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Project Mc2 Circuit Beats

Project Mc2 Circuit Beats allows you to make music out of almost anything. As long as an object conducts electricity it can be used to create a circuit and make music. To make it work you simply connect the circuit board to the object of your choice such as a banana, hold the ground wire in your hand creating a return path for the electricity, then by tapping one finger of your other hand on the banana you complete the circuit and you are making music. The circuit board allows you to select from five different sounds: piano, drums, guitar, cat sounds or you can even record your own sounds.

Product includes:
• Circuit board
• 7 wire clips to connect your choice of objects ( objects not included)
• Cat ear speaker headband
• Sticker sheet to decorate your Project Mc2 Circuit Beats
• Requires 3x AAA batteries (included)

projectmc2How Much?

Circuit Beats retails for under $30 USD.

Who Would Buy It

It is rated for ages 6 and up but is fun for all ages. Parents and grandparents take note any child would love to receive Project Mc2 Circuit Beats as a gift. It is educational as well as fun so teachers would also benefit from the product whether in a classroom or a home school setting.

Things We Like About It

First and most importantly its fun for the whole family, even adults love to get in on the action.
The kit is cute and colorful, and we love that is comes with stickers that allow your child to personalize it to their own taste.
There is nothing better than having fun while learning and Circuit Beats is definitely educational. The kit encourages children to experiments just to figure out which fruits/veggies etc will conduct electricity. Your kids will enjoy learning about music and science through play.
Parents will love that it comes WITH 3 AAA batteries already installed. The pre-loaded sounds are fun but kids love the record option that lets you record your own sounds. We all know kids that never get tired of hearing the sound of their own voices so it’s a good thing that the kitty headset isn’t just adorable, it also delivers great sound.

Things We Did Not Like About It

Some people found that it took a while to get the product to work consistently but for some that was part of the fun. Others couldn’t get the product to work at all. The clips are extremely picky, and you need to be sure that they are pushed in all the way. Some reviewers felt that the instructions were unclear and should have specified that in order to complete the circuit the user had to hold on to the metal part of the ground wire.
Some people found that the headphones didn’t work or that they were too small for the child’s head.
One thing that we felt would improve the product would be a case that all the separate parts could go into to make putting it away easier.

Is It Worth The Money?

For those that were able to get the product to work it was a cute, engaging and educational toy and children and adults alike enjoyed playing with. Despite the difficulties that some people had getting it to work, the low price makes the gamble worth it.

Where Can I Buy It?
The Project Mc2 Circiut Beats is available online through Amazon and in stores like Wal-mart and Toys’r’us.

Final Thoughts
Circuit Beats is one of those rare toys that are able to combine fun and learning and engage the whole family.

Elena of Avalor Storytime Guitar Review

Disney has a new princess and her name is Elena of Avalor. Little girls will surely love her bold and adventurous spirit. Parents, on the other hand, will surely appreciate her positive qualities that will make her a good role model both for young girls and boys. Some of Elena’s noteworthy qualities include being courageous and compassionate. She is also very smart and has a wonderful sense of humor. Elena has one more quality that will surely endear her to kids and adults alike: she is musically inclined. She has a beautiful voice and she can play the guitar very well. Now you can sing and play like Elena with the Elena of Avalor Storytime Guitar.

How much is it?
Parents would love the fact that it would only set them $39.99 to get their kids an Elena of Avalor Storytime Guitar. This is a very small price to pay consider the many features of this children’s guitar.

Who would buy it?
According to its manufacturer, this guitar is ideal for children aged three years old and above. Children who are into music would surely love this very cute and handy musical instrument. If you want to introduce your child to music, then getting her this guitar would be a very good move. Young girls who are crazy about Disney princesses would surely love to have this guitar as part of their collection.

Things we like about it
In the TV show, Elena is always depicted as someone who is always singing and playing her guitar. This guitar is a perfect replica of Elena’s guitar. When you have this guitar you can also have story time fun while singing and playing songs from the show just like Elena. If you want, you can also create and play your own songs. The guitar allows you to choose from among the three featured songs in the television series: “The Magic Within,” “My Time,” and “Ready to Rule.” The guitar comes with a pick so you can strum the chords with ease.

Things we did not like about it
Parents should be reminded that the Elena of Avalor Storytime Guitar is a toy guitar. Though you can actually play music with it, it is still different from a real guitar. So if you are planning to buy this product, don’t expect too much. If you have aspirations of teaching your child how to play a guitar, then it might be a better idea to give him or her a real guitar. This toy though is a good introduction to guitars and musical instruments in general. Maybe through this toy, your child would gain a better appreciation of music and would aspire to be a professional musician someday.

Is it worth the money?
Yes, this is a wonderful educational toy to teach your child to appreciate music.

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Where can I buy it?
The Elena of Avalor Storytime Guitar is available in selected Toys ”R” Us branches and in the store’s online shop as well as Amazon and other online stores that stock toys.

Final Thoughts
If you are looking for a toy to introduce your child to music then this is a good option.

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Guitar Hero Live

Inside many people, there’s a rock star just waiting to be set free. Now you can do that with Guitar Hero Live. This is the game like you’ve never seen it before with cutting edge brand new modes and a guitar controller that’s made to be played.
When you use the live mode, you’ll be onstage, peering out at the crowd. As you play, you’ll feel the adrenaline pumping as the crowd goes wild for the music you’re pumping out.
You’ll feel as if you’re in a real band so much that you can also feel the heat from the lights and feel the thunder of the applause. If you use the life mode, it will put you in different places to jam out your music.
You can play at an exclusive club for the people who really get the music or you can be the headliner in front of the crowd rocking out under an open sky. If you don’t want to be in the live mode, you can use the GHTV mode which is the music video network that allows you to play in real time.
During this play, you have the ability to find new music as well as battle it out for the best with gaming friends. You’ll be able to tap into all kinds of different videos to find the songs that you want to play or locate new ones to stretch your talent.
It’s super simple to use. All you have to do is find the channel that you want get started. If you’re not feeling the music from that channel, it’s a simple move to head over to a new channel and get a new song.
As you play, you gain game currency. You can use this currency to get songs or to gain items. Some of the items are things like player cards or note highways. This game is fun for one or fun for crowds.
You can get involved in competitions even if you’re only a beginner. Taking part in the competitions can help you improve your skill level so that you learn as you play.
You’ll be able to compete with friends from different states or countries and by watching the leatherboards, you’ll be able to see what your ranking is in the competition against other players.
Each time that you level up, you gain rewards. You want to level up to earn the Hero label. When you gain Hero powers, you get to level up your guitar and what this does is boost your score.
When you do level up, you get access to more content such as concert clips or more videos. The controller for the game is new and geared toward both beginners and experts. It has a 2×3 button, which is helpful for those new to the game – but for experts, it can use the six buttons so that it’s a challenge to them.
Suzanne
P.S. If you have a girl who would love to be like Taylor Swift, she would love Band Hero Featuring Taylor Swift.

Toys R Us Fabulous 15 Toys List for Christmas 2015

Toys R Us Fabulous 15 Toys List for Christmas 2015
Below I’ve included the 15 toys Toys R Us calls the fabulous toys for Christmas 2015. If you click on the highlighted link, it will take you to my blog article on that toy where you will find much more information about it.
1. Doc McStuffins Take Care of Me Lambie is an interactive, educational toy that is suitable for children who are 3 years old and up. Not only is it adorable but since it has more than 50 interactive responses, your child will have hours of fun engaging with it.
2. Some interactive toys are pretty much like the next one, but not the Fisher-Price Bear Smart Toy. This toy is different in many ways. Rather than you having to switch toys as your child grows in learning and age, the toy itself will change as your child does.
3. A great toy for a child between the ages of 9 months and 3 years old is the Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo. This toy is an animatronic friend that not only promotes physical activity, but is a learning tool as well.
4. There are plenty of fun toys for kids who love dolls and the Barbie Saddle ‘N Ride Horse is one of them. There are tons of adventures just waiting for Barbie and her beautiful horse to enjoy.
5. 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.
6. Shopkins Fashion Boutique Playset – Kids will have loads of fun on their shopping spree when they’re playing with the Shopkins Fashion Boutique Playset. These playsets use characters that are made just for the playsets.
7. Journey Girls 2015 Italy Holiday Doll – For those who like to collect dolls or use them in holiday displays, getting the Journey Girls 2015 Italy Holiday Doll is a must have purchase. This doll is part of an exclusive collection of other dolls in the series.
8. Paw Patrol Paw Patroller – The adventures of the Paw Patrol series are led by Ryker, the boy who helps the brave rescue dogs on their many different missions. This toy is a rescue vehicle that can be used to carry three of the different Paw Patrol vehicles at once and the side of it can be closed when not in use.
9.  Fisher Price Imaginext Ultra T Rex – This toy is unique in that it allows kids to direct the adventure with the use of the Power Pads. By using these Pads, kids can control the T-Rex and they’ll easily be entertained with all of the lights, sounds and actions.
10. Star Wars BladeBuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber – As legions of Star Wars fans know, the Lightsabers are more than mere toys. They’re adventures that can be held in the hand. With each new Star Wars related toy item, creating the iconic world with the epic battle between good and evil becomes even more realistic.
11. LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack – 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.
12.  Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Robotic Droid – This has to be the ultimate personal buy or gift for any Star Wars fan. This little droid is a replica of R2-D2 and is loaded with the ability to interact with humans.
13. NERF N Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster – With this blaster, users can now create their own blaster the way that they want it and one that’s suitable for the gameplay that they engage in.  This blaster gives users the ability to make over 30 different combinations so playing to win has never been easier.
14. Meccano MeccaNoid Personal Robot – This robot is affordable and comes with a lot of great features that make this one of the most in demand robots on the market. The robot has the ability to recognize voice commands.
15. Guitar Hero Live – Inside many people, there’s a rock star just waiting to be set free. Now you can do that with Guitar Hero Live. This is the game like you’ve never seen it before with cutting edge brand new modes and a guitar controller that’s made to be played.
I hope this blog post was helpful for you. Please feel free to comment below or share, email or tweet this blog post to your friends who are searching for great toys for their kids!
Suzanne

Compose Yourself

Compose Yourself by ThinkFun – a Forbe’s Top 10 Toys for 2015!
The best way that children learn is through hands-on teaching. All kids naturally have the desire to create – especially when it comes to music, and you can encourage that desire by introducing your child to Compose Yourself by ThinkFun.
This learning toy does so much more than ordinary music kits that teach a child how to read sheet music. This set teaches a child how to actually compose. The notes are arranged in musical compositions based on what another music composer created.
What parents love about this set is that kids who don’t know anything at all about music composition or even how to play a single instrument can still create wonderful compositions. This is recommended for children ages 6-15.
However, by using Compose Yourself, kids can change the sheet music to suit what they want. They can remove the bass symbol or turn the card upside down. When kids get to experiment with music, not only do they find it fun, but they’re eager to learn – and kids retain more with hands on learning versus being instructed without actually doing.
The set allows kids to create compositions for themselves. This learning toy is the creation of Maestro Philip Sheppard and any child can use the cards to create the music he wants to create.
Not only will your child learn by playing, he or she will be able to arrange the notes in a manner to create a beautiful composition. With more than a billion different combinations of music, your child will never get tired of creating his compositions.
The cards can be arranged in a pattern and each of the cards are numbered on the top as well as on the bottom for easy identification. When the child is finished arranging the notes on the cards the way he wants them, he can input the code and will be able to hear what he’s created.
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His creation will be performed by a symphony orchestra at an actual music studio.
These cards will help inspire your child’s imagination, help him to express himself musically and build his self-confidence. Using the cards is simple to do and even young kids can get involved.
All kids have to do is put four cards in whatever order they want them to go in. Once they have the pattern that they like, they put the codes into the website. After the code is entered into the website, the child’s creation will them be played by the orchestra.
Your child can still rearrange the notes if he prefers a different sound. When he’s satisfied with his musical composition, he can get the MP3 of his music or he can print it out to play on a musical instrument. When you purchase the Compose Yourself kit, you’ll get 60 different music cards for your child to work with to create endless compositions.
This is really a unique “toy.” I hope you know a child that will love this.
Suzanne

Fisher Price Toys

Fisher Price Toys
The company, located in New York, began in 1930 with founders Herman Fisher and Irving Price. Mattel bought Fisher-Price and the company became a subsidiary. It was at the American International Toy Fair where the company garnered attention and success.
With the introduction of the company’s Little People, a world of toys and accessories that captivated toddlers was born. The toys made by the company are suitable for kids from birth to over 5 years.
The popularity of the company’s older toys has yet to wane. One of the best selling older toys is the Fisher-Price Baby’s First Blocks and Rock Stack Bundle. This toy helps babies learn shapes and develop motor skills.
It includes the 5 shape bucket sorting toy and matching blocks. The bucket has a handle and lid for easy storage and mobility. The brightly colored stacking rings set can help your child learn order, colors, and problem solving.
The Fisher-Price Piano Gym, Kick and Play gives babies four different ways to learn and have fun. Babies can play on their tummy or back, or they can sit up. The toy is perfect as a take along.
It has 5 different activities for babies to engage in including the sound of a piano if baby kicks the keys. Parents can select the music with the set for as long as 15 minutes or can arrange for the music to stop sooner.
There’s also a volume control. The set has toys attached that are: an elephant, a frog, a hippo and more. The mat does require AA batteries to operate. One of the newest toys by Fisher Price is their Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Home.
The toy offers three different levels as your child ages and comes with more than 75 sounds, songs and word phrases. It has a small opening mailbox beside the door of the toy and the smiling face door will open and close.
The porch light will light up. The toy is for ages 6-36 months and is large enough for baby to crawl back and forth through the door. The lights with the house will move along with the sounds and phrases.
The toy features a doorbell and easy to press numbers above the door. Also new from the company is the Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car. You can get this in pink or red. The car has Smart Stages technology and this is the technology that allows the level of learning to go up as your child grows.
With over 75 songs and interactive play, your child can hours of fun. The play includes a learning time, imaginative play and music. There’s a shape sorter for blocks on the door of the car and the door will open. Kids can honk the horn, switch the gears and more.

Fisher-Price Little People Musical Preschool

The Fisher-Price Little People Musical Preschool playset will delight your child from toddler stage to kindergarten. You can start early to help the transition from toddler to preschool an easy and fun experience.
In the beginning, your child will love the colorful and musical features of this Fisher-Price toy. Then, the educational factors will join the play and fun and actually teach them about what preschool will be all about.
The students in the preschool even have their own spots on a rug – just like in real school. Then, there are over 35 sounds, phrases and songs that will add so much to the experience and make them laugh with delight.
All the child has to do is press the buttons on the rug to make all types of music, lights and phrases come to life. Your child can make the dinosaur roar, cause bubbles to gurgle when they come from an aquarium and even make the school’s hamster cage squeak.
There’s a slide for playtime where they can let Eddie and Mia take turns sliding down – and even the teacher can take a turn if they want. The complete Fisher-Price Little People Preschool set comes with the entire school, Mia, Eddie, teachers and a table and 4 chairs.
The “rug” on the schoolroom floor is magical. Each spot on the rug has a button that produces a different sound and each sound can be linked together to create a new and different song.
Beginning preschool is a momentous occasion in your child’s life. You can whet their appetites for going and joining in the fun by providing the Fisher Price Little People Musical Preschool. They’ll be begging to go to school.
As usual, Fisher Price has designed the preschool set especially for very young ones. Edges are buffed so there’s no danger from sharp edges. There’s even an on-off button for sound and 2 positions for loudness on the bottom of the toy so the parents can control the noise.
This toy will also build their confidence for the first day of school that can be so intimidating for some. You may want to enhance the experience of the Fisher Price Little People Musical Preschool by checking out some other Fisher Price toys such as The Little People Aquarium Visit and The Little People Pet Center.
Check out all Fisher Price toys. They’re known for excellence in manufacturing and design with your child always considered.

Disney Karaoke Series: “Frozen” CD

Disney Karaoke Series: “Frozen” CD
Kids – and adults – love to play and sing Karaoke. Now, their Karaoke experience can be complete with the Disney Karaoke Series: “Frozen” CD. It’s complete with all the favorite songs of the movie.
Featured on the track are eight songs, including, “Let It Go,” “For the First Time in Forever,” “Fixer Upper,” and so much more. You can sing along with the instrumental format or use the vocal recording, so you can learn and sing the songs however you want.
Since Karaoke CDs are designed to be used with Karaoke machines, you’ll need to hook up the machine to the television (not a computer) so the words to the songs are displayed.
If you need to purchase a Karaoke machine, consider “The Singing Machine SML-385W Disco Light Karaoke System,” which is low-priced and specifically designed to play all of your Karaoke CDs.
It’s top-loading with flashing disco lights and comes with two microphone jacks and separate volume controls. Fans of “Frozen” will love this CD, which comes with a booklet that includes all the words to the songs on the CD.
Kids love belting out the songs in a Karaoke format – and adults will join in the fun too. Singing is a stress reliever and a great way to bring the family together. If your child is mesmerized by all things Frozen, like so many children, look at some of the other toys that Disney has created.
The Frozen Flashing Light-UP Karaoke features amplified sounds and lights. There’s also the very popular, Disney Frozen Elsa & Anna Sing Along Boombox, which is a less sophisticated version of a Karaoke machine.
It’s especially designed for little princesses and features Anna and Elsa from Frozen. Toddlers love Frozen too, and Disney has created toys designed for them. The Disney Frozen Playland with 20 Balls features an interactive panel including holes for the balls and allowing for a peek through the windows.
Disney has created quite an enormous collection of Karaoke CDs that your children and entire family will love. If you and your children like to play Karaoke, check out  “Disney on Broadway,” “Disney Mania” and other great Disney movie and presentation CDs.
You can always depend on Disney for fun and age-appropriate toys for your children. They make great gifts and are colorful and designed to last.