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Must-Have K'NEX Building Sets for Fall 2014

We are loving the new building sets that K'NEX has released (and excited for the sets that will be released in the near future)!  If you want a sneak peek on what K'NEX has to offer, here's a great start

K'NEX: Plants vs. Zombies ConeMech & Football Mech Building Sets

"Who would win in a fight: PLANTS or ZOMBIES?"

It's the age-old question that only K'NEX can answer!  We love the previous Plants Vs. Zombies K'NEX building sets. They are fun and creative. This Fall, you can enjoy their NEWEST Plants Vs. Zombies building sets. And K'NEX has taken the Plants Vs. Zombies experience to a new level with mechanics!

That's right - the newest K'NEX building sets include motorized action, which adds a whole new dimension to the building experience. Here's a sneak peek at the newest Plants Vs. Zombies K'NEX collections:


Plants vs. Zombies ConeMech Building Set 

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Defeat the zombies and save your brains...with motorized the ConeMech Building Set from the Far Future level! This set includes 1 zombie figure plus a buildable ConeMech that walks with motorized action, just like in the game!  Battery-powered motor included plus easy to follow building instructions. For ages 7+.  Batteries not included. Available at amazon.com, toysrus.com and knex.com. 

(Retail:  $16.99)

 

Plants vs. Zombies Football Mech Assortment Set 

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Defeat the zombies, save your brains...with the Football Mech Building Set from the Far Future level! This set includes 1 zombie figure plus a buildable Football Mech that walks with motorized action, just like in the game!  Battery-powered motor included plus easy to follow building instructions. For ages 7+.  Batteries not included. Available at amazon.com, toysrus.com and knex.com. 

(Retail:  $16.99)

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The LEGO Movie Books

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The LEGO Movie Books

My life will never be the same since watching The LEGO movie. My 6 year old: OBSESSED. From quoting the movie to talking about how #EverythingIsAwesome!!!

I love how LEGO has taken something as simple as building blocks and taken them to a new level of interactive. As a parent, I also appreciate the positive message the movie bestows to it's viewers.  Ok.  Let me totally come clean here.  YES.  I am personally obsessed with the movie too.  And YES.  When I did the segment on Fox 29 I did have LEGO pieces made out of KRAGLE.  Whatcha gonna do now?  Heh.  

One of the things that Boston loves is connecting to his older cousin Tyler and talking LEGO's.  Tyler and Boston are the only boys - so Boston really looks up to him!  (So yes - we do have Hudson - but he's still in baby mode lol)  Tyler sends Boston little packages of LEGO awesome often & one of the things he loves the most is the LEGO sticker books!  They are fabulous!  I'm always so amazed at how he knows who all the characters are. 

With the new LEGO Movie - comes new LEGO books!  

So, when I was asked to review the LEGO books, I was THRILLED about the opportunity! 

“The LEGO® Movie: The Essential Guide,” ($12.99)

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For fans of the movie, this essential guide is a must-have! Recommended for kids 6 and older, this book is jam-packed with illustrations from the movie. The book also explores the characters in-depth and provides behind-the-scenes information for even the littlest fans. Boston loved learning all the fun details of The LEGO movie!

“The LEGO® Movie: The Ultimate Sticker Collection,” ($12.99)

All I have to say is, "WHAT KID DOESN'T LOVE STICKERS?" Answer: NONE. This book is like a more compact version of the Essential Movie Guide (with information on characters, location spreads and vehicles), but also offers more than 1,000 reusable stickers!  So kids can create their own LEGO adventures on the colorful pages throuhgout the book.  A good way to use imaginations! 

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“The LEGO® Movie: Calling All Builders,” ($3.99)

As the mom of a soon-to-be First Grader (be still, my heart!), I am loving that DK publishers have released books that work on fundamental reading skills. These books are part of a multi-level reading program, which is perfect for my budding reader. Calling All Builders is great for fans of the movie, as it's a simple Level 1 reading book that follows the movie's storyline. I like that Boston can work on reading most of it, but there is still room for me to participate with him.

“The LEGO® Movie: Awesome Adventures,” ($3.99)

 This book is the Level 2 counterpart to Calling All Builders. It also follows the movie storyline, but involves longer sentences and more challenging vocabulary. I like that BOston can work on the Level 1 LEGO book and once he has mastered it, has a new book to challenge him. And, my boys love LEGOS. So they are already instantly engaged and and Boston is eager and willing to read (YAY!)

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GoldieBlox Sneak Peak

As an entrepenuer, I am always excited to find ways to encourage and empower girls. Giving girls the opportunity to realize they are valuable, capable and able to reach their dreams is one of the greatest things we can do for our future generation of women. Which is why I am a huge fan and supporter of GoldieBlox.

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The goal of GoldieBlox is  to"get girls building." They are working to help "level the playing field." By incorporating a story with a construction set, GoldieBlox taps into girls' strong verbal skills, enabling them to build and create great things. A future generation of female engineers starts with something as simple as playing with blocks.

GoldieBlox has new toys available! Check out their latest products:

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GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine - A book plus construction set starringGoldie, the girl inventor.  Builds spatial skills and teaches the belt drive engineering concept.  (Retail: $29.99)

 

 

GoldieBlox and the Parade Float  - A book plus construction set starring Goldie, the girl inventor. Builds spatial skills and teaches the wheel & axle engineering concept. (Retail: $19.99)

 


GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank -  A book plus construction set starring Goldie, the girl inventor. Builds spatial skills and teaches the hinge & lever engineering concept.  (Retail: $19.99) 

The lucky attendees of Blogger Bash (ARE YOU GOING?!) will get a sneak peek at these soon-to-be released GoldieBlox products:

  • GoldieBlox and the Builder's Survival Kit (Retail $59.99)
  • GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine (Retail: $29.99)
  • GoldieBlox Action Figure and the Zipline (Retail $24.99)

Excited? Intrigued? Get to Blogger Bash to see GoldieBlox live and in person!

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide: K'Nex Typhoon Frenzy™ Roller Coaster Building Set

Did you know that construction toys are the #1 category in the toy world? Building {and destroying} never gets old in my house! One of our favorites is K'Nex!

 Typhoon Frenzy™ Roller Coaster Building Set

Bring a wave of fun from the ocean to your living room with the new Typhoon Frenzy Roller Coaster Building Set from K'NEX!  Build with over 640K'NEX parts & pieces including, rods, connectors and track, and add motorized power to send the silver coaster car twisting and turning through over 19 feet of swirling, non-stop action!  Plus, download exclusive instructions to build an incredible second model, the Tsunami Surge™ Coaster!  All K'NEXrods and connectors are made in the USA! 

Ages 9+.
Suggested retail price is $39.99.
 
Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us.