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Spring and Easter Basket Toys

21 Apr

The weather is finally warming up, the trees and flowers are beginning to bloom and spring is in the air. This week The Toy Insider Mom, Laurie Schacht visited ABC World Wide News to give her suggestions for some great spring time fun!

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Gardening Tools

Why we love them-

With these adorable tools, getting help in the garden just got easier!
The plastic tools are just right for little helpers and easy to keep
organized in this durable fabric tote with sturdy woven handles.

Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Tote Set
Ages 3+ MSRP: $14.99

Sunny Patch Be Good to Bugs Gripping Gloves
Ages: 3+ MSRP: $4.99

Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Watering Can.
Ages: 3+ MSRP: $12.99

GrowUms (by Preferred Commerce)

Choose from to grow a Taco Garden, Pizza Garden or even a Ratatouille Garden and teach kids how to grow their own food and help the environment.

It’s simple: just add water, plant your seeds and watch them grow! Gives kids gardening knowledge and shows them the skills it takes to become a successful gardener – no matter what their age.

Ages: 5+ MSRP: $9.99 each

Lazer Light Bug Vacuum ( by Backyard Safari™ Outfitters)

Become the ultimate bug wrangler by capturing bugs with more precision.
Find a light up bugs and suck ‘em,  look at bugs up-close with the built-in magnifying glass.
Ages: 5+ MSRP: $19.99

Are We There Yet? Keep Me Comfy Neck Rest (by Aurora)

Perfect for long napping on long trips via plan, trains or automobiles.
Ages: 18mos+ MSRP: $13

Zip-It (by Bananagrams)
Zip-It is a crossword race that can be played anytime, anywhere in as little as 20 seconds!
2 players
Ages: 7+ MSRP: $14.95

Chick and Bunny Easter Bags (by MEGA Bloks)

Let your child unlock her imagination and create charming Easter creations with detailed sticker sheet and 20 decorative pieces. When it’s time to go, put your creations away in your handy tote and continue the fun wherever you go!

Ages: 1+ MSRP: $9.99

Peeps Plush (by Commonwealth Toy)

Look just like the soft, squishy marshmallow characters – without the sugar! Peeps plus come in a variety of materials and sizes, sold individually and as 4-pack gift sets
Ages: 3+ MSRP: $3.99 to $12.99

Play-Doh Treat Without the Sweet Bunny and Chick Stampers ( by Hasbro)

These bunny and chick figures hold a couple of surprises just for you. Open each one up and you’ll find Play-Doh hidden inside! Then, look under their feet — you’ll find stamps for creating fun shapes! Stamp, mold and shape all kinds of imaginative creations with these two little pals.
Ages: 3+ MSRP: $3.99 (2-pack)

Wheel Pals Animal Tracks Spring Friends (by Hasbro)

Egg and bunny vehicles feature easy-rolling wheels so your little one can zip and zoom them all over the floor.
Sized just right for little hands, this squeezable pair loves to go, go, go
Ages: 12mos+ MSRP: $4.99 (2-pack)

Playskool Weebles Spring Basket (Hasbro)

Little ones will love the excitement of these two animal characters, who sway and wobble with glee — but never, ever fall down! Weebles 2-pack includes yellow chick and blue bunny figures in the classic, easy-to-grab shapes.
Ages: 12mos+ MSRP: $6.99 (2-pack)

I Spy Wonder Tubes (by Briarpatch)

A collectible game that’s self contained! Among the glitter and the sand swirl lots of items to find in order to
solve the different riddles that are included with each Wonder Tube. 6 different colors of Wonder Tubes, 3 different sets of riddles
Ages 5+ MSRP: $5.99 each

EggBods (by Bluw Toys)

Egg-shaped mix ‘n’ match collectible characters r.ange of characters for boys and girls including Captain Hard Boiled,
Egg Bot, Eggalina Ballerina and Fairy Tinkershell
Swap heads, arms and accessories to create new characters, wind up function, collect them all!
Ages: 4+ MSRP: $5.99 each

HOP Easter Basket

Assorted toys, apparel and candy based on Universal Studio’s new spring family movie HOP. Available exclusively at Walmart.


Two Favorite Trends From Toy Fair 2011

21 Feb

As you know, I have spent last week at Toy Fair 2011 seeking out the coolest toys coming out in 2011. The problem is though, there were just *SO* many cool new toys that it was near impossible for me to choose my favorites.

However, there were 2  trends in particular that popped out to me as a mom over and over again.


No I am not talking about the mouse, I’m talking miniatures; teeny baby versions of what we saw last year. The smaller the better- because small stuff is just adorable!

This year LaLa Loopies are mini (which btw I think I might love more than the full size doll!)-

Zhu Zhu’s have babies (and a slew of adorable new accessories not pictured)-

and small travel-size play sets, like Mega Brands Hello Kitty and Smurf sets will be hitting store shelves and without a doubt be appearing on kid’s wishlists.


Video Games -to- Toys

Today our kids are all about the video games, but surprisingly this love for video games seems to be translating well from digital game to tangible play toy! It’s a trend that is actually quite refreshing since it helps cut down on kids screen time.

Mattel is introducing an Angry Birds Knock On Wood Playset.

photo credit: Kids Tech Review

Other manufactures, such as Commonwealth Toys are also introducing plush toys for mobile game favorites Angry Birds and Cut The Rope.

Photo Credit: PC Magazine

but perhaps the most surprising of them all-

This year, Techno Source took Tetris (a video game favorite of 20 years!) to the dining room table for family game time fun!

Tetris Link by Techno Source

What do you think about the new trends emerging on the toy scene?