Monday, December 15, 2008

11-12 Year Old Girls Toys - Alex Toys Friendship Wheels

Alex Toys Friendship Wheels Bracelet KitI recently stumbled across Alex Toys Friendship Wheels while looking into the top 11-12 Year Old Girls Toys for 2008 and 2009.

The Alex Toys Friendship Wheels are a great choice as a gift for girls who have a creative bent or who are into design and young fashion.

The kit is a unique angle on the creation of these friendship bracelets, allowing girls to become fashionably creative with several different types of yarns, beads and patterns.

Alex Toys Friendship Wheels are perfect for girls to do in a group, or individually - and make a great "on the road" activity to stay occupied and entertained.

Here's another reason I really took notice of the Alex Toys Friendship Wheels - they're a great choice for an economical gift (around $14-$15) - if you're on a tight budget this year - as many people are - this can be an important point, but you won't sacrifice the quality of the gift in order to give a great one. =)

Recommended Shopping Resource - discount price (as of this writing) - Alex Toys Friendship @

Additional Resources:

>> 11-12 Year Old Girl Toys

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Toys for Girls 9 to 10 Years - Littlest Pet Shop VIP's

Littlest Pet Shop VIP PenguinLittlest Pet Shop VIP's comes in as one of the hottest Toys for Girls 9 to 10 years for 2008, and based on the rate of demand it appears that the popularity of these cute little big-eyed virtual and real life creatures will only go to higher heights in 2009.

Littlest Pet Shop VIP's have their own place with children in the real world, as well as having their own "secret entrance" to a very special virtual world all their own.

In this virtual world, kids who own these pets take care of them, feed them and play all kinds of games.

Sounds like fun, huh?

Similar to Webkinz pets, but these plush animals have a distinct appearance, and their online "VIP" (Virtual Interactive Pet) world is made especially for them.

Littlest Pet Shop VIP's are truly some of the most popular and loved Toys for Girls 9 to 10 Years and are guaranteed to bring real smiles and gobs of fun.

Shopping and Cost Info: Each Littlest Pet Shop VIP is priced a bit differently, and I expect that is due to their supply vs. demand - you should plan to pay between $15 to $30 per VIP.

Note: Here are a couple of places online to look for them - if the price is too high from one resource, give the other one a check:

>> Find Littlest Pet Shop VIP's @ Toys

>> Find Littlest Pet Shop VIP's on

All for now!!

Tonya B.


Helpful Links:

>> Toys for Girls 9-10 on Squidoo Shopping!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Baby Toys 0 to 2 Years - Best for 2008 and 2009

Gift with Lights in BackgroundI recently reviewed some of the best Baby Toys 0-2 Years, some of those reviews are right here on this blog, others are from articles, etc.

I thought it might be a good idea to give the entire list right here, so that it was convenient to check them all out - and make up your own mind!

With that thought - here is the list of Baby Toys 0 to 2 Years - Best for 2008 and 2009!

1. Kids Preferred Amazing BabyKids Preferred Amazing Baby Musical Instrument Set Musical Instrument Set - This is a great toy that can be used almost from the very start of a little one's life! It's recommended for babies 1 month and older, and has a very sweet assortment of musical instruments that are colorful and delight babies with their musical sounds and touches, all with safe soft edges and sturdy for plenty of play. Very nice choice for a baby gift, and the cost is around $25. A great place to get it:

>> Kids Preferred Amazing Baby Musical Instrument Set - Amazon Baby
Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube for Babies
2. Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube - Another musical toy for babies, this one has an introduction to musical education in mind, with musical Mozart sounds that can be mixed, it has safe rounded edges and is said to be a real breakthrough in musical toys for babies. Cost is between $20 and $30, you will likely pay less here:

>> Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube on Amazon

3. Leap Frog Learn and Groove Musical Table - Babies can playLeap Frog Learn and Groove Musical Table over 40 songs, with plenty of buttons to push, things to slide, lots of fun. It also has a unique aspect of having various different types of activities all on the same table that will be more interesting and educational as babies grow. The table legs can be removed for babies who are not yet ready to walk, and added to allow growing babies to stand at the table and play too. Recommended for babies 6 months to 3 years of age. With this toy, I recommend checking prices in a couple of different places:

>> LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table - Amazon

>> Leap Frog Learn and Groove Musical Table -

4. Baby Einstein Animal Exploration Tunnel - Crawl, explore andBaby Einstein Animal Exploration Tunnel learn with this great toy for babies. There are loops and toys that can be hooked onto the tunnel in various places, colors and pictures that stimulate the senses, mesh windows on the sides so that parents can interact with babies while they are playing in the tunnel. Recommended for babies of all ages. Best place to buy (my current favorite):

>> Baby Einstein Animal Exploration Tunnel on Amazon

5. K's Kids Ryan Activity Center - last but not least, this activityK's Kids Ryan Activity Center center has many many activities for babies to have a ball - and learn at the same time! Basically, it's a musical zebra with a detachable rocker so that babies can sit on the zebra. (Note - not intended for babies to sit on the zebra when it's attached to the rocker.)

>> K's Kids Ryan Activity Center on Amazon

Want more selection? Here is a great assortment of Baby Toys 0-2 Years:

>> Find MANY Great Baby Toys 0-2 Years on Baby

Hopefully, this list has been of some help to you in selecting the absolutely perfect toy or gift for a very special little one. =)

All for now -

Tonya B.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Top Toys for Girls 7-8 Years - Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker from Jakks Pacific

Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker from Jakks PacificThe Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker from Jakks Pacific is high on the list of Top Toys for Girls 7-8 years, for the holiday season of 2008 and probably will also "take the cake" in 2009.

This is a perfect toy for girls who love to bake, and also like to be creative. There are decorating tools included with the Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker, so the little gals can bake like mom - and add their own special touches too!

There are a few different mixes and other tools available with the Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker from Jakks Pacific - various kits are available, so it's a good idea to check all of the kits out to figure out which one fits best - and possibly save some money too, by not having to purchase the tools outside of the kits.

The best place I know of to buy them (currently with some great markdowns on their prices) is - check out the "Carousel" below - highlight over to see the product details for each one - it may take a moment or two to load...

If you know of a little girl who loves to be in the kitchen with mom, she will probably love this gift - it's an economical choice too.

Happy toy shopping!! =)

All for now -

Tonya B.


Helpful Links:

Find More Great Toys for Girls Age 7-8:
>> Visit the Top Toys for Girls 7-8 Page on Squidoo Shopping

Friday, December 5, 2008

Best Toys Girls 5-6 for 2008 - Great Choices This Year!

Little Girl 5 to 6 Years OldMy second post in a series of "best toys for girls" - the Best Toys - Girls 5-6 Years for 2008.

I had a lot of fun putting this list together this year - for this particular age group there really are some fantastic toys available and it seems like each year the toys just keep getting better and better for the little gals. :)

OK, without further adieu, here they are - the Best Toys - Girls 5-6 years for 2008 (and will also be great into 2009):

1. Fur Real Friends Biscuit My Lovin' Pup - Oh my, this little pupFur Real Friends Biscuit My Lovin' Pup is the closest thing I've seen to the real thing in a toy - ever. He's a sort of an "AI" toy - he responds to kids with gestures, little barks and follows commands quite obediently. (Well, okay, maybe he's not exactly like a real dog - ha!) At any rate, I checked around for good prices, and the best place I've found is eBay - there are some auctions where his price is coming in under his retail price ($200), sometimes by more than $60 less:

>> Click Here for all Fur Real Friends Biscuit My Lovin' Pup eBay auctions

2. High School Musical 3 Sing Together Dolls - These are character dolls from the HighHigh School Musical 3 Sing Together Doll Gabriella School Musical 3 film, with a unique twist - they can sing along with kids! A microphone comes with the doll, and when passed back and forth from the child to the doll, they actually can take turns singing to the same song. A great way for girls to sing with their favorite star (or stars) from the movie. At this point, there doesn't appear to be much opportunity for a huge discount on these dolls, but there are available for around $23 on Amazon:

>> Click Here for the High School Musical Sing Together Dolls on

3. Barbie and the Diamond Castle Dolls - Again, we have lead characters from a movie,Barbie and the Diamond Castle Doll Princess Alexa "Barbie and the Diamond Castle". These dolls are very special - and will be much loved by little girls who love Barbie. There are several characters from the movie available but the most popular ones are the two main characters, Princess Liana and Princess Alexa. The dresses are something very special - they actually transform from simple pretty dresses to elaborate and elegant princess dresses with the twist of a wrist. Fun! I've found these dolls for as little as around $12 each on Amazon - looks like the best deal:

>> Click Here for Barbie and the Diamond Castle Dolls on Amazon.comLittlest Pet Shop Collection of 10

4. Littlest Pet Shop Pet Collections - Littlest Pet Shop toys are very hot this year, but for the "Best Toys - Girls 5-6" list, it's the collections. These are the smaller versions of the adorable big-eyed toys, and are collectible for girls who love and play with them. Best deal - Amazon:

>> Click Here for Littlest Pet Shop Pet Collections on Amazon

5. Playskool/Hasbro Honeybee Hop Toys - OnePlayskool Hasbro Honeybee Hop Toy of the Best Toys for Girls 5-6, the Honeybee Hop has a beehive in the center that spins around a busy buzzing bee - the object of the game is to jump over the bee in order to miss it, and make sure you make each jump as the bee comes around! Best deal - Amazon (by a long shot!) - retail price is around $25, I found it for $10:

So - there you have it. The Best Toys - Girls 5-6 Years for 2008 (and into 2009).

Stay tuned! There will be many more girls toys posts to come for various ages. :)

All for now -

Tonya B.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Little Girls Toys 3-4 Years - Shopping in 2008

Little Girl about 3 years old in flowersIn 2008, shopping for Little Girls Toys 3-4 years became "just one year more fun". There are a good number of really great toys for girls in this age range, some are far more in demand than others.

Of all the great toys available for 3-4 year old girls, here are the Top 5 Little Girls Toys 3-4 years, guaranteed to satisfy that little lady (and at this writing, there are some really great deals available for them too):

#1 of the Little Girls Toys 3-4 Years - Elmo Live! This one is almost an "oh duh!". Elmo Live! is actually one of the top selling toys for this entire year period, and will likely top the charts again in 2009. I had to check it out for myself - really this is a pretty incredible Elmo, and makes the other Elmo versions "pale" a bit in comparison. He's quite lifelike and when little kids see him talk and act just like the real Elmo, they truly are delighted.

Where to get Elmo Live! for great deals:

>> Get Elmo Live! on Amazon Toys - almost 10% off retail price

>> Check out eBay auctions for Elmo Live!

#2 of the Little Girls Toys 3-4 Years - Vtech Kidizoom Digital Camera (Pink) - What a great toy! It's actually a kids' version of a very nice quality digital camera, with double-eye view for easier picture taking. It holds well in kids' hands, and the buttons are large and easy to control. Also - the camera comes with special software so that kids can edit their photos after they're taken, allowing for some extra creativity to "enter the picture". Very cool toy, and an awesome gift for a little one.

Where to get Vtech Kidizoom Digital Camera (Pink) for great deals:

>> Get more than 40% off Vtech Kidizoom Digital Camera in Pink @ Amazon

>> Check out eBay auctions for Vtech Kidizoom in Pink

#3 of the Little Girls Toys 3-4 Years - Calico Critters Family Dolls - Direct from Cloverleaf Corners come the Calico Critters Family Dolls! They are tiny, collectible dolls - very simple really. They have simple movable parts, and are some of the most darling little dolls I've ever seen. They have a number of different families to choose from, including the Norwood Mouse family (favorite), Dalmation Dog family and more.

Where to get Calico Critters Family Dolls for great deals:

>> Find Calico Critters Families on Amazon for discount prices

#4 of the Little Girls Toys 3-4 Years - Barbie and the Diamond Castle Dolls - These are definitely a favorite for little girls who love Barbie. The two most popular dolls are Princess Alexa and Princess Liana, and come right from the movie, "Barbie and the Diamond Castle". These dolls' dresses can transform to simple to "oh-my-elegant" with the turn of a knob, and there are other special features about them that make them irresistible for little girls.

Where to get Barbie and the Diamond Castle Dolls for great deals:

>> Get Barbie and the Diamond Castle Dolls for about 30% off @

#5 of the Little Girls Toys 3-4 Years - Hasbro Playskool Honeybee Hop - This is a fun little toy - there is a "beehive" in the center that spins around a rod with a little bumblebee on the end, to the tune of "Flight of the Bumblebee". The name of the game is "miss the bee!" - so kids hop, skip, jump and laugh with this one, and have a great time.

Where to get Hasbro Playskool Honeybee Hop for great deals:

>> Find Hasbro Playskool Honeybee Hop @ Amazon for discount prices

As always, I wish you happy shopping - have fun!

All for now -

Tonya B.


Additional Resources:

>> Little girls toys 3-4 years - on Squidoo Shopping!