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Ah, Christmas. It came and went so fast. That green sweatshirt from a well-meaning Auntie Fran just wasn't something you would ever put on your child.....in public. Cheap toys break easily, and even Santa might have gotten it wrong.
Getting the perfect gift for your little one does not have to be that hard. It isn't too late to give your child something they will really love!
The Moodsters is a new line of toys and books designed to teach young children the fundamentals of feelings.
The Moodsters, five lovable little detectives (Coz, Lolly, Snorf, Razzy and Quigly), come to the rescue whenever their friends, Zach and Zoey, have a feelings emergency. The stories and toys teach simple strategies to build social and emotional intelligence skills in young children. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is defined as the ability to identify and manage one's own emotions as well as the emotions of others. Decades of scientific research has shown that children with EQ skills are better able to manage their thoughts, feelings and behavior.
Feelings Flashlight™ and Storybook - an electronic flashlight that features The Moodsters character images with voice affirmations and fun play activities so kids can explore their feelings, helping them to process and understand their emotions. “The Scary Sleepover” storybook to complement the Feelings Flashlight with a story to take the “scary” out of bedtime. The night of the treehouse sleepover is finally here, but the backyard is full of spooky noises and dark shadows. The Moodsters help their friend, Zach, face his fears – and save the sleepover!
Moodster Meter™ and Storybook- an electronic “feelings thermometer” with character voices helps little ones learn a vocabulary for their feelings so they can express their emotions. “Meet The Moodsters” storybook. When seven year old Zach’s magic trick goes wrong, he has to deal with a big mess—and some big feelings! The Moodsters will need to use their best detective skills to help Zach understand how he feels and get his good mood back. Grab your detective hats and get ready to help The Moodsters solve the case!
Moodster Mirror™- an electronic mirror with character voices to help kids recognize their feelings and non-verbal cues, which is a key EQ skill. “A Time to Be Kind”storybook. Zach and his best friend, Sam, love to ride their bikes together. But when something terrible happens to Sam’s bike, Zach has a tough decision to make. With a little help from The Moodsters, Zach, learns how kindness can make things right in this heartwarming story that explores the true meaning of friendship.
I gave my two year-old nephew, Wesley, the Moodster Mirror for Christmas. He ended up playing with it much more than any other toy he received! (And he opened quite a few gifts.) Wesley was mesmerized with the bright flashing colors and funny voices that the mirror made. He also loves the story book that came with it. His parents were very pleased as well at this educational toy for their son.
Now available at Target stores nationwide and on Target.com, each story toy + book set retails at $19.99 so they would be perfect gifts for an under $25 a piece
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this toy to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
When it comes to stocking stuffers, give your kids something that counts. Candy will be eaten and forgotten (or will end up under my child's bed or stuck to the wall.) Useless, cheaply made gadgets will fall apart and end up getting thrown away after maybe getting played with once.
This year, make sure you fill your child's stocking with something cool, high quality, as well as entertaining from Fat Brain Toys~ gifts that are certain to delight! Give the kind of gifts that keep on giving!
Below is a list of the top five stocking stuffers that you will find at Fat Brain Toys:
Ever wonder what sand would feel like on another planet? Grab two big handfuls of the Neon Kinetic Sand and you'll feel like you've traveled way off into outer space! Pack it tight and it sticks strong in whatever shape you make. Crumble it up and it seems to ooze oddly out of your hand. It's amazing! And the best part? It hardly leaves any residue in your hands and it never dries out. The clean and creative sand-building fun never stops!
Simply combine water with Super Snow, stir and instantly make snow! The more you stir, the more it shines and sparkles! Super Snow expands to over 100 times its size and lasts for weeks without rewetting. It has been used on movie sets and in snowboarding parks. In addition, the snow can be reused. Awesome, huh? Even if we do not get a white Christmas, my son can make his own!
Covered in soft, textured rubber, this tactile orb of fascination delights kids with its color dynamics. A spectacle of sensory excitement, it's a hit at any party. It's totally safe and fun for all. Just squeeze it to make it change colors!
Be the first to find the penny or a marble, or a balloon, but don't stop there... 48 hidden items are listed on the game top. Clear your eyes and start searching and shaking. Shake-shake-shake... in the car, on the couch, in the air or sitting on the ground, Find It is transportable fun for everyone. Play solo or set a timer and race your friends to find specific items.
Feel the awesome power of an earthquake in the palm of your hand! Hold the can in your hand, tilt it to the left, and immediately it begins to rumble, sending seismic vibrations straight up your arm. Then, set it on a table and watch it go ballistic! - Can you imagine feeling this vibration coming from the ground beneath your feet? I can't wait to see the look on my son's face when he experiences this phenomenon in a can. (I pray he never has to feel the real thing, however.)
To learn more about Fat Brain Toys or to place your order go to: https://www.fatbraintoys.com
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I don't know about you, but I am so excited for the upcoming holidays! I think that is because I have found some of the most amazing toys for my son, Braxton at Fat Brain Toys for Christmas. Even Santa himself cannot out-do the awesome gifts that you will find at Fat Brain Toys!
I would like to share with you a list of the fun toys that are under the tree for my lucky little one this year:
Cupcakes, ice cream, cake, swirled yogurt - They all come to life in all their tasty galore when you start molding with Sands Alive.
Press, pack, and feel - This strange substance is similar to sand only much, much better. It sticks together firmly, yet flows freely. It feels soft like flour, yet never sticks to your hands. A perfect hands-on toy for your child! (I cannot wait to get my hands on this soft fluffy sand!)
The classic from 1978 brings every bit as much fun and challenge today! Increase your memory, test your skill and challenge your friends. Simon is good to play anywhere - the car, doctors office, plane or right at home. Personally, I love Simon! My sister had one when we were little. I was so excited to see that Fat Brain Toys carried it and I ordered one for Braxton, although I will probably be stealing from him quite a bit. It is definitely an addicting game!
With a spinning sphere core on the inside and 4 spinning terrain disks on the outside, this puzzle will spark a cosmic revolution in your brain! Twist and turn the moonscape, both the outer terrain surface and the inner core, to match the 8 crater openings with the corresponding-size black dots. I think Braxton will love this hands-on brain teaser. It will really get him to exercise his thinking skills, which he will need during winter break.
Squigz Benders join Squigz imaginative construction. These Fun Little Suckers bend, twist and loop their way into creative play! Connecting to each other and to any solid, non-porous surface - Squigz are a species all their own. They flex. They stick. They suck people into creativity. I know Braxton will love Squigz Benders. He got to play with a set of them at a toy store and he could not keep his hands off of them. He stuck one to his forehead. It was so funny!
Geometric beauty and magnetizing play come together in Arx 2.0. With a nudge, handsome translucent crescents weeble, wobble and spin. Magnetic, they also attract and stack! A strong magnet rolls through each Arx piece, giving any builder the option of building in ways that defy common thought. Since Braxton loves magnets and also loves to build things, I think I have found a real winner with Arx 2.0. I can't wait to see my child playing with this item!
These are just a few of the exciting toys that I have ordered from Fat Brain toys this year. I am confident that my child will love them!
To find the perfect gift for the lucky child on your holiday list be sure to check out Fat Brain Toys! Go to: https://www.fatbraintoys.com
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
I absolutely love Fat Brain Toys for my 8 year-old son, Braxton because they provide, excitement, hours of entertainment and encourage educational play. I have listed my top ten favorite toys from Fat Brain Toys. The first six on my list are toys that Braxton has tested out and are a huge success! The last four are on his holiday wish list, and I can't wait to get them for him. I get just as excited as a child when it comes to Fat Brain Toys!
The Teeter Popper is a NEW instrument for play... how it's used is up to the kids! Teeter Popper improves core strength, stability, leg strength, balance, coordination and gross-motor skills. It has suction cups on the bottom that make a fun popping noise.
Braxton loves to balance on his Teeter Popper while standing up, or he will just sit on it and rock. He also enjoys taking it into the bathtub to sit on.....just for fun! He loves it!
Kinetic Sand looks like real sand, because it is 98% pure sand. It moves like dense fluid without making a mess. That's the 2% of non-toxic polymer. It sticks to itself, so cleanup is a breeze. Kinetic Sand soothes and engages both kids and adults, in schools, at work, in therapy sessions, and at home.
Braxton spends hours playing with his Kinetic Sand. It never dries out and it is so easy to clean up because it sticks together without being sticky. Braxton rolls it out with a rolling pin and then cuts shapes into it with a cookie cutter. He loves playing 'restaurant' by creating his own foods and then pretending to serve his creations on a little tray. It is also anti-microbial, so it does not get contaminated with germs! Perfect for rainy afternoons.
Just load, point, and shoot to create brilliant, bursting fireworks, with realistic booming sound effects. An AMAZING fireworks display without the bugs or the clean-up!
Putty for your hands...A playground for your mind. Engaging the imagination & refreshing the mind, Brain Food is an impressive dose of high quality moldable putty. It is a valuable tool for people of all ages!
LCD screen is 8.5 inches, ultra light (4 oz.) and thin (1/8 inch). With each button push of the Boogie Board tablet, a piece of paper is saved - More paper saved means less trees need to be cut down!
Disclaimer: I received samples of some of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
My little boy, Braxton is eight years old. He is the youngest of four children, and 8 and a half years younger than his sister. (Yes, he was a surprise baby.) We live out in the country, pretty far away from any neighbors, so he doesn't always have many children to play with.
That being said, it is very important for me to come up with activities for Braxton to keep him busy. I hate to admit it, but Braxton enjoys playing video games as do most children his age, and that certainly can be a boredom buster on rainy days, but what skills is he really learning to help him out in his every day life? Thankfully, knowing how to kill zombies is probably not ever going to come in handy in Braxton's lifetime. It is true that there are some really good educational video games on the market, and that is all good, but where does a parent draw the line?
Technology today seems to be taking the place of good old fashioned play. I grew up with six siblings and we would play dress-up, hide and go seek or just make forts out of boxes. We were very creative! We had to be, we did not have video games, movies to watch and very little TV time. We played outside in the mud, or drew pictures. We actually played with our toys and made the most of what we had.
It seems that the children of today do not really know how to play without sitting in front of a screen. Technology definitely hinders a child's ability to use and develop their creativity. I believe the kids of today do not truly know how to play! It is so very important for a child to learn to play with real, tangible objects. We, as parents must make certain that our kids have plenty of opportunities for hands-on experiences, real life play. Get your child outside on decent weather days! Physical exercise and sports and moving your body is very much a part of play. You can’t do that sitting on a computer.
Look in your kitchen cupboards! One recent rainy day, Braxton was so bored that I decided to put newspapers on the kitchen table, add a couple of dishes of water and cornstarch and let him mix them together to create a really fun (and messy!) paste. We then added food coloring and he made homemade gloopy stuff. We even made crafts out of paper mache!
Toys that have an education value are very important as well. Some people may think that educational toys aren't fun, but that is not true! Out of all of the gifts Braxton received for his 8th birthday party, his favorite toys were wooden building blocks and a math floor puzzle and a pair of binoculars. Educational toys challenge a child to use their minds and develop their creativity. They learn how something works, and it is fun for them to discover new things.
It is time to get back to the basics and help your children learn to appreciate the simple things in life that do not involve technology. In order to make sense of and learn about the world they are living in, children need to have direct experience with it. Playing with educational toys or having positive, fun and engaging playing experiences allows children to use their brain. Technology can be an amazing thing, but stimulating creativity through educational, hands-on play is much more beneficial to a child's ability to develop the skills they require to become healthy, happy and well-adjusted adults.
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own.