What’s New with Hatchimals in 2019

If you were a toy-buying adult in 2016 you may very well remember the craze that is known as Hatchimals.  This line of toys created by SpinMaster took the world by storm that Christmas, resulting in some very disappointed kids as well as some frazzled parents who couldn’t find the beloved toys.

But more than two years later the Hatchimal landscape is much different in 2019 than in 2016. The line of toys is much larger now and far easier to purchase. There are too many individual products to review on this page, so we’ll just pick a few representative samples to whet your appetite.

These days there are two broad categories of Hatchimals:  The original furry Hatchimal figures, and the sets of smaller CollEGGtibles.

Traditional Hatchimals

This Hatchimal is actually one of the HatchiBabies Ponette species.  The mystery is that you don’t know if the Hatchimal will be a boy or a girl.   To find out who’s inside, hug, tap, snuggle and pat your HatchiBaby’s egg. When it hears you, it will respond with cute sounds.  Check it out:

Hatchibabies - Ponette

HatchiBabies – Ponette

Here is a Hatchimal that is more like the originals.  It is a Mystery Hatchimal which you have to take care of until it magically hatches.  You won’t find out which Hatchimal emerges until hatching time.  How exciting!

Hatchimals Mystery

Hatchimals Mystery

CollEGGtibles

This Season 3 of the COllEGGtibles Easter Egg Carton are really cute, and are perfect for Easter.  Who knows which Hatchimals you’ll find inside this 12-Pack Egg Carton. With over 100 new characters to meet, you can add new friends to your collection and hatch a whole world. This egg carton even contains an exclusive Hatchimal – the Newtnat.  Although adorable these little Hatchimals are not appropriate for children under 3.

Hatchimal Set of Eggs

Hatchimal Easter Egg Carton

Also check out the Season Two Easter Egg Carton.

Here is another set of CollEGGtibles – the Season 4 CollEGGtible 4-Pack.  To see your character glow just place a light below the colorful egg.  Open this set and you’ll find one already-hatched Hatchimals and four Hatchimals still in their eggs. Use love and care to warm each egg until the color-changing heart transforms from purple to pink.

Season 4 CollEGGtible 4-Pack

Season 4 CollEGGtible 4-Pack

Here is our original Hatchimal article.

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Awesome Toys for Preschoolers in 2019

One group of children that we often overlook is our precious preschoolers – typically in the 3-6 year old range.  In this review we want to highlight 5 top preschool toys that we found which we believe will delight children will all types of interests.

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus

Think and Learn Rocktopus

Think and Learn Rocktopus

The first preschool toy in our review is one of the top-rated toys of 2019.  The Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus is a music-learning toy that gets kids interested in music while they have a blast at the same time.  Kids will explore fifteen instruments along with five musical styles.  There are three modes of play.  In the music mode kids will compose their own songs by handing the octopus different instruments and adjusting the tempo and the sound effect. In the Game mode kids will be led through different levels of musical gameplay.  And there also a math mode, which involves addition, subtraction, pattern skills.  All of these different options for play and learning make the Rocktopus a really awesome toy.

Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

Educational Insights Design & Drill

Educational Insights Design & Drill

Educational Insights Design & Drill

This really creative toy is geared towards the hands-on inclinations of young children.  With the Educational Insights Design and Drill children can get their hands on a kid-friendly translucent mini-drill, a hand screwdriver, or even a combination wrench.  With these tools the young builders can drill colorful bolts right into a see-through base, by either following the pattern card or creating their own designs.  The kit contains lots of components – including 120 big bolts in 5 colors, 3 bits (Phillips, socket, flathead), and 20 colorful pattern cards to follow.

Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

Doc McStuffins Baby All in One Nursery Pet Rescue Mobile

Doc McStuffins Pet Rescue Mobile

Doc McStuffins Pet Rescue Mobile

Many parents are well aware of the extremely popular line of Doc McStuffins toys and other products.  And for good reason – these toys, as well as the original TV show, are loved by kids.  This toy set, the Doc McStuffins Pet Rescue Mobile, continues the tradition of giving kids the opportunities to live out their desire to help others, in this case animals.  This set is designed for on-the-go care, and includes lights, music, phrases, play medical tools and other accessories.  If your child is a fan of the show or just loves animals and play, then this set would make a perfect choice.

Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

Little Tikes STEM Jr. Wonder Lab 

Little Tikes STEM Jr. Wonder Lab

Little Tikes STEM Jr. Wonder Lab

The Little Tikes STEM Jr Wonder Lab is the perfect set for kids that have that glint of curiosity in their eyes.  Even at 2-years old some kids are extremely inquisitive and curious.  This set introduces some of the elements of STEM with 20 fun, hands-on experiments, more than 40 playful sounds and phrases, and 20 lab accessories including test tubes, lab goggles and more.  You can look forward to hours of fun and discovery, which will also give your child a head-start in early education.  And even though this set is a little more expensive than others, that head-start makes it all worth it.

Recommended for ages 2-5 years.

Kid Trax Rideamals Scout

Kid Trax Rideamals Scout

Kid Trax Rideamals Scout

The last preschooler’s toy on our list is by far the most expensive, but the Kid Trax Rideamals Scout is worth considering if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary. Scout is the interactive ride-on pony with over 100 sounds and movements, and your child will never forget riding on him (or her). This incredible and adorable pony combines ride-on fun with interactive play, and it does this with fully motorized eyes, ears, head, and wheels.  Happy riding!

Recommended for ages 2-5 years.

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Best Kids Games for Christmas 2019

Toys are great for kids, but often many toys are individualized, meaning children tend to play with toys by themselves.  That’s all well and good, but such play doesn’t promote interaction with other children, which can build excellent life skills such as cooperation and patience.  And that’s where games come in. Not just “board games”, but all kinds of games that allow your kids to have some competitive fun with other children or even adults.

When children play games they learn all sorts of valuable skills and life-lessons.  Cooperation, rule-following, patience, strategy, and also sportsmanship.  When such attributes can be instilled at a young age the child will be on a great start in life.

Here are some of our selections for top-rated and award-winning games that kids will love for Christmas or their birthday in 2019 and beyond.

Disney Villainous Board Game

Disney Villainous Game

Disney Villainous Game

Kids love their Disney heros and princesses, but they also have an attraction to the villains.  With the Disney Villainous Board Game kids play as their favorite evil-doers like Maleficent, Ursula, and Captain Hook.  Players take on the role of the villain and plan out their schemes in the way of the villain to reach their objective before the other villains.  In the process kids, I mean the villains, will set traps, wield curses, work with their evil allies, be genuinely diabolical.

The game is very well designed for kids, with oversized pieces, immersive storytelling, and a detailed scheming guide for each villain.  This game is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Monster Match Dice and Card Game

Monster Match Dice and Card Game

Monster Match Dice and Card Game

Here is a fun game for the younger crowd.  The Monster Match Dice and Card Game is great for kids ages 6 and up. It is a quick-paced game of catching, of all things, cute little donut-eating monsters.  When players roll the “Monster Dice” they hurry to find a monster that matches the dice rolled.  It’s a real challenge for the kids to find a monster matching either 3 eyes…or 4 arms!  Kids need to be quick and strategic in this game.  It’s pretty easy to learn and easy to play.

Unstable Unicorns Card Game

Unstable Unicorns Game

Unstable Unicorns Game

We like this simple little game.  With the Unstable Unicorns Game you can build a unicorn army because unicorns are your friends. Unstable Unicorns is a strategic card game about destruction and unicorns, two things that kids can really get into. The first person to build an army of 7 unicorns wins the game.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Dr. Biscuits’ Radical Road Trip

Doctor Biscuits Radical Road Trips

Doctor Biscuits Radical Road Trips

Dr. Biscuits’ Radical Road Trip is not just one game, it is a collection of 60 games for those long road trips where boredom can be a real problem.  There are 6 categories of games to choose from, each one containing 10 games. The Categories are: Everlasting Games, Logical Games, Ridiculous Games, Games for Humanity, Creative Games and Games Outside the Car. Your kids will be hard pressed NOT to find a game in this set that they’ll want to play.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Voice Originals: When in Rome Trivia Game

When In Rome Trivia Game

When In Rome Trivia Game

We found a more advanced game that is geared towards technologically-aware teenagers.  The When In Rome Trivia Game brings in an unlikely emcee: Amazon’s Alexa.  During the play of this game you prompt Alexa to ask the trivia questions that must be answered to progress through the game.  The game is geared towards world travel, and the questions accordingly focus on relevant categories such as slang and language, food and drink and random and strange.

This game does require that you connect to the ‘when in Rome’ skill on your Alexa-enabled device, such as the Amazon Echo. Players split into two teams, and compete each other to make new friends, earn upgrades and collect souvenirs in the cities they visit.  This is such an original game that we can’t leave it off our list.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

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Top Construction Toys for 2019

It may only be January, but we’ve already got some of the top toys lined up for the year to come.  Toy companies can’t wait until later in the year to finalize their toy production plans, so toys are release very early in the year to get exposure and to begin selling.

Let’s start our reviews with the Construction Toy category.  Lego is still a big player, but there are many other construction toys that are very popular with kids these days.  These other construction sets target different types of skills and attributes of the young builders. Let’s sett what we’ve got.

GeoSmart Flip Bot

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GeoSmart Flip Bot is a 30-pieces geomagnetic construction set that doesn’t just sit there.  This set includes turbo motors to get your finished product moving.  The remote vehicles can zoom, spin, and flip over. We like it as an ideal STEM magnetic construction set.  The set features bright colors, strong magnetic pieces and, for those worried about the magnet, a patented double-safety system.

Flip Bot’s turbo motors use internal, rechargeable batteries, while the remote control requires AAA batteries (sold separately).

Recommended for: Age 5 and up

Gravitrax Construction Set

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GraviTrax is not just a construction set – it is an interactive track system where kids can design and build custom marble runs. This STEM toy encourages experimenting with magnetism, gravity, and kinetics to transport each marble to the finish.

This construction toy set offers oceans of possibilities to design a different track every time.  Builds can be expanded with a variety of expansion sets and accessories.  (The set linked here is the Ravensberger starter set)

Recommended for: Ages 8 and up

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Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Machines in Motion

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Check Out Gears! Gears! Gears on Amazon

Gears! Gears! Gears! is another unique construction toy set that is garnering awards in 2018 and 2019.  This set is for the younger kids who can build their own interactive machines and vehicles with included instructions that incorporate a wrecking ball, chains, pulleys, and wheels.  This set is ideal for boys and girls who like building and assembling things. Kids work together to build things they’ve designed.  There are plenty of pieces in this set – no more worrying about running out before your design is done.

Recommended for: Ages 4-8 years old

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Snap Circuits BRIC: Structures

 

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Snap Circuits Bric Structures combines Snap Circuits and compatible brics to energize your kids’ brick building experience.  Kids can wire up their brick builds with Snap Circuits lights, sounds, moving parts, and 3-D circuits.  In this way they can invent just about anything and make it go.  Snap Circuits features building components that have snaps to assemble electronic circuits that function like the printed circuit board found in many electronic products.

Recommended for: Ages 8 and up

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