Disclosure: This post features products I saw at Sweet Suite at Blogger Bash in NYC. I have received samples to try with my children in order to facilitate this preview of gifts for boys for Holiday 2014. #BBNYC #SweetSuite14
Call me crazy, but I am one of those people that has almost all of my holiday shopping done for the kids by the first week of November. The sales are good early during the lull of October, and I hate having to run to 10 different stores to try to find whatever popular toy they asked Santa for this year.
But, let’s admit it. There is a little part of me that really just likes to go to the stores and play with all the toys myself.
That’s why the Big Toy Book’s Sweet Suite 2014 was truly awesome. I got to interact with brands, learn about amazing toys, and chat with amazing bloggers. I’ll be sharing favorites from #SweetSuite14 throughout the fall, but here are 10 toys that made my 3 and 5 year old boys giddy with excitement.
1. Sands Alive
Sands Alive is an innovative product from Play Visions that takes the fun of the beach and brings it into your home without the mess. The boys “built castles” for hours…
…and Momma built this guy after the boys went to bed.
2. HEXBUG Aquabot 2.0
We are HEXBUG super fans over here and horrible at keeping real fish alive (remember my goldfish post here? Well the poor thing lived for 18 months swimming upside-down!). So you can imagine how excited I was to see the Aquabot 2.0. It swims just like a fish and wakes up when you tap on the glass. Since it glows in the dark, it would be great for a pet-desiring kid who is afraid of the dark!
3. Creativity Can
The Creativity Can from Creativity for Kids is a cool concept for little artists and inventors. A hodge podge of materials are available in the can to use to create whatever their imagination can imagine!
Crashlings have been on the boy’s wish list for months. They are collectable figures packaged in meteors that can be used to play a variety of single and double player games – and some of the meteors can pop off the table more than 4 feet high.
5. Care Bears
Care Bears are back – and better than ever! I had a version of Cheer Bear just like this one when I was a kid. My 3 year is on a hunt for Grumpy Bear, his favorite from the show. At 12″ these are perfect for snuggling in little arms.
6. Birds, Bugs, and Beans
My 5 year old and I have been having a great time playing Bird, Bugs, and Beans, a card came that requires you to make noises when you see the cockroaches, flies, birds, and beans. I mean, what 5 year old boy wouldn’t like a game that makes it permissible to toot when you see the beans!
7. Doodle Sketch
Ohio Art’s Doodle Sketch brings the fun of the magnetic board to the car. This mini version would be great for road trips and is small enough to put in your purse for a dinner outing with a fussy toddler.
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Half-Cool Heroes
The preschool crowd loves TMNT, but the figures can be a little scary for little ones. The Half-Cool Heroes line takes our favorite reptilian ninjas and makes them a bit more appropriate for the littlest fans.
9. IQ Twist
I love logic games, especially ones that can be played alone. IQ Twist by Smart Games builds critical thinking and visualization skills as you work to arrange the pieces in various configurations, using only colored pegs as clues. Small enough to fit in a purse, it makes a great toy to keep kids busy on the go.
10. Bananagrams Wild Tiles
As a teacher I often used the original Bananagrams game to teach reading and spelling to my students. As my oldest builds his spelling and reading skills this year in Kindergarten, we will definitely be playing more so he gets practice seeing and creating words in print.
Thanks to Blogger Bash for inviting me to attend Sweet Suite! I had a sweeeeeeeet time. The Kidz Bop 26 CD has been playing on a loop here, since it contains some of our favorite songs – Happy, Timber, and Let it Go. If you need a morning smile, check out our dance party!