It may only be November but the great thing about being a mom blogger is that my kids, hubby and I have had the chance to try out lots of toys that will be hitting the toy stores this holiday season. Plus, I also reached out to some of my favorite mom bloggers who are sharing links to their fabulous gift guides to help you navigate your way to the must-have toys of the year. Before I share some of my favorite mom bloggers' holiday gift guides, here are a few of our favorite toys of the year for the Nintendo DS and Wii. I'll be posting reviews of tons of innovative new games, toys and books and if you comment, you can win a valuable prize.
FOR TWEENS, TEENS (& MOMS)...
Boogie Superstar - Call me a cheese ball but there is nothing that quite compares to challenging your entire family to a karaoke/dance competition complete with judges who comment on your performance. We just received Boogie Superstar for the Wii a few days ago and I have to say, we have played it dozens of times. In fact, I've already set a date for my girlfriends to come over so we can share wine and sing - just need to send the kids to somebody else's house. If you're a karaoke and dance show fanatic, you will love this new game.
FOR KIDS 6+ Wii Music - For the budding musician, the folks at Nintendo have come up with a fabulous instructional music experience with this latest Wii game. You can even use the Wii fit balance board to play the drums and easily turn your controller into a clarinet, piano, bass and more. Then, put all the instruments together and you can conduct an orchestra. Since my son just started taking guitar lessons (he was a Guitar Hero fan and decided to try his hand on a real live guitar), he is now totally hooked on Wii Music.
FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS My Baby Village Beginning November 10, SouthPeak Games introduces the 21st century baby doll with the new My Baby Girl and My Baby Boy series for Nintendo DS. The new baby doll is designed to allow children to nurture, engage and raise their baby at their own pace with their own sensitivities, instincts and style. How they raise and relate to their baby will be their very own personal experience. From how to change a diaper to how to hold a bottle, children learn all the ways they can keep their baby healthy and grow. As the baby meets certain developmental milestones, new age appropriate activities get unlocked. If you're ready to introduce your little one to the Nintendo DS, then this is the perfect first game for your inquisitive pre-schooler.
Here are a few all time favorites for gifts - think something unusual, unique and NOT plastic! I've also got a few all time TOY favorites as well for affordability, durability and the fact that these toys are the kind that GROW with your kids from 6-9 months - 5 or 6 Years of age!
Mom in the City: LeapFrog Fridge Farm Magnetic Animal Set: Appropriate for ages 12 months to 3 years, this award-winning toy has been popular with both of my sons. (I also see it in the homes of several of their friends.) This is a great, fun way for kids to both practice matching skills and be creative with mix-matches. The matches include animal names, sounds, facts and songs. This is an all-around great toy. APPROX. RETAIL: $ 14.99 ￼ Fisher-Price Little Superstar™ Classical Stacker™: Recommended for ages 6 months and up, this has been a popular toy with both of my sons and many of their playmates (including their group classes). There are four sparkly stars that light up while the music plays. It helps the kids gain a variety of skills and it gives us parents a visual of their growth. (It's cute to see how they go from banging the stars together and putting them in their mouths to actually figuring out how to stack them, spin them, etc.) APPROX. RETAIL: $ $10.00
Mom Advice: I have to say that my kids are really loving the LeapFrog Tag System and it has been a hit with both my beginning reader and my 2 year old. It doesn't require as many motor skills as the game systems do and it is a great way to get your kids to understand word recognition. It was originally intended for our son, but I am buying books for my daughter's third birthday because she loves it so much.
If you are a mom blogger and have a favorite holiday toy you've reviewed this holiday season or if you're going to feature a gift guide, we want to hear from you! Please comment below with a link to your review so and you can win valuable prizes!