Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Gift Ideas for the Artistic Child

10 Great Gift Ideas for the Artistic Child

By Les Anderson

If your child is an artist, or has a creative side, you should encourage your child's creativity through the gifts you give. I have compiled a list of gift ideas targeted toward the young artist. Costs are included in the descriptions. Jump to the end for a suggestion of where you can buy these gifts. Some gifts listed here are of the tried-and-true variety, some are different and unusual. All will help develop creativeness and expand the imagination.

1. Jakks EyeClops Bionic Eye, from Jakks

This is cool. Age unlimited, this is a battery operated, handheld device that you plug into the A/V jack on your TV. Point it at anything and view objects at up to 200 times normal size, right on your TV screen! If you can keep the adults away from it, this interactive toy will give your young artist an up-close perspective of everyday things. The cost is around $40.

2. Non-Spill Paint Pots & Brushes Set, from Chenille Kraft

Great for toddler to adult, these little paint containers are 3 ½" tall and come with inner safety lids, brush rest, and colored caps with matching color brushes. There are 10 of these containers in the set and they really work! Tip them over and they don't spill! This set of 10 colorful containers with caps and brushes goes for around $20.

3. 5X9 Globox Lightbox, from Artograph

When you go someplace, your child can't leave their creativity behind. This lightbox is a great size to take along for the ride. The organizer case is 8.25"x9.5"x3.25" and features a pull out palette and storage compartment. The fluorescent light (for tracing) runs on AC power or 6 AA batteries. This is a creative alternative to the handheld video game for those long trips. Priced around $35.

4. Brush Calligraphy and Sumi E Ink Painting Set, from Natashas Café

A great gift for the older child, this beautifully-packaged Sumi E calligraphy set comes in a fan-shaped case in the Japanese tradition. The set includes 5 natural hair brushes (5" long) and brush stand, a slate grinding stone and ink stick, a water bowl and ladle and a soapstone seal. I recommend you purchase a sumi-e book to go with this as no instructions are included. However, once your young artist gets into Sumi E, they'll love it! Price for this set is about $19-$25.

5. Table Top Double Sided Kid's Easel, from Tri C

It is what it says. One side of this easel is a chalkboard; the other side is a white magnetic wipe off board. It's an easy flip and change from one to the other. It's about 18" x 15" and easily folds for storage. Great table top easel for the youngest of artists. Cost is around $20.

6. Original Learn To Draw Art Set, from Martin/F Weber

If you would like to help your young artist, but you are not an artist yourself, this is a great kit. The lessons here are taught by Jon Gnagy. Self-taught, Jon was America's television art instructor. He was quite popular among children. Along with the step-by-step instructions and over 200 illustrations, this set comes with four art pencils, three sketching chalks, sketch paper, lap top drawing board, kneaded eraser, shading stump and sand pad sharpener. Recommended age is 8-up, but that's up to you. I believe the price is a steal at $16.

7. Quality Children's Easel, from American Easel

I still have my first easel, I still use it, and I still love it! What a beautiful, low-priced full size easel for the young artist. This nice, possibly first-time easel comes with a dry erase/washable marker surface that's 16 1/4"x23". It also includes a 12" paper roll holder and a 100' roll of paper. There is also a tray for supplies. This is a nice, sturdy wooden easel your child is sure to love! Perfectly priced around $55.

8. Crayola Model Magic Deluxe Variety Pack, from Binney & Smith Inc./Crayola

Is your young artist a 3-D type person? Creative minds love this stuff! This award-winning modeling material is used like clay, but it's more versatile. It air-dries and won't stick to clothes. It has kind of a spongy feel while you're using it, and when it dries, you can paint it, color it, glue it and decorate it to your heart's desire. There are hours of fun to be had with Model Magic. This pack comes with fourteen .5 oz. bags of Model Magic in 9 colors: white, blue, yellow, green, red, black, orange, purple and brown. It also comes with ten project cards. About $14.

9. Jumpstart Artist: Best Seller Junior Series (XP / Mac), from Knowledge Adventure All of the JumpStart software is a hit with kids. JumpStart Artist teaches the young artist all about the world of art through games and interactive activities. They even create their own pieces of art! They'll learn about the basics of art, artwork, styles and design, as well as gaining knowledge of some famous artists. This one is recommended for children ages 5-8, but I've discovered firsthand that children both older and younger enjoy just about any JumpStart Adventure. Priced around $24.

10. Roger Burrows Images: The Ultimate Coloring Experience, by Roger Burrows

...Or any Roger Burrows pattern coloring book. This recommendation is number 10 and the least expensive, but in many ways it could be the best. It appeals to all ages, and if you can keep this away from the grown-ups, your young artist will gobble it up in no time. I've seen two people working on this at once, it's so attractive and addicting! 100 pages and many hours of coloring fun! Dynamite price at around $7.

Well, there you have it! My list of 10 great gift ideas for the young artist in your world. Encourage and nurture the creativity in your child. You might just find yourself having fun at the same time! All of these and more are available at the canvas and pen store for artists. Kick back and motivate!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

MP3 Players for Young Children

Top 3 MP3 Players for Kids This Holiday

By Ivy Liu

MP3 players are fun holiday gifts the kids will love! Do you have kids on your holiday shopping list? Kids love music and they just want to be like the bigger kids -- so give them a unique and fun gift they'll love: their own digital music player. This article features the top 3 MP3 players for kids this Christmas.

These popular, kid-friendly music players will entertain, delight, and help them grow into smart young adults. They're easy to use and won't break your wallet. And they're not all just for kids -- you might even want to pick up one of these budget players for yourself!

Music is not only "fun" but it's also been proven to be therapeutic and practical. Research has shown that music helps children develop stronger learning skills. So this year, give them a fun and unique gift that will make them scream in delight (while also being good for them).

Top 3 MP3 Players for Kids this Holiday

1. Fisher Price Kid Tough FP3 Song & Story Player in Pink or Blue

The Kid-Tough FP3 Player is a real digital player designed just for preschoolers. It's tough enough and easy enough for kids to use. They've also made it easy for parents to download songs and stories onto the player from the Fisher-Price FP3 Song & Story Online Store, or from any CD you already own. Kid-tough design that stands up to the way preschoolers play. Holds two hours of entertainment--that's approximately 30 songs or 15 stories.

2. Playskool Dance Along Girl (or Boy)

Preschoolers will be grooving to their own beat with this handheld, portable music player. Kids pull out a special downloading cable and plug it into the side. Then they can download the pre-loaded songs while making their own playlists. And it has a fun feature -- the Music in Motion mode starts and stops the music with your child's dance movements. And the convenient carry handle makes it easy to carry the fun along. You can pick one up for about $33.

3. Disney Mix Stick (Blue Chrome) or Digital Blue 723 Disney 512Mb Mix Stick (Princess Flower)

Groove to your favorite tunes with the help of this teeny tiny player, priced at about $40. Jazzed up in your favorite Disney theme, it features 512MB of internal memory -- that means you can boogie for up to eight hours with WMA-file songs or up to four hours with MP3-file songs.

With the Disney Mix Stick digital music player, you can play music right away with Disney Mix Clips-full Cds of music on tiny SD cards! It's easier than downloading; no computer required! Just plug and play!

Whichever option you choose for your kids, nieces, and nephews -- they're sure to be thrilled and excited with these fun holiday gifts. Please visit our website for holiday specials on these featured MP3 players and more.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Name a Star After Your Child

Name a star at Star RegistryLooking for a unique gift for Christmas? How about naming a star after your child (or someone else's for that matter)? They won't already have anything like it, and it shows them how much they mean to you. International Star Registry has been naming stars for over 25 years and offer a range of packages. The way it works is this:

  • Choose which package you want to get - the "basic" one is great, it offers a certificate, a map with the star marked and a booklet on astrology. There are also packages with the certificate framed, and also the star chart framed.
  • You choose which constellation you want the named star to be in (you can even choose an area in that constellation)
  • Choose a name!
  • You can also get personalized jewelry or a doll or teddy bear - making it an extra-special gift!

It makes a great gift for any child who is interested in astrology, or science in general. They will treasure it for years to come.

You should realize that this is not recognized by the scientific community, and that the star is not actually owned by you. The star name is published in a book called "Your Place in the Cosmos".

Buy a Star Name Today!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Get Them Disney Movies, And Save!

Stuck on what to get the kids for Christmas or their birthday? Why not get a gift that lasts?

You Give the Gift. They Pick the Movies. A New Disney DVD Every Month for as Low as $14.95 Each! Disney DVD Gift Express

By joining the Disney Movie Club you can get three titles for only $2.99 and then get a DVD per month. The good thing about this program is that you get a fixed amount and they don't send you a DVD that you have to return. Plus, right now, they can get a free Disney watch!

The way it works is this:

1. Choose three Disney DVDs for your introductory offer of $2.99. These would be a great gift on Christmas morning or at their birthday party.
2. Every month you'll get a mailing with the number of units you still have to get and a suggested selection of title.
3. Once you have fulfilled your membership agreement you can continue or just stop.

This means they can get a movie a month for 3,6 or 12 months depending on how long you sign up for!

Disney movies are the best when it comes to family entertainment, and this is a gift you can all enjoy!

Got to the Disney Movie Club for more details.

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Yet Another Hottest Toys List

Yes, I know there are lots of lists around but I do think they are coming together with the Nintendo Wii, Webkinz and Transformers being the big toys this year. Lydia Quinn goes into a bit more detail than others on why this is so.

Hottest Toys and Games Of 2007

By Lydia Quinn

In years past, shoppers have trampled each other for the last Tickle Me Elmo doll or the latest video game console. So what are the hottest toys and games in 2007? Let's look at what's selling this year.

Nintendo Wii

The #1 toy this year isn't technically a toy. It's the Nintendo Wii video game system. The Wii is the latest console from Japanese maker Nintendo. Nintendo is known for quality of gameplay and the family friendliness of their game lineups, ease of use and game controls. The Wii is different from other video game systems, like the Sony Playstation and XBOX 360, mainly due to the controller. The controller is completely different from any other system available. The Wii controller consists of a remote that is motion sensitive, so that when you swing the remote like a tennis racquet, golf club or sword, you are controlling the character or action on screen. This type of controller is a major innovation and incorporates lots of physical movement into video games, where before there was virtually none. The Wii is also family friendly, with many games that kids and adults can play alone or together. In fact, the Wii has brought video gaming to the masses, where it's not uncommon to see whole families, spanning multiple generations playing a game of Wii tennis or bowling. In addition to the actual Wii video game system, there is no doubt that other hot items will include Wii games, including the massively popular and critically acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy, Guitar Hero III and Paper Mario. Still, probably the most popular Wii game of all, is free and comes with every Wii console system. That game is Wii Sports, and includes baseball, tennis, bowling, boxing and golf.

EyeClops Bionic Eye

This handheld magnifier is one of the biggest sellers this year. The Bionic Eye is basically a handheld device that magnifies and illuminates whatever you point it at and then transfers that image to your TV screen. It magnifies objects up to 200 times, so you can point it at just about anything and see even the tiniest details, including bugs, fabric, hair, food, and even your own skin.

Monopoly Here and Now Edition

While few families don't have a Monopoly game in their home, this isn't the classic version most people have. This is a completely updated version with new game pieces and new properties. Gone are the 4 railroads and in their place are major US airports. Gone are the utilities, they are replaced by cell phone and Internet companies. Gone are the shoe, old car and hat, all replaced by pieces like a jumbo jet, coffee mug and cell phone. In this Monopoly edition, the prices are all updated too, where Baltic Avenue used to be just $60, it's replacement, Texas Stadium is now $600,000. Sound like too much change? You'll be glad to know that the original Monopoly is still available.

VTech Kidizoom Camera

This digital camera made for kids has large rubberized grips on each side to make it easy for kids to hold and super easy to use controls. It can also take up to 120 photos or even up to 5 minutes of video footage. The camera can also be hooked up to a TV with included cables, so that you can view photos and videos on a big screen.


WebKinz are basically a stuffed animal, but what makes this stuffed animal different is its connection to the web, hence the name, WebKinz. Each plush critter comes with a special code that then allows the child access to an online game and community where they can create a virtual version of their WebKinz character and interact and play with other members.

Transformers Toys

The movie broke records earlier this summer, so understandably this increased interest in the original toys from the 1980's and also in the new versions of the toys. Favorite characters like BumbleBee and Optimus Prime are certain best sellers this year.

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Christmas Gift Ideas for Children of All Ages

Toys at TargetHoliday Gift Ideas For Children Of All Ages

By Sam A. Brown

Holiday shopping can be fun, frustrating or simply one more task that needs to get done. Regardless of whether you enjoy shopping or not, finding gifts that don't just please your kids, but allows you to enjoy the fruits of your labor with them is truly worth the effort.

This season, bypass the lines and check out these cool gift ideas that you can buy safely and conveniently online, that allow you and your kids to have fun together. More often than not, it's the gifts that make memories that are truly treasured. Whether its sitting around the fireplace playing a game of dominoes with Grandpa or helping Mom in the kitchen make festive cookies, kids like spending time with family members regardless of the age. Sure the latest video game may be high on the list of priorities, but holidays aren't just about wish lists and spoiling our kids. It's about spending time, stepping out of our normal routines and doing something fun and memorable with our loved ones. This season, you create a holiday to remember by leveraging some truly fabulous gift ideas.

If you're looking for considerable savings on children's toys that will not only be a hit with your kids this holiday season, look no further. Make-a-Plate Kits are not only memorable gifts, but it encourages time well spent with your kids. Together you can create unique and one of kind plates that signify the holiday or a special event. Likewise, Illustory books are another remarkable gift that will be a fun pastime, as well as a treasured masterpiece. These unique books allow your child to tell their own story where you can see the personalization and creativity of your child come to life. Professionally bound and typeset, this is an excellent gift idea for children who love to read and write.

Kids Gardening Tool Set is perfect for those kids who love the outdoors and like spending time with nature, plus it creates more time together doing things as a family. For those children that are more into computers and spending time indoors, Webkinz is the latest trend in plush toys. These adorable stuffed animals are collectible characters that come with their own identification code, that when entered into the website creates a virtual world starring their stuffed animal. Toys clothes put on the stuffed animal also appear on the virtual version. The virtual world is designed to teach your child about responsibilities in care taking by rewarding them with points for feeding, walking and cleaning up after their virtual pet.

Shopping online for gifts that inspire kids to learn as well provide entertainment that you can all enjoy is convenient, affordable and safe. Not only do you benefit from lower prices and time management, but items can be delivered to your door and all the information is available at your fingertips. From books to musical instruments, science projects to dolls and doll houses, you can find just about any toy online and usually for a fraction of the cost that big box retail stores boast. Rather than circle the parking lot searching for a spot, check out, a wonderfully fun online toy store that has a variety of cool toys and fabulous gifts to choose from. Whether you're looking for top brand manufacturers such as Lego, Mattel, Tomy, Tyco, Breyer, KidKraft, or the highly coveted brands like Anatex, Doug & Melissa, Alex and Webkinz, you'll find chests full of fabulous toys and gift ideas for the holidays.

Sam Brown is a personal shopper for clients nationwide, specializing in online shopping. This article talks about gift ideas for children featuring learning toys, activity toys and children's toys for kids of all ages.

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Top Family Video Games at

Kids and Family Video gamesWe see a lot of advertising and hear a lot of stories about adult video games. Normally, you have to kill something to get to treasure, or kill someone to win the war, or kill someone to solve the puzzle.

Well here are the top 10 kid-friendly (including big kids!) video games at right now.

  1. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) - Join Mario as he ushers in a new era of video games, defying gravity across all the planets in the galaxy
  2. Wii Play with Wii Remote (Wii) - A selection of games to play on the Wii
  3. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii) - Mario and Sonic, 2 of the most beloved icons in the world, join forces for the first time, at the Olympic games
  4. Brain Age 2 (DS) - A series of minigames designed to give your brain a workout
  5. Brain Age (DS) - Activities include quickly solving simple math problems & counting people going in and out of a house simultaneously
  6. Mario Party DS (DS) - Beat Bowser in the race to the crystals!
  7. The Legend of Zelda : Phantom Hourglass (DS) - The latest in the Legend of Zelda
  8. High School Musical: Sing It Bundle with Microphone (Wii) - Karaoke videogame based on Disney's High School Musical
  9. New Super Mario Bros. (DS) - Run, jump, and stomp your way through raging volcanoes, tropical islands, snowcapped peaks, and unimaginable challenges!
  10. Mario Kart (DS) - Race and battle with up to 4 karts at once
Interesting that they are all a Nintendo system!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Interactive Toys Make Great Christmas Gifts

Webkinz ReindeerTechnology has enabled new areas of play for children of all ages. Interactive toys, in particular, open discovery opportunities that past generations could not imagine.

Interactive Toys Make Learning Fun
By Alicia M.

The days of G.I. Joe, Barbie and board games fulfilling children's playtime activities seems to be a thing of the past. Today's kids are tech savvy and need hi-tech interactive games that supply instant gratification.

Sure, little boys still love to play with their trucks in the mud, while little girls dress their dolls up for tea dates, but today children are computer smart. But that's anything but negative; the best part about them - children are developing their minds and sharpening their intellect while they play games! As a parent it's like getting your cake and eating it too. Now if you could just get them to eat their vegetables!

The best toys for children are indeed those that are interactive and foster learning and playing in one. Interactive toys give children the opportunity to explore, talk, and learn while having fun!

The fourth annual "Hot Holiday: Toys, Game and Video Games" survey from Play-Date, a marketing service firm, found that little boys will be asking for more video game and interactive toys this year then in years past.

With the popularity of the Leapfrog Learning System, educational games have never been so much fun. These learning tools are turning to the TV in a video game format to teach children the basics like colors, animals, the alphabet and more. Today, industry shifts have now moved to computer learning games as well.

One of the most popular interactive toys, if not the most popular of 2007, Webkinz, have taken the industry by storm like none other since the Tamagotchi's craze in the 90's. They are adorable stuffed animals that transport kids into a world of virtual friends, fun, learning and game playing!

Visiting their kid-friendly website, children get to play educational learning games, visit with friends and learn responsibility by taking care of their virtual pet. If you haven't seen one yet, just wait. And if you're a parent with a child who has one, we know you're playing right along with them! Big brothers and sisters are volunteering to help out with the Webkinz just to get a crack at the secret code to enter the Webkinz world.

Following Webkinz has been a whole assortment of interactive computer related games for children like the Lil Kinz, Shining Stars, Ty Girls and Zoobie pets.

While parents might be slow to adapt to kids tech savvy learning of the 21st century - no imaginary friends, less board games - interactive games and toys are an asset to your child's learning and development. Gift them with education by introducing them to the newest developments and latest technologies in learning fun! carries tons of interactive toys at low prices, including Webkinz and Shining Stars. That darling child in your life will have a huge smile on their face when you present him or her with a cuddly interactive plush toy!

Written by Alicia M.

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Hannah Montana Dance Mat

Hannah Montana is one of the hottest things around for young girls at the moment. The concert tickets are few and far between and the dolls are running out fast!

One of the more unusual gifts is the Hannah Montana Rock Star Dance Mat. For ages 5 and up, you can choose which Hannah Montana song you want to dance to and then follow along guided by the lights on the mat. It makes for a great gift and they get a workout too!

Hannah Montana Dance Mat

For more Hannah Montana gift ideas go to Hannah Montana Gifts.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Gifts for a 13-year Old Girl or Boy

Top Cool Gifts For a 13-Year-Old's Birthday

By Benedict Manovill

If your favorite 12-year-old is about to turn 13, it is time to get some cool gifts for a 13-year-old's birthday.

What would light up the face of a 13-year-old girl or boy? Would it be a sparkling silver shoulder bag... a remote controlled airplane... or a magic kit? Or, perhaps a special birthday dinner in a restaurant with great food, a big cake, and plenty of ice cream.

Settle back for now and let us take a look at some cool gifts that may fit the bill.

Electric Guitar - This electric guitar is ready to play. No TV or sound system is needed. There are built-in songs with a selection for indie, metal, punk, and rock. Your 13-year-old may have a budding career as a rock star.

Pastel Painting Set - This set contains 48 pastels of every color, a block of pastel paper, and a bottle of fixative spray. Your young artist can paint an original painting or paint a picture that is pre-drawn on the paper.

Radio-controlled Trucks - These great trucks come in either a GMC Yukon Denali model or a Dodge HEMI. They are a full 30 inches long and have a roaming range of 100 feet. These remote controlled toy vehicles have giant wheels for rough terrain as well as smooth.

Hannah Montana Projector - Invite friends over, turn down the lights, and pass the popcorn. It is time for the Hannah Montana show. You can project the show on a screen, the wall, or the ceiling. The projector comes with remote and slides. Use a sound track from the show to accompany the pictures.

Pinball Wars Game - This pinball game is a game for two players that switches to a game for one. The standing table is filled with electronic lights and sounds. It has dual LCD scoring as well as internal drop pockets. This cool gift could keep the whole family occupied.

Barbie Girls and MP3 Player - This super gift will bring a lot of joy. There are two Barbie girls and you can mix and match their outfits. Plus, included with the Barbie girls is a good-looking MP3 player with adjustable earbuds and a docking station. This gift could be the hit of any party.

Name Scroll on a Painting - Here is one gift that is always a big hit. This scroll is hand-printed with your 13-year-old's first name and its meaning, and includes famous people with that name. The background is a painting of a kitten, a dog, horses, flowers or other scenes. There is a golden crown, a seal, and a border. This treasured gift is ready for framing.

Well, that is about it. Have a good time shopping for cool gifts for a 13-year-old's birthday. And, remember to have a great time at the birthday party.

Uncover more cool gifts at Benedict Manovill creates name scrolls for you. A leading name historian and calligrapher, his works are in collections around the world. Order your name scroll and receive a free treasured gift. For more information, visit

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Great Camera for a Preschooler

This camera is just made for a toddler or pre-schooler who wants to take pictures like Mommy or Daddy.

It's sturdy, ready to be dropped and is easy to hold. You can transfer pictures to a PC or you can watch them on a TV. The resolution is fine - it's just not an adult camera.

Overall great fun!

Vtech Kidizoom Camera

Vtech Kidizoom CameraLittle ones will have a blast taking candid pics with their Kidizoom Camera. View Kidizoom pictures on your TV or PC with the included connector cable. Watch a picture slide show or view movies. The fun photo editing features allow kids to distort pictures or add silly frames. Plus, the camera comes with three preschool games to keep the fun going!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Great Children's Christmas Gift Ideas

Presents under a Christmas treeGreat Children's Christmas Gift Ideas

By Maddie Thompson

Christmas is just around the corner, and when you look at your children, you can see the excitement building up in their eyes every day. Of course Christmas is special even without the gifts, but buying the perfect gift for your child makes a wonderful holiday even better.

This year, as in past years, there are toys that are hot and trendy. And whether we like it or not, popular toys are popular because most kids have them on their wish lists - and yours might, too!

The Nintendo Wii is probably near the top of a lot of children's lists this year, and for good reason. Nintendo Wii games are highly interactive and a whole lot of fun to play. But it might surprise you to learn that the Wii is also a great family game. If you buy one for your child, do what we did, and set it up in the living room. You need a lot of room to really get into the game, and having it in the living room encourages all the adults in the house to participate, too.

If you do buy the Wii, don't forget to pick up extra Wii remotes and numchuks. On Christmas Day, you'll appreciate having enough remotes for everyone to get in on the action. Don't forget to include a great game, too. And let all the aunts and uncles and grandparents know, so they can pick out a Wii game to add to the collection!

Hannah Montana items are also hot this year. You might not want to go so far as to shell out mega bucks for concert tickets, but there are a lot of great Hannah Montana toys and playsets out there that will thrill the hearts of the true Hannah Montana fan. Older children will appreciate a Hannah Montana Digital Camera or the Hannah Montana Mix Max Personal Media Player, while younger kids will sing to their heart's content with the Hannah Montana microphone.

For the boys, Transformers are definitely hot items this year. A gift of the DVD plus one of the larger-sized Transformers action figures makes a wonderful gift. Check out your child's favorite character - whether it's Bumbleebee, Jazz, Ironhide, Starscreen, Blackout, Scorponok, Brawl, Ratchet or the top dog Optimus Prime, there's a Transformers toy out there that will delight and provide hours of imaginative action play.

Shopping for your children can be a wonderful experience, especially when you know that the present you'll slip under the tree is one that will make them so happy on an already happy day.

Online Shopping Chick offers great gift ideas and is a perfect place to check out this gift giving season. Whether it's for your parents, your children or a co-worker, you'll find lots of fun things to buy online at Online Shopping Chick:

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For more Hannah Montana gift ideas go to Hannah Montana Gifts. It has a range of gift suggestions, including Hannah Montana dolls and Hannah Montana concert tickets (Best of Both Worlds).

Monday, November 19, 2007

Looking for a "WOW" Gift?

Looking for a "WOW" Christmas gift for a child (or even a child-like husband)? How about a Radio Control Digital Camera Plane?

There is no doubt that a kid who opens this on Christmas day would say "WOW". Particularly age 8-14, probably male (but girls would enjoy it too), possibly a husband and technically adept enough to transfer the images to their computer.

You do need to be experienced in using remote-control aircraft, so don't get it if you're not, or think you won't be able to learn then I wouldn't recommend it.

That aside, think how cool it would be to be able to take pictures from up to 1000 feet up (or even 20ft over the garden fence!). You may have to keep an eye on you teenage sun during bikini time thinking on it...

Radio Control Digital Camera Plane

Radio Control Digital Camera Plane

Fly this radio control plane into the air and take digital photographs for a birds-eye view of the world.

  • Takes 26 digital pictures by radio control while flying
  • AWACS appearance
  • 55" wingspan
  • Twin, electric-ducted fan jet engines
  • Simple thrust vector steering control
  • Push button camera control
  • 1,000-foot flying range
  • Additional rechargeable flight battery included
  • Includes home and auto chargers
  • E-Z Launch Takeoff System ensures expert launches
  • Easy for beginners and fun for experienced flyers
  • Digital camera is Windows compatible
  • Care instructions: Read before using
  • 3-month manufacturer's warranty
Safety warning: This product contains small parts that may present a choking hazard for young children.

Wish I had one!

Friday, November 16, 2007

This Week's Top-selling Toys at Wal-Mart

Step2 LifeStyle Custom KitchenHere is the latest in our occasional series on the top selling toys at This should give us a good indicator of the hottest toys for Christmas and the Holiday season.

  1. Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen
  2. KidKraft Kitchen
  3. Dream Town Rose Petal Cottage
  4. FurReal Friends Squawkers McCaw Animatronic Parrot
  5. FurReal Friends Pony, S'mores
  6. Hasbro FurReal Friends Butterscotch Pony
  7. Little Mommy Real Loving Baby Doll
  8. Air Hogs Glow in the Dark Havoc Heli Laser Battling Set
  9. Torpedo Digital Projector
  10. Little Tikes Buildin' to Learn Workshop
FurReal Friends have three of the top 10 spots and the top two gifts are kitchens. It'll be interesting to see how this changes as we get closer to Christmas.

For more gift ideas you can: go to my website Bright Gift Ideas, go to Gift Guides USA for a comprehensive collection of gift guides, or for coupon codes, discounts and free shipping offers go to Great Online Deals.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

T.M.X. Elmo eXtra Special Edition - The Big Christmas Gift?

T.M.X.This holiday season sees an enhancement of last year's big gift T.M.X. Elmo.

T.M.X. Elmo eXtra Special Edition has all of the features of the original T.M.X. Elmo, plus even more extra-special features — including hidden silly surprises that can only be discovered when kids play, pose and tickle Elmo in the right sequence. The key is to find the right combination of movements to activate the fun, clues will be provided to help. Elmo comes with the first clue card which says: "A silly surprise can be found. Something with a musical sound! Just lift Elmo's arm straight in the air. Then find his belly and tickle him there!".

There are a number of hidden surprises that can be found - if you have problems I'm sure there is a forum on the Internet...

The following video shows T.M.X Elmo eXtra Special Edition in action!

Fisher Price T.M.X. Elmo eXtra Special Edition

Christmas Gifts For Toddlers

Christmas Gifts For Toddlers - Christmas Gifts For Toddlers That Are Top Rated

By Hope Pope

Here are top rated Christmas gift ideas for toddlers...

1. Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Box - Play Food

Product Description: "Kids love hearing the realistic "crunch" as they slice their way through this value-packed food set! This smooth-sanded, solid wood set in beautiful colors features a cutting board, knife, and 8 food items with 29 pieces!"

Recommended Age: 3 - 6 years

2. Radio Flyer Discovery Wagon

Product Description: "RADIO FLYER ALL-TERRAIN DISCOVERY WAGON 44 x 22 x 23 - Largest capacity plastic stake wagon - Side and end panels easy to remove and install - Super large volume storage compartment that holds one dozen 12 oz. cans - Molded-in cup holders - accommodate cans, cups, or juice boxes - Extra-long handle for easy pulling - Handle folds flat for easy storage - Real rubber tires for a quiet ride - Radio Flyer exclusive"

Recommended Age: 18 months - 6 years

3. Littlest Pet Shop Whirl Around Playground

Product Description: "When your pets need to let off a little steam, this Whirl Around pet playground has something for every energy level. At the tippy-top is a wind-up tree house swing set that twirls two pets on swings and two more riding in the tree canopy. A curvy slide sends pets zipping down to the bottom on a sled. At ground level, there is an obstacle course that kids can race pets through using the sliding lever and a merry-go-round that spins three pets at a time. For pets that need a rest, an elevator takes them up to a second-story café or a hammock suspended between the two buildings beckons them for a snooze. All pets are fitted with a magnet in one foot, which allows them to hang onto the sled, swing, merry-go-round, or obstacle course and roots them to the hammock and other perches throughout the playground. This playset comes with two pets-a puppy with sunglasses and a mouse-and several accessories, including a bed, sled, and food dish. When play is done, this set folds up for storage or to travel to a friend's house."

Recommended Age: 4 - 8 years


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Monday, November 12, 2007

Great Christmas Gifts For Children

Great Christmas Gifts For Children

By Jeffrey Meier

It seems finding the perfect Christmas gift gets harder every year and buying for children are no exception. The biggest problem with buying for children is their lists can be extensive and costly. So, finding a good present for them will take a little work but can be done if you follow some simple rules.

Video games are probably one of the hottest gifts for children in today's world. There are three different kinds of game systems that you can buy right now. Nintendo makes the Nintendo Wii. Some of the characters that are associated with this game system are Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. The Xbox360 is made by Microsoft and some of it's most popular games are Halo 3 and Grand Theft Auto.

Sony Playstation 3 is the newest entry from Sony Corporation and have a list of many characters and titles. No matter which game system you have their will be a video game that will cater to whatever your child interests are. This is the main reason video games are very popular gifts.

One item that more people are going back to are traditional gifts. Traditional gifts can consist of Dump trucks, trains, and hot wheel cars. For girls the traditional favorites are still Barbie dolls, jewelry, and games. Traditional gifts are still extremely popular with parents and children.

Electronics is popular across the board and children are no exception. Kids love MP3 players along with CD players and boom boxes. Electronics is something that continues to be popular with children and it looks like that won't stop anytime soon either.

Gift Cards in recent years have really been getting popular. Gift Cards let children go out and pick what they want instead of parents or grandparents buying them something they don't want. This solves the problem of what to get children and it let's children get exactly what they want. It's a win-win situation for both.

Build it kits have seen a big resurgence in recent years. Build it kits are where you build a certain item. It could be a leather wallet or a solar cell battery. These kits give kids something to occupy their time, and they learn how to do something. Kids love these as once they complete the kit they feel very important as they have accomplished something. It gives them confidence and they are most likely to try something else later down the road. Parents love that a lot.

Gifts for children vary greatly depending on what kind of hobbies your children have. The more you know about your children the better idea you will have on what they will like. Every year their will always be the hot toys that children want. For the most part if you stay with the staples that children love than you can't ever go wrong. Over time children will change their values and ideals, but for the most part it really does stay the same. As long as you don't deviate from that you should do fine when it comes to Christmas gifts.

Jeffrey Meier of Jam727 Enterprises at offers information articles on a wide variety of subjects including Christmas Gifts at

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Watch Videos of Toys Before You Buy

Worried about whether they will like a particular toy? Not sure how big it is, or how it works? Want to browse the biggest-selling toys but don't want to go to the store?

You're in luck! Amazon have just introduced The Holiday Toy List where you can watch the biggest toys in action!

You can also refine your search by using categories based on age, gender etc.

Check out the Holiday Toy List today!

And don't forget that Amazon have a great selection of gift guides for everyone!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Four Video Games for Younger Players

There are lots of games aimed at the adult market that seem to get most of the marketing dollars. This article highlights four video games that are suitable for younger players.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Best Toys and Gifts to Make Kids Smart

What Are The Best Toys And Gifts To Make Kids Smart?

By Chacha Tumbokon

A kid's eyes shine bright while opening his present. When he sees that his presents are clothes, his bright eyes suddenly turn dim. Kids are not known for hiding their disappointment. But give them a toy as a gift, and you'll see a display of appreciation that could warm the cockles of any gift-giver. It seems that instinctively, kids prefer something that will engage his mind, not just something that will make him look good. But not all toys or gifts are equal. There are those that engages him for a long time, and those that amuse him for just a few hours, and then forgotten.

Educational gifts get your child's attention for a longer time, as they feed his or her stimulation-hungry mind. More importantly, the impact of the best educational gifts lasts a lifetime. These gifts give him a head start in reading, math and science. They develop his love for learning, the most important attitude to make your kid grow up smart. A great educational gift even triggers what will be your kid's lifelong passion.

Because of the internet, you do not have to waste time and energy going through the mall looking for the best educational gifts. You could shop right in your bedroom in your pajamas!

The following are the top 10 educational toy and other unique educational gift ideas that you can find on the internet:

1. Educational Toys

The best toys and gifts are those that make your child learn while he is having fun. This way, learning happens while he plays. And the more he plays, the more he learns! Make sure that the toy you give is appropriate for his age and gender, and that it is safe. Avoid toys that can only be played with one or two ways. The more activities a kid can do with a toy, the better it is. For younger kids, find one that can be opened, closed, twisted, pulled, dragged, formed, changed, preferably all at the same time. For older kids, the best toys are those that stimulate the imagination.

2. Hobby and Science Toys

Brilliant engineers, inventors and mechanics get their beginnings from tinkering with toys when they were kids. Chemists begin by mixing stuff and biologists play with their ant farms. Hobby Toys help your kid discover his lifetime passion by offering hundreds of educational toys that catches his interest. Examples are science projects, electronic kits, Lego Mindstorms and robot projects, chemistry, biology, anatomy and physics sets.

3. Nature Toys and Pets

Nature toys make your child explore the wonder and mystery of the world around him. These can make him eternally curious and thus be a lifelong learner. Examples are microscopes, telescopes, planetariums, and globes.

Pets are also great gifts. An aquarium can teach your kid about aquatic life, and kittens and puppies can be a great way to introduce your kid to love for animals. Seeds will fascinate your kid when he sees it grow into a plant. Who knows, your kid's appreciation of nature may be key to his being able to help save the planet in the future.

4. Personalized Gifts

Studies show that children learn when their activities are personalized. When they are a character on a book they read, they are fascinated and their minds open up. Personalized books, music, and toys also improve your child's self-confidence and positive view of himself.
Babies and kids will love hearing their OWN name sung in songs, printed in books, built with trains, or just hanging on the wall.

5. Computer Software and Games

The best educational software and fun and entertaining and helps your kid achieve success in school. They help build math, reading, and critical skills, as well as instill confidence, joy and excitement around learning. With the best educational software, your kid will beg to learn!
The best computer games are those that teaches him strategy and problem-solving, and not merely "fragging" the enemy. Although "fragging" the enemy is said to develop hand-eye coordination, some psychologist are concerned that the violent nature of these games can desensitize your child to hurt in others.

6. Magazine Subscriptions

Aside from books, magazines can be a great way to start kids off on a life-long passion for reading. Since magazines feature what is current and up-to-date, it is always interesting to your kid.

7. Puzzles and Board Games

Puzzles and games exercise the brain. And like any part of the body, the more exercise your kid's brain gets, the more powerful and tougher it becomes when faced with challenges. The best puzzles and board games teach your kid how to plan, decide, think and think through a difficulty. Board games, when played with friends or family, enhance social skills. He learns about taking turns, following rules and cooperating with teammates or opponents.

8. Musical Instruments

Many studies have proven that learning music has a profound effect on your kid's brain. Music is shown to increase IQ, improve school grades, and prepare your kid to learn the advanced concepts of math and science.

Most kids are interested in learning to play guitar, the drums, and the keyboard, although they may also want to take up the violin and brass instruments.

9. Educational Videos

Educational videos have proven beneficial to preschool and above kids. (Videos for kids aged 2 and below are more harmful than helpful) Kids who watch informative and educational shows as preschoolers tend to watch more informative and educational shows when they get older. They use TV effectively as a complement to school learning. On the other hand, kids who watch more entertainment program watch fewer informative programs as they get older. There are educational movies on the internet where kids of the "You Tube" generation not only watch, but also interact for a great learning experience.

10. Books

This list will not be complete without books! Books are and will always be your kid's brain's best friend. Among other benefits, reading builds the language neural connections in your kid's brain and expands his chain of knowledge.

Chacha Tumbokon studied Psychology and Early Childhood Development. Her expertise, experience and interest inspired her to create where she shares all kinds of information on raising smart kids based on key findings on brain research and child psychology.

You can find details about educational toys and gift ideas and where they can be found in the internet in

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Get Them What They Want? Or Surprise Them?

Some children make a huge list of what they want for Christmas, most of which you have no chance of affording. Others have no idea what they want but trust in Santa and you to deliver.

Watch Jeff Opdyke and his wife Amy discuss whether it's better to get them something off their wish list, or surprise them.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Fun Winter Toys

Winter isn't quite here for most of us, but it is a good time to think about toys and gifts for the snow. These can be holiday gifts, birthday presents or just because it's a snow day!

Fun Winter Toys
By Denise Sanger

When I was young, I couldn’t wait for winter! It never really mattered how cold it was outside, I just wanted to play in the snow. Whether it was sledding, tobogganing, building a snowman or having a snowball fight with the other kids, I just wanted to be outside!

If you have fond memories like I do of playing in the snow when you were younger, you want your children to experience this same fun. You also want to be sure your child is playing with a fun, but safe winter toy. Since winter is only a few months long, let’s take a look at a few inexpensive but fun toy options available today.

Snow Tubes are an awesome winter snow toy and they cost less than $8! Light enough for kids to carry, but durable enough to hold up to plenty of down hill slides, snow tubes are definitely a toy to take a look at for winter fun.

Love to toboggan? Do you remember trying to drag that heavy toboggan up the hill? Boy I do! It was almost too much work to try to get up that hill for a 30 second ride – but what a ride it was. Today, there is a lightweight toboggan that your kids (and you) are sure to love. The lightweight Blizzard inflatable toboggan is easy for kids to carry, but manufactured of thick, heavy vinyl for durability. Winter fun for 1 or 2 people or kids with a price less than $20.

Snow sleds are another fun winter toy – but they can also be costly. If you’re not looking to spend $100 or more on a snow sled, the Summit snow sled may be just what you’re looking for. Heavy duty with hand grips, this inflatable snow sled will have you and your children flying down the hills. Cost is less than $20.

How about a winter toy that does double duty as a summer toy also? Almost two toys for the price of one – now that’s smart shopping. The Ski Storm inflatable Jet Ski is a great ride-on sled for a kid that does double duty as a pool toy in the summer. This toy is made quite well of durable vinyl and patented Weathertek for year-round fun and priced less than $25.

Are your kids ready to try a snow board, but you’re not ready for them to do so? The inflatable rocket ranger snow board is a great way for them to learn how to snow board. This snow board is made of sturdy vinyl with 2 built on boot straps, can hold up to 120 pounds and is recommended for kids 6 – 12 years old. With a price tag less than $10, this is a great way to determine if snow boarding is really what your children want to do.

Don’t forget the accessories that make your life easier – and safer. Snowboarders should wear protective gear such as helmets and today’s air pumps are affordable and won’t leave you gasping for air. Outdoor toys that are affordable but fun are the way to go this winter season.

Denise Sanger owns and operates which carries a
diverse catalog of toys to play outdoors. Our winter toys like snow tubes, snowboards, and snow sleds are inexpensive as well as fun.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Lead Free and Made in America

You might notice the widget in the side bar that goes through various products ("WidgetBucks"). Originally it was set to sense the content on the page automatically but just went through video games.

I've now set it to display "US made lead free toys", which I thought was an interesting category.

Feedback welcome.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Update on's Biggest Selling Toys

Here is the list of top selling toys at over the last seven days. There have been a couple of changes since last time - Hot Wheels has entered at number one and another Transformer has entered the top 10.

Interesting that there is little or no overlap with the Amazon Top 10.

  1. Hot Wheels - 40 Years of Hot Wheels 40 Car Set
  2. Transformers Ultimate Figure, Bumblebee
  3. Dream Town Rose Petal Cottage
  4. KidKraft Kitchen
  5. Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen
  6. Aquadots Super Studio
  7. FurReal Friends Kitty Cat, White
  8. Transformers Movie Leader Figure,Optimus Prime
  9. Little Mommy Real Loving Baby Doll
  10. Disney Pixar Cars Room-in-a-Box
It'll be interesting to see how this changes as we get closer to Christmas.

For more gift ideas you can: go to my website Bright Gift Ideas, go to Gift Guides USA for a comprehensive collection of gift guides, or for coupon codes, discounts and free shipping offers go to Great Online Deals.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Classic Retro - Heirloom Kids Toys Still Popular At Christmas

Classic Retro - Heirloom Kids Toys Still Popular At Christmas
By Shannon Dean

Although merchants and advertisers would have us believe that kid's tech toys are king this Christmas, many parents, grandparents, and gift givers long for the simplicity of a low-tech Christmas featuring the classics that we remember from our own childhood - wagons, toy trains and transportation, simple building blocks, and high quality children's furniture that facilitates pretend play. Many adults want to give gifts that are made of high quality materials that will last, be loved for generations to come, and be passed down to the recipient's own kids.

Most classic, retro and heirloom quality children's gifts are made of wood or metal because both are high quality materials that lasts. Although more expensive than the plastic toys of today, metal and wooden toys are worth the investment because they hold their value and they don't break, fall apart or lose parts. Here are five classic toys that might fit the bill for folks seeking out nostalgic toys this Christmas:

1. Radio Flyer Classic Wagon: This is the classic red wagon that most of us remember from our childhood. It's flared edge is what stands it apart from competitors and makes it recognizable. (The design is trademarked). This item has been in production for over 30 years and is in the Parents Magazine Hall Of Fame. It retails for about $65. Considering it will be used for years, this price tag isn't a bad one.

2. Classic Wooden Train Set: Every child needs a classic wooden train set. Children love making trains go over the bridge and around the town while pretend-playing situations for the passengers. Most sets come with bridges, houses and people/figures to encourage pretend play. Prices vary depending on the number of pieces and accessories.

3. Classic Wooden Kitchen: You see these little kitchens in almost every preschool and nursery today, but unfortunately most are made of plastic that absorbs spills and debris and stains horribly. Look for a large, wooden kitchen with a removable sink (so it can be cleaned) Cabinet doors that open and provide storage for kitchen supplies or can function as a pretend oven is a huge plus. Wooden kitchens run about $150.

4. Classic Wooden Building Blocks: Wooden building blocks should be required in every playroom. Not only do they encourage mobility and fine motor skills, they are also wonderful for pretend play and role playing and the combinations and possibilities are endless. Blocks challenge children to make the visions in their mind a physical reality. This is important for both problem solving, troubleshooting and imagination. Basic wooden block sets start at about $30 and are priced based upon the number of blocks and how elaborate the set is. Some incorporate transportation or specialty buildings like castles or forts.

5. Classic Radio Flyer Bicycle: No matter how high tech our children become, they still love feeling the wind in their hair and the excitement of getting from here to there on a bicycle. This classic red, bike is the one you remember from your childhood and has the recognizable silver, steel bell as well as the stability training wheels. Retails for about $50.

Christmas and gift-giving occasions provide the perfect opportunity to share your childhood with the children you love. With just a little searching, you can find many suitable retro, classic toys to share with kids who live amongst ipods and gameboys.

S. Dean is a mother of two, researcher and freelance writer. Her "Best Kids Christmas Gift" website is

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Ideas Kids Love

Ideas Kids Love
By Gervase Walton

All parents will appreciate that choosing a great gift for a child can sometimes be more difficult than you think! And, as a relative or friend what to choose can often seem even more daunting. Below is a list of top recommendations based on positive feedback from a sample of like minded gift buyers and the most important critics of all - the recipients of the gifts themselves! *

1. Puzzles & games to stimulate and entertain

If you're stuck for an unusual, affordable birthday present idea then look no further! Every child enjoys a new game or puzzle to play with and whether you're looking for something to keep little hands occupied while travelling, or a game for all the family to play there is plenty on the market to inspire and entertain. Look out for magnetic playsets which are ideal if you're on the move. Many come with handy travelling pouches too, great for keeping all the little bits and pieces together in one place. Make sure you find a puzzle or game with more than one challenge or solution so it's not a one hit wonder. Problem solving logic games are ideal for keeping kids and even the whole family entertained on journeys. Old fashioned word games/quizzes are still very popular and are another great idea which can be enjoyed as you travel together.

2. Bags of fun

Every child loves the independence that having their own set of luggage brings. There are some fun yet extremely practical children's luggage trolleys on the market that are a real hit with young travellers, such as kids character wheelie trolleys. Kids just love packing up their belongings and wheeling their own quirky friend around with them. Some children's luggage sets even come with matching dressing up kit for added travel adventure! Top tip if you are planning lots of travelling - many kids suitcases are big enough to foster independence, yet compact enough to classify as hand luggage - great news if you're in a rush at the airport!

3. Jolly brollies for singing in the rain

We all know fresh air is great for kids and if you're looking for an inspirational way to encourage outings whatever the weather then this is it. Children adore having their own brolly to put up, take down and just carry about with them. Look out for chunky, rounded handles to make carrying easy, a rounded tip for safety and nice rounded ends to each spoke of the umbrella.

4. Funky backpacks & kit bags

Kids are great ones for deciding to bring half the contents of their toy box with them just as you are ready to leave the house. Get them their own backpack and you won't have a problem as they can choose their favourite things to bring and carry them too! Go for one which is sturdy, waterproof, has lots of useful pockets and plenty of padding in the straps. These bags are also ideal for packing the essentials in for nursery or school.And, how about an equally funky kit bag - ideal for trips to the swimming pool or to hold a PE kit? In our experience kids can never have too many bags!Gervase Walton

KidsTravel2 -*based on feedback from customers of KidsTravel2

Gervase is a mum who is passionate about high quality, practical and affordable kids travel accessories. She and her husband run their own online independent shop specialising in childrens luggage and travel accessories including kids suitcases, childrens travel games, samsonsite luggage for kids, children's suitcases and children's luggage trolleys. All children's travel accessories featured on KidsTravel2 are tested and enjoyed by real children!

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For more gift ideas you can: go to my website Bright Gift Ideas, go to Gift Guides USA for a comprehensive collection of gift guides, or for coupon codes, discounts and free shipping offers go to Great Online Deals.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Wooden Toys - Consumers Favorite Wooden Toys for Toddlers and Children

Sometimes it's nice to return to the basics!

Wooden Toys - Consumers Favorite Wooden Toys for Toddlers and Children
By Hope Pope

Wooden toys still seem to be very popular. Here are a few wooden toys for toddlers and children that consumers have rated as excellent (5 stars).

1. BRIO Magnetic Farm Tunnel

Recommended Age: 36 months - 6 years

Product Description: ”Watch out in the tunnel! A sturdy tunnel decorated as a farmhouse with moving animal heads. When the train drives through the tunnel the magnetically operating farm animals look out!”

Here's a Product Review: “Boy, was this one of the best purchases of the year! This is the cutest thing - seeing the animal heads pop out of the barn when the trains roll through is just so neat. My son loves this part of his train and it really sparks a lot of imaginative play. Very neat idea! It's also VERY durable.”

Price: $19.99

2. Melissa & Doug Deluxe 27-Piece Nina Ballerina Magnetic Dress-Up

Recommended Age: 36 months - 7 years

Product Description: "An innovative combination of magnets and wood, this dress-up set is sure to provide hours of imaginative play. Magnetic dress-up doll includes stand and loads of colorful, magnetic outfits and accessories for pretend play. 27 pieces. Measures 8.5" x 11.5" x 1.5"."

Product Review: “bought this for a 3 year old for her birthday and she has been playing with it daily for the past few months! She loves to invent different costumes and sings while playing and dances around with the doll. My daughter has it and plays with it daily for the past couple of years! (she is 5 now). My daughter loves paperdolls, but they don't last. This toy will last a long time!”

Price: $9.99

3. Maxim 100 Pc 60 Color and 40 Natural Building Blocks (30mm)

Recommended Age: 36 months - 6 years

Product Description: Color & Natural Building Blocks 100 Pieces

Product Review: “My 5 yr. old grandson is having such fun building with these blocks. He's learned also to sort them by size and color so that he can use them all to build something symetrical. He suggested that I buy him, "just five more sets, Nanny, please... so we can build bigger and better things.”

Price: $19.14

You can subscribe to a free Newsletter that will not only give you gift ideas that Consumers have rated excellent but also tell you where you can buy them. Go to for more information.

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Bright Gift Ideas, go to Gift Guides USA for a comprehensive collection of gift guides, or for coupon codes, discounts and free shipping offers go to Great Online Deals.