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Animated Praying Bear says prayers before you sleep

Awww, how cute! I am quite sure that many of us were taught to say our prayers before we go to bed each night, as well as prior to tucking into our meals. Since children learn by example most of the time, what better way to encourage them if their toys, too, were are prayerful as their parents? The $39.95 Animated Praying Bear will be able to bow his head as he says a series of prayers, where he even moves his mouth while reciting Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep before bedtime, which will be punctuated by a pious “Amen.”

Not only that, the ending of the prayer will also be followed by a lullaby version of Jesus Loves Me that shuts off automatically after five minutes, presumably that your little one is well on his or her way to heavenly slumber. Pressing the bear’s paw plays additional prayers in succession: The Our Father and God, Hear My Prayer. A trio of AA batteries are thrown into the mix to let you get started right out of the box, and it should be good for up to three weeks of rigorous devotionals. Best friend of the Peek-A-Boo bear, don’t you think so?
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The iRig MIDI Controller – if you’ve got rhythm, you can make music

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If your parents don’t force you to take some sort of instrument lessons when you’re young, and you also skip out on band and orchestra in middle or high school, you might hit adulthood feeling like you missed out. Playing music is fun, and a great way to express yourself in a creative way. However, learning how to use and make a decent sound come out of an instrument takes years of practice.

If you do possess the ability to keep a beat, then there is still hope yet for you. This IK Multimedia iRig MIDI controller will let you tap out entire songs. It has 16 velocity-sensitive pads that you will click to make the sounds of guitars, bass, drums, synth, and much more. These sort of things have a huge instrument library, and can be used with a variety of different musical programs, so you can really pick and choose any sound if you look hard enough.

It has built-in lighting so making music is also a visual experience as well as an audial one, which is sure to make any creation far more exciting than it is. The 3 colors it lights up in will indicate how hard you hit the key, since that factor will affect the sound that the machine produces. There are also two assignable knobs, a pushbutton rotary encoder, two buttons, and a slider, all of which are programmable. Since this works with your iPad, iPhone, and Mac or PC, it will come with some preset modes for popular apps and software so you don’t have to wait long after opening it to make some music. This is going to cost you around $110, and seems like it would be a good introductory product for aspiring musicians or DJs.

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Squishy Forts make you remember what it’s like to be a kid again

Do you remember going into the living room and pulling all of the couch cushions and pillows off of every piece of living room furniture and making the best fort ever? Yes, you do, and the only reason we associate it with our childhood is because we are now too big, and there are not enough pillows. What would you give to be able to relive that pure and unadulterated joy once again?

Hopefully the answer is several hundred dollars, because otherwise there’s no way you’ll get your hands on a Squishy Fort. That’s right, this company found a way to make playing with pillows the best thing ever all over again, and also found a way to make them useful when you’re not pretending to be a superhero in your secret hideout. These are square pillows that have four neodymium magets in every corner so you can literally build a fort without having to rely on gravity and faith alone.

These come in Ottoman, Advanced Ottoman, Couch, and various combination sets. The price ranges from $199-675, and you’ll have color options of blue, pink, red, grey, green, black, and brown. When you’re ready to put them out of sight and out of mind, you can toss the covers on them so no one will think they’re anything more than pieces of living room furniture. Hopefully they keep their shape pretty well as using them as regular furniture will likely start to leave butt prints behind.

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A-Maze-Ball Maze Game gets the brain thinking

Do you sometimes feel that modern day entertainment for children happen to be rather subdued, in a sense that they do not need to do much active thinking on their part, but rather, are fed with information after information, flooding their senses with fantastic graphics and visuals as well as realistic audio, but do not really help the little ones to be smarter? How about taking a step back from the world of technology and concentrating on something that is a little bit more amish in style, so to speak, with the $9.99 A-Maze-Ball Maze Game.

The A-Maze-Ball Maze Game happens to be a giant puzzle sphere that offers plenty of fun for the whole family, where it will definitely be able to improve hand-eye coordination as well as spatial relations. You can pick from easy (orange), medium (red), or hard (blue) difficulty level, and this small sphere boasts of a really cool three-dimensional maze that has a ball bearing within. You are supposed to guide the ball bearing from one end of the maze to the other. Definitely one of the cooler portable maze games that we have seen to date.
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LEGO Dimensions – the past and present are mingling, and everything is awesome

When we were little, LEGOs were the best thing ever. We could build anything our little brains came up with, and it gave us the literal building blocks to create entire worlds out of not very much material. Since those golden days of yesteryear, LEGO has been churning out more and more play sets, but the rise of popularity of video games like Minecraft called for more action from the beloved brand, lest they be left behind.

This LEGO Dimensions game takes all of your favorite characters from well-known franchises, and puts them not only into your hands, but also in your game. It’s very much like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, but plays like the LEGO video games that are already on the market. The toy pad is what will allow you to put characters, vehicles, and accessories into the game, and you do this by placing the NFC toys onto the pad. Of course, what fun would it be if there wasn’t a building aspect to the game, so you can reconstruct pieces in the real world to unlock cool new powerups and abilities in-game. You also build vehicles, and the gateway that lets you put your characters into the game.

In the game, you’ll be fighting with and against characters from Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, The LEGO movie, and much more. It’s definitely a money sink as you will undoubtedly always have more characters, vehicles, and other do-dads to buy, but it gives you tons of options for creativity in combination with gaming, which time-wise is going to be well worth the money you’ll put into it. Getting a starter pack to get you going will cost you $79, and will obviously go up from there. You’ll get tons of real and digital world puzzle solving to wade through, and likely have plenty of laughs along the way. You’ll be able to pick up this game for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, XBOX360, or WiiU.

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Loopin’ Chewie adds a Star Wars touch to a German children’s game

Ah, the power of commercialization. I am quite sure that you are well aware of Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving at a cinema near you this coming middle of December, and even the pre-sales of the tickets themselves have caused the Internet to crash – at least for the websites offering such tickets. This is to be expected, considering how popular the movie franchise is that has captured the imagination of generations, and here we are with a Star Wars take on Germany’s 1994 children’s game of the year – the £29.99 Loopin’ Chewie will take over from Looping Louie.

How does Loopin’ Chewie work? Well, Chewbacca pilots the Millennium Falcon in a bid to pick off them pesky Stormtroopers, and basically, the last Stormtrooper standing wins. This is truly an exhilarating game for 2 or 3 players. Playing it is a snap, as all that you need to do is to swing the lovable Wookie known as Chewbacca around in an attempt to take out Stormtroopers. Best of all is, there are no batteries to worry about with Loopin’ Chewie, and neither do you need to fret about your children getting screen time with this.
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Giant Monster Slippers turn you into a kaiju

If you ever wished that you had the kind of destructive power found in those super large beasts of nature, such as a rampaging war elephant or perhaps a blue whale who simply loves to leap out of the water and land back in with a huge splash, I am quite sure that your imagination, too, has been tickled more than once whenever you watched one of those science fiction movies that depict really monstrous giants that wreak havoc on the landscape, looking down on us humans as extremely puny creatures, in the same manner which we look at ants. Well, you can now live out that dream without having to make your own sound effects thanks to the $29.99 Giant Monster Slippers!

This is a Thinkgeek creation and exclusive, where the bootie-style slippers (one size ought to be able to fit most adult feet comfortably) would make your feet look and sound like a giant monster. It is definitely an attention grabber the moment you walk into a room, and they will emit a step-reactive *crash* noise. There is an On/Off switch on the sound box so that you can sneak around before making a booming entrance. The bottom is fabric coated with no-slip dots, where a quartet of AA batteries are required to power both slippers – two each, of course. Far cooler than any other electronically powered slipper we’ve seen!
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This Bulbasaur Planter is what every Pokemon Master needs



If you were all about Pokemon growing up, or are still really into it, then you likely keep a special place in your heart for the show, game, and adorable trinkets related to it. Of course, we don’t want to have figurines everywhere that serve no purpose (even though we still have them). So it should only make sense that we get figures that can do more than just look cute. Of course, buying something with special functions like that normally costs quite the pretty penny, but here and there we’re pleasantly surprised.

This little Bulbasaur Planter will give you both a geeky and natural aesthetic at the same time. It’s 3D printed out of ABS plastic, and can come in white, blue, dark-grey, orange, pink, purple, yellow, dark green, green, black, and red. You’ll also be able to choose between small and medium, and whether or not you want it smooth or geometrically shaped.

These are only going to cost you $7-14 depending on which size you choose, and you will also need to pick out which plant to start growing, as this is only going to get you the base. As the picture shows, a succulent or cactus would be the best choice. Of course, you could always be a bit cheeky and try to grow a Venus Fly Trap in its back as there’s no way for this to evolve.

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These Stick-Lets help to build sturdy stick forts

If you grew up in a forested area with not a lot to do around you, chances are you played amongst the trees. Sticks were wands, building materials, staffs, swords, and much more. Of course, if you did want to make a stick fort, you needed something to tie the sticks together to keep it from crashing down on you. Maybe you used long grass, yarn, or rubber bands, but all of those will weather and be impossible to find after a few months.

If you want to build these structures with your kids, but don’t want to lose the stick binding materials, then why not use Stick-Lets? These are made of 100% silicone, and are recyclable. These are brightly colored bands that can stretch and keep your sticks bound together while you and your little one are making new architecture. There are a several variances so you can make whatever sort of structure you’d like.

These can be tossed in the dishwasher whenever they get to be too dirty, and unlike yarn, grass, or rubber bands, you won’t have to destroy them to take them off. You can get anywhere from 6-204 pieces depending on how creative you or your kids would like to get, but the price will go up or down depending on how many you choose, costing you $16.50-375. Don’t try to use these with any weight, as they are only meant to bind things together, otherwise you’re just looking at an accident waiting to happen.

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VTech delivers all-new Baby Amaze range of toys

vtech-amazeI don’t know about you, but some of us do happen to have a phobia of dolls, and horror films such as Chucky do not help the case, either. Well, if you have absolutely no qualms about living in a house that is full of dolls, and giving your little princess a new doll for any and every occasion, then chances are you would be pleased as punch to hear how VTech has introduced their all-new Baby Amaze range of toys. Such traditional baby role play has been given an injection of innovation, where one can play with a pair of exciting learning dolls and a 3-in-1 stroller.

The Baby Amaze range happens to be an innovative assortment that relies on technology to teach nurturing concepts and developmental milestones. Ranging from a doll that plays peek-a-boo and one that learns to talk with a growing vocabulary, all the way to a stroller that transforms into a high chair and bassinet, Baby Amaze toys will work in tandem in order to foster independent play, motor skills, imagination and language development among children ages 2 to 5 years.

For instance, the Baby Amaze 3-in-1 Care & Learn Stroller will have a smart sensor within which is capable of recognizing movement whenever your little one places her baby doll in the stroller itself. This smart sensor will get to work by playing fun sounds and melodies. When you transform the stroller into a high chair, children can then hear baby care reminders which introduce nurturing concepts and healthy habits, while they pretend to feed their doll. Alternatively, the high chair can be turned into a bassinet and the doll falls asleep as it listens to over 20 classic nursery rhymes and lullabies. The $44.99 3-in-1 Care & Learn Stroller will also boast of keys that introduce numbers, counting, letters, colors, places and animals, as well as plays piano sounds in music mode.

As for the Baby Amaze Learn to Talk & Read Baby Doll, children are able to talk to their baby doll to hear her repeat what is said, or read. Basically, the more children speak, the more the doll will learn and repeat! I suppose these dolls are well worth getting now rather than having to wait until Christmas, how about you?

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