Price Wars in Toyland

It seems every time I google “toys” there’s a new story about price slashing in the toy retail market. All good, but it doesn’t mean that all “reduced” or “discounted”  toys are worth  your money or your child’s time.  So for the next few weeks, as we approach the holidays we are going to highlight toys that are great to play with AND easy on the budget!  Today’s list features Five Great Toys for under $15.

Pick of the Day: Artisands Party in a Box

We’re totally  in when there’s a new sand art kit. So even though we are pretty “toy-ed” out by this time of year–when these kits arrived, we were game.  We thought the geometric patterns were fun to explore as well as the more typical scenes.  Our testers agreed!! Read our full review.

Pick of the Day: Thomas & Friends Jumbo Floor Puzzles

If you have a Thomas & Friends fan at home, chances are they will love the new jumbo floor puzzles from Briarpatch.  Working on a puzzle with your preschooler is a great way to build their problem solving skills and ability to stick with a task. Click here to read our complete review.

Barbie Foosball Table for $25,000

Bonzini Babyfoot Barbie Foosball Table  - Bonzini -  Collectible Dolls - FAO Schwarz®On the one hand, this foosball table demonstrates how active Barbie can be. Look, she can block and kick that little ball down the field. She’s playing what has been a male dominated game.  That’s something. Yet, it just seems really wrong that these Barbies are armless – as if underscoring their lack of control in determining their own fate.  With a flick of a wrist, you can now send an entire line of Barbies upside down (hope they’re wearing proper underwear). For $25,000 I wonder if the toy comes with a hair stylist to do touch ups when the round is over!  Exclusively at FAO.  (Thanks to our one of our testing families for sending this to me!)Bonzini Babyfoot Barbie Foosball Table  - Bonzini -  Collectible Dolls - FAO Schwarz®

Mythbusters the Game

Mythbuster Game from ZimZala Games

I watched the Jon Stewart rally last weekend with my son Matthew.  We both loved that they included the guys from Mythbusters (Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage) to warm up the crowd.  The experiments with waves and sound were fun and in keeping with the spirit of their show. Finding games (especially non-electronic games) that will be of interest to your teenager seems to get harder and harder each year.  That’s why I was particularly thrilled when we saw that ZimZala Games was introducing a Mythbusters Game.  It’s fun–full of wonderfully geeky/science trivia and the opportunity to have catapult Buster is just very pleasing – no matter how old you are.  Jacobe Chrisman, Founder of ZimZala Games, gave us a preview of how the game works.

Click here to read our review.

Click here to watch Jacobe’s rundown.

Pick of the Day: Sassy’s Bumpy Ball

A whole new bunch of toys arrived from Sassy just in time for our holiday list!  I love this activity ball–lots of aspects for babies to explore. Not only is this the perfect kind of floor toy to enjoy with your baby and toddler–it’s under $10- which just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune on great toys.  Read our full review.