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Attention all Doctor Who Fans!

 

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Photo Source: Underground Toys Facebook Page

Are you a fan of Doctor Who? I know A LOT of people who are.

I used to watch Doctor Who more when I was younger.

I’m showing my age a bit but I remember when Patrick Troughton played Doctor Who (I watched the series in repeats in the mid-70’s – he was Doctor Who in the late 60’s). I vaguely remember Tom Baker too.

There has been a dozen Doctor Who actors since the show began in the early 60’s.

As any avid Doctor Who fan knows, the Season 9 opener of Doctor Who marked entry into unfamiliar territory: It left the Twelfth Doctor sonic screwdriver-less after he lost the iconic tool to the creator of the Daleks, Davros. Much to fans’ delight, the season finale of that season finally rectified the situation.

Underground Toys is doing the same for Doctor Who fans, unveiling its officially licensed Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver toy replica.

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Underground Toys’ newly redesigned sonic screwdriver toy is just like the Twelfth Doctor is now carrying, staying true to its exciting design features, with both blue and green light modes. Plus, it’s brighter and more complex than before. In addition, it features numerous settings, just like the real deal. It can open most locks, detect all manner of deadly rays, read bio-signs and generate sonic waves of great power. OK… I can’t REALLY detect deadly rays, read bio signs and generate sonic waves – that is more for the users imagination (if it could do those things that would be awesome!).

The toy sonic screwdriver does have the blue and green lights (static, pulse and chase modes) as well as four authentic sounds.

I was sent one to review.

It does take a little figuring out. There is only one “switch” that you mean back and forth depending on what you want the sonic screwdriver to do.

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I haven’t been able to get the lights to pulse or chase as of yet. I follow the directions but it’s not working for me. I can get it to change light color and make some zapping-like sounds. Maybe it’s just me. I tend to be “technologically challenged” at times.

I think this could work as both a toy for young Doctor Who fans or a collectible for die hard adults fans (it looks identical to the real thing).

It’s a nice size and made exceptionally well. It even came with batteries.

Look for Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver from Underground Toys at many retail locations (both online and in stores). The suggested retail price is $18.00.

For more information about Underground Toys visit Underground-Toys.com. They carry a lot of other cool toys like Star Wars and Funko Pop.

The brand can also be found on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom of their website.

Are you a Doctor Who fan?

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Kimberly

*I received a free product to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Summer Fun with Crayola!

 

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SUMMER!!!! It’s almost officially here (one more day – June 20th).

This is the last week of school where I work. My son, who is in high school, was done with his finals last week. His summer vacation from school has officially started already. As of Friday, June 24th, I officially start summer vacation too since I follow the school schedule. That is unless I can find a summer job or a full time job.

Summer is not the same when you are an adult. It was so much more fun when I was a child.

I grew up with my cousins, so we spent every summer together – building forts, fishing, going on adventures, bike riding, camping, swimming… we did it all.

A favorite activity of mine to do in the summer months was to draw with chalk on the road and the sidewalk around our house (we didn’t have a paved driveway). We lived on a rural dead end street so seeing a car on the road was rare. I don’t recommend drawing in the road with chalk these days.

Chalk is fun to use and play with because you can stop and start all over again. It’s not permanent.

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When you draw with chalk you can also draw things that are larger than life.

My morning co-worker wants to draw buildings with chalk and then have our student like above the building (one at a time) in a position that makes it look like they are flying over the buildings. We’d then have someone stand on something high up to take their photo so that it looks like they are flying over the building like a super hero.

The idea is great. We have yet to figure out what we can stand on that is high enough – and safe – to take the pictures. With one week left of school I don’t know if we’ll have a chance to do that or not.

Crayola, makers of the worlds best crayons (I only use Crayola crayons in my home), also makes fun chalk products that children can enjoy all summer long.

Crayola also released several new outdoor products, including chalks and paints, that will inspire children to be creative and explore with color all summer long.

The new product include:

  1. Neon 3D Chalk Set: Crayola’s new spin on ordinary chalk provides kids a whole new way to experience chalk with 3D glasses featuring special lenses that  make chalk colors “float” above the ground at different level
  2. Neon Glitter Sidewalk Chalk: Bright, neon chalk with fluorescent pigments are even brighter in sunshine and glitter catches every ray of sunlight; makes the perfect outdoor art tool for any kid looking to add some pizazz to their original creations
  3. Squeeze N’ Paint Tool Set: Kids can amp up their paint game by quickly turning compatible Crayola sidewalk paint bottles into tools, making it simple to squirt, brush, and roll creative designs onto the pavement
  4. Licensed Sidewalk Chalk: Available in Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Frozen, and Finding Dory, each pack has a specific palette of sidewalk chalk that matches the character so kids can color outside using just the right color to recreate their heroes.

Crayola was kind enough to send me some product samples to try out with the kids I work with. They sent me a fun assortment of their Licensed Sidewalk Chalk. The color of the chalks that come in each set are inspired by the characters or movies.

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These chalk sticks are big and chunky – ideal for little hands (and not so little hands). They also last a long time and won’t break as easily as traditional chalk.

I love the wonderful assortment of colors. They even have flesh colored chalk so children can draw their favorite characters.

My morning kids loved them. BUT… like a dork I didn’t remember to take photos of their drawings. I am not allowed to take their pictures (they are not my kids). I had intended to take photos of their drawings before I left work, but I forgot. It rained later on that day too so most of the drawings were washed away.

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I don’t agree with drawing on the wall but the school allows it (as per the custodian).

I think someone was trying to draw a person on the wall (as you can see in the photos). I wonder if it was one of the characters featured on the chalk?

In the bottom photo you can notice the flesh colored chalk (at least it appears to be).

When the kids get to use the chalk again this week I’ll up date this post with better photos.

Crayola also sent me the Neon 3D Chalk Set and Squeeze N’ Pain Tool Set. I am saving these for the older kids that I work with in the afternoon.

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We didn’t get a chance to go outside much in the afternoon due to the weather. This coming week we have half days which means we are with the afternoon kids from noon to 6:30 PM. I know we’ll be going outside a lot this week. When the kids use the cool Neon 3D Chalk Set I’ll be sure to take photos of their designs.

This set comes with special glasses you can wear to see the neon designs “pop,” as if they were three dimensional. That is pretty awesome. I would never think you could do something like hat with chalk when I was a child.

The colors are AWESOME! They look like the colors you would see pop from black light posters.

The only reason why I opted to give the afternoon kids the 3D chalk is because they are older and they would use it to make fun designs. The little kids I have in the morning just like to scribble and rub the chalk on the ground without making shapes or designs. I figured the older kids would appreciate it more.

I am also saving the “paint” set for the older kids because I feel like they won’t waste it like the little ones will.

Look for these and other Crayola products were ever Crayola products are sold (many retail locations).

If you would to learn more about Crayola, visit them online at Crayola.com. On the website you can learn about products, receive special offers, download coloring pages, find fun craft projects and so much more. They even have some adult coloring pages.

Crayola can also be found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about these new products? Do you think your child/grandchild would love them?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Poopyhead, the Game Where #2 Always Wins!

 

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I work with young children when I am not blogging. The kids I work with are from grades Kindergarten to eight grade.

Curing is NOT allowed, but occasionally I do hear the older kid say “damn it” or even worse (sigh…). They KNOW they are not allowed to say bad words.

I have to laugh at the younger kids I work with. They think the silliest things are “bad words.” One of the biggest “bad words” the little ones gasp at when someone says it is “poopyhead.” For us adults its the equivalent of saying “sh*t head,” which is not nice to say to someone, but it’s not the worse bad word either.

Believe it or not someone actually came up with a game called Poopyhead. It’s actually a big seller online at Target, Toys R Us and Amazon. Toy reps have even reported that endless independent and specialty store have signed up to sell the game.

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The game includes five headbands (elastic bands with a brown pile resembling #2), thus the name Poopyhead, that players will eventually wear once they lose a round. After five rounds, the player with the most piles atop their head is the game loser.

I knew the kids I work with would have fun with a game like this. I took it to the older kids I worked with. Oh my goodness! I think they spent more time laughing then they did actually playing the game.

To play the game you dole out the cards to all the players. Then you take turns trying to put down cards in a specific order – Toilet, Poop, Toilet Paper and Wash Hands. The card you put down cannot be the same color as the current card on top of the pile. When the sequence of cards is laid out you put them aside and start over with a new pile.

The first person to get rid of all their cards hits the whoopie cushion (to make a fart noise) and then that round is over. The person with the most cards left has to put a poopie pile on their head.

As an adult the game does sound kind of gross, but… if you were a kid chances are you would find this game funny. I think as we get older we lose some of our child-like qualities (not me! I refuse to grow up – LOL). I think many people who are saying to themselves right now “Eww… what a gross game,” would probably loved the game as a child. Don’t you agree?

Poopyhead is available at many retail locations. The game retails for $16.99. There is even a free accompanying app in both the iTunes and Google Play stores to extend play.

I’m sorry that I don’t have photo of the kids playing the game. They are not my children therefore I am not allowed to share their photos.

To learn more about this game visit the Identity Games website, or you can go directly to the games page, IdentityGames.com/game/214-Poopyhead.

What do you think about the Poopyhead game? Do you think your family would have fun with it?

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Fun new products from beloved author Eric Carle

 

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If you are a parent or grandparent, chances are you a familiar with the author Eric Carle. Eric Carle penned the classic book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?, The Very Quiet Cricket and The Mixed Up Chameleon, to name a few.

I grew up reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In fact, I have a copy of the book and plush Very Hungry Caterpillar proudly displayed on one of our bookcases. You can see it in the above photo (bottom left of the bookcase).

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, to me, is a classic children’s book and Eric Carle is a beloved author. It comes as no surprise that you can purchase things featuring the Caterpillar. I have seen t-shirts, tote bags and even plush toys (like the one I have). Now you can use the Very Hungry Caterpillar to help your little one fall asleep at night too.

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Eric Carle Musical Night Light and Soother ($39.95)

This is an adorable nightlight that features the Very Hungry Caterpillar that actually lights up at night.

  • Makes the perfect addition to a baby nursery or child’s bedroom
  • Soothes baby or child to sleep with three calming sound modes- two lullabies and rain sound for white noise
  • Night light illuminates in green and blue color modes
  • Unique touch sensors allow for easy volume, light and sound controls
  • Shuts off automatically after 40 minutes (15 minutes after the average baby is in a deep sleep)
  • Turn on both sound and light or use solely as night light

Runs on 3 AAA batteries or included AC adapter. I appreciate that it runs on both because it makes it portable so you can take it with you on the go.

The lullabies sound sweet. The white noise it just a light static noise, which oddly enough, some people find relaxing (I prefer ocean sounds and rain).

The “buttons” are more like touch pads. I like that more than buttons because when its not in use (or when you child outgrows it), you can still use it as a decoration.

When the caterpillar lights up it’s a soft light. It’s not too bright. It is a nice nightlight and I like that it shuts off after 40 minutes. You don’t have to worry about leaving it on all night if you are running it off batteries (you wouldn’t want to waste the batteries).

When it lights up it almost has a pulsating action to it. At first I didn’t like that aspect of it, but it grew on me.

The product retails for $39.95. I see it on Amazon for $24.99, which is a much more appropriate price for this cute little light and sound device.

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Eric Carle Musical Soother and Star Projector

This product is similar to the one mentioned above, and it plays the same sounds and lullabies. The only difference is that this one projects images on the wall or ceiling (depending on the direction you point it).

  • Soothes baby to sleep with three calming sound modes- two lullabies and rain sound for white noise
  • Projects 3 color modes (blue, green and orange) of stars and butterflies onto ceiling or walls
  • Unique touch sensors allow for easy volume, light and sound controls
  • Shuts off automatically after 40 minutes (15 minutes after the average baby is in a deep sleep)
  • Conveniently sized for travel- fits in your diaper bag or purse
  • Turn on both sound and light or use solely as projector
  • Runs on AAA batteries

This one cannot be plugged in. It’s made to be portable. It’s small in size too which is good for traveling. You can keep it in your diaper bag and use it any time your little one needs to get some sleep.

This “soother” is a small cube. It comes with a stand. You can rest it on the stand in any direction you want so that you can project the images (stars and butterflies) on either a wall or the ceiling. It fits in the stand with the corner of the cube.

I thought it might fall out of the stand because it seems to slide around a bit, but so far that hasn’t happened.

The images it projects are stationary. They don’t move, however they do change colors. You can select from either blue, green or orange.

The Musical Soother retails for $27.99.

Both of these products would be ideal for an Eric Carle and/or Very Hungry Caterpillar fan. They also make great additions to a nursery or child’s room. Even us “big kids” can appreciate these darling products.

What do you think about these products that feature the Very Hungry Caterpillar?

Are you a fan of Eric Carle? What is your favorite book?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received free product in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Help children free themselves from “worries” with Worry Eaters

 

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Are you familiar with Guatemalan “Worry Dolls?” They are tiny dolls made out of wire, wool and scrap textiles dressed in traditional Mayan clothing. The purpose of the Worry Dolls is to help a child get rid of what worries them or whatever is weighing heavily on their mind.

To use a Worry Doll a child simply needs to tell the doll/dolls what is bothering them, then tuck it under their pillow at night to “sleep on it.” In the morning the child is suppose to feel better because the doll/dolls are suppose to take the worry away.

It’s an interesting concept. I like the idea of being able to share what bothers you with someone (or something) and have them help take that away so you don’t have to fret anymore about it.

I used to have a set of Worry Doll. My mom gave them to me when I was little. I wish I knew what happened to them.

I think it’s only natural that children worry about things (first day of school, moving to a new home, a big test coming up…). It’s natural. It’s life. We all worry about things from time to time.

A company called the Haywire Group have come up with a fun, modern version of Worry Dolls called Worry Eaters. Worry Eaters are cute, colorful monsters that can gobble up whatever a child is worried about.

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Worry Eaters have sweet, friendly faces with wide zippered mouths.

To use a Worry Eater a child can write down what is troubling them and “feed” it to the Worry Eater. If a child is too young to write they can draw a picture of what is worrying them and feed it to their Worry Eater friend.

The idea is for the Worry Eater to take care of the problem so that the child can get a good night’s sleep. It also allows parents to understand what is bothering their child because parents are supposed to remove the “worry” from the Worry Eaters mouth (ideally without the child knowing that).

Here is some additional information from the Haywire Group about Worry Eaters and why they are helpful for children.

At times, childhood worries can be very BIG, and at other times, very small. No matter how big or small the worries, they are all important in the life of a child.  Parents can help kids learn to manage stress and tackle everyday problems with ease using Worry Eaters as a tool to identify worries, clarify misunderstandings or misconceptions, resolve conflicts and build self-esteem, while promoting the development of healthy coping skills. Kids who can do this develop a sense of confidence and optimism that will help them master life’s challenges, big and small.

Worry Eaters allow children a chance to identify worries and separate themselves from that worry or problem, giving the child some time to “take a break” from carrying the weight of that worry. This separation, giving the worry to the Worry Eater, allows children the opportunity to look at the worry or problem separate from themselves. The act of then sharing that worry inside the Worry Eater’s mouth with a parent, caregiver or trusted friend can help a child problem solve solutions, face that worry, and/or just acknowledge that the worry exists.

Check out this video with speech pathologist  and language expert Sherry Artemenko and children talking about how Worry Eaters can help children.

Worry Eaters Round Table With Sherry and Friends from Haywire Group on Vimeo.

 

Worry Eaters come in a variety of monster designs.

I was sent Frula to review.

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The plush toy is not too big, nor too small. It’s a nice size for a young child.

The plush is flat, so if could easily be tucked underneath a pillow at night, the same way you would tuck a Worry Doll under your pillow.

As a parent I really like the idea of a child being able to write down (or draw) what is bothering them and feed it to the Worry Eater to help them take care of the issue. I also like that it gives parents a way of finding out what is going on in their child’s life – especially a child who might not easily talk about what is on their mind.

I also like that the cute little plush toys can serve as a friend and confidant to a child. They are also really adorable little toys. It’s cute how the zipper look like teeth.

Worry Easters come in small and large sizes. The small retail for $15.99 and the large for $22.99.

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For more information about Worry Eaters, please visit the Haywire Group www.HaywireGroup.com/Worry-Eaters/Shop. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

What do you think about Worry Eaters? Do you think it’s a great idea?

Which Worry Eater is your favorite?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Take flight on new adventures with Super Wings toys

 

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Are you familiar with the animated children’s series, Super Wings? Super Wings airs on Sprout T.V. If you have young children or grandchildren, chances are you might have heard of, or even watched, the show.

The show is also available on Treehouse T.V. in Canada.

If you are not familiar with Super Wings, here is a brief synopsis.

Super Wings stars Jett, a fun-loving jet plane who travels the world delivering packages to children. During each delivery, Jett tackles new challenges with the Super Wings, a group of awesome airplanes who can transform into robots with incredible abilities. The Super Wings crew includes Jimbo, the airport and mission director, Dizzy, the rescue copter, Donnie, the gadget guru, and Jerome, the expert navigator. Viewers will follow along as Jett and his team work through each problem and teach the audience valuable creative problem-solving skills. Viewers will soar to new heights with Jett and the crew as they travel to 52 cities in 45 countries – from the mountains of the Himalayas to the canals of Venice – and interact with characters from all different backgrounds to underscore the importance of embracing cultural diversity.

I have not seen the series myself, but it sounds cute. I think my son would have loved this show when he was little.

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If your family is a fan of the series, you might be excited to know that there are now Super Wings toys available. The line includes play sets, transforming characters and more.

I received to review some of the transforming characters. These are really adorable.

The transforming characters are available in several characters. They look identical to the television version of the characters.

The toys transform from a plane, to a robot, and then back to a plane again, just like on the show.

These remind me of Transformers – but for the preschool crowd. Unlike Transformers, when the Super Wings are transformed into robots they are still cute, not scary looking.

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The transformation is done in just a few simple steps. Any young child can do it themselves without any help from a grown up, although a couple of them were a bit harder to figure out than the others.

These are nice size toys too – not too big, not too small.

The transforming Super Wings toys are made by a company called Auldey. They are available where many toys are sold and retail for $9.99 each.

These would make great gifts for a child who is a fan of the show, or a child who enjoys planes and/or robots.

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As a parent I think these toys are super cute. I also think that they are very well made. I also like toys that encourage children to use their imagination.

I like that they have a girly character too (“Dizzy”).

I think both boys and girls could have fun with these toys.

Look for Auldey’s Super Wings transforming toys where ever toy are sold including Toys R Us and Amazon.

For more information about these and other toys from Auldey, visit AuldeyToys.US (notice it’s .US, NOT .com).

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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