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Wow them with Kota My Triceratops Dinosaur

Do you have a young member of your family who is interested in all things dinosaurs? Chances are, yes! Extinct in reality but never in the imagination, dinosaurs continue to fascinate young and old alike. It’s no surprise that many young children gravitate towards dinosaur toys. This holiday season, young dinosaur enthusiasts can experience the closest thing to a real dinosaur they’ll ever entertain in their own homes–the Playskool Kota My Triceratops Dinosaur. Kota My Triceratops Dinosaur is enormous, life-like in its own way, and is fashioned after the Triceratops but with more personable and baby-like features. Children can actually sit on top of the Kota My Triceratops Dinosaur and take a ride! Standing at three feet tall, Kota My Triceratops Dinosaur comes to life and interacts with children by responding to a child’s voice and touch. Roars are realistic, his body parts move, and kids have a real blast. Kids marvel at the toy’s ability to move its horns, head, legs, and tail. They can also feed their gigantic new “pet”, and listen to four different songs designed to teach kids about dinosaurs and prehistoric times. It’s important to help advance your child’s learning in any way possible. If you can mix fun with education, it helps your child learn that much faster. That’s exactly what Kota My Triceratops Dinosaur is designed to do. It’s pricey, but is a great match for many young dinosaur lovers. If you’re going to invest in the toy, make sure you have room for it! Keep in mind that children should be under 60 pounds to ride on Kota, and last but not least, make sure you have 6 D batteries and a screwdriver on hand if you want to avoid disappointment on Christmas...

U-Dance – A New Addition to Our Gift Guide

The Hasbro U-Dance Game is a plug-and-play unit for the TV featuring an all-in-one sensor system that detects motion. Donning special foot tags, as kids dance, their steps appear onscreen–no special mat to dance on, and nothing to hold. Let your feet do all the talking! Kids learn and practice authentic dance moves as they dance solo or in a “dance-off” with a friend. There is an option to add some fitness to the mix via a “treadmill” game. Such fun, and truly innovative! The U-Dance is a new addition to EdutainingKids’ Holiday Gift Guides: For Kids Ages 9-up. See all top toy selections for tweeners. [For more information, user reviews, or to buy: U-Dance at...

Hot Toys for the Holidays 2008

Every year, we anticipate the new Holiday Toys list at Amazon. The list of most wanted, wished for, and hottest toy ideas is categorized into children’s age groups and interests. This year’s list is a little more Web 2.0 with its video component and sliders–great fun! You can see the top toys for Christmas (and other holidays of the winter season) here: Amazon’s Holiday Toy List 2008. Hyperdash is selected as the number one holiday toy for 2008, and it’s no wonder. We love the game that has kids thinking on their feet–literally. It’s an Edutaining Kids Top Pick as well, as it fits perfectly into our expectations for a quality “edutaining” toy. Hyper Dash puts a new spin on the term “active learning”–it promotes listening, memory, and math skills, as well as giving kids a little workout. Intense fun! For more information about this fun and educational toy, see Wild Planet Hyper Dash. More toys that appear on both Amazon’s list and our Edutaining Kids Holiday Gift Guides include Fisher-Price Smart Cycle, EyeClops Night Vision Infrared Stealth Goggles,LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table, and...

2008 Best Toys for Kids: Creative Toys

2008 Best Toys for Kids Passes Over Super-Hyped ‘Hot’ Products in Favor of Creative Toys for Back-To-Basics Play GOAL IS MORE IMAGINATIVE, MAKE-IT-UP-YOURSELF, BELLY-LAUGHING PLAY FOR KIDS AND EASIER SHOPPING FOR MOM AND DAD Toys don’t get much better than these. If you’re a kid just wanting to have fun, or an overworked parent looking to keep holiday shopping simple, check out the one expert-selected holiday toy list that cuts through all the heavily-hyped electronic razzmatazz in favor of safe, creative toys with staying power. The hot-off-the-presses 2008 Best Toys for Kids list released today by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) gets back to the basics. It features toys for make-it-up-yourself, belly-laughing play that’s safe, fun for kids and supports their physical, cognitive, and social development. These toys are a great reason to bypass the hordes of anxious, exhausted shoppers at the usual big box stores and try smaller toy stores with better selection, good service, and a priority on toy safety. “Many toy shoppers are surprised to learn that there is a whole world of engaging, unique, well-made toys that they never see in huge, impersonal, one-size-fits-all stores. These are the toys you will find on the 2008 Best Toys for Kids list and in your local neighborhood toy store,” notes Kathleen McHugh, President of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association. “The people at your locally-owned toy store are from your community. They hand-select a wide range of safe, highly creative toys you don’t see advertised,” continues McHugh. “These toys may not be the ones your kids bug you to buy them, but they will be the ones they play with over and over.” Toy store owners who are toy and play experts have selected the 2008 Best Toys for Kids (listed below). The list includes toys for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and older children, and guides parents to toy selections according to different types of play. Details about each toy can be found at www.astratoy.org. INFANT (Ages Birth-12 Months) 1. Busy Bee Discovery Flower (ALEX) Ages 6 months+ 2. Together Tunes Too (Neurosmith, manufacturer & Small World Toys, vendor) Ages 6 months+ TODDLER (Ages 1-3 Years) 3. Wheely Bug (Prince Lionheart) Ages 1.5+ Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug (small size), and 3+ Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug (large size) 4. Dexter the Digger (WOW Toys, manufacturer & Ravensburger, vendor) Ages 1.5+ PRESCHOOL LEARNING (Ages 3-6 Years) 5. Magna-Tiles: 3-D Magnetic Building Tiles (Valtech Co.) Ages 3+ 6. Magnetic Mosaics Kids (The Orb Factory) • Ages 4+ Preschool Pretend...

Magnext – Magnetic Building Toys that Engage Young Children

Many kids love building toys, and their brains love them too! Magnext is a special magnetic construction toy that is safe, well-built, and innovative. There are a number of different Magnext sets available, including gravity-defying cars (the Spheron line), rollercoasters (the iCoaster set), and “special parts” sets that allow kids to build such things as submarines, jets, and a whole lot more. It’s best to start with a basic or starter set and then build upon it with a special parts set. If you know your child is going to be especially fond of the rollercoaster set (called the iCoaster), go for that set. It has plenty of nice features, and actually adds cool sounds to the creative mix. There is a girls’ Magnext set also available–it’s the same system, but with pastel colors. Recommended for kids ages 6 and up. Magnext...

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