First aired on September 21, 2012
This show features Big Toys and Dolls
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The All Around Easel for Two features a chalkboard on one side and a magnetic dry-erase board on the other. It includes 94 flexible, foam letter and symbol magnets, and there is a clip at the top of the easel for displaying children's artwork or securely holding projects in place as children work. There are storage bins on both sides to hold art supplies and allow for quick and easy clean-up as well as a bin in the middle for storing the letters and shapes. The easel is available in red or pink.
from Just Play
Minnie's Flipping Fun Kitchen comes with lots of accessories and surprises. The frying pan has a special spatula attached to it so kids can easily flip the pretend Mickey-shaped pancake. Place the frying pan on either of the two stovetop burners to hear cooking sound effects and Minnie phrases. (There are buttons on each burner that need to be pressed down in order for the sounds to play. Gentle pressure of the frying pan on top of the buttons will activate the sounds.) The pretend kitchen also includes a sink area, but with the touch of a Mickey-shaped button, the sink flips over and becomes a cutting board. Press another Mickey-shaped button to make the dish rack flip up and reveal a milkshake maker. Press the button on the milkshake maker to make the mixer stick spin back and forth. There is also a spinning recipe wheel with all of Minnie's favorite recipes, a Lazy Susan, a pretend ice maker, an opening and closing oven door, a clock with moveable hands, clicking oven knobs, and more than 10 Minnie-inspired accessories and utensils. The Lazy Susan can fold down when not in use.
from Step 2
The Creative Cooks Kitchen is a pretend kitchen for preschoolers. There are a variety of moving parts, sound effects, and accessories. Open and close the oven door, and turn the stove knobs to hear clicking sounds. Place the two pots on the stovetop to hear sizzling and boiling sound effects. The sink knobs also turn, and kids can open and close the window shutters. The freezer and fridge open and close to reveal plenty of storage space inside. Above the fridge are cabinets that also open and close and provide storage space. Open and close the microwave, then press the microwave buttons for sound effects. The kitchen comes with a pretend cell phone that makes sound when its buttons are pressed. The Creative Cooks Kitchen provides a pet bed with food and water bowls nearby. There is also a recycling bin. There are 39 accessories including a dish towel, pot holder, plates, cups, utensils, a pepper grinder, salt and pepper shakers, condiment bottles in a spinning holder, a coffee pot, and more.
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Sesame Street Elmo's Playtent features Elmo graphics, a large crawl-through tunnel, and two roll-up door openings. The assembled playtent is 43 inches wide, 77 inches long, and 36.5 inches tall. Two children could play comfortably inside the tent's play area. It can be used inside in a playroom or outside in the yard. The tent does not have a floor.
The Baby Alive Baby Wanna Walk doll is taking its first steps with help from kids. This doll has more than 40 interactive phrases and sounds, telling kids, "I wanna walk!" and asking kids to "Hold my hands, please." The doll recognizes when it's walking with kids or by itself. When walking by itself, the doll will say, "Look at me! I'm walking!" If the doll takes a tumble, it will ask for help.
Turn the doll on and press the button on its tummy to start the walking. First girls hold the doll's hands and help the doll walk. Then let go of the doll's hands and watch it walk by itself. Kids can also touch the doll's hands and then let go quickly to see if the doll is ready to start walking on its own. Press the doll's tummy during play to hear it giggle.
Kids can go for the gold with Fantastic Gymnastics Dora. This 17-inch Dora doll is based on the new DVD Dora's Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure. The doll performs seven gymnastics moves, four full routines, and says more than 40 phrases in both English and Spanish. Dora even sings a song. To start, lay the doll on its back with its arms down, then press the star button on Dora's leotard. Dora will perform a warm-up sequence, followed by a floor routine that includes leg lifts, a backbend, a backbend with kicks, a handstand, and a handstand split. Kids can also lay the doll on its back with its arms up, then press the button on Dora's leotard to watch Dora count her toe touches. Place the doll on its stomach with its arms up, and Dora will pop up into a push-up position. If you lay the doll on its stomach with arms down, the doll will raise itself up into a split. Then Dora asks kids to help her stretch up her arms. Once kids do this, Dora asks for kids to hold her hands and lift her up. Dora will then do a special Super Splits move.
My Magical Wand Cinderella is part of the My First Disney Princess line. This is a classic doll that features Cinderella as a toddler in a little kids' version of the famous ballgown. The doll is wearing a tiara and has transparent slippers just like the glass ones the adult Cinderella wore. The doll comes with a hairbrush for hair play, but what makes this doll magical is the interactive wand. Turn the doll on, and wave the wand in front of the brooch on the doll's dress, and kids will hear 25 different songs and phrases. The skirt of the gown will also light up. The dress cannot be changed if you want the wand feature to work.
Kids who loved the original Fijit Friends will love the nurturing play of new Fijit Friends Yippits. These dancing pets perform tricks when you play with them. Kids can nurture, teach tricks, and discover spontaneous play from the unpredictable Yippits. Yippits have a clap sensor that delivers the same responsive play from Fijit Friends but with three new modes of play: dancing, training, and game mode. Yippits can bark, growl, dance, and even learn tricks through a progressive play manner. The more kids play with their Yippits, the more consistently the Yippits will perform the tricks. Each of the four Yippits features multiple songs, moveable feet, and two games. Yippits also interact with the original Fijit Friends. The Yippits assortment includes Scooch (blue), Skippa (green), Patter (pink), and Plooki (purple).
Furby is the "animatronic friend" that created a sensation in 1998—and the original sold more than 40 million units when it first came on the scene. Hasbro has brought it back, and while we were a little skeptical at first, we have to say, they did an incredible job. The result is a new version of the toy that uses advanced technology and humor to make the play experience seamless and fun—and the toy more sophisticated and responsive than ever.
Looking like a large croquette with a beak, ears and animated eyes—and soft fur in eye-popping colors, Furby responds and becomes more responsive as it's played with. Out of the box, Furby speaks a language called "Furbish," and the more you play with it, the more English it learns and speaks. Furby has an updated attitude and contemporary vocabulary, and the new electronic, animated eyes let Furby be more expressive than ever.
The toy comes with an instruction sheet that provides an introduction to Furbish, and coming later are a web site and an app that will include the entire Furbish dictionary. In addition, Hasbro promises that the app will interact with Furby so that kids can feed it. At the time of our review, the app was not available.