by Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman
When you have three young kids, going to a toy store to buy them gifts for the holidays can be a daunting task. Sorting through all of the toys out there can be overwhelming and it’s definitely time-consuming. I recently attended Time to Play, one of the biggest toy expos in New York and saw a ton of different toys that were absolutely amazing! I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites that really stood out as unique. See if there are any that strike your fancy. Happy shopping!
Know any babies who fall asleep quickly and without the need to be soothed or rocked? I don’t. The folks at Cloud b have created an ingenious Tranquil Turtle that is not only a sound machine with soft melodies or ocean waves sounds, but also has a light projector that creates a serene underwater effect. It has adjustable brightness and auto shut-off and has won the National Parenting Seal of Approval. You can buy the Tranquil Turtle Sleep Machine from Amazon for $38.95.
March 20th, 2014 is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” in celebration of the 45 year anniversary of the best-seller book (that I’m pretty sure almost every kid in the U.S owns – we have two copies at home!) The Very Hungry Caterpillar 1 Foot Diameter Puzzle is a unique, award-winning puzzle for kids ages 2 and up. Buy the Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar Deluxe Puzzle Wheel
on Amazon for $14.99.
Mega Bloks are a creative way to get your babies to start building and creating their own masterpieces and the Mega Bloks First Builders “Billy Beats Dancing Piano” takes it to another level by combining music with building. Babies as young as One can press the light-up keys that play single notes or 8 pre-programmed songs. It comes with 8 big blocks that are perfect for little hands. You can buy the Mega Bloks Inc Mega Bloks – First Builders – Billy Beats Dancing Piano on Amazon for $33.99.
Who doesn’t love snow globes? Now kids can make their own with Glitzi Globes. In the starter kit you get everything you need. You add characters and charms to your globe, fill it with water and a glitter tablet and lock the base into place. For ages 4 and up. You can buy it Glitzi Globes Dome Maker and Display Unit here for $14.99.
My almost-five-year-old is obsessed with cars and probably has 40-something cars of all types and sizes. But he’s never got to actually make one. The Mic-O-Mic Sports Car Kit has dozens of parts, clips and pins and an assembly tool that allow you to build them differently each time. Once you build your car you can play with it, or disassemble and make a new one! For ages 5 and up. You can buy Mic-O-Mic Sports Car Kit on Amazon for $17.75.
For some strange reason that is beyond me, little girls just love colorful hair extensions. I don’t try to understand it, I just go along with it. Color Splasherz Hair Salon is a kit that includes hair accessories such as clips and hair extensions. The cool thing about it is that you can change the color and design of the accessories with water. Perfect for girls ages 5 and up who love crafts and obsessing about their hair…You can buy Color Splasherz – Hair Salon on Amazon for $17.24.
What do you do with all those broken crayons? Turn them into new crayons or a cool ring! The Crayola Melt & Mold Factory is a creative toy for kids ages 8 and up but with adult supervision younger kids as old as 5 and 6 will have a blast creating custom crayons and rings. You can buy the Crayola Melt ‘N Mold Factory on Amazon for $39.97.
I was not compensated for this post. I received a gift bag.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Bites and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for thirteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 6, 4 and 1) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.