Toy Guide Archive


Learning Letters Got More Fun With #CypherKidsClub #CBias

There are two things my daughter seems to really love: learning and my phone.  I never push learning on her, we just integrate it into our play and everyday life.  Rissa is pretty good at reciting the alphabet (she LOVES the ABC song!) but we are still working on letter recognition.  She’s


ALEX Jr Sort and Count Wooden Toy Set

  Sometimes I think we go overboard on toys at our house.  Actually, I know this is the case.  We have quite a mixture from educational to cheap crappy toys; wooden and plastic… Rissa enjoys them all.  I have noticed that she does really enjoy playing with simple wooden toys.  She often


Preparing for a Sibling With a Realistic Looking Baby Doll

Over the course of my pregnancy we’ve tried to keep our toddler informed of what is going on.  No matter what, I know there will still be an adjustment period for all of us.  Perhaps even bouts of jealousy and regression.  Hopefully the groundwork we’ve been laying will help make it as


Develop Motor Skills With the Little Tikes Basketball Hoop

Earlier this summer we went to a friend’s backyard BBQ and their son had a Little Tikes basketball hoop.  We were a little surprised at how much Rissa wanted to play with it.  Not that there’s anything wrong with her playing basketball, it’s just that there were a lot of other toys


A Toddler Friendly Christmas Tree

When I was little, I loved helping to decorate the Christmas tree.  We’d put it up anytime after Thanksgiving and before Christmas Eve, making a night of it.  We typically put up an artificial tree (that my dad marked in some sort of code so we’d know what branches went where).  I


It’s More Fun to Grocery Shop When It’s Pretend Play

When I was little I used to love following my mom around the grocery store with those little kid-sized shopping carts.  I also remember playing “shopping” and “house” with my own cart and fake food.  My pretend food pieces were shaped like known fruits and veggies but the similarities stopped there.  They


Hexbug Warriors Battle Arena Review

Do you remember BattleBots?  People from around the world created robots that would fight each other in an arena through remote controls.  My dad and I used to love watching them – it was actually kind of exciting to pick a favorite and root for them! The new Hexbug Warriors remind me


Who Will Laugh More: Elmo or Your Toddler? #LOLElmo

Actually I think I laugh more than both of them. It might be terrible of me, but I have to stifle a giggle when my toddler says she’s scared of Elmo. Don’t worry, I’m not traumatizing her – she just asks ME to play with him instead. Like many toddlers and preschoolers,


A Toy Smartphone for Tech Savvy Toddlers

Sometimes I hate to admit it, but smartphones have changed how I conduct my daily life. This in turn has affected my toddler. It’s a mixed bag of pros and cons, but it is what it is, right? My daughter doesn’t really recognize what this is… To her that is not a


AppGear Combines Reality With Virtual Gaming World

As mobile gaming continues to rise with the use of apps on smartphones and tablets, so too has the notion of combining real world elements into game play.  Augmented reality apps and games are a hot trend right now.  Mixing real and virtual doesn’t always work well in video games even though


Tiny Love Super Mat and Musical Stack & Ball Game Elephant are Fun for Babies and Toddlers

Tiny Love is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands for baby gear and toys. Everything we’ve received from them has been great quality and useful beyond one developmental stage. With Rissa I got used to her growing bored with toys fast and always feeling like she was 2 steps ahead of


Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

I love Melissa & Doug toys for my daughter and get excited when I spot them in big box stores like Shopko.  Though, I usually order them online, it’s nice to see them becoming more mainstream.  They know it’s time for most of us to start thinking about holiday shopping, which can


IKEA Soft Toys for Education Make Great Gifts for Kids

This may shock you, but I’ve never shopped at an IKEA before.  There isn’t one very close by unless we want to drive a few hours.  I’ve heard people rave about their furniture so I was surprised to find out they also have toys.  It’s almost dangerous that I’ve found them online


Encouraging Young Girls With Moxie Girlz Sportz Dolls

I really love the message of the Moxie Girlz because they emphasize being true to yourself and the ability to achieve your dreams.  There are enough fashion dolls that focus on just that – fashion – but these girls go beyond that.  I also like that they don’t seem so unrealistically proportioned


Toy Review | Fill Your Wuggle Pets With Magic & Personality

There is a new toy craze sweeping the nation: Wuggle Pets.  They are designed for children over 4 years old to stuff them full of magic and personality.  Over the years I’ve seen a few variations of the create-your-own-stuffed-animal and they all do rather well with kids.  I suspected it wouldn’t be


Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo by Fisher-Price

I remember playing with Little People by Fisher-Price when I was little. I had a neat little school house for them that wasn’t much larger than a Happy Meal box. That was quite some time ago compared to the progression of technology and how we play games. Today’s Little People are no


Make Math Fun! Zillionz Talking Cash Register Review

Think back to when you were a little kid, what did you like to play with?  Did you ever play “store?”  I did and so did my hubby.  I liked “store” better than “house” because of all the shopping!  Although, due to this I foolishly thought running garage sales would be a


Holiday Gift Ideas: Snowman Plush

My favorite way to decorate for the winter is with snowmen.  I have snowmen candles, plush, light up figures, etc.  I even have a series of melting snowmen that always went on our coffee table before that table was deemed un-baby-friendly.  I like the snowman route because it’s winter decor that can


Perplexus Original Review & Giveaway (US/Can) 1/15/12 closed

Every so often a great educational toy comes along that is timeless and classic.  It’s interesting and frustrating; challenging and addicting; gratifying and replayable.  The Perplexus Original is a 3D maze inside a ball.  It’s colorful and challenging.  At first I was like “oh, this can’t be that hard,” but I was


Holiday Gift Ideas: Monster High Friends Plush Doll & Pet

Here’s another hot toy for this year: Monster High plush!  Mattel and Monster High have taken monsters and the undead to a new level.  Instead of high fashion dolls, these characters are the teenage offspring of classic monsters like Frankenstein, Dracula, werewolves, etc.  It’s a way to make monsters fun and to