Spring is here and it’s time to get outside and play. Toy Insider Editor-in-Chief  Marissa DiBartolo stopped by Fox 40 Sacramento to show off some of the best new toys for backyard fun. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.


  • Now kids can watch the amazing transformation that turns caterpillars into real butterflies!
  • First, they can build and decorate their very own butterfly house. Then, they put caterpillars into the Transformation Chamber and watch the incredible metamorphosis in action.
  • Soon they’ll have real butterflies flying in the habitat, ready to release into the world!
  • The kit includes everything needed to create a beautiful butterfly habitat, plus a magnifying lens for observation, and a STEM learning poster that teaches about the four stages of metamorphosis: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $19.99 each
  • Available: Target, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble


  • Kids can create bold designs on any outdoor surface with Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk.
  • The chalk comes in a variety of colors with the 48 count and the 64 count.
  • The Speciality Chalk adds special effects of neon, glitter, and tie dye to creative designs.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: 48 Count Core Chalk-$4.99; 64 Count Core Chalk-$9.99; Specialty Chalk Neon-$2.99; Specialty Chalk Neon Glitter-$2.99; Speciality Chalk Glitter-$2.99; Specialty Chalk Tie Dye-$2.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, Target, Michael’s


  • My Fairy Garden is a real, live garden!
  • Kids can grow plants at home and have a connection to nature and a sense of satisfaction at having nurtured a living thing with this kit.
  • Children plant the quick-germinating seeds, and care for their garden, all while setting up and playing with adorable fairies, woodland friends and accessories.
    The set includes the adorable tree hollow with opening doors, bottom tray, Willow the fairy, her bunny friend Nibbles, gardening accessories and tools, soil and quick-germinating seeds for kids to get their garden started. Children can add other flowers or plants if they want, too.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $16.99
  • Available: Target, Walmart, playmonster.com


  • It’s the ultimate handheld bubble toy!
  • Simply dip the blower into the tray and watch as hundreds of edible bubbles start flowing out!
  • Simply add your favorite drink, stir right side up and down for 10 seconds, pour the solution into the tray, dip the blower, press the blower button and lick tasty Bubbles!
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $12
  • Available: Amazon, HEB, Academy, CAMP


  • The Laser X Morph gaming station transforms into a blaster.
  • Laser X Morph Blaster is the newest Laser X Blaster in the Laser X line.
  • Each set comes with two gaming stations that – with a few pops, twists and turns – morph into Laser X blasters in just seconds!
  • Fans can play 3 built-in games, using one of the units as a target and the other as a blaster – or use both blasters in a traditional game of Laser X.
  • The blaster range is 300 feet – almost as long as a football field!
  • There are 3 ways to play – BLASTER TO GAME TARGET: Test your speed and skill; BLASTER TO BLASTER – Super quick and easy to play.  Just turn the blasters on and go! Players aim at the targets located on each other’s blastes; BLASTER TO ARMBAND RECEIVER – The receivers pop out and are worn on the upper arm. That’s where opponents aim!
  • Like other Laser X sets, Morph lets you play one-on-one or in teams – or you can set your blaster to rogue, and it’s every man for himself.
  • In either mode – laser tag or target practice – Morph works with all other Laser X gear. So no matter which blaster a player has, he or she can turn it on and join the fun.
  • All Laser X blasters work both in the dark and outside in bright sunlight.
  • The kit comes with everything players need with the exception of batteries.
  • Ages: 6+                                                                         
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Available: Target


  • Morfboard is a new, exciting, and innovative brand.  This high-performance deck and component system transforms in seconds and creates an entirely new play experience.   
  • The Morfboard ecosystem encompasses super simple Lock & Release Technology (LRT): simply drop Xtensions into the board and turn them 90-degrees.  The flex trigger locks in so kids are ready to skate, ride, balance, or bounce. Morfboard is year-round fun—anywhere, anytime.
  • Skate Xtensions feature 53mm Urethane wheels, durable cast aluminum trucks, and Performance ABEC 5 skate bearing.
  • Scoot Xtensions feature lean to steer wishbone front truck and rear wheel with inset lever brake.
  • Variable height T-Bar with rubber anti-slip grips.
  • Available in a variety of color options to customize the board.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Chartreuse, Lava, and Mint: Target, Walmart; Cyan: Target