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Best Bath Toy: Yookidoo Musical Duck Race

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Musical Duck Race
 
I can’t remember, is bath time our time or the child’s time? I love bath time and now that my son is older, he asks for one everyday and always has. He is 7 now and still has his toys all over in there, but as he was younger I could actually bring in laundry and get it all folded, clean a bathroom and wash floors without interruption. Now that he is older we have asked why insists on a bath everyday, I tell him he can take one every other day if he wants unless he really plays hard. He tells me it is his ‘quiet time’. So, at 7 he has already learned that a warm bath is the perfect “me” time.
Keeping a young child occupied in the bath is a must or they become bored very fast. Having toys like the Yookidoo Musical Duck Race is the perfect interactive, busy toy that makes bath time fun.
Bath Toy Features

 

 
Musical Duck Race Features
  • Water Circulates Through The Fountain While Playing Musical Effects
  • Four Mischevious Ducks Race Around The Fountain As Music And Fun Sound Effects Play
  • Nine Sound And Water Effects (And Mute Buttons For Parents!)
 
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Best Baby Toy from Yookidoo Review

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Baby's R Us Image of Yookidoo ball
 
With so many baby toys on the market it can be overwhelming when shopping for the best picks for your child. We like toys that will actually be played with so it has to be engaging and grow with baby too. I found one toy that is a must have for several reasons that I wanted to feature as a best baby toy from Yookidoo. I show you in the video and tell you below why there is so much to this toy for baby.
To start, you have the actual construction of the toy. It is round, like a ball and that is always enticing to a baby and toddler. Next you have many textures for baby. There is a softer plastic, cotton and other fun feels and textures that are engaging for baby during the first stages of play and grip.
Infant Toy Yookidoo
The colors on the Yookidoo toy are very dramatic for baby as well. With polka dots, solids and stripes around the ball to the color contrasts. You have pastels and bright colors as well as the primary hues. There is also a hook feature so the ball can hang for baby.
The action of the ball is engaging for baby and toddler. Whether you grip, shake or bounce the ball it makes sounds. There is music and lights as well as other fun sounds.
Fun Ball toy Yookidoo
When shopping for toys, you have to think like an infant and less like a parent. Well, I take that back! You will have yourself in parent mode when you search for that all important feature-an off switch! Yes, this toy has one! Baby’s want texture and color when young and as they grow the lights and sounds become just as engaging for playtime. So this toy fits all of the features your young child wants.

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5 reasons why Skylanders Trap Team is a popular kids toy #HolidayGiftGuide

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5 reasons why Skylanders Trap Team is a popular kids toy #HolidayGiftGuide
If you have kids you have heard of Skylanders! My son is six and just this summer he caught the Skylanders fever! However, his chance to play comes with playdates as I have yet to buy the portal. His birthday is in May and Christmas was a long ways away, so to spring on a Skylanders portal was a little too much spoiling, I thought! Early this year the Skylanders Swap Force set was the unit everyone had and in October, the new portal debut called the Skylanders Trap Team. Because Activision is so awesome, my son was spoiled by them and sent the Skylanders Trap Team starter pack for his Wii! I now have grown to enjoy it a bit myself and I now wish I had the Swap Force to start as summer entertainment for him.
 
5 reasons why Skylanders Trap Team makes a popular gift for kids
  1. You CAN use your Skylanders Swap Force characters with the Trap Team Traptanium Portal
  2. The new portal trap lights up in sync as you can hear the villains speak from the built-in speaker on the portal
  3. You can trap villains and play them as a character. This new play enables you to switch from playing a Skylander to a Villain if you have the trap who’s element matches that villain
  4. There are more female Skylanders for the girls in the new Trap Master characters
  5. The one-of-a-kind experience of toys coming to life

 

The new characters
 
There are 50 new characters that you can add to your Swap Force collection and play on Trap Team. Skylanders Trap Team now offers a new set of characters-the Trap Masters and new Core Skylanders. The traps are introduced into the new Trap Team portal as the ability to trap a villain of the same element and play him in battle as a good guy! If you place a water trap on the portal trap slot, the water villains are transported into them and are now being controlled by you! Any Skylander can trap and capture a villain of the same element.
The new Traptanium Portal
 
You do have to buy the new portal, but you want to! The Trap Team Traptanium Portal was designed with sound and illumination as well as the element slot to trap villains. This portal is much more engaging and allows that feature of taking a villain from the digital world and bringing it into the physical world as a playable character. Elements traps are sold separately from characters allowing you to collect only what you need and want for game play.
Strategy
 
Kaos is the Skylanders enemy. He desires to build his own army against the Skylanders and blows up a prison that releases the most destructive villains. Bits of Titanium are blasted down to Earth and the Skylanders need to defend. As a player, you become a Portal Master for the Skylanders and by finding and using titanium traps, the villains need to be captured to defeat Kaos.
Skylanders Trap Team makes an excellent holiday gift and what I also love about this game is it is available on a wide selection of consoles-Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, XBOX 360/One, PS3 & PS4. The starter pack is under $100 and price depends on console need. The characters and element are as low as about $6-$25 standard. This is a popular kids toy that doesn’t totally break the bank the way many electronics and games do. It doesn’t take long for my son to do enough chores to save money for the characters and elements he wants which gives him more game fun and I get a child eager to do chores!

You can find the Skylanders Trap Team starter packs as well as the characters at major retailers in store and online.
Disclosure: A huge thank you to Activision for sending the Skylanders Trap Team to a very eager boy! All opinions are 100% my own