LEGO Duplo How Do You Play? Contest #DUPLOPLAY

LEGO DUPLO How Do You Play Jury Badge

Disclosure: I have been asked to be part of the “How do you play?” jury by LEGO DUPLO. No monetary compensation is being provided for this opportunity, any opinions are my own. There’s an amazing contest that was just launched on Facebook by LEGO DUPLO, called the “How do you play?” competition. LEGO DUPLO is […]

Radio Flyer Cyclone Bike

Radio Flyer Cyclone

Disclosure: Radio Flyer provided a free Cyclone bike to facilitate this review, any opinions are my own. So many bikes and ride-on toys require children to have good control of their abdominal muscles for balancing and coordination and strength in both legs. This can be a challenging skill for kids to learn, especially kids with […]

The Happy’s from Cepia

bentley, the happy's, cepia

In April, some of the cutest little doggies and kitties with funny little personalities will be warming the hearts of children and families everywhere. Do you remember Zhu Zhu Pets from Cepia? About 4-5 years ago, those little scurrying hamsters were the hottest holiday toy of the year, selling out everywhere. While the Zhu Zhu […]

Skylanders Swap Force Dune Bug Giveaway

skylanders swap force 2014

I just returned from my 5th annual trip to Toy Fair in New York City. Aside from previewing all of the newest toys the industry has to offer, hands-down, one of the most talked about experiences of any attendee is the Skylanders booth. This year, I got to pose and show my muscles with my […]

Wackytivities Skinny Spatter Video

wackytivities, keri wilmot, kinetic sand, spinmaster

Toy Fair this year was filled with a lot of crazy fun, especially in the Spinmaster booth. While playing with their new Kinetic Sand which is another amazing item kids will love to sneak up on you with, I got BLASTED with the new Wackytivities Skinny Spatter. Remember crazy string? Same concept. It’s got a […]

Paw Patrol Toys

Paw Patrol Toys

Several months ago somehow we happened to watch Paw Patrol,  a new preschool television show that airs on Nickelodeon. Gavin was immediately enthralled watching these adorable puppies complete rescue missions. The puppies, Chase, Marshall, Skye, Rocky, Rubble and Zuma save the day in their rescue vehicles while working together as a team. From day 1 Gavin […]

Wrecker the T-Rex Sand & Snow Toy (Giveaway)

Wrecker T-Rex Skid Loader from Educational Insights

Gavin loves playing in the sand at the beach digging huge holes, and now that we are in the throes of winter, having just received another 8 inches of snow, aside from sleds and a shovel, until now we didn’t really have any dedicated snow toys. I could have kissed the UPS Delivery man when […]

Best Kid’s Apps

educational apps for kids

Over the past few years I’ve reviewed some really awesome iPad and iPhone apps for kids. I thought I’d compile them into a list so you could find them all in the same location. Feel free to add your favorite app in the comment section if you don’t see it listed here! I would appreciate […]

Disney Junior Games for Preschoolers

Wonder Forge Preschool Games

We received some Disney Juior games for preschoolers from Wonder Forge free to facilitate this review. Any opinions are my own. We are on a first named basis with Doc McStuffins, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Sofia the First in our house. We speak of these characters as if they are members of our […]

Daniel Tiger Treehouse Playset Review

Daniel Tiger Treehouse, Daniel Tiger Toys

I received the Daniel Tiger Treehouse playset free to facilitate this review, any opinions are my own. Last year I professed my undying love to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, an animated show inspired by Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood on PBS Kids that features Daniel Tiger and his friends O the Owl, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday, and Miss […]

Daniel Tiger Toys & Games

daniel tiger's neighborhood logo

I grew up as an avid viewer of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, last year when Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood first debuted on PBS Kids, I was so excited to watch it with Gavin. On this animated show, adorable characters are faced with typical issues preschool aged children face in their daily lives like learning how to master […]

Octonauts Episodes on DVD! (Giveaway)

Octonauts DVD, Octonauts characters

We have been huge Disney Junior fans in our house for the past several years, watching mainly Handy Manny, Doc McStuffins and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. For most of Gavin’s existence we had cable that included Disney Junior, plus the ability to watch several episodes “on-demand” through our cable service and the Disney Junior […]

Angry Birds GO! Telepods Pig Rock Raceway Set Review and Giveaway

Angry Birds Go Telepods Pig Rock Raceway Set

When Angry Birds GO! Telepods launched back in the Fall, some of my students asked me if I would be receiving them for review, because they’d like to test them out. Around the same time I was contacted by Hasbro to review a set  in exchange for a free review, so I promised my students […]

Kid Friendly Digital Cameras

digital cameras for kids, kid friendly digital cameras

An amazing thing happened the other day. Gavin and I were making some quick holiday cookies and when we were finished we were admiring our “break and bake” abilities. He then said to me, “Mom these cookies look so good, hang on, I’ll go get my camera.” Before I knew it he had his Playskool […]

Disney Frozen Toys, Books & Games

Disney Frozen movie

The day after Thanksgiving my family and I went to see the new Disney movie, Frozen. Maybe I was to overwhelmed with putting together my holiday toy content and gearing up for Thanksgiving, but Frozen completely snuck up on me. I had heard it advertised and received some press releases featuring the movie and some […]

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