Tuesday, December 18, 2012

#TBTBHoliday We Had Fun at The Biggest Day of Holiday Play

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Here in New York, on December 8th we were a part of The Big Toy Book Biggest Day of Holiday Play for bloggers and their families.  It was so much fun!

My boys are always wondering what I do when I go to events - especially toy fairs - which usually do not allow minors to attend.  This was a day for them to get to see what I do as we met with the representatives and tried out their toys.

Here are some of the companies that were
Boogie Board
So, what is a Boogie Board?  Boogie Board are LCD eWriters. 
I love that they are eco-friendly, electronic, and paperless.   Replace those memo pads, sticky notes, scratch pads with a Boogie Board!  These are great for kids in waiting areas and during restaurant wait times.  They can write, draw, or play Tic Tac Toe.  During the homework hours they can use it as scrap paper.  Almost anything you can do with paper and pen can be done with a Boogie Board! The ultra-thin, light, durable shatter-proof construction makes ultra portable and able to take a beating.  Boogie Board LCD eWriters are great for kids of all ages.


Yummy Dough

I had as much fun as the kids while we played with the world's only sweet-to-eat and fun modeling dough! 

Yummy Dough combines the creativity of crafting with the joy of baking in a just-add-water mix.  It's the perfect holiday activity that keeps kids busy and lets them create their own treats for Santa.  

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Drip Drops

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The Drip Drops combine color, reading and creativity while allowing children to express themselves artistically. 
The adorable Drip Drops characters help kids explore the world around them through color and constant positive reinforcement all while simultaneously teaching fundamental problem solving, teamwork and creative skills.  
The Drip Drops eBooks and iBooks will immerse children into a world of color.   The eBook The Story of the Drip Drops can be downloaded for free from the iTunes Bookstore and Google Play.   More eBooks will be coming soon!


We love these micro robotic creatures.  The built in technology allows them to react to their environment.  We played with some new giant Hexbugs that work by remote control, and HEXBugs that battle, and have interchangeable weapons.


Tech 4 Kids

Tech 4 Kids
Tech 4 Kids had a super fun Angry Birds Sling Shot game!  Launching the Red Bird onto the target was a blast. Simply stretch, aim, and shoot! The bird will splat and stick onto almost any hard surface – bur the target is probably the best choice.  The pigs are in the strike zones and have point values.

Just Play Toys


I loved the Just Play Toys area.  They had a Minnie's Kitchen, a bouncy Tigger, Doc McStuffins toys, and some cute Skylander's Giants toys.


Everybody loves a Slinky.  Did you know that Slinky®, Inc. also makes POOF® foam sport balls, too.  These toys are manufactured with pride in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.   They are also the creators of Ideal® Toys and Scientific Explorer.



I used to love my Spirograph.  I would spend hours making millions of amazing designs.  Now the spirograph is back and better than ever! 
The Spirograph® Deluxe Sets come with the iconic wheels and rings of the original, re-engineered and updated for today.   They are designed to work with almost all types of pens, pencils and markers.  Kits also come with Spiro-Putty to hold paper securely in place while creating beautiful designs. 
Each set comes with design paper and a full color design guide, which explains the fundamentals of drawing with Spirograph® as well as step-by-step instructions for creating your own designs!  The Original Spirograph cleverly combines the principles of art and mathematics in a way that has inspired and delighted generations of artists!
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The Bridge Direct

The Bridge Direct toys were so much fun.  Fans of Looney Tunes, FrankenWeenie, Glo Glo Inkoos, Shoulder Buddies, Power Rangers, Annoying Orange, and even The Hobbit will find fun branded toys and merchandise!


Wow Stuff

Wow Stuff makes the loveable, huggable soft plush Singalongz!  They are cute and easy to use.  Turn on the mic and the toy and then the Singalongz will activate.  It will sing back or repeat words in a cute character voice.  There are four Singalongz, and each one has their own unique personality and voice.
Collect Me-me the cat, Dally the duck, Cobey the bear, and Ruftey the dog.   Kids can connect them all to one microphone to create the ultimate Singalongz group! Great for ages 3+.  MSRP: $29.99.



WowWee had a new toy - The ARTSEE Studio for the iPad.  Kids can Draw, Paint, Stamp, Animate and Share their newly created Masterpieces.  It's a creative and colorful world of fun with ARTSEE! 
They also had their fun app based APPGEAR games including the brand new AKODOMON.


Hasbro Koosh

My boys LOVED the KOOSH ball launchers!  Soft foam balls launch from guns or slingshots.  Easy to load, easy to launch, these are fun, safe, and come in many varieties to suit any kid – but especially great if you have a kid with some fine motor delays.  This a great way to get them to use those muscles and have some fun, too.


A new twist on a favorite toy idea.  
LITE BRIX™ Super Light Building System from Cra-Z-Art® is the innovative light-up building construction sets with vibrant sparkling lights in each translucent brick.  The possibilities are endless with Lite Brix™, which are compatible with other major brick building systems and allow children to transform their creations into spectacularly-lit masterpieces for daytime or nighttime play. They’re compatible with your other bricks, and the battery powered LEDs cycle through four different colors.
The full Lite Brix™ line is available at Toys R Us stores nationwide, Barnes and Noble and select other retailers, and prices start at $19.99.  Age graded 6+.

Ryan Oakes' Magic Show

Ryan Oakes is professional magician, mentalist, and sleight-of-hand artist from NYC.  The Ideal® Ryan Oakes’ Magic Show line of toys are fun for any aspiring magician.
In 1990 Ryan became the youngest person ever to win the Society of American Magician's National Magic Competition, one of the highest honors in magic. Since then, he has performed at thousands of events, including an appearance at the White House. He has been profiled in Forbes FYI magazine as well as The New York Times and has appeared on CNN, The Discovery Channel, ESPN, and the Disney Channel.


You may have read my review of the Playhut® Mystixx®  Vampires Dolls.  These four pretty vampire fashion dolls are popular high school girls by day and vampires at night.  
The Mystixx® Vampires are beautiful 11" fashion dolls that transform with a simple twist of their heads.  Each doll has two distinct faces, two complete outfits, two interchangeable wigs, 2 pairs of shoes and accessories for an SRP for $19.99. Mystixx are sold exclusively at Toys ‘R’ Us® and at toysrus.com, and are designed for children ages six and up. 

Playmates Toys

In a totally epic return, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, one of the most popular kids' entertainment brands of the past 25 years, has emerged from the sewers to delight kids of all ages this holiday season! Playmates Toys, the driving force behind the global toy sensation for decades, has unveiled an incredible new product line consisting of action figures, playsets, vehicles, and role play gear, inspired by Nickelodeon’s all-new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which premiered in September, 2012.

I know you'll find a lot of great gift ideas by visiting the websites!  But hurry, Christmas is almost here!

Some of the companies shared some toys for the children.  This blog posting was not a requirement and this is not a sponsored post.