The 2010 Homeschool.com Gift Guide
Snazzy Baby – Deluxe 3-in-1 Plus Combo Carrier $79.99 Ages: 3 months to 3 years
This product is for Mom and Dad and is an improvement on the age-old baby carrier parents have been using for years. Unlike other carriers, this carrier grows with your child. This combo carrier is extremely lightweight so it does not hurt your back with the weight of the carrier and the weight of the child/infant . This carrier even has a storage compartment for holding car keys, driver’s license, money, etc. The carrier is very easy to clean and it washes nicely.
Little Mommy Play All Day $34.99 Ages 2+
This doll will be your toddler’s best friend. The doll recognizes different playful positions such as bouncing, flipping, flying like a “birdie,” and dancing — and then responds accordingly! It’s like she’s real! Hours of interactive playtime fun. She comes in several ethnic choices and requires 3 AA batteries–batteries are included.
Counting & Sorting Farm $30.00 Ages 2+
This toy is soft, cute, colorful and DARLING! Each of the soft nests/pens has a number printed on it and the same number of stuffed farm animals fit inside: 1 chick, 2 sheep, 3 pigs, and 4 cows. The animals are soft little pillows great for chewing, tossing and squeezing, and the colors are bright and stimulating. Kids will develop fine motor skills as they remove and replace the animals. We do wish the numbers went higher than the number 4–but 4 is probably perfect for the intended audience.
Baby Stella $30 Ages 1+
Baby’s first doll! This doll just looks cuddly! The doll’s features include lifelike toes, belly button, a plump tummy, embroidered facial features, and soft fleece hair that comes in a variety of colors. Stella also comes in different ethnic choices–and there is even a little boy version of the doll. The doll comes with a removable diaper, sleeper, and a pacifier that attaches magnetically to her mouth. Stella also has many additional accessories your little one may want. This is a great doll!
Tulu Rattle $15 Ages 0+
This rattle is not your basic rattle! This rattle has joints! Your baby can adjust the shape of the rattle to better fit in his/her hands and mouth. The rails of the rattle are small enough for the baby to grasp easily. It’s made of hard, colorful plastic–easy to clean and the rubbery portions are great for chewing.
My Giant Busy Box $34.99 Ages 2+
16 art projects in one giant box of fun! This kit is a great activity for one child or a small group. Engages your little ones without you having to pre-plan, purchase supplies, deal with not having enough of one item, etc. All the projects are wrapped separately so you can hand out one at a time or hand them to different children.
Art activities encourage a child’s imagination. Kids love to make things and are so proud of their accomplishments!
Little Pim – Foreign Language Gift Sets $59.95+ Ages 0-5
The Little Pim series uses immersion and interaction techniques to create an engaging and fun-to-watch language learning experience. Pim, an animated panda, is the series’ main character. Each DVD teaches more than 60 new words and phrases arranged in five-minute episodes. The narration is clear and easy-to-understand; the music is cheerful; and the visuals are colorful and vibrant. The parent guide contains general information on pandas and early language instruction. There are many languages to choose from. Pim is an entertaining introduction to very basic foreign language vocabulary for preschoolers.
Baby Genius – Favorite Children’s Songs DVD $9.95 Ages 0-36 months
Baby Genius – Animal Adventures DVD $9.99 Ages 0-36 months
Baby Genius – Favorite Counting Songs DVD $9.99 Ages 0-36 months
Baby Genius – Preschool Favorites 2 CDs $6.98 Ages 0-36 months
Baby Genius – Favorite Toddler Tunes 2 CDs $6.98 Ages 0-36 months
Music-based products that combine entertainment and education can be beneficial to the well being of babies and young children. New arrangements of familiar songs sung by kids and adults, plus playful instrumentals introduce music and movement.
Baby Genius understands the importance of music in education and overall fun! What toddler doesn’t love to sing and dance? With these products, children can learn their numbers, their ABCs, favorite nursery rhymes and MORE.
Cruise n’ Sort Bus $12.99 Ages 12 months+
This is a classic example of the time honored bus sorter that nearly every child has had or played with. The large bus-shaped sorter has 4 rolling wheels and teaches your baby shapes, letters, and numbers. The push motion encourages crawling. Not only is this a good product for the young child, but because it’s a bus, it can be played with even as the child gets older.
Doodle Bugs Around We Go $79.99 Ages 4+ months
This Activity Station is designed to grow with baby through the toddler years. It features an innovative seat that rotates 360′ around the table top to give baby full access to all the toys and activities. The seat is easily removable so as the baby becomes a toddler, the child can enjoy the toy as a play table. The toys are interchangeable–new ones can be purchased to keep the product new and exciting. This is a very flexible/evolving toy. And the piano on this toy is fabulous!
Soft and Safe Building Blocks $49.95 Ages: 6 months – 3 yrs
Soft, safe, squeezable…and lots of fun to stack! The vibrant, wipe-clean vinyl blocks come in tons of irresistible shapes, patterns and colors. They’ve even included 4 fun balls that jingle, shake, rattle and crinkle…and nest right inside the blocks! Set of 26 pieces. Fun, happy and visually delightful–this is a perfect “on the go” pack for a baby or toddler in tow.
Little Outdoor Adventures Book $9.99 Ages 6+ months
An electronic book for baby! Songs and sounds add a new element of play to story time. Adorable characters explore different adventures in the park and on the playground–places that babies love. Teaches baby ABCs, 123s, and nursery rhymes. Pages are fun and easy for baby to turn. And, it’s very affordable.
Cate & Levi – Dog Hand Puppet & Stuffed Bear – $33+
A gorgeous 12″ hand-made puppet. Each product is hand-made so no two Cate & Levi products are ever the same. Each one is made from reclaimed wool whose colors and textures are individually selected. Not only is this process environmentally responsible, but it ensures that each animal is truly a one of a kind creation never to be duplicated. Each item is as unique as the child who adopts it.
And if that isn’t enough, John (Owner and Father) says “It is important for me to set a good example for my child, to work in a highly creative and responsible fashion, and to produce long lasting items that can be today’s plaything and tomorrow’s keepsake.” Even 10% of his profits are donated to help children in need. The Cate & Levi products are some of our favorites this season.
Airplane Food $12.95 Ages: 2++
Flat-out favorites for any meal! Each of these placemats comies with charming retro printing plus complete folding instructions. When the meal is over (or, at least two bites of the vegetables), the diner can fold the mat into high-flying fun. Includes fifty 15″ x 11.5″ place mats in five designs. So fun!
I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books $29.95 Ages: 0-12
With a plethora of personalized books to choose from, your child will have their very own book to cherish a lifetime. Each book is customized for your child, with their name and the story of your choice. From fairytales, to piratetales, your little one will be sure to love their very own book about them. This personalized storybook is a powerful way to show a child how absolutely unique and special she is. My Very Own® books are 8 1/2″ x 11″ hardcover, professionally bound books. Beautifully illustrated and vibrant, the stories bring letters one by one to spell out the child’s name, while describing character traits. These award-winning storybooks make a great keepsake gift for a new baby through age 12!
Giant Soft Stacker – $29.95 Ages: 6 months – 3 yrs
Toddlers really pile on the fun with this jumbo-sized stacker! Five big rings are squeezably soft and a cinch to stack…plus each one rattles, squeaks or even plays a tune! 18″ tall.
What a perfect wonderful toddler toy. This soft and safe stacker is so large that your toddler will be immediately immersed in fun. Each individual ring has a fun animal face and within each piece are bells and jingles to add an auditory delight to sensory play.
Automoblox C9 Sports Car $38.00 Ages 3+
This toy melds wood toy craftsmanship with ultra-modern styling. Starting with a stylish wooden body, kids add wheels, windows, and unique custom details. All cars can mix and match with others in the series to create unique rides. Great for boys and girls and the cars fits comfortably into little hands. This toy teaches creative problem solving, gross and fine motor skills, and visual-spatial processing. Plus, the end product looks really cool! Available in many different colors!!
Fisher Price iXL $79.99 Ages 3-7
Having an iXL is like having six digital devices in one! The base system includes 1) an interactive story and activity, 2) a learning game, 3) writing activities, 4) art tools and stampers, 5) a music sampler and 6) photo images.
The Media Manager CD-ROM makes it easy for kids to load and manage their own photos, music and software titles.
This toy folds closed for on-the-go fun. It requires 4 AA batteries and they are not included. The iXL requires a PC or Macintosh computer with Internet connection, CD-ROM drive and USB port.
We definitely like the fact that it has volume control — which is a necessity for parents. In addition, it has expandable memory, durable feel, a photo viewer and the age range for the product is 3-7. It’s not an iPad for kids, but it comes pretty close. The kids will have many hours of enjoyment out of this handy device.
Squinkies Gumball Surprise Playset $35.39 Ages: 3+
The individual who designed this toy, must have thought –“What are ALL the things that kids enjoy, because I’m going to combine every one of them into ONE cute, colorful toy!”
As an adult, you notice the gumball machine appearance and the similarities to a toy vending machine. This toy comes complete with play coins that the kids can insert into the machine. They then twist the dial and hope for their favorite Squinkies bubble to roll out! The Squinkies inside the bubble are cute, collectable toys in the shapes of kittens, puppies, babies and more–all the possibilities a child could want. This alone would be a GREAT toy. But there’s more! The gumball/vending machine transforms into a themed playhouse for the Squinkies! This is definitely an entertaining toy–it may be one of the most popular of the season. ( $35.40 on Amazon.com)
Also available is the Surprise Inside Bubble Pack. Kitties, puppies, babies, ponies….which Squinkies will roll out of the machine? There are hundreds to collect….and your kids will want to collect them ALL!
CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years old.
Crayola Games Bundle 44.95 Ages 3+
The Crayola bundle comes with the following games– Doodle Match, Color Mix-a-Roo and Guess My Picture.
Doodle Match is a memory game in which players practice matching colors and objects. The game involves artistic set-up as players first have the fun of coloring the images outlined on 12 specially coated cardboard tiles prior to play..
Color Mix-a-Roo teaches players about primary and secondary colors. It permits color mixing without a mess. Colors come pre-printed on the palette, which has a center dial similar to that of a rotary phone. Players dial in combinations of two, three or four colors to make their desired shades. Lots of fun for a budding artist.
Guess My Picture is part puzzle, part art project and part guessing game. It promotes spatial thinking and fine motor skills and allows artists of all levels to excel at creating recognizable pictures.
We like these products because they are creative and educational. The kids will have a blast playing with them and seeing their own creations.
Matchbox Real Talking Stinky Truck $59.99 Ages 3+
This truck is the newest addition to the Big Rig Buddies assortment. A real working garbage truck brought to life–it’s every boy’s best friend! Although not terribly educational–this is definitely a FUN toy and the staff at Homeschool.com really enjoyed it. Stinky features sensory points, an articulated body that allows his head and front half to move, and over 90 phrases and sounds. Stinky dances and sings, cracks jokes and acts like a garbage truck.
This toy requires 4 C batteries–and guess what–they are included!
*Slight warning — Stinky makes gas sounds–and then he giggles about it.*
Kid-Tough Video Camera $59.99 3-7 yrs
This is a real video camera designed just for kids! It’s designed so little hands can hold it steady and access all the buttons. Your kids can replay video instantly on the camera and can share their videos with the whole family on the computer–or on the TV! What fun! We remember when video cameras were expensive and only for adults! How times and technology have changed!
This toy requires 4 AA batteries and the Minimum System Requirements are: Microsoft® Windows XP, Windows Vista™ or Windows 7 for Mac users.
Big Box of Sentence Building $24.99 Ages 5+
The Big Box of Sentence Building includes 250 color-coded puzzle pieces (approx. 2″ x 2″) that help improve sight word recognition, build vocabulary, increase fluency, teach punctuation, and introduce grammar to your children. Also included is a 4-page booklet with directions, teaching suggestions, and games. Games include Scrambled Sentences, Spinner Game, and much more.
A wonderfully educational toy!
Crown Puppet Theatre $29.99 Ages 3+
Kids love putting on and watching puppet shows! The Crown Tabletop Theater is totally inviting and suitable for hand or finger puppets. It can be set up and taken apart easily. It features sturdy wooden construction with colorful laminated panels, a decorative crown shaped top and a fabric curtain with tiebacks. Don’t forget to purchase puppets at the same time though, as the puppets do not come with the theatre.
Loopz $29.99 Ages 7+
This toy plays seven different action-packed games–players aged 7 and up will test and strengthen their memory, flexibility, and rhythm with musical play. The unique Loopz game device features four semi-circular rings arranged in a four-square pattern. Each is outfitted with a motion sensor that detects movement. Gameplay involves players mimicking the pulsing light and music patterns by waving their hands in and out of the loops in an accurate, timely fashion.
If you miss three times, you’re out, but if you hang on, the patterns will become faster and more involved. Loopz has an internal counter that tracks your speed and difficulty level throughout the game and will rate your overall performance. You can play solo or with up to four “loopy” friends. Batteries are required–4 AAs–but good news–they’re included!
Uno Spin Game to Goo $9.99 Ages 7-13
Who doesn’t like a good game of Uno? In this version, when a spin card is played, a player must spin the wheel. In a single turn, everything can change–players can come from behind and suddenly take the lead. This take-along version of UNO Spin® features special travel icons and a storage clip to hold the cards in place for easy portability.
Car Designer Kit $29.99 Ages 6-18
Build 12 Different ZOOBMobiles! This kit comes with instructions for building 12 different cars, including a Supersonic Stinger and a Lunar Rover, with enough parts to build any three models at once; plus it is compatible with all other ZOOB kits. Kids will have fun designing new car types and being able to take them apart and build again. Hours of fun!
ZoobCube 90 $29.99 Ages 6-18
Instrumental in enhancing creative visualization and problem-solving skills, this open-ended building system features 5 basic pieces that snap, click, and pop together in over 20 different ways. Forms joints that rotate, limbs that extend, axles that spin, and so much more.
Bananagrams $19.99 Ages 7+
Do you like Scrabble? Then you’ll love Bananagrams! Each Bananagrams pouch (which is a cute yellow pouch shaped like a banana) contains 144 ivory-like letter tiles. Unlike Scrabble, you play somewhat independently and are able to rearrange words constantly to make your letters fit and to create new words. You’re working against the clock–not against each other. This is a FAST and FUN word game. One hand can be played in as little as 5 minutes. Great family fun as well as being educational! Bananagrams portability makes it perfect for travel. Just grab the pouch and go!
Puzzibits Ages 6-15
Puzzlebits are 3D Puzzle Art pieces– fun for construction and puzzle play. Puzzibits promote problem-solving, pattern recognition, pre-math and fine motor skills. They’re just plain fun and there are many variations. Mix and match if you want. The kids will be playing with them for hours!
Hyper Dash Extreme 29.95 Ages 6+
Hyper Dash is a rapidly changing game that combines energy, speed and action. With this game, kids can work on math problems, colors and MORE while getting exercise. Yes–exercise! Your kids will learn AND get a work out at the same time–this is a win/win! They will run around, cheer each other on, and each game has several different levels, making the game appropriate for school-aged children all the way to adults–perfect for parents playing along with the kids! Another great feature is the fact that this product is small and lightweight, making it very easy to take it with you to Grandma’s or to a friend’s house. **This toy does require batteries.**
Mr. Quizmee Asks About Our Watery World CD & Mr. Quizmee Asks About Animals CD & Activity Book – 12.95 Ages 5-11
We reviewed two Mr. Quizmee CDs. Both were interactive and entertaining. In these CD’s, questions are asked and listeners have time to respond before the correct answer is given. Fascinating facts, assorted character voices, attention-grabbing sound effects and original music enhance this delightful program.
These multi-award winning CD’s are entertainingly fun for children. It is truly a fun way to learn and use your imagination as you listen to the wacky characters. Imaginations are stimulated, children will be able to practice their listening skills, and the entire family is able to enjoy these fantastic educational listening adventures.s.
Around The Table Games – Family Talk $9.99 Ages 3+, Buddy Talk $7.99 Ages 7+, Teen Talk $7.99, Camp Talk $7.99 Ages 7+ — BILINGUAL EDITION of Buddy Talk and Family Talk.
These multi-award winning conversation games are fun tools for helping friends and family engage and learn about one another.
With Family Talk, you can engage your family with the set of 100 conversation questions. Simply pick a card, ask the question and get an informative glimpse into the hearts and minds of those you love. A unique opportunity for families to share their lives with one another. Ultra-portability allows families to play in the car, at the dinner table, on vacation or at a party!
Grandparent Talk helps keep family history alive with diverse topics that allow grandkids and grandparents to discover more about each other through fun conversation. Sample questions include, “What was dinnertime like when you were young?” and “What kinds of pets did you have?”
The children oriented games have question cards attached to a cool carabiner clip that can be easily attached to a backpack or overnight bag. These games are great for sleepovers and other get-togethers. Sample questions include–“If you could have picked your own name, what would it be?” and “What is the funniest trick your pet can do?”
These are wonderful ice-breaking, open-up tools–wonderful for families and friends. In addition, they now have available the new bilingual editions of Buddy Talk and Family Talk. These are absolutely perfect tools for kids and parents learning Spanish, as an English as second language tool and for Spanish speaking families.
Triplica $14.99 Ages 7+
Triplica includes two multi-player (up to six players can play at once) games and a highly addictive solitaire version. With three ways to play, you can choose the version that is best for you–or play all three since the average playing time is just 15 minutes. Who doesn’t enjoy a quick game! Triplica combines a mix of strategy and luck, is easy to learn and it’s fun to play.
Keva Plank Building Blocks – 200 planks with Large Canvas Bag $139.95 Ages 3+
A wonderful wooden toy to encourage creativity. It comes with 200 hardwood maple planks (very nice wood), a very attractive, heavy duty canvas storage bag and a forty page KEVA Guide Book full of projects, tips, photos, activities, challenges, games and more. The planks teach geometry, math and balance. Although it seems a bit pricey at first glance, it’s worth every penny. The wood is high quality and durable–maple, not pine. We highly recommend this for all ages. This is a toy where adults will enjoy playing along with their kids.
Alphabotz Decoder Cards $19.95 Ages 3+
More than just flashcards! The stories and adventures that go along with the Alphabotz support the concept that letters equal sounds, sounds build words, and words tell amazing stories. The colorful robot characters engage children and help motivate kids to develop letter recognition and letter-sound associations.
The Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards are intended to be enjoyed by children and adults together. Included in the set are two additional Game & Activity Cards containing simple instructions and multiple games that have been organized into different skill levels, making this product both an educational tool and a toy. This product will keep a child engaged for years! Most importantly these cards encourage children to associate fun with learning. And as we all know…fun learning is forever learning!
Vtech V.Reader $59.99 Ages 3-7
Animated ebook system with cartridges–an interactive digital learning toy that engages young readers in the art of reading while encouraging them to have fun at the same time. This e-reader is designed for younger users and features brightly colored buttons, a large touch screen, and a see-through protective case cover. This is a very appealing toy! Users may enter their name and select an avatar to personalize their V.Reader before their first use. After that, young readers may choose from a variety of activities: users can watch a story, where each line of the story is read aloud and can be followed on the screen; they can play reading games that challenge them to learn more about rhyming, syllables, lowercase and uppercase letters, and reading comprehension; and they can use the dictionary feature that provides a complete list of vocabulary words corresponding to the story. Users, over the age of five, may choose from more difficult categories of activities including phonics, vocabulary, and word recognition games.
Additionally, by using the provided USB cable to connect the V. Reader to a computer, parents can monitor their child’s reading activity and create completion certificates as progress is made. This is a cool and educational toy on many levels!
Zoob Jr 30 $29.99 Ages 4-6
ZOOB pieces snap, click, and pop together 20 ways, so there’s no limit to what kids can build. And because ZOOB pieces move kids can play with their creations, instead of just looking at them! ZOOB is great for boys and girls, and its open-ended building makes stimulating kids’ imaginations a snap (and a Click and a Pop!)
The ZOOB JR. set includes 30 ZOOB JR. pieces–large, soft pieces for small hands, 8 sturdy instruction cards that are easy to understand, and a zippered storage bag. .
Creativity for Kids – Create your own pop-up books $19.99 Ages 5-95
This is the newest addition to the Create Your Own Books series. The set includes 2 high-quality hardcover pop-up books, stickers, 8 markers, and pop-up designs. Your kids will just need to add their own drawings, photographs and imagination. And just think–your kids will love reading THEIR own books. It will give them such a sense of accomplishment!
Creativity for Kids – Wind up workshop robots $14.99 Ages 7-97
Wind-up Workshop Robots: With a little creative crafting you can make your own whimsical wind-ups. Embellish 5 wind-up mechanisms with colorful cardboard cutouts, retro-robot stickers, wiggly eyes, and mini markers. Fosters creativity and creative play. Plus, who doesn’t like a wind-up toy! Explain how they work and it’s an educational lesson!
Creativity for Kids – Skydiver paper airplanes $14.99 Ages 6-96
Create 10 of the coolest paper airplanes ever with a few simple folding techniques and the heavy duty patterned papers. This kit includes 48 sticker accents, punch out runways and a bonus sky diver with parachute. This is a great idea for active boys who love paper airplanes. The airplanes won’t last forever–they are made out of paper–but paper airplanes are a lot of fun!
Creativity for Kids – Make your own sock puppets $17.99 Ages 3-93
Transform three super-soft sock puppets into a trio of fuzzy friends. Dozens of peel and stick felt shapes, self-adhesive wiggly eyes and fuzzy fun embellishments included. And best of all–no mess! Fosters creativity and creative play. Just add a little imagination and let the show begin!
Kimbo Educational CD’s
Kimbo Ed – Steady, Ready, Jump $15.95 Ages 3-6
Kimbo Ed – Shakin the Chute $15.95 Ages 3-6
Kimbo Ed – A to Z, the Animals and Me $15.95 Ages 2-5
Kimbo Ed – Leaping Literacy $15.95 Ages 3-9
Kimbo Ed – Catch a Brain Wave Fitness $15.95 Ages 3-5
Kimbo Ed – Songs about America $15.95 Ages All
Kimbo Ed – Circle Time Activities $15.95 Ages 3-7
Kimbo Ed – Musical Scarves & Activities $15.95 Ages 3-7
Preschool Fitness & Fun — CDs that address children’s needs for exercise, learning basic concepts and skills, and provide abundant opportunities for play and fun! Singable songs, dances, musical play activities, aerobics, brain-based exercises, literacy, math, history, science, special needs, bilingual and more! Children love these and you’ll enjoy the energy expended!
Fire Station Dalmatian $19.99 Ages 4-8
This is a game that encourages counting, number recognition, addition and subtraction. It also builds language and social skills as students read the game cards and play by the rules. The game includes a large game board, game cards, markers, Dalmatian spots, and directions. Up to 4 players can play at one time. Extra fun for kids that love Dalmatians, want to be a fire professional, or have family members that work at a fire station.
Intro to Engineering $36.95 Ages: 5+
Intro to Engineering welcomes young children to the field of engineering with 25 experiments and building projects in five sections. By engaging in hands-on activities, children learn how engineers apply their scientific and technical knowledge to design machines and devices. Start by learning some engineering basics with experiments on levers, forces, and pulleys. Build simple devices using these basic components. Move on to explore engineering on land by building vehicles with wheels, such as a racecar and a wind-up car. Next, investigate engineering with air and in the air by building a helicopter, a pinwheel, a parachute, a glider, a balloon rocket, and an air-powered carousel. Then, build a diving bell, a sailboat, and a paddleboat to experiment with engineering in water. Any child interested in how things work will have a great time with this kit.
Bizarre Builder Robot Bits $12 Ages: 5+
These durable robot body pieces allow children to mix and match body parts to build cool robot characters or create their own unique robot. The colorful easy-to-assemble pieces also work with other Mindz construction kits.
First Learner Calendar Kit $12 Ages: 5+
This kit teaches children how to tell the days of the week and months of the year. It teaches concepts of date and helps kids work out sequences.
Sun Art Paper $6 Ages: 6+
This kit uses the energy of sunlight and water to create a shadow print on sun-sensitive paper. Natural objects like flowers, leaves, shells or some man-made objects are all you need to make beautiful prints. This kit includes 15 sheets of paper and a clear acrylic sheet to hold your art in place. Available in three sizes & made in the USA!
Tedco Pet Tornado $5
Nature’s most destructive force can be observed and enjoyed. Shake the Pet Tornado clockwise and watch the funnel form. F1-F5 tornado information included. Perfect addition to a weather science curriculum.
Smarty Ants Phonics Reading Pup $29.99 Ages 4-7
This loveable, singing, dancing dog comes with 10 playful learning songs and a story that teach your child the alphabet, letter sounds, phonics word-building, rhyming and sight words. It includes a one-month free membership to SmartyAnts.com, a rich, exciting learning program designed by reading experts. There are games for those just learning to read, those in between and those who are already good readers. With SmartyAnts.com, you get a customized reading program that keeps pace with your child, helping him/her to stay challenged, rewarded, and learning. SmartyAnts also has plenty of tools to help your child learn letter sounds and start building them into words, sentences, and fun whimsical stories. The curriculum is designed to meet or exceed reading standards in all 50 states for pre-K, kindergarten, and first-grade levels.
Connectagons $24.98 Ages: 4+
This creative building set offers limitless opportunity for fun and challenge: 240 wooden circles multiplied by 8 slots each multiplied by 5 bright colors and countless patterns of circles, stripes, dots, and diamonds. Construction can go in any direction – taller, wider, rounder, or more square. It’s an exciting, interactive way to build spatial thinking skills and coordination, not to mention the endless opportunity for imaginative play.
Smart Mouth $19.99 Ages: 5+
So you fancy yourself a word nerd, huh? Well here’s your chance to put your smarts where your mouth is with a game of Smart Mouth. This quick-thinking word skills game reveals two tiles with letters on them and challenges players to be the first to come up with a word that begins and ends with the letters. So, say the first tile is a “C” and the second tile is an “E,” you could shout out “crate,” “correlate” or “coelenterate.” Oh, and just in case you were wondering, coelenterate is any invertebrate animal of the phylum Coelenterata, such as a jellyfish. Test and improve your word skills as you search for words that have certain letters in common.
Exploracise GyMathtics $24.99 Ages: 7+
Exploracise® Gymathtics® is a FUN educational workout! This revolutionary program teaches math and healthy lifestyle concepts while performing a complete exercise routine. Gymathtics® is a fun fitness learning experience that kids will want to do again and again. The exercise program is great for kids of all ages. The math facts target 2nd-5th grade levels.
Appletters Game $16.95 Ages: 7+
Much like scrabble but easier to play, Appletters requires no board, pencil or paper. Appletters is a domino-like game for ages six and up where players connect letters in lieu of dots. The game comes in an apple-shaped cloth pouch containing 110 ivory-like tiles. In addition to the version for a younger audience, the game also includes instructions for more adult play – APPLE TURNOVER™ for an extra challenge and APPLESCORE™ for word lovers who like to keep score.
Lightsaber Room Light $17.75 Ages: 6+
For the Star Wars nut in the family–the Lightsaber Room Light is the perfect gift. Padawans can construct their own Jedi lightsaber and mount their creation as a room light on the wall. Eight color effects let kids personalize their lightsaber, and a wireless remote control turns the light on and off. During construction, kids learn about electronics that make a lightsaber work.
PairsinPEARS Game $16.95 Ages 7+
PAIRSinPEARS is a word construction game for ages six and up where players race to make pairs of connecting words in matching patterns. This game comes in a pear-shaped cloth pouch, containing four full alphabet sets in four beautiful distinct patterns. The game provides educational fun for children learning vowels and consonants, alphabetical order, word construction and pattern recognition.
Ekomini Interactive Money Box $39.99 Ages: 6-12
Ekomini – the world’s first and only interactive, web-enabled piggy bank – features an online educational game that helps children learn what they should know about money. Kids learn how to save, share, invest and spend their allowances with the Ekomini Money Box. By hooking the money box to the computer, you’ll have access to some financial activities and games that include goal-setting, spending, sharing, investing, saving and other various tasks. The website itself is actually free, all you have to do is pay for the bank.
3D Sneaky Puzzle® Singin’ Sea Creatures $14.99 Ages 3+
This 46-piece vibrant floor puzzle is full of surprises! Put together the colorful sea and then put on the included 3D glasses for a magical experience. Children will have so much fun as they watch the sea creatures swim towards them and try to reach out and touch them. Search for letters and numbers within the puzzle and see if you can find them all. Race to be the first one to find them all or bond with your children as you help them recognize each letter and number in the huge 2×3 foot puzzle. A great unique, durable and fun gift.
Classic Domino Race $49.98 Ages: 4-12
Arrange the dominos in a serpentine pattern, up and down steps, over and under bridges – and end with a bang. Tip the first domino (or run a marble down the ramp) to start a chain reaction (the domino effect) that brings the whole array down in seconds! Although the age range for this is just 4-12, teens and adults will want to join in too. A great way to get creativity flowing throughout the year, and it will keep the kids busy for hours.
The Domino Race Set includes 300 pieces (including pyramid steps and ladders).
SepToys — Design Blocks $29.99 Ages 4+
These Design Blocks are unusual, colorful, seven sided blocks that offer so many more options than more traditional building blocks. The varieties of colors and shapes allow for the creation of unique designs and imaginative free-form structures. Children can play with these blocks for hours. In doing so, they build their focus and concentration skills, as well as their fine motor skills. Fun for everyone!
The Ladybug Game $11.95 Ages: 3-7
Kids will fall in love with the characters and memorize the story of The Ladybug Adventure as they learn to count and read. The Ladybug Game uses a clever combination of colors, numbers, words, and symbols to help even the youngest kids catch on quickly. Soon they will be playing on their own, again and again, as they encounter all the adventures, challenges, and characters in the garden including the Praying Mantis, the Aphids, and the three lazy Ants. A fun game to play with the kids.
What we wear $8 Ages: 3+
Kids can learn the names and purpose of 20 everyday items that we wear. Includes an amusing poem in the bonus learning book, which reinforces the ideas in a fun and creative way.
Gyroscope $7 Ages: 3+
Produced since 1917, the gyroscope has been a classic educational toy for generations. It continues to fascinate young and old alike with its mysterious force that seems to defy gravity. This is an excellent tool to teach gyroscopic inertia. Gyroscope technology is used in numerous applications of everyday life. Can you name a few? Each gyroscope is packed in a clear styrene box with starting string, pedestal and instructions for several amazing tricks.
Felt Tales — Busy day at the Zoo $19.95 Ages: 3-6
“Busy Day at the Zoo” lets you get up close to all the animals. Each animal has a baby. Can you name them all? Do you know what the animals eat? Help the zookeeper feed everyone their special food.
Kids will love this wonderfully crafted storyboard. There is an attractive carrying handle attached, and a storage pouch for the felt pieces.
Dominoes –World Friends $6 Ages: 3+
What’s old is new again and parents and grandparents will love introducing the game of dominoes to a new generation. There are no black and white dots to match but little friends from around the world! Match the picture and their corresponding number. A total of 28 jumbo tiles measuring 2″ x 4″ (chunky and perfect for little hands!) plus instructions are included in each game. Teaches children matching and number fun.
Building Blocks – Colors, Counting, Shapes & Animals $18 Ages: 3+
Children can learn to identify colors, count stars, name shapes and Woof, Moo, Neigh, and more with their favorite animal friends. The bright colors and folk art drawings of Sarah Buell Dowling will appeal to every child. Now with new bolder colors and images! 6″ x 6″ x 6″ 10 Blocks. Carrying case included.
Let’s Play Drums 5 Drum set $20 Ages: 3+
Five fun-filled drums depict people and places around the world – Early America, Asia, Africa, Native America and South America. These drums introduce children to rhythm, as well as to daily life in cultures and times both near and far. Children will spend hours of play time with these soft-sounding, yet solid, drums that can be played together, or one at a time. The drums stack and nest for added fun, and they all conveniently fit into an attractive carrying case, making them easy to carry. Drumsticks are included.
Ballet Ovations — Creating Ballet Fun/Dreams Combo Set $34.98 Ages: 3-9
In these DVDs, talented ballerina, Rochelle Marks, introduces young children to the world of dance. Rochelle (a homeschooler) began dancing at age two and at the age of eight was chosen to dance her own choreography in an eight minute solo with the Phoenix symphony. Rochelle desires to share her passion for dance and share the art and joy of ballet with other children.
Although this isn’t an instructional video, it can introduce your children to the world of music and dance, encouraging them to use their imaginations and dance with Rochelle. A great gift for any aspiring ballerina.
Slot Together Geo Builders $24.95 Ages: 3-6
Children construct any 3-D creation they can imagine…with wooden builders that are super-easy to slide together! Geo Builders come in 4 bright colors and 4 different geometric shapes. Set of 64 sturdy wood pieces. A great way to enhance fine small motor skill activity.
Alphabet Train $79.95 Ages: 3-7
All aboard… for hands-on alphabet practice kids can’t resist! Sturdy wooden train has a real-rolling car for each letter of the alphabet…plus a matching manipulative for each letter sound. Kids just load up the cars to explore letter-sound correspondence…then hitch them together to sequence the alphabet. Children can even mix and match the cars to spell simple words! 27-piece train comes with 26 manipulatives. For each train car there is a matching item that helps teach the phonic of the alphabet. A fun and easy way to incorporate pre-reading skills into playtime.
Little Passports $11.95+ Ages 5-10
Little Passports is your child’s ticket to an exciting global adventure. Inspire a love and understanding of the world as your child learns about a country’s geography, history, culture, and language in a fun and memorable way. Your child will love receiving their own mail every month. The first month’s kit includes a fun travel suitcase, introductory letter, world wall map, travel passport, fun stickers, activity sheet, and access to online games and activities with their boarding pass. In each following month, your child will receive a package from Sam & Sofia as they travel to a new country.
What we absolutely love about Little Passports is that it is so unique! It’s a great way to inspire a love and understanding of the world, and instill a sense of curiosity in our kids about geography and traveling.
Safe Science Specimens $44.95+ Ages 3-8
These specimens receive two thumbs up from adults and children alike. These acrylic tiles hold real specimens (insects, flowers, sea horses, the list goes on) that allow your child to really look at science up close and personal, with their own abilities. The acrylic tiles are high quality and have smooth edges for the little ones. Safe, authentic and super-durable. Targets standards in sorting into groups, identifying major parts of plants/animals, life cycles, and comparing and contrasting attributes of living things.
No Stress Chess $18.95 Ages: 7 and up
What a great way to learn Chess! No Stress Chess teaches you how to play using illustrated cards and an illustrated 2-sided board. For 2 players.
Pass the Pigs $12.99 Ages: 7and up
A fun and simple game of chance built around a pig theme. Instead of dice, you roll two cute pink piglets, and you gain or lose points depending on how the piglets land. Nice carrying case–great for travel For 2 or more players.
Paper Jamz Guitar $25 Ages: 8+
For the child who wants to become a Rock Star, Paper Jamz is a hit this year. It’s not air guitar, it’s music for real! Active Graphics circuit-embedding technology allows you to play like a pro just by touching the Paper Jamz guitar’s fret and strumming the strings image. Features three hit songs built in to play along with in Perfect Play and Rhythm modes. If your child is ready to go solo, they can switch to freestyle mode to play real chords and create their own songs. The Paper Jamz Amp is highly recommended if you are purchasing the guitar. The sound is amazing and well worth the $15 extra. Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included).
Paper Jamz Amp $15 Ages: 8+
A must-have if you are purchasing a Paper Jamz Guitar. The sound is not only amplified, but also clearer, and children will have a blast learning to play on their own. It uses a built-in NXT SurfaceSound flat-panel speaker to drive the sound. 3 AAA batteries required (not included).
Paper Jamz Drum Set $25 Ages: 8+
An affordable and innovative way to provide an instant rock star experience and open-ended play. Active Graphics Technology allows for circuit-embedded paper, which enables you to play like a pro by simply touching the paper surface. There are 3 modes for rocking out: Perfect Play, Rhythm mode and Freestyle. The drum set features a built-in speaker with volume control, line out for earphone or speaker accessories (sold separately) and a drum kit with 3 licensed hit songs.
Word Shout $6.99 Ages 8+
Roll 10 letter dice and try to form words from the letters! This think fast game is fun for the whole family. Not only will you freshen up your vocabulary, you’ll also work on your vocal cords by shouting out the words you make! This game has similar rules to Boggle but doesn’t take as long and (in our opinion) it’s more exciting. A great game to take on camping trips or on the road, because of its compact size.
Smash or Trash $29.99 Ages 8+
Are you witty enough to write a song about fast food, homework or doing the laundry? Don’t say “NO” until you give it a try! Every player gets both a Song card and a Subject card at the beginning of each round. Players are then given time to write as many lyrics as they can to the tune of the chosen song. This is great game for kids that like music–or for creative kids, as this game encourages quick and creative thinking.
Monopoly Revolution $34.99 Ages: 8+
We all know and love the classic Monopoly, but the new Revolution Edition has a round board and so much more. As you are wheeling and dealing your way to a big win, hear sounds and music from the past five decades. When you Go to Jail you’ll hear the door slam, and when you pass GO you can celebrate with a party tune! In this game, you use cards, not cash to score your favorite properties… so you can watch your balance rise and plummet! This super-stylish MONOPOLY is full of fun features that will bring your favorite property-trading game to life! A great twist on a classic and a game the whole family will enjoy.
Finger Football $29.95 Ages 8-12
Finger football is a time-honored game that all boys have played! You know–this is the game where a triangle shaped piece of folded paper is the football, the field is a desk or tabletop and a touchdown occurs when the football is flicked through a goal made by another’s fingers.
Zelosport has taken this time honored game to a whole new level with their Collegiate Finger Football. It comes with a nifty 2’x4′ collegiate football field, a “slider” which replaces the paper football, and a 3-inch foam football for extra points and field goals. And best of all–there are 33 team fields to choose from.
PlaSmart – Perplexus $19.99 ages 6 to 106
This toy is a maze game where players maneuver a small marble around challenging barriers inside a transparent sphere. Players have to shift, flip, and twist the sphere to guide the marble. What a fun three-dimensional experience! It encourages fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. And best of all–no assembly or batteries required!
Death Star Planetarium $17.71 Ages: 8+
This tabletop Death Star opens up into a planetary projector to display the cosmos on your bedroom ceiling. Choose to view a map of the worlds that make up the Star Wars galaxy, or view the Earth’s own night sky. A great gift for a child who loves Star Wars.
Rubik’s Slide $17.99 Ages: 8+
A great new twist on an old classic! A fun challenge, just like the original, this new product uses changing lights on just a single surface to emulate the movements of the squares on a cube. But these movements are also unique to the Slide, and add a new dimension of puzzling that will keep you entertained for hours. The 3 levels of difficulty keep this toy enjoyable for all ages; small kids can start with the easy level while adults can jump into the hard difficulty and still be really challenged to solve the puzzles. Even if you’ve never been a Rubik’s cube player, it’s easy to get addicted to this game. Batteries included!
Tin Can Robot $14.98 Ages: 8+
It’s amazing what you can build with common items found around the house and a little imagination. This kit turns an aluminum can into a walking, wobbling, googly-eyed robot. A fun project for parents and kids to create together. Requires a soda can (not included). If your child enjoys being an engineer and building things, this will be a big hit.
Orion Relief Globe $49.98 Ages: All
Every household needs a globe, especially one as detailed and versatile as this, that includes geography in fascinating relief as well as national and political boundaries (visible when the globe is unlit), calibrated meridian, time dial, raised equator, and sturdy no-tip base. Switch on the soft interior light to reveal Earth’s geography, including mountains, rivers, and underwater ocean topography. Makes a fun filled night with the family, a great learning tool year-around or even a night-light.
Clean Water Science Kit $11.98 Ages: 8+
Ever wonder how pure your water is? Learn the ins and outs of cleaning and reusing water while conducting a simple water purification experiment. Build your own water filtration desalination plant right on your kitchen table just by using the sun’s solar power. A great way to teach kids that water is not unlimited and that we need to clean and reuse it creating a respect for and desire to protect our environment.
Dangerous Book for Boys: Classic Chemistry $35.95 Ages: 8+
Based on the bestselling children’s book The Dangerous Book for Boys, this kit presents chemistry every kid should know through fun, engaging, and impressive experiments and activities. Learn about atoms, elements, and the periodic table by building simple models. Experiment with compounds, mixtures, solutions, and suspensions. Discover ionic and covalent bonding.
Perform chemical reactions involving acids and bases, indicators, salts, and electrochemistry. Explore examples of important metals, metalloids, and nonmetals, and then conduct chemistry experiments with them. Investigate topics in organic chemistry such as alcohols, proteins, and plastics. Make plastic out of milk, a stink bomb, a smoke bomb, and colorful slime. Learn about where and how chemistry is used in the real world and read a brief history of the science.
Wits & Wagers Family $19.99 AGES: 8+
The Wits & Wagers Family Edition can be enjoyed by all ages; featuring 300 kid friendly questions. Each player writes down a guess to a fun question, then players try to score points by choosing which guess is closest to the right answer. Not a trivia buff? It doesn’t matter! Just an all-around fun game for the family and gets everyone laughing and having a great time.
Volcano Science $13 Ages: 8+
Investigate erupting properties of volcanoes. Perform lively
experiments with Volcano Rumble Kit. Includes Ein-O’s I Know Guide.
Word on the Street Junior $19.99 Ages: 8+
Word on the Street Junior brings the excitement of Word on the Street to the entire family! Each turn, one team flips over a category card and team members quickly brainstorm words that fit the category. The team agrees on a word before the time runs out and then pulls each letter in that word one lane closer to their side of the street. The first team to pull eight letters off the street wins!
Word on the Street Junior encourages vocabulary development, creative thinking and teamwork–and it’s fun!
10 days in the USA $24.99 Ages: 10+
Another destination in the 10-Days Travel Series. Travel the country by jet, car, and on foot. Plan your trip from start to finish using destination and transportation tiles. With a little luck and clever planning, you just might outwit your fellow travelers. The first traveler to make connections for their 10 day journey wins the game.
7 Ate 9 $9.99 Ages: 8+
Fast and Fun Number Crunch’n! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Players add, or subtract, 1, 2, or 3 to the number on the top card on the pile to determine if they have a card that can be played next. Sounds simple, but with everyone playing simultaneously, the options are constantly changing. The first player out of cards wins!
Pay Day $18.95 Ages: 8 and up
Where does all the money go? Here’s your chance to find out! Play the classic family game that makes family finances fun as it reminds everybody just where the money goes. For 2-4 players.
Buzz Word $19.50 Ages: 10 and up
A game of buzz word and fun! Let’s say the buzzword is ball. You and your teammates have 45 seconds to solve 10 clues — and all the answers contain the word ball. Includes 400 sets of Buzz Word clues, 10 scoring cards, 45-second sand timer, scoreboard, marker and rules. For 4 or more players.
Photographic card deck of the elements $24.95 Ages: Teens – Adult
Picture-perfect representations of all 118 elements, each gorgeously illustrated in photography, graphical representations, and data details such as melting point, boiling point, density and electron configuration. Lay them out to create a 7.5′-wide periodic table, or use the suggested activities to sharpen your knowledge and satisfy your curiosity about the world.
Comfy Sacks $180+ Ages: ALL
Comfy Sacks is a perfect complimentary piece to any reading corner or any bedroom. These sacks are a twist on the old beanbag (it’s a foam bag!). With small pieces of foam instead of stryo-foam pellets, it won’t lose its comfort like regular beanbags. Comfy Sacks use high grade chopped urethane foam. (the same foam used in top of the line couches) This foam will never flatten out and has a memory to it that will ensure that it returns to its original size every time. These sacks come in sizes ranging from 5ft — 7.5ft sacks!
We like the color choices and the overall comfort of the sack. Perfect for reading a good book or watching a DVD with the family. They are so comfy, your comfy sack will be the first seat taken at every family movie night.
Cranium $24.99 Ages: Teen-Adult
Cranium Classic has long been known for its goofy, unpredictable activities, challenging even the most well-rounded players to step up their game. Now with 600 new question cards, players have new stars to mimic and even more interesting facts to uncover. The refreshed edition of Cranium features a folding game board that allows players to customize the length of their game, from a 20-minute game to an all-nighter. This game is a lot of fun and a lot of laughs for the whole family. In addition to the teen and adult edition of Cranium, there are also versions for the younger kids as well.
Life’s a Pitch $29.95 Ages: 12+
Life’s A Pitch is a new game in which each player must convince the group why a random object is the best solution or answer to a particular scenario. The person with the most creative, smart, amusing, persuasive or entertaining “pitch” wins the game.
A sample scenario posed to all players: “A president was impeached because this thing was found in his/her nightstand.” Each player holds a hand of Object Cards and chooses one to feature during the “pitch” — for example: a magnifying glass, a cactus, a marshmallow, a blender, a toupee or invisibility cream.
A great way for developing quick thinking and persuasive selling skills.
The Indispensable Book of Practical Skills $24.99 Ages: Teens – Adult
How to parallel park. How to fight off a bear. How to clean a gunshot wound. Or an oven. You never know where the average day might take you – so be completely prepared with the how-tos that fill this big book of smart advice. Step-by-step instructions let you take on small crises and big calamities, plus the washable cover makes it great in the car or camping. A must-have for Dad or teen. It’s fun to just peruse and try a few. You never know when you’ll need it!
Give-A-Share $Varies Ages: ALL
Give A Share of Stock as a Gift – Over 100 World-Famous Companies. Give-A-Share is a neat way to introduce kids to investing. Whether you’re buying for your own kids or as a gift to a relative, the lucky recipient receives an authentic stock certificate and becomes a real shareholder entitled to annual reports, declared dividends, & any shareholder perks. A cool gift that is fun, educational, and who knows, maybe profitable too! You can also purchase a supplemental Shareholder Kit as well which is great for kids, teens or young adults.
Lap of Luxury Lap Desks – $40-$70 Ages: ALL
Lap of Luxury Lap Desks work safely, easily and quickly to offer support to your body as you work, eat and play. A perfect gift for any teenager or child who doesn’t like to work at the table all year long. These lap desks are made with recycled foam, so it will last longer than the other lap desks you normally see in stores. In addition, these are made right in Eugene, Oregon and with high quality wood. Whether the kids use them in the car, on the couch or outside, they’ll love having a sturdy, well-made lap desk where they can do their studies or read. They are worth every penny.