cooperatively by putting together cupcakes inspired by Disney Princesses Ariel, Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Tiana, Pocahontas, Mulan, Belle, and Jazmine.
Lush Fun Soap and Bath Bombs
Who would have thought that I'd find something related to PlayDoh, that's all natural and geared for kids of all ages at a recent trip to the LUSH Cosmetic Store at the mall? LUSH FUN soap is a moldable body wash, hair shampoo and bubble bath.
YGlider: 3 Wheeled Scooter for Kids
Younger children enjoy ride-on toys and bicycles, while traditional scooters have been popular amongst older kids that have well developed balance and control. 3 wheeled scooters, like the YGlider, are fantastic for toddlers and preschool aged children, because of their stable design.
Sofia the First Toys
Sofia the First is the newest and youngest Disney Princess to grace television screens everywhere, most recently on the Disney Junior channel. A variety of plush and role play toys have been released in conjunction with the Sofia the First movie and television show.
Top Boys Toys
These are some of the top boy toys. This list includes construction toys, LEGO Ninjago toys, Skylander toys, and remote controlled vehicles.
Hess Toy Trucks
Once a year, Hess releases a new collectible toy vehicle. These fun, durable Hess toy trucks are very popular toys amongst little boys.
Best XBox Games for Kids
This year Microsoft has released some amazing Xbox games for kids. These are some of the best xbox games for kids.
Steam Team Station Thomas the Train Game
For children who love anything Thomas the Train, Discovery Bay Games has released a new game, specifically for the iPad called Steam Team Station. By placing the iPad in the console and downloading the free apps, kids are encouraged to play games with their favorite Thomas characters that involve "I Spy" activities, as well as physical play.
American Girl of the Year 2013 is Saige Copeland
Every year, American Girl releases 1 doll that is only available for that year, or until supplies last. The American Girl of the Year 2013 is Saige Copeland. The 18 inch American Girl Doll, Saige, will be available January 1st. Saige is a 9-year-old girl who will bring creative, artistic inspiration to young girls, with interests such as hot-air...
Bakerella Cake Pops for Kids
Have you ever tried to make cake pops for kids parties? The Bakerella Cake Pops Set includes some fun tools that will make your first try at cake pops a success.
Magna Color 3D Activity Kit
The Magna Color 3D activity kit allows kids to use special pens that release dots onto either a blank magnetic surface or a template. After designing with the dots, kids put on 3 D glasses to watch their designs pop off the page. This toy is recommended for kids ages 4 and up.
Angry Birds Star Wars Jenga Tatooine Battle Game - Hasbro
Angry Birds Star Wars are popular amongst children and adults of all ages. Hasbro has released a new family game that allows kids to construct their own structures, then launch their Star Wars Luke Skywalker Angry Bird into the tower with the Millenium Falcon Launcher, in hopes to knock the pigs off the blocks.
New Skylanders Giants Figures
Skylanders Giants are small toys that are compatible with the XBox 360, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Playstation 3. No matter what gaming system you have at home, your child's game play progress will be stored on their Skylanders Giants figures. These are some of the new Skylanders Giants toys just released.
MegaBloks Barbie Build 'N Style Luxury Mansion Review
There's a new Barbie toy this year, the MegaBloks Barbie Build 'N Style Luxury Mansion. This Barbie mansion includes 301 pieces and is recommended for girls ages 4 and up. The Barbie dollhouse includes 8 different interchangeable rooms.
LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Review
Last year, the LeapFrog LeapPad made its debut as one of the premier learning tablets for kids ages 4-9. New for 2012 is the LeapFrog LeapPad 2, with more speed, memory, an additional video camera and a growing library of games, ultra eBooks, videos, and music.
Top Girl Toys
What are the top girl toys this year? These are some of the greatest gifts and best Christmas toys of 2012.
Best Toys for Teens
Teenagers, teenagers. They will surely let you know what’s on their wish list this holiday season, and it will probably come in the way of being expensive technology products like iPods, iPads, new phones, tablets, designer clothes or iTunes gift cards. As parents though, it can be so difficult to find items that we can wrap up, leave under the...
Gifts for Tweens
If you have a child between the ages of 8-12, they are in the "tween" age group. Aside from generally wanting high cost technology that includes televisions, gaming systems, cell phones and iPods, these are some unique toys, games and gifts for tweens
Best Toys for Kids
What are the best toys for kids in 2012? Whether you are looking for popular toys, new gaming tablets, baby dolls, movie toys, dollhouses, toys under $10, games, and toys for various age groups, this is a comprehensive list of some of the best toys for 2012.
Tablet Toys for Kids of All Ages
Before you go handing over your expensive iPhone or iPad, this year several tablet toys and gaming consoles for kids have entered the toy market. Developed specifically with children in mind for their durability, games and apps, there is a wide variety of tablets that include tablets for kids as young as 3, but high-tech gaming systems with...
Fun Games for Kids of All Ages
If you are on the lookout out for some fun party games for kids and adults to pass the time at a birthday party, family event or during a family vacation, these are some of the newest, fun games for kids of all ages that include kids board games, party games and tablet/iPhone games.
Popular Game Apps Are Now Board Games
Those popular game apps like Words With Friends, Farmville, Cityville, Draw Something, Temple Run, and Angry Birds now have board game versions for family game night.
Each year I'm amazed how excited children are about various collectible toys. These are some of the newest collections that not only include toys which will be frequently traded amongst friends, the toys in this list can also be used to play various competitive games.
iPad Toys & iPhone Toys
Do you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad? Aside from all of the app games that can be downloaded to the actual devices, toy companies have jumped on board to create some amazing iPhone toys and iPad toys that will give their app game play an entirely different perspective. This is a list of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch toys for all ages that...
Popular Toys for 2012
Every year there are hot new toys that are released by toy companies throughout the year, and come October start flying off the shelves for the holiday season. Classic games and traditional toys are generally popular and may include train sets, dinosaurs, baby dolls, dollhouses and play kitchens. However, these are my stand-out picks for some of...
VTech Switch & Go Dinosaurs
Little boys love cars and dinosaurs. VTech has developed a fun, new concept that allows kids to transform their cars into dinosaurs and dinosaurs into cars. With sound effects and simple motions, these toys are easily manipulated by kids ages 3-8.
The original Perplexus is a ball maze game by PlaSmart that was created by a 3-D design teacher, Michael McGinnis. Players move a small marble around various tracks, pitfalls and obstacles inside a sphere. The game requires focus, attention, hand/eye coordination and memory. Due to the popularity of the original Perplexus game, additional...
Preschool aged children, or kids between the ages of 3 and 5, love role play, pretend play, simple games and are delving right into the world of both television and technology. These are some of the best toys for preschool aged children, that are rich in educational content, encourage kids to explore their imagination, and include some of the...
Best Toys for Toddlers
Toddlers, or kids ages 12 months through 36 months of age (3 years), love to participate in role play as they pretend to be just like their parents. They are generally active and love outdoor play experiences with ride-on toys. They also love construction toys, that allow them to build and use their imagination. These are some of the best toys...
Top Baby Toys
A lot happens for babies in their first year of life. What are the best baby toys? Do you buy a baby rattle, baby teether, baby mobile, crib toy, push toy, play gym or activity toy? All of these are great choices for this age group and these are some of my top baby toys for 2012.
Fashion dolls are popular with girls ages 4 and up. There are iconic, collectible fashion dolls like American Girl dolls and Barbie dolls. Additionally, there are trendy, popular fashion doll lines like La Dee Da dolls, Monster High dolls and Winx Club dolls with amazing fashion doll clothes. These are some fun fashion doll lines for kids of all...
Eco-Friendly Toy Flowers from Green Toys
The Green Toys Build-a-Bouquet is an eco-friendly toy flower set where kids can arrange various plastic petals and flowers to create their own unique flower arrangements.
The New American Girl Caroline Abbott
The newest member of the historical collection at American Girl Place is the American Girl Caroline Abbott. Caroline Abbott lives with her family in New York during the War of 1812. Her father is a shipbuilder, who also becomes a prisoner during the war.
IKEA toys are cute, practical and cost-effective. There are different IKEA plush toys that come in a variety of different animals and sizes. During the months of November and December 1 Euro (about $1.30 US dollars) from every IKEA soft toy purchase is donated to charity. IKEA supports Save the Children and UNICEF in their efforts.
New Merida Dolls from Disney "Brave" Movie
The newest member to the Disney Princess crew is Merida, the heroine from the new Disney Brave Movie. This beautiful character with flowing red hair is an accomplished archer who must fight fear with bravery. Companies such as Mattel, Tollytots and Disney have crafted different types of Merida dolls and movie accessories that will appeal to...
During the year, whether you are a family that enjoys warm weather or cold weather, there are a lot of fantastic outdoor play experiences that children will enjoy participating in. Whether you are an active family that seeks the thrill of snow sports or have children and adults who love to design and create, this is a list of outdoor toys and...
Chalk City Sidewalk Chalk Kits
Chalk City is a fun, new outdoor toy that is great for children that allows them to quickly make roadways and obstacle courses in minutes on the pavement with sidewalk chalk. Included are templates that children can color in that will allow children to design intricate cities with roadway signs.
Bubbles for Kids
Bubbles for kids are not simply a wand any longer. Companies like Little Kids, Gazillion and Imperial Toys have created a variety of bubble toys that include unique wands, playsets, blasters, and kids bubble machines.
Crayola Color Wonder Travel Tube
Travel toys for toddlers can be hard to find, they need to be fun and have few pieces. The Crayola Color Wonder Tube is portable fun for young children to use when traveling or out to dinner in restaurants.
Duo Plink by Discovery Bay Games
There are some cool ipad accessories. I never imagined that there would honestly be tablet toys. Duo Plink by Discovery Bay Games encourages kids and families to engage in game play using the ipad that with apps that inspire communication and are educationally focused.
Easter Basket Ideas for Kids
Many people, aside from chocolate and candy like to buy smaller, inexpensive toys for their child's easter basket. These are some great toy easter basket ideas for kids within the $10-15 price range or under.
iPad Games for Kids
If you have purchased an iPad for your yourself, most likely your children are trying to find ways to play games and watch movies on it. Aside from downloading a variety of apps for them to use, there are some very unique iPad accessories and games for kids available. The items in this list will encourage children to interact with the...
Sometimes finding toys for the kids stockings can be quite a feat to find unique items to fill the stocking that won't break the bank and aren't full of candy and sugar. Here are some great stocking stuffer ideas for kids of all ages. Many of the items include multiple gifts in one package which can be shared amongst siblings as well.
Leap Frog Peek-A-Shoe Review
Little babies and growing toddlers love to explore with their hands. Putting items in and out of containers seems to engage these developing minds over and over again. The Leap Frog Peek-A-Shoe is a great educational baby toy for kids ages 9-36 months as it promotes fine motor skills, as well as provides exposure to color and number concepts.
Bizu Style Studio
Bizu is a great kids jewelry set, that's perfect for holiday gifts or to entertain kids at parties.
Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Starter Set
Many little boys love cars. They especially love to drive Hot Wheels cars across the floor or along the top of the furniture. These new Hot Wheels Wall Tracks by Mattel bring a whole new dynamic to playing with die cast cars. These innovative tracks adhere safely to the wall with 3M Command strips and brackets, bringing a whole new interactive...
Let's Rock! Elmo Review
Let's Rock Elmo by Playskool is an interactive toy geared for toddlers, kids ages 2 and up.
Best Baby Doll Accessories
These are some of the best baby doll accessories like shopping carts, jogging strollers, bath tubs, potty chairs, pack n' plays, swings and highchairs.
Top 10 Baby Dolls
This list of Top 10 Baby Dolls includes a variety of toy dolls that girls will love and includes leading dolls such as Cabbage Patch Kids, Corolle Dolls, Baby Alive, Little Mommy, Bitty Baby and American Girl Dolls! This list includes dolls for girls of all ages!
Cabbage Patch Kids Dolls Review
Cabbage Patch Kids baby dolls have been bringing many young children enjoyment over the last 30+ years. To date, over 123 million Cabbage Patch Kids dolls have already been adopted by young children. These soft bodied fashion dolls from Jakks Pacific can be adopted with customized birth certificates and features, but in addition, these dolls...
Best Toys for Tweens
Cool toys for kids in their tween years, ages 8-12.
Best Kids Gift Ideas for Christmas and the Holiday Season!
Shopping for kids during for Christmas and the holiday season can be a really challenge. Here are some of my top holiday gift lists that will include some new toys, girls toys, boys toys, cheap toys and some of the best kids gift ideas for Christmas, Hanukkah and other gift giving holidays.
New Board Games for Kids
Even though Wii, Xbox Kinect and Nintendo DS might be the most popular family games, more families are taking time out of their busy schedules to schedule a game night. Classic favorites that have been around for generations like Scrabble and Monopoly now exist in different variations that bridge the generation gap. Whether looking for a fun...
Best Toys for Preschoolers
Toys for preschoolers help kids ages 3-5 with developing the ability to talk and communicate in more complex ways, expand their imaginative play skills and beginning to learn the rules of sharing, turn taking, and playing cooperatively with friends. Some of the best toys for preschoolers often include more challenging building sets, simple board...
Best Toys for Boys Ages 8-12
Boys ages 8-12 can be a challenge to still find toys for, as many of them when asked for gift ideas would prefer sports equipment, gift cards to purchase music or apps for their iPod, or XBox Kinect, Wii, or Nintendo DS games for their gaming devices. Deep down in the heart of these young boys, there is still a need for some fun though, and...
Elefun Ball Popper from Playskool
The Elefun Ball Popper from Playskool is one of the best toys for a 9 month old child.
Kids in the ages between 5-8, usually are in their early elementary school years. This puts them in prime age to attend birthday parties. Kids of this age are very observant of the commercials of these new, fun and exciting toys on television. As a parent, do you know what they will be asking for this year during the holiday season? These are...
Fun Girl Toys!
This is a list of some of the new, fun girl toys! Some of the best toys for girls include dolls, dollhouses, games, arts and crafts, jewelry design, and pretend play!
Best Toys for Teenagers
What do you buy for those teenagers in your life, other than a gift card, camera, cell phone, television, iPad, iPhone, iPod, or a gaming device like Nintendo Wii or Xbox Kinect? This could be the most difficult age group to buy for, but there are some great interactive games, sporting activities and toys for teens that will be sure to bring...
Cheap Toys Under 10 Dollars!
These days, many families might have multiple children to buy for during the holiday season or their children are invited to many birthday parties, which can make buying lots of gifts very expensive. Aside from gift cards to popular places like the iTunes Store and the movie theater, these are some great suggestions for fun, cheap toys for kids...
Summer Activities for Kids
During school vacation over the summer months, these are some fun summer activities for kids that can help to pass the time throughout the day.
This is a top list of the best dollhouses. The list includes doll houses for young children, as well as collectible dollhouses, wooden dollhouses and collectible sets that can be passed on from sibling to sibling or from one generation to another.
Best Baby Toys
These are the some of the best baby toys for infants this holiday season!
Gift Ideas for Toddlers!
From the ages of 1 to 3 years, toddlers are actively exploring the world, developing their language for speaking, and constructing with blocks. This list has some great holiday gift ideas for toddlers, whether you are celebrating Christmas or a birthday! Included are toddler toys for boys such as ride-on toys and trucks! Some toddler toys for...
Doc McStuffins Toys
Doc McStuffins is a popular television character for preschool aged children on the Disney Junior Channel. Doc is an inspiring little girl with a magical stethoscope that brings her friends to life in her backyard clinic, as she demonstrates her talent for diagnosing and fixing various broken toys.
New Barbie Toys: Mega Bloks Barbie Sets
There are some new Barbie toys on the block! The Mega Bloks Barbie sets include various toys for girls ages 4 and up to be able to construct a new play world for Barbie. Kids can construct Barbie's mansion, convertible car, fashion boutique, pool, pet shop, and ice cream cart. Sets range from $9.99 to $79.99.
18 inch Dolls: American Girl Dolls vs. Adora Friends Dolls
American Girl Dolls and Adora Friends dolls are popular 18 inch dolls that children ages 5 and up who enjoy playing with dolls may enjoy dressing, accessorizing and nurturing. This article compares and contrasts American Girl Dolls and Adora Friends dolls.
The LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra
LeapFrog toys recently unveiled the addition of the LeapPad Ultra to their educational toy offerings. The LeapPad Ultra provides a wifi browser called LeapSearch by Zui, that is safe for children to access.
VTech InnoTab 3 Educational Tablet
The VTech InnoTab 3 is the newest educational tablet for kids. This 3rd generation kids learning tablet, includes a lower price point than it's predecessors, the InnoTab and InnoTab2/2s. Parents can currently download over 350 apps with educational games and content directly to the device from the Learning Lodge Navigator.
Snapo Building Blocks for Kids
There are a variety of building blocks for kids. Snapo Blocks not only stack, but can be snapped or connected in all directions, enhancing creativity and imagination.
Kids Travel Games
During vacations, aside from downloading additional apps for tablet toys, many parents prefer to bring along some portable games that can be easily put in a purse, luggage, a backpack or stored in the car. This list includes my favorite kids travel games the entire family can enjoy.
Bike Helmets for Kids
May is National Bike Helmet Safety Month. Whether your child is riding a bicycle, ride-on toy, or scooter, bike helmets for kids are a must for their safety and to prevent brain injury from a fall or traumatic event.
Wummelbox Arts and Crafts Kits Review
Arts and crafts supplies can take up a lot of storage space, and can be expensive over time. Companies like Wummelbox have designed subscription based arts and crafts kits for kids that arrive in the mail, with the supplies necessary to complete theme based activities.
What is Kinetic Sand?
What is Kinetic Sand? The Kinetic Sand ingredients include 98% sand and 2% polymer, which allows it to be molded and shaped, while being mess-free and easy to clean up.
The LeapFrog LeapReader is the latest product that helps in teaching reading and writing foundational skills to kids in a fun, natural way, at their own pace.