1. LeapFrog LeapPad : We can’t get enough of this learning tablet for kids. We were sent one to review and I loved it so much that I went out and bought one for my other twin. They will be so happy to each have one of their own. I don’t know if I will be able to wait for Christmas day though because I would love to have it on hand for holiday travel. Since it has videos, books, games, and art apps the girls never get bored of it. And it has a camera and a video recorder. Check out more on what I thought of it in this video. The LeapPad retails for $99 and you can get a package with the Mr. Pencil app at Toys R’ Us.
2. Just Dance Kids 2: I love the Just Dance games; they get the whole family up off the couch and moving. But the moves on the adult game can be pretty tricky (for me even) and sometimes the song lyrics aren’t the most appropriate. So I love that UbiSoft makes a game just for kids that the whole family can enjoy.
3. Storybook Buddies: When we pulled the Bigsby Story book buddy book out of the book us, our friends, and probably the universe let out an audible “Awwwww.” But this guy doesn’t get by on his looks alone. The story book buddies encourage reading since they respond to phrases from the book. And did I mention how adorable they are? Check them out at the Hallmark site.
4. Jewel’s The Merry Goes ‘Round: The girls can’t get enough of this Jewel CD and the bonus is that I enjoy it too. And I am not even a Jewel fan. More than once I have found myself leaving it playing long after the girls have been dropped off. The songs are catchy without being cloying.
5. A Time to Keep: The Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays: there are so many great books I remember from my childhood that I can’t wait to share with my kids. One standout is Time to Keep, a book of holidays by Tasha Tudor. All of her books contain incredibly detailed illustrations that captivate kids, but this particular retelling of the holidays of her childhood has always stood out for me. It’s amazing peek into the past and kids will start out looking at the illustrations and then dive into the stories as they get older. Every child should have this book as part of their collection.
Disclosure: I received both the Storybook Buddy and the LeapPad for review. They and the other items have been well tested by my twin girls.