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Blunders – A Fun Way to Teach Children Manners

How many times have you heard someone whisper, “That kid needs to be taught some manners. Well, “Patch Products” and Aimee Symington have come up with a solution, and it is the game of “Blunders.” The game contents include 300 questions on 150 cards, 9 table-setting cards, 4 player pawns, 2 dice and a game board.  “Blunders” is intended for 2-4 players ages 5 years old and up.



The game revolves around the “Blunder” family children, which includes Billy, Becky, and the twins Brenda and Bobby.  Unfortunately the “Blunder” children are known to have terrible manners.  Players choose one of the player pawns, deciding which of the four “Blunder” children they wish to be, and place their pawn at the start position on the game board.  The board represents a winding path of different colored squares around the city... 

Posted in Games, Learning

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.”

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

Rockin’ Math – Reinforce Basic Skills While Playing in a Band

“Educational Insights” has done it again, and created a fun educational experience, this time taking rock music and combining it with the world of math. The result is a game called “Rockin’ Math.”

 

The game packaging immediately catches your eye, as the box is in the shape of a guitar, and further examination reveals that the inside of the game box serves as a colorful game board.  The game can be played by 2-4 players and is intended for 3rd and 4th graders (8 years old and up).  Players first choose a playing piece, each patterned after a different musical instrument, and become part of a rock band.  Everyone starts the game by playing their music in a garage...

Posted in Learning

POP – For Addition & Subtraction – Improve Kids Math Skills

“Learning Resources” has released several language and math skill games under the “POP” banner, including our featured game today, "POP - For Addition & Subtraction.”

 

This game comes in a sturdy box, measuring 3.5”W x 3.5”L x 6”H.  The contents include 92 colorful addition and subtraction tokens, each in the shape of a large gumball.    One side of the gumball contains a simple math equation, like 8-7 or 5+4.  The other side is simply one of 8 different gumball colors.  There are also 8 special “POP” tokens included, along with a spinner... 

Posted in Games, Learning

Tall-Stacker Mighty Monkey Playset – A Colorful Imaginative Building Toy For Youngsters

"Lauri," a division of "Patch Products, Inc" continues to expand its line of "Tall-Stacker" and "Mighty Monkey" playsets. This new playset contains over 50 pieces, including 32 "Tall-Stacker" pegs, 4 "Mighty Monkey" pegs, 2 monkeys, 3 trees, a cart, a swinging vine, a tree house, an elevator basket, a 4-piece slide and a flexible, soft latex-free pegboard.

Each "Tall-Stacker" peg measures approximately 2 1/2" in length and can easily be placed in the pegboard. They can be stacked on top of each other, or other pieces can be combined with the "Tall-Stackers," like a swinging vine or a tree house. Palm Trees can also be created, using the versatile "Tall-Stacker" pegs. The "Mighty Monkey" pegs add a bit of versatility to the playset and can be used nearly anywhere. Add the slide and kids can send the cart rolling down the track.
Posted in Learning

Where is Howie’s Owie – Body Awareness for Youngsters

"Learning Resources" immediately gets high marks for coming up with such an inventive and catchy title for their interactive magnetic activity set. "Where is Howie's Owie?" is actually a double-sided easel, which stands 19" high, 13" wide and 11" deep with the base fully extended.  On each side of the easel, there is a picture of "Howie," a little boy standing in his red and yellow swimsuit.  One side of the easel is magnetic, and is used to place magnetic band-aids (20 included) on any of Howie's owies...
Posted in Learning

Mario’s Pizzeria – High Quality Playset from Wow Toys

"Ravensburger USA Inc." continues to expand its line of products, which includes top notch items from "Wow Toys," based in England.  "Wow Toys" are known for their toughness and expert design, plus none of their products ever require a battery.

"Mario's Pizzeria" comes with a pizzeria, an oven, a delivery trike, a chef, a delivery boy and 3 pizzas which can be moved around the playset.

The delivery trike can easily be pushed along and includes a special spot for one of the pizzas on the back of the trike.  The chef can be placed on top of the pizzeria and spun around displaying the various toppings available, plus a pizza, "ready for pick up," can be placed on a shelf near the front window.  The oven has a rack for a pizza, and by pushing a red button on top of the oven, cooking flames are shown...
Posted in Baby and Toddler, Learning

Viking City – A First Train Set for Your Toddler

"Viking Toys" is a Swedish toy manufacturer, and we are reviewing one of the featured toys in their "Viking City" collection. This is a 25 piece train set, which includes brightly colored curved and straight track, 4 green trees, a bridge and an engine with 2 trailing cars.  The entire set comes packaged in a handy carrying case with a red fabric handle.  The pieces are made of very soft plastic, which are surprisingly strong, and dishwasher safe.  The train features silent wheels, and every piece of this set not only fits nicely together, but is easy to assemble in a matter of just a few minutes.

Posted in Baby and Toddler, Learning








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