Category Archives: Toy Talk

LEGO Mania
Impromptu Math Game!

One day, my 3 and 5 year olds enjoyed so many hours of intense activity in the hot sun that they decided the best way to spend the last remaining minutes until dinnertime was to be inside our house, building with LEGO.

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Impromptu Math Game!

Tumbleweed Toys: Elf on the Shelf!

Tumbleweed Toys in Kamloops bring you Elf on the Shelf!

Last Christmas season I really enjoyed seeing the extremely creative shots of little elven creatures popping up in my friends’ Facebook feeds.  What a delight those little elven antics must have brought to the many little children whom they greeted!

Check some of them out…

 

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Kids Can Earn with Tumbleweed Toys!

Do you want your children to keep reading, writing and thinking over the summer? 

Give them a little extra incentive with www.KamloopsParents.Com and Tumbleweed Toys!!

Your child can earn $10 from Tumbleweed Toys for submitting a toy or book review, a craft, their favorite recipe or just writing about an awesome adventure and sending in some images.

Let your children know about this opportunity!

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Holiday Game Gift Guide

BOARD GAME HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

 

Board games are the best gifts at Christmas because no matter who gets them, EVERYONE GETS TO ENJOY THEM!

In a season where families come together, there is nothing better than sitting around the table with family and friends enjoying good conversation, some snacks, and lots of laughter while playing games.

Below is a list of games that would look good under the tree or in a stocking this coming Christmas.

The game selections are followed by potential locations where you may acquire a copy.  These locations are: Locally –  Toys R Us (TrU), All A-Board Games (AAG), High Octane Comics (HOC), Chapters (Ch) and Tumbleweed Toys (TT).  Online – Amazon.ca (Am), StarlitCitadel.ca (SC), and Chapters.ca (Ch.ca) and GermanGames.com (GG).

Children’s Games

Sleeping Queens – Gamewright Games (TT, Am)

Designed by a 6 year old girl, this card game is quick and fun.  The player to wake up the mostQueenswins.  Each Queen has her own special powers.

Rattlesnake – Fantasy Flight Games (AAG,SC, GG)

Roll a dice and place a rattlesnake egg on the board.  The eggs are powerful magnets that attract each other.  Make sure you don’t attract any other eggs!!!  The winner is the player who places all their eggs on the board first.  An excellent dexterity game for children 6 and up.

Spot It! – BlueOrange Games (TT, Ch, SC, Ch.ca, Am)

A great recognition game!  Every card has one shape that is identical.  Will you be able to see your match first?  Lots of fun for all the family with several rule variants to give different twists to each game.

Loopin’ Louie – TCG (TrU)

If there is one children’s game you get this Christmas then THIS IS THE GAME!  Trust me when I see your kids will play this non-stop and then after they are in bed it is the adults’ turn!

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Discovery Toys – Alison Gregory

Christmas is a wonderful time of year – and also a busy time of year. As one of your local Discovery Toys consultants, I want to make it a little easier on you, so I’ve come up with some suggestions for gifts for various age groups, and a great deal as well.

The Rainfall Rattle is a favourite of mine for infants (and up to preschool) – this smaller version of a rain stick makes a soothing sound, with fun bright coloured beads raining down. It’s great for distraction (worked like a charm during immunizations), tummy time or as a musical instrument.

For toddlers, Castle Marbleworks is always a hit! Chiming balls rolling down a colourful track provides hours of play. The track can be changed to allow for play while sitting, or standing – it’s great when little ones are trying to master their balance. The visual tracking that happens while following the ball (or toy car or train…) is an important skill for reading in the coming years.

Flip Flop Faces is a hit with preschoolers! This introduces emotions with a game that also helps with hand eye coordination. There are lots of ways to play the beanbag toss – emotions, colour matching, spelling and more! Even I’ve found it challenging at times!! And I don’t know a single child who hasn’t used the “bowls” as hats, or stepping stones. The game is also available with French Beanbags.
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