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About the Author

Leah is the Cheif Marketing Officer at Toyology Toys since 2017. You can find her at the Toyology Toys offices in Royal Oak. She likes The Office, coffee in all forms and her cat, Poppy.

Aug 16

Top 14 Tools & Toys for Back To School

By Leah | Toy Guides

It’s the time of year again… Are you ready for back to school?

Here’s everything to get your kids excited about back to school!
Magnetic Drawing Board
$21.99
Ages: 5+

- Easy, on-the-go, screen-less "tablet" to help practice letters and numbers.
Coding Critters
$39.99
Ages: 4+

- Interactive pets for preschoolers!
- Introduces critical thinking and problem solves.
Great introduction to STEM concepts.

Magnetic Responsibility Chart

$19.99
Ages: 3+

- Helps get kids back on track for school
- Keep track of chores, reward for good behavior and track good habits.  

Wonder Stix
$6.99-$19.99
Ages: 3+

- Can be used on a variety of surfaces
- Washes off easily from most surfaces
- Won't dry out like markers
Brain Quest Flash Cards + Workbooks
$11.95-$12.95
Ages: 2+

- Early learning flash cards and work puts for every age, grade and topic.
Plus Plus
$7.99-$29.99
Ages: 5+

- Great fine motor builder
- Can be build 2D or 3D
- Kids can build their own creations or follow the guides that come with it.
Magna-Tiles
$14.99 - 124.99
Ages: 3+

- Magnetic building toy that can be built 2D or 3D
- Lots of sets to build your collection
- Use it lots of way to help learn shapes, symmetry and basic math concepts. 
Uh Oh Hippo
$21.99
Ages: 4+

- ​Fun, new take on a memory game.
- Encourages memorization and visual recognition
- Teaches social skills and turn taking
Wikki Stix
$4.99 - $19.99
Ages: 4+

- Unique medium to help practice letters and numbers.
- Use it to create pictures easily!
- Mess-free.
- Comes with illustrations for tracing and play and craft ideas.
Rainbow Fluffy Paint
$18.99
Ages: 6+

- Has a whipped, frosting-like consistency. 
- Great sensory medium that's unique from normal paint.
- Can be used for a variety of sensory activities.
Turbo Pop! STEM Challenge
$19.99
Ages: 5+

- Introduces topics like force and trajectories at an early age.
- Encourages problem solving with trial and error style activities.
- Totally kid powered!
TracerBots
$17.99-$29.99
Ages: 5+

- Control these tiny robots with your own designs!
- Helps develop critical thinking.
- Encourages an interest in STEM related fields. 
Science Wiz Kits
$24.99
Ages: 6+

- Unique science kits that help get kids interested in subjects like inventions and DNA!
- All kids come with a variety of different activities and experiments.
- Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.
Doodlematic
$29.99
Ages: 5+

- Create your own video game from hand drawings!
- Easy to use but comes with "Game Design Concepts" book for extra help.
- Has built in parental controls. 
Aug 08

Toyology Spotlight – Laser Pegs

By Leah | Toyology Spotlight

For the kid who has every LEGO set…

Laser Pegs are a building system that are compatible with your ever growing LEGO collection. The wow factor? Each set of Laser Pegs comes with at least one light up brick! This STEM-focused (science, techonology, engineering, mathematics) toy offers a variety of educational benefits like spatial reasoning, hand-eye coordination and problem-solving. Laser Pegs come in a variety of themed sets. From creatures to cars, there’s a set for every future civil engineer!

Key Features:

  • Compatible with your existing LEGO sets
  • Not your average building or construction toy
  • Variety of different themes and sets
  • For ages 7+

Educational Benefits:

  • Promotes problem-solving
  • Encourages creative and abstract thinking
  • Works on hand-eye coordination
  • Practices math skil
  • STEM-focused toy

Laser Pegs - Mars Explorer

Laser Pegs - The Beast

Laser Pegs - Mars Rover

Laser Pegs - Mars Rocket

Jun 24

10 Outdoor Toys for Your Best Summer Outside

By Leah | Toy Guides

Summer is here!

Here’s everything for a fun and active summer outside!
Swurfer-Kick Swingboard
$69.99
Ages: 5+

- Hang it in your backyard or take it with you on hiking, camping or road trips.
Dueling Stomp Rockets
$21.99
Ages: 6+

- 100% kid-powered. No batteries required.
- Two kids can launch at the same time!

Sling Stix

$21.99
Ages: 6+

- Great for developing hand-eye coordination
- Encourages cooperative play and independent play

Axe Throwing
$26.99
Ages: 6+

- The latest trend but safe for kids.
- Can be playing individually or in a pair.
The Hover Soccer Ball Set
$21.99
Ages: 3+

- Glides easily on all types of surfaces
- Promotes coordination and gross motor skills. 
Wingman
$6.99
Ages: 5+

- Foldable, fits in your pocket!
- Comes in a variety of styles.
Voli Racket Set
$21.99
Ages: 6+

- "Fits like a glove. Hits like a racket!"
- Bring it to the beach, the park or your backyard!
Beginners Golf Play Set
$29.99
Ages: 4+

- A great way for beginners to practice their swing
- Telescoping golf club can be adjusted to match the height of the player
Dodge Tag
$19.99
Ages: 5+

- Safe and fun for kids
- Fast paced and action packed!
Micro Kickboard Maxi Deluxe
$139.99
Ages: 5+

- Develop balance and coordination skills
- Helps prepare a child to ride a bicycle
- Great exercise
Jun 17

6 Perfect Pairs (Now with Books) for Easy Gifting!

By Leah | Toy Guides

Check out our Perfect Pairs for easy gifting!

We put together some of our favorite products alongside some of our favorite books to make incredible gifts, make your shopping experience a breeze and in return, make your life easier this birthday season!

Unicorn Purse + You Don’t Want a Unicorn

We’re all still OBSESSED with unicorns! My First Unicorn Purse by Creativity For Kids is a great beginner craft and introduction to sewing. With its button, snapping and lacing features, it’s great for building fine motor skills for little hands. We love this Perfect Pair for any little girl who wants a little sparkle and magic! 

Unicorn Purse

You Don’t Want a Unicorn

Mix or Match Vehicles – Construction + Bang! Boom! Roar! A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs

Who doesn’t love trucks?! The Mix or Match Vehicles by Popular Playthings (which come in a variety of different types of vehicles and even animals!) are a unique 3D puzzle for younger children. Each vehicle is made of up different parts that you can take apart and put back together any way you like. Bang! Boom! Roar! has become a Toyology Toys classic! It has dinosaurs, the alphabet, alliteration, and construction sites! 

Mix or Match Vehicles – Construction

Bang! Boom! Roar! A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs

Craft-tastic Empower Poster Kit + I am a Rebel Girl: A Journal to Start Revolutions

Craft-tastic Empower Poster Kit by Ann Williams promotes self-esteem by making a poster that you can hang in your child’s room that reminds them how wonderful they are! We featured the Empower Poster Kit as a Toyology Spotlight and you can read more about it here. If you loved Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, you’ll LOVE their interactive journal I am a Rebel Girl: A Journal to Start Revolutions. With prompts and activities to remind girls they can do anything, including starting revolutions!

Craft-tastic Empower Poster Kit

I am a Rebel Girl: A Journal to Start Revolutions

Wonder Stix (24 ct.) + The Day The Crayons Quit

At Toyology Toys, we LOVE Wonder Stix! They are versatile and mess-free. You can use Wonder Stix on chalkboards, dry-erase boards, glass, wood, cardboard or even take them into the back and write on the tile for bathtime fun! The Day the Crayons Quit is a silly story to get your kids ready for back-to-school.

Wonder Stix (24 ct.)

The Day The Crayons Quit

Create with Clay Dinosaurs + How to Grow a Dinosaur

Just about every kid LOVES dinosaurs! How many kids do you know that can recite more dinosaurs than you know? This Perfect Pair is for those kids! Create with Clay Dinosaurs by Creativity For Kids allows kids to create their favorite dinosaurs or create their very own. How to Grow a Dinosaur is a unique take on preparing a child to be a new brother or sister. 

Create with Clay Dinosaurs

How to Grow A Dinosaur

Magnetic Build A Truck – Construction + Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

Similar to the Mix or Max Vehicles listed above, the Build A Truck is even better for younger children with its chunkier pieces. It still has the same mix or match, magnetic feature but easier to use in small hands. Mighty, Mighty Construction Site tells the story of team-building, friendship and working together. 

Magnetic Build A Truck – Construction

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

Jun 06

Toyology Spotlight – Voli Racket Set

By Leah | Toyology Spotlight

Love badminton? You’ll love Voli!

Voli is a new and improved version of the summer favorite: badminton! Voli comes with two rackets that slide onto your hand like a glove and a Waboba Flyer. The glove style rackets and are made of foam and the Waboba Flyer is similar to a traditional badminton flyer, made with feathers. The goal is to keep the Waboba Flyer airborne. With Voli, there’s no need for a net or court like traditional badminton. Take Voli just about anywhere including the beach or a park!

Key Features:

  • “Fits like a glove. Hits like a racket!”
  • Bring anywhere: the park, the beach or in your backyard
  • No net or court needed
  • Twist on a classic!

Educational Benefits:

  • Exercises hand-eye coordination
  • Encourages active, outdoor play

Voli Racket Set with Flyer

May 20

4 NEW Perfect Pairs + 2 Perfect Trios for Easy Gifting!

By Leah | Toy Guides

Check out our Perfect Pairs for easy gifting!

We put together some of our favorite products to make incredible gifts, make your shopping experience a breeze and in return, make your life easier this holiday season!

Dimpl + Whirly Squigz + Sensory Rollers

All favorites (and turning into classics) from Fat Brain Toys! Each of these products provides unique sensory development for babies and toddlers. 

Dimpl

Whirly Squigz

Sensory Rollers

Unicorn Hoodie Blanket + Sparkles the Unicorn

Yes, we are all still OBSESSED with unicorns! For any unicorn lover, this duo makes a magical pair! Sequins Pets allows you to decorate Sparkles the Unicorn uniquely to you. With its weighted bottom, it also provides a sense of calm and relief for kids feeling anxious. The Unicorn Hoodie Blanket makes a convertible hoodie to a blanket to turn yourself in a unicorn! 

Unicorn Hoodie Blanket

Sequins Pets: Sparkles the Unicorn

Wall Climbing Car + Virtual Archer

Two of our favorites from Thumbs Up! The Wall Climbing Car is a holiday hit every year while the Virtual Archer is becoming a favorite for tech lovers! The Wall Climbing Car does exactly what it sounds, an RC car the drives up walls, ceilings, and floors (without damaging walls!) The Virtual Archer allows you to practice archery using your Smartphone. Download the app to shoot zombies and dragons! 

Wall Climbing Car

Virtual Archer

Glo Pals + Magna-Tiles

Glo Pals and Magna-Tiles are two of our favorites on their own but paired together, they make an incredible duo! Pair Glo Pals and Magna-Tiles for a sensory experience for toddlers. Build unique structures with Magna-Tiles and place Glo Pals inside for an awesome light show! 

Glo Pals

Magna-Tiles

SPEKS + Stressed by Design: Designer Stress Balls

KIDULT ALERT! SPEKS and Stressed by Design are essential for any kid or adults desk or workspace. Both are considered hand-manipulatives and provide a sense of ease and calm when played with. SPEKS and Stressed by Design come in a variety of colors to fit every personality. 

SPEKS

Stressed by Design
Designer Stress Balls

Character Creator + Comic Book Kit

Do you know a kid who LOVES superheroes?! Who doesn’t!? With Character Creator and the Comic Book Kit, a child can not only create and write their own comic but create the action figure to go along with it! If that’s not enough superheroes, add the Trading Card Kit to make trading cards of all their creations to trade with their friends.

Character Creator

Comic Book Kit

Trading Card Kit

May 15

14 Camp & Travel Ready Favorites for Middle School Kids

By Leah | Toy Guides

By now, you’re a seasoned camper!

Here’s everything for another fun summer at camp…

For time spent outside:

Thumb Chucks
$9.99
Ages: 6+

- Use at night for extra fun!
Waboba Surf
$6.99
Ages: 6+

- Bounces on water.
- Best for lakes, oceans, and rivers.
Wingman
$6.99
Ages: 5+

- ​Foldable, fits in your pocket!
- Comes in a variety of styles.
Lazer Fingers
$4.99
Ages: 3+

-
- Anything light up is always a hit at camp!

For time spent inside:


SPEKS

$24.99 - $27.99
Ages: 18+

- Stress relieving.
- Comes in a variety of colors.
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty
$2.99 - $19.99
Ages: 3+

- Stress relieving.
- Comes in a variety of sizes, colors, textures and illusions!
Simpl Dimpl
$4.99
Ages: 3+

- Keychain for on-the-go.
- "Encourages tactile stimulation, calmness, concentration"
UNO
$7.99
Ages: 7+

- A classic!
- "Easy to pick up...impossible to put down."
SLAPZI
$19.99
Ages: 8+

- 2 - 10 players.
- "Be the first to match the right picture cards to the right clue cards."
Plus Plus (Tubes)
$7.99
Ages: 5+

- Puzzle pieces that build 3D or 2D.
- Comes in a variety of animals and characters. 

For time spent homesick:

Ink-A-Do Tattoo Pens
$5.99
Ages: 6+

- Gen pens for writing on skin.
- Washable, shimmery colors!
Mini Sketch Pad
$2.99
Ages: 3+

- Multipurpose necessity for camp!
Glitter Scented Gel Pens
$7.99
Ages: 6+

- Add flair to letters home!
Double Pointed Markers - 15 ct.
$7.99
Ages: 3+

- Each marker features two tips: find and bold.
May 15

16 Camp & Travel Ready Favorites for Elementary School Kids

By Leah | Toy Guides

Whether it’s your first time at camp, or your camp bag needs an update, we have everything you need to make camp easy, fun and while keeping homesickness at bay!

For time spent outside:

Cosmic Coil
$11.99
Ages: 8+

- Perform cool tricks.
- Share the experience with friends!
YoYo's
$5.99
Ages: 6+

- A classic and a best seller!
Waboba Surf
$6.99
Ages: 6+

- Bounces on water.
- Best for lakes, oceans, and rivers.
Wingman
$6.99
Ages: 5+

- ​Foldable, fits in your pocket!
- Comes in a variety of styles.

For time spent inside:

Melissa & Doug On-The-Go -
Secret Decoder

$4.99
Ages: 7+

- ​Built in maker with storage.
- Every page is a new challenge!
Melissa & Doug On-The-Go -
Friendship Bracelets

$6.99
Ages: 8+

- Makes 10 friendship bracelets to share with friends!
- Simple to advanced all-in-one book.
Tech Decks
$14.99
Ages: 5+

- Learn tricks!
- Fidget style toy that can relieve stress and anxiety.
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty
$2.99 - $19.99
Ages: 3+

- Stress relieving.
- Comes in a variety of sizes, colors, textures and illusions!
UNO
$7.99
Ages: 7+

- A classic!
- "Easy to pick up...impossible to put down."
SNAPZI
$9.99
Ages: 8+

- ​Add on to SLAPZI.
- Fast paced, strategic matching game.
Plus Plus (Tubes)
$7.99
Ages: 5+

- Puzzle pieces that build 3D or 2D.
- Comes in a variety of animals and characters. 

For time spent homesick:

I am a Rebel Girl Journal
$20.00
Ages: 6+

- Write, draw, journal, document.
Buddha Board Mini
$14.99
Ages: 3+

- Write with water and watch it disappear. 
- Can be stress relieve and anxiety reducing.
Mini Sketch Pad
$2.99
Ages: 3+

- Multipurpose necessity for camp!
Glitter Scented Gel Pens
$7.99
Ages: 6+

- Add flair to letters home!
Double Pointed Markers - 15 ct.
$7.99
Ages: 3+

- Each marker features two tips: find and bold.
Apr 30

7 Mother’s Day Crafts To Do With You & The Kids

By Leah | Toy Guides

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite activities and crafts that you can do with your kids!

Paint Your Own Stone

Ages: 8+

Emoji Bracelets

Ages: 6+

Magic Bean Garden

Ages: 5+

Make Together Family Bowl

Ages: 6+

Shrink Fun Geode Jewelry

Ages: 7+

Tell Your Story Alphabet 
Bead Case

Ages: 8+

Illustory

Ages: 4+

Apr 29

11 Camp & Travel Ready Favorites for First Time Campers

By Leah | Toy Guides

Your first time at camp can be both nerve-racking and exciting, for both child and mommy!

We’ve compiled a list of must-have essentials to make first-time campers feel excited about camp while keeping homesickness at bay. 

For time spent outside:

Waboba Surf
$6.99
Ages: 6+

- Bounces on water.
- Best for lakes, oceans, and rivers.
Wingman
$6.99
Ages: 5+

- ​Foldable, fits in your pocket!
- Comes in a variety of styles.
Lazer Fingers
$4.99
Ages: 3+

-
- Anything light up is always a hit at camp!

For time spent inside:

Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty
$2.99 - $19.99
Ages: 3+

- Stress relieving.
- Comes in a variety of sizes, colors, textures and illusions!
Simpl Dimpl
$4.99
Ages: 3+

- Keychain for on-the-go.
- "Encourages tactile stimulation, calmness, concentration"
UNO
$7.99
Ages: 7+

- A classic!
- "Easy to pick up...impossible to put down."
SLAPZI
$19.99
Ages: 8+

- 2 - 10 players.
- "Be the first to match the right picture cards to the right clue cards."
Plus Plus (Tubes)
$7.99
Ages: 5+

- Puzzle pieces that build 3D or 2D.
- Comes in a variety of animals and characters. 

For time spent homesick:

Mini Sketch Pad
$2.99
Ages: 3+

- Multipurpose necessity for camp!
Glitter Scented Gel Pens
$7.99
Ages: 6+

- Add flair to letters home!
Double Pointed Markers - 15 ct.
$7.99
Ages: 3+

- Each marker features two tips: find and bold.
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