Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Some Early Christmas Shopping?

I like to be finished with my Christmas shopping by now, but this year, I'm not. Not even close. Which really stinks. I don't want to be anywhere near a store that sells anything other than food this time of year, but it looks like I'm out of luck.

To help you out a little, I have a couple of ideas for things the kids on your list might like.

First, the K'NEX 400 Pieces Tub. With 400 pieces, there are lots of parts so that kids can build as much as their imaginations can come up with. If your kid needs a jump-start (400 pieces can be a little overwhelming!) an instruction book is included that contains building ideas for 20 different models. You can also visit for step-by-step instructions, just in case the instruction book gets lost. With three kids, lots of stuff gets lost around here, so that's a great bonus.

But what's so great is that kids don't need the instruction book. They can just build and tear down and add and remove until they're satisfied with their masterpiece. Once the building is complete the play continues, since there are lots of moving parts, like wheels on the cars, the propeller for the airplane, and merry-go-rounds and ferris wheels that spin.

K'NEX works with other brands of building toys, like Lego, so you don't have to worry about parts not fitting together. You'll just be adding on to your child's existing collection, instead of starting from scratch building a new one.

And, perhaps the best feature (to a mom; not to a kid) is that the storage tub is included, so clean-up is fast and easy.

Since K'NEX toys are made in the U.S.A., you can be proud to buy them for your kids this Christmas. They retail for about $20.99 at Target, Wal-Mart and Toys "R" Us.

This season, K'Nex is giving families the chance to win $1,000.00 worth of K'NEX Building Sets! All you have to do is make a video that showcases your child's K'NEX building skills and features them building with select K'NEX products. Visit for official rules, but hurry! The deadline to submit a video is December 7, 2009.

Something else I'd like to share with you is the Sesame Street Neighborhood Collection building set. Kids can build their own Sesame Street neighborhood and then play with Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Ernie, depending on which set they get.
There are four sets that are designed to coordinate with each other, but each set is complete and can be enjoyed alone.
We tried out the Ice Cream Truck building set.

It comes with a buildable Elmo dressed as an ice cream man. The Police Car building set comes with a buildable Elmo dressed as a police officer. There is also a 1-2-3 Brownstone building set and a Police Station set.

The parts are chunky and big enough for small hands to easily play with. This is something that Cullen loves to play with, but even Cavan likes holding (and chewing on!) the big colorful pieces.

And just like other K'NEX toys, there are lots of parts so kids can build and rebuild over and over again. And again, additional building ideas are included.
We're working on color and shape recognition with Cullen right now, and these sets really help to teach that in a fun way. He loves to build (and destroy) things, and his K'NEX sets are toys he pulls out often.
The prices start at $9.99 for the set we received, and are available at Target, Wal-Mart and Toys"R"Us.
Thanks to Team Mom for providing the toys for this review. Cullen and Christian love them!

1 comment:

James ~n~ Amber said...

Don't feel bad, I haven't even started. In fact, my husband works shift work and only works half of the year. Recently, he took on a part time job mostly out of boredom, but we thought we'd really benefit from the extra money. He gets his check this week, ends up at the doctor and his portion that's not covered by insurance is $700 !! He had to pay it at the office too!! Merry Christmas to us !!