Thank you to Kmart for providing me with samples to review. All opinions are my own.
The holidays are here and kids everywhere are making their gift lists and parents are checking them twice to see what new products their kiddos are wishing to find under the tree. It’s not always easy narrowing down your child’s holiday wish list and luckily Kmart’s created an easy way for parents to find this year’s top toys in one place, with Kmart’s Fab 15 Toys!
Kmart knows holiday shopping can be tough so they’ve made grabbing your holiday finds easy with Kmart online, in-store and via mobile phone. Plus they offer free in-store pick up which makes keeping those special gifts a secret much easier! This year’s Kmart Fab 15 Toys cover children of all ages, from 18 months on up past 8 years old. The Fab 15 Toys include:
- Playskool Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo by Hasbro®
- Disney Doc McStuffins Get Better Check-Up Center by Just Play
- LEGO® Eglor’s Twin Bike
- Flutterbye Fairy by Spin Master™
- Furby Boom by Hasbro®
- Holiday Auburn Barbie™ 2013 Doll by Mattel® (Kmart exclusive)
- Hot Wheels® Car Maker by Mattel®
- Lalaloopsy™ Loopy Hair Doll by MGA Entertainment
- LeapFrog LeapPad™ Ultra
- Monster High® 13 Wishes™ Party Doll by Mattel®
- Disney Planes Pilot Pals™ Dusty Crophopper Remote Control Plane by Mattel®
- NERF® Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow
- Fisher-Price® Imaginext Rescue City Center
- Disney Sofia the First Transforming Dress & Trunk by Jakks Pacific® (Kmart exclusive)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles® Shellraiser by Playmates Toys, Inc.
Besides the Fab 15 Toys, Kmart also offers a broad selection of other hot toys for children of all ages in their annual Kmart holiday toy catalog. I remember as a kid I always loved going through the toy ads and circling the products I wanted to ask Santa for. Now I get to watch my own children partake in the fun.
I was given a chance to check out two of the Fab 15 Toys Kmart offers, the Playskool Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo by Hasbro and the LeapFrog LeapPad™ Ultra. Both items were on my must grab list for my kiddos, so when I found out Kmart offered them both I was ecstatic! Not to mention being a Shop Your Way Rewards Member means I earn points for every purchase I make that can be used towards future Kmart purchases.
Playskool Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo by Hasbro
My kiddos both absolutely adore Elmo and the Big Hugs Elmo certainly doesn’t disappoint. He hugs, dances, sings and interacts with my kids and is beyond lovable! A few of my favorite features of Big Hugs Elmo are –
- Hug Elmo and he’ll move his arms to hug back
- Imagination activities include astronaut, rabbit, frog and horse themes
- Move Elmo around and he’ll respond with dancing
- Sing along with 3 songs
- Lay Elmo down to hear a lullaby and sleeping sound effects
I remember when the Tickle Me Elmo came out and my youngest brother just adored him. I have to admit he was beyond adorable and seeing Elmo back for another infamous round of fun really makes me smile! Elmo is soft, however you can feel his gear box in his belly so he’s still a bit off from a stuffed animal. His voice and speech are spot on and I love the song he sings to the kids. All in all, a super adorable toy for kids and Elmo fans of all ages!
LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra
I have to admit, the fact that my 4 year old is more technologically advanced then I was at the age of 10 is a bit scary. With tech toys being a big draw this year there’s no wonder everyone is flocking to the latest from LeapFrog, the LeapPad Ultra. If ever there was a tablet made for furthering kids educations the LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra is it! Just a few of my favorite features of the LeapPad Ultra include:
- Built kid-tough with a 7-Inch hi-res screen and Wi-Fi with kid-safe Web.
- Kid-safe out of the box, LeapPad Ultra offers extra parental settings to easily control exactly what experiences a child can access
- Works with LeapFrog’s library of 800+ apps, games, eBooks, videos, music and more
- Includes 11 apps (onboard and downloadable): Photo Fun Ultra, Art Studio Ultra, Pet Pad Party, Utility Suite, Pet Chat and more
- Features 8 GB of on-board memory which holds up to 40,000 photos or 140 Game Apps
- Built-in rechargeable battery
- Front-and-back cameras
Right out of the box the LeapPad Ultra was ready to use. We did have to charge it a bit and it does take some setting up by plugging it into your computer first, so I suggest you do this before gift giving. I love that the LeapFrog Explorer game cartrdges that worked for the previous tablets also work with the LeapPad Ultra, not to mention the many parental settings come in handy since it’snow Wi-Fi enabled. You can also have your child’s learning progress emailed to you every month so you can see what they have learned and progressed in! A perfect toy for kids on the go and parents looking to keep kids learning through out the year.
Be a gifting superstar!
Don’t get stuck with gifter’s block this holiday. Find fresh ideas for spicing up your children’s wish lists by going online, checking on your mobile or even stopping into your local Kmart store for the best in toys this holiday season!