Toy Talk with the Toy Couple
Not sure what gifts to get your loved ones this holiday season? Look no further!
Misti and Gary have been hard at work, and with the help of our Toy Inspectors, they have assembled a list of the best toys of 2016. Stick around for descriptions and reviews of this year's hottest products!
Bruder Fire Truck
Perfect for the child who plays make-believe. (Everyone at some point dreams of being a fire fighter!) Featuring a tilting driver's cabin, folding outside mirrors, tank that can be filled with water, and an extendable and rotating selwing ladder. Plus, the siren sound can be switched from the American version to the European version with the switch in the battery compartment! The Light & Sound module includes four different functions: horn, engine noise, flashing light and siren sound.
Here are our picks for the best toys of 2016 for teens and adults.
Ravensburger Vancouver Puzzle
A new image from Ravensburger. I like to think of it as 'When 2 worlds meet' rather than 'When 2 worlds collide. Fabulous Ravensburger quality!
Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES.
In Codenames, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.
Rated #1 Party Game on BoardGameGeek.com!
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a fast game for 3-10 players. You might be one of the dastardly Werewolves, a tricky Troublemaker, the helpful Seer, or one of a dozen different characters, each with a special ability. In the course of a single morning, your village will decide who is a werewolf...because all it takes is lynching one werewolf to win! You'll want to play it again and again, and no two games are ever the same. No moderator, no elimination, ten-minute games.
Durable, lightweight telescope can explore from animals or the craters of the moon. Features 50mm achromatic objective lens, all-glass optics, rack and pinion focusing from 20x to 80x magnification, and table-top tripod. Includes 2 interchangeable eyepieces and an image erector for viewing terrestrial subjects.
Wire Puzzle - Make my Day
Here are our picks for the best toys of 2016 for tweens.
Perfect (and fun) for improving your math skills. Mobi is the innovative new number tile game to teach little ones numbers, older ones math skills or for challenging your best friend to numerical combat. The blue tiles are numbers and the white tiles are operators; connect your tiles into equations on a crossword style grid in order to win. Grab a few friends, find a flat surface, and get tonnes of fun out of this little blue whale.
A perfect toy to work on logic and spacial relationships - and have a lot of fun in doing so! Oh, and it helps work on your patience level as well....
Klutz Craft Kit
See it Slam it Game
The card game for people who are into kittens and explosions...and laser beams...and sometimes goats.
Players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game — unless that player has a Defuse card, which can defuse the kitten!
Great fun for ages 7+ for 2-5 players (can also be combined with another deck to be played with up to 9 players)
Now here's some fun! This box of Bean Boozled jelly beans contains 10 weird flavours and 10 look-alike tasty flavours. Also included is a spinner, so you can play the Bean Boozled game with your friends. Take a spin, and find out if what you’re picking is delicious, or weird! You'll be able to tell by the laughs....or the cringes!
Kick Extreme Scooter
Duncan Quick Cube
This is essentially a Rubic's cube but Duncan has rounded the inner edges to allow for easier turning. No more locking corners! Hours of fun....maybe minutes for others!
Here are our picks for the toys of 2016 for school age kids.
Is mom or dad into yoga? Why not do yoga as a family? Yoga Pretzels is a new kind of game that you can do alone, or in a group. This deck of cards includes 50 different yoga activities, all with clear instructions and helpful illustrations. With Yoga Pretzels, getting in shape isn't just easy, but fun too.
Money Savvy Bank
This not only helps you save money, but also keeps money in perspective and helps teach financial skill to prepare one for future financial health. Teach your children the many ways money works in our society including the ability to spend within your means and feel good about your spending/investing.
Cobble Hill Santa Puzzle
Flying Spaceman (& Space Treats)
Space food isn't just for astronaut. Enjoy this authentic space treat, which is the same thing the astronauts take to space with them. This freeze dried Neapolitan makes the perfect treat, on earth or in space!
This classic pogo stick is perfect for young ones first learning how to bounce. It's single piston is easy to use and very durable. This model is recommended for kids weighing up to 85 pounds.
Last Mouse Lost
Talk about the perfect strategy game that plays in literally minutes - or less! Mice are represented by little rubber bubbles on what looks like an Egg-O waffle! Play against one other person and push any number of mice (bubbles) down in a single row. They then do the same.Whoever presses the last mouse down loses the round. It's super easy and super fun! You never know what the other person will do. Great for the car, at home and for travelling. Also fun for adults!
A quick 2 player game that tests your strategy skills. Take turns pressing bubbles in any row and to try to be the one to press the last bubble. Flip it over to start again. Games play in under a minute. Quiet and excellent to travel with. Washable. Great for 6 to adult.
Here are our picks for the best toys of 2016 for preschoolers.
Shape Sequence Sorting Kit
Wee Baby Stella
Learn to Play Xylophone
Hape Junior Rail
Beat Box Set
This exciting activity book from Melissa & Doug includes 4 reusable pages and a refillable water pen for painting without a mess! Use the pen to fill in each activity, from coloring in boxes to tracing letters! When you're done, simply let the pages dry to erase the pictures and fill it in again and again for endless fun! This alphabet-themed book includes every letter of the alphabet (uppercase and lowercase) to trace, alongside pictures of familiar objects to illustrate each sound.
Also get the Water Wow - Animals book or the Water Wow - Numbers book!
Here are our picks for the best baby toys of 2016.
By my estimation, this is probably the best teething toy ever! Sophie the Giraffe awakens baby’s senses. The dark and contrasting spots on Sophie the Giraffe make her easily recognizable and soon she becomes a familiar and reassuring object. Sophie's squeaker stimulates the ears, and helps baby to understand the link between cause and effect. Sophie's safe and flexible material provides lots of parts for baby to chew to soothe sore gums. Made of 100% natural rubber and food based paint. Even the name is cute!
Baby Banz Earmuff
You may have never imagined giving your child a spare rib or a chicken wing before they had a full set of teeth; however, Little Toader is happy to make this unknown dream come true! Not only are Appeteethers fun for those watching, these teething toys are designed to ease teething discomfort. They also have varying colors and textures to help stimulate your baby's senses. MOst importantly, these fun teethers are Non-Toxic, BPA Free, Lead Free, PVC Free, and Phthalate Free!