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Aric Klar is owner, co-founder and CEO of Toyology Toys

Nov 01

2018 Top Toys for “Kidults”

By Aric Klar | Toy Guides

Check out our favorite products for “kidults”!

Who says teenagers and adults don’t need toys? At Toyology Toys, we encourage play at any and all ages! Ask any Toyologist and they’ll tell you, we carry toys for ages up to 108! From games like Trivial Pursuit and Itzi for game night to desk toys like SPEKS or Stressed by Design Stress Balls to increase concentration and productivity, we have the product for that “hard to buy for” teenager or adult. Here’s our list of top toys for teens, adults and what we like to call, “kidults”!

 

STAX

Insane, magnetic, building blocks – STAX!

Ages: 8+

STAX are insane magnetic building blocks designed for kids and “kidults” ages 8-108. Each set comes with 28 pieces and 1 magnetic tray. Each set of STAX contains an array of colors. Collect all 6 colorways or collect all of your favorite colors. STAX will entertain kids and “kidults” for hours, inspiring creativity and imagination is what STAX are all about.

  • 12 x Squares (1″ x 1″)
  • 8 x Equilateral Triangles (1″ x 1″)
  • 4 x Right Triangles (1.35″ x 1″)
  • 4 x Acute Triangles (2.35″ x 1″)
  • 1 x Magnetic Tray

Trivial Pursuit:
World of Harry Potter Ultimate Edition

Harry Potter fans test their knowledge of all 8 Harry Potter movies with TRIVIAL PURSUIT

Ages: 8+

World of Harry Potter Ultimate Edition. Move around the board with House Mascot movers as you answer questions and collect “wedges”. Includes 1800 questions to challenge the ultimate Harry Potter fan. Categories include Slytherin House, Death Eaters and The Dark Arts; Objects & Artifacts;  Animals, Magical Creatures and Magical Beings; Witches, Wizards, Ghosts and Muggles; Hogwarts, Other Locations and Transportation; and Spells, Potions and Other Magic.

– courtesy of TRIVIAL PURSUIT

Boom Brick

Boom Brick by On Trend Goods is a one of a kind way to play your favorite music!

Play music anytime, anywhere with this speaker system. All you have to do is play music from your device, set it on top of the speaker and watch the magic happen. Charge via USB for a 6-8 hour battery life or keep plugged in to keep the party going.

  • No Bluetooth Required
  • No Cables or Wires
  • Compatible with any device
  • No Batteries Needed
  • Stereo Quality
  • Touch Release

 

Speks: Original

Speks: Denim Edition

The original in mashable, smashable fun.

Ages: 18+

512 Mashable, Smashable, Rollable, Buildable, Puzzling, World-Famous, Fun for Adults, All-You-Can-Build With, Rare Earth, Neodymium Magnetic Balls

– courtesy of SPEKS

Build A Drone

Engaging STEM learning in an innovative and entertaining way, the builder is responsible for using each toy block piece to assemble the entire aircraft, even inserting the motors.

Ages: 12+
  • Build in 3 configurations: Nano, Mid, Mega
  • 4-speed settings
  • 360° flips
  • Indoor and outdoor use
  • Trim adjustments
  • Spare bricks included
  • Velcro straps included
  • Superbright directional LEDs
  • SmartFly Tech
– courtesy of Odyssey Toys 

Jolly Bombs
Bath Bombs

‘Tis the season to escape the holiday rush and take a long, relaxing bath.

Ages: 6+

And, how fitting, each fragrant mini bomb has a fun holiday surprise inside! These include small toys such as polar bear/Christmas tree/star/snowflake/stocking-shaped erasers, jingle bells, a metal charm and up to 2 “secret” holiday messages printed on waterproof paper! The surprises are suitable for both genders. Use 1 to 3 bombs per bath.  

Approximate weight: Each jar contains 8, 1.5 oz fizzers (Each fizzer is 1.75 inches in diameter and is about the size of a golf ball.)

WARNING: Small parts. Not for people under 3.

– courtesy of Da Bomb

Itzi

Quick, name a drink with bubbles that starts with “C.” If you said, “Coke”, “Champagne”, or “CoIa,” you pretty much know how to play.

Ages: 8+

ITZI is super-simple to learn and super-fast to play!  Be the first to match the right letter cards to the right clue cards.  Plus, there are lots of ways to play with fun, colorful twists.  ITZI… It’z simple!  It’z fast!  It’z letters!  It’z laughs!

– courtesy of Carma Games

The Amazing StarCube Cosmos

Planets, Solar System, Deep Space & Sun! Transforms into cubes and stars!

Ages: 8+
  • Cube Transforms Into A Number Of Shapes – 12-Pointed Stars, Rectangles, Squares – All With A Different picture of Space. Solve the Puzzle Cube To Reveal 12 Different Ares Of The Universe
  • Size: 2in. x 2in. x 2in. cube form perpetually transforms from one shape into another by folding the segments into new arrangments enhanced by easy turning and smooth play. Spits into two cubes, for twice the fun and entertainment in one game!
  • Smooth Rotation In Any Direction Or Angle Without Restrictions. Just think of the combinations and possibilities of what you can create!
  • Stress Reliever Fidget And Desk Toy That Stimulates Imagination And Creativity.
  • Great For Anxiety Release And Concentration – In The Same Toy Family Of the Winner Of 2016 ASTRA Best Toys For Kids Finalist Award.
– courtesy of California Creations

Stressed by Design - Purple Wave

Stressed by Design - Turquoise Tint

Stressed by Design - Salmon

Squeeze and stretch for peace of mind.

Ages: 8+
 

This “can’t put it down”, manipulative, tactile, soothing and stretchy ball helps ease your stress and give you peace of mind.

  • Clean
  • Stretchy
  • Soothing
  • Washable
  • Collect all designer colors
Nov 01

2018 Top Toys for Elementary School Children

By Aric Klar | Toy Guides

Check out our favorite products for elementary school children!

As your child begins to navigate and become more comfortable in school, children develop likes and dislikes, hobbies and what interests them. They are more self-aware and in return, more vocal. They are learning new things, making new friends and their needs in toys and products begin to change. Here at Toyology Toys, we always promote “toys that teach”, but during this age especially, it is important to make learning fun with educational toys and games. We make it easy to find toys that help them learn with toys that really interest them. With toys that spark interest in STEAM like the Circuit Scribe Maker Kit or STAX, our insanely magnetic building blocks, we’ve got you covered! Here’s our list of top toys for your child navigating elementary school!

 

STAX

Insane, magnetic, building blocks – STAX!

Ages: 8+

STAX are insane magnetic building blocks designed for kids and “kidults” ages 8-108. Each set comes with 28 pieces and 1 magnetic tray. Each set of STAX contains an array of colors. Collect all 6 colorways or collect all of your favorite colors. STAX will entertain kids and “kidults” for hours, inspiring creativity and imagination is what STAX are all about.

  • 12 x Squares (1″ x 1″)
  • 8 x Equilateral Triangles (1″ x 1″)
  • 4 x Right Triangles (1.35″ x 1″)
  • 4 x Acute Triangles (2.35″ x 1″)
  • 1 x Magnetic Tray

Ribbon Ninja

Think like a fox… Move like a monkey… Strike like a cobra…

Ages: 6+
  • Active game of trying to snatch your opponents’ ribbons before they snatch yours
  • Encourages active play, coordination, strategy, quick thinking
  • Active fun that’s sure to keep everyone on their toes
  • Everyone gets 3 ribbons of his or her own color
  • Place 2 ribbons on one hand, 1 on the other
  • If all ribbons are taken from one hand, put that hand behind your back
  • Last ninja standing with at least one ribbon left wins the game
  • Includes 6 wristbands, 18 ribbons in 6 colors
  • Detailed game rules and instructions included
  • High-quality materials – Lasting durability, exceptional game-play experience
– courtesy of Fat Brain Toys

Boom Brick

Boom Brick by On Trend Goods is a one of a kind way to play your favorite music!

Play music anytime, anywhere with this speaker system. All you have to do is play music from your device, set it on top of the speaker and watch the magic happen. Charge via USB for a 6-8 hour battery life or keep plugged in to keep the party going.

  • No Bluetooth Required
  • No Cables or Wires
  • Compatible with any device
  • No Batteries Needed
  • Stereo Quality
  • Touch Release

 

KiiPix

We’ve got to be real with you: instant cameras seem like a great idea but in reality, they’re unlikely to see much use.

Ages: 8+
  • Turn your smartphone photos into IRL vintage masterpieces
  • Stupidly easy to use
  • All you need is your smartphone and film
  • No WiFi, app, batteries or cables needed!
  • It’s basically magic
  • Lovingly built by the innovative wizards at Tomy

Please note:

  • Film not included
  • Neither is the smartphone, obviously
– courtesy of TOMY

Ava, age 11 , uses KiiPix to print Polaroids of her and her friends!

Circuit Scribe
Basic Maker Kit

The Basic Kit is an entry level kit with a full-size pen, light outputs, and so much more!

Ages: 8+

Explore basic circuit concepts like conductivity and work up to creating a touch-sensitive circuit using the NPN transistor and the included guided workbook.

The Basic Circuit Kit Plus contains a workbook with 27 pages of lessons that work through resistance, elements in parallel and series, open circuits and short-circuits, and more.

6 Modules:

  • 9V Battery adapter with 9V battery 
  • x2 Bi-LED 
  • SPST Switch
  • NPN Transistor
  • 2-Pin Adapter with 5x resistors (100, 1k, 10k, 100k and 1M ohm), 2x capacitors (0.1uF, 1.0uF), and one photoresistor (10k ohms)

Additional Items:

  • Conductive Ink Pen
  • Circuit Stencil 
  • Jumper Sticker Sheet
  • Workbook (Optional) 
  • Steel sheet
– courtesy of Circuit Scribe

Mixed By Me Hypercolor Kit

When the mixing is done, the fun’s just begun!

Ages: 8+

Each kit includes five tins of clear putty, three Chiller concentrates, three thriller effect putties, and an instructional mat—everything you’ll need to make awesome heat-sensitive Thinking Putty just like Crazy Aaron himself! 

Play with your new creation and watch as the putty changes color right before your eyes. Need help creating the perfect mix? Learn from Crazy Aaron, he’s got a DIY recipe for every level of expertise.

You can even use the included colored pencils to decorate your tins to match. Don’t forget to use #mythinkingputty to share your creations with Crazy Aaron and the world!

  • Contents: Includes 5 tins of clear putty, 6 special effects (3 Chiller Concentrates, 3 Thriller effects), colored pencils, tin labels, and instructional mat
  • Materials: Non-toxic silicone
  • Never dries out!
  • Proudly made in the USA
  • Manufactured with the help of exceptional individuals challenged with disabilities
– courtesy of Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty 

Pepper Mint in
The Great Treehouse Engineering Adventure

In this story-based STEM kit, Pepper Mint visits her aunt who is a scientist researching primates.

Ages: 8+

She lives in a treehouse in the rainforest on the island of Borneo. The treehouse is not connected to the electrical power grid, but Pepper Mint and her aunt devise mechanical inventions to accomplish various tasks. They equip the treehouse with mechanical equipment using pulleys, winches, and gears, and learn lessons in physics. Projects include a rope ladder, a pulley to lift heavy objects into the treehouse, a rubber-band-powered lift, a rotating palm leaf umbrella, a zip line, a catapult, and a trap door. At the end of the story, Pepper Mint wires up a string of LED lanterns using conductive thread and a battery holder to light up the treehouse in the dark jungle night. While doing this, she learns about electric circuits. The kit includes materials to build the treehouse and do the projects, a full-color illustrated storybook and step-by-step instruction manual, as well as a scale Pepper Mint figurine.

– courtesy of Thames & Kosmos

Ozobot 2.0 Bit
Starter Pack

Coding and creativity in endless fun experiences!

Ages: 6+

Ozobot Bit blends coding and creativity in endless fun experiences. Bit uses optical sensors to read lines and OzoCodes—short color code sequences—that you draw with markers and paper. Use OzoCodes to command the bot to speed up, slow down, spin and more to complete mazes and challenges. The Starter Pack includes all of the necessary tools to ignite imaginations in ages 6 and up. Whatever your child can dream up, Ozobot Bit can do!

– courtesy of Ozobot

Codenames:
Harry Potter Edition

CODENAMES: Harry Potter™ is a fun, easy-to-learn cooperative word and picture deduction game for Harry Potter fans of all game levels.

Ages: 11+

Players help their teammates locate secret Agents who are concealed among a grid of Harry Potter references. Use only one-word clues to guide guessers to the right spots, or hidden Death Eaters will cost them the win. This co-op game is a great challenge for Harry Potter fans of all levels. Work together with multiple players on each team to increase your chances of locating all of the Secret Agents.

– courtesy of USAopoly

Stressed by Design - Purple Wave

Stressed by Design - Turquoise Tint

Stressed by Design - Salmon

Squeeze and stretch for peace of mind.

Ages: 8+
 

This “can’t put it down”, manipulative, tactile, soothing and stretchy ball helps ease your stress and give you peace of mind.

  • Clean
  • Stretchy
  • Soothing
  • Washable
  • Collect all designer colors

Magic: Gold Edition

Master the magical arts! With this extensive collection of magic props, you can easily learn, practice, and perform 150 incredible magic tricks and illusions to astonish spectators.

Ages: 8+

Magically guess birthdays, numbers, and colors. Levitate yourself and objects. Bend and restore metal. Practice dozens of tricks with playing cards: guessing, transforming, locating, and making cards vanish. Finally, amaze the audience with tricks that make a thimble appear, disappear, jump around, and pass through objects.

A 96-page instruction manual with color photographs illustrates how the tricks are performed. Video tutorials for the tricks are available online. For one magician, ages 8 and up, and many audience members. 

– courtesy of Thames & Kosmos

Super Slime Masterpiece Kit

Learn all about polymers by mixing two liquids together to make some amazing goo!

Ages: 8+

Mix and match colors to find the combination you like.  Watch as your Super Slime turns into a Super Slime Masterpiece.

– courtesy of Be Amazing! Toys

The Game of Space

The Ultimate Game of Magnetic Attraction!

Ages: 8+

 

THE WAY TO PLAY:

1. Divide magnetic rocks evenly between all players

2. Place game tiles based on the level of difficulty.

3. Turn by turn, place one magnetic rock down at a time. If a magnetic rock attracts to another magnetic rock, the player must pick up all connected rocks.

4. The first person to get rid of all their magnetic rocks wins!

THE DIFFERENT WAYS TO PLAY:

The game tiles create endless combinations for levels of difficulty.

  • This game will become an instant hit with any game board enthusiast.

  • Perfect for summer travel plans, whether a car, plane, or boat!

Gross Gummy Candy Lab:
Worms and Spiders

Gross new shapes, delicious new flavors!

Ages: 6+

 Mold your own delicious gummy worms and spiders using a natural gelatin-like ingredient called carrageenan that comes from seaweed. Flavor and sweeten your mixture with mixed berry and green apple flavors and then mold the gummy worms and spiders in the included mold. You can even add citric acid to make sour gummies! Learn about the scientific properties of natural polymers. Food ingredients included.

– courtesy of Thames & Kosmos
Nov 01

2018 Top Toys for 0-12 Months Newborns & Infants

By Aric Klar | Toy Guides

Check out our favorite products for newborns and infants!

A babies development starts immediately as they start to learn how to navigate the outside world. Within the first few months, babies learn to smile, first at themselves then back at you, track objects with their eyes and grasp the things around them. At Toyology Toys, we believe those first few months are crucial and our goal is to curate products that encourage these developmental milestones.  From the NogginStick that encourage visual tracking to our STEW for grasping, teething, and stacking. Here’s our list of top toys everything else in between your babies first few months of life!

 

Dimpl

A baby’s favorite attention toy!

Ages: 6 months & up
  • 5 brilliant silicone colors to keep a child’s attention for hours
  • Great for babies and toddlers 10 months and up
  • Portable size to be able to take it anywhere
  • Made of food-grade silicone and BPA-free
  • Encourages sensory exploration
  • Enables color recognition
  • Keeps a child’s attention
  • Engages a child in cause-and-effect learning
     

Dimpl Duo

Textures, colors, shapes, and words!

Ages: 1+
  • Unique tablet featuring silicone buttons, textured shapes, and words written in Braille
  • Encourages sensory exploration, tactile learning, shape learning, color learning, reading skills
  • A beautifully tactile early learning experience
  • On one side, buttons embossed with shapes, labeled with shape names in English and Braille
  • Other side – Buttons are smooth, colors labeled in English and Braille
  • Buttons are a delight to feel, push, and pop
  • Includes one Dimpl Duo
  • Buttons made with 100% food-grade silicone
  • BPA-Free!
  • High quality design and materials – Lasting durability, exceptionally safe
– courtesy of Fat Brain Toys

Vivian, age 1, playing with Dimpl Duo

Spoolz

Stacking has never been so fun!

Ages: 1+
  • Busy For Hours
  • Encourages fine motor skills and creativity
  • Color Recognition
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Hand-Eye Coordination

Hudson, age 4, likes using Spoolz with his 1 year old sister!

Whirly Squigz

Each Whirly Squigz is made of 100% high-quality silicone that’s colorful, pleasant to touch, and safe for teething.

Ages: 10 months & up
  • Set of 3 colorful silicone spinners
  • Encourages fine motor skills, sensory exploration, cause-effect learning
  • A mesmerizing experience for the hands and eyes
  • Spinners made of 100% high quality, food-grade silicone – Perfect for teething
  • Each features a suction cup on one side, swirl-textured dome on the other
  • Sticks to any smooth, flat, non-porous surface
  • Spin wonderfully smooth and fast
  • Bearings made of high-quality plastic – Won’t rust or degrade in the tub
  • Includes 3 Whirly Squigz – One with 2 propellers, one with 3, and one with 4
  • BPA-Free, fully safety tested
  • High-quality design and materials – Lasting durability and safety
– courtesy of Fat Brain Toys

Glo Pals

Glo Pals are pure light up fun!

Ages: 3+
  • Liquid-activated bath cubes make bathtime an absolute party! Fun in the tub or pull them out for a spectacular water play.
  • Each Glo Pal has a face and will smile on the surroundings of the tub.
  • 8 hours of battery life makes them ideal for lasting use and loads of fun.
  • Dim the lights and have a disco party atmosphere in the tub with these magic cubes.
  • Liquid-activated light cubes teach children cause and effect. Dip them in the water and they turn on instantly. Take them out and they turn off!
  • Glo Pals are a sensory party in the tub. Children will be begging for their own personal light show.
     
     

Color Me: Who's In The Pond?
Bath Book

This beautifully illustrated bath book will magically change color when you dip it in water.

Ages: 0+
  • Introduces colors and animals
  • Great for bathtime!
  • Squeezable
  • Lightweight
– courtesy of Wee Gallery

Roll Again Tower

It’s endless ball run fun!

Ages: 1+
  • Ball run featuring unique mechanism that sends all balls rolling at once
  • Encourages fine motor skills, spatial reasoning skills, cause-and-effect, psychomotor skills
  • Tactile exploration is on a roll!
  • Lift ball from the switch at the bottom, all the other balls are sent rolling down one level in unison
  • Drop the ball into the funnel at the top, lift the next ball to do it all over again
  • Chunky pieces are easy for little hands to grasp and maneuver
  • Includes ball run tower, 5 balls
  • Easy assembly – Instructions included
  • Movement is completely mechanical – No batteries required
  • BPA-Free, fully safety tested – Exceptionally safe
  • High-quality materials and construction – Lasting durability
– courtesy of Fat Brain Toys

Light N Music
Friends Ball

Roll and crawl with the most entertaining soft musical ball with stars that flash and twinkle and animal friend faces.

Ages: 3 months & up
  • Battery operated motion activated soft lights and music ball.
  • Toss, shake, tap or roll to activate the lights and music.
  • Twinkly stars light up and flash to the music and sounds.
  • Three friendly farm animals with multiple soft textures and crinkly ears.
  • Ideal for floor play, or easily connects to stroller or crib with the Yookidoo Fun Link for fun on the go.
  • On/off button – for silent play (no lights).
  • Specially designed for tiny hands.
– courtesy of Yookidoo

Light N Music First Book 

A double sided flashing book for multiple development stages!

Ages: 0+
  • Battery operated first soft toy book with lights and music.
  • 10 colorful faces light and flash in sequence.
  • Multiple textures and colors, crinkly parts and a baby safe mirror.
  • 2 modes of classical music (Haydn and Chopin) – 10 minutes each.
  • Mute mode for silent play.
  • Easily attaches to the crib, pram or stands upright on the floor.
  • Easily folds for on-the-go uses.
– courtesy of Yookidoo

Shape Sorter Xylophone

Is it a piano or a puzzle?

Ages:  12 months & up
  • Multifunctional Shape Sorter Xylophone is a piano, xylophone and shape sorting game all rolled into one!
– courtesy of Hape

Noggin Stick

Your baby’s first learning toy!

Ages: 0-1
  • The base of the NogginStik makes a soft rattle sound to please the ears

  • Lights up red, blue and green to stimulate a baby’s eyes and to encourage visual tracking

  • Easy to hold handle for mastering grasping and fun textures to delight the sense of touch

  • NogginStik® will help you begin to encourage her beginning milestones from the day she is born!

  • Best Toy Award Winner!

 

– courtesy of SmartNoggin

Vivian with the NogginStik!

STEW

A Fun, Safe, Educational, Stacking & Chewing Toy for Babies!

Ages: 0-12 months

Chewable & Safe • Educational & Developmental • Amazing Textures • Stacks for easy on-the-go

  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Fine & Gross Motor Skills
  • Creative Thinking
  • Cognition

Pic N Pop

A unique walk-behind toy that gets your little one moving! 

Ages: 1.5+
  • One click of the button launches a colorful ball from the chute

  • Teaches cause and effect

  • A simple-to-operate toy that gets your toddler toddling

  • Perfect for use either indoors or outdoors.

– courtesy of TOMY
Nov 01

2018 Top Toys for Toddlers & Preschoolers

By Aric Klar | Toy Guides

Check out our favorite products for toddlers and preschoolers!

By now, there are lots of things your toddler or preschooler has mastered but there’s still lots to be discovered! Toddlers experience huge developmental milestones as they learn and desire to be more independent. Activities like reading to your child, pretend play, sorting, and color recognizing and so importing during your child’s toddler years. As preschool approaches for your toddler, their curiosity and adventurous nature will bloom. They will be more interested in other people and begin asking questions. Encourage their curiosity and expanding imagination with products like roleplay sets and building and construction toys. Here’s our list of top toys for your toddler as they enter preschool!

 

Mack the Monster Truck

Monster Truck Mack is a colorful monster truck with realistic engine sounds and oversized rubber wheels from WOW Toys.

Ages: 1+

He has a push-down engine that when pushed opens Mack’s enormous mouth to reveal a set of monster teeth coming to get you! Children love playing with Monster Mack and his scary smile is completely loveable though it may persuade your little ones to brush their teeth regularly! Monster Truck Mack’s removable friendly driver figure loves to drive his monster truck and he is a sure winner every time thanks to Mack’s supersized and powerful motorized engine.  Just flip-up his roof and place the driver figure into his driver seat and wait for it… Ready…Steady…Set…Go!

  • Mack Monster Truck is a 2 Piece set and includes a Monster Truck and a driver Play Friend figure.
  • WOW toys don’t require any batteries and still have amazing functions and features to discover. We only use high-grade materials and every toy is rigorously tested to make sure it is durable and safe.
– courtesy of WOW Toys

Loog Guitars

Learn guitar!

Ages: 3+

With a Loog and its accompanying app, a child can learn to play songs -not just scales or exercises- on day one. This gives little rockers a sense of accomplishment that stimulates them to keep going. With Loog, kids are playing, learning and having fun from the very beginning, acquiring skills that stay with them forever. 

  • Real wood, real guitar: perfect intonation, low string action, and classical nylon strings
  • The ideal first guitar: 3-string award-winning design approved by educators
  • Fully assembled and ready to play
  • Includes flashcards with chord diagrams and full access to the Loog Guitar app (iOS and Android)
– courtesy of Loog Guitars

Ezra, age 2, LOVES playing on his Loog Guitar!

Start Up Circuits

Circuit Fundamental, Cause & Effect, Problem Solving…

Ages: 18 months & up

When kids click together these chunky pieces and then flip the switch, they’ll get an exciting result: either a spinning fan, a glowing light or a whistling siren! All switch blocks and action tops are interchangeable for mixing, matching and experimenting with actual working circuits in a completely safe way. Young children will develop an innate understanding of circuitry and build a strong foundation for future STEM success. Includes 3 switch blocks, 3 action tops, instructions, and parent guide. Requires 6 AA batteries (sold separately).

– courtesy of Mindware

My First Animal Train

Smartmax My First Animal Train is the best product on the market for toddlers!

Ages: 1.5 – 5

Smartmax My First Animal Train is by far the best product on the market. It takes magnetic building to a whole new, creative level! Magnetic building can be a little difficult for those under 1, but the animal train makes it easy and educational! It allows you to mix and match the trains or animal pieces which brings out the STEM development. The Smartmax animal train is also compatible with all other magnetic building, making it last a lifetime!

  • Encourages educational play
  • Keeps toddlers engaged for hours on end
  • Allows the development of imagination
  • Great for hand-eye coordination
 

Light Stax

Light up your play! Light Stax Creative 16 Set has more colors and sizes.

Ages: 6+

Light up your world with Light Stax illuminated blocks! These unique building blocks glow brilliantly with colorful light as you stack them, bringing your designs to life. There are 3 light modes: instant on, flashing and glowing. Lights can be set to stay on or 15-minute auto-off. Sound activation base has a function setting that makes the lights flash with sound. Package contains 16 Duplo size bricks (8 of the 4-peg size, 4 of the 6-peg size and 4 of the 8-peg size) in 8 colors, 1 USB Smart Base, 1 USB to DC cable and 3 AAA batteries. Fully compatible with other building blocks of similar size.

  • Set includes: 16 Duplo size bricks (in 8 colors and 3 sizes), 1 USB Smart Base, 1 USB to DC cable and 3 AAA batteries
  • Each block lights up as you link it to any block connected to the power source
  • 100% compatible with other building blocks of similar size; can be used as a fun night light!

 

– courtesy of Light Stax

Magna-Qubix

Build away with Magna-Qubix!

Ages: 3+

 

Magna-Qubix magnets are a great toy to build objects using your imagination! There are cubes, triangle prisms and more. Build it, stack it, work your magic to create! It can help with learning shapes, tactical skills, and colors. I think this is a great toy because there are so many possibilities on what you can build, imagine and create! The Magna-Qubix is great for kids 3 and up.

  • Hours of creative play!
  • Great for kids 3 and up!
  • Imagination is the key to success.
  • Can help develop fine motor skills as kids stack, build and count!
  • This product will help develop math, science, spatial and tactile skills.

Magna-Tiles
100 PC. Set

Hours of building. Hours of fun.

Ages: 3+

Play is often the primary mode of learning for children. For young minds, taking flat pieces and constructing 3-D objects with them is a new and exciting discovery.

Magna-Tiles attract on all sides, even when flipped around. Children explore geometric shapes, symmetry, and other basic math concepts with these colorful pieces. Includes 50 small squares, 4 large squares, 15 isosceles triangles, 11 right triangles, and 20 equilateral triangles.

– courtesy of Valtech

Sprocket:
Color Changing Bath Puppy

Clean him with warm water, and watch his black markings turn blue! When he dries, colors return to black.

Ages: 2+
  • Includes Sprocket puppy, hooded towel, ducky squirt toy, and water bowl.
– courtesy of Breyer

Luna: Color Changing Bath Unicorn

Clean her with warm water, and watch her mane, tail and celestial markings change color! When she dries, colors return to normal.

Ages: 2+
  • Includes Luna unicorn, bathrobe, atomizer spray bottle, and brush.
– courtesy of Breyer

Constructables: Dino

Motorized Building Playset For Kids.

Ages: 3+ 

The Dino Constructables Set allows kids to build a motorized T-Rex, Triceratops, Brontosaurus, and Mastodon. Hook up pieces to the power pack and the creations move. Includes 18 chunky pieces. Requires 1 “AA” battery, not included.

– courtesy of TOMY

Constructables: Vehicles

Motorized Building Playset For Kids.

Ages: 3+ 

It’s a train. It’s a plane, a helicopter, a race car–it’s all these things.This motorized building playset for kids allows them to build planes, cars, helicopters and more. Constructables features a battery power pack that connects to 14 other pieces in any number of combinations: turn on the power pack to see propellers and wheels turn!  

– courtesy of TOMY

Tegu
Wooden 24 PC. Set
in Tints

The 24-Piece Set is a medium building set that allows for big and tall creations.

Ages: 1+
  • Includes 24 blocks in 6 shapes: 4 medium columns, 4 mega planks, 6 long planks, 4 short planks, 4 cubes and 2 parallelograms
  • Wood
  • Imported
  • Tegu provides for tree planting, child education and holistic employment in Honduras
  • Brilliantly simple and premium heirloom-quality toy that will last for generations
  • Curiously attractive and perfect for those seeking toys supporting open-ended and unscripted play
  • Naturally safe: no lead, no plastic, non-toxic, water-based lacquer finish, no small parts
  • Sustainably sourced, FSC-certified Honduran hardwoods
– courtesy of TEGU

Examine and Treat
Pet Vet Play Set

Give young animal lovers everything they need to examine and treat pretend pets!

Ages: 3+

The 24-piece collection for aspiring veterinarians three and older comes with two adorable plush pets (a dog and a cat), and accessories galore, including a stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, ear scope, tweezers, and clamp. There are bottles, tubes, and tubs of pretend treatments and ointments, bandages and a cast for boo-boos, and even a neck “cone” to keep pets from licking! Everything, including a reusable examination checklist, stores in a handy tote bag, so little vets can make house calls!

– courtesy of Melissa & Doug

Dad of 2, checking out Melissa & Doug pretend play playsets

Oct 15

Our Favorite Brands: Popular Playthings

By Aric Klar | Toy Guides

Check out some of our favorites from Popular Playthings, maker of some of our favorite educational toys!

“[Popular Playthings] is committed to the research, design, and development of new educational and toy products that will not only challenge the child but will also stimulate imagination, interaction and manipulative skills.”

 

Mix or Match - Animals

“What do you get when you mix a tiger, crocodile, elephant, and a giraffe together?”

Ages: 2+

Answer … four new species you won’t find at your local zoo or on your next African Safari! Of course, you can also assemble them as nature intended, by matching colors or visual memory.  Either way, you end up with four adorable creatures to amuse your family and friends.  That’s the “fun factor” of Mix or Match Animals!

Build A Truck  

“This eye-catching, oversized truck construction toy!”

Ages: 2+

This eye-catching, oversized truck construction toy is designed with the youngest of builders in mind.  The colorful pieces are easy to hold and our magnetic locking system makes assembly and disassembly a snap.  You can make a variety of different trucks including a dump truck, cement mixer, front loader, backhoe, and more – All of which roll on real rubber tires!

Mix or Match - Space

“Blast off to space!”

Ages: 3+

  • Make a Spaceship, a Space Shuttle and a Lunar Rover with this Mix and Match set
  • Hidden magnetic locking system makes assembly a snap!
  • Put them together and take them apart again and again!
  • Fully compatible with any Mix or Match Vehicle Sets
  • NOTE: Color may vary

Mix or Match Vehicles - Construction

Mix or Match Vehicles - Fire & Rescue

Mix or Match - 

Vehicles 4

“These color themed sets are sure to appeal to those who have longed for Mix or Match Vehicles in more realistic colors.”

Ages: 3+

You still get that same sense of pride and accomplishment after you’ve assembled a one-of-a-kind vehicle of your own design, but now your finished models will look like real construction, fire and rescue, and police vehicles.  All sets are fully compatible with our original 1-6 sets as well!

Oct 02

Our Favorite Brands: On Trend Goods

By Aric Klar | Toy Guides

Check out some of our favorites from On Trend Goods, creator of on trend toys and games.

“On Trend Goods is known in the toy & gift community for our high quality products, top trend and top demand products and sustainable shelf life products.”

 

STAX

“STAX are insane magnetic building blocks designed for kids and “kidults”

Ages: 8+

Each set comes with 28 pieces and 1 magnetic tray. Each set of STAX contains an array of colors. Collect all 6 colorways or collect all of your favorite colors. STAX will entertain kids and “Kidults” for hours, inspiring creativity and imagination are what STAX is all about.

Includes:

  • 12 x Squares (1″ x 1″)
  • 8 x Equilateral Triangles (1″ x 1″)
  • 4 x Right Triangles (1.35″ x 1″)
  • 4 x Acute Triangles (2.35″ x 1″)
  • 1 x Magnetic Tray

The Game of Space

“The Ultimate Game of Magnetic Attraction!”

Ages: 8+

THE WAY TO PLAY:

1. Divide magnetic rocks evenly between all players
2. Place game tiles based on the level of difficulty.
3. Turn by turn, place one magnetic rock down at a time. If a magnetic rock attracts to another magnetic rock, the player must pick up all connected rocks.
4. The first person to get rid of all their magnetic rocks wins!

THE DIFFERENT WAYS TO PLAY:

The game tiles create endless combinations for levels of difficulty.

Key Features:

  • This game will become an instant hit with any game board enthusiast.
  • Perfect for summer travel plans, whether a car, plane, or boat!
  • You can find this only at Toyology!

Educational Aspects:

  • One of the educational benefits of this game is the Critical Thinking. You have to strategically think where to place your magnetic rock so you can outmaneuver your opponent.
  • Another educational aspect is this game easily teaches Cause and Effect. Placing your magnetic rock in the what could be a perfect spot, might soon turn into a mistake once you see all the magnets pull towards it.

Boom Brick

“Boom Brick by On Trend Goods is a one of a kind way to play your favorite music.”

Ages: 8+

Play music anytime, anywhere with this speaker system. All you have to do is play music from your device, set it on top of the speaker and watch the magic happen. Charge via USB for a 6-8 hour battery life or keep plugged in to keep the party going!

• No Bluetooth Required

• No Cables or Wires

• Compatible with any device

• No Batteries Needed

• Stereo Quality

• Touch Release

STEW

“A Fun, Safe, Educational, Stacking & Chewing Toy for Babies! “

Ages: 0-12 Months

Chewable & Safe • Educational & Developmental • Amazing Textures • Stacks for easy on-the-go

How this benefits development? 

  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Fine & Gross Motor Skills
  • Creative Thinking
  • Cognition

Dentist-Approved & Recommended!

 
Sep 24

Our Favorite Brands: Thumbs Up!

By Aric Klar | Toy Guides

Check out some of our favorites from Thumbs Up, creator of fun and quirky home and tech products!

“Thumbs Up brings fun, quality and value to the technology, home and lifestyle marketplace. An award-winning product development company with innovation running through its DNA – Thumbs Up has been bringing quirky products to retailers large and small since 2004.”

 

Virtual Archer

“Experience 360° immersive scenery and immerse yourself in a virtual world.”

Ages: 8+

Archery just got seriously cool. Slot your Smartphone into the included bow, start the App and shoot your way through hours of endless fun. Battle dragons, hit targets and become an ace at archery.

  • Connects via Bluetooth.
  • Includes free app with multiple games.
  • Requires 2 x AAA batteries (not included).
  • Battery life: up to 15 hours.
  • Suitable for indoors and outdoor use.
  • Compatible with most IOS and Android mobile phone devices.

Moon & Star Projector

“There’s something about star gazing that just feels magical.”

Ages: 3+

Thanks to this projector you can lie back and stare up at the night sky every night. Just touch the button and your wall or ceiling will be adorned with colourful projections of moons and stars. Creating that ultimate relaxing scene has never been so easy. 4 colour modes included.

  • Indoor projector, projects moons and stars.
  • Touch control.
  • 50minute sleep timer.
  • Includes 4 colour modes: blue, red, green and colour changing.
  • Requires 3 x AA batteries (not included).

My Rainbow Projector

“Bring a touch of love, light and rainbows to the mundane everyday.”

Ages:3+

At the flick of a switch this projector will beam a colourful rainbow across your wall or surface.

  • Rainbow projector.
  •  Powered by USB or requires 4 x AAA batteries (not included).

Wall Climbing Car

“Hold on to your hats and defy gravity with R/C Wall Climber!”

Ages: 8+

Using vacuum suction technology the Wall Climber can be used on walls, windows and even the ceiling!

A zero gravity remote control car is not only cool but causes endless fun too. Simply turn your walls into a race track and remember to take a sharp turn around them picture frames.

Aug 17

Section Spotlight: STEAM

By Aric Klar | Toy Guides

“This week, we’re spotlighting our variety of STEAM toys! STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Here are some of our favorite toys that help encourage an interest in STEAM!”

 

StartupCircuits_ToyologyToys

Start Up Circuits

Botley The Coding Robot

PowerUp2.0
Electric Paper Airplane Conversion Kit

Makey Makey

Xtreme Bots

Guardian Bot

Dodeca 12 in 1 : Solarhydraulic Robot

 STAX

  Tummple

Edible Chemistry Set

Spino's Battle Game

Aug 10

Section Spotlight: Early Learning & Educational Play

By Aric Klar | Toy Guides

This week, we’re spotlighting our amazing early learning and educational play section! You can find everything you’ll need to get your little one ready for school!

 

Magicube Mix & Match

GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars

Fine Motor Hedgehog

Puzzle Globe

Botley The Coding Robot

1-2-3 Build It!
Car-Plane-Boat

 All Ready for Preschool Kit

  Snap n Learn Alphabet Alligators

Aug 06

Section Spotlight: Puzzles

By Aric Klar | Toy Guides

This week, we’re spotlighting our amazing puzzle section! You can find puzzles for every age, development, hobby and occasion. Get the family together with one of our favorites for an evening at home!

 

I Love Michigan
1000 PC. Puzzle

United States of America
300 PC. Puzzle

Shapes
Peg Puzzle

Musical Instrument
Sound Puzzle

Solar System
48 PC. Floor Puzzle

Sleepover
400 PC. Puzzle

Dinosaur World
200 PC. Floor Puzzle

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