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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...

High School Musical Fashion Dolls

If you have preteens, you have probably heard about the phenomenon that is Disney’s High School Musical. High School Musical follows the lives of several high schools students at East High School, including math whiz Gabriella, basketball star Troy, full-of-herself Sharpay, and more. Since the first High School Musical show was released in 2006, it has become an international sensation, with the third movie in the series, following the students in their senior year, recently released in movie theaters rather than on television. Kids love the characters and many collect the merchandise avidly. If your child loves the High School Musical series, then a great gift choice for the holiday season is a set of High School Musical 3 Dolls, featuring some of the favorite characters in the series, such as Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Chad, Taylor, Zeke, Kelsey, and Ryan. Kids will be thrilled with their dolls and/or playsets, and can recreate the High School Musical movies in the comfort of their own homes. Inspire their imagination and you’ll be the coolest parent on the...

Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker

Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker by JAKKS Pacific Young aspiring chefs will love making a mess and creating real, edible cupcakes with the Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker by Jakks. This toy encourages girls to get creative, and has all the accessories necessary to make, bake, and decorate delicious cupcakes. The Girl Gourmet™ Cupcake Maker bakes cupcakes in as little as 30 seconds. The entire set comes with everything your little baker will need to create delicious cupcakes in record time, including the cupcake maker itself, froster, microwaveable cupcake holders to cook the cupcakes in, four cupcake cups, bowl, measuring spoons, spatula, recipe cards, instruction sheet, four cupcake mixes, and four frostings. Important note: You will need a microwave oven in order to enjoy this product. This set boosts kids’ confidence and offers them a chance to take pride in their baked creations. Parents will love “testing” the finished products as well! It’s no surprise the Cupcake Maker has made many of the “best toys of 2008” lists. However, as fun as the product is, don’t expect the results to look anywhere close to those pictured on the box–in fact, far from. We ended up using a regular store-bought frosting mix, because the ones provided had a consistency that simply didn’t...

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...

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