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December 1, 2015
With the holiday shopping season underway, we asked our publishers from across the country to pick the hottest toys and games in their area. From smart STEM toys to retro classic games, there’s a perfect present for your little ones and big ones alike. Even better? This is the week to shop, without all the hassle. Many discounts are still available all week, both online and at local retailers.
Starting at $16.99 through goobi.com
My kids LOVE these and little do they know they’re learning while playing. Think STEM. Build small, build big with these magnetic pieces and don’t forget the storage case to keep them all together!
Leslie Len Meis, Hulafrog Venice-El Segundo, CA, & mom of two
Get $10 off kit of $19.95 or more with code HULAFROG at KiwiCrate.com
These creative "crates" are delivered to your door once a month for hours of fun. My kids are always anxiously awaiting the arrival of their next arts or science project! Makes an awesome gift from Grandparents and a super smart last-minute idea. (Just print and wrap a photo!)
Suzy Ramsey, Hulafrog Burlington-Winchester, MA, & mom of two
$32.00 at AmericanGirl.com
Let your little girl and her favorite doll check out the stars and share their findings on a display board. Just what is needed to get those STEM gears turning!
Sarah Mendenhall, Syracuse, NY, & mom of two
$38.99 at Target
Abracadabra...Alakazam! Disconnect those devices and let the kids learn magic tricks. Your kids will be the entertainment at your family parties!
Melissa Doran, Hulafrog National, & mom of three
Perfect cards for any style...any budget. 15% off thru Dec. 21
Assorted colors available on UniquePhoto.com UniquePhoto.com starting at $69.00
This Polaroid-like camera is an awesome throw-back gift idea and “must have” according to my ten-year-old daugher. She’ll get instant gratification with a physical pic to share with friends, and I’ll win some cool mom points.
Kerri McCorkill, Hulafrog Mansfield-Attleboro, MA, & mom of two
Now $54.99 at B&H.com
A huge hit for all of my kids. They love to watch it take off and then video the great outdoors. Affordable drone for first time users.
Cristin Krokosz, Hulafrog Southern Monmouth, NJ, & mom of four
$28.99 on Target
Not sure about the teachers, but what kid won’t love these chocolate dispensing pens? Fun idea for the crafty-foodie kids!
Linda Escobar, Hulafrog Bergen County South, NJ, & mom of three
Starting at $49.99 at Discount School Supply
They’re back on our list for a second year! These magnetic strips kits spark my kids’ creativity. Love what they come up with whether it’s a simple flower or a a tutu-wearing 6-headed dragon!
Annie Steckroth, Hulafrog West Hartford, CT, & mom of three
$24.99 at Toys “R” Us
Love seeing toys of the past come back for our kids. Spirograph is tons of fun and comes in a carrying case, so it makes for a great on-the-go activity.
Tracy Kawash, Hulafrog Lower Bucks County, PA, & mom of four
Get it for $15.99 on Amazon.com
Super-cool! Download the free My Monopoly app to create your very own family fun game. You can customize tokens, street names, Chance & Community Chest cards. Just don’t let the kids be the banker!
Rachel Herwood, Hulafrog National, & mom of two
$19.95 at EarlyMoments.com/bogo - BOGO with promo code FROZEN
We have a couple Elsa & Anna fanatics in our house who are in charge of tree decorating. That means this cool Disney Character Ornaments Club is totally up our alley. Exclusive collectible designs not available anywhere else are released about 4 times per year for free preview (return if you don’t want them), and they make great memories for seasons to come.
Alyson Denzler, Hulafrog National, & mom of two
Available on Mindware.com for $19.95
These open-ended building toys are very cool. My kids are entertained for hours constructing tunnels, towers, ramps, and chutes. A great intro to the basics of physics and engineering and designed with simplicity so great for all ages.
Susannah Ferguson, Hulafrog Columbia, MO, & mom of four
$38.39 at Globetronix.com
I love that this mat works for my daughter’s LEGOS and my son’s DUPLOS. These great building mats roll up for mega-building fun anywhere.
Michelle Martinez, Hulafrog Tri-Valley, CA, & mom of two
$15.95 at Barnes & Noble
Not sure who plays with our new Etch-a-Sketch more...me or my 9-year old! All I can say is we all love this good ol’ retro toy. A cool alternative to an electronics-filled holiday.
Kristen Borden, Hulafrog South Bay-Los Angeles, CA, & mom of two
$74.99 on Amazon.com
Your toddler will love playing with this cute and cuddly INTERACTIVE teddy bear. Your baby and teddy can make up their very own story, that only the two of them will know!
Karen Curtiss, Hulafrog Sparta-Mt. Olive, NJ, & mom of two
Oh snap! Free up your purse and let your kiddos keep their lip gloss, play phone and snacks in their own bag. Just snap the fancy bag onto a belt. Runaway hit for girls in Madison, WI.
Carey Zawlocki, Hulafrog Madison, WI, & mom of two
Check ’em out now at LeapFrog.com
Looking for a first-tablet for your toddler? Look no further than LeapFrog’s new Platinum edition. It packs some awesome and engaging games, and even better, its rubber bumper protects it from those more-than-likely falls.
Elizabeth Green, Hulafrog Rock Hill, SC, & mom of two
$52.64 at Target
This is on the top of my 3-year-old’s list. He can channel his inner kid power to make this cool scooter go up to 6 mph! And once I add on the flames, he’ll think he's going faster!
Amy Haggard, Hulafrog Ridgewood-Paramus, NJ, & mom of two
Available on BestBuy for $149.99
Star Wars fans young and old will be clamoring over this app-enabled droid. With voice recognition and a mind of its own, the kiddos will be entertained for hours. (Bonus: Dad will love it, too.)
JoAnna Ahn, Hulafrog San Jose, CA, & mom of three
Available at Toys “R” Us for $59.99
My son loves LEGOS and video games...put them together and you have this awesome set. Imagine a Dark Knight, a Wizard, and a LEGO Master Builder joining forces down a yellow brick road!
Holly Duarte, Hulafrog Doylestown-Horsham, PA, & mom of two
$29.19 on QVC
Let it go...Let it go...Girls are still singing this song and the idea of Elsa as a back-up singer, with a light up necklace, is a preschooler’s dream!
Rosalia Ferrera, Hulafrog Westfield-Clark, NJ, & mom of two
Kits Starting at $19.99 on Amazon.com
This toy is at the TOP of my daughter’s list for the holidays. She loves to build and I love that it focuses on developing confidence and problem solving. Win-Win for all!
Liz Coscia, Hulafrog National, & mom of two
$39.99 at Target
Kids are jumping on the fitness bandwagon and with these cool bands they can track their activity (and compare it to their buddies’). Even better, as they excercise they’ll earn donations for malnourished kids around the globe. A gift that keeps on giving. (PS: Star Wars edition out now!)
Kerry Bowbliss, Hulafrog Cofounder, & mom of two
Sets beginning at $24.99 at Toys “R” Us
My kids love to build and experiment. These cool pieces rotate, extend, spin and move in all sorts of ways. The online challenges make for more fun and you’ll see your kids’ creativity flow.
Lisa Arcos, Hulafrog Elgin, IL, & mom of three
Subscribers get $100 off at YouthDigital.com with code HULAFROG40
Put that MineCraft mania to good use with this cool online course. My daughter was writing code in hours! This easy-to-follow and fun class teaches kids how to create animated movies with their faves from Minecraft.
Evie Estes, Hulafrog Cincinnati Eastside, OH, & mom of three
Choose educational pricing of $599 ($200 off) and use code HULAFROG for free shipping at Polar3D
A splurge for sure, but an incredible gift for the family if you’ve got kids 6+ who love to create. Desktop 3D printers have been coming down in price, so it’s not unlike buying a laptop or high-end iPad. And you’ll probably inspire a generation of entrepreneurs and inventors in your house!
Sherry Lombardi, Hulafrog Cofounder, & mom of two
$19.99 at Toys “R” Us
Who doesn’t love the little yellow Minions? Love Stuart and his dancing feet and eyes! Voice recognition makes this guy totally cool for kids!
Erin Murray, Hulafrog Marietta-Smyrna, GA, & mom of three
$29.95 at Amazon.com
Jump inside this spaceship and let the kids play and let their imaginations soar! Big enough so mom or dad can climb in and share the journey.
Nicole Sheridan, Hulafrog Westchester North, NY, & mom of two
Sets Starting at $19.95 at Amazon.com
Love watching my kids put physics into play with these building sets. These kits boost fine-motor skills and problem solving with fun colors and shapes.
Sarah Besegai, Hulafrog Melrose-Somerville, MA, & mom of two
Starter kits for $79.99 and up at PlayOsmo.com
My all-time favorite toy is OSMO - physical brain games that work with the iPad. Awesome for kids 6 and up—cannot say enough about this amazing toy!!
Melissa Del Rosso, Pascack-Northern Valley, NJ, & mom of two
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