One of our favorite things to do as a family around the holidays is open up an advent calendar (or two!) together. Every year, each of my daughters pick one out and then wait, very impatiently, until December 1st. This year, we were sent a couple from Playmobil – and they were jumping for joy! I expected them to fight over the same one, but they each grabbed one and were happy as a couple of clams!
My husband and I totally lucked out and pre-ordered Hatchimals last year as soon as we heard about them. We had a feeling they were going to be one of the hottest toys for Christmas – and we were right! When they arrived at our house, our daughters went crazy. At the time, they were 3 and 5, and had said they found their best friends for life. We had a blast unboxing them and my girls have played with them nearly every day since. So when we heard that Spin Master had something up their sleeve for this holiday season – we just couldn’t wait to hear more.
It is no secret that the Smiths are a family of geeks. We love it all – especially technology. Sphero recently released some new App-enabled Droids and we have been in awe of them! I mean, what Star Wars nerd doesn’t want their own R2-D2, BB-8, or the new BB-9E to follow them around and do their bidding. We were thrilled when Sphero sent us a couple of these to check out – and we can’t stop playing with them!
Even though school just started, the holidays are fast approaching. With so many toys out there, I wanted to give you a heads up on five from Little Tikes that we have – and that my girls love! These are all sure to make great holiday gifts for your little ones. Trust me, it is never too early to start shopping.
I have two daughters, ages 4 and 6, and they love to play together! They create many different storylines and it is adorable. Sometimes I will just sit and watch them play for hours and laugh to myself at the things they say and do. One of our favorite brands to help them with their imaginative play is Melissa and Doug. We have heaps of their play clothes and costumes, a play kitchen filled with their play food, and so much more. We were thrilled when they sent us a ton of Medieval themed clothes, food, and toys!
One thing all kids like is stuffed animals. I will admit it, I even have a few stuffed animals that sit on my bed and the couch in my office. I asked my daughters to come up with a list of 5 stuffed animals that they have that are their favorites. It was basically no contest for them – these are their top 5!
My husband and I grew up watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It was always one of my favorite shows, and his too! So when we had kids, of course we introduced them too it. Both girls have seen the old cartoons (and love them) but one of our favorite things to do as a family is watch the new ones. We record them on the DVR and sit down and watch them all together – as a family. We all have a favorite turtle, but there is on character that always stands out to us – Usagi Yojimbo! Usagi is a Samurai bunny rabbit and he is amazingly awesome. We wish he was a regular, but the fact that he is in a three party story arc right now, is going to have to do!
Playing games with my family is one of my favorite things to do. We sit down at the dining room table at least four or five times a week to play them and are always looking for new games to throw into the mix. Recently we were sent Blast Box and I could tell right away it was going to be a big hit with my girls.
I know I have told you guys about Li’l Woodzeez before and how much my daughters love them. They have a huge collection of these critters now and play with them pretty much every day. We started with the treehouse and we knew basically right away that new Woodzeez would be gifts for basically every holiday and birthday for years to come. Easter is around the corner and new Li’l Woodzeez Bobblehead Acorns are the perfect way to include them in your Easter fun.
Mickey and the Roadster Racers was an immediate hit for my young daughters. I knew that it would be after I was lucky enough to screen the first episodes and chat with the Executive Producers during the #MickeyRacersEvent! Fun fact: the debut was the #1 cable TV telecast in over one year among Kids 2-5 and Boys 2-5 – which does not surprise me at all. The show is genius! We were thrilled to receive some amazing gifts from Disney which included a whole new line of toys to support the show! My daughters were beyond excited (just watch our unboxing video if you don’t believe me!). These toys have brought hours and hours of fun to our home already – and I know there will be many more where that came from!
Bleacher Creatures are one of my all time favorite plush companies. I have tons of them on display on the couch in my office and I love each and every one of them. I always get comments from friends and family when they see them asking where they can get their own. From sports players, to political influencers, to geeky ones like Marvel and DC Comics – Bleacher Creatures has thought of everything! I have never had an issue with mine, they are always well made – and totally adorable! I was super excited to hear that Bleacher Creatures is introducing two new sets of Bleacher Creatures – Teen Titans Go set 2 and DC Super Hero Girls! Both these shows are favorites in our house – so you know I cannot wait to add these guys to my collection!
One of my daughters’ favorite things to do is play princesses together. We are huge Disney fans so they have been growing up surrounded by princesses. Our house is filled with princess dresses, tiaras, scepters, and more – just about everything a princess needs. But we were missing something – a castle fit for a couple adventurous princesses. Now, thanks to our new Pacific Play Tents Kids Castle Pavilion, we have everything we need for a fun filled day of pretend!
PLAYMOBIL introduces the 1.2.3. My Take Along Farm, the latest addition to its world of iconic playsets! With a bright and colorful design and large rounded pieces, the PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3. line is especially designed for children 18 months and up. The new 1.2.3. My Take Along Farm features easy set up for hours of imaginative play. When playtime is over, all the pieces can simply be placed inside the farm, closed up, and brought to the next destination!
My Best Tooth Fairy Friend, or BTFF for short, is going to be a much-loved lifetime companion for kids and a captivating way for parents to be involved in one of their child’s most memorable experiences. BTFF is a spunky, lovable companion for children who are about to lose a tooth. Inside the gift box is everything parents need to create a lifetime of memories. It’s easy and fun for the whole family! My 5 year old was thrilled to receive hers! She just started loosing teeth (2 so far!) and was really excited to see that the tooth fairy left behind some fun items for her!
I have two young daughters who love imaginative play. They are 3 and 5 years old and could spend hours each day playing with dolls and small figures. I love watching them come up with different scenarios and seeing the wheels turn in their heads. We have a couple of BRIO sets but just recently got the Village Central Fire Station – and it is so cool! My girls enjoy making their figures go down the slide and ride around in the fire truck. This set was super easy to snap together and has already created hours of fun for our family.