(Gamewright $21.99) We’ve told you about Sushi Go and now Sushi Go Party is the deluxe expanded version set—something like ordering one of those boat size extravaganzas. This updated game has a lot more sushi choices on the menu! You earn your points the same way, by picking winning combinations. The good thing is, you can make your own customized game with a la carte choices. This set is good for up to 8 players. Comes in a tin storage box with 181 cards, 22 menu tiles, 8 wo
(Gamewright $8.99) This is a quick game can be played by one or more players. It’s more about math, strategy and logic than geography. It comes with a pad of 100 maps that look like a pixilated abstract image of the US map that’s colorized in six different color zones. On your turn you draw two die from a pouch that holds seven dice. Roll your two and all players mark 2 states on their maps with the same colors and with the number shown. If your green die says three and your
(Fisher-Price $34.99) Thomas & Friends fans will be able to put their MINIS in action on this motorized raceway. When the MINIS reach the top kids can choose to send the engine on the waterfall track and into a 360-degree loop or they can choose the daring jump. We have to say, this is a novelty toy with a fairly limited play agenda. Yes, kids can switch the direction the trains will go, but the track has to be built one way and stays that way. Of course, they can put several
(Big Jigs $24.95) A nice add-on for the Big Jigs Pirate train set or add this colorful bridge in the shape of a ship to any wooden train set. It’s beautifully finished and compatible with other train settings. For an ardent train buff, this and other pieces in the collection will refresh the trains that sometimes go idle and need a little something to get going again. 3-7 Ages: Preschoolers, Early School Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2016 Click here to purchase the
(Big Jigs $69.99) Ahoy, Mates! For the pirate loving preschooler, here’s the perfect gift. Big Jigs Pirate Train set with a bridge of waves, a train with a treasure box on board, a raft, an island, 2 sharks, 2 octopi, 4 pirates and plenty of room for imagination. It’s a 42-piece set with all wooden pieces. There are wonderful add-on props that will make this even more exciting: Be sure to see the wooden Galleon ($33.95 ) that works as a tunnel or a wonderful Shipwreck bridge.
(Creativity for Kids $25) Color and construct this light-up decoration that will glow with LED lights, glitter and rhinestones when it’s completed. The heart-shaped base and edging are first colored with the fine tipped markers and glitter gel. Next comes the assembly of the frame, which testers warn is a little tricky and definitely a two-person (aka parental) job. After that, the lights must be pulled through the mesh light tube, another step that will need an adult assist.
(Little Tikes $39.99) A lot of toys claim to grow with your baby and this one really does. It’s a versatile toy that can be collapsed and used as a sit-down toy for babies or raised and used as a table for toddlers who are standing, and finally as a push toy walker for toddlers on the move. It has an activity panel that slides so it can be used in different positions for each stage. Loaded with 70+ activities, songs and sounds that are easily activated. Baby will like the thr
(Goldie Blox $59.99) Goldie’s back and this season she’s fashioned an amazing Invention Mansion that is what her creator, Debbie Sterling calls the “anti-dollhouse” that looks like no other mansion around. In fact, since there is no right or wrong way to build it horizontally or vertically, each young builder will likely be creating a unique mansion. It has 350+ pieces that kids can assemble in endless ways. Like any mansion it can include a secret trapdoor, a zipline, levers
(Crayola $15.99) Here’s a lab that will interest both boys and girls— a step-by-step STEM toy that introduces them to how colors are blended and made into popular emoji markers. The formula is simple and the measuring vial is clear. Empty stamper bodies are filled with an absorbent rod that soaks up the liquid color supply. The directions are easy to follow and satisfying, too. When your marker/stamper is done there is even a label to put on it and there are two boxes to stor
(Creativity for Kids $22) A clever craft kit that combines science, art, and indoor gardening that can be done any time of year. The Peace-Sign tray comes with a color liner that needs to be decorated first with bright markers. Next, the potting mix goes into the planter peace sign form and chia seeds are planted and watered. It’s not an instant open-and-done deal. The coloring takes time and most of all, so will the gardening. We think that's a real plus. Marked 6-96, we thi