I am really excited to tell you about two companies Tomy & Educational Insights these are two companies that are geared toward babies and children. I will start with Tomy first they have a bunch of great items on their Holiday List for 2014 so lets get started!!!
You control this elite force of futuristic warriors as they enter into the battle arena for an intense, motion-control battle experience. Feel the power radiate through the single katana controller as you slice through the air; then watch as your action wirelessly controls your warrior in the arena. Conquer your opponent by knocking him down with a solid strike of the blade. Defend your warrior with custom, interchangeable battle armor. Battle arena set available in two styles (sold separately): Samurai vs. Ninja (SRP $69.99) or Viking vs. Knight (SRP $69.99). Ages 6 years+
Pokémon XY Battle Ready Pikachu
TOMY brings imagination to life with its Pokémon Role Play Toy line. I choose you Pikachu! Pikachu launches foam discs from your shoulder, a table top, or the floor. Includes Pikachu, an adjustable backpack harness with storage compartment, and twelve foam discs. Includes three AAA batteries. Let the battle begin! SRP $39.99. Ages 4 years+
John Deere Gear Force Harvest Action Combine
In 2014, John Deere digs deeper into the toy industry by introducing a brand new and exciting addition to the line: Gear Force action-packed toy vehicles that offer endless farm and off-road excitement, made especially for the preschool crowd. Each Gear Force set is a complete adventure in a box, and is available in an assortment of vehicles, poseable and articulated character figures and animals, and themed accessories. The largest vehicle in the John Deere Gear Force fleet, the ultra-powerful Harvest Action Combine features cool sounds and lights, plus the ability to pick up bales and ‘pop’ them out of the hopper. The playset also includes two figures, a bull, and tons of accessories. SRP $59.99. Ages 3 years+
Chuggington StackTrack Brewster’s Big Build Adventure Playset
All new to train play, this Chuggington set features a working escalator that takes your engines back to the top so you can send them speeding back down again and again. Or take Brewster for a ride on the elevator so he can get to the top to operate the giant crane and repair the broken track. There are so many ways to play. Brewster’s Big Build Adventure Set is based on the Chuggington tentpole episode airing this fall, so it’s sure to keep the excitement going as kids play out their favorite scenes from the show. This set comes with an elevator, an escalator, a working mega crane, a trick bridge, a tunnel, and two Die-Cast engines. It even features 4 levels of elevation and multiple layouts for extended play. Take train play to new heights with the Chuggington StackTrack system! SRP $49.99. Ages 3 years+
Lamaze Push Along Pup
Encourage the development of hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills with Push Along Pup. Baby can grab and maneuver Pup with an easy push handle. Pup’s bone and ball are accessories that rattle and squeak, and baby will enjoy putting them in the storage bag for put in-take out play. This cute puppy also has brightly colored crinkly ears and multiple premium textures to explore. SRP $24.99. Ages 6 months+
TOMY Games Super Pop Up Pirate
Pop-Up Pirate is loaded with fun! Push the pirate into the barrel and take turns sliding your swords into the slots. Use caution or you may end up walking the plank if your sword pops the pirate out of the barrel! SRP $24.99. Ages 4 years+
TOMY Toddler Toys Tap ‘N’ Tumble Elephant
The TOMY Toys toddler line is comprised of innovative products that come alive and engage children in endless hours of play. These magical, interactive toys get toddlers toddling; they are the perfect way to get little ones moving for on-the-go fun. When your little one touches the Tap ‘N’ Tumble Elephant on the head, he plays whimsical music and goes tumbling across the floor to encourage crawling. SRP: $29.99. Ages 10 months+
GeoSafari® Jr. My First Microscope
A fully functional microscope designed just for little ones! Children learn what a microscope is used for and how to use one while they explore magnified “hidden” worlds. This is not just a toy; it’s a real tool that kids can use to view leaves, rocks, grass blades and more at up to 8x magnification. The microscope has extra-large eyepieces with no need for adjustment; one size fits all! The two eyepieces maximize 3D effect and eliminate need to close one eye. It has a right-side up and left-right correct, along with simple focusing and it’s a dissecting microscope allowing views of anything in 3D, such as a rock, penny, stamp, leaf, etc. Introduces kids to a key scientific tool and encourages scientific exploration. For ages 3 and up. SRP: $21.99. Available at www.educationalinsights.com, amazon.com and specialty toy stores.
Dinosaur Puppet-on-a-Stick (a terrific stocking stuffer when purchased individually – we would send the set of 3 for review))
Meet Buster, Stomper and Crusher! Add this Cretaceous-era trio to your creative puppet shows and your audiences will roar. Two handy ways for little hands to make puppet mouth move: use lever on the back or knob at the bottom of the stick. For and 3 and up. SRP: $29.99 for set of three or $8.99 for individual puppets. Available atww.educationalinsights.com, amazon.com and specialty toy stores.
Design & Drill Socket to Me
Little contractors create their own robot, race car, boat and rocket designs using rugged bolts and a working socket wrench with real ratchet sound and action. Nicely merging early construction with creative play, this Design & Drill set becomes a perfect pretend play set once children have finished their designs. Plus, the bolts are removable for new creative designs to be developed again and again. For ages 4 and up. SRP: $21.99
Robot Face Race Game
A crazy inventor has built dozens of robot bodies and he needs your help finding the perfect heads. Shake the Robot Randomizer to reveal a robot’s features. Scan the robot heads on the board until you find the match. Find it first and collect a robot scoring token. The first player with five tokens wins. For 2 to 4 players. Ages 4 and up. SRP: $19.99. Available at www.educationalinsights.com, amazon.com and specialty toy stores.
Diggity Dogs and Kitten Caboodle™ games (Sold separately – game play is the same for each. (One or both may be chosen for review and would count as one item out of the 2 you choose)
We have just the games for cat lovers or dog enthusiasts. The game play is the same for both games: draw from the stack or “go fish” from another player’s hand to collect cards that match all of the pet necessities and accessories of the cat or do you want to adopt. Collect everything the animal needs and adopt it! Adopt the most dogs (or cats) and you win these preschool matching games. Develops matching skills, practice of counting skills, encourages social skills, turn taking and good sportsmanship. Games feature pets crowdsourced from Educational Insights fans. For 2 to 4 players. Ages 4 and up. SRP: $14.99 each. Available at www.educationalinsights.com, amazon.comand specialty toy stores.
Frida’s Fruit Fiesta™ Game
Alphabet & Letter Practice Never Tasted So Sweet! It’s lunchtime in the rainforest and Frida is collecting letters for her little ones. Spin, find, squeeze, and set four letters in a row and be the first to win this fruity preschool letter game. Teaches letters and the alphabet, develops fine motor skills, develops strategic thinking skills and encourages socials skills & turn-taking. For 2-4 players, ages 4 and up. SRP: $21.99. Available at www.educationalinsights.com, amazon.com and specialty toy stores.
Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Card Game
Your furry forest friends are hungry and they need your help! Race the other players to squirrel away the most acorn cards and you win this nutty, fast-action, color-matching game for preschoolers. For 3-6 players. Reinforces color learning; develops matching, sorting, and strategic thinking skills; encourages social skills and turn-taking; and, practices memory and attention skills. Based on The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel, the best-selling, award-winning preschool game. For ages 4 and up. SRP: $9.99. Available at www.educationalinsights.com, amazon.com and specialty toy stores.
For Ages 6, 7 & 8
The Riddle Show
Knock, knock. Who’s there? You, hosting your very own comedy show! Friends and family will laugh, giggle, snort, and guffaw as children share more than 145 jokes, riddles and tongue twisters with this talking electronic microphone featuring pre-rec0orded content, music and sound effects. Press a button for a joke or riddle then another for the answer, or try a tricky tongue twister. Also doubles as a working microphone so children can perform their own Riddle Show™. Increases listening comprehension skills, enhances critical thinking skills, builds vocabulary and increased self-confidence & self-esteem. Requires 3 AAA batteries (included). For ages 6 and up. SRP: $21.99
Kanoodle (the original)
Construct caboodles of 2-D and 3-D puzzles with this brain-twisting solitaire game. Pick a puzzle from the book, set up the challenge, and then place the remaining pieces to solve the puzzle. Hundreds of possible combinations, but only one completes the puzzle! Challenges spatial reasoning skills and enhances critical thinking skills with 101 Brain-building puzzles. Tricky 2-D rectangular and mind-boggling 3-D pyramid puzzles at multiple levels of difficulty. All pieces store inside portable, pocket-size case for easy cleanup and play anywhere. Includes 12 puzzle pieces and 48-page illustrated puzzle book. For one player, ages 7 and up. SRP: $12.99. Available atwww.educationalinsights.com, amazon.com and specialty toy stores.
Kanoodle® Genius (new)
If you’ve mastered the original Kanoodle, it’s time for Kanoodle Genius! Pick a puzzle from the book, set up the challenge, and place the remaining pieces onto the board to solve 200 more mind-bending puzzles. Both 2-D and 3-D puzzles included. Perfectly portable for brain-building on the go. Develops spatial reasoning skills and exercises critical thinking skills. For one player, ages 8 to adult. SRP: $12.99. Available at www.educationalinsights.com, amazon.com and specialty toy stores.
And I was able to review the Dino Construction Company and the Dino we picked was the Red T-Top Dino I know my son will love this it's made with a sturdy material and I know it will hold up really well with all of the playing he will do with it. I am going to go over what I think about it because we are saving this for a Christmas Present. The color is very vibrant and also one of his favorite colors. He is always playing with stuff and interacting with the toys so I know he will get his figurines and play with this all the time. It has movable jaws and everything!!
Dino Construction Company (sold individually )
Can you dig it? Each Dino Construction Company kid-powered vehicles are built tough for rugged play—indoors or out. Built kid-tough and designed to last for years. Dino track treads leave footprints in sand, dirt or snow. No batteries required. Each individual vehicle is roaring fun! Enhances imagination; encourages creative play; promotes outdoor discovery; develops fine and gross motor skills. Gigantic pieces perfect for small hands to maneuver. The four Dino Construction vehicles are: Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader, T-Top the Triceratops Bulldozer, Spike the Ankylosaurus Steam Roller, and Boom the Brachiosaurus Backhoe. For ages 3 and up. SRP: $39.99. Available atwww.educationalinsights.com, amazon.com and specialty toy stores.
And the other item I was able to review was the Magic Moves Jammin Gym
Magic Moves® Jammin’ Gym
Magic Moves Jammin’ Gym motivates kids to get moving with fun commands, flashing lights and groovin’ music! Shaped like a standard free weight, Jammin’ Gym includes traditional exercises like jumping jacks and arm curls as well as active breaks with its “Let’s Surf” and “Dance Party” commands. Includes 65 randomly-generated exercises with corresponding tunes. It’s 8"H x 3" (diameter) with rubber grip and tether. Comes with instruction guide and requires 3 AAA batteries (included). For ages 4 and up. SRP: $21.99