LeapFrog LeapStart is an interactive activity learning system for kids that teaches core school and life skills. There are two LeapStart system choices one for ages 2-4 and the other for 5-7 years old. Children play and learn with engaging activities galore. The learning systems are compatible with the books of any level. There are four levels of books available for purchase so kids can continue to grow their interactive learning library. I have always loved LeapFrog toys for my children because there's always a great thought put into it being educational, and fun for children. Check out the Leaping Letters if you haven't yet. I think this is one of LeapFrog's top products that every child should own. It's a great resource for young children wanting to learn, and those parents who want to make sure they are leaning but also having fun.
Once I hear "kids can create" I want to know more! It's like getting your money's worth and incorporating learning and play at the same time. The IDO3D pen comes with 3 3D Pens that allows you to follow the guided map and create actual little figures. As with anything new, it takes time to learn and master for the best results, and I find it great as a parent & child project. If you like to draw and are good at it, you will really enjoy this since you "draw" in the air and on the template to make your figure.
The way kids have fun these days are nothing like it was in our day. Children have to know more, and learn more everyday with the fast advancing technology these days. This includes keeping up with the latest apps, and games out there. While we may have gotten a hold of a touch screen and cool apps much later in our lives, children are born with the latest tech at their fingertips. Having fun animating the old fashioned way, drawing at the edge of your notebook and going through the pages quickly to see your stick figure move is always fun..but the StikBot allows for children to do it in the more modern, up-to-date way. Children can create, animate and share their videos with the StikBot ZANIMATION Studio.
The Legenfire Pump-Action Powershot Blaster will please both parents and kids alike. It comes with 18 Super Darts that has the ability to shoot up to 80 feet, and equipped with fun features it is offered at an affordable rate parents can appreciate this holiday season. You can get children ages 8 and up this fun blaster for about $15.99! Colorful and appealing look with a sleek slim finish, great for easy storage. My son is a huge fan of blasters like this one, he really likes this one.
The America Plastic Toys Gigantic Dump Truck is a vehicle-loving kid's dream come true! It is made of sturdy heavy duty plastic, and is truly huge! It looks amazing wrapped under the tree, and it is sure to please a little someone in your life! I had no idea that American Plastic Toys made so many amazing toys, and had no idea this amazing dump truck existed! I will be wrapping it up for my 20 month old, and I know he will love it as much as his older siblings will. The rugged wheels, attractive build, and the size is what makes this truck so special.
RC Motorcycle with Built-In Camera - Xtreme Cycle Moto-Cam by Wicked Cool Toys #toys #tech #giftidea #ages8andup
If you have children who like to create, check out Gemmies Design Studio. It has over 500 pieces, and comes ready for children to make crystal creations. Complete with pieces and templates to create tiny sparkling collectibles. It is recommended for ages 6 and up, but I recommend it for about ages 8 and up..but more on that later. The Gemmies are great for collectors and the artistic child who likes a good challenge. I love that it gives children a fun project to do, giving them hours of fun.
Toys like these help children have confidence, concentration, and improve motor skills just to mention some of the benefits. I love products like this for my children, something they can play and learn from. Children can create, collect and gift to friends. Gemmies are probably catered for girls, but I find its suitable for boys and girls. No extra accessories needed to get creating!
Do you have family traditions you follow year round? My husband and I came from very different cultures so together we have been creating our own for the years we have been together, and specially so with our children during the holiday season. One of them that I have been loving is new pajamas on Christmas eve. My children open presents and celebrate Christmas with my in-laws on the eve of Christmas, come home and open one box under the tree before we go to bed- which is always their new pajamas. They wake up in their holiday pajamas, and get to celebrate Christmas again at home with more presents to open from Santa, and us. One of my favorite things to shop for is pajamas for my whole family, and often times I try to get ones that are matching to make it extra special. Looking for festive family PJs, Zulily, an online retailer offers a great selection. They have recently looked into this PJ Trend, and is giving customers a way to help those not so fortunate to follow a trend.
e Skylanders Imaginators are at the top of my son's wish list, and I fully support it. The game empowers players to unleash their imaginations by giving them the freedom to create their own Skylanders characters. The game also features Sensei characters including guest stars Crash Bandicoot, Dr. Neo Cortex and Kaos - which automatically makes this a family game as parents who played Crash as children will join in the excitement. All the old Skylanders characters from past games will also work, so old fans won't be getting a complete new set but an extension with major upgrades!
BOSEbuild Speaker Cube - High Performance Bluetooth Speaker that Offers Fun Learning Opportunities #STEM #STEAM
NO? Right..well you should know that the super cute Peppy Pups by TPF Toys are the official plush dog of National Mutt Day. I feel it's only right that you take a loyal cute puppy home for your little one today. These little plush puppies bring the authentic love that a real pup does as it follows you around, and are so adorable. The cuddly plush puppy has a spring in it's step and when pulled by it's collar can run, jump and wag it's tail like a real dog.
Wowee Wow! Talking Kate & Mim-Mim Plush and more! + Giveaway to Win a Kate & Mim-Mim "A Christmas Wish" DVD!
Affordable VR Real Feel Virtual Reality Car Racing Gaming System with Bluetooth Steering Wheel and Headset
Back in the day we would have been excited for a phone with a color screen, but technology has advanced in full speed in the last decade and no one is blown away by anything anymore. A cool tablet, and the endless amount of apps alone have numbed our children to simply not being impressed often. Which is the reason why I am always on the look out for what's new on the market for my children, and to share with you all. The latest in toys and tech worth mentioning is the VR Real Feel™ Racing gaming system, it is the only virtual reality gaming system that gives you control with a real steering wheel to be able to accelerate, brake, and steer with Max Force Feedback™ to feel the vibrations in the wheel when you bump other racers or the wall. What makes it even better is that it is affordable at only $29.99!
New Amazon Original Holiday Special "If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie" Premiere + Our Maple Syrup Sweetened Cookie Recipe
What's your favorite part of the holiday season? Allot of our most treasured memories are made in the kitchen. As much as I dreaded the year coming to an end, the holiday season is my favorite time of the year. It's easy to make the most memorable time of year extra special, just follow my tips on how to do so... Reading holiday story books with your children for the next couple of months is a must. Then a few times in the next couple of months gather your children, and put some Christmas music on. If you're anything like me, the music will get you in the mood for singing songs, and you're going to find yourself wanting to bake some holiday cookies too. If you bake you're going to want to decorate your special cookies with your kids. Then you're going to want to cuddle under a blanket with you children while you enjoy your cookies, and if you do that - you might want to tune in to If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie the holiday special on Amazon Original this Friday, November 25. Read on for our go-to "sugar" cookie recipe and how-to.