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Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
Now that the Christmas feast is over, get your kid off the couch and active again–just in time for the New Year’s parties. For this week’s toy selection, eBeanstalk is recommending playthings that will give your child a fun work out.
Awesome Ride On:
The classic-looking Deluxe My 1st Scooter from Radio Flyer has a broad base and three wheels to help your little one balance better. Just make sure to put a helmet on him! (2 years+, $90; click here to buy)
Your preschooler will jump for joy over the Little Jumpers Trampoline by Alex Toys. The padded trampoline has a cushioned, no-slip-grip handle for safety. (3 years+, $96.50; click here to buy)
Attach the Tizzler II spinner bar to a sturdy tree branch or swing set, and watch your kid have a blast twisting and twirling in the yard. (4 years+, $40; click here to buy)
Check out the Parents Toy Store for more picks. And Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
In this week’s installment of top toys, eBeanstalk is rounding up some playthings that will puzzle your kids. Literally. Check out these fun puzzles just in time for the holidays.
Awesome for Little Ones:
Whether it’s stacking, sorting, or piecing together Hape’s Creative Rainbow Curve, this toy will boost your tot’s fine-motor skills. (2 years+, $25; click here to buy)
Learning Journey’s Search & Learn Series starts as a floor puzzle, but after it’s been arranged, it becomes an educational game. (3 years+, $15; click here to buy)
Four puzzles in one box, Briarpatch’s I Spy line has graduated pieces so your kids can continue to play as they become more skilled. It’s also loaded with I Spy riddles for extra fun. (4 years+, $11; click here to buy)
Puzzles go 3D with this neat globe from Ravensburger that your child can piece together and then display in his room. (12 years+, $38.25; click here to buy)
There’s still time to heave over to the Parents Toy Store for your last-minute holiday shopping!
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Due to technical difficulties yesterday, we’re just now bringing you eBeanstalk’s Toy
Tuesday. But it’s worth the wait. Check out this helpful round-up of the top travel toys that will keep your kids entertained on the go.
Baby Best Bet:
Tiny Love’s genius Take-Along Mobile snaps onto a crib, a car seat, or a stroller to soothe and amuse your little one any time, any place. (0 months+, $27.50; click here to buy)
Cool Car Game:
Looking for a backseat boredom-buster? Give the I Spy Travel Edition Game from Briarpatch a shot. The memory cards challenge your family to make matches on the move. (4 years+, $11.50; click here to buy)
Cool Pre-K Activity Kit:
Avoid the Are-We-There-Yets with this Alex Toys’ spiral-bound pad that contains 75 pages of fun–plus, 8 chunky crayons. (4 years+, $8.50; click here to buy)
Cool Big-Kid Activity Kit:
Take a tour of America with this dry-erase set by Peaceable Kingdom that includes lots of popular games, such as mazes, word finds, Hangman, and much more. (7 years+, $15; click here to buy)
Come back next week for more plaything picks, and remember to visit our new Parents Toy Store for your holiday shopping.
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
Forget boring building blocks! Our friends at eBeanstalk have found a few picks that will rock your kid’s toy box.
Cool for Little Kids:
Get your tyke in on the building fun–and boost fine-motor skills in the process–with the easy-to-grasp Hexie-Snaps from Learning Mates. (2 years+, $32; click here to buy)
Book Best Bet:
The force is definitely with DK Books’ LEGO Star Wars Brickmaster. The kit includes step-by-step instructions for creating the awesome spaceships seen in the movies. (7 years+, $30; click here to buy)
Inspired by the shape of nucleotides, Infinitoy’s ZOOB features movable pieces that let your kid take his creations to another level. (5 years+, $35; click here to buy)
Make sure to stop by next week for more plaything picks, and head over to our new Parents Toy Store for your holiday shopping.
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
For this week’s installment of toys, eBeanstalk’s is going geek chic. These brainy playthings are a great way for your kid to explore the world around him. Check out what made the cut.
Kids will bug out for Educational Insights’ GeoSafari Talking Microscope, which comes with 12 pre-made insect slides and interactive factoids. (5 years+, $40; click here to buy)
It’s easy being green with this Young Scientist Club set that includes experiments and activities for teaching kids about Mother Earth. (6 years+, $20; click here to buy)
Awesome Online Kit:
Go stargazing from your living room with SLOOH! from Blue Storm. The coolest thing about this activity pack is that it lets kids control pro telescopes around the world for their search. (6 years+, $38; click here to buy)
Give your child a lesson in life cycles–and responsibility–with Insect Lore’s Butterfly Garden. The neat habitat comes with a certificate for butterfly larvae that she can hatch and take care of. (4 years+, $20; click here to buy)
Come back next Tuesday for another round of toy picks. And don’t forget to stop by our new Parents Toy Store!
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
Chances are you probably played with one of these timeless toys when you were a child, but they’re still popular today. Check out eBeanstalk’s round-up of old favorites that offer up new fun.
A stacking toy is a must for boosting your little one’s fine-motor skills, and this Melissa & Doug version adds an extra level of learning fun through sorting. (1 year+, $10; click here to buy)
The only thing more fun than making Shrinky Dinks is making Shrinky Dinks you can wear. This kit from Creativity for Kids lets children design charm bracelets, hair clips, and more neat accessories. (8 years+, $27.50; click here to buy)
Book Best Bet:
When it comes to children’s books, you can’t go wrong with Dr. Seuss. This great first collection includes Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and three more beloved tales. (All ages, $40; click here to buy)
Spoiler alert: The butler did it! Or did he? Find out who committed the crime with this classic board game from Winning Moves Games. (10 years+, $20; click here to buy)
Don’t forget to come back next week for more plaything picks, and get a jump on Black Friday by visiting our new Parents Toy Store!
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
In this week’s round-up, eBeanstalk is highlighting classic toys–with a twist. Check out how these favorites have been updated for a new generation:
Every word’s a winner with this portable card version of Scrabble by Fundex. Unlike the original, players strategically discard undesirable letter cards in order to spell higher scoring words. (9 years+, $10; click here to buy)
Etch A Sketch finally lets your child go freestyle with a controller that swivels 360 degrees for easy drawing of loops, curves, and more creative designs. (4 years+, $20; click here to buy)
Cubes are so ’80s! The electronic Rubik′s Slide allows players to rearrange the pattern of lights by shifting and twisting the device until they match the solution for one of more than 10,000 puzzles. (8 years+, $35; click here to buy)
Book Best Bet:
“Old MacDonald Had a Farm” gets a remake with this adorable teddy bear sing-along. David Ellwand’s book invites little ones into a world of antique toys and farmyard friends. (1 year+, $13; click here to buy)
Come back next Tuesday for another round of plaything picks, and make sure to stop by our new Parents Toy Store!
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
For this week’s selection of toys, eBeanstalk is giving your kids a creative outlet. Fun and educational, these crafty kits will engage your little artist year-round:
Marlon Creations’ lets your big kid display her masterpiece for years to come with this kit. She gets to paint the vases, let them dry, and then (with your help) bake them in the oven for a unique arts-and-crafts activity. (8 years+, $20; click here to buy)
Book Best Bet:
My First Art Book by Alex is an activity kit and a how-to book all in one! It comes with crayons, markers, paint, and brushes to keep your kid busy for hours. (2 years+, $16; click here to buy)
Your child will dig making her own crayon-rubbings art with this nifty set from Creativity for Kids; you’ll love the storage and coloring tray that cuts down on the mess. (3 years+, $20; click here to buy)
A craft your kid can wear, Bead Bazaar’s kit includes more than 200 beads that she can turn into bracelets, necklaces, and other accessories. Plus, she can tote them around in a keepsake tin box. (5 years+, $23.50; click here to buy)
For more plaything picks, come back next week–and visit our new Parents Toy Store!