Are your kids glued to their tablet and TV screens? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by NBC’s The Today Show to show off some of the best toys to unplug kids from their devices. For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and be sure to view our Spring and Summer Toy Guide.


Nimuno Loops – LEGO compatible Flexible Adhesive Tape (Nimuno)

  • Nimuno Loops is an adhesive tape that Instantly transforms horizontal, vertical or curved surfaces into a base for LEGO components.
  • Nimuno Loops adhere to almost any surface, transforming it into a dynamic building platform. It is compatible with LEGO, Mega Bloks, Kreo and most major toy building block systems.
  • Nimuno Loops is able to be trimmed to the desired length and has reusable adhesive backing.
  • Each pack comes with two 3.2-foot rolls, totaling 6.5 feet of Nimuno Loops. Colors currently include red, blue, green and gray.
  • MSRP: $10.99
  • Age: 3+
  • Available: July/August

LEGO Creative Bricks Set (LEGO)

  • Build up a storm with this big box of classic LEGO bricks in
  • With lots of different windows and doors, along with other special pieces to inspire you, you can really run with your imagination.
  • Includes a wide range of LEGO bricks in dozens of different colors and frames to start building on, LEGO Classic is designed to inspire open-ended creativity with the
  • Ideas included with the set and online at LEGO.com/classic to help you get started
  • Comes in a useful plastic storage box. Available in regular, medium, and large.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $16.99—$49.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Walmart, LEGO stores

Egged On (Hasbro)

  • Pick the right egg, or get soaked!
  • In this hilarious and suspenseful new EGGED ON game, players take turns picking plastic eggs out of the container and “cracking” them on top of their heads!
  • If you pick the egg that’s filled with water – you get wet! Try not to “crack” up when playing this addictive game!
  • The EGGED ON game includes 12 plastic eggs and instructions.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target

Twist Time Tower Crash (Blip Toys)

  • Twist Time is a new line of outdoor and indoor games offering a wide variety of innovative games that will get families of all ages off the couch, laughing, and interacting together.
  • Twist Time games are perfect for reunions or spur-of-the moment family game nights.
  • Challenge your friends to build the biggest tower with Tower Crash! Start off with a small tower and keep building! Be careful though, as the tower gets taller, it gets wobblier—until…CRASH!
  • Other Twist Time Games include: Ball Toss; Bucket Bingo; Comet Ball Crash; Fish & Flips; Gator Grab; Giant Lighted Dice; Gopher Golf; Lighted Bean Bag Bash; Memory Mayhem; Simin Say Parachute; Wacky Water Range; Word Scramble.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Now exclusively at Target

Pottery Cool Studio (Spin Master)

  • Pottery Cool has turned pottery upside down, making it easy to create perfectly shaped pottery by letting gravity do the work. Kids simply place a clay disk onto the turntable, gently spray it with water and watch it spin and take shape in their hands.
  • Customize the air-dried creations with sculpting tools and 10 brightly colored metallic paints, create 6 beautiful projects, including: a jewelry holder, phone speaker and more.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $39.9
  • Available: Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart

X-Shot Bubble Ball (Zuru)

  • Take contact sports to the extreme!
  • With its durable material and easy to inflate system, the Bubble Ball can inflate up to 4 feet and withstand tremendous impacts!
  • Use it in the backyard or in a sports field and get the games started
  • Each sold separately, the Bubble Ball is available in blue or orange.
  • Ages 8+
  • MSRP $49.99
  • Available: Walmart, Toys “R” Us

Power Wheels Wild Thing (Mattel)

  • Wild Thing is the ultimate performance vehicle for older age kids, bringing a whole new level of control, excitement, and thrills with ability to shift into a 360-degree spinning action while driving in both forward and reverse.
  • Large durable tires for multi-terrain driving
  • Three different speed setting up to 5 mph, a stability sensor to prevent tipping on steep inclines, and working seatbelt
  • Designed with an exposed metal frame for a tough realistic look
  • SRP: $299.99
  • Ages 5+
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Amazon

Folkmanis Puppets (Folkmanis)

  • Folkmanis puppets spark imaginations and encourage open-ended play, endearing hugs, and snuggly companionship.
  • Each puppet is carefully detailed to be realistic-looking animal puppets. The tags also include facts about each animal.
  • Newest additions to the Folkmanis collection include the Dove, the Poodle, the Cavalier King Charles, the Toad, the Abert’s Squirrel, the Baby Koala, and the Standing Bear.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $17.99- $57.99
  • Available: Amazon, Folkmanis.com