I've been told by more than a few people that I have a knack for choosing christmas presents for kids. I seem to find the ones that last for more than a few months and are usually not too pricey.
So this year I thought I'd try using my powers for good and for the next few weeks I'll visit some of our local retail stores, play and experience all the toys, and come up with a list of those I really enjoy.
This first trip is from Wal-Mart - which we swung into quickly by taking advantage of the time change.
Monster Treads Tractor - for the John Deere Nut - $9
Really good for any kid that likes trucks and tractors and things with wheels.
Barbie Puppy Swim School - $20
Fisher-Price Imaginext Spike Chomper - $14
It also comes with a bone, which will probably get lost fairly quickly but if you just press on his tongue or the child puts random things in it he'll either make yummy or yucky sounds.
Go Baby Go Bat & Wobble Penguin - $20
Regardless this thing looks like tons of fun for the 6month and up crowd (though your 13 year old may not be as appreciative). It's a penguin you can bash around with brightly colored balls in it.
Heck, I kinda want one when I need to work out some aggression.
Delicious Boutique My First Oven - Sadly no pictures to share. ~$20
Got a child that loves to cook? This oven is adorable. There are three buttons that light up the oven and the dials up on the stove light up the burners under each bubbling pot.
It's not too big so it's pretty portable and would work well for any cooking/kitchen games.
Delicious Boutique Deluxe Cash Register - ~$20 Again no pictures
There's a lot here like most cash registers, you have your calculator, your scanner that beeps, a scale, the little microphone. The really fun and sinfully loud part is the inclusion of an actual working conveyor belt. It doesn't move that quickly and like I said makes an ungodly noise but sometimes that's half the fun.
Play-Doh Puppy Time - $13
With this play-doh set you form the baby puppies from what looks like underneath the mom (leading to a very confusing birds and bees talk), you also make treats and toys for the puppies from various molds. And, probably the most fun part, you get an extruder that makes kibble.
Give it enough time and I'm sure the baby dolls will be eating nothing but neon pink kibble.
Tempo's Rocking Guitar - $36
I didn't really have time to press every single button on the thing as we had to move on but I really wanted too and as we left the store that was the one that stuck with me the most. I kinda want to play with it again.
And those are a few of my fun finds from Wal-Mart. I still have a few more stores to hit up and see if anything catches my eye so tune in next time.