Monday, November 23, 2009

Gift Guide: Cool Games & Toys You Might Not Know About

So many cool new games and toys on the market. Here are 5 of my favorites:

1) Family Time Together Games by Hallmark.
So glad to see these in stores! I was able to see prototypes when I visited Hallmark Headquarters. The games were darling concepts and even better as real live products. My favorites: a cute container of sticks with Charades ideas, a MASH fortune telling game (remember playing this as a kid? M for mansion, A for apartment, S for Shack...), and Tucker the Tick-Tack-Toe puppy. You can find these games in Hallmark stores.

2) Booyah! by Olivia.
It's a new cardgame that puts adults and kids on the same playing field — because it's all about luck.

3) Swinxs.
This I haven't tried, but it looks awesome. Basically, it's a screen-free game console. Totally portable. That engages kids in physical, creative play with games like musical chairs, tag and relay, by using its voice, sounds and colors. Swinxs talks and explains games, recognizes players and even referees. I watched the video about Swinxs and now I totally want one.

4) Sedarahc ("suh-DARE-ic")

A new spin on a classic old stand-by, Sedarahc is charades with a twist — spelled backwards and played in reverse.
Sedarahc is fast-paced, fun competition that’s an absolute riot with families and kids. Instead of the usual, where one person acts out words for the team to guess, Sedarahc is the reverse — so the team acts out words together for one person to guess. Get a $5 off coupon by clicking here.

5) Blurt Builds.
The Webster's Game of Word Racing includes 300 cards, which have 1800 clues at 2 playing levels. This special edition includes a Junior version for ages 7-9, as well as the regular version.

Other toy related links that might help you in your holiday shopping/giving/traveling:

1) Check out Kid Crave for lots of ideas over lots of categories.
2) Baby Plays will let you rent toys for your vacation — will have them waiting at your destination. So that you don't have to fill a suitcase with Legos and My Little Ponies.

3) Goody Blog, by Parents Magazine, featured 5 huge weeks of the best toys of 2009. You can find the links here.


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Blogger Craftify It! said...

Love all of these! My husband and I are BIG charade fans! I will have to get that one! THANKS!

Monday, November 23, 2009 at 6:46:00 PM EST  
Blogger mskaz said...

That swinx game does look awesome! I am so tempted.

Monday, November 23, 2009 at 8:33:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Jan (Mixing Bowl Kids) said...

So fun! I'm a big fan of the board game and am always looking for something new to add to our collection - thanks so much!

Monday, November 23, 2009 at 10:23:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Jill said...

Any firsthand swinxs experience? Looks very cool, but would hate to have that be the kids' big xmas gift and have it turn out to be lame. Only a couple Amazon reviews so far...

Monday, November 23, 2009 at 10:42:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Kristen said...

YAY! Sedarahc! Fun stuff.

Monday, November 23, 2009 at 11:57:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Traci said...

I've actually played Sedarahc before! It's so much fun to play in a group at parties or with your family! It's hilarious to watch different people try to act out the same thing in different ways all at the same time or to see everyone work together to act out a clue! If you love group games, this is a great one to get!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 10:57:00 AM EST  

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