Top Ten Toys for 2012
The Smash Hit Party Game
Spot it! is the addictive, feverishly fun matching game for every generation. The first thing to know about Spot it! is that there is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any two cards. Got it? Now all you need is a sharp eye and a quick hand to play all five party games packed into the grab 'n' go tin. Including up to eight players, Spot it! is a cinch to learn, plays fast, and is irresistibly fun for all ages!
Once you "spot", the fun don't stop.
Simple to learn, a challenge to win.
A Lively Visual Test for the Whole Family
Spot it! is played with 55 circular cards, each decorated with eight symbols varying in size and orientation. There are more than 50 symbols in all, including random yet universal images of hearts, snowflakes, dragons, and lightning bolts, and even words such as Stop and OK. The aim of the game is to be the first to spot the one symbol in common between two or more cards. Don’t be fooled! It's not as simple as it sounds. A match is easily hidden in the array, especially with the pressure of racing frantically against your opponents. The cards change with every match made, so you have to stay focused to keep up. Every match will fuel your fire and agonizing over getting beat to the punch by a faster player only adds to the overall excitement.
Play Five Individual Mini Games
Spot it! packs unlimited play potential as you can mix it up with multiple games. The five individual mini-games included in the game booklet have separate rules and objectives. Choose from such contests as The Tower, The Well, Hot Potato, The Poisoned Gift, or Triplet, and play them in any order. In some, players try to collect cards, in others, they race to get ride of cards. For example, in The Tower, each player is handed a card and the remaining stack of cards is placed in the middle of the table. On the count of three, players look at their own cards and the top card of the middle stack for a matching symbol. When someone spots a match, he calls out the symbol and grabs the middle card, and puts it on top of his old card. Now everyone has to look at the new middle card for a match and try to win cards until the middle stack is gone. At the end, the player with the most cards wins. For competitive players ready for a Spot it! showdown, there’s even a tournament point system included in the booklet.
An All-Around Winner
With 15 awards to its name, Spot it! has won the hearts of kids as well as adults. The versatile and skill-building game has also caught the attention of educators and therapists, who praise it for honing kids’ perceptual abilities, attention, and speech-language skills. Not many people can deny the appeal of this game. A group of college kids will get the same kick out of it as grandparents and young kids. Furthermore, the durable little tin that holds the cards makes Spot it! the perfect travel game and boredom buster. You just can't go wrong with Spot it!
Discover all Spot it! Editions
Spot it! is available in a variety of themes to fit any player or occasion. Sport editions include MLB, NHL, and Golf; educational spin-offs feature the alphabet, numbers, shapes, and sight words. There's the popular animal-themed Spot it! Jr. for younger players and even an appropriately-themed road trip version called Spot it! On the Road. For the ultimate Spot it! session, check out Spot it! Party expanded game that includes accessories and more challenging mini games.
This mind-blowing matching game will have you hooked.
Game Facts Ages 7 to adult2 to 8 playersIncludes 55 cards, game tin, and illustrated rules
At a Glance Award-winning game of visual perception for the whole familyFive ways to play for hours of frenzied funTravel-size tin for convenient on-the-go gameplayAvailable in multiple editions
When your toddler has graduated from the Duplo stage and is ready to take the next step in his, or her, Lego journey, the Lego Ultimate Building Set is the ideal graduation gift. With 405 pieces stored in a durable plastic box with a see-through top, this set is the perfect place to let children continue to explore their imagination and engineering skills. The Lego Ultimate Building Set contains many small pieces and is designed for kids ages four and older.
With 405 pieces, this Legos starter kit allows your child to build a variety of different things. View larger.
Use wheel elements to build a car. View larger.
Kit includes one mini figurine. View larger.
The Ideal Lego Starter Kit
The Lego Ultimate Building Set includes everything a child needs to take the first steps to becoming an expert Lego builder. It includes one mini figurine, a building plate, and a wide mix of standard bricks in various colors as well as house and wheel elements.
Following the included instructions and using pieces in the starter kit, kids can build a house, helicopter, dog, and car. The only flaw is that the instructions may be challenging for younger children, and require adult assistance.
As is the case with virtually every Lego set, your child will be limited only by his, or her, imagination and perseverance. Although the kit is designed for younger children graduating from Lego Duplos, you can be confident that your child will never actually grow out of the Ultimate Building Set. All of the pieces can be incorporated into future Lego collections.
What's in the Box
405 standard Lego pieces with house and wheel element, mini figurine, durable plastic storage case, and instructions.
Large Brick Box
At a Glance:405 standard Lego pieces allow for endless number of creationsComes with durable plastic box for storageStandard pieces will fit and work with all future Lego collectionsInstructions included for building house, helicopter, car, and more
Age/Weight Requirements:Four years and up
LEGO Pieces:405 LEGO elements
Flip, twist, and spin your way through the Perplexus Maze Game from PlaSmart. This Perplexus Original is a bendy, trendy, can't-put-it-down challenge! With plenty of twists, turns, and barriers between start and finish, it will leave you perplexed. Once you try it, you won't be able to put it down!
"Easy to Play, Hard to Master" The Perplexus Original Maze Game is a clear sphere filled with multicolored pathways covering different areas of the sphere's interior. A small metal ball rolls around on the inside, and it's your job to guide that ball through the maze to its end. Once the ball is balanced in its starting position, it's easy to start rolling it around the tracks. By the time you've learned the different passageways, you'll realize that even though it's easy to play, all the different ways of moving around are hard to master!
"Flip, Twist, and Spin Your Way through the Maze" Moving through the different pathways is a wacky exercise in spatial reasoning and stimulates your cognitive reasoning. As you move the ball along one track, you find that it's never long before you reach a different colored track that requires you to flip, twist, and spin the sphere 90 degrees one way or another to keep the ball rolling. Twist around corners, flip from the yellow to the orange ramp, spin around the various curves--if you fall off the track, just get back on and try again!
"Race Yourself, Your Friends, and the Clock" If you work hard enough and make it to the end of the maze, congratulate yourself, and then turn it into a racetrack! Keep track of your personal best times and race against the clock.
"3 Races and 100 Challenging Barriers to Master" The Perplexus Maze Game includes a super spiral, a tightrope, and a swing arm to form 3 different puzzles and 100 challenging barriers to discover and overcome.
Spice up your family game night with the Hedbanz Board Game, a fun, fast-paced, and simple question game that everyone aged 6 and up can enjoy. In a group of two to six players, you'll draw an identity card for an animal, food, or common object but with one catch--everyone but you will see the card, displayed by the headband on your forehead. The goal is to deduce who or what you are by asking the players questions before the clock runs out.
Hedbanz Board Game
Ages: 6 years and up
What We Think
Fun factor:Durability:Ease of assembly:Educational factor:Novelty factor:
The Good: Simple gameplay invites humor and creative critical thinking
The Challenging: Only three categories of identity
In a Nutshell: An easy-to-play and fast-paced question game for everyone
Hedbanz is fun, playful game that encourages communication and is sure to make you laugh.
I'm a tomato! Have fun discovering what you are with Hedbanz. View larger. A Fast-Paced, Kid-friendly Game with a Simple Concept
The Hedbanz game comes with a stack of picture cards, each featuring an animal, food, or common object. The categories are few and simple, but this allows everyone, even young children, to get in on the family fun. And because you'll be racing against the one-minute sand-clock timer, each round moves quickly, ramping up your energy and challenging your wit.
This board game comes with everything you'll need to play. Your group of two to six players will be strapping on headbands, asking funny questions, and making wild guesses without complicated setups and rules.
Ask Questions to Guess Your Identity
Sample questions. Playing Hedbanz is simple. After dealing one card and three chips to each player, take your card and place it in your adjustable headband without peeking. When your turn arrives, ask each player a question about who, or what, you are ("Am I a food?"). If you get stuck, the sample questions card offers tips on the types of questions you might ask.
When you get a yes, your questions will become more specific ("Am I cooked?" or "Did Dad serve me for dinner last night?") until you're ready to guess the answer ("I am spaghetti!"). For each identity you guess correctly, you'll discard one of your chips. If you give up, you'll collect a chip from the chip bank and be dealt a new card. The first player to get rid of all her chips is the Hedbanz winner.
Educational Gameplay for Kids
Hedbanz is not only fun, but inherently educational. Kids will flex their deductive reasoning skills with the game's simple question-and-answer premise. By making connections and coming up with questions that will lead to answers, kids will also practice creative critical thinking skills.
What's in the Box
Hedbanz rule sheet, 74 cards, 24 chips, 6 headbands, and sand-clock timer.
Discovering the wonders of science and building cool electronics can be done in a snap—with this exciting building kit. Winner of a Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products award, Snap Circuits Jr. comes with easy-to-follow directions that help you snap together a variety of intriguing experiments! Create things like a dual-speed fan, periodic doorbell, photo sensor police siren, flashing laser light and more. Comes with over 30 easy-to-identify reusable color-coded parts and instructions. Imported.
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
Qwirkle Game, strategy fun for all ages! A major award winner and all - time best - seller! Qwirkle is a game of strategy where you score by building rows of blocks related by shape and / or color. No reading required, so even younger kids can enjoy it (along with us older types!) It's super easy to learn... but then the challenges come, as you analyze the tactical maneuvers to rack up points. Few games have racked up as many prominent awards as Qwirkle because it's so fun, engaging and educational. You get 108 colorful wooden tiles, a drawstring pouch and instructions. For 2-4 players, recommended for ages 6 and up. Winner of: Parent's Choice Gold Award; Mensa Select Award; Major Fun Award; Creative Child Magazine Award. A sure-thing hit for your family, hours of mind-building fun guaranteed... get it now! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD. Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs. Qwirkle Game
Use the images on these story cubes to make up your own once-upon-a-time. Who knows where your imagination may take you? Roll the cubes again and tell another story. Share them with other budding bards, each of you adding to the other’s story with a roll of the cube. Ages 8 and up.
Help Burfder achieve his dream of becoming a letter.
Help your child understand the relationship between the sounds in spoken words and the letters that represent those sounds.
Begin Your ABC Adventure
Join Leap, Lily, and Tad on an ABC adventure with the LeapFrog Explorer Game: Letter Factory! On a trip to the Letter Factory, the frogs meet Burfder, who dreams of becoming a letter. Help Burfder achieve his alphabet ambition while learning letter names, sounds, practicing writing, collecting letters, and more. LeapFrog Letter Factory Explorer Learning Game works with all LeapPad learning tablets, LeapsterGS & Leapster Explorer (sold separately). Internet connection may be required for cartridge.
Fun and Learning at the Letter Factory
Based on the bestselling LeapFrog educational DVD Letter Factory, LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Letter Factory continues the learning fun and alphabet interactions. The DVD (sold separately) and learning game will help your child learn how to recognize letter patterns and independently connect letters to form new words. Letter Factory is recommended for children ages 3 to 5 years old.
Letter recognition: Children who can recognize letters with confidence have an easier time learning letter sounds and word spellings.Letter sounds: To read independently, children must understand the relationship between the sounds in spoken words and the letters that represent those sounds. Word building: As children put together letters to make words, they learn how even small changes (changing mat to man to can) result in completely new words.Handwriting: Children learn the basics about using a writing instrument to create letters and words.