Category Archives: Creativity/Imagination

Batman Voice-Changer Helmet

Batman Voice Changer Helmet_250x250There’s a lot of toy merchandise available that ties in with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but this voice changing helmet has got to be the one that you can have the most fun with.
While critics didn’t rate the film it was still a huge hit with kids and if they like the film they will love this.

How Much?
The recommend retail price is $29.99 but currently we are seeing it for lower prices online – check some of the big online stores such as Amazon to see if they are offering it at a discount price.

Who Would Buy It?
It’s recommended for 4 to 10 year olds by Mattel the manufacturers. Reading user reviews online we have heard that people from 4 to 40 have been wearing this mask and having fun with it. Any superhero fan and especially Batman fans are going to want this mask.

Things We Like About It
It’s a nicely designed mask that requires two AA batteries luckily Mattel provide these so you are good to go as soon as you have the Batman mask out of its packaging.
The mask is sturdy and comfortable to wear and adjusts to accommodate head sizes small or large.
To turn the mask activation on you push a button inside the mask that can easily be accessed. To use the 15 pre-set sounds and phrases, there is a button at the side.
We loved that you have two different functions with this mask.
The pre-set voice says phrases from the Batman Vs Superman movie such as Gotham City needs me, villains beware, Batman is here, and you can’t defeat me Superman.
The voice changer does just that and changes what the wearer is saying into a booming Batman voice that will amuse adults [for a while] and provide plenty of imaginative play for kids.
It also has light up eyes that illuminate in time to the voice which looks especially cool and menacing in the dark.

Things We Did Not Like About It
You can’t actually adjust the volume which is fairly loud, so your child running around booming loudly in a Batman voice might become a bit tiresome.

Is It Worth The Money?
Your child will get plenty of creative long term play out of this mask with the two different settings of voice changer and pre-set phrases. If you grab a cape and a batman mask as well, they will look even more the part.

Where Can I Buy It?
The Batman Voice-Changer Helmet is available from all the big online stores and toy shops, Amazon would be a good place to start looking as they are very competitively priced.

Final Thoughts
This will light up any little Batman fans eyes [literally]! If you are looking for a gift for a child who likes their superheroes, this would certainly be a great pick and all the family will have some fun with it.

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LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack

The creation of the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack came about because there was a vortex in the LEGO worlds. This vortex caused some of the characters to disappear and in order to help the characters, Wyldstyle, Batman and Gandalf chose to be the heroes who jumped into action, traveling through space and braving time to save them.
When they did that, they found themselves on a mission to try and save LEGO worlds as you know them. The Lord Vortech is evil through and through and it’s going to take a host of heroes to defeat him.
Kids can use their imagination to lead them through the adventure to restore everything back to right in the LEGO world. They’ll have an array of minifigures they can use combined in one video game.
They’ll be able to fight against evil by swapping out with different hero’s tools and vehicles in ways that’s never been done before. There are no limits to the fun and the creativity that you can unleash in the game.
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You can team up the characters in never before partnerships as they battle to restore order. You’ll get everything that you need to start. You’ll get the much sought after video game along with the LEGO Toy Pad.
There are plenty of bricks in the box so that you can create the LEGO gateway. The three heroes who jumped into the vortex, Wyldstyle, Batman and Gandalf are included in the minifigures you’ll get, plus the LEGO Batmobile also comes with the set.
Once they set up the minifigures and begin the game, all kids have to do is pay attention to the instructions so that they can build the Gateway and situate the creation on the toy pad.
The adventure can get bigger and more complex the more minifigures that they add to their collection. You can buy expansion packs that contain additional minifigures, tools and vehicles and you can combine them any way that you like.
You’ll want to get these packs because the more heroes you have fighting against Lord Vortech, the more superhero power you’ll have to help stop him. With this set, you can set out on adventures, run the race against evil and time and collect studs and bricks to build the world.
You get 14 Adventure Worlds (such as the Jurassic World pack)  that you have the possibility of exploring once they’re unlocked, which gives you extended games to challenge your skill level. The worlds can open up to gamers with the use of the minifigures that go with that particular brand. So with this set, you get the DC Comics to unlock, the Lord of the Rings and The LEGO Movie. The characters can be switched into any of the worlds.
I hope you found this review helpful.
Suzanne

Candy Craft Chocolate Pen

The Candy Craft Chocolate Pen is the perfect toy for kids of all ages. With it, your child can easily create a variety of treats including candy pops. It can be used to decorate cupcakes or make separate delicious designs that are completely edible.
Kids love this toy because it gives them a chance to express their creativity and explore the fun world of baking. The Chocolate Pen comes with half a pound of real chocolate in four different colors of pink, blue, white, and brown.
This chocolate is real confectionery chocolate so it has a superior taste. You can bake your own treats like cupcakes and have your children decorate those or if you’d rather get started decorating as soon as the box is open, you can do that instead with the included candy molds.
There are three of these candy mold trays that kids can use. One candy tray is all about animals and includes candy molds for a dolphin, an elephant, and an owl. The second tray has symbols like a heart, a rainbow, and the peace symbol.
The final tray contains food items like a cupcake, a pretzel and more. After your child is finished with his or her chocolate creations, all you have to do is pop the candy into the freezer for about ten minutes.
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Once the chocolate is set, your kids can enjoy the treats they just made. One feature that parents love about the Candy Craft Chocolate Pen is that it’s easy to clean up. This is because the chocolate stays contained within a plastic bag that fits into the pen.
That means when kids are done using this toy, all a parent has to do is remove the bag if the child isn’t able to. If there’s remaining chocolate still in the bag, you can store it and use it again later so nothing is wasted.
The Chocolate Pen is motorized and does need two AA batteries in order to be used. These aren’t included with your kit, so make sure you pick some up before showing this fun toy to your kids.
Once the plastic bag with the warmed chocolate is placed inside the pen, all your child needs to do is hold down the large button to begin creating edible masterpieces. The pen is easy for children of any age to use but if your child is young and has small hands, you might need to help her use it until she gets the hang of it.
Besides the pen and candy molds, the Chocolate Pen also comes with pen tips, gift bags, and an instruction booklet. If you run out of chocolate, there are chocolate refills available that you can buy separately, plus, there are also additional kits that you can purchase.
Suzanne

Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit

Project Mc2 features McKeyla and other girls who love to solve missions by using their science and other skills. They work as spies for an organization known as NOV8 and this series is an extremely popular one on Netflix.
Kids and parents alike love that these characters foster a love of science and other subjects. By using the Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit, your child can work on different experiments and find answers just like the characters on Project Mc2.
The kit features a large lab bag that has everything they need to find answers to the experiments they’ll do. The bag is handy and large enough to keep all the pieces in one place.
The lab kit uses learning based on S.T.E.A.M. which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. By exploring interests in these subjects, not only will your job gain more readiness in these areas, but they’ll also learn how to strengthen analytical thinking skills.
With all of the different components in the lab kit, kids can do multiple science experiments. It even includes a 4x power microscope that really works. When they’ve conducted all the experiments that come included in the kit, they can log onto the ProjectMc2 site and download more.
This kit is suitable for kids who are 6 years old and older and is packed with plenty of pieces that a child can use. It comes with 3 glass slides that kids can use to examine things using the microscope.
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There are two test tubes for examining liquids and a stand to keep these tubes upright is also included. There’s a funnel with the kit so pouring liquid from one container into another is mess free.
A beaker jar comes in the kit along with 3 lab flasks. The 15 pH strips that are in the kit can be used to test the pH level for a variety of things inside and outside the home. A pipette dropper is in the box that kids can use when they only need to use a few drops of a substance.
There is a petri dish that can be used for studying a variety of cells and organisms. Since safety is important when conduction experiments, a pair of safety goggles do come in the kit.
Kids love that the kit also has one of the Project Mc2 rings and sticker sheets. The kit can be used to complete 15 experiments, many of them with stuff you have around the house by using the experiment book that’s included. Once kids finish doing all the experiments listed, they can search the Project Mc2 site for more or make up some of their own.
Suzanne
P.S. You might want to also get the McKeyla doll.

Girl Scouts Cookie Oven

Girl Scouts Cookie Oven

Girl Scouts have always been synonymous with learning, sharing and having fun. What better way to continue the fun than with baking the delicious tasting Girl Scout cookies. Now girls can use their very own Girl Scouts Deluxe Cookie Oven to create special treats to eat and to share with friends.
Girls love being involved with Girl Scouts and having that special time – but now, they can extend that special time in the way that they play. This toy oven is different from other toy ovens in that it’s an exclusive Girl Scouts labeled oven.
Because it’s created just for young kids, they can now have the excitement of learning how to bake cookies that taste just like the ones that are sold during the year. This oven is a toy, but it’s also an oven that actually works.
It can pre-heat just like a real oven but the pre-heating time with this is pretty fast. It can be ready to take in a tray of cookies in only 5 minutes once the pre-heating is done and the temperature is right.
This pre-heating feature means that the treats get done faster than with other ovens. There’s a lot of learning that can go along with having this oven. Kids can learn what they need to know to be able to properly mix the ingredients needed to make the treats.
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They’ll also learn how to give use measurements that are used in the baking. They can watch through the oven window while the treat bakes and the oven has a warming station for melting toppings.
Learning while baking is not only fun – it’s also educational. Plus, they’ll get to eat the lessons! The oven does come with some accessories that are used for baking the treats.
It comes with a baking pan that can be used to bake about a half dozen of the treats at one time. It also has a plastic pink spatula to use to lift the cookies off the baking pan to slide them onto a plate.
There’s a measuring tool that kids can use to be sure they get the right amount of ingredients. The oven comes with a bag of the Thin Mints mix so they can get started baking right away.
Because they’ll want to use this oven to bake treats time and time again, you’ll want to make sure that you get other cookie baking packs. You can get some that are sold individually like the PB Sandwich flavor or you can get several in a bundle pack that includes the Caramel Coconut and more.
This is an electric toy, which means that the element in it can get hot enough to burn if kids aren’t careful. For that reason, the toy is recommended for kids who are 8 years old and older.
Suzanne
P.S. Don’t forget the Refill of Thin Mint Cookies.

My Little Pony Cutie Mark Magic Canterlot Castle Play

My Little Pony Cutie Mark Magic Canterlot Castle Play

My Little Pony has legions of fans and it’s easy to see why everyone wants these ponies. These adorable characters are so easy to love and care for. They come in an array of colors and often have a myriad of playsets that you can get to expand the play with the ponies.
The My Little Pony Cutie Mark Magic Canterlot Castle Play is one such playset and it’s absolutely magical. Now your child can experience the wonder of love and friendship with the ponies as they go on fun, imaginative adventures together.
The castle is well built and sturdy and Canterlot is just waiting to welcome visitors. The lovely Princess Celestia with her pretty, sparkling hair is as kind and gracious as always.
The set also has Spike the Dragon at Canterlot. The castle itself is three stories tall so it’s about 29 inches in height and it comes with lots of fun rooms to explore. The third floor of the castle has an array of turrets and one of them is a tiara that your child can actually wear.
There is a staircase that the Princess Celestia can walk up and down and the stairs can be moved. At the top of the stairs, there’s a throne elevator that has a red cushioned back.
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This elevator goes up or down just to the one floor level. There are over 40 accessories that kids receive so that they can fix up the castle so it looks quite lovely. Kids can use the accessories to serve tea and pastries to the Celestia and Spike or they can pretend to have a tea party and invite My Little Pony friends.
The castle features a library that’s perfect for taking time to read or study and kids can use their imagination to light the candelabras in the room. The castle features a vanity sink with a mirror and a stool plus there is couch, food and a tray that can be placed on the little table.
The castle doors can be opened and closed. Along with the castle, kids can have access to the My Little Pony Friendship Celebration app. All you have to do is locate the code on Celestia, scan it and it will open up more fun things to do in the castle.
You can open more fun by scanning the various walls of the castle too. It’s so easy that kids can scan the areas. The set includes the pony and dragon figure, all of the many accessories and an instruction booklet. The castle can hold more than one My Little Pony figure so if your child has a collection of them, she’ll love having a place for all of her ponies to visit at once.
Suzanne

Little Live Pets Clever Keet

Regardless of how much you love your child and want to give him a pet of his own, you know it might not be a wise decision because he might not be ready for the responsibility.
Or he might be ready but you can’t have a pet because of restrictions on pets where you live or you have a family member that’s allergic to pets. There is a way you can make your child happy to have a pet that’s just like a real one.
The Little Live Pets Clever Keet is just like a real parakeet but without the mess a bird makes or the responsibility it takes to care for one. This toy is an interactive toy that will delight your child.
It can be taught so many different things to do – including singing and bobbing in a little dance maneuver. The toy bird is aptly called clever because it’s smart enough to move around the accessory cart that comes with him.
Kids adore how the bird responds to them in reaction to the sound of words. Your child will want to take his little friend everywhere he goes. The bird has the ability to talk as well as sing and he can even move his wings like a real bird.
As he’s taught different words, he retains them and can speak them back. He comes with his own play equipment as well as a guide detailing how to interact and care for the toy.
The bird is smart–when he sees his own reflection, he knows who he is. Packed with the latest technology in toys, playing with this bird will never grow old. Kids as young as 3 can learn how to interact with the bird and will be delighted to hear it sing and communicate with them although the recommended age is 5-15.
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This digital toy has a deep learning capacity to hold the things that it’s taught. It can engage any child in a way that will keep your child wanting to learn and interact with the bird.
The bird comes with plenty of accessories to add to the fun. You’ll get the mirror that the bird uses to see himself, a swing that he likes to rest on, and the cart he’s able to push around.
When kids first get the bird, they need to give it a name. The bird will ask for a name and when your child gives him one, the bird will respond positively in return. When your child asks the bird a question, he’ll answer. When your child makes a statement to the bird, he’ll repeat it. It’s hours of fun for your child as well as for adults.
Suzanne
P.S. You might want to also check out the Little Live Pets Lil’ Turtle Tank which comes with a tank, turtle,  1 AAA battery and instruction booklet. The turtle doesn’t talk but it does swim and may be a good starter “pet” for your child.

VEX Robotics Ball Machines – one of Forbe’s Top 10 Toys for 2015!

Any toys that can be used to teach kids about power in motion are good educational and fun toys. Kids can learn and discover as they play. They’ll learn about linkages and motion as well as cause and effect.
Toys like the VEX Robotics Ball Machines are reasonably priced toys that inspire kids to learn as they play and the manufacturer has a long list of these interesting robotics ball machines.
These are modular in construction and are very budget friendly. The sets can be used configured together to make even bigger machines. The VEX Robotics Hexcalator Ball Machine is one of the robotics that has a hand crank that kids can use to create the motion that drives the wheels to move the balls uphill to the ramp and down again.
This is all hand powered, so no batteries are needed – and the set comes with eight of the balls. Kids can build a forklift using the pieces from the Forklift Ball Machine set.
By putting together the linkage, kids will create a machine that has the ability to scoop and lift the balls. Like the other machines, this one has a hand crank that allows it to scoop and lift the balls quickly.
The VEX Robotics Handoff Ball Machine has more than 220 pieces that kids can use to build it. They’ll be linking gears and cranks that can make a machine that has the ability to move balls to holding bins.
By building this machine, kids learn engineering facts like rotational and linear movement. By using the 170 piece plus set, kids can build a VEX Robotics Screw Lift Ball Machine.
The machine can lift small items and the design of this one is based on the science of the Archimedes Screw. This works by having kids use a screw that rotates so that it can lift balls.
If you have a child that’s big on sports, he’ll love the VEX Robotics Hook Shot Ball Machine. This set combines more than 180 pieces to create a machine that uses a hand crank to toss balls through a loop.
The VEX Robotics Pick & Drop Ball Machine has an impressive piece count of over 400 pieces. Using kinetic motion, kids can use the crank to move energy that makes the hands of the machine work.
When they use the crank, the hands will pick up a ball and if kids continue to run the crank, it’ll lift the ball up and drop it on the ramp. While each of these 6 sets use linkage, gears and hand cranking, kids can still add power motors if they want to take the building experience a step further.
Do you know a child who would love one of these toys?
Suzanne

Roominate – one of Forbe’s Top 10 Toys for 2015!

There’s a big gap between how many women versus how many men end up majoring in STEM subjects. These subjects, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are the key that can lead to rewarding careers in the field.
Sadly, there’s a lack in these skills among many young people today and especially in girls. Roominate, the company that creates toys based on STEM, hopes to change that. By using the toys that they make, girls can gain skills in problem solving and experience in how technology functions.
The toys that the company makes calls for kids to use their creativity to the build toys that rely on the use of STEM skills. Kids use the various kits to build motor or light circuits, to create sets and to use their imagination.
The Roominate rPower kit can be used to build a merry-go-round. By building the merry-go-ground, kids gain knowledge in how to solve movement function. They also gain confidence in themselves as they use fine motor skills to create things.
The kit helps kids learn how basic circuitry functions as well as cause and effect. Kids can use the Roominate app to control the objects like the merry-go-round that they create.
By putting the technology and engineering skills they’ll gain to work, they’ll be able to control the movement of the merry-go-round. They can make it speed up or slow down. They can also use the technology to raise or lower an elevator or to work a car.
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The kit gives kids the ability to be able to control the lights as well. The set has rPower and the cable converters that make it work with the additional Roominate kids that you can purchase.
What parents really like about Roominate kits is that there’s never simply one way to create or one way to use the technology. What a child can create is endless. This kit comes with the building pieces that kids can use to build the merry-go-round as well as the circuitry to control the different lights.
They can cause the lights to stay on or they can make the lights blink. Once they’ve built the piece, they can cause the motors to move forward or they can send them in reverse.
These motions will control how the merry-go-round operates. With all the Roominate sets available, there will always be something for a kid to design and build. A feature that’s really great about these sets too is that the circuitry is inside the control pieces so you won’t have to deal with a mess of loose wires. Plus, the toys are compatible with Bluetooth, so they can be used as remote controls if you have a smartphone or other smart device.
Roominate Chateau is a 131-piece set where girls and boys can build their own structures, needs 4 AAA batteries that are not included.
Help develop your child’s science and math skills with a Roominate toy.
Suzanne

Pinblocks – one of Forbe’s Top 10 Toys of 2015!

There’s a new block in town and it’s fantastic. The kid demand for these blocks is continuing to rise and there are many good reasons why parents are eager to buy these.
The blocks engage a child’s curiosity as well as help improve concentration skills. The construction sets are unlike sets made by competitors that feature hard, unyielding blocks. Pinblocks have a pin system which allows kids to build endless creations.
The blocks all feature a beveled edge on them. What this does is it allows the blocks to be flexible. With hard blocks, there are only so many things that you can build and those creations end up looking chunky or like blocks.
But because of the flexibility of Pinblocks, they can bend easily into the shapes that kids want them to go in. And when kids can bend the blocks, they come up with more creative items to make.
The Pinblocks are so flexible that they can be angled. They can even be used to build round objects like watches or armbands that can be worn. These will fit easily and comfortably around a child’s arm and while the kid is wearing the blocks, he can even add to the design that he’s wearing.
He can create wrist lasers or anything his imagination whips up. Using the blocks, he can create a Viking helmet or a hat. Of if he’s feeling particularly royal, he can create a crown and a scepter.
The blocks can be used to create a fighter plane, a jet or a spaceship. Kids can even use the blocks to create various characters such as heroes to save the day or villains that they have to battle against. Another set is called Pinblock Fusion Jet in red or blue and comes with an instruction book. pinblock2
The blocks can be arranged to build a home or a fortress. Kids can make them into trees, houses or towers. These creations can be put together to make villages or cities. They can keep putting the Pinblocks together to make animals and vehicles for their cities or village.
The blocks come in 20 colors and when you buy a box of the blocks, you get 5 different colors per box and you can the primary or pastel colors. The colors are labeled according to themes.
Each of the boxes usually has 1,000 pieces that snap together easily. There is a 900 piece set that has 4 colors that’s used specifically to build a fusion jet – but those can be used to build other items, too.
Because of the shape of the blocks, they can be used to create pixel art and kids can show off their artistic side by creating landscapes, portraits or even wall murals. The blocks are suitable for kids aged 3 and older.
Very cool toy, don’t you agree?
Suzanne