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Top 5 Toys for Toddler Girls
Top 5 Toys for Toddler Girls

Buying toys for your toddler daughter is not an easy thing to do. The market for this group is so narrow in many ways, especially when you look at how big a change there is in the transition from toys aimed at younger age groups to those meant for older children.

We searched high and low for the best toys to buy for toddler girls, be it for Christmas, a birthday, or another special occasion, and why you should consider making the purchase.

Tablet Devices

This year has seen the launch of a number of excellent tablet devices aimed at children. The best thing about these is that they are so much more than the usual “learning laptops” that are seen every single year. Buying one of these for a toddler girl will enable them to discover a world of features and applications tailored specifically for their interests, and help them become proficient at using a device that will likely form a huge chunk of their future.

Collectable Dolls

Whether you go for historically inspired dolls or something more contemporary, such as One Direction figurines, collectable dolls are always a great idea for toddler girls. The only real problem is that they will undoubtedly want to play with them, so if there is a collectable element to your motivation for buying, you may want to reconsider.

Furby

While the original incarnation of the Furby around 15 years ago was innovative at the time, it ultimately left a great deal to be desired in terms of how a child could engage with it. The new, improved, and re-launched Furby toys are much more interactive and engaging for a child, and can even be hooked up to a mobile device or laptop so that even more exciting features can be unlocked and enjoyed.

Design Toys

For those looking to unlock their child’s creative side, there are a wide range of design toys that are available, especially from well-known brands such as Crayola. Whether you go for a simple colouring and painting-based toy, or something such as Aqua Beads, for example, the possibilities for individual designs and an exciting voyage of self-discovery are endless.

Roleplay Toys

Whether it is dressing up as a favourite Disney character or keeping busy in a play kitchen, there are many imaginative roleplay option available for younger girls. You can be sure that they will want to dress as a beautiful princess, their favourite film character, or re-enact the housework behind you. These toys are great for killing time as well as helping your child develop social and emotional skills.

Check out some of these toy ideas next time you are at the shops, and don’t become hamstrung by what can be a difficult age group to shop for.

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Christmas Gifts from the Kids
Christmas Gifts from the Kids

As the Christmas season is soon approaching, include children in sharing the holiday spirit by encouraging them to give gifts. Children can give all sorts of gifts to their family, friends and loved ones, from buying wholesale jewelry to making their own crafts. Here are four ways for children to spread Christmas cheer and give gifts anyone would love:

1. Bake Holiday Cookies

Cookies are a great gift to give during the Christmas season. For a fun and enjoyable activity to do together, let children bake their own holiday-themed cookies to give to others so they learn how to bake while making delicious treats. You can buy prepared cookie dough from the grocery store that you can let kids cut and arrange on baking sheets or you could walk your children through the steps of making dough from scratch. After baking and cooling the cookies, decorate them to spread the holiday spirit and personalize the cookies with messages like “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” Use colorful paper or boxes to add a finishing touch to their gift.

2. Give Stuffed Toys

If children are giving to others close to their age, consider having them give toys like stuffed animals. Not only do stuffed animals or dolls decorate a child’s room, they can also make a good friend to him or her. If a child’s room is overflowing with stuffed animals, action figures or dolls, encourage him or her to either donate or gift toys they do not use or rarely play with. Buying new toys from the store is also another option to give toys if you are concerned with getting your children to part with their unused toys.

3. Make Customized Cards and Calendars

Making cards and calendars are simple craft projects anyone can do and makes for a thoughtful gift. Make calendars by pasting decorated paper on flip calendars or fold paper into cards. Using construction paper, children can decorate cards and calendars any way they choose to express their creativity and imagination. Decorating ideas range from cutting out white pieces of paper to make snowflakes to drawing Christmas trees, presents, and other holiday-themed pictures.

4. Buy Costume Jewelry

Children love to play dress up and as they already know, wearing costume jewelry completes any outfit. For a gift appreciated by girls and women of all ages, let your children buy wholesale jewelry as a gift. With a huge variety of jewelry and designs to choose from, including necklaces, bracelets and earrings, costume jewelry is an inexpensive way to add style to clothing and outfits.

Let children get into the holiday spirit this Christmas season by giving gifts, whether buying something small or making their own custom gifts.

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Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon Review for 2012

I love Star Wars and had the opportunity to buy the new Lego Millennium Falcon for my son (or should I say me?) so read on for my full review and thoughts on this awesome Star Wars Lego toy.

Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon Review

The packaging looks so good I almost didn’t want to open it!  Perhaps if I hadn’t it might be worth some money in a few years time – hmmm, or maybe not?  Anyway, I get the Lego Millennium Falcon unwrapped and carefully place all the different parts out on the table.  This is what you get:

  • 6 Star Wars Lego Minifigures – Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Han Solo L
  • Lego Star Wars Weapons – 3 Lightsabres, 3 Blasters, and 1 Crossbow (for Chewbacca)
  • Complete Star Wars Lego Bricks including: Opening hull, rotating laser cannons, detailed interior aspects, twin flick missiles, and detachable cockpit cover so you can put figures in
  • 1,254 Star Wars Lego pieces in total
  • Lego Millennium Falcon Instructions and “How to Guide”

Lego Millennium Falcon Instructions and Build Time

My son is eight, and it took us around 5 hours to build the Lego Millennium Falcon from scratch.  I let him take the lead on most of the construction, and offered tips and guidance where appropriate, but the great thing is how easy the Lego Millennium Falcon instructions are to understand for a child of his age.

Plus all of the plastic Star Wars Lego parts are easy to identify because they have been separated and ordered into clear plastic bags which have numbers on them – and the numbers correlate to the instructions manual for ease of identification.

The Final Star Wars Lego Toy and How it Works

Once we had completed our build and assembly of the Lego Millennium Falcon I was actually quite surprised at how sturdy it was.  I guess there must have been some technical advances in Lego bricks over last twenty five years since I last used them.  A child can easily pick and play with the model as no parts seem to fall off – as long as you’ve pressed the Lego bricks together properly.

The attention to detail is also very impressive, and if you are a fan of the original Star Wars Trilogy films then you won’t be disappointed.  There are fold-out panels on the top of the Lego space ship that when opened show the inside of the model.  It’s then possible to re-enact all your favorite Star Wars Millennium Falcon moments using the mini-figs that come included.

You can detach the cockpit cover and put Han Solo or Chewbacca in their to pilot, whilst in the rear Luke Skywalker and friends can be discussing their latest attempts to destroy Darth Vader’s Death Star – or simply play their Virtual chess game (now that would be a cool toy in real life!).

The cannons on the top of the Millennium Falcon also rotate to give that extra bit of realism to the whole Lego model as does the hidden smuggler’s compartment which you should be familiar with from the original Star Wars film.

Lego Millennium Falcon 2012 Review and Thoughts

This really is an awesome Millennium Falcon Star Wars set, and I can’t really say anything negative about it apart from one thing: Where are C3PO and R2D2?  This Star Wars Lego set is meant to be from Star Wars Episode IV, Episode V, and Episode VI.  Yes you might get Darth Vader, but in the films he was only on the Millennium Falcon in about one scene if I remember correctly.

So a note to the Lego designers – if you release a new version in 2012 or beyond make sure you include the droids because they were a big part of the Millennium Falcon story in the films and were in loads of scenes with Luke Skywalker.

Conclusion on the Millennium Falcon Lego Toy Set and Where to Buy

If you love Lego and Star Wars then you won’t be disappointed with this toy.  Even more valuable is the quality time that it could offer if you have a son or daughter like me, and want to help them learn how to follow instructions – and get great pleasure from achieving something in a toy.

Lego is great because it is educational and the toys offer some degree of learning value, which can’t always be said about a lot of other toys on the market.  Check the best price out on Amazon today if you want to buy a cheap Lego Millennium Falcon set.

Article Credit: This toy review was written and compiled by Bob Tanta who regular contributes to toy and baby blogs.  Keep an eye out on the Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition in the coming months as Bob is hoping to help contribute to their top 10 list of best Christmas presents for children..