With Meredith Sinclair, Education Specialist, Toy Commentator & Columnist.
Bringing joy to kids on the holidays is one of life’s greatest pleasures. From the big boxes to the small, if you make sure each is packed with just the right thing, the squeals of delight is the gift that keeps on giving.
Education Specialist, Toy Commentator, Columnist and mom, Meredith Sinclair knows a thing or two about making the kids happy and will share some of her favorite holiday picks in toys, games and all kinds of play for guaranteed joy.
Playmation Marvel’s Avengers is the next step in the evolution of play. The groundbreaking system of connected toys and wearables fuses technology and digital storytelling to create a completely new category of play. Available at retail now for under $75, the new toy/game hybrid aims to inspire both kids and parents to get active and creative at playtime.
Recently added to TTPM’s “Most Wanted” list for the holidays, along with other holiday “hot toy” accolades from Parents magazine, Toys “R” Us, The Toy Insider and the National Parenting Publication Awards, the Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Starter Pack includes five connected toys: one piece of Avenger Gear (Repulsor), two Power Activators and two Smart Figures – a Super Hero (Captain America) and a Super Villain (Iron Skull), as well as 25 missions.
Getting started is easy, strap the high-tech Repulsor Gear onto your arm (it fits adults, too!) and listen closely to JARVIS as he takes you through the tutorial on how to control your new Gear, inspired by Iron Man technology.
Fire Kids Edition comes with an all-new Fire tablet, a year of FreeTime Unlimited with access to over 10,000 books, videos, educational apps, and games, a kid-proof case in either blue or pink, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee. If anything happens, simply return it and we’ll replace it for free—no questions asked.
Fire Kids Edition provides access to over 40,000 age-appropriate websites and YouTube videos—all hand-curated by a team of Amazon experts so parents don’t have to worry about what their kids are watching. All for under $100 and available on Amazon.com. The device also offers up to 128 GB of expandable storage via a microSD card slot so parents never have to worry about storage space of large videos, apps or games.
Fire Kids Edition is $99.99. For more information visit Amazon.com.
SimCity, the world’s favorite city builder game, has been re-imagined for mobile as SimCity BuildIt. Available completely Free from Apple, Google and Amazon App Stores, you can immediately start building a beautiful, bustling city on your phone or tablet.
Bring your city to life as you complete quick, fun challenges and experience vivid 3D-quality graphics. Find out what kind of Mayor you can be. Keep your citizens happy, improve the roads, and earn taxes as you customize your city with famous landmarks (Empire State Building, Big Ben and more), or build up your Beach Boardwalk to bring a touch of summer to your city.
And brand new for this holiday season, you can now expand your city in to the Mountains and build a fun winter resort for your citizens to enjoy, with a winter castle, ski lift, trams and more. Whatever you choose, you can build a thriving metropolis. It’s all up to you in SimCity BuildIt.
Designed originally by Irish architect Damien Murtagh for professional use and based on modern building techniques, ARCKIT is a multi-award-winning system of scaled model building kits. More realistic and advanced than traditional building block toys, ARCKIT’s pieces interconnect without glue and are reusable.
With ARCKIT, design fans, budding architects, hobbyists, and kids ages 12+ can quickly and easily design their own dream home, a small scale version of their favorite iconic building and much more. ARCKIT is also hugely popular as a way to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills.
It is available exclusively at Barnes & Noble. Prices are $69.95-$399.95
The only portable and convertible activity center of its kind, Portaplay is designed to maximize design with functionality and relevance. While all other activity centers are useful only till the time the child starts walking , Portaplay with one easy change becomes a play table that is height adjustable to be used till 5 years of age.
Babies absolutely adore it as the seat provides them 360 degree rotation as well as bouncing and the toys are stimulating and fun. All the toys serve a well defined learning purpose as well and are very simple to clip on and off. The parents love it because it’s super easy to assemble, folds flat and takes minimum storage space which also makes it very handy to transport. Moreover it’s very easy to clean with mild soapy water and the seat cover is machine washable.
The design is clean, the colors are fun yet muted and the overall impression is of a very well designed, vibrant, high quality, high utility product.
The Portaplay sells for $149 and is available at all leading online stores like Albee Baby, Amazon, BuyBuy Baby, Diapers.com, Giggle.com, and the company website loveoribel.com. Plus it’s available locally at Albee Baby, Baby Grand, Baby Town, BuyBuy Baby, Giggle, Magic Beans, Modern Natural Baby, NessaLee Baby, Stroller Mama, and Tadpole.
Petcube Camera is the first human-pet communication device. It allows pet parents to watch, talk to and even play with animals using a built in laser-pointer toy. Before Petcube, there wasn’t a simple way to communicate with pets while the owner was away from home. Now, pet owners can use this invaluable tool to keep their pets active, engaged, well-behaved and happy.
With the Petcube App, users from all over the world can connect to publicly shared cameras that enable real-time interaction with pets. The company has even partnered with animal shelters to help adopt rescue animals in need of a home. The Petcube for Shelters program connect loving animals at shelters across the country with the perfect home. And the best part is, you don’t have to have the Petcube Camera to play with pets!
Petcube works with iOS and Android devices and requires LTE or WiFi connectivity and is available at: Petcube.com, Amazon, Brookstone and select Best Buy stores.
Special Discount – Get the Petcube Camera for only $179.
Use code “giftsforkids” at petcube.com