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I adore working with MomSelect. There is always something fun going on. Thanks to MomSelect we were able to show off and play with some new toys that would make a great addition to your holiday shopping list. They sent us a big box of goodies and I mean a BIG box. I was going to unpack it all and take a group picture of it all but my little assistants wanted a photo opp so we took individual toy pics. I love sharing products I like with others and not just to hear myself talk either. If there is something I find that I think is worth other people's money and time then of course I will share information with them. That's what the Holiday Showcase was about. Sharing gift ideas with other parents while letting the kids get a hands on test of each of the toys. In our Holiday Showcase we received some nice new toys. Our box included:
* Small Frys from Build a Bear workshop
* Christmas cakes from Little Debbie
* Sneaky 3D puzzles from Patch Products
* Play-Doh Mega Fun Factory
* Play-Doh Shape & Spin Elmo
* Playmobil Child's first day at school kit
*Smart Mom Solutions
* crafts for the kids, themed activities, games and recipes along with some holiday decor
We all enjoyed games of Festive Freeze Dance, Name that Christmas song and coloring pictures from Patch Products. Then came all the holiday showcase toys and then snack time. First we put together the Sneaky 3D puzzle from Patch products. I love that the puzzle pieces are large enough that I can let Baby B play with this and not worry about him swallowing or choking on any pieces. Once it was put together we took turns wearing the 3D glasses and finding the hidden ABC's and 123's in the picture. You can find the Sneaky 3D puzzle for $14.99 from Patch Products and at places like Sears, Target, Amazon and Buy.com.
Next we opened up the Play-Doh sets. I love the smell of Play-Doh, it reminds me of my childhood. The Play-Doh Mega Fun Factory is on sale for $22.99 at Toys R Us. It comes with a factory assembly line that really runs (with the help of batteries). You put play doh in, smush it, cut it, stamp it and trim it up to make all sorts of shapes, toys and candies to decorate the play mat with. The kids liked taking turns making their own unique candies. Thankfully no one tried to eat theirs. Baby B is a Sesame Street/ Elmo fan so I was pretty sure that he would like the Shape and Spin Elmo. Elmo talks to you about the different shapes. You push his hands down to mush the play doh to make the shapes and can decorate the Sesame Street play mat with the shapes you make. We have been working with Baby B on his shapes so to add a new Elmo toy that helps teaches shapes has made shapes even that much more fun for him. Even the older kids liked Elmo. You can find the Shape and Spin Elmo at Toys R Us for $19.99.
I had never heard of the Build a Bear Small Frys before we received our box of toys. So cute and the fur on the teddy bear and dog that we received is oh so soft. I wish I had a blanket that felt the way the little "Shaggy Pup" does. The Small Frys don't talk or make noises and are smaller than regular Build a Bear animals but you get the same fun with the Small Frys by dressing them up in Build a Bear outfits. Each Small Fry also comes with an exclusive code to use online at buildabearville.com so your little ones can play together online with their Small Frys. Small Frys can be purchased from Build a Bear for $12 but they are running a special right now you can get 2/$20 with coupon code 95510 at checkout.
The Playmobil Child's First Day of School kit didn't really get played with much. I think it was over powered by the bigger toys. I didn't let the youngins play with this because I was afraid someone would put the little pieces in their mouth. A few older kids kept calling them legos and playing with them here and there. I think if we had more of a set to play with it would've been played with more but since we had no other Playmobil toys that kit was all we had. The Playmobil Child's First Day of School kit can be purchased for $3.29 from Playmobil. This would be a nice addition to your Playmobil stuff if your children have others or even as a way to introduce your children (as we did) to Playmobil. This set could possibly make a nice stocking stuffer item.
For snack time we enjoyed Christmas tree cakes from Little Debbie along with snowball treats, apple cider and hot cocoa.
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disclaimer: I am a MomSelect member and was chosen to participate in the Holiday Showcase event. I received the box of products listed above for the holiday showcase review. There was no money given for this post.