Take your animation creativity to the next-level with the new Stikbot Action Packs! This is a really cool way for kids to get into creating their own stop-motion animation. My older kids love watching videos online and have asked over and over if they can make their own. Well, now they have the oppurtunity to do just that with StikBot!
Educational Insights My First Microscope is well suited for children ages 3-5 years old. It’s a winner of the 2014 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2014 Parents’ Choice Silver Award. It’s a must have to get little ones excited about science and ideal to be used till ready for a more advanced model.
This microscope I found to be well made and the colors are perfect for a boy or a girl. The features include 8x magnification, two eye holes instead of the typical just one for easy use, large knobs and buttons perfect for a small child’s hands and grip. The specimen area is wide and large enough to view flat as well as larger items such as pine-cones, leaves, blocks, seashells, a favorite toy, or whatever else. There is a light which requires 3 triple A batteries. Batteries are sold separately. The bottom of the microscope has slip proof feet to keep the scope from going anywhere while in use.
My three year old son was able to use this microscope without frustration. He tends not get the whole close one eye and look with the other thing so the fact that this one has a binocular like viewing is awesome. He uses this microscope a lot and it pleases me that his curiosity is rewarded instantly. I don’t have to worry about a more fragile model microscope and tend to just leave this one out for him to use whenever he pleases. All pieces are easy for him to turn on or rotate up or down to adjust the viewing. I would certainly recommend it!
Interested in Purchasing? Educational Insights My First Microscope is available for $18.99 on Amazon.com as of this posting. Suggested retail price is $21.99.
Educational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat is pretty awesome! It combines imaginative play, science, and exploring altogether in an awesomely clever form. Children will be learning all about magnification and gravity without even realizing it!
The design is quite clever! Almost the entire underside of the boat is see-through allowing for 3x magnification of anything underwater! There’s no unwanted glare either when searching about. It features an orange buoy wrist strap to put on your child to prevent losing the boat. The bouy has some give and easily could be stretched to fit around my sons wrist. If you don’t favor the strap or buoy, with a little effort you can remove it. The strap has a break-away design for added safety.
The boat is child sized and quite easy to handle. My son really liked that the propellers on the back of the boat and the steering wheel was movable. The colors are bright and totally kid appealing. The boat is extremely durable and has been able to withstand the handling of my nearly 4 year old son very well.
I really like it can be used inside as well as outdoors. It’s versatile enough to use in the bathtub, water table, pool, beach, lake, and the kitchen sink. We’ve used it both inside and out, in water and grounded, and it’s still is looking great. We can’t wait to take it outdoors more during the warmer month of Spring and Summer. No doubt it will allows hours of learning and fun! My son often doesn’t want to get out of tub because he’s too busy exploring and rescuing the toys that floated to the bottom.
It’s really no wonder the Underwater Explorer Boat is a 2014 Parents’ Choice Award winner! I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a way to make water play more fun and educational too!
Interested in Purchasing? Educational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat is available for $10.49 on Amazon.com as of this posting. Suggested retail price is $14.99.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.
The Dino Construction Company got it right when it came to designing a line of toys that would get kids that like Dinosaurs pretty excited. These part construction and part dinosaur toys have been a huge hit with both my six year old daughter and nearly 4 year old son. Each is built tough being able to scoop, dig, pour, tread over dirt or sand, and withstand a lot of rough and tumble play.
There’s no need for batteries just pure imagination and creative play. My kids didn’t even look for buttons to turn on our to make it work. They figured it out and were pretty thrilled with the maneuverability. The Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader features an opening and closing mouth, the neck can move up and down, the tail can not just move up and down but also swivel from side to side! On the front of dinosaur, there’s a seat as well as steering wheel where a child can place an action figure or whatever they desire to pretend the dinosaur is being driven and controlled. One of my kids favorite features is the Dino Track treads. Seeing the marks left behind in the dirt and sand has been a winning feature!
We’ve had this dinosaur for over a month and my son plays with it nearly every day! It hasn’t gotten old and when friends are over they love bringing this dinosaur as well as another in the series out to play with! The durability is awesome. The generous size make maneuvering the dinosaur frustration free! The only con might be sharing. This is one fun toy! My kids have played with the T-Rex indoors as well as outside. It’s pretty easy to keep clean too.
There’s no doubt at all that the entire vehicle line from the Dino Construction Company will do nothing less than impress both boys and girls whom are into that sorta thing. It’s truly unique when you can take two general interest that many kids love like dinosaurs and construction vehicles put them together and make one amazing toy! Just be warned, once your kids have one, there’s a good chance they are going to want to collect the others and who could blame them? These toys are truly a must for indoor or especially outdoor play!
Interesting in Purchasing? Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader is one of 4 Dino Construction Company toys and retails for $39.99. The others are Spike the Anklyosaurus Steam Roller, Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader and T-Top the Triceratops Bulldozer. Any of these would make a great gift this Holiday Season!
You can find these fantastic toys on Amazon.com as well as at Educational Insights. The Dino’s are 20% off today only at the Educational Insights website! These are great toys for both boys as well as girls ages 3 and up.
The Mega Bloks Hello Kitty Splash N’ Swim Water Park is a great building and play set! My six and 1/2 year old daughter loves building and adores Hello Kitty, so it’s really a total win! She’s taken so much to this brightly colored set that’s she’s eager to add more to her collection! I guess we know what will be on her Christmas list! Honestly, as a parent knowing my daughter is not huge into dolls but prefers creating and building am happy there’s sets such as this out there for her to play with!
The whole water park theme is really fun and adds some fabulous features making the play experience that much more exciting. There’s a water slide, diving board, fruit stand, chaise, a pool that you can add actual water to, and much more! There’s a sheet of stickers with transparent background that can be used to decorate the set as you please. My daughter enjoyed being able to add her own personal touches with the stickers. I like there’s three characters included so she and her friends can each have a different character to use when they are spending time playing together.
From start to finish it took about 45-60 minutes to construct the 401 pieces. I assisted my daughter in putting this set together and we had no trouble at all thanks to the generous sized guide. The guide is full of colored illustrations in how to put the set together simply. There’s handy highlighted areas to show exactly where things should be placed in the illustrations too. Overall building instructions were very straight forward and easy to understand. The blocks fit together tightly and the set hasn’t come apart during play. The durability is totally something to take into consideration when purchasing a building set for a child. Nothing is more frustrating than sets or creations just coming apart.
My daughter has been building with blocks for quite some time. I’d say she’s a pro at it. She had a lot of patience when putting this set together. It’s a great bonding opportunity that I wanted to take advantage of so that’s why we did it together. I would say a builder without a lot of experience may want some help with this set or may become overwhelmed easily. There are lots of pieces but the challenge does make it fun and know some kids live for building! I would recommend this set!
Interested in Purchasing? Mega Bloks Hello Kitty Splash N’ Swim Water Park can be purchased on Amazon.com right now for $29.99! It’s great deal for a character block set, in my opinion.
The Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset by Vtech will have kids learning as they play and what better a way is there? This set is cute and colorful appealing highly to children ages one to five years old. What’s really cool about this set is that you can add to it to further the learning experience! Children will learn numbers, songs, letters, animal names, and animal traits! So there’s definitely a lot to do and learn for child with this quite engaging toy.
My son age 3 1/2 years old was quite taken with this playset. He’s been going around telling me all sorts of fun animal facts about rhinos and asking when we can go to our local zoo again so he can see real ones! How awesome is that? What’s really neat is that this set is unique with special smart points. There are 7 smart point locations on this particular set. These locations teach children different phrases, music and fun sounds depending on what animal is being used upon it. So in the case of this set, children will learn all about rhinos! Other animals that can be added to the set include a monkey, tiger, lion, hippo, giraffe, elephant, zebra and alligator.
The 13 piece set isn’t very difficult to put together. In fact it took about 15 minutes and that’s including putting the stickers on the instructed areas. The set can be configured in different ways and hooked up to additional sets that can be purchased separately. This is also compatible with the Go! Go! Smart Wheels sets. Just note it does take up a good amount of space. My son has been changing the set up plenty on his own at ease. The pieces are all plastic and can easily be cleaned when needed. There are no sharp points and it seems to hold up pretty well under heavy play. This set is pretty fun! It’s got an elevator, turning gates, spinning water tanks, and pieces that make animals slide down into another area. There’s a rhino toy as well as a cute little penguin with it’s igloo to play with. It has over 80+ sing-along songs, melodies, short tunes, sounds and phrases so there’s plenty here to learn and have fun with whether it’s with a friend or on their own!
Interested in Purchasing? VTech Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset can be bought for $39.99 on Amazon.com as of this posting.
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Disclaimer: I received the Tech Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset from VTech to review . I was not financially compensated for this post. The complimentart giveaway prize was also provided. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.