Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Our Most Watched YouTube Video

WHAT:  THE Most Watched YouTube Video from Toys Are Tools and some other cool videos about entrepreneurs and kids!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Earth Day Review + Giveaway: Savor the Details of Life: LEGO Creator Animals and eeBoo What Do You Know Bingo

This is a BRAND New way to play with LEGO- Super exciting!
Building models will impart much learning in these animal kits!

So may ways to play and so incredibly beautiful
 
WHAT:   Forest Animals and Furry Creatures by LEGO Creator and What Do You Know Bingo by eeBoo (illustrator: Melissa Sweet)
DOES:  Celebrate Earth Day by examining the amazing animal details and other aspects of nature
INVEST: $19.99 for LEGO and $15.95 for eeBoo Bingo game
AGES: 7+ for LEGO; 5+ for eeBoo
TOOLS: Express Yourself, Fertilize Responsibility and Courtesy, Think Like a Scientist/Engineer, Flexibility is My Superpower
GIVEAWAY PRIZE: Everything you see featured here!  Both LEGO sets AND the eeBoo game!!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review + Giveaway: Celebrate Earth Day with Dirt and Sand: The Big Dig and Kinetic Sand

It's official. Sand is divine. Kinetic Sand by Wabafun

Didn't you always want one of these? The real deal is finally affordable. Thank you Reeves Toys for The Big Dig

WHAT: Kinetic Sand by WabaFun and The Big Dig by Reeves Toys
DOES: works on fine motor and hand-eye coordination skills AND gets you back in touch with earth in the most intimate and fun-loving way!
INVEST: The Big Dig is $44.99; Kinetic Sand is $24.99
AGES: 3+
TOOLS: My Body Needs to Move, Think Like a Scientist/Engineer,
GIVEAWAY PRIZE: One winner will get both Big Dig and the Kinetic Sand!  Wow!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Review and Giveaway: MaKey MaKey: Think Less, Create More

Playing Mario Brothers on the computer has never been more interesting.  photo: JoyLabz


WHAT:  MaKey MaKey by JoyLabz
DOES:  the question really is "What DOESN'T it do?" 
INVEST: $49.95 usually sold at this price
AGES: 8+  (but... methinks with assistance, even babies can play with it) 
TOOLS: My Body Needs to Move, Think Like a Scientist/Engineer, Flexibility is My Superpower
GIVEAWAY PRIZE: You will get your own MaKey MaKey kit.  This is HUGE! One heck of a lucky winner you'll be!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ravensburger Puzzles Pt. 2: How to Be" You" When You're in an "Us"

Sometimes you have to put your piece down and it's not where you are sitting.  How would you do it?  And how would you respond if someone encroached upon "your space"?

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AGAIN

WHAT: Ravensburger Jigsaw Puzzles
DOES: allows you to use and adjust your solving tactics, give you a chance to work cooperatively, must be courteous of other's "space" and their "projects,"  Stiff but smooth and high in quality, Ravensburger puzzles for young children are an EXCELLENT alternative to wooden puzzles if you want something slightly more complex but you don't want to give up the stiffness and quality you get from wooden puzzles.
INVEST:  some 100 piece puzzles cost $9 and up  (Pictured is $12.99 - Highlights: Amusement Park)
TOOLS: Express Yourself, Lose and Win Gracefully, Fertilize Responsibility and Courtesy, Flexibility is My Superpower




Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Clumsy Thief + Last Letter: Teach Opportunistic Test-Taking Skills

Focus! Think Fast!  Act Faster! Then Relax!
Use Working Memory & Speed Reading to Win This Game.

WHAT: Clumsy Thief (Math Game) by Melon Rind and Last Letter (Word) Game by ThinkFun
DOES: Why "be tested," instead, let them test themselves. These games arouse the hunt and gather instinct in our young humans.
INVEST: Clumsy Thief $13.99; Last Letter $12.99
AGES: Clumsy Thief (box says 9+ but definitely can be played by young kids if they are big on math and mature enough to have their stuff stolen from them)  Last Letter (8+ but definitely can be played by younger kids if they are big on visual scanning and/or spelling)
TOOLS: My Body Needs to Move, Think Like a Scientist/Engineer, Family Fix-it, Foment the Love of Language, Flexibility is My Superpower
GIVEAWAY PRIZE:One Winner Wins BOTH Games!!! 


Monday, March 10, 2014

Bicycling: Can Kids Ride Their Way to Academic Success?

SPONSORED POST


Huffy Green Machine Tri-Bike

WHAT: My virtual eye-shopping trip at KIDS' Bicycles at Big W, Australia
DOES: Gets one thinking about outdoor activities especially those of us who are facing milestone moments: first trike, first bike with training wheels, or the ominous first big kid two-wheeler sans helper wheels
INVEST: $54 and up
TOOLS: My Body Needs to Move



Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Modular Toys: It's State-of-the-Art Play!




WHAT: Modular Toys 3D Racetrack and Modular Toys 3D Express Sets
DOES: Excellent alternative to building race tracks and train tracks. Can be connected to structural building sets using same system. - yeah, you make a whole town by clicking pieces together.
INVEST: $49.99 (Racetrack);  $64.99 (Highway); $69.99 (Express Train)
TOOLS: My Body Needs to Move, Think Like a Scientist/Engineer, More Make Believe Please
GIVEAWAY PRIZE: You CHOOSE: Deluxe Set of Modular Toys 3D Highway (72 pieces) (It's even bigger than my set!) or Modular Toys 3D Express Tracks (101 pieces) ($70 value)


Monday, March 3, 2014

Review: Hearbuilder: Childhood is a Once in a Lifetime Event- Don't Make Children Wait to Learn


An educational steal of a deal- a Super Duper Steal!

WHAT: HearBuilder (Following Directions, Phonological Awareness, Auditory Memory, Sequencing) by Super Duper Publications  

DOES:  
  1. Assists a child in building a stronger foundation for his/her language skills = better reading and writing and listening and talking 
  2. Helps a parent/educator figure out exactly where a child is having trouble.  ie. WH- questions and translates those trouble spots into IEP-language!
  3. Shows you how learning aligns with Common Core
 
INVEST:  Per Program CD $69.99; All Four Programs on one CD: $199.00; Professional CD editions and online subscriptions are also available

AGES:
Pre-K to eighth grade (I used it with 2 children
(7 and 10 year old) whose skills vary from above grade level to below grade level depending on the skill. Both have language delays but theme and content was fun and appropriate for both and that's no small thing for two kids who play nothing but Minecraft when it comes to screen time privileges.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

A LEGO Giveaway, My Gratitude, and A Request

LEGO MOVIE Super Cycle Chase

OR

1 ARK Therapeutic Tran-Quill Pencil Set
OR

Any TWO or THREE Green Toys Products at ARK Therapeutic's Toy Section (Made in the U.S.A.) Woo-hoo! (Total Value not more than $56)
Here are more Green Toy examples.  Pick any two or three of them from ARK not totaling over $56!


WHAT: A LEGO Giveaway, Some Gratitude, and A Request
WHY: My thanks to everyone for all the support during the holiday season. Thanks for shopping my links!  
THE REQUEST: Check Out Your Fave Toy Fair Posts, share it, plus it, like it, tweet tweet it, anything!!! AND... write comments about things that appeal to you or things you have questions about.
GIVEAWAY: What You See Above: Your Choice Between: LEGO MOVIE Super Cycle Chase or ARK Therapeutic Tran-Quill Pencil* or ANY 2 or 3 Green Toy Products at ARK (up to $56)


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Last Post on #TF14: The Greatest, Most Interesting, Most Important Puzzles and Games of Toy Fair 2014


Gravity Maze by ThinkFun.  Oh how darling. What a motivating way to think several steps ahead. 
WHAT: Toy Fair Coverage 2014 Most Exciting Games and Puzzles at Toy Fair 2014
INVEST:  Prices and availability will not be listed. Some will come out in the Spring or even later.  Some are available now!
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Make a comment if you want to see it reviewed and/or sold at a store near you.  Sign up for newsletters from the company that manufactures the toy to find out when your toy will be available.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Toy Fair 2014: Can Tech Toys Inspire Creativity & Problem-Solving?


Tester 1 is talking about the Sphero 2B nearly EVERYDAY. UGH!!!  Still, I have figured out that if he wants the opportunity to test this one, it's gonna cost him. I am soooo evil. The Sphero can give milk. Who knew! Just don't tell them that it's educational! ha!

WHAT: Toy Fair Coverage 2014 Can Technology-Based Toys Inspire Creative Play and Problem Solving?
INVEST:  Prices and availability will not be listed. Some will come out in the Spring or even later.  Some are available now!
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Make a comment if you want to see it reviewed and/or sold at a store near you.  Sign up for newsletters from the company that manufactures the toy to find out when your toy will be available.


Toy Fair 2014- The Brain is Attached to Muscles and Nerves

 
SPD - OT Alert!!!! This is crazy fabulous. Teeter Popper from Fat Brain Toys.

WHAT: Toy Fair Coverage 2014- The Brain is Attached to Muscles and Nerves
INVEST:  Prices and availability will not be listed. Some will come out in the Spring or even later.  Some are available now!
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Make a comment if you want to see it reviewed and/or sold at a store near you.  Sign up for newsletters from the company that manufactures the toy to find out when your toy will be available.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Toy Fair 2014: Be Smart, Make Art!


 

image courtesy of www.ArtOfCraft.com.

WHAT: Toy Fair Coverage 2014- Be Smart, Make Art!
INVEST:  Prices and availability will not be listed. Some will come out in the Spring or even later.  Some are available now!
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Make a comment if you want to see it reviewed and/or sold at a store near you.  Sign up for newsletters from the company that manufactures the toy to find out when your toy will be available.




Toy Fair 2014: Can Shapes Teach Problem-Solving to Kids?

I love when building rods are of one solid color. This is Geomag. You can see what you are making.  David Wells, director of creative making and learning at the NY Hall of Science once told me that it's so much better to have just one color and that metal balls are great because your eyes have a place to stop.  It's like the architectural comma.

WHAT: Toy Fair Coverage 2014- Can Shapes Teach Kids How to Solve Problems?
INVEST:  Prices and availability will not be listed. Some will come out in the Spring or even later.  Some are available now!
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Make a comment if you want to see it reviewed and/or sold at a store near you.  Sign up for newsletters from the company that manufactures the toy to find out when your toy will be available.



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