Friday, January 27, 2012

Perfect for Preschoolers Gift Guide: Kickboard USA Mini Kick Review and Giveaway *Closed*


Brayden has had a scooter for a few years now and he loves to ride it around during the summer. Well, last summer Trevor decided he wanted a scooter like his big brother and I thought he was a little too young. The summer has come and gone, but Trevor still insisted that he needed a scooter like Brayden so one day I decided to browse the web and I came across Kickboard USA.

Kickboard USA carries a wide variety of scooters for kids as young as 2 years old all the way up to adults. I immediately knew their Mini Kick would be just right for Trevor and was so thrilled when they agreed to be a part of my Perfect for Preschoolers gift guide.


We were sent the Orange Mini Kick to review and it has been a big hit with both of my boys. Designed for ages 2-5, the Mini Kick is the perfect mode of transportation for even the youngest rider. The Mini Kick is constructed with 3 wheels for greater stability and control and is low-to-the-ground and large enough for two feet, making it easy for riders to hop on and off. My favorite feature is the lean-and-steer design which allows kids to control the scooter by using their body weight and the rear break which provides even more control.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Perfect for Preschoolers Gift Guide: WeeRide Learn 2 Ride Review

Trevor loves riding toys around the house but he was getting too big for those toddler ride-on toys so I was trying to find something more practical for him and that's when I discovered the WeeRide Learn 2 Ride balance bike.

The WeeRide Learn 2 Ride is just like a regular bicycle, but without the pedals which makes it easier for little ones to ride... All they have to do is push and go which is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who aren't quite ready for "real" bicycles yet.

Details about the WeeRide Learn 2 Ride:
*Sturdy steel frame construction
*EVA foam tires won’t go flat or mark floors
*9" standover height for easy on and off
*Comfortable seat with quick and easy height adjustment
*Adjustable height handlebars with soft grips
*Plastic mud guards keep children clean and dry
*Easy to use hand brake
*For ages 2 to 4

Kent International, Inc. sent us a WeeRide Learn 2 Ride balance bike to review. Trevor was super excited when it arrived and has been riding it around the house non-stop for the past couple months. It's the perfect height for him to get on and off himself without having to worry about it tipping over and I love that it's giving him the balancing skills he needs to learn to ride a real bicycle.

Perfect for Preschoolers Gift Guide: My Very Own House Review and Giveaway *Closed*


When it comes to buying gifts for my boys there's two things I generally look for... Something that encourages them to use their imagination or something that allows them to be creative. With cardboard playhouses from My Very Own House creativity and imagination go hand in hand.

My Very Own House offers a variety of cardboard playhouses that kids can color with markers (which are included) making it like two toys in one. They can spend one day coloring their playhouse and the next day(s) playing inside of it. These playhouses are perfect for winter months and rainy days when kids can't play outside.

We were sent the My Very Own House castle to review and it has become a big hit in our house. It did take me a little while to assemble it but now that I know exactly what I need to do it's a cinch to re-assemble when the boys want to use it. We don't have a huge house with a playroom so this playhouse is perfect for us since it's easy to un-fold it and store it when not in use.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Perfect for Preschoolers Gift guide: WOW Toys Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Trevor is almost 3 and one of his favorite kind of toys right now is anything that allows him to role-play. Whether it's trucks, stuffed animals, action figures, etc... As long as it allows him to do his own thing he's happy. I recently discovered WOW Toys and their products are perfect for Trevor during his role-playing stage.

WOW Toys offers all sorts of toys for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. We were sent two of their newer toys including Lunar Lenny and Jess 'n' Jake's Playground. Brayden and Trevor started playing with them as soon as they arrived and have been playing with them non-stop ever since. Though Brayden's a little on the older side for these toys, he still likes to sit down and role-play with his little brother.

Lunar Lenny is a space buggy that comes with and astronaut figure "Captain Buzz" and an alien figure "Ali". Featuring a fun rocking action, Lunar Lenny is perfect for ages 1 1/2 to 5. Jess 'n' Jake's Playground is also perfect for ages 1/2 to 5 and two figures "Jess" and "Jake", a rocking see-saw, spinning round-a-bout, and a flip side.
With toys for girls, boys, babies, and even bath toys WOW Toys is sure to have something your kids will love. And to make parents happy WOW Toys do not require batteries, are sound-free, and are also PVC-free. We are now big fans of WOW Toys and I will highly recommend them to anyone with little ones!

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Perfect for Preschoolers Gift Guide: Wham-O LIL's Snow Molds Review and Giveaway *Closed*


One of our favorite things to do as a family is to go to the beach and build sand castles, well Wham-O has decided to bring that summer fun to the winter by creating their LIL's Snow Molds... They're basically sand castle molds but for snow.

LIL's Snow Molds come in packs of two including a snowman and snowflake making them perfect for creating a fun winter scene in your own backyard. Unlike sand castle molds, the LIL's Snow Molds have a cold resistant additive making them durable enough for cold weather. But they're great for taking to the beach and making a fun winter scene in the snow too!

We were sent a 2-pack of LIL's Snow Molds and my boys have been anxiously waiting for a big snow storm so we can go outside and use them, but unfortunately we've been having a rather mild winter and haven't had the chance yet. I can't comment on the durability of them since we haven't been able to use them but I guarantee they're going to be a lot of fun!

You can purchase LIL's Snow Molds at Family Dollar stores nationwide.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Perfect for Preschoolers Gift Guide: Just Think Toys WaterBlocks Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Bath time is definitely a favorite time in our house. The boys love to sit in their bubble bath and play with toys and make a mess. WaterBlocks by Just Think Toys now make bath time even more fun!

WaterBlocks bring classic block play into a fun, fascinating, new, watery environment. The bath tub and pool are the perfect places to create floating towns, bridges, towers and more. The "sticky" viscosity of water creates a helpful cling between blocks, and the movement, buoyancy and flow of water add an engaging twist to classic block play. WaterBlocks empower children to create their vision as they experiment with geometry, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, balance, structure and cause-effect.

  

Since my boys love to build with blocks, I knew WaterBlocks would be a hit. Made of foam, WaterBlocks float in the tub allowing kids to use their imagination is so many different ways. We were sent two WaterBlocks sets including the Ball Run and Coast Guard Set. Both sets come in a reusable storage bag making clean-up a breeze when they're done playing with them.


Not only are WaterBlocks fun in the tub, but they're also great for building when you're out of the tub too. Having so many sets and interchangeable pieces these WaterBlocks are so fun to play with and allow kids to really use their imagination.

WaterBlocks can be purchased at http://www.just-think-toys.com/. Prices range from $9.99 for the smaller sets to $19.99 for the larger sets.

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Perfect for Preschoolers Gift Guide: Me Giant T-Shirt Review


Me Giant offers funny t-shirts for kids and accessories that are designed to spark playful personalities and bubbling imaginations. I think that pretty much says it all... Clothes that are fun and spark imagination, it doesn't really get any better than that!

When I discovered Me Giant I fell in love with their funny and quirky kids tees and I knew Trevor would love them too. Offering fun mixed up animals including chirp chirp says the elephant, meow says the pig, and ribbit says the dinosaur, these t-shirts are sure to bring a smile to any little ones faces. Not only are these shirts adorable but they also come in a super cute metal lunchbox.

I had a hard time deciding which t-shirt to get Trevor to review so I asked for my review item to be a surprise. We ended up with a long sleeve chirp chirp says the elephant tee and we couldn't be happier. Made of 100% cotton these shirts are comfy and durable making them perfect for little ones.

Perfect for Preschoolers Gift Guide: Little Kids Inc. Nickelodeon Motorized Bubble Machine Review and Giveaway *Closed*

**Update: My apologies, this review and giveaway is for the Nickelodeon Motorized Bubble Machine not the No-Spill Bubble Machine.**

Bubbles are a must-have for any preschooler and thanks to Little Kids Inc. and their vast selection of bubble products you're sure to find something your kids will love. From My First Bubbles to Squeeze 'n Blow Pop-Up Bubbles and No-Spill Bubbles to the new Blastos! Bubbles, Little Kids Inc. makes so many fun bubble products it's hard to decide which is the best.

We've been using Little Kids Inc. bubbles since Brayden was little, their No-Spill Bubble Bucket is perfect for even your littlest bubble blower. You can drop it, knock it over, and turn it upside down and it won't spill. It's perfect for taking to the park and letting the kids run around and blow bubbles and you don't have to worry about them getting back in the car all covered with bubble solution.

We were sent the Dora the Explorer Nickelodeon Motorized Bubble Machine to review. This bubble machine is great for so many reasons... First of all it has kids favorite Nickelodeon characters on it. Second of all it's motorized so it blows bubbles for you which is great because my boys love to make me blow bubbles so they can chase them but with the bubble machine you can just turn it on and it does all the work!


Little Kids Inc. bubble products come in all sorts of fun characters including Dora, Spongebob, Diego, Kai-Lan, and Backyardigans. And best of all, Little Kids Inc. bubble products are reasonably priced... You can purchase a Nickelodeon Motorized Bubble Machine for only $12.99. With Spring right around the corner it's the perfect time to buy some fun bubbles for your little ones.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Finding Nemo 3D in theaters September 14th, 2012!


Academy Award®-winning Best Animated Feature “Finding Nemo” returns to the big screen for the first time ever in thrilling Disney Digital 3D™.

In this stunning underwater adventure, with memorable characters, humor and heartfelt emotion, “Finding Nemo” follows the comedic and momentous journey of an overly protective clownfish named Marlin (voice by Albert Brooks) and his son Nemo (voice by Alexander Gould)––who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from his ocean home and dumped into a fish tank in a dentist’s office. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory (voice by Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly-but-forgetful Pacific regal blue tang, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son––who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.

 

Perfect for Preschoolers Gift Guide: Green Toys Recycling Truck Review and Giveaway *Closed*

If you're a regular Life With Two Boys reader then you already know how much we love Green Toys. We've had the opportunity to work with them a few times in the past and are super excited to be working with them again.

Not familiar with Green Toys? Green Toys Inc. makes an awesome line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic and other environmentally friendly materials. This helps reduce fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health and happiness of the planet.


I always thought my boys were too little to care about the environment but ever since they started playing with recycled toys from Green Toys they think it's very important to recycle. Every time we finish a jug of milk they say we need to put it in the recycling bin so Green Toys can make some more fun toys out of them. So even though they might not be particularly worried about the environment, at least they know there's reasons to recycle and I have Green Toys to thank for that.

Perfect for Preschoolers Gift Guide: Smiling Tree Toys Review and Giveaway *Closed*


Trevors favorite toys are anything he can push around including little cars and trucks, that's why I was so excited when I discovered Smiling Tree Toys on etsy.

Smiling Tree Toys offers handmade, natural wooden toys for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. They have all sorts of fun, eco-friendly toys including baby rattles, teething toys, cars/trucks, stacking toys, and blocks, all of which are handmade in the USA.


We were given the opportunity to review one of their off-road jeeps and it has easily become one of Trevors favorite toys. The wood is smooth, the color is awesome, and the wheels are free-wheeling allowing Trevor to push his jeep around wherever he wants. It's the perfect size to throw in my purse and take along when we go out to dinner or to a friends house to keep Trevor occupied. But the best thing about the off-road jeep, it's kid-powered... No batteries, no annoying sounds, just pure fun for Trevor!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Treasure Buddies Recipes

In celebration of the January 31st release of Treasure Buddies on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack, check out these fun recipes to satisfy your hunger from a day of treasure hunting!

Download Printable Activities!

Pre-order your Treasure Buddies Blu-ray and DVD combo pack today for only $24.99!