Tumblstix is a small, weighted stick that challenges balance. Kids can test their creativity and dexterity and sharpen their focus and hand-eye coordination by rolling over the Tumblstix gently. Balance and catch the stick smoothly during 360-degree rolls, all while doing tricks.
Zing Dama is a hybrid of KenDama and a yo-yo, and consists of four parts: a ball, a ring, string, and an adjustable strap. Users should strap the cup firmly onto their finger and start to swing the ball in any direction.
Smooshy Mushy from RedwoodVentures is part of the newest collectible craze, full of exciting, super squishy, slow-rise surprises.
Each Smooshy Mushy series includes one of eight randomly assorted pets. Kids can unwrap the container to find out which scented Smooshy Mushy squishy surprise is inside.
Every pet has a Bestie they can’t live without so kids should keep searching to find out which tiny squishy “Bestie” is their pet’s bff. Sets also come with a “what’s your smooshy name?” game, a nametag, a mini container, stickers, and a collectible poster.
Kids can collect 24 food-themed Smooshy Mushy Pets to discover, squish, and trade with their friends.
CLASSIC COLORFORMS PICTURE PANELS PLAY SETS: ANIMALS / VEHICLES (KAHOOTZ)
There are so many ways to play and learn with Colorforms Picture Panels Play Sets! Mix and match more than 150 Colorforms pieces to create endless settings, then re-stick the shapes to imagine your own stories over and over again! Fun re-stickable shapes and pieces make it easy for little fingers to easily create their own creatures, vehicles, and scenes.
Double-sided Picture Panels enhance creative storytelling with colorful play scenes on one side and fun puzzles on the back.
Magnetic edges connect panels together to expand and create different scenes; panels also stand up in the box to form 3D scenes, with the play surface on the box bottom—and they even stick to metal surfaces, such as the fridge.
Two-in-one double-sided Picture Panels have colorful play scenes on one side and puzzles on the other for open-ended and guided Colorforms play for children of all ages!
There are lots of design ideas in the package to guide younger children, plus plenty of classic shapes, pieces, and surfaces for older kids to use their imagination to create their own Colorforms world, over and over again.
Bill Reese has been production director at The Toy Insider since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and playing with his little boy Jonah.
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