While attending Blogger Bash over the summer I got a hands on look at some of the newest and greatest toys. One of the best things was learning about new companies and what they have to offer, by far my favorite is Fat Brain Toys. I’ve recently become a blogger for them and wanted to share with you some of the great products they offer.
1. Kinetic Sand
Ever wonder what sand would feel like on another planet?
Grab two big handfuls of the Neon Kinetic Sand and you’ll feel like you’ve traveled way off into outer space!
Pack it tight and it sticks strong in whatever shape you make. Crumble it up and it seems to ooz oddly out of your hand.
And the best part? It hardly leaves any residue in your hands and it never dries out.
The clean and creative sand-building fun never stops!
Forget the hassle of beach sand and rocket your way into the future with two pounds of the Neon Color Kinetic Sand.
2. Goldie Blox
Building simple machines has never had such a pull on girls.
How can you get girls to build? Engage them with a story, challenge them with a problem-solving purpose, use colors, materials, and shapes that delight girls!
Created by Debbie Sterling, a hip, young Stanford engineer (who always wanted a toy like this herself) – the first book and construction toy in the GoldieBlox series has arrived!
Enter the world of GoldieBlox and meet Goldie (a strong female character who likes to invent things), Nacho (her beloved dog), Benjamin Cranklin (a cat with attitude), Katinka (the dolphin ballerina), Phil (the sloth) and Flavio (the bear from Brazil).
A spin-and-move counting game perfect for first time game players.
How to Play:
The baby chicks have flown the coop! All players work together to help Mother Hen collect her chicks and bring them back to the coop. To start, players place the 40 baby chicks all around the board. Mother Hen is on start. The object of the game is to get all 40 baby chicks back inside the coop before Mother Hen gets to the last space on the board. Players spin and move Mother Hen, counting the number of spaces she travels. For each space travelled, players collect that number of baby chick markers and place them in the coop. But watch out for the fox! If the spinner lands on the fox a baby chick is removed from the coop. Players take turns, but work together – players count aloud together, collect the number chicks together and, if they collect them all, players win together!
4. Spot It
Brightly colored, brilliantly illustrated – Spot It Educational is the exciting game that kids adore!
There is one, and only one match between any two cards. Be the first to spot it and you win the round. Continue to lay out the cards for fun, or bring on more competition by playing several rounds before counting the scores.
Players turn up the concentration as the hunt begins, looking for matching words, shapes, letters or numbers. Fast action and reflex skills improve as kids strive to be first to grab a correct combo!
Little ones are on the hunt!
Select a square “Find Me” card, name the image, and then get busy. Find Me cards display familiar items – animals, foods, colors, shapes, clothing and more. Lay the large “Seek Me” cards face down across the floor.
Flipping over cards and putting their memory to the test, toddlers flip the circular cards looking for the pictured item. Jumping up and down they set aside their match and draw another card.
Need an extra easy play version? Leave the Seek Me cards face up – Seek-a-Boo adapts to your child’s needs.
Spin it! Twist it! Shake it!
Be the first to find the penny or a marble, or a balloon, but don’t stop there… 48 hidden items are listed on the game top. Clear your eyes and start searching and shaking.
Sealed securely, kids pick up Find It – Kids Edition for instant entertainment.
Shake-shake-shake… in the car, on the couch, in the air or sitting on the ground, Find It is transportable fun for everyone. Play solo or set a timer and race your friends to find specific items.
“Feel” the alphabet, “see” the alphabet, associate the alphabet with objects! Puzzle-playing preschoolers marvel in using puzzle-solving skills to spell words. It’s a great confidence-building, educational resource for pre-readers!
Puzzle picture & letter manipulatives assist children in pre-reading concepts, phonics, & literacy development. Using 20 puzzle pictures and more than 50 vibrant letters, kids make huge gains in confidence and master new academic skills!
The find and hide game of chickens and eggs!
Cluck! Cluck! What an “egg-cellent” memory you have!
A “My First Game” for your clever little farmer. With constant motion, Peek-A-Doodle Doo engages your child’s memory and concentration in a farm fresh way!
Part 1: Cluck! Find the Eggs!
Can you rule the roost? Collect all twelve eggs and return them to the crate. Choose carefully little farmer. Keep an eye on your fellow players and where they are moving their chickens.
Part 2: Cluck, Cluck! Hide the Eggs!
Next, players take turns removing an egg from the egg crate, placing it on an empty nest, and then moving a chicken to cover the egg. Play continues until all 12 eggs are covered by chickens.
Scoring (No fowl play…)
One wrong move could ruffle your feathers…
If a player selects an incorrect chicken, they move their colored egg to the next cracked egg in their scoring nest’s cracking egg progression. Too many moves and CRACK! You’re out of CLUCK!
The winning player is the one with the most complete eggshell in their scoring nest when all the eggs are covered.
Flex, connect, build, play – JOINK!
Colorfully constructed, brilliantly designed, Joinks engage the fingers and mind in a fantastic building experience.
Fun to say, and even better to play, Joinks attracts inventors of all ages. From playroom to universities, toddler to teacher, simple to complex, Joinks designs are wide and diverse.
Wooden dowels join easily with quality 100% silicone connectors. One simple push and the dowels sit tight for a secure fit. Time for de-construction? One simple pull and “POP” the silicone slides off with a delightful sound.
Curious building has found its match. Innovative building has arrived!
One look at the colorful pieces and hands start grabbing. Joinks connectors reach out in all directions – one, two, three, four and even FIVE prong connecting pieces conform creativity to your definition.
Connecting prongs bend and flex for customized construction. Silly creatures, expressive forms, 3D geometric shapes, chemistry and molecular models, irregular structures… easily add, remove or swap sticks.
Bend them into place, Joinks are eager to please and flex quickly to your every whim.
Squigz are fun little suckers!
Apply pressure to two Squigz. Air rushes out and the fun rushes in!
Connecting to each other and to any solid, non-porous surface – Squigz are a species all their own. They flex. They stick. They suck people into creativity.
Once they take hold, it takes some pull to separate them. When Squigz POP! in protest – you’ll have to admit… your hands and ears are shamelessly delighted!
They are flexible fellows and committed joiners. Squigz and fellow Squigz have one chief enterprise – creating things. Willingly, they assemble to become rockets, vehicles, a cushion for the cat, jewelry… they thrill in uniting as a ginormous octopus or squid.
Squigz are scientific sorts – always up for playful experimentation and defying gravity – sticking to bathtubs, windows, school lockers, tabletops, and office desktops. (And they are mannerly guests too – never leaving a trace of their presence.)
Children have an indefatigable talent for finding unusual uses for their toys or, more inconveniently, finding interesting new uses for your property – mostly at the exact same time that you need it.
If you have given a present and found that the kids play more with the box or, like me, have despaired at spending Christmas Day watching the children use the tubes from the tinfoil and the wrapping paper as swords, whilst ignoring all their carefully selected, non-violent toys, the perfect present has arrived. Say hello to Bilibo.
Tortoise shell and sand toy, swing and spinner, cradle for dolls and a shell to build with in the snow – Bilibo is all this and much more. So what exactly is a Bilibo? Well one clue is the fact that it does not come with an instruction manual. Kids can do what they like with it!
Says Alex Hochstrasser, Swiss inventor and designer of Bilibo, “When I introduced the prototypes at the kindergarten of my hometown the little ones were astonished at first. But then a boy sat down in Bilibo and started spinning, a girl turned Bilibo around and tried to balance on him – after that you just could not stop them any more.”
This shell is made of high density polyethylene which is shock-resistant, weather-proof, food safe, completely recyclable and comes in Eight bright colors. Bilibo is big enough that kids of different ages can sit in it comfortably. All this, and friendly too -Bilibo has two holes at the side which look like eyes and give the appearance of a smiling face on the shell.
The above 10 items are my top pics for this holiday season, some we already have, some are already to be wrapped and some I can’t wait to try! Have you tried any of the items listed above? Which one do you hope Santa brings?
**disclouser: I am part of a blogging program with Fat Brain Toys which at times does include compensation. However; as always; all opinions are my own.**