Halfway Done Through Our Christmas List

We were scheduled to go to the Kids Craze Christmas Warehouse Sale this morning.  Unfortunately, our laundry is as high as a mountain already and our house in complete disarray.  So hubby and our little man went toy shopping while our little princess and I did the laundry and attempted to put some order in the house.

Here’s the loot the two men brought home from Kids Craze:

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I was a bit sad not to have been able to go to the warehouse sale but my spirits were lifted when I got to do a little bit of shopping as well.  I say a little bit because I went out late and hubby wasn’t with me so I had to buy only what I could manage to carry home by myself.

Here’s what I managed to lug going home:

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I managed to save 38% (yes, I computed!) from the regular retail price of my Body Shop purchases by using my Body Shop Rewards and SM Advantage Cards.  Not in the picture are a few toys I bought at SM Department Store.  I found some cool Spiderman coin banks for only 50 pesos each and a one-of-a-kind doll house that opens up like a tool box.  I’m so tempted to get my little princess one for herself but promised hubby I won’t be getting the kids any new toys.  Oh, and SM Department Store also provides free gift wrapping to all shoppers so I have a few less gifts to wrap.

With these new purchases and the items I’ve bought and kept in our gift box throughout the year, our Christmas list is already halfway done.  However, this means I have to face my dreaded Christmas Rush crowd while shopping for the rest of those on our list.  Fortunately, my husband likes to shop and would be willing to do the shopping while I burrow in our cozy home.

KIDS CRAZE 2012: Go Crazy at this Christmas Warehouse Sale!

If, like me, you haven’t finished Christmas shopping yet, head over to KIDS CRAZE with your Christmas list and get toys, apparel, and other gift items at up to 80% off.    You’d go crazy with all the awesome items on sale and not on the additional expense that come with the season.  You not only get to save a hefty sum, you also get to bring smiles to children’s faces when you give them their fave toys.

Last year, we were able to get a Leap Reader for only Php 1,000 from this Christmas Warehouse Sale.  It normally costs around Php 4,000.  That’s just one of the many items we bought for less than half their prices.  I’m so looking forward to going their this weekend!  I wonder what great finds we’ll see this time.

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Kids Craze Christmas Warehouse Sale is at #34 Scout Torillo cor Scout Limbaga Quezon City and is open on Dec 7 – 9,  14 – 16, and 19 – 23 from 1 – 6pm on weekdays and Fridays and 9am – 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Find Kids Craze Alphaland Makati at Alphatents at 6/F Southgate Tower 2258 Chino Roces Avenue cor EDSA, Makati City. It’s located right beside the MRT Magallanes Station which makes it very convenient for commuters.  There’s also ample parking space available for those who’ll be bringing their own cars.

 

Now, if for some reason, you really, really, really can’t go to these two venues, you can still get your kids’ fave toys from Richwell by ordering them online at www.kidscompany.com.ph.  You not only get FREE SHIPPING for orders over Php2000 but can avail of 20% off your first order.  Now there’s no excuse not to get something awesome for those little children who’ve been nice all year round.

As for my two little kids who have been a little bit naughty but mostly nice,  here are some of the items on their list.  Sharing this just in case the ninongs and ninangs are reading this post. 😀

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Barbie 1.3mp Digicam for the little girl so she won’t have to borrow Mama’s boring camera.

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Oh yeah, all li’l girls love Barbie and mine is no exception. She also wishes that her Believix Fairy, Flora, can have a ‘friend’ and wants another Believix Fairy.

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Cicciobello Love and Care would be perfect when she wants to play “mommy”

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Boys will be boys…Jakei wants cars, cars, and cars.
Hotwheels wall tracks would be perfect for our small apartment.
He’ll also be thrilled with these Hot Wheels launchers and the Cars Transporter.

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Little boy likes Batman also…and Superman…and Spiderman…
Oh, OK, he likes all superheroes.
He’s Super Jak after all. 😛



ZOOBLES: Having a Poppin’ Time with Mama Zoobles and Baby Zoobling

A couple of weeks ago, we received a wonderful gift from Richwell, a box of cute Zoobles!  We have seen these cute collectibles in stores but have not bought one for the kids because they were still toddlers.  Jade is turning 4 though in a month’s time and Jakei has long stopped putting toys in his mouth so this is a perfect time to test the toy out.

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Clockwise from top left: Mama Zoobling Penelhoppy 386, Pancake Plush, Nursery Playset, Dazzle Doo, Dazzle Doo in package, Pop Art Rami 441

Zoobles is one of the hottest collectibles for kids because of their unique pop-open feature and cute designs. Each Zooble is different from one another from their colors to their Happitats. This year, the family grows with the Zoobles Mama and Baby collection. Even though the Zoobles are a bunch of magical creatures, they still need help as babies. The Zoobles Mama cares for her baby in fun ways. Each Zoobles baby is called a Zoobling and fits perfectly inside their Mama’s belly! Mama can care for her baby anywhere she rolls.

Each Zoobles Mama and Baby set comes with a unique Zoobling accessory such as a cradle or a baby walker with their little toys. It also comes with a magnetic pad, the Happitat, where Zoobles Mama pops open!

 

We received the Zoobles Teeter and Totter Collection which came with a Mama Zooble (Teeter #168), a Baby Zoobling (Totter), a Happitat magnetic pad, a baby walker, and two li’l baby accessories.

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Aside from the unique pop-open feature and their totally cute designs, we love the Zoobles because they are able to help our children develop varied skills.

    • Handling the tiny pieces develops fine motor skills.  Your little ones must have great control of their tiny fingers to place the Zoobling inside the Mama Zooble. The same goes for taking outof the Mama Zooble’s tummy and placing it in its walker.

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    • The pop-open features teach them about cause and effect.  My little daughter doesn’t try to pry open the balled up Mama Zooble anymore.  She now knows that she’ll pop out once she’s placed in her Happitat.  When she wants the Baby Zooble to walk, she also knows that all she needs to do is to press the tiny button on its head to make the feet and the ears pop out.

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    • Zoobles is among the many toys that encourages imaginative play.  Though she has since made up different stories about Teeter and Totter,  my four-year-old’s story several minutes after opening the box is most memorable for me: “So, there’s the Mama Zooble and you put her in the Happitat like that (motioning downward). Then she’ll go up like this, Pop!  Then the Baby Zoobling will be inside her tummy.  You put the Baby Zoobling in the…uhm, what’s that, Mama? The one that I had when I was a baby?  … You put the Baby Zoobling in the cradle and she’ll play there with her toys.  When she’s tired, Mama Zooble will put her back inside her tummy and they’ll sleep na.”

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One downside of playing with this Zoobles is that my little girl started asking why she couldn’t go back inside MY tummy again. LOL!  well, seeing how she likes playing with her Mama Zooble and Baby Zoobling,  I think I’m getting my little girl a Dazzle Doo for her birthday next month.  This one will cultivate her creativity as it will allow her to design and style her very own Zooble.

 

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Zoobles is exclusively distributed by Europlay Distributor Company, Inc. Available at all leading toy stores and department stores nationwide. For more information, call Europlay at telephone number 732-5141 to 47 loc 211. www.richwell.net

Richwell Trading Corporation is also the distributor of  Mattel Toys:  Barbie, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Polly Pocket,  Uno, Scrabble, Pictionary;  Mega Brands:    Mega Bloks,, Rose Art ;  V –Tech Toys;  Zoobles;  Oregon Scientific;   Chicco;   Shelcore;  Step 2; and Goodyear Tires Servitek

 


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Imaginarium: Building Castles and Dreams

We took our little ones to school today for their assessment for this coming school year.  Little Jade will be in Junior Preschool and little Jakei will still be in Toddler class.  I was actually hoping he’ll be in Nursery already but it seems that our little man just wants to play around.

Teacher Abby, the school directress, talked to hubby and I about how our little ones performed during the assessment.  Jade was commended for exhibiting skills advanced for her age.  Though Jakei was very playful, he was able to demonstrate skills at par with his developmental age.  Teacher Abby also noted that both kids had well-developed fine motor skills and was amazed that our three-year-old Jakei was able to build a tall tower with the small blocks.

This was nothing out of the ordinary for us though.  Our little ones have been building towers, bridges, and castles since they could sit without any help.  We have Mega Bloks, Smart Stacks, wooden puzzle blocks, and Imaginarium wooden blocks.

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The Imaginarium 75-piece wooden block set has been with the children for almost three years now and has withstood being thrown across the room in a terribly fit of tantrum, being submerged in water, and whatever else you can imagine two toddlers doing to their toys.  We absolutely love this toy not only because they some in both natural wood and painted in bright colors but also because they enable the kids to build structures and to imagine that they are in a different world.

All 75 pieces of blocks come in a tub with a plastic lid that doubles as a shape sorter which makes packing away equally fun.  The plastic lid isn’t that sturdy though so you may want to take extra care of it.  The blocks come in various shapes such as cylinders, cubes, rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, half cylinders and even archs.  Actually, I love the archs most as they look lovely on top of castles and can also be used to build bridges.

When Jakei was younger, he would have more fun toppling his sisters structures.  He has since outgrown this “destructive” stage and is now quite adept at building his own towers and buildings.

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Building blocks are must-haves for toddlers and preschoolers as they help develop hand-eye coordination and motor skills.  They also enhance children’s creativity and stirs their imagination.  If your child still has no building blocks in his toy chest, it’s about time you took a trip to the toystore to get him some.




Learning Teamwork and Developing Creativity Through Edmark Smart Cube

Electronic toys abound in toy stores nowadays.  Plenty claim to offer children hours of entertainment.  Some claim to be educational and would do wonders in improving children’s thinking abilities.  Although some are indeed very helpful in teaching some skills,  these toys are still quite expensive.  Add to that the costly batteries that need to be replaced often and you have a veritable money drain in your hands.

Another reason why we don’t usually buy electronic toys for our toddlers is that they seldom encourage imaginative play and are often meant to be played alone.  Puzzles, building blocks and even shape sorters on the other hand challenge children’s creativity and also encourage them to play together.  These types of toys are what my toddlers usually ask for during playtime.

One of their favorite toys is the Edmark Smart Cube which was given as a gift for Jade’s first birthday.  I once checked the store for its price and it costs only around 200 per set.   As for durability, we have been using our set for almost two years now.  It has withstood being thrown across the room, being smashed against the wall, being bitten by Jakei, and whatever else you could imagine a toddler doing with a toy.

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Jakei used to just throw the pieces around or smash whatever his Ate Jade has built.  But he has outgrown this destructive phase and can now create figures by himself.  I really love seeing them working together to build something.   They are now able to take turns putting the pieces together.