September 28th, 2010
Let's Play Dragons!
My boys love figures. Figures of any kind…….super heroes, star wars, playmobil. They play with them, carry them everywhere and even sleep with them (so much for all of those stuffed animals in their room). The latest “IT” toy in our house is a bucket of How to Train Your Dragon dragons. I found this at Walmart and it became an instant hit. All I hear from The Destroyer now is “Mama – let’s play dragons in the kitchen”. For an adult, at first glance, there isn’t anything all that special about these dragon/viking figures. It’s a bucket of figures – monkeys, dragons. You know. But when you take them out you will see that these are no dollar store army men type figures. 1) They actually stand up. All of them. 2) They are impeccably detailed. Hiccup looks exactly like he did in the movie – as do all of the other figures. 3) They are color coordinated. Let’s face it folks – there are a couple of dragons, a couple of vikings and they all have weird names. Now I’m supposed to remember which dragon goes with which viking? Problem solved!!!
Not only do we set these up and knock them down over and over, they would make great party favors or even cupcake toppers! And with the movie release date almost upon us – this would make a cute little surprise gift! Don’t ya think???
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September 2nd, 2010
CheezWaster received this My First Dino Kit for his birthday.
My First Dino Kit
I had been saving it for a rainy day or wicked hot day and yesterday turned out to be the perfect day to try it (since our Board of Ed screwed up my plan for the day by altering the time of pre-school orientation without notifying the parents). This kit includes 3 activities – a real dinosaur dig for bones, a build your own glow in the dark dinosaur and a grow a dinosaur. The kit also includes a pair of safety goggles and 2 tools – a brush and a digger’s pick – for the dinosaur dig activity. We started out with the grow a dinosaur activity. I mean who doesn’t love these little things that grow in water. I know I do. Ours is still “growing” in the cup at home. Tonight we will measure to see the difference in size. Then, we moved onto the dinosaur dig. Safety goggles are a MUST!
Then, we began our intense hunt for dino bones. I grabbed an old cardboad box for this, as it was quite messy. You definitely want to keep this contained. My one negative comment about this set was that it only came with one digging tool. 2 kids – 1 tool = major problems! The Destroyer was only happy so long using the brush before he, too, wanted to dig. We improvised and I gave him a wooden chop stick which worked great! Conflict successfully avoided!
Digging for Dinosaurs
We dug on this thing for a while and it really kept the kids’ attention. We’re still not done, so big plus for mom that this activity will spill over into another day!
Is that a dinosaur bone I see???
Eventually, we put the glow in the dark dino together, too. And when I say “we”, I mean my husband. Given my limited engineering skills, I had to call the man in for this one.
All in all, I think this kit is great. It is reasonably priced AND educational. AND it was great fun for a toddler and pre-K-er.
It would make a great birthday or Christmas gift, especially if you’ve got a dino lover! This would also make a great dinosaur birthday party activity…hmmmm….this has got me thinking. I do have 2 winter birthdays coming up!
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