Yesterday Derek started Kindergarten!! I am so emotional about it all while being extremely proud of the little boy he is becoming. It’s been so amazing to watch all the aspects of his life changing. Even the way he plays has been changing. Lately he wants to be challenged through play. Building bigger, learning about how things work and why. I love to be a part of his growing and learning.
Both Derek and Hayley pride themselves on their ability to really test a toy! I say this jokingly but it’s actually kind of true!
First Derek got to play with KRE-O Transformers. I wasn’t sure he would be able to put it together himself. It’s 196 pieces and Derek just turned 6. He took the pieces and the box and got to work. It was amazing to watch. Derek quietly sat for about 30 minutes just focused, looking at the images and building. He built all 196 pieces and was SO PROUD of himself when he was done (so was I!)
I HIGHLY recommend Kre-O Transformers! Derek not only enjoyed putting these together but he truly followed directions well and focused while building this. This is a great learning through play toy for any 6 year old boy!!
KRE–O TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION GRIMLOCK STREET ATTACK Set
(Ages 6 & up/Available: May 2014)
From the film TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, use KRE–O bricks to build GRIMLOCK, the T-Rex DINOBOT for your KREONS to ride, along with a break-away archway for GRIMLOCK to destroy! Thanks to the built-in DINOFORCE action feature, GRIMLOCK can pick up the DECEPTICON VEHICONS in his mouth! GRIMLOCK also has a capture claw in his tail! Comes with two DECEPTICON VEHICON KREONS and a GOLD KNIGHT OPTIMUS PRIME KREON. Contains 196 pieces.
Next up was a toy for the whole family!!!!! Monopoly Junior
This was my personal favorite because it got all 4 of us to sit down together and play a game! Derek is 6 and was very excited to play. He was focused, helped give out the money, the pieces and listened intently to the rules. Hayley, my almost 4 year old was not quite as easy during the game. She was thrilled to be on her brother’s team and play with the family but she went off a few times (to get her Equestria Doll) and then cried when she and Derek were sent to jail. I think under 4 is a bit young but 6 is a perfect age for Monopoly Junior. Oh and next time we will play on the table because Finnegan kept SITTING on the game board!!!
MONOPOLY JUNIOR Game
(Ages: 5 & up/Players: 2-4/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Spring 2014)
The MONOPOLY JUNIOR game is better than ever in 2014 and will help younger players create their first MONOPOLY game memories! To start the game, players will select one of the four new MONOPOLY JUNIOR game tokens based on the favorite classic tokens before they grew up: Scottie Dog, Cat, Battleship and Racecar. Just like the classic MONOPOLY game, young players move around the board to buy fun properties like the Ice Cream Parlor, the Zoo, the Swimming Pool and more! Buying properties, paying rent and collecting Chance Card bonuses are handled with single banknotes, making transactions fast and easy. Game play is fast paced and when one player goes bankrupt the game is over. Count your cash—the player with the most money wins!
Hayley got to check out MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS Dolls with Accessories. Both Hayley and Derek loved the My Little Pony Flip and Whirl Rainbow Dash. Hayley is a huge My Little Pony fan so when her Equestria Girl arrived she asked me to open her immediately!
Hayley loves to brush her My Little Pony dolls hair, she always asks me to put braids in them too! The best part about Hayley’s new Singing Twilight Sparkle is that she’s a rockstar! Hayley has been taking singing lessons for the past 2 months and says she wants to be a Rockstar and an Animal Doctor when she grows up. She has been setting up Twilight Sparkle to sing at her microphone stand and then Hayley gets on her own microphone and they both sing the My Little Pony theme song!!
MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS Dolls with Accessories.
(Ages 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Now)
The fashionable MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS dolls are always rocking the latest styles, making the classrooms of CANTERLOT HIGH the coolest in town! Each doll in the MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS dolls with accessories assortment comes with a deluxe colorful outfit, and adorable, interchangeable shoes to match. For added customization fun, each doll’s shoes double as a stamper and come with an instrument shaped ink pad. Girls can choose between APPLEJACK and RAINBOW DASH dolls. In the Fall PINKIE PIE and DJ PON 3 dolls will be available, each with fun fashions that can be customized with neon markers and stencils. Each doll sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.
Disclosure: I was provided with product for this post but all the opinions are my own!