Welcome to the Favorite Toys Blog. This is a review blog about all the toys that my kids love and that I think are well made, educational, fun and reasonably priced. These are the toys that get played with on a consistent basis and don’t settle to the bottom of the toy box.
Most of these toys are not only fun but teach something useful to children as well. Of course all toys are to be played with and enjoyed and you want to get the most from them.
If you are looking for some great age-appropriate toys for that special child in your life, toys that they will love and play with for more than five minutes, then check out the toy suggestions here on the blog.
Feel free to add your questions or comments on any of the toys listed here or any others that you have purchased.
Looking for a great toy that encourages your child to get more involved with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)? Well the Piper Computer Kit with Minecraft is just the thing. I got this gift for my elementary school aged kids and they are loving it.
The computer kit is relatively easy to put together. There is no complicated instruction manual, just a fun blueprint format with clear diagrams on what goes where. If your kids can put together a simple Lego set, this is even easier. It comes with everything you need including a small screwdriver.
There are several coding games your child can play in addition to the Minecraft based adventure. There is Scratch, a visual coding program and Sonic Pi, a sound synthesizer program if you have a musician in the family. It is also a real computer that you access the internet with a built in browser and lots of other great features.
I have to say that this “toy” is one of the best investments I have made in my children’s education. It will give them the knowledge and skills for the future in a fun and engaging way and they don’t even realize it’s educational. They have really taken to it and I am so glad they are learning while playing.
Read Across America Day is March 2, 2015 this coming year. Read Across America is a nation-wide week long event that with many activities planned that promote early literacy and reading in children. It also celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday, which is March 2nd. Many of the books from this well-known children’s book author, will be featured at events in schools and libraries across the nation.
Dr. Seuss’ beloved Cat in the Hat is the mascot for the event and will be traveling across the country with appearances in many cities to encourage reading. Find out more about ways to celebrate and participate in an event near you and share the joy of reading with children.
The Cat in the Hat is a classic children’s book by Dr. Seuss about a brother and sister who are stuck inside on a rainy day when the Cat in the Hat comes to play. This is a wonderful beginner’s book for children learning to read.
A Dr. Seuss Hat is a fun dress up idea for Dr. Seuss’ birthday or a Read Across America event. This silly red and white striped hat like the one the Cat in the Hat wears is just the thing to have for reading Dr. Seuss books to kids.
Took the kids to see the new Spongebob Movie – Sponge Out of Water last night. They had a great time and enjoyed Spongebob and all his friends in their silly antics.
Antonio Banderas is great as the bearded pirate Burger Beard and the live action combined with animation worked well.
The movie is a hodge podge of other movie ideas mixed with a Bikini Bottom theme. The opening was reminiscent of Indiana Jones and throughout there were themes from Mad Max, Finding Nemo and Pirates of the Caribbean, Back to the Future all rolled into one.
The kids especially enjoyed when Spongebob, Mr. Krabs, Squidward, Patrick, Sandy and Plankton are magically turned into superheros. Each character has a unique super power that helps them save the Krabby Patty secret formula and restore order to the lives of the fish folk who inhabit Bikini Bottom.
A new XBOX 360 game Spongebob Hero Pants features the characters and story lines from the Sponge Out of Water movie.
McDonalds has a bunch of new Sweethearts plush toys available in your happy meal just in time for Valentine’s Day. There are 12 different ones to choose from with different sayings like #Love, XOXO, Hug Me, Be Mine and more. Each comes in three different color choices and you can play a fun online game when you scan your happy meal toy code.
Ty Beanie Babies are fun collectibles. This fun Rainbow Hello Kitty Ty Beanie Ballz is so cute. It is that loveable Hello Kitty in a soft round plush with a rainbow bow and outfit. Catch this playful toy and a variety of other popular characters in plush form like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The new Flutterbye McDonalds Happy Meal Toys are available now. There are six toys to choose from.
Flutterbye Push-Along Happy Meal Toy – Just roll along a table and she turns in circles as she goes.
Flutterbye Snowflake Spinner – Place the Flutterbye on the disk and squeeze to launch and she’ll spin around.
Flutterbye Balancer – Place her in the balancer and put it on the snowflake stand, then tap to twirl her around.
Flutterbye Wand – Spin your Flutterbye round and round the wand.
Flutterbye with Floating Wings – Put on your Flutterbye’s wings and place in base then press to spin.
Flutterbye Twirler – Place her in ring and press the button to twirl.
Scan your Happy Meal Toy code for more online fun.
You can also download some fun Flutterbye Activity Sheets and Coloring Pages
McDonald’s Happy Meal Book of Life Halloween Pails are available now from McDonald’s. Get you very own Book of Life Halloween pail with your Happy Meal. It comes with sticker to decorate any way you want and features the characters from the new Book of Life movie. They are just in time for Halloween and trick-or-treat so pick up a happy meal and a pail for your candy too.
VTech Smart Shots Sports Center by VTech (1202)Buy new: $39.99 $29.82 54 used & new from $20.87(Visit the Most Wished For in Learning & Education list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
My First Soft Book,TEYTOY Nontoxic Fabric Baby Cloth Books Early Education Toys Activity Crinkle Cloth Book for Toddler, Infants and Kids Perfect for Baby Shower -Pack of 6 by TEYTOY (15)Buy new: $25.99 $16.99 (Visit the Most Wished For in Learning & Education list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
Skip Hop Baby Treetop Friends Activity Gym/Playmat, Multi by Skip Hop (657)Buy new: $75.00 $74.99 11 used & new from $50.01(Visit the Most Wished For in Learning & Education list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
Rainbow Counting Bears with Sorting Cups and Dice - 70pc Set by Skoolzy (497)Buy new: $31.99 $21.97 2 used & new from $21.97(Visit the Most Wished For in Learning & Education list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Activity Gym, Multi by Skip Hop (456)Buy new: $75.00 $64.74 8 used & new from $46.76(Visit the Most Wished For in Learning & Education list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
4M Crystal Growing Experiment by 4M (759)Buy new: $13.89 $12.50 76 used & new from $9.99(Visit the Most Wished For in Learning & Education list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
Infantino Grow-with-me Activity Gym and Ball Pit by Infantino (860)Buy new: $59.88 $59.39 28 used & new from $47.45(Visit the Most Wished For in Learning & Education list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
Bright Starts 5-in-1 Play Activity Gym, Your Way Ball by Bright Starts (206)Buy new: $79.99 5 used & new from $79.99(Visit the Most Wished For in Learning & Education list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
Learning Resources New Sprouts Camp Out!, 11 Pieces by Learning Resources (275)Buy new: $24.99 $18.39 22 used & new from $18.39(Visit the Most Wished For in Learning & Education list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)