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Zazzy Pals

I have the perfect game to help your child break the monotony of boredom this summer and wouldn’t you have it, the game is perfect for travel. Zazzy Pals Canine Cardz, created by pet artist, educator and mother of four,  Randy Bieniek, is an entertaining dog-themed game for children of all ages. After years of hearing incredible stories about the pets she was commissioned to paint, Bieniek realized their personalities could be captured in a fun, 3-D way by combining paint, craft and humor with the new Canine Cardz .

This game requires none of the boring, time consuming set up that most Canine Cardzgames require. Also, no batteries required means Canine Cardz can be played on the go without having to make sure that the batteries have juice before heading out.

The game includes a 54 card deck in a hard plastic, snap closure case, 4 large foam dog bones, 12 colored pencils, a sketch pad and instructions. All contents are kept in an nontraditional cylindrical, plastic case. The cylinder is transparent, allowing the consumer to see all of the brightly colored, dog based contents inside. The packaging is both eye catching and practical as the lid is attached by a fabric handle, which represents a dog collar. Once again ready for ‘on the go’. It is perfect for taking on vacations, sleepovers, birthdays, etc.

The deck of cards are absolutely adorable. Each card is numbered one through twelve and each card has delightfully funny ‘picture’, of a dog and a true short story below about that pooch. Each individual number of card has the same picture and story, so the cards can be used in a match game called ‘mutt match’. Instructions are for the eight dog themed games; Mutt Match, Pass the Pooch, Woof, Stay, Go Fetch, Dog Catcher, Zazzy 3′s and Bones are included with the game.Each of these games allows children to build skills including, reading comprehension, color recognition, fine motor skills, and visual memory. Read more…

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Blast N’ LaunchOutdoor Toys have been in children’s lives for many generations. Outdoor toys are a great way to get your kids outside and active. However times are changing and parents want toys that are easy to take with you when traveling, this has in turn led to manufacturers like Tech 4 Kids designing outdoor toys such as the ‘Blast N Launch’ and Splat Catch. Blast N Launch is a fun outdoors activity toy that kids will love.  No batteries are required for this toy. Air pressure causes the rockets to launch. To activate Blast N Launch, simply jump on the blast cushion and launch the rocket up into the air.

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And away we go. Traveling with a toddler can be a daunting experience. Just because it can be both a challenging and daunting doesn’t mean you should limit your travel plans or even rule out traveling altogether! My son lives in Ottawa, so we do a lot of traveling back and forth with our 17 month old. Ottawa is about a three hour drive from where we live. Here are some tips I use to make my trip with her a little bit more enjoyable.

  • Schedule small pit stops to stretch and allow your toddler to run. Those on routes along the highway have become my friend.
  • If possible, consider starting your travel around your toddler’s nap time. When we can do this we have two hours quit time.
  • A road trip is not a road trip without snacks. I pack it all: Cheerios, puffs, cookies, apple juice etc.
  • Increase your patience and tolerance levels. I don’t know about your toddler, but mine hates to be in her car seat.
  • Pack some activities that both you and your toddler can enjoy. Purchase a new toy and save it for your trip.

We recently drove to Kingston, which is only an hour drive, but our toddler decided to cry a good portion of that drive. I gave her the Baby Einstein Take Baby Einstein Take Along TunesAlong Tunes to entertain her, but sadly that only lasted for ten min- before she chucked it across to the other seat.  The only time she was not crying was when she was eating a cooky. Finally we stopped an on route and I let her walk around.  That did it. She was a happy camper after that.

Nonetheless, Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes  is worth mentioning as it is a great take along toy and it is small enough to pop in your purse. This baby’s version of an “MP3 player”plays classic music and has colorful lights that dance across the screen. The switch on top has two volume settings (high/low) and also turns the unit off.   It’s not extremely loud, so it’s not annoying to parents.  Recommended for  infants 3 months and up I think the toy is more suited for those under one.  In my opinion Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes is a pretty basic toy for a 17 month old, which is why she lost interest so quickly.  When shopping for take a long toys insure you buy age appropriate toys.

What are your thoughts and experience with toddlers and traveling?

Website: kidsii.com

 

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Jeepers Peepers Glasses Game

By Tanya

Super Duper publications has produced another winner in my books. The auditory Memory for WH Questions Fun Deck is both fun and educational at  Super Duper Publicationsthe same time. The game includes a fun deck with 56 illustrated cards, with a short story and five ‘W’ questions about the story. The five ‘W’ questions are, Who, What, Where, When, Why.
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The instructions are quite simple. The story is read aloud to your child.  Once the story is read your child is then asked the questions listed under the short story. The questions are direct ‘W’ questions about the details of the short story that was just read to the child. The child then uses their auditory memory to answer the questions. Read more…

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The New Nerf Super Soaker 2014 Product Line

Dust off the barbecues and stock up on sun screen; it looks like summer is officially here. Today, June 21st marks the first day of the summer NERF SUPER SOAKERseason.  Every year when Summer roles around, we’re constantly on the lookout for things to keep us cool.

Invented by Lonnie Johnson in 1984, made popular by Michael Jackson in 1990, and purchased by Hasbro in 2002 for decades now super soakers having been helping both adults and children cool down when the weather heats up.

This summer, you’ll be able to soak farther, and soak harder with all-new Nerf Super Soakers from Hasbro. Each water blaster in the new 2014 lineup was designed to give you  more blasting distance, higher water capacity, bigger water blasts and new ways to soak. Our testers took to their backyards earlier in the week to put two of the new water blasters from the line through their paces.

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