Friday, May 8, 2015

Giveaway! Last-Minute Mother's Day Gifts For You!

Okay, we're not giving this dress away but I am going to tell you how to get closer to reaching this goal.  The Bay Area Maker Faire is next week, May 16 and 17.  Buy Mom a ticket if you are in the area.

This giveaway is brought to you by Toys Are Tools, not just to be clear.

WHAT: A follow up to my post at Forbes and HUGE giveaway!!! Over hundreds in value AGAIN!

Goodbye laundry machines and dishwashers, those are not presents to mom, we still want productivity tools though but it's all about working smarter for us.... in whatever we do!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Giveaway! The Coolest Earth Day Gifts for Your Family! DeLorean Time DeLorean Time

By Terabass (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Name the two things the Back to the Future car and this science toy has in common.   One of these is part of the giveaway!!!!  Photo: MudWatt

WHAT: A follow up to my post at Forbes
It's all about being more effective about Earth Day in exceptionally cool ways!
TOOLS: Express Yourself, Think Like a Scientist Engineer
This giveaway is brought to you by Toys Are Tools, nay

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Need Help with the Science Fair?

WHAT: My story at Quartz about Science Fairs and extras at Toys Are Tools (here)

Read my story at Quartz and then come back here if you are looking for Science Fair project ideas and resources.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Toys Are Tools? What's That?

WHAT: Toys are Tools in 2015 and beyond wrapped up in one colorful logo
DOES: Logos forces one to make a statement about oneself
self-confidence and trust in others

TOOLS: The whole box

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Storing LEGOs? Product Recommendations and Some Perks

The 1 x 2 brick:  The Candy of Creativity photo courtesy: Megan Rothrock

WHAT: Product Recommendations for LEGO storage after writing my story at Quartz
DOES: Could drive you crazy but could inspire awesome creativity in your kid! And maybe rid some anger against the toys you buy for them.

$2 and up

AGES: 5+
TOOLS: Express Yourself, Like an Executive, Foment the Love of Language (no kidding, there might be a little bit of speech and language therapy here)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review & Giveaway: OYO Sports: Why Your Kid Should Be a Sports Fan- Oyo Style

Are you ready for Superbowl? photo: OYO Sports
Are you cheering for the Seahawks?  photo: OYO Sports

Or are you a Patriots fan? photo: OYO Sports

WHAT: OYO Sports minifigures and playsets- Officially licensed from the MLB, NHL, and NFL
DOES: Opens up new avenues for storytelling, creativity, discussion in strategy, exposure to new role models

$12.99 and up

AGES: 6+
TOOLS: Express Yourself, Foment the Love of Language
GIVEAWAY: Win two of your favorite sports heroes in minifigure collectible form or choose to use a $30 gift certificate 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Review: The Best Cheap Tablet Cases for Kids

It's always better to play comfortably so getting a good tablet cover can help add to the fun.

WHAT: Tablet covers ... almost all under $20........ covering our favorite Android, iOS, and Windows tablets that are great for kids!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

At Quartz- Best Tablets for Kids - Don't Miss This Mega-Review

WHAT: Read this before you open your kid's new tablet. You might want to get something different or set it up in a totally different way than you planned.

Thinking of buying a cheap tablet this season?
Sick of restoring your iPad to factory settings?

Have you wondered about buying these tablets?

Don't want to spend hours trying to understand security controls?

Kids not reading e-books or playing educational games (the ones that they may actually be learning from?)

The story at Quartz is about the following tablets:

Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide on Robots at Quartz- I Now Speak Robot and Will Translate for You!

WHAT: At Quartz- the Complete Guide to Buying a Robot for Your Kids

Yes, I am late at making a best toy list but I have been publishing it elsewhere.  I am assuming that you are all following my Facebook page but just in case.... don't miss this guide.

What, you already bought a robot?  What, it's not on my list?

Uh, do you still have the receipt?

Just kidding, but read this. It will help you enjoy what you will buy or have already bought!

Happy Holidays!

Disclosure:  Toys are Tools was not compensated by the manufacturers of anything mentioned here for the publication of this review.  The reviewed items were provided to Toys are Tools to facilitate a review.  Reviews are never promised

Friday, December 12, 2014

Giveaway and Review: Holiday Best Toys: The 2014 Best Play Invention of the Year is...

The Toys Are Tools Play Invention of the Year 2014 is.....

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Latest at Forbes- Holiday Toy Shopping List on Non LEGO Blocks

ZOOB DNA photo courtesy of inventor of ZOOB:Michael Joaquim Grey

WHAT: Latest list- Why Buy Something Other than LEGO?  Here are ten reasons why. 

I love LEGOs as do many of you but I find that as you get older, kids really benefit from having played with another system.  They don't have to amass an entire collection like they do LEGO but getting different stuff helps.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Real Deals For Real Toys: No Flat Friday Fluff Here

I love eeBoo.  Shoppers can use HAPPY9 to get free shipping. Fact: eeBoo's prices are best on their site and at neighborhood toy retailers.  I often find that Amazon overprices eeBoo products as eeBoo is very supportive of neighborhood toy stores. some recs: pattern paper, play papers, corrugated paper, Obstacles, Community, and Pattern Tiles. effective: Monday 12/8 to Monday 12/15.

WHAT: Here's a list of coupon codes for toys that I think are completely fabulous.  

All dates apply to 2014 unless otherwise noted.

I have been very very very disappointed in this year's BLACK FRIDAY sales.  I went to Toys R Us yesterday morning at 9 or 10 am and literally looked at each aisle 3 times to find a bargain.  It looks as if virtually every bargain advertised were the only bargains around.  What was really disappointing was how I saw the Draw Something game being sold for $3 when I bought it for $4 two weeks ago. WT_?

Here's a running list of items that you will love
I will try to be as accurate as possible with code expiration dates.
I am also mentioning if I am an affiliate here. I have been too busy to be enter new affiliate agreements so if please don't think that me not being an affiliate means anything.   

Gryphon Design Collective:
20% off: promocode: WINGS20
ending.. don't know when... sorry!

We have the Marine Rescue Center and we think it is fab. It is more story than building as you will see that building with magnets means it is not lockable but you do want fluidity when you want to create story.... change your mind... change clothing..... change plot... You know it!

CODE for 20% off:    BFF      over very very soon.  Don't delay.

 p.s. I'm not an affiliate here. I will be writing about this in one of my blogs soon!

ARK Therapeutic- especially love the Tran-Quill Pencil
20% off
 Now through Monday Dec 2, take 20% off every order over $20 with the code THANKYOU. 
I'm an affiliate here.   I love the Tran Quill Pencil.   They have it in BLACK now too!

 Kaleidograph Snowflake at RED HEN TOYS!!   Just out and made New York Times gift guide.   Woo-hoo!   Looking for deals here. This is my affiliate! It means that if you shop here (btw, I shop here) after going thru my link then I get a small commission.   Other loves at Red Hen Toys include:  eeBoo Pattern Tiles, Felt Mosaic, Design Tiles, Obstacles, Community.  I love eeBoo!!!  Also check out the book: Inventing Kindergarten. Mind-blowing.

KURIO Xtreme at Best Buy

at Best Buy for $99      Best deal out there for this.   Parental Control for dummies. seriously.  why stress?   Has a motion game (kid moves, pad stays still and watches kid move like swim), easily lock out certain website, still testing out their "genius filtering system"  So far, it is a pleaser. 

p.s.  I'm not a Best Buy affiliate.  Tell me if I should be.
sales until  Sunday, Dec. 1   Free accessories and Sphero is $99 and you'll get a free Chariot with cell phone slot and lego hardtop to make just about anything you want! Ollie comes with a free accessory with purchase too!
midnight ET on December 1,  save 30%, no code needed. free shipping!!!!!!!  I am not an affiliate but my testers totally love them.   Don't be surprised if they are all gone. BTW, here is my referral code.  Apparently they give this to all their customers to help spread the word.   I am supposed to get $5 back for each purchase referred by me.  Cool.   guess you can do that too!   Either way, I just bought two sets and save a ton of money.  Woo hoo!

Excellent shoelaces that you will never have to tie.

Disclosure:  Toys are Tools was not compensated by the manufacturers of anything mentioned here for the publication of this review.  The reviewed items were provided to Toys are Tools to facilitate a review.  Reviews are never promised

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How to Shop Black Friday at Toys R Us (My Way)

WHAT: My Toys R US Black Friday Shopping Picks
DOES: Hopes to Save You Time and Money and Point Out the Good Stuff
$ your time $$$$$$$$$$$

There is no such thing as Black Friday anymore. Sales swirl around us and keeps us glued to our devices and has us carrying fliers around and memorizing prices like we are auditioning for the Price is Right. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Toy Tip: Chris Rock and Kaleidograph- Holiday Meltdown Prevention

Chris Rock talks about the commercialization of Christmas (a.k.a Jesus' birthday)

An endless supply of Holiday Cheer for just $12.95

WHAT: Antidote to Holiday Frenzy = Chris Rock Monologue + Kaleidograph Snowflake
INVENTORS: Scott Bultman and Norman Brosterman
DOES: The Cure for Holiday Craziness

AGES: 5+
TOOLS: Express Yourself

Monday, November 17, 2014

Holiday Toy Review + Giveaway: Executive Function Toys of Mattel: Bounce-Off and Hot Wheels Air Brush Auto Designer

Bounce-Off! - Practice playing this crazy game with focus and delight- not easy.

It's reusable but you get only one car.  Plan ahead to make it great!

WHAT: Bounce-Off and Hot Wheels Air Brush Auto Designer
Regulating one's energy; Air Brush is good for planning and execution skills

$17.99 for Bounce-Off; $34.99 for Air Brush Auto Designer

AGES: Both ages 6+
TOOLS: Express Yourself, My Body Needs to Move
GIVEAWAY PRIZE:  Win both sets!

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