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  • Hexbug Nano

    Hexbug Nano

    Move over Zhu Zhu pets, here comes the Hexbug Nano! Upon receiving the package from the MomTV crew, I was immediately intrigued by this new creation from Innovation First International. These guys are packaged nicely with a slit in the package allowing me to open the clam shell relatively easy. One package consisted of five different colored and decorated Hexbugs. Some Hexbugs were designated more common or rarer than others - a very nice touch. The Hexbugs feel like bugs on your skin when activated and can turn over (although this may take a while) when placed on their backs. Fortunately, these did not give…

  • Monster High

    Monster High

    I am so excited and proud to review Mattel’s soon-to-be hottest line “Monster High.” I don’t want to blow your mind, but it’s about girls who are monsters and also in high school. Sound odd? Not at all for the students at Monster High. The dolls hit stores in July and are just the beginning for Mattel. The toy giant is also planning a new line of clothing at tween apparel store Justice. In the fall, the young adult publishers Little, Brown & Co., who are behind Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, will be publishing the first of six Monster High books written by Lisi Harrison,…

  • Aqua Sand

    Aqua Sand

    I got home from work and my 4-year-old daughter Olivia and her 6-year-old cousin Lauren were waiting for me with big smiles on their faces. I saw the Time to Play box ripped to shreds on the floor and knew that the Aqua Sand had been delivered. The first thing my daughter asked me was, “Can Lauren and I play with the Aqua Sand? We want to try to make castles like the commercial.” Since they asked so nicely, I decided to let them try it. We opened the package and the Aqua Sand kit came with a water container, a cardboard background, two bottles of sand, a nozzle, a sculpting/shovel-net tool, a castle…

  • What's in Ned's Head?

    What's in Ned's Head?

    What do you get when you combine three boys, an old gym sock, fake puke, a dirty diaper, a worm in bird poop, a half-eaten lollipop and a huge plush head? You get hours of gross-out family fun.

  • Baby Genius Singing School Bus

    Baby Genius Singing School Bus

    From the moment we opened the delivery box I knew this toy had my kid’s attention. From the bright colors of the bus and characters all the way down to the fun music it plays, this bus was going to be pure toddler fun! My 3-year-old son, 2-year-old daughter and I all sat down together to open the package the bus was in. They were so excited and I was very pleased that it was a cinch to get it out of the plastic box—there is nothing like anxious toddlers and a frustrating box that is a pain to open! As soon as I had it out they were talking about the five different animals included with the bus: Vinko the…

  • Hot Wheels Trick Tracks Cyborg Blaster Starter Set

    Hot Wheels Trick Tracks Cyborg Blaster Starter Set

    Being a mom to a little boy means that Hot Wheels cars are a daily part of our lives. My 6-year-old son Jonathan always carries at least one Hot Wheels car in his pocket, because you never know when an opportunity to race a car will come up! However, we don’t have many of the Hot Wheels race tracks or stunt sets, so when the Hot Wheels Trick Tracks Cyborg Blaster Starter Set arrived at our door from, Jonathan’s eyes lit up and he was super excited to try it out!

  • Stoplight Sleep Enhancing Clock

    Stoplight Sleep Enhancing Clock

    Like many young preschoolers, my youngest has some rather erratic sleeping patterns and frequently wakes up throughout the night asking “Mommy is it time to get up yet?” Thankfully, someone (I’m sure it was a mommy) created the Stoplight Sleep Enhancing Clock. The Stoplight Sleep Enhancing Clock helps children determine whether or not it’s time to get out of bed. The premise is simple: “green” means time to wake up, “red” means “not quite time to wake up” and the yellow light serves as a nightlight.

  • LeapFrog Chat & Count Cell Phone

    LeapFrog Chat & Count Cell Phone

    The LeapFrog Chat & Count Cell Phone is a play cell phone recommended for ages 18 months to 3 years. Jasper is 2 and a half but he tends to prefer toys that are targeted to older kids (robots that battle, action figures, etc.), so I was a bit concerned that it might be too “young” for him. To my surprise, he fell in love with it immediately. It looks like a cross between a smart phone and a calculator, with an LED screen that shows a cute puppy (an animated version of LeapFrog’s plush My Pal Scout). We’re big fans of LeapFrog toys in general, the Tag Reader and Leapster are our favorites,…

  • Gazillion Bubble Rocket

    Gazillion Bubble Rocket

    When you think of spring what do you think of? I think of flowers blooming, kids yelling and of course bubbles!

  • Zebra Mix Rainbow Drop Cookie Baking Activity Kit

    Zebra Mix Rainbow Drop Cookie Baking Activity Kit

    My son, who is 6, loves to bake any chance he gets, so when I won the Zebra Mix Rainbow Drop Cookie Baking Activity Kit on Time To Play’s Mom TV show, he was thrilled!