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A Game for Toddlers: Hello Sunshine! – A Child’s First Hiding Experience

ToysBulletin.com reviews a Hide & Seek Learning Game from ThinkFun.Hello_1820_LowResSpillLast year, Bill Ritchie, the CEO of ThinkFun created an instant hit for children 18 months old and up called “Roll & Play.”  This simple game had children roll a large plush 6-sided die, with colors on each side rather than numbers.  Then a card was drawn that matches the color from the die, which gave a simple instruction for the youngsters to follow.

71V3pc1fGGL_SL1500Now, in 2013, Mr. Ritchie and ThinkFun have done it again with another game for little kids.  This time it is called “Hello Sunshine!”  Instead of the large die, it has been replaced by a large plush yellow ball of Sunshine, complete with an appropriate happy face.  There are also 18 round double-sided cards, each describing a different hiding place (36 in all).

The object of the basic game is for an adult to choose a card and hide Sunshine at the hiding place described on the card.  For example, one of the locations is “On Top of a table,” and another is “Behind a chair.”  Then the child begins the search for “Sunshine” based on the location on the card.  Once found, everyone cheers and we try it again.There are many ways to play the game depending on the age of the child.  For the very young children, the adult and the child may actually want to hide “Sunshine” together, and then comment on the different locations where “Sunshine” loves to hide.   The youngsters learn from the repetition and begin to learn positional words like “under, next to, behind, on top of and in front of.”

pic1754904lgThe game also includes several cards where only the position is given, allowing the parent to choose a location that may be more familiar, or even more challenging.  The cards include colorful illustrations for each of the locations, and there is even a Velcro storage area for all of the cards on the backside of “Sunshine.”

There is also a very informative set of instructions and a parent’s guide that not only explains the basic game, but also provides helpful hints regarding some of the variations that can be used to make “Hello Sunshine!” even more enjoyable.

The retail price of “Hello Sunshine!” is $19.99.  Check it out at Amazon.com.

Posted in Baby and Toddler

The Best of 2013 from Toys Bulletin

ToysBulletin.com lists its favorite toys and games of the year.

 

Each year this task gets much more difficult for our staff here at Toys Bulletin.  As has been the case in past years, we continue to see so many quality and exciting new products during the year that it is especially difficult to single out just a few standouts.  Plus, we also know that we cannot possibly test and review every toy and game released by every manufacturer in the past 12 months, so there is no doubt that we may have missed some good ones.


Here are the guidelines we follow in making our selections.  “The Best of 2013” is based solely on the toys and games that we have reviewed on our website from November 2012 through October 2013.  We have purposely excluded some older items, which may have been reviewed during that period, because that toy or game has been around for a number of years.  However, in some circumstances, we have also included an item that was new to us at Toys Bulletin, even though it may have been available for purchase prior to November 2012.

 

And most importantly, we followed our mission statement of providing a list of the “Best Toys and Games You’ve Never Heard Of...”


Posted in Apps and Video Games, Baby and Toddler, Board Games, Building, Christmas, Doll, Electronics, Figures, Games, Girls, Information, Learning, Nostalgic, Outdoor, Remote Control, Riding, Sports, Vehicles

A Baby Toy Review: Wiggimals – Cuddly Animals that Wiggle and Move

ToysBulletin.com reviews a plush toy with a few surprises from Little Tikes.

 

“Little Tikes” has just released a great toy for your little ones.  “Wiggimals” are squeezable plush animals that measure approximately 6”L x 6”W x 5”H.  The current lineup includes a sheep, pig, cow and chicken.  Each is a different color with a face to match the type of animal.

 

The real surprise comes when the child taps on the top of the head of a “Wiggimal.”  Each one immediately comes to life with its own distinct animal sound and short musical verses from “Old McDonald had a Farm.”  In addition, the “Wiggimal” begins to wiggle and shake and moves ever so slowly across the floor... 

Posted in Baby and Toddler

Baby/Toddler Toy Reviews: Mirari – Three Toys for Your Little Ones

ToysBulletin.com reviews several new pre-school toys from Patch Products.

 

“Busy Buddy,” “My Pad” and “Pop! Pop! Piano” are a trio of new toys being distributed by Patch Products providing educational play opportunities aimed directly at the littlest of children.  Toys Bulletin is taking a look at all three.

 

First up is Busy Buddy,” which measures 6” W x 9 ½” L.  It is made of durable plastic and features a small dog with floppy ears, eyes, nose and a set of paws wrapped around a circular set of gears.  There are a total of 6 colored gears, each with a different open shape in the center.  The idea is to first fit the gears into the proper locations matching the shape of the opening with the solid portion in the gearbox.  Once all gears are in place, a simple turn of a small knob puts the gears in motion, which automatically allows the dog’s eyes to blink and ears to move from side to side.  This is a great visual experience and a wonderful first shape-fitting toy for children as young as 9 months old.  “Busy Buddy” retails for $17.99 and can be found at Amazon.com...

Posted in Baby and Toddler

A Baby Toy Review: Click, Rattle ‘n Roll Caterpillar – A Great First Toy

ToysBulletin.com reviews a colorful moveable rattle from Early Years and International Playthings.

 

International Playthings distributes so many toys; it is hard to keep up with their various brand offerings.  “Early Years” is one of those brands, and their toys are geared for the very young.  Today we are going to take a close look at the “Click, Rattle ‘n Roll Caterpillar,” recommended for ages 6 months and up.

 

This brightly colored toy is made of quality plastic and measures approximately 10 inches in length.  The caterpillar itself is green in color and sports eight round movable yellow legs (basically 4 wheels on each side).  This enables the caterpillar to roll easily on hard or carpeted floors, with the simple push of a little hand...

Posted in Baby and Toddler

Toddler Toy Reviews: Peek ‘n Peep Eggs from Kidoozie & Singing Animal Keyboard from ELC – It’s All in The Hands

Toysbulletin.com reviews the latest toys distributed by International Playthings.

 

In what may be another first for Toys Bulletin, we are going to review a pair of toys suggested for children as young as one years old.  First up is a clever type of sorting and matching game, where a carton of plastic eggs replaces the traditional game board and its assorted loose pieces.  It is called “Peek ‘n Peep Eggs” and includes six removable eggshells, each of which opens up to reveal six different colored eggs inside...

Posted in Baby and Toddler

Block Crayons – Build with them and Color with them

“Wooky Entertainment” distributes block crayons, which allow toddlers to build with well-designed blocks, and then draw and color with the very same blocks. There are several unique playsets, each featuring block crayons. We are going to take a look at the “Block Crayon Color and Stow Farm...”

Posted in Baby and Toddler

THE BEST OF 2012 FROM TOYS BULLETIN

This task has not gotten any easier since we published our “Best of 2011” 12 months ago.  We see so many quality and exciting new products during the year, making it especially difficult to single out just a few standouts.  Plus, as mentioned last year, we cannot possibly test and review every toy and game released by every manufacturer in the past 12 months, so there is no doubt that we may have missed some good ones.

Here are the guidelines we follow in making our selections.  “The Best of 2012” is based solely on the toys and games that we have reviewed on our website from November 2011 through October 2012.  We have purposely excluded some older items, which may have been reviewed during that period, because that toy or game has been around for a number of years.  However, in some circumstances, we have also included an item that was new to us at Toys Bulletin, even though it may have been available for purchase prior to November 2011.

 

And most importantly, we kept with our mission statement of providing a list of the “Best Toys and Games You’ve Never Heard Of.”

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