When I was little, as Christmas approached I wanted pretty much everything advertised during my Saturday morning cartoons and in the Sears Wish Book. With Chelsea and her friends, YouTube and word of mouth are king. I actually love watching the YouTube videos too, you get to see how the toy really works, and most Tubers will definitely tell you if the toy is all hype or whether it is truly awesome.
This Gift Guide for Kids is based on the conversations I’ve had with oodles of 7 year old girls, and is comprised of what they think is cool & fun this year.
Shopkins can be found in every nook and cranny of my home. At first I protested, seeing them as useless pieces of plastic. Then, I was converted by my daughter and her friends playing with them non-stop for hours. I’ve heard them develop the most creative stories and seen them do math in their ‘shops’. The fact that they also take up almost no space makes them a winner in my opinion.
After a big day of fun shoppin’ in Shopville and with smiles on their faces, the Lil’ Shoppies head home to Happyville to make their own Happy Places!
With thousands of possibilities,you too can create your own Happy Place with the Lil’ Shoppies and their cute Petkins friends. There are so many ways to decorate and display with the Lil’ Shoppies Petkins! What does your Happy Place look like?
Shopkins can be found all over, but Showcase has the biggest selection I’ve seen here in Halifax. Hottest Shopkins this Christmas? Happy Places and Season 6 Chef Club. Did you know that you can also trade in your Shopkins doubles at Showcase? You can!
Designed for ages 6-11, the Rubik’s Spark is a new, high-tech evolutionary game platform, using lights, sounds, and ‘Bubble Control’ Technology to challenge the senses and unleash your inner competitive self.
The Spark’s 3×3 design is basically the only similarity between it and the original, world-famous and iconic Rubik’s 3×3 Cube. Using innovative and evolutionary ‘Bubble Control’ Technology to enhance game design and play, players tilt turn shake and flip the Spark to complete digital puzzles, games, mazes and challenges. Leveraging the Bubble Control Technology, the flashing cursor will always try to ‘float to the top’ making game play a balance between speed and skill.
Always frenetic, the Rubik’s Spark offers six skill challenging games, with multiple levels to challenge your friends, family or individual high score. The games included are:
Tilt n’ Zap
In this interactive game, players get 3 lives and must tilt and spin Rubik’s Spark with dexterity and quick thinking to avoid getting zapped! As children master the art of the cube, they move through different levels of difficulty and the smart cube scores them on every game.
Follow the Path
Rubik’s Spark helps kids boost concentration and memory while they are having fun. During Follow the Path play, the cube lights up to show children a cube solving sequence and challenges them to remember and replay it. Players get 3 lives and the cube gives a score at the end of each game.
Seek and Destroy
In this fast moving game, Rubik’s Spark players have one mission: to move the flashing cube and destroy other cubes as they light up. Players get 3 lives and the cube gives a score at the end of each game.
In this game, kids must move the flashing cube to gobble up blinking cubes as they appear. As players successfully munch up each blinking cube, a snake appears and its tail grows longer with each successful snack. Players get 3 lives and the cube gives a score at the end of each game.
Light the Cube
In this game, children are challenged to light up all three layers of the Rubik’s Spark cube by following cues and remembering sequences. Players get 3 lives – and in addition to the satisfaction of lighting the entire cube; the cube also gives a score at the end of each game.
This free flowing game lets kid make their own music by tilting and turning Rubik’s Spark. As they create original songs, the cube lights up to their tunes. No score. No rules.
We’ve seen this movie in the theatre and can’t wait to see it at home. It comes out on Blu Ray and DVD on December 6th, but you can pre-order now on Amazon.ca.
The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.
This was a tough one. The girls were having a hard time choosing between Zoomer Chimp or Zoomer Kitty. In a perfect world, they would get both, but in a realistic world, Zoomer Chimp just does so much more cool stuff I had to include him (or her?).
We are in the prime tooth losing years, so there is a lot of fairy talk around these parts. I’m sure that this Irish Fairy Door will help ease the disappointment and sadness when our Elf, Jingle Bell Tree (what happens when you allow a 5 year old to name her Elf) returns to the North Pole. Elves and fairies are friends, you know…
Bring some magic into your home with a fairy of your very own!
At the beginning of this journey we were determined to do one thing and that was to ‘slow down’ the fast paced screen life our children were now growing up in. We were not ignorant to the fact that our little people are part of a cyber age but we desperately wanted to balance their experiences so that they could search online for inspiration but also in their own little minds. We wanted to bring back impactful play, go right back to grass roots, to the way we used to play when we were children…
That was why, when The International Fairy Council approached us with an offer to help find human homes for fairies, it seemed the perfect opportunity had presented itself! Of course we agreed straight away and once the ink on the fairy contract was dry we set to work.
We firmly believe all children deserve a fairy door which is not only a door for your fairy to live behind in your home, but a gateway to endless imaginative play.
So there it is, the wish list of the kids in my neighbourhood. Hatchimals have since been added to the list this week… that’s the thing with kids, it’s so hard to buy for them in advance! I’m confident though that the items on this list will still be exciting once the Big Day comes.
What are the ‘big things’ for your kids this year?