The Sweet Suite @ Home was all I could have hoped for and more! I learned about the hottest toys coming to market and cannot wait to share them with you!
I felt like a kid all over again walking virtually through what I thought was the coolest convention yet – The Sweet Suite @ Home! From STEM to electronics to outdoor games, I am SO excited to bring the top toy news to you!
Circuit Explorer STEM Playset by Educational Insights
Educational Insights, a brand my boys have grown up with and love, announced the availability of their new Circuit Explorer STEM playsets will be available in October of this year exclusively on Amazon – perfect timing for the holidays!
Kids will learn how to engineer simple circuits with the new off-the-board space-themed circuit playsets, including a Rocket, Rover, and Deluxe Base Station, that combine creative imaginative play with STEM fundamentals. The super kid-friendly, 3D design makes it easy to snap the pieces together in the correct order to instantly receive feedback and interactive results to know they are on their way to a galactic journey, such as light, motion, or sound, championing a child’s creativity while encouraging STEM learning and honing problem-solving skills.
With kids likely to be learning from home more than previous school years, it’s more important than ever for families to have access to easy, fun ways to teach STEM skills at home. STEM toys have been on the hottest toys lists for years, but this Circuit Explorer is the best I’ve seen!
MSRP: Circuit Explorer Rocket (MSRP: $29.99), Circuit Explorer Rover (MSRP: $39.99), and Circuit Explorer Deluxe Base Station (MSRP: $59.99)
3D Build & Play by 3Doodler
I want one of these 3D pens SO badly! Currently available exclusively through Amazon.com and the3Doodler.com, 3Doodler’s new 3D Build & Play allows children as young as four to design their own worlds, exploring creativity while building up confidence and fine motor skills.
You simply turn on the cordless 3D Build & Play, insert your color choice of strand of material, and the plastic will heat to a safe temperature. Crank the handle and create 3D models in seconds – it is so cool!
MSRP: $29.99 for the 3D Build & Play kit, Eco-Plastic starts at $2.49 each
Adventure Academy by Age of Learning
Adventure Academy is an educational massively multiplayer online game (MMO) for elementary- and middle-school-age children. It features thousands of enjoyable learning activities that are discovered in an interactive virtual world where the more you explore, the more you learn. Expertly designed to create a highly engaging and educational environment, Adventure Academy focuses on building critical knowledge and skills in language arts, math, social studies, science, and more.
Adventure Academy is on the top of my hottest toys list for computer games and interactive learning. Learn more at https://www.adventureacademy.com/.
MSRP: $59.99 for an annual subscription. You can opt for monthly, but the annual is the best deal!
Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Safari Oasis
What little one wouldn’t want their very own monkey, elephant, giraffe and lion to decorate as they wish? The best part? When they want to redesign these super cute safari animals, all they have to do is brush them clean in the kid-powered Oasis Tub.
The kit comes with the four safari animals mentioned above, six washable markers, the Oasis tub, and a scrub brush. You can find it in stores and online at Crayola.com now!
MSRP: $19.99. There are also a variety of expansion packs you can purchase as well!
Mud Pie Kitchen by b4Adventure
I would’ve been the happiest kid ever if I had a mud pie kitchen. I didn’t even know something like this existed. Leave it to b4Adventure to create this amazing hands-on super cool way to have fun and explore! Kids can discover living things and experiment as they mush, mix and mold a mud pie.
There is a reusable painting screen, built-in planter, shelves to store all of your kid’s goodies they find, bamboo wind chimes, paintbrush pens, and kitchen utensils, pots and pans. Definitely one of the hottest toys I’ve seen in a long time!
Hottest Toys for the Great Outdoors by Wicked Big Sports
I wanted everything that Wicked Big Sports® has to offer. I think I am more excited about their line of party and backyard games than my boys…although we’re pretty close!
Picture a kickball but not just your usual kickball – a BIG kickball. You cannot miss kicking this big red ball of fun around the backyard or park. The set goes for $24.99 and includes the ball, 3 bases, 1 home plate, a pump, 3 ball plugs, and a plug remover. This is totally going on my wishlist!
Wicked Big Sports® also has BIG soccer balls, footballs, and volley balls – there is really one for everyone’s likes. Each of these balls are sold separately and come with a pump and needle.
Looking for some new party games? Wicked Big Sports® 4 in 1 Games set includes everything you need to play 4 different super-sized party games: Flip Cup, Quarters, Slap Cup and Pong! Includes 12 giant cups, 2 giant pong balls, and 2 giant quarters. At only $29.99, it also makes a great housewarming gift!
You can find the Wicked Big collection on Amazon, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Meijer.
Change Up by b4Adventure
We love playing corn hole at our house, so I was super excited to see this supped up version!
ChangeUp comes with 3 double-sided boards which include 6 bag tossing game boards such as Corn Hole, Shuffleboard, Tic-Tac-Toe, Skee Bag, Poker Pass and Football Frenzy, which all put a fun new twist on these classic games. ChangeUp also has 2 sets of 4 game add-ons, for those who want to mix and match games, and an extra set of 10 beanbags, for double the fun! Change up the boards you play on and become a master at all 6 games!
Impractical Jokers Game by Wilder Games & WowWee
Not all toys have to be for the little ones. I, along with hundreds of thousands, am an Impractical Jokers fan. Now there is a game perfect for parties created on the same theme as the show!
Players are challenged to prove that they have what it takes to be one of the Jokers! Whether you like pulling off undercover challenges on your friends, or just laughing at hilarious awkward card combinations, this game has something for everyone! In the first phase of the game, players will mess with their unsuspecting friends and family before moving onto phase two, matching uncomfortable scenario cards with hysterical action cards. In the last phase, the loser of phase two is subject to a punishment of epic proportions – just like on the
Ideal for 3-10 players, the perfect party game to play with friends and
family at home or at the office, as well as a great gift for fans of the popular
Impractical Jokers TV show! The Impractical Jokers: Box of Challenges Game has a $19.99 MSRP. It comes with 400 game cards, and over 15 accessories such as fake brochures, petitions, and more.
KidiZoom® Creator Cam by VTech
My boys grew up on the innovative and super fun VTech toy line. They just announced the launch of their KidiZoom® Creator Cam, an all-in-one HD video camera kit that includes a green screen, tabletop tripod that converts into a selfie stick, 20+ animated backgrounds and easy on-camera video editing.
The newest addition to their Kidi electronics line, the Creator Cam offers easy to use on-screen editing capabilities and a green screen to create amazing special effects.
Set up the high definition camera with the included tabletop tripod that also converts to a selfie stick, then use the editing and creativity tools to create trick shots and time-lapse videos. The camera is kid-friendly and does not have a built-in Wi-Fi connection, so video can only be uploaded via the included USB cable at a parent’s discretion. The camera has a microSD card slot to increase storage to 32GB (card sold separately), and a rechargeable battery.
Price Point: MSRP $59.99
Realtree® Whipsaw UTV Ride-On Toy by Kid Trax
I so wish this UTV ride-on toy was around when my boys were younger! Perfect for the 3 – 5 year old that wants to go out and explore the great outdoors (translation: your neighborhood).
Affordably priced at $179 and available at Walmart this October, I have a feeling this will be on a lot of holiday gift wish lists. It’s different than the traditional ride-on in style and as a parent, I’d love to see my little tyke creating this own adventures in this!
The Maserati is super cool too…
Door Pong by Fat Brain Toys
Let’s say you love ping pong but don’t have the space for a ping pong table. No worries, Fat Brain Toys has you covered! All you need to play is Door Pong and a door frame. I love that this game helps foster coordination, concentration and collaborative play.
Burping Bobby by Goliath Toys
If you don’t already know, I am a mom to two amazing boys. Boys are SO different than girls. I got introduced to the fact that burping, farting, and saying the words “butt” and “poop” are just too funny (and at times the only words in their vocabulary).
I learned about Burping Bobby and now feel I need to get this for all kiddos – I think they will get such a kick out of this gassy hippo!
Laugh & Learn Grow-the-Fun Garden to Kitchen™ by Fisher Price
When Gabriel was born, he “bought” Nathan a play kitchen. The kitchen instantly became his most favorite toy, and soon to be Gabriel’s as he got older.
Fisher Price is launching this super cool dual-sided kitchen and garden in the fall of this year, and I so wish I had a little one so I could buy and play with it!
It is geared so that the toddler first plants, grows and picks the items for their meal and then makes it in the kitchen. If this isn’t teaching the concept of garden-to-table, then I don’t know what will! The kitchen also features Smart Stages technology with 3 levels of learning content that
grows with your toddler:
o Level 1 – Teaches about letters, shapes, colors & more
o Level 2 – Prompts toddlers to explore and find objects
o Level 3 – Encourages toddlers to sing along as they play
I also love their food truck version! So cute!
There were so many other fabulous toys – I could write about them for days! Which of the toys listed above are going on your holiday gift-giving list?