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Give the gift of imagination with toys from Schleich

 

When I was a young girl, there was a plant nursery that my parents used to take me to. To be honest, as boring as it sounds for a child, I didn’t mind going there. I liked visiting that nursery because there was a glass menagerie next to the check out that was filled with glass animal figures. I looked at that display the same way children look at toys through a toy store window. I was in awe.

I always wanted one of those glass figures, but my parents never bought me one. They were afraid I’d want to play with it, instead of leave it on the shelf just to look at. They were probably right. It’s probably not the best idea to give a child GLASS to play with. LOL!

Fast forward to my adult years. There is something else that catches my eye at a local store, located right by the cashier. It’s a display of figures from the brand Schleich.

You might not be familiar of the brand by name, but chances are you have seen their products before, especially if you have children or grandchildren.

I have seen Schleich products at Target, Walmart, Amazon, local toy stores and other places.

Schleich is a German brand of hand painted toy figures and accessories. The brand is well known around the world.

I have only ever seen Schleich animals and accessories. I’ve never come across people, but I know they make them for the play sets.

What makes these figures better than similar toys is their realism. I have never come across such realistic toys before.

Here are just a few examples to prove my point about their realism.

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you have probably read about how I’m all for creativity and imagination. Sadly, I think a lot of today’s youth are missing out on that. They are too focused on video games, cellphones and iPads. They don’t take the time to play with actual toys that don’t involve power or electricity. I’m more into games that use the power of the MIND.

Growing up there were no kids on my street for me to play with. I spent a lot of time during the summer and vacations with my cousins, but most of the time I had no one to play with but myself. For that reason I learned to use my imagination. Let me tell you, I could play for HOURS by myself and be perfectly content and happy.

As an adult, whenever I see Schleich toys, I want to buy them for MYSELF. I love how they look, and I can easily imagine myself playing with them for hours upon hours if I was younger.

I was THRILLED when I received some Schleich toys to review.

I received a T-Rex, Tiger (Tigers are my favorite wild animals) and a Unicorn.

Let me start with the T-Rex.

The T-Rex is a larger Schleich toy. You can see how much bigger he is than the other two. I would image they would all be true to size if they were real (a horse is taller than a tiger, a T-Rex is taller than a horse).

The unique thing about this T-Rex is that it’s jaw opens and closes. That’s pretty cool. I have never come across a Schleich creature before with moving parts.

Just look at the incredible detail. From the curve in it’s tongue, to the “webbing” that attaches the jaw, nothing was overlooked when creating this piece.

This T-Rex reminds me a lot like the one in Jurassic Park. If you’ve seen the movie, you probably know what I am talking about.

Any little boy or girl who loves dinosaurs will go crazy for this toy.

Another fun figure that I was sent is a Unicorn. Schleich not only does realistic animals, but they also have fantasy animals and people (fairies).

The one I was sent to review is the Rainbow Unicorn Stallion (male). They also have a Mare (female) available, as well as other Rainbow (and non-colorful) Unicorns.

These Unicorns feature colorful accents to their tails and manes, as well as sparkly glitter and a horse on it’s rear filled with colorful “gem” stones.

Check out the exquisite detail. You can actually make out the strands of hair in the mane, and the hair on it’s body.

I like how the brand added just a touch of glitter to give it some glitz and shine, but not too much to make it look tacky.

It’s certainly a beautiful Unicorn.

I also received a Tiger to review. I love Tigers! I think they are one of the most beautiful creatures in the world. It’s such a shame that my future great-grandchildren, if not my future grandchildren, will never get to see one of these majestic creatures, except in books.

I love to visit the Tiger exhibit at the Bronx Zoo. This is one of my favorite photos that I took. You would never think that the tiger was on the other side of glass.

The Schleich did not disappoint me. As a Tiger lover, I really like this toy. As with the other Schleich toys, the makers made sure to put every detail into it’s creation.

I especially love that the toys are hand painted. That does mean that there might be some slight variations, but for the most part they all look very similar.

The second photo (above) is not that good, but at least you can make out the strands of fur/hair on it’s back.

I shared a photo of the trio that I received to review on my personal Facebook page. I had commented that a Dinosaur, Unicorn and Tiger together would make for a great children’s story. My husband commented with this story.

I’m sorry that the images don’t match up.

I think he did a pretty good job. I’m proud of him. My husband has always been great at writing.

If you are interested in learning more about Schleich toys, visit https://us.schleich-s.com/en/US/. The brand is also on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Schleich products are available for purchase on their website, as well as other retail locations (both on and off line) around the world.

Does your child own any Schleich toys? If so, which one(s)?

Kimberly

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

 

‘Autism Live’ Names Moosh-Moosh Plushies The Top Sensory Toy For 2019

 

Our son when he was a little boy.

I don’t make it a point of telling people this, but our son was once diagnosed with Asperger’s, which is a form of Autism. I suspected that he might have it ever since he was a toddler. She showed all the signs of having it.

As he grew up, we had him evaluated by a lot of doctors and professionals to get an iron-clad diagnosis. Sadly, no two doctors could agree on if he had Asperger’s or not. Some say he did, some said he had ADHD, some said there was nothing “wrong” with him. It was frustrating.

My son is now 20 years old. He’s a regular twenty something. He goes to college. He has a job and a car payment, and he has a girlfriend (2 1/2 years and counting). Even so, he still says and does things that make me believe that he does have a bit of Asperger’s. But I guess we’ll never know for certain.

I know that there are a lot of kids diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. This is why I thought I should tell you about Moosh-Moosh. Moosh-Moosh was named the The Top Sensory Toy For 2019, as per Autism Live.

Did you know…

About 1 in 59 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control. ASD is about 4 times more common among boys than among girls. And it is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

So what exactly is a Moosh-Moosh?

Moosh-Moosh is a recommended autism toy that can help a child build essential developmental skills as they play.

Moosh-Moosh are a line of colorful, adorable, snugly stuffed toys in a variety of designs, from cupcakes to bats, and from unicorns to pigs.

 

Some Moosh-Moosh plush toys are a bit more. Some are piggy banks and others are flashlights.

I love the flashlight idea. It’s a great way to provide your child with a sense of security with a flashlight to light up the dark and scare away the “Boogeyman,” as well as a snugly, plush toy your child can cuddle with.

My only criticism is that I don’t like the light in the center of it’s forehead. But that is just me.

The piggy bank is also super cute. Your child can learn about saving money all while having a cute friend to snuggle with. It’s also kid-friendly.

Please ignore our kitten’s wonky foot in the one photo.

These are safe, durable, and work well in the home, classroom, or in a therapy center. Sensory toys may help children with autism focus, calm down in stressful situations, or relax.

“This is huge,” emailed Sean Price, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer of Moosh-Moosh parent company MMG Brands to his staff. “We are the world’s softest plushie, adored by kids, tweens, teens and college co-eds. This 2019 Autism Live Top Sensory Toy/Gift Award fortifies all of the reasons why we offer the soft fabric characters that bring pleasure and comfort to so many.”

I should note that your child does not have to have Autism to appreciate these cuddly toys. Case in point, my daughter is 22 years old and she currently sleeps with one of the Moosh-Moosh toys I was sent to remove.

The brand was kind enough to send me a variety of Moosh-Moosh plushies. They are so cute!

Each Moosh-Moosh has a name.

One of the Moosh-Moosh toys I was sent to review is an adorable bat. I used him as a Halloween decoration. I kept him on our couch, like a throw pillow. I would often grab him and cuddle with him while watching TV. Sadly, I don’t remember his name.

Check out the other adorable Moosh-Moosh I was sent. My daughter has the one called Poindexter, the ice cream.

The pink shark called Nibbler would be a fun gift for a child that LOVE Baby Shark. He (or she) kind of looks like one of those sharks.

I can’t think of a child that doesn’t appreciate a soft, cuddly plush toy to snuggle with, especially one that won a major award.

If you are interested in learning more about these colorful, cuddle creatures, visit the Moosh-Moosh official website, www.moosh-moosh.com.

The brand can be found on social media. All of their links are found on the top left of their website.

Moosh-Moosh toys are found at many retail locations across the country, including Michaels, Staples, CVS, JoAnn and Walgreens. You can also purchase them directly from the Moosh-Moosh website.

What do you think about the Moosh-Moosh toys? Do you think your child or that special little boy or girl in your life would like one of these?

Kimberly

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

 

Light up the night with Continuum Games Emoji-Notes Color & Shine and Lumenico SleepyLights

 

Are you looking for a great gift for a ‘tween or teen? I know how hard they can be to buy for these days. Most want gift cards or cash. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t find opening an envelope of cash or a gift card as fun and exciting as opening a tangible gift.

My kids both asked for cash or gift cards. They also asked for things for their cards (new tires and new breaks). I’m pretty sure wrapping tires might be a bit difficult, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to wrap new breaks. Ha Ha.

I have two fun gift ideas for the ‘tween or teen in your life. They can also work for younger children. Both items are available from Continuum Games, the same company that brings you Snuggle Monsters.

Many kids these days have smartphones (some have better ones that I do). Texting and emojis are a bit part of their lives (sad to say).

Continuum has a fun product that appeals to cellphone loving kids. It’s called Emoji-Notes Color and Shine.

Emoji-Notes Color & Shine craft kits ($19.99). These kits allow you to color your nightlight and write your own messages.  When you’re ready for a change, wipe it clean and color it again.  This is a light up message board, night light and craft kit all in one.

Emoji-Notes Color & Shine are available in four different shapes – cellphone, cupcake, ice cream and doughnut.

Each Emoji-Notes Color & Shine also comes with seven special markers and cute emoji discs to add some color and emotion to the design. It also comes with a base with a white LED light that can be dimmed if needed.

To use, simply pop in whatever emoji (or emojis – you can use two at a time) you want to use. Then use the markers to write special messages or designs.

To enjoy, turn out the lights, turn on the Emoji-Notes Color & Shine and watch our design light up the room. It’s really cool. The markers give the design a really cool look in the dark. It’s hard to explain how it looks.

The base has a sleep mode and hour timer, so you can use this as a nightlight too.

I tried to take a good picture of mine, but it didn’t work. I showed how it looks without an emoji (the empty circle). You can use the included emojis or not. It’s up to you.

The text is suppose to be green, and the “Santa” red. In my photo parts of the green look white.

My apologies for the smudge marks. I didn’t realize that until I uploaded the photo. They look A LOT better in person.

A similar product by Continuum Games is their Lumenico SleepyLights ($29.99). They are made by Aloka.

SleepLights are similar in the way that they are designs on a clear, plastic background on a base with LED lights.

The cool thing about these is that you can change the color of the design simply by pressing the included remote control. You can also have the product cycle through the different colors and other modes.

I received the Unicorn to review. There are other shapes available such as a mermaid, dinosaur and butterfly.

These not only make great night lights, but they really light up the room and add color to another wise dark room.

I’m an adult and I find this really cool.

I had it on the bookcase next to my desk. I would turn it on and watch it go through all the colors. It’s also fun to change the colors.

Currently mine is packed away (I replaced it with Christmas decorations). I had meant to take a video of it cycling through the colors, but I forgot to. Sorry.

I think both products would make great gifts for the ‘tween, teen or child in your life.

I have linked to the products for your convenience. They are not affiliate links.

To learn more about Continuum Games, visit ContinuumGames.com. The brand can be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

What do you think of these products? Do you think your ‘tween or teen would like them?

Kimberly

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

Help kids fall to sleep at night with Snuggle Monster Hide & Seek Bedtime

 

Do you have a child that has a hard time falling to sleep at night?

I’ve always been a “night owl,” even as a child. I still am today.

I’m grateful that our daughter never had an issue falling asleep or staying asleep. Our son on the other hand – ugh!

When our son was an infant he had colic. He would scream all night long from it. It’s like he never slept.

As a child, we had a hard time getting him to fall asleep and stay asleep. Even as a teen, and now young adult, he goes to bed very late and still wakes up early. I hear him up in the middle of the night a lot of the time. He seems to function fine on only a few hours sleep.

Sometimes children have a hard time falling asleep at night because they are worried about what can be lurking in the closet or under their bed. Many children are afraid of the “Boogeyman” and other monsters.

There is a fun way to make children believe that not all monsters are scary. In fact, some can be silly and snugly.

Let me introduce you to Snuggle Monster Hide & Seek Bedtime ($29.99).

Snuggle Monsters are available in three different colors – Purple, Pink or Blue.

Each Snuggle Monster comes with a beautifully illustrated storybook that can make going to bed at night a fun night time activity. In fact, children might even want to go to bed, just to have fun finding their Snuggle Monster.

When you first receive your Snuggle Monster and book, read the book to your child so that they learn more about their Snuggle Monster, as well as the other Snuggle Monsters.

The book teaches children that Snuggle Monsters are super silly creatures that hide in their room during the day because the sunlight to them is like being in the dark for us. Snuggle Monsters are afraid of the sunlight, just like how some children are afraid of the dark.

Each night, before your child’s bedtime, hide their Snuggle Monster some where in their room. When it’s time for them to go to bed, let your child find their Snuggle Monster. When they find it, it’s time for them both to get to bed (your child and their Snuggle Monster friend).

This is a fun activity parents can utilize with their child to help them go to bed without any fuse.

I was sent a Snuggle Monster and book set to check out for myself. I received the blue Snuggle Monster.

The plush Snuggle Monster is super cute and very well made. I can see why children want to snuggle with them. I’m an adult and “I” want to snuggle with the Snuggle Monster.

I adore the book. The story is cute and the illustrations are darling. Not only do they depict super cute Snuggle Monsters, but the illustrations are also bright, cheery and colorful.

Here is an example of one of the pages from the book.

I think this is a super cute idea. It’s one of those “why didn’t anyone think of it sooner,” ideas. I wish this was around when my son was little.

Snuggle Monster is from Continuum Games. They are available on Amazon (this is not an affiliate link) and other retail locations.

What do you think about Snuggle Monsters? Do you think something like this would help your child/grandchild fuse less at bedtime? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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. 

Fun New Toys from Disney

 

I truly miss my kids being little. I had so much fun picking out toys to gift them from “Santa.” I enjoyed it more than shopping for adults.

My husband and I never really followed trends. We were not about to drive all over town, fight people for the last remaining toy, then wait on long lines to pay an over-inflated price just to own the “it” toy of the season. If it was something my kids truly wanted, we would get it for them after the holiday and give it to them as a “belated gift from mom and dad” for Christmas. Thankfully, my kids were never really cared about the “it” toys of the season either.

When it comes to buying toys, there is one brand that always puts out fun toys that kids love. They also offer so many varieties to suit kids of all ages, as well as their interests. That brand is Disney.

I love Disney. I love the Disney stores. Even as adults, my husband an I always visit the Disney store when ever we are at the mall. Sometimes we buy things for others, as well as ourselves. I’ve been known to buy a plush toy (or two) every now and then. I also like some of the figurines which I use to adorn my desk (my desk looks like a toy store).

Here are some examples of toys that are available this year from Disney. You can purchase these toys at many retail locations across the country.

Ultimate Arendelle Castle

Licensee: Hasbro
SRP: $199.99

Inspired by Disney’s new movie, Frozen 2, the Ultimate Arendelle Castle is a feature-filled fashion doll playset for young fans of the movies! Open the gorgeous gates and explore the castle’s 4 floors consisting of 7 rooms: kitchen, music room, and throne room on the first floor, a vanity room and bedrooms for Anna and Elsa dolls (not included), a library on the third floor, and a lookout tower on top. The Frozen castle is 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide and includes 14 accessories to fill it up, like a piano, throne, banquet table, vanity, sofa, and more to play out fun scenes in each room. When kids push the button on the moving balcony, they can see a colorful light show inspired by the Northern Lights! Pull out the extending carpet in front of the throne to complete the royal décor. This majestic castle makes a great a holiday gift or birthday present for kids ages 3 and up who love the magical world of Frozen!

Oh my goodness! I want this play set! I love it.

Anna’s Ice Canoe Expedition

Licensee: LEGO
SRP: $19.99
Available: Oct. 4 at LEGO.com, Amazon, Target, Walmart and Kohl’s

Take a trip along the river in the enchanted forest, far from Arendelle, in a special adventure canoe with your favorite Disney characters, Anna and Olaf! Pull up to the riverbank to feed the cute bunny, then have fun playing together on the seesaw and whizz down the ice slide into the river. But be careful not to wake up the earth giant who’s sleeping by the river!

STAR WARS ULTIMATE D-O INTERACTIVE DROID – $149.99

(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: Starting at $149.99/Available: Fall 2019)

Cobbled from odds and ends in the workshop of a droidsmith, D-O is an impressionable little roller that becomes fixated upon BB-8! The ULTIMATE D-O INTERACTIVE DROID lets kids and fans display and play with a replica that has a self-balancing wheel, multiple modes of play, moving head and antennas, and features light-up LED eyes, sound effects, and premium deco inspired by STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. Drive D-O around using the free downloadable app, or play in one of multiple modes, whether D-O is resting in the included docking station or rolling around on the floor! When using the ball, Ultimate D-O will play in Follow Mode and Chase Mode. This interactive droid has premium deco, so it looks great on shelves while displayed in the docking station. With the ULTIMATE D-O INTERACTIVE DROID, bring the fun and magic of the STAR WARS saga home! Includes droid, ball, USB charge cable, and removable docking station. Requires 1 3.7V 500mAh LiPO battery, included (non-replaceable). Also requires 2 1.5V AAA batteries.

Available exclusively at Target and Target.com.

 

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES SUPREME LEADER KYLO REN FORCE FX ELITE LIGHTSABER – $299.99

(HASBRO/Age: Adult/Approx. Retail Price: $299.99/Available: Fall 2019)

Fans can imagine the biggest battles in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER with the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES SUPREME LEADER KYLO REN FORCE FX ELITE LIGHTSABER. The real metal hilt features design and deco based on KYLO REN’S iconic Lightsaber featured in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, and STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. 80 LED lights and movie-inspired sound effects make this the most realistic FORCE FX LIGHTSABER yet. Slide and press buttons on the hilt to activate progressive ignition, battle clash effect, molten glow effect, and unstable plasma effect. Proudly display this Lightsaber on the included stand, with or without the removable blades, and show off the included collectible coin. Includes lightsaber, stand, and coin. Requires 3 1.5V AA batteries, not included.

Available at most major retailers.

I was sent some other fun Disney toys to check out. Both are available this holiday season.

Minnie Mouse and Fifi Pet Bath Play Set

MSRP: $24.95
Available: Now
Licensee: shopDisney | Disney Store
Retailer: shopDisney.com

Even Fifi enjoys bath day with Minnie’s pet bath play set. A real, working sprayer and faucet makes the most of this tub time opportunity. Watch what happens when Fifi changes color in warm water!

This is a super adorable play set. First and foremost, Fifi is the cutest! I love her happy smile and adorable eyelashes.

This play set comes with everything you need to bathe Fifi and make her look pretty – tub, two hair clips, brush, shampoo bottle, sponge, and towel. And of course Fifi!

The shampoo bottle is make believe. There is no shampoo inside.

To use this set, simply add some water, and using the working faucet and sprayer, bathe Fifi.

The cool thing is that Fifi changes color with warm water.

After her bath, towel dry Fifi, brush her ear fur and add some pretty hair clips. Now Fifi looks really pretty.

This set has a lot of detail to it. I love the “H” and “C” tub knobs to represent Hot and Cold. I also like how colorful it is and the sparkly hair clips.

I would recommend placing a towel under this toy as I’m sure young children might be a bit messy with it (older children would probably be OK).

Children can even take Fifi in the bath with them and give her a bath there as well.

This would be a fun toy to teach little ones how to properly bathe themselves by practicing bathing FiFi.

Too cute!

Look for the Fifi Bath Set at ShopDisney.com.

Another fun toy I was sent was a Disney Princess Fashion toy.

Disney Princess Fashion Dolls
MSRP: $9.99
Available: Now
Licensee: Hasbro

The Princess fashion dolls are ready for shimmering adventures with your little princess! Wearing her classic outfit with a new twist, Royal Shimmer dazzles in a signature-colored gowns with glitter print details. Your little dreamer will love playing out magical moments from Disney’s movies, as well as imagining her own fairy tale.

The Princess Fashion Dolls are available for every Princess (at least all I can think of).

I was sent Cinderella. She’s one of my favorite Princesses.

This is a beautiful doll. She has such a pretty face.

What I really like about this doll is how sparkly she is. She sparkles all over – from the bottom of her dress to her tiara on top of her head.

You have to see this doll in person to see just about sparkly she is – but not in a bad way (sometimes sparking can be “overkill,” but not with this doll).

The “bodice” (is that what it’s called?) is made with reall interesting “gems” (for lack of a better description. The photo does not do it justice.

You can also make out the subtle sparkles in the rest of her dress (skirt). Hopefully you can see them in the photo (below).

Look for the Disney Princess Fashion Dolls at Target.

These are just some of the wonderful toys from Disney.

Disney toys can be found at many retail locations across the country (some are listed above with the toys).

What do you think about these toys? Are there any that your child/grandchild might like?

Kimberly

 

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

Gift some fun with Fat Brain Toys

 

What is on your child’s holiday wish list this year? Chances are, your child (or grandchild) is interested in some video games or an iPad/tablet so they can play online games or games through apps. Sadly, that is how our world is these days. It’s all about technology.

I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s. The idea of being able to play a game against someone on the other side of the world, or watch a movie while sitting as a passenger in a car, was the thing of dreams back then. Back in the day, getting a Sony Walkman for Christmas was a big deal.

Because I grew up in a time before most technology, I played games the “old fashioned” way, such as board games, and games you played with people in the same room as you.

I work with children (currently 4th – 6th graders, or 9-12 years old). In our program, kids are not allowed to use their phones. They truly despise that rule, but that is how it is. We want the kids to play REAL games, and stay off social media and YouTube while in our care.

I’m always on the look out for fun games for my “work kids” to show them that they CAN have fun without having their noses buried in their phones.

I was sent to review a while back some terrific games from the brand Fat Brain Toys. Fat Brain Toys specializes in games that are not only fun, but educational too.

I know what you might be thinking – no kid wants an educational game. They will if it’s a Fat Brain Toys game. Kids can have a blast, all while learning in a “sneaky” sort of way. Believe it or not, learning CAN be fun.

Here are the games I was sent to review.

Due to the nature of my job, I was not able to take pictures of my “work kids” playing the games, for obvious reasons. Whenever possible I have included photos, but I have blocked out the children’s identities.

Pencil Nose

Out of all of the Fat Brain Toys I was sent to review, Pencil Nose has been played with the most.

The object of this game is to win seven points before the other team does.

Pencil Nose encourages family bonding, cooperative play, coordination, creativity, quick thinking, communication skills.

To play Pencil Nose, each player takes turns wearing a special pair of “glasses” with a nose piece where you insert one of the included markers.

The player wearing the glasses picks one of the cards and inserts it into the slot on the board. They have to then try and draw a picture of what is on the card, using only their NOSE and a special, clear board/screen.

I blocked out children’s identities for obvious reasons.

From my experience playing this game, it is not easy to draw with your nose. It might sound easy, but it’s not. That being said, this is NOT a hard game to play. In fact, trying to draw with your nose, and goofing up with random lines and squiggles, adds to the fun.

My “work kids” are sometimes seen making up their own version and rules for this game, which is great. That shows that they are utilizing team work and imagination. I’m all for that.

This brief video gives your more information about this game.

 

Pencil Nose includes the following items;

  • Erasable drawing board
  • 2 pairs of pencil nose glasses (green, orange)
  • Erasable marker
  • Eraser
  • 90 object cards with 6 objects each
  • Sand timer

I think this is a great game for people of all ages (maybe not under 5 years old). This would be a fun, party game for grown up parties. Even more so after people have been drinking a bit. Ha Ha.

I have also seen my work kids simply trying to draw whatever they want using their nose, the included marker and the drawing board.

Ribbon Ninja

This has been a great game to have in our program, especially on days we can’t go outside, or up into the gym. It’s a physical game, which helps the kids get some activity in, all while having a lot of fun.

Ribbon Ninja comes with 12 wristbands and 18 ribbons in six different colors.

Each player attaches the wristbands to their wrists. They then put two ribbons on one wrist, and one on the other.

The object of the game is to quickly snatch the ribbons off the other players.

If all ribbons are taken from one hand, you need to put your hand behind your back and continue playing. My work kids don’t follow that rule, but that is OK.

The last person standing with at least one ribbon remaining on their wrist wins.

The below video gives you more insight into this fun game.

 

This is a fast pace game that involved quick thinking, coordination, strategy, and of course active play. It can be played both indoors and outside.

Everything you need comes in a small box, making it ideal for traveling to grandma’s house for the holiday, or a camping vacation.

This is a fun game that even adults can play. It’s fun for all ages.

Coggy

Coggy is a game that you can play by yourself. It’s a combination game, puzzle and game teaser.

To use Coggy, you need to select a card from the deck. Then you need to twist and turn Coggy to match the pattern of the card that you selected.

This sounds like an easy game, and sometimes it can be. It all depends on the card you choose. Some are easier than others.

 

I like this game because it’s a great game for a child (or adult) to play when they want to be by them self, or if they have no one else to play with them.

In my job, there are times that the kids are are different locations (gym, outside, computer lab, cafeteria). Sometimes the kids don’t all want to play the same game, or are busy doing something else (homework, arts and crafts…). With Coggy, I know that kids who want to engage in a game have something fun to play with.

This is a fun game to take with you when you travel. It’s small enough to fit in a tote bag, luggage, or backpack.

Coggy encourages visual-spatial skills, critical thinking, and logic.

There are four levels of difficulty – easy, medium, hard, and extra hard. So far, I’m doing OK with the medium level cards. I took a look at the extra hard, and they do seem like a challenge.

Morphy

This game is still a bit of a challenge. Myself, my co-workers, and of course my “work kids” have tried to figure it out. Sometimes kids know more than adults. We all find this game a bit confusing. It looks fun from the video, and it sounds fun, but it’s a wee bit hard to figure out how to play it.

As per the Fat Brain Toys website.

Do you have the insight to morph the most and win?

Your goal is to find the longest string of changes. Start with the ball on one peg over one disc. Then, find another disc that’s different by only one attribute – Color, pattern, or center circle size.

Start with a GREEN disc with STRIPES and a LARGE center circle. Move to an ORANGE disc with STRIPES and a LARGE center circle – or a GREEN disc with DOTS and a LARGE center circle – or a GREEN disc with STRIPES and a SMALL center circle…

Now – Can you find another? And another? And another?? – Whoever connects and collects the most discs wins the game!

Put your pattern recognition skills to the ultimate test with the unique and challenging game of Morphy.

Maybe the video (below) will give you a better understanding of this game.

 

I feel bad that we received the game to review, and we really haven’t played it yet. As you can see from the other games, we’ve played them and fully enjoyed them (they are a lot of fun). Sadly, this game hasn’t been played, so I can’t really give you an honest review.

When we do finally figure it out, I will update this post and share my thoughts about this game.

The Ultimate Classic Family Game Collection

Along with the Pencil Nose game, this game set gets played with a lot too. After all, it contains a board and pieces to play a variety of games including;

  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Backgammon
  • Mancala
  • Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Snakes and Ladders
  • Pachisi
  • Solitaire
  • Passout

 

This game set have double sided boards and all of the games pieces and accessories fit nicely inside too. This allows you to have a lot of games in a small space.

I have seen similar games to this one for A LOT of money. This game set from Fat Brain Toys is only $29.95 (plus shipping). For the amount of games you get, and the fact that they all come in a beautiful wood box (the boards are  made out of wood too), this is worth every penny.

I have yet to figure out chess, but I’ve enjoyed playing checkers and mancala on this board set. My “work kids” use it a lot for chess.

I appreciate that everything fits together so nicely. It makes clean up a lot easier.

These are just a few of the fun and educational toys from Fat Brain Toys.

To see what else the brand has to offer, visit FatBrainToys.com. You can search by age, collections, best sellers and more. I do like the option of searching by age. It helps me to see age appropriate games for my “work kids.”

Fat Brain Toys are also on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Kimberly

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