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This past weekend was one that my kids will not soon forget. They had an absolute blast with their new best friend. He’s someone that is able to keep their attention far longer than I can, and teach them fun things while they laugh and play along. Who is this mystery friend you ask? It is Play all Day Elmo!
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My daughter is 2 years old and a big fan of Elmo, and we keep an eye out for things associated with him as there’s a great chance it will be fun, positive and educational. There’s a toddler mode on Play All Day Elmo where she and some of her youngster friends could squeeze his nose or turn him upside down to see how he’d respond. Elmo also has a lullaby mode that they got a kick out of and that my daughter LOVES to listen to at bedtime, (note: he’s soft and huggable and a great sleepover friend). I didn’t think my son would be as interested in Elmo but it actually has a preschool mode too, with games like Pat-a-Cake, Color Guessing, Animal Sounds and more. I love how my son can follow along and use his brain, rather than just watch something on the tube or a video game. It was great to watch him and his preschooler friends talking about Elmo’s instructions and discussing how to play the games, and then interacting and having fun playing them. Red Light Green Light was a favorite. Overall there’s a huge variety of over 150 responses from Elmo and eight different games and activities. You can pick up Play All Day Elmo at most of the big retailers across the country and also at HasbroToyShop.com.
Elmo wasn’t the only hit of the party, the girls were all over the MY LITTLE PONY MUSICAL CELEBRATION CASTLE by PLAYSKOOL, which had two ponies (PINKIE PIE and STARSONG) and a castle-like structure whereupon they could go down slides lay down for a nap, spin around on a marry-go-round and more. The bright pink and purple colors drew my daughter in and then hearing the music it played made her day. She is all about castles, princesses as well as cute animals and this brought it all together. Toys like this that provide a lot of extras but still let kids use their imagination are the best. The toy has a retail price of $29.99 and is for ages 18 months and up. It’s compatible with other figures which I plan to pick up as my daughter loves the cartoon and wants to get the whole gang.
The boys meanwhile flocked to one of the new toys from the PLAYSKOOL HEROES JURASSIC WORLD brand (which has characters from the Jurassic World movie). My son’s favorite dinosaur is the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the JURASSIC WORLD TYRANNOSAURUS REX does it justice. He didn’t want to put it down as it has light-up eyes and a ferocious roar. It comes with a human who is geared up with some capturing equipment but I saw a common theme of the guy getting gobbled up by the T-Rex time and time again. It was so fun to watch. This toy is big and durable and is also a great deal with a retail price of $29.99 (HasbroToyShop.com or most major retailers). Dinosaurs have always piqued my son’s interest and have led him to ask a lot of questions about the Earth and science as a whole. I am a-ok with him getting some exciting dinosaur toys that will spark more questions. I don’t always have all of the answers… my son started asking whether the T-Rex ate certain animals and now I have some homework of my own.
These three toys held the attention of our kids and their friends for hours and gave me a break to catch up with the other moms which was fun. The next couple day after school my kids were still itching to play with them which is a good sign (for some toys it is one-and-done and they quickly lose interest). The toughest part for me has been getting my youngest to share Elmo. J These are some great toys and I would expect no less from Hasbro and Playskool, brands that I myself grew up and trust as a parent. Check out these and more toys at their website: http://www.hasbro.com/en-us/brands/playskool
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