The Playdate

First aired on September 28, 2012

This show features Activity Toys and Preschool Toys

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  1. Fortune Cookie Maker

    Fortune Cookie Maker

    from Moose Toys

    •  5+

    The Fortune Cookie Maker lets kids write, create, and decorate fortune cookies right at home. Just write down a fortune on the included strips of paper, combine the included mix with water, heat in the microwave for a few seconds, knead and roll out the dough, then place the dough in the Fortune Cookie Maker. With the push of a button, the cookie is folded and the fortune is sealed inside, and the cookie is ready to decorate and eat within 15 minutes. The Fortune Cookie Maker makes up to 12 cookies, and includes the maker, a mixing bowl, a spatula, a measuring tube, a rolling pin, a prepping mat, a drying tray, a cookie cutter, dough mix, icing, sprinkles, and six blank fortune papers and six pre-written fortune papers. Additional cookie mix packs are sold separately.

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  2. Gelarti Designer Studio

    Gelarti Designer Studio

    from Moose Toys

    •  5+

    Gelarti is a line of reusable gel stickers. Using Gelarti's specially formulated paint, kids design and paint their stickers, peel them off, and place them almost anywhere. And because the stickers are repositionable, kids can peel them back up and place them somewhere else without the stickers leaving behind a messy residue.

    The Designer Studio lets kids see their creations from all angles with the desk and 360-degree turntable. Kids can also store the stickers they are working on and the paint supplies in the desk to take them on the go. Choose a sticker you want to paint, and gently squeeze the Gelarti paint pen to color in the sticker. Place 3-D accessories onto the sticker. Leave the sticker to dry for at least six hours or, for best results, overnight. When the sticker is completely dry, peel it off and place it on any surface. If you want to move it, just peel it off and place it somewhere else. The Designer Studio comes with instructions on how to decorate the stickers and do cool effects with the paint, three Gelarti paint pens, one Gelarti glitter paint pen, six Gelarti sticker sheets with more than 30 stickers, 3-D accessories, and a marbling tool.

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  3. The Incredible Shrinky Dinks Maker
    •  8+

    The Incredible Shrinky Dinks Maker brings the fun of Shrinky Dinks to kids but without the use of a traditional oven. The electric maker just needs to be plugged into a 120 volt AC outlet. While it preheats for 10 minutes, kids can design and color their Shrinky Dinks. Kids can either use a black pencil to trace one of the designs in the instruction booklet onto the special Shrinky Dinks paper or kids can draw their own design. Then use colored pencils to color in the design. Cut out the design, making sure to leave the edges rounded, and place the Shrinky Dink on the Shrink Tray. (You can only shrink one Shrinky Dink at a time.) Use the Tray Tool to slide the tray into the heating chamber. Within two to five minutes, the Shrinky Dink will shrink to 1/3 of its original size, and kids can watch this happen through the viewing window on top of the Shrinky Dinks Maker. When the Shrinky Dink is completely flat, use the Tray Tool to push the tray into the Cooling Chamber. Allow the Shrinky Dink to cool for at least two minutes. Then use the Tray Tool to remove the Shrink Tray from the Cooling Chamber. All your supplies can be stored in the storage drawer on the front of the Shrinky Dinks Maker.

    You can punch a hole in your Shrinky Dink with a regular hole puncher before you heat it so that you can thread the included key chain through your Shrinky Dink.

    The kit comes with six shrinkable 4 x 5 plastic sheets, three colored pencils, three adhesive squares (for sticking and displaying your Shrinky Dinks), a Shrink Tray, a Tray Tool, and an instruction booklet with 18 traceable designs.

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  4. Dippin’ Dots Frozen Dot Maker

    Dippin’ Dots Frozen Dot Maker

    from Big Time Toys

    •  6+

    Kids can now make Dippin' Dots at home with the Dippin' Dots Frozen Dot Maker. Create a variety of Dippin' Dots flavors (which will look like but not taste like what you find at Dippin' Dots stands) using your favorite drink. Dippin' Dots Frozen Dot Mix, which is sold separately creates something more like the original. Just mix the contents in the Frozen Dot Maker dispenser and pour the liquid mix into a Dippin' Dots freezer tray. Place the tray into the freezer for approximately two to three hours to finish off the treats. Once done, remove the tray from the freezer and run it under warm water for five to 10 seconds. Separate the top part of the tray from the bottom, and bend the tray back and forth over a bowl to release the dots.

    You can make fun frozen dot designs using the double-sided pattern templates and the Dippin' Dots Pop Pens. Separate one of the freezer trays and place one of the templates under the bottom portion of the tray. Fill a Pop Pen with the flavor of your choice. Press down on the top of the pen to release the flavor into the holes on the tray using the template as your guide. Then secure the top part of the tray and place it in the freezer.

    The kit includes one Frozen Dot Maker with three dispensers, six Magic Dot Freezer Trays, four bowls, four spoons, two Pop Pens, and two double-sided pop pattern templates.

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  5. Cake Pops by Bakerella Ultimate Cake Pops Set
    •  5+

    Cake pops are super popular in the food world now and no one knows them better than New York Times bestselling cookbook author Bakerella. SRM Entertainment and Bakerella have teamed up to help kids make their own cake pops at home. The Cake Pops by Bakerella Ultimate Cake Pops Set comes with a Cake Pops Crumbler, a Cake Pops Mixing Bowl, a Cake Pops Tray, a Cake Pops Press, Cake Pops Molds, a Cake Pops Dipping Bowl, Cake Pops Sticks, and a Cake Pops Stand. You will need 1/3 of a nine-by-13-inch cake, completely cooled. (Either make your own or buy one, which is what we did.) You will also need 1/3 cup of frosting, a large spoon, one 12-16 ounce bag of candy coating, and sprinkles. These extras are not included with the kit.

    Follow the instructions to crumble the cake into a bowl, add frosting, and mix the cake and frosting together until thoroughly combined. Divide the mixture into balls and place them on the Cake Pops Tray. Place the tray in the freezer for 15 minutes. Then trim excess cake mixture by using the Cake Pops Press and one of the Cake Pops Mold shapes. Return the cake pop balls to the freezer for another 15 minutes. Then transfer to the fridge. Melt the candy coating in the Cake Pops Dipping Bowl. Insert sticks into the cake pop, and dip the cake pop straight down into the melted coating. Decorate with sprinkles. Place the cake pops in the stand and let them dry for 10 minutes. Then eat!

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  6. Dinosaur Train Walk & Stomp Arnie Argentinosaurus
    •  3+

    The Extreme InterAction Arnie Argentinosaurus is the newest addition to TOMY's line of InterAction figures based on the animated preschool series Dinosaur Train. Press the button on Arnie's back to activate the toy and hear Arnie say more than 80 different dinosaur sounds and phrases. Kids can also activate Arnie's movements by pressing a button on his head or on their special wristband. This will signal Arnie to walk forward, rear up on his legs, and stomp.

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  7. Build Your Own Robosaur

    Build Your Own Robosaur

    from Discovery Kids

    •  6+

    Kids can develop a basic understanding of beginning robotics by building the Robosaur. Follow the directions to assemble the robot, including placing speaker, LED eyes and sensors. Then, once assembled, the robot is activated by sound or touch. Clapping hands or touching the head will make the Robosaur walk, roar, move its spikes and tail and make its eyes light up.

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  8. Chuggington Die-Cast Wilson’s Wild Ride Deluxe Action Playset
    •  3+

    The Chuggington Die-Cast Wilson's Wild Ride Deluxe Action Playset recreates a dramatic scene from the Chuggington episode "Wilson and the Wild Wind". There are four suggested configurations that kids can build and rebuild with the pieces in this set. They can build the set up to two feet tall. Once built, pull the lever when Wilson enters the storm machine to activate lights and sounds and start the rumbling storm. Wilson shoots down the 360-degree spiral past the orange cones to land in the turntable where he spins some more. The set comes with a Wild Wind Wilson and Hopper Car. The set works with other Chuggington Die-Cast tracks.

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  9. Little Tikes Big Adventures Action Fliers
    •  3+

    With the Little Tikes Big Adventures Action Fliers playset, preschoolers can launch airplanes by sending them down the ramp. Attach one of the foam airplanes to the truck, then send the truck down the ramp. At the bottom of the ramp, the airplane will fly off the truck. Press the top of the helicopter landing pad for lights and helicopter sound effects. The playset has a molded-in hangar for storage and a molded-in jigsaw ramp that lets kids connect this playset to other Big Adventure playsets. Big Adventures Action Fliers comes with two foam airplanes, a helicopter, a truck, and a landing pad.

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