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  • Outdoor Toy Guide 2023

    It's time to grab those toys and head OUTSIDE! We cannot get enough of this warm weather and we love soaking up all the vitamin D with our kiddos. We have curated 5 outdoor toy guides that are worth the hype. Each toy gets the Toy Testing Sisters stamp of approval. 1. Giant Splash Pad: This 11 foot splash pad will keep your kiddos cool all summer long. Great reviews and you can purchase from Costco which means if you have any issues they will take it back and replace it, no questions asked. 2. Bazooka Bubble Blaster: This has been all over the internet lately and for good reason. It is a fun bubble blaster that is great for all kiddos. 3. S'more Maker: This electric s'more kit from Amazon has so many good reviews and doesn't need FIRE to work! Perfect for summer nights outdoors. 4. Corn Hole: We love this corn hole set from Go Sports. The carrying case makes it super easy to transport and store. 5. Find & Seek Card Game: This indoor or outdoor card game is perfect for ages 3+ and is great for the whole family. Such a unique version of hide and seek to take outdoors. 6. Butterfly Garden: We have used this kit every year with our kiddos and each year they love it just as much. You get to watch the entire life cycle of the butterfly and release them into the wild. Such a fun/unique outdoor toy. 7. Walkie Talkies: So many 5 star Amazon reviews, we couldn't pass these up. Kids have so much fun using these with friends, or leave one home with a parent and get in touch with your kiddos while they explore the outdoors independently. 8. Skipidipi Ball: This is a new take on a very classic toy. This ball is soft and the rope makes it a lot less painful to hit against your ankle (we've been there). 9. Inflatable Pool: We couldn't get over this classic design from Target. Mini dip has hit the scene and taken over the last few years. Enjoy your mini pool in style. 10. Giant Jenga: Our family got this set last year and had a ton of fun with it. Building and knocking over the 5ft tower was so fun. This set is quality and will last years. 11. Glide Chrome Hoverboard with Bluetooth: This hoverboard is rugged! It’s awesome because it has Bluetooth and lights up! We recommend for 5+. Always make sure your kids wear a helmet when riding. Charlie loves to use his apple watch and connect it to the Bluetooth! He can cruise and jam at the same time. 12. Bullseye Balance Ball Inflatable Platform: We love when a toy is great for many ages! You can select your thrill level by balancing on the platform or jumping and climbing on the inflatable ball. It inflates in minutes and you can easily store in a Rubbermaid. (Search keyword: BULLSEYE) 13. Kids Electric Scooter: There are many scooters on the market! This is durable and has great stats. We recommend ages 4-8. It can go up to 3 miles between charges and has a speed of 6mph. 14. Wingman Frisbee: You can throw this up to 130ft! It's soft, flexible, and has cool designs to pick from. Easily keep in your car or beach bag for ready to use fun! 15. 3-in-1 Adjustable 3 Square: This is a super-sized 3-square and it's a blast for the entire family! If includes favs like volleyball, bad mitten, and tennis! It’s easy to set up and take down! This is a family fav at Mandy's house. (Search: 3-in-1 Adjustable 3 Square) 16. Pump and Splash Shady Oasis: So much entertainment packed into this activity center. Kids will love all of the different water centers and they can stay cool with the canopy! Toddlers and big kids will enjoy all of the water fun! 17. Airlyft: You probably haven’t seen this outdoor toy before! The airlyft can glide up to 100ft by throwing in the air. Either throw like a football or by it’s tail. We recommend 6+. 18. Handmade Mud Table: This is a collapsible mud table and you can actually use inside or outside! What’s great about this company is you can customize your table! Pick the size, accessories, and counter space requirements. We haven't see any other mud tables like this on the market. 19. Moon Shoes: Did you have these growing up? If not, think of moon shoes as mini trampolines on your feet. You can easily lose balance so make sure to wear a helmet. 20. Spyder Swing: Great for a swing set or tree! It can hold multiple kids and has a weight capacity of 600lbs! Luella and Olina love using this swing on their swing set or install some ceiling hooks and take it inside. 21.Wonderwave: Ride the wave by rocking back and forth! It can be enjoyed by 4 friends and the weight capacity is 500lbs. Love that you can rock or relax on this toy! (Search keyword: WONDERWAVE) 22. Big Wheel Scooter: This scooter from Walmart is the best for big kids and adults. It holds up to 220 lbs. and is perfect to zip around the neighborhood. Plus the price is KILLER! 23. Frisbee: One of our favorite frisbees from Amazon is on sale and is perfect to throw in the car and take to the park. It is lightweight and SOARS. 24. Erasable Book: Doodle books for outside are so much fun. Kids can use for scavenger hunts, bird/tree/and flower categorizing, and creating art. This chalk is dust-less wipes off. 25. Gel Blaster: These gel blasters are all the rage. Just make sure that you play in an area where little kids aren't around. Because it uses gel balls, there is a choking risk. Always wear protective eye gear too. 26. Excavator Ride On: This toy is perfect for any little construction worker. Sit and steer your bucket into dirt, sand, or rocks. So many good reviews and so much fun. 27. Jungle Jumparoo SPRINKLER Attachment: Turret Sprinkler with 5 Water Patterns is a great add-on option for the Jungle Jumparoo! This is the perfect way to beat the summer heat. 28. Jungle Jumparoo: This toy is on our staple list and for good reason. It is the perfect indoor or outdoor toy and can be used for SO many ages. Add the sprinkler attachment on top and this toy is sure to thrill this summer. 29. Swurfer Swing: Any kid or adult can use this swing and surf away. A very unique and fun take on the traditional swing. 30. Bijou Build Mainstay: We Swoon over this one! This tepee is beautiful. It sets up in less than one hour and is full collapsible. It can be used as a jungle gym and lounge. It even comes with solar lights. (Search: Bijou Build Mainstay) 31. Electric Scooter: This electric scooter from Razor has so many great reviews and is perfect for teens or even adults. Holds up to 220 lbs. and has great battery life. As you can see, it's designed to mimic the look of the traditional Razor scooter. 32. Boomabandz: Every time we bring this toy around people stop us and ask where it came from. It's essentially a stretchy slingshot and we always end up laughing and having a great time maneuvering from side to side. 33. Dune Buggy: Who wouldn't have a blast riding this? It can go up to 9mph and can hold a charge up to 40min. It has a weight capacity of 120 lbs. It's recommended for ages 8+ but Mandy's nephew who is 4 can handle it! 34. Moon Ball: This is addictive! Not sure what it is, but the sensory experience of throwing and catching is awesome! It comes in a bunch of fun colors too. Because it is made of zero gravity foam, it bounces really high. 35. Bubble Blaster: Most bubble guns are junk! This one is under $5 and has a great life expectancy. 36. Quick Switch Bow: You can fire up to 250ft with this bow. It comes with two bungees for rapid fire. It's recommend for 14+ but Charlie (7) had no problem using. 37. Refillable Water Balloons: These recently hit the market and they are awesome! You fill with water and the magnetic ring keeps it closed until it impacts something. 38. Balance Bike: We love this toddler balance bike. This is perfect for little kiddos just learning how to balance and steer. This one from Amazon has so many great reviews and can be used from ages 12-24 months. 39. Ultimate Learning Center: We love everything from Creative Learning Co. and this is their latest product! Ashely, the founder, designed a learning table and it can be used indoors and outdoors! This table is great for water, sand, mud, and all sensory play. 40. Climbing Wave: It's unique because most climbers are dome shaped. This one is a fun challenge because it offers more vertical climbing space. 41. Water Doll: Most dolls aren't designed for the water but this one is! It can be used in the pool, ocean, lake, and bath! It also has a soft body which is unique. It dries easily too. 42. Rocking Hammock: This massive 2-in-1 kids' hammock rocker has more than enough space for two kids to rock back and forth in giant wave-like motions. It's awesome for rocking or lounging and can hold up to 300lbs. (Search keyword: ROCKING HAMMOCK) 43. Inflatable Water Slide: We promise that investing in a water inflatable will be a massive hit and it will keep your kids entertained all summer long. Mandy purchased her first H20GO slide 3 years ago and it has been enjoyed by so many kids! This slide includes a blower! 44. Outdoor Zip Line: This zip line kit from Fofana Ninja turns two sturdy trees into a zip line adventure. Bring it to the park or install in your backyard for hours of outdoor fun. 45. Mud Kitchen: This mud kitchen from Wood n Poppy will last your family for YEARS and your kids will play with it non stop. Higher price point, but we think the quality is unmatched. 46. Play Smol Bounce House: We love this toy and the quality! Bring it outside and your kids will have fun bouncing the days away. Use our code TOYTESTINGSISTERS for $30 off your purchase at checkout. 47. Watering Can Set: We love anything from Green Toys but this set is perfect for a little gardener who loves to be outside. 48. Nighthawk: Anytime we share about this toys we get flooded with messages. It is such a unique ride on toy and so much fun for the littles to zip around the neighborhood on. You balance by tilting side to side. We recommend ages 3-11. 49. Inflatable Water Slide: We aren't huge fans of water slides that don't inflate. We find that they end up trashing the lawn and usually rip. This one is awesome because the price point is as much as an inflatable water zone and it includes a blower. 50. Rain Showers Splash Tub: Water tables are so awesome for summer. Especially for kids 1-4. Step2 recently designed a new line of toys under their signature collection and their water table got a beautiful upgrade. We love the metal basin design and faux wood. It is a Target exclusive. 51 Fox Tail: This foxtail is perfect for outdoor, open field play. Throw it in your beach bag or park bag and watch your kiddos play catch together in a fun and unique way. 52. Critter Catcher: What kid doesn't love catching bugs and getting messy? This critter catcher is perfect to temporarily store those outdoor critters. 53. Roller Coaster: This roller coaster is so much fun for little kids to gain a little independence and enjoy a thrilling ride. Built out of a strong plastic material this outdoor toy has lasted us both years. 54. Outdoor Tea Set: This tea set is from Green Toys and is the best quality and is perfect for indoor or outdoor play. The set is easy to clean and built to last. 55. Globber Scooter: This 3 wheel scooter is our favorite if you're looking for something that is going to LAST. Our kids have used these for 5+ years and they can be handed down. We love these tilt scooters and know you will too.

  • Eggcellent Easter Guides for 2023

    With Easter quickly approaching, we wanted to offer you some NON candy ideas to fill your little one's baskets this year. All of these toys are tried and true and get the Toy Testing Sisters stamp of approval. We tried to stick with items under the $25 price range and love selecting a few to add to our kids baskets that won't break the first day and will be used throughout the year. "Hoppy" Shopping! Cuddle and Kind Minis: Worth the splurge and the minis are great for small hands to love and cuddle. This new line includes so many animals to pick from. Spinner by Fat Brain: Whenever we go to a party, this is the item we always grab! It’s a hit for babies up to 3 year olds! Kids love watching the discs spin down! Puzzle by Lovevery: This simple puzzle is great for fine motor skills and the knobs make it easy for them to grab. Rainbow: Silicon stackers are great because littles love to put in their mouth! They can chew and enjoy stacking! Mini Silks by Sarah's Silks: Sarah’s silks offers mini silks! We love to put in a tissue box so they can pull out! They are also great to keep in the car seat! Dimpl Popper by Fat Brain Toys: Another fan fav here! This is great to keep in the diaper bag and car! Littles love to press the dimples and the colors are bright! Bunny by Jelly Cat: If you are looking for the softest stuffy, jelly cat is the only company we have found! Perfect size for babies too! Grab this one fast! The bunnies won’t last. Innybin by Fat Brain Toys: This shape sorter is a hit! Littles can push and pull the shakes out of the box. The stretchy bands offer some resistance but fun at the same time. Beaded Raindrops by Hape: We love this rattle from Hape. Your baby will be mesmerized watching the beads go back and forth. Soft Fruit Basket by Melissa and Doug: Great for throwing, sucking, and playing! This set it excellent for babies because they can squish and easily pick up. Baby Stella Doll: We are constantly recommending this soft baby doll. She has a magnetic pacifier which our kids LOVE and you can purchase accessories for her to go along. Manhattan Toy Rattle: This baby rattle is a favorite of all of our kids. It is easy to grasp and can be thrown in the freezer for a teething baby. Amazon PJ's: These Amazon Pajamas cannot be beat! The quality is unreal for the price. The fabric is a buttery smooth, stretchy material that doesn't wrinkle or fade. You'll thank us for these! Comes in sizes 6mo-12yr. Beach Toys: These toys can be used at the splash pad, pool, or the beach. We love the collapsable bucket for easy storage. Jelly Sucker Toys: These toys are so addicting to use. They stick to any smooth surface and are the perfect size for little ones to grab. Aqua Brush by Kanga Toys: We love these religious themed “water wow” books! This one is the New Testament. These are great for church, car, and travel! Calico Critters: Our girls love their Calico Critters! This bunny set is perfect for Easter! Calico Critters are great for so many “doll house” set ups! Princess Art Kit by Melissa and Doug: This draw and create art set is awesome because the case keeps everything contained! It includes a white board, supplies, magnets, and a booklet with how to draw and learning games. Rainbow Playsilk by Sarah's Silks: If you don’t have silks, now is the time! They are perfect for dress-up and imaginative/open-ended play! There are so many sizes, colors, and designs to pick from. Baby Stella by Manhattan Toys: Baby Stella is the perfect starter doll! She she is soft and the magnetic binky is a win! This line of dolls is awesome because they have darling clothing and accessories. Makeup by Plan Toys: Mess-free makeup for the win! This set is darling and excdellent for pretend makeup play on kids, dolls, and stuffed animals. Zingo: Our favorite family game for littles! This is one of our favs because everyone can play! It’s like bingo with a zing—it will be a hit. Watering Can by Green Toys: Spring is coming so get ready for some dirt digging and mud play! This garden set from Green Toys is excellent quality and perfect for exploring fun! Egg Puzzle by Driddle for Little: These color and shape sorting eggs are great for fine motor skills, color recognition, and shape identification. They come in a cute egg carton too! You can also cook these up in the play kitchen! Easter Book by Babylit: Babylit has the cutest alphabet Easter book! This is great for learning letters and it’s all associated with Easter. Stuffies from Cuddle and Kind: Yes, they are worth the splurge! Caroline sleeps with her two stuffies every night! They are beautifully crafted and will be loved! Dough from MackidsKit: This dough is bright and excellent for sensory play! We love this dough shop because of the quality and long-lasting shelf-life. Hedgehog by Learning Resources: Littles can learn their 50 first words while improving fine motor skills. This is one of our favorite educational toys. Alphabet Tracing Board by Creative Learning Co: If you love inserts, this letter insert is awesome for practicing letter tracing! You can do so many fun activities like incorporating color, small world objects, and books! Chalk Crayons: These are our favorite art medium! They don’t leave chalk residue and can be used on pretty much any art surface! Swords by Formidable Toys: I never thought sword fighting would be such a good workout! These swords are beyond cool and mix movement and imaginative play! You can even customize the different pieces of your sword. Save 10% with code TOYTESTINGSISTERS Paint by Stickers: These sticker books are always a fan favorite! They are great for keeping kids busy and perfect for church and trips! Lava Lamp: Lava lamps have made their comeback! We love the rainbow design with this one but there are tons of color options out there! These also make for great nightlights! Tech Deck: Another toy come back with tech deck. Charlie loves using these and they are perfect for older boys. It’s also a great fidget toy to keep hands busy. The Magnificent Book of Dangerous Animals: Charlie’s grandparents gave him this book for Vday! It’s an easy read and includes really cool facts about the most dangerous animals on earth. Car Puzzle by Ravensburger: We have tested many of these 3D puzzles! They are awesome because you can display when finished! If your kid loves to build, this is a fun challenge. 3D Pen: Your kids can create 3D art with this pen! It includes the filament and a stencil book! Kids can get so creative with this and the price point is low! Skull King by Grandpa Becks: This game is a little advanced but it’s no a total blast! We would recommend for kid’s 7+! If you have a kid who loves strategy, they can start playing at a younger age. Save 15% with code TOYTESTINGSISTERS Pod swing: Create a lounge space in your kid’s room with a pod swing! Kids can read, relax, and do homework in their swing. Kraken by Hex Bug: This remote controlled hex bug is creepy but so soothing at the same time! It crawls across the floor with ease and charges easily! NFL Flags: Charlie has become a huge NFL fan. He used these flags in so many ways—conferences, rankings, and games. These are perfect for any sports fan. Two Bros Bows: This bow set is awesome because the arrows shoot far and are soft! You do need strength to shoot so we recommend 5+! This is a great outdoor toy and something we always grab for bday parties! Paper Airplanes: Who doesn’t love a good paper airplane? Santa brought this to Charlie and it was put to good use! This set comes with folding instructions for creating some cool planes! Brain Teaser Logic by LittleAge: This brain teaser puzzle is a blast and can grow with your kids. We would recommend the beginner level start at age 5. The goal of the puzzle is to create the images from the object puzzle pieces provided. Coloring with Clay by Faber Castell: Clay is always a hit and this set is cool because it includes the sensory experience of clay. The kit includes animal canvases and all the clay you need to create your artwork! Live Butterfly Garden: This butterfly garden contains live caterpillars for your little one to watch and help grow. It comes with everything you need to help them thrive, and even instructions to help with the release process. We have used this kit and love it! Water bottle: These water bottles are the off brand of the Stanley cups but we like them MORE! They keep water cold and the stainless steel material is easy to clean and safe for kids to drink from. Smiley Slippers: These slippers are a total hit for the "big" kids! They are comfortable and more than cute. Pierced Co. Earrings: This company makes our FAVORITE earrings. They have screw on backs which means they can be slept in and worn all day and night. They are also perfect for sensitive ears. Use code: TOYTESTINGSISTERS at checkout for 20% offf your purchase! Letter Tracer: These tracers are fun and addictive. Let your kids practice letters or use play-doh to fill in the impressions. Telephone Bag: This bag literally turns your cellphone into a portable phone! It includes a plug that can be connected to a phone which means you can actually take calls right from the BAG. Aaron's Thinking Putty: This putty is our favorite and for good reason. It has the best texture, scents, and the quality is great. This 4 pack would be perfect to buy and split up into multiple baskets. Brain Flakes: 500 brain flakes to keep your kids building and creating. These are the perfect stem toy that can be used all the way into adulthood. Thready Box: This is a sewing subscription box that we have fallen in love with. It includes everything you need to complete basic sewing crafts at home. This kit comes in both a kid and teen version. Brain Teaser Game: Mandy has a 5 and 7 yr old that play this game non stop. It is essentially a matching/puzzle game. They cannot get enough of it, and the quality is excellent. Hatching Unicorn: Over 11K 5 star reviews on Amazon. This is a unicorn hatching toy that you submerge in water and watch come to life before your very eyes. Piggie Paints Nail Polish: The only nail polish you should use! It's as clean and safe as mud. You won't be worried about any of the ingredients and it smells DELICIOUS. Unicorn Horn Chalk: No kid is too big for chalk, especially UNICORN chalk. This 3 pack is so cute and gives you a chance to help get your kids outside. Necklace Kit: This kit from Melissa and Doug comes with everything you need to make multiple necklace creations. The strings have a hard tip which makes lacing the beads a breeze. The "Stuff" Bag: This toiletry bag is a "dupe" for the Lucky Clover brand but for a fraction of the cost. The quality is excellent and it's the prefect item for loose toys, pencils, or makeup. Bath Toys: Playmobil launched a line of bath toys and we are dying! They are so cute and can come apart for and easy wash. Peter Rabbit Tonies: If you own a Tonie Box then this toy is for you! The perfect story for Easter has to be Peter Rabbit. Bubble Blaster: This bubble blaster is from Walmart and we LOVE it. Load it up with whatever bubble solution you have lying around the house and your kids will go crazy having "bubble wars". Tilt Scooter: This scooter is the BEST gift for littles. The tilting motion is a lot easier for them to master than the traditional turn scooter. This one from Amazon doesn't break the bank and has gone through all of our kids. Shark Helmet: We know safety comes first but why not make it fun? This shark helmet has tons of good reviews and is just SO CUTE! The exact one pictured is out of stock so we linked a similar one that might even be cooler. Teeter POPper Rocker: This toy is similar to the wobble board but makes the funnest popping noises as it suctions on and off the ground. It does need to be used on a smooth surface but is so much fun. Spin Copter: These toys are small but mighty. They can soar up to 150 ft. and have a built in LED light that makes them even more fun to use at night. Spot It: If you haven't tried out this game it's not too late. It is an all time favorite of our families and is easy for every member of the family to play. Lacing Cards: This lace and trace set from Melissa and Doug is the perfect toy to work on hand eye coordination and all those fine motor skills. Watch your kids be instantly mesmerized by this simple toy. Animal TOOBs: These figurings come in these plastic tubes and can be easily taken on the go or used in a sensory table. We love the quality and size from Safari LDT. Wonder Stix: Our favorite art medium. These chalk sticks can be used almost anywhere! They are washable and glide so easily for the perfect application. Star Skytail: This skytail is from Sarah's Silks which means the quality cannot be beat. Made out of 100% mulberry silk it is soft, beautiful, and so much fun to throw. Amazon PJ's: These Amazon Pajamas cannot be beat! The quality is unreal for the price. The fabric is a buttery smooth, stretchy material that doesn't wrinkle or fade. You'll thank us for these! Comes in sizes 6mo-12yr. Wee Baby Fella Doll: This baby doll is so soft and perfect for any future mommy or daddy! The magnetic binky makes it so entertaining for kids to snap on and off the mouth. Suction Toys: These are a knock off squigz but still so good! They come in a mini egg which makes them the perfect toy for Easter.

  • Ultimate St. Patrick's Day Toy Gift Guide

    We love celebrating St. Patrick's Day in our homes. Growing up, our mother went all out for holidays. For St. Patrick's Day, the leprechauns would come to our house and cause mischief. They would turn the water green, hang our underwear from the ceiling, and leave chocolate gold pieces and skittles in odd areas. Now that we have littles, our mom plans a leprechaun hunt every year. We head to the fields and start looking. She typically throws rainbow candy and gold pieces in the area for the kids to find while they are searching for the leprechauns. We have added onto these fun traditions by having our kids make leprechaun traps. Our kids get creative and have made some unique traps with Legos and magnetic tiles. They also go on a hunt to find the leprechaun's pot of gold. When they find the pot, it's filled with candy and green/rainbow themed games and toys. Mel and I have spent hours and hours curating some awesome gift ideas to add to your pot of gold! St.Patrick's Day Toy Gift Guide 1. Rainbow Stacker: Great for babies working on hand eye coordination. Plus, Melissa and Doug quality is excellent. 2. Clay Beads Bracelet Making Kit: This kit comes with a huge selection of colors and it prefect for making bracelets for friends and family. 3. Sarah's Silks Rainbow Giant Playsilk: Huge favorite at our house. Kids can get super creative with a rainbow playsilk. 4. Rainbow Pop It Purse :Such a fun idea to incorporate a pop it with a kids purse. Entertainment on the go! 5. Stacking Crayons: Set comes with 12 stacking crayons, each crayon has 12 colors. 6. Super Needoh: You know we can't stop collecting. Grab neon green. If you are local to Utah, head to Teton Toys to purchase and save 10% when you say you're following us. 7. Berenstain Bears' St. Patrick's Day: Classic book for enjoying the St. Patrick's Day season. 8. How to Catch a Leprechaun: The guide book for catching those tricky leprechauns. 9. Speks Mini Magnets in Rainbow: We love our speks set. You could even tell your kids they are mini leprechaun legos. 10. Rainbow Unicorn Squishmallow: We all know these are all the rage. Absolutely, obsessed with the rainbow hair! 11. Pipa Glo Pal: Spice up bath time with Go Pals. Green Pipa is perfect for a St. Patty's bath. 12. Classic Green Lego: Quick set that is great for kids getting started with LEGO. Ages 4+. 13. St. Patrick's Day Pop It: Add this Shamrock pop it to your fidget collection. 14. Rainbow Unicorn Stuffed Animal Set: Caroline got this set for Valentine's Day. The rainbow purse is full of small unicorn stuffies. 15. Rainbow Xylophone: Let your little make beautiful music with the rainbow xylophone. 16. Driddle for Little Rainbow Counting Bears: We own these counting bears and they are an excellent color recognition and math learning toy. 17. Rainbow dough and sensory kit: This kit is full of all things rainbow fun! Perfect for the holiday and sensory play. 18. Green Kids Purse: Caroline would go nuts to get this green kids purse. So fun for holding makeup, snacks, and small toys. 19. Chalk Crayons: Our favorite art medium right here! They work on pretty much any surface and don't leave residue. Perfect for creating rainbow art. 20. Rainbow Gummy Lab Kit: Make your own gummies with this rainbow gummy lab. The leprechauns left this last year for Charlie and Caroline. 21. Green Toys Recycling Truck: Perfect green toy for the truck/car lover. The brand Green Toys is also eco-friendly. 22. Maple + Lark Basket Bundle: This company is known for their rainbow baskets. The primary color set is a perfect bundle to start with. 23. Goosebumps Shop ADULT Swaddle: Imagine a baby swaddle...but ADULT SIZED! Use code MOBILE15 for 15% off your order! 24. 40 Crayola Washable Markers: Love that this set comes with 40 markers. Your kids will enjoy creating art with so many color options. 25. Rainbow slippers: Perfect gift to surprise a teen on St. Patricks Day! Big kids like being spoiled too. 26. Rainbow Sunglasses: Level up your toddler's look with these rainbow sunnies—obsessed. 27. Melting Rainbow Bath Bomb: These bath bombs start out white and leave a trail of rainbow as they melt in the warm bath. 28. Sarah's Silks Rainbow Streamer: This rainbow streamer is so fun to twirl around the room. 29. Lush Rainbow Bath Bomb: If you aren't buying Lush are you even living? Their rainbow bath bomb/bar smells amazing. Rainbow Sunglasses Level up your toddler's look with these rainbow sunnies—obsessed.

  • Valentine's Day Toy Guide

    We are big believers of quality of quantity. Also, we want the items entering your home to have purpose and not just end up in the trash. We have curated an awesome list of toys for you to create a cute V-day set up or Love basket for your kids. This guide is not age or gender specific. We selected items that are a good fit for multiple ages and interests. Butterfly Fairy Play Silk by Sarah's Silks: We are dead with this new printed Sarah's Silk. It's $14 and excellent for so much open-ended play. Love Potion by Little Lark: Let your little create some potion fun! Our kids love these potions. Perfect for indoor sensory play during these colder months and a pouch is $12. GloPals sold by Bubbles and Joy: These are water activated squares that turn bath time into a blast. You can even add to a sensory water table. Grab for $10. Red Creator Lego: Perfect size for a small LEGO build. Mandy's has this set and it's a great starter LEGO for little kids. Price is $13 on Amazon. Butterfly Steamer by Sarah's Silks: Your kids will love spinning and twirling with this purple steamer! It's $14 and will get tons of use. Paintable Chalk by Let's Talk Chalk: If you kid loves art, this is a fun project for them. This kit comes with everything you need to paint your own chalk for $6. Jewelry Kit by Melissa and Doug: The size of these beads makes it easy for younger kids to create without help from parents. You can snag for $15 from Amazon. Valentine's Day Fine Motor Board by Creative Learning Co: This versitile fine motor board is filled with fun accessories and unique ways to play. It's $50 but the amount of use you get out of this toy is incredible. Hello Sugar House V-Day Bundle: If you don’t have a Sugarhouse yet, and you love the pinks and purples, this is the bundle you’ll want to snag! $70 and the quality is unbeatable. Pink Twirl Dress by Little Adventure Dress-Ups: These are our favorite dress-ups. They wash so well and are comfy for kids. This doubles and a dress and dress-up for $35. Gumball Machine Tray by Three Letter Words by Katie: This resin gum ball machine is $30 and would make the perfect addition for a fun sensory play station. Valentine Earrings by Pierced Co.: Our favorite earrings right here! They have twist-on backs and they won't hurt your kid's ears. Save 20% with code TOYTESTINGSISTERS. This includes subscriptions too. Chrystal Needoh by Schylling: Love these for your older kid. They are the perfect fidget toy for $16. Voss Arch Sword by Formidable Toys: These foam swords are insane! You can customize your sword and get creative by switching out the grip, cross guard, and blade. This one is $55 but the quality is excellent and this will get used. Resin Paintables by CharsJars: Perfect for paint for chalk crayons. When kids are done, just wash and start over. You get 6 different objects for $35. Floral Scented Dough by MACkidskit: How beautiful are these floral doughs? These smell amazing and the quality is great. You can snag these for $19. Affirmation Hearts by CharsJars: Perfect hearts to add to your sensory play set up. So many unique ways to play with these. They are priced at $30 which is a steal. Love Potion Board by Creative Learning Co.: Every kid loves potion play and this insert is themed for a love potion holiday. When V-day is over, you can continue to use for potion and wet play. This insert is $55. Jixelz by Fat Brain Toys: These love robots are really fun! You can build directly onto a pattern. We would recommend at least 6+ for this one and make sure your kid likes to focus on these types of builds. Grab for $10. Affirmation Fries by Three Letter Words by Katie: These would be so cute on a desk or vanity. This set is $25. Red Dragon Cloak by Little Adventure Dress-Ups: Like we mentioned before, this is our favorite dress-up company. This is priced at $33 and they have so many options. Jewelry Kit by Pretty Life Girls: These sister duo makes the cutest DIY sets. We have this set at love! It's only $20. They have so many options on their site. Bubble Whoosh sold by Bubbles and Joy: Make bath time fun, colorful, and smell amazing! This product is safe and it's $17. Magnetic Valentine Sensory Tray by Kailey Belle Designs: These magnetic sensory trays are great for keeping kids busy! We loved the Christmas trays they did. Price point is great too at $15. Purple Aaron's Thinking Putty: This isn't slime but can cause problems if its smashed into carpet so we recommend supervising! Putty is excellent for soothing and relaxing. Perfect for teens! Price is $15.

  • 2022 Stocking Stuffers for the Holidays

    This year we had the best time working with Teton Toys to develop an incredible list of stocking stuffer ideas for your kids. Stocking stuffers are a fun addition, but sometimes we can find ourselves running to the dollar store or Target dollar section and filling with items that will just end up in the trash. We love our list because these items are tested and will actually get used. 80% of the toys on this list are below $25 and can be purchased at Teton Toys. Remember, when you shop at Teton Toys, you save 10% if you mention Toy Testing Sisters. Instead of buying a bunch of stocking stuffer items, find a few on this list and call it good! We promise this will make the de-junking process after the holidays so much easier. If you haven't checked out our holiday toys guides, see below for easy access! Shop All Ages: 0-2 2-4 5-7 8-10 Teens Staple Toys Sensory Inserts and Accessories Temporary Tattoos by Melissa and Doug Tenzi Earrings from Pierced and Co. Stuffed animals by Cuddle and Kind Kinetic Sand Resin Letters by Three Letter Words by Katie Needoh Globs Pokemon Cards Aaron's Thinking Putty Space felt pack by Leo Mat Tangle Dough by Doughsie Dough PlusPlus Tila Bead Bracelets by Libbies Bracelets Sensory Balls by Fat Brain Toys Magic Mixies Mixlings Aqua Beads Dino by Schleich Classic Mini Lego Color Reveal Barbie Calico Critters Bears and Bees by Grandpa Beck Games (save 15% with code TOYTESTINGSISTERS) Play Foam Water Wow by Melissa and Doug Magnetic Tablet 3D Puzzle by Ravensburger Sensory Rings by Fat Brain Toys Magnetic Building by Clixo Acrylic Blocks by Hello Sugar House Tech Deck

  • Our Favorite Inserts and Accessories: Holiday Edition

    You may have noticed that we didn't include our favorite inserts and accessories on our holiday toy guides. We decided we need a separate guide because all of these goodies can be enjoyed by so many ages! If you haven't invested in a sensory table and plastic bins, we recommend the the following: -Ikea (often out of stock) -Creative Learning Co. (should be fully stocked Q1 2023) -Button and Bug Shop All Ages: 0-2 2-4 5-7 8-10 Teens Staple Toys 1. Art Easel: We love our art easel from Creative Learning Co. This insert has so much functionality. It includes pre-drilled holes for markers and has spots for paint containers. The acrylic is so fun for kids to paint on. Since it’s double-sided, two kids can enjoy at the same time. Mandy’s kids even put the boards flat on the table and paint or use chalk crayons on them. 2. Wooden Montessori Kit: Every sensory table needs a set of wooden bowls, lids, plates, and spoons. Kids will use these when playing with a variety of filler mediums. We love using wooden sets with rice, beans, corn, chickpeas, and sand. 3. Acrylic Letters: Acrylic letters are so much fun to use on a light board or to hide in a sensory table and let kids dig out. This set is from Creative Learning Co. You can create so many fun activities with acrylic letters. 4. Potion board: This potion insert from Creative Learning Co is a best seller and fan favorite for us! Kids love to pour their potions with these fun test tubes! We love filling with vinegar and baking soda! We even use food coloring and our kids go nuts! This insert is a must-have! 5. Potions: Little Lark makes potion creation easy with their pre-made potions. The potions are bio-degradable and are themed with positive affirmations! These potions are a total blast and don’t include artificial dyes or fragrances. 6. Cup board: If you can’t tell by now, we love Creative Learning Co! Thir cupboard is perfect for so many activities! Cups can hold small parts, tools, accessories, art supplies, dough, and so much more! If you are new to inserts, start with the potion and cup board. 7. Dough Kit: Dough just got a facelift! Mac Kids Kits has developed amazing dough themed kits! We love dough kits because they combine sensory and imaginative play. We were blown away with the perfectly curated accessories selected for each themed kit. 8. Resin Letter: CharsJars creates incredible resin toys! We are always blown away with what she comes up with! We highly recommend grabbing her resin letter set! Be sure to give her a follow because she is continually releasing new resin products! 9. Dough: Throw out Play Doh and get yourself some Doughsie Dough! These doughs are all natural and are amazing to the touch. Doughs are perfect for sensory play! Stock up on these! We promise you won’t be disappointed. 10. Resin Learning Kit: This sensory learning box is from Busy Littles! It includes so many different resin pieces, upper and lower case letters, numbers, shapes, learning cards, etc. There are so many ways you can use this learning box. 11. Pom Pom Push: This pom pom push, from Button and Bug, is my 2-year old's favorite sensory insert. Buy a bag of poms from your local craft store and watch in amazement as your little one size sorts with this acrylic board. 12. Kinetic Sand: Kinetic sand is one of our favorite sensory fillers. It's a little messy but easy to vacuum up and keep stored. It doesn't dry out like play-doh which means it lasts a lot longer! 13. Market Sensory Kit: Busy Littles has created an awesome market sensory kit that includes fruits, veggies, market cards, and accessories. This is a great kit to use in sensory play! 14. Letter Board: Pair your resin letters with this wooden letter board from the, Creative Learning Company. Perfect way to introduce your child to the alphabet in a unique and memorable way. 15. Mirror Board Insert: This mirrored insert is actually really unique! It can also be used for a wide variety of ages. Use it for tummy time with your little one on the ground, then use it as reflection and matching practice with your older child. This insert is from Creative Learning Co. 16. GIANT water beads: Our kids think this giant water beads are pure magic. You place them in water and they grow into giant, jelly, jiggling water beads. They bounce and are fun to touch. We recommend playing with these outside. 17. Assorted Poms: We love pom poms as a sensory medium. They can be used to sort colors, sizes, and are soft to the touch. Grab a bag of these at your local craft store or on Amazon! 18. Dream Sand: We have just recently been introduced to dream sand and it's addicting. It's like a soft, gritty, sand that is easy to mold and shape. Grab a few of these from Target and save them for your child's stocking this year. 19. Assorted Charms: These are slime charms from Amazon that our kiddos love to add into any sensory medium. We use this in rice, beans, confetti, play-doh, you name it. You can also buy different themed charms which is fun for the holidays. 20. Fine Motor Skills Tool Set: This is the perfect tool set to get started with sensory play. You can also use a variety of tools you already have at your home. Scoops, measuring cups, and spoons, make the perfect tools for sensory play.

  • 0-2 Holiday Toy Guide

    This age range can often be challenging to shop for because littles are growing and developing so quickly. We have developed an amazing list of toys from a variety of brands. These toys will be loved by your kids and grandkids. Shop All Ages: 2-4 5-7 8-10 Teen Staple Toys Sensory Table Inserts and Accessories 1. Cuddle and Kind: We know these stuffies are on the investment side, but they are heirloom pieces. Mel and I both have Cuddle and Kind at our home. They come in two sizes with different animal options. They are made in Peru with 100% cotton yarn. 2. Soft Fruit Basket: This fruit basket set is from Hape Toys! Its a great gift for 0-2 because babies and squish and hold the soft fruit. As your little one grows, it's perfect for pretend play. We love the quality and how realistic this set is. 3. Wooden Square Clutch: We want to point out that this clutch from Plan Toys is made from rubberwood and non-toxic paint and toys. Your little one is going to want to explore by putting this in its mouth. The clutching toy can be squished more as children develop grasping and clutching strength. 4. Pound and Tap Bench with Xylophone: Hape has designed this amazing, award-winning dual-use4 musical instrument. Littles can explore different notes and sounds by letting the balls fall on the keys or slide out the xylophone to create their own unique sound with a wooden mallet. 5. Wautomobile Cars: These wooden toys care are made of wood and the middle is filled with brightly colored water. These are so fun for littles to race and see how the colors change with light and movement. 6. Wooden Knob Puzzle: This 3-piece puzzle by Driddle for Little is excellent for shape/color placement and fine motor skills. The magnets on the back make it easy for the pieces to slide into place. 7. InnyBin Baby: Fat Brain has done it again with this toy. It's great for color and shape recognition. The shapes are also textured which is great for sensory play. Littles will love pushing the objects through the elastic bands. 8. Baby Rainbow: This beautifully crafted and painted peg and bowl set is perfection. It's by Taylored Toys. We love finding small businesses selling amazing toys. Littles can grasp pegs and place in matching bowls. This toy is great for fine motor skills and imaginative play. 9. Bubbles and Joy: We have fallen in love with Bubbles and Joy bath subscription boxes. They curate unique bath toys and bath products. They select BPA-free and mold safe toys. These boxes make great gifts. 10. Tobbles Neo: We love this toy at our house! It's by Fat Brain Toys. Littles can balance, stack, spin, the spheres in a variety of angles. This toy is great for motor skills and problem solving. 11. Magnetic Animals: These are the most entertaining, child safe, magnetic toys our kids have. They separate into three piece which is fun for kids to use by pulling apart and re assembling the safari animals. Great for fine motor development as well. 12. Stacking Rainbow Pyramid: This toy is open ended and unique. Solid wooden frames with insert colored acrylic windows. They can be stacked, used on a light table, or placed in front of a sunny window for a unique colorful experience. 13. Sarah's Silks: Silks are of our favorite baby toys because they offer so many play options. The mulberry silk is so soft and the colors are eye catching and beautiful. These can be used for tummy time, dress-up, blankies, and more! 14. Fine Motor Hedgehog: Spike the fine motor hedgehog is an award winning fine motor skills toy. The pegs store inside the body for easy transportation. 15. Chunky Rainbow Blocks: Hello Sugarhouse is new to the toy scene this year, but have created something gorgeous and unique. These chunky blocks can be used for years. This larger size is perfect for little hands and grips. You can use code TOYTESTING10 at checkout for 10% off your entire order! 16. Silicone Stacking Rings: These star shaped staking rings are made of food grade silicone, which make them the prefect teether and toy combo. Multi use toys are great for littles and will get lots of use. 17. Rocket Ball Stacker: This toy, made by Hape, is quality and lots of fun. The battery powered fan blows balls through the stacked tower. Kids love stacking and watching their tower topple over time and time again. 18. Suction Cups: These suction cup toys made by Fat Brain Toys are perfect for bath time and play time. Our kids love to stick these on any smooth surface and listen to the noise they make when they are pulled off. 19. Balance Stepping Stones: These are so much fun for kids to practice balance and coordination. Place them on the ground and let your little one hop from turtle to turtle. This set also includes a game to add even more fun! 20. Wee Baby Stella: Our favorite soft baby doll, the Wee Baby Stella. She's the perfect size for your L.O. and has the funnest magnetic binky that sticks to her mouth. They also come with lots of accessories that can be added.

  • 2-4 Holiday Toy Guide

    Our favorite list to curate is for ages 2-4. This stage of life is filled with so much growth, exploration, and learning. The toys we have selected for this age group promote imaginative play, movement, and development. We hope your littles love these toys as much as our kids do! Shop All Ages: 0-2 5-7 8-10 Teen Staple Toys Sensory Table Inserts and Accessories 1. Baby Care Station: If you have a little who loves taking care of babies, this is your toy! It has a feeding, sleeping, and bathing/changing station. We love that it has so much storage so you can keep all of the baby accessories easily contained. There aren't many great baby care stations out there that include all of these elements. 2: Squigz: These are suction cups that can stick to almost any surface. Our kids love to stick on the mirror, windows, car windows, and sensory table. They make a fun popping sound for littles and they love sticking them together to make different creations. Squigz are made by Fat Brain Toys! 3. Rainbow Race Track: We love this rainbow race track because it easily snaps together. So, if you lose a piece, no big deal. Your kids can set up their race track and add their vehicles and watch them zoom. This track glows in the dark which is really fun for kids. Price point is excellent on this toy and it will make a big impact. 4: Wooden Arches and Tunnels: This is the perfect open-ended toy! Kids can incorporate with blocks and builds, train/car set ups, calico critters, and so much more. Having a few open-ended toys in your home allows kids to get creative and use their imaginations. This set is by Guide Craft. 5: Sarah's Silks Dress Ups: Sarah's Silks has created a large variety of silk dress ups and toys. We love this cape, crown, and soft sword set. If you have a kid who enjoys dress ups, grabbing a few items from Sarah's Silks will be a win. They offer wands, fairy wings, flower crowns, and so much more. 6: Jungle Animals Magna-Tiles: Magna-Tiles recently released these awesome animal themed kits. These would be great to pair with a light table or acrylic table insert. Some of our favorite animal sets include Safari, Artic, Farm, Dino, and Forest. These are perfect for littles because they get to build while including animals with play. 7: Grocery Store: Mandy has this in her toy room and the kids love. Melissa and Doug has done it again with this set. Kids can shop, scan items, ring up customers, and fill grocery bags. Because the grocery store has so many shelves and storage options, its great for holding all of your play food. 8: Ice Cream Counter: Fan favorite at both our homes! This toy is by Melissa and Doug. The ice cream counter is the perfect size for littles. They love to take orders and serve up creations from the menu or their imaginations. The quality of this toy is excellent and it will hold up. 9: Gem Sorting Boards: These beautiful sorting boards and gems are by Wild Pine Kids. Even though we have this toy slotted for the 2-4 age group, older kids can really enjoy too. Mandy's son, Charlie, who is 7 loves playing with rocket ship. These boards spark imaginative play and are also a soothing and calming toy. Save 15% with CODE: TOYTESTINGSISTERS 10: Train Set: If you aren't familiar with Brio trains, they are truly the best. They have so many different sets and add-on accessories. Train sets are a great gift because parents and grandparents can start off with a starter set and purchase different elements for upcoming birthdays and holidays. The set shown here is an excellent starter set. If you are local to Utah, visit Teton Toys and see the entire Brio collection. 11. Star Belly: These sweet stuffed animals come in a variety of characters and use light and projection to make any dark surface light up like the night sky. Projects glowing stars and shapes in 6 calming colors. 12. Magnet Tiles: These are the BEST knock off brand of magnetic building tiles we have ever found. They are far more affordable than the competitor but just as good. Find them on Amazon! This is the most played with toy at Mel's house. 13. Adventure Camper: Our kids recently got this toy and LOVE it. They prep the food and make deliveries from the window. It's also fun for them to pretend to drive it around the town. High quality and built to last from Step 2. This is from their signature collection of a more neutral color palate. 14. Cloud Swing: 25-Inch Colorful Inflatable Round Cloud Swing from Hearth Song Toys. The cover on this toy is soft and the colors coordinate well together. We have this hanging inside on our indoor swing hooks. Indoor or out, this toy is a winner. 15. LumiPets: This is the sweetest, softest night light to add to any toddlers room. It can change color by tapping and is soft enough to cuddle. It is USB rechargeable and also comes with a color changing remote. It also comes in a variety of characters to fit your child's interests. 16. Chasing Fireflies: This is such a fun and unique toy! These battery powered, plastic fireflies light up and are used to play hide and seek. Kids run about searching for the next firefly to add to their team jar and capture the magic of fireflies with their own two hands. My 2 and 4 year old play with this toy non-stop and have fun hiding and seeking for each color. 17. Pizza Station: Melissa and Doug make some of our favorite toys. They are quality and always crafted very well. This toy pizza kitchen is no exception. Our kids love adding toppings and playing pretend with this kit. 18. Rainbow Blocks: These heirloom quality blocks, made by Hello Sugar House, are beautiful and so unique. The acrylic tiles can be added as windows to create a unique colorful experience. More of an investment piece, but will be used by your kids for years. You can use our code TOYTESTING10 at checkout for 10% off your entire order! 19. 2 in 1 Tricycle: Hearthsong did such a good job of combining both a standard tricycle and a balance bike into one piece. It can be easily converted and used by a variety of ages. It also folds to store and can be carried by a handle on the seat. 20. Princess Dress-Up: The most gorgeous dress up we've come across. Our kids fight over this dress constantly because it really makes them feel like an actual princess. From our favorite boutique in Bountiful, UT. Over The Moon Boutique. Sign up for their email subscription to get 10% off your first purchase!

  • 5-7 Holiday Toy Guide

    Ages 5 to 7 is a little trickier age to shop for because these 3 years are FULL of growth. We feel like we did a great job of showcasing a variety of toys that aren't easily outgrown. Shop these guides for a home run holiday experience with your kiddos. Shop All Ages: 0-2 2-4 8-10 Teen Staple Toys Sensory Table Inserts and Accessories 1. GoTrax Electric Scooter: There are many electric scooters on the market. We have tested this electric scooter and have been thrilled with it. The wheels light up so kids can ride day or night. Speed is 7.5mph and it can go to almost 5 miles before needing a charge. Foot button activation makes it easy for kids to jump on and ride. 2. Calico Critters: How cute are the critters and the many, many accessories. Last year Caroline asked for a Calico Critter set for Christmas. This is the set (Red Roof Cottage Home) we purchased and it has been great. We can easily add furniture and animal sets. She loves setting up her home and using her imagination. 3. Hammock: Want to create a nice relaxing space for your kids? These hammocks from Splendipity are incredible. Installation is so easy and the fabric choices are excellent. Our kids love to read, relax, and listen to audio books in their hammocks. They have a max weight of 135lbs. 4. Tubelox: This is a building and construction set. The pieces are all made of plastic and slide and snap into place. Kids can construct real-life objects like a bike, scooter, plane, desk, fort, chair, wheelbarrow, cart, etc. with Tubelox. Save 10% with our code MM10. 5. Karaoke Mic: Mandy has two of these and her kids LOVE! This mic speaker is loud and it also has bluetooth capability. Her kids love to use the mics to free-style sing or they play karaoke songs on the YouTube TV. 6. Magic Mixies: Magic Mixies sold out last year and we can see why! This is a very unique toy because you use the cauldron and potions to create your Magic Mixie. You follow the potion instructions and when you are done, your Mixie will appear. You can also purchase refill kits. We don't typically love toys that can only be played with a few ways, but this one is so unique and jaw-dropping--kids absolutely love. 7: Hoverboard: This Hoverboard has a chrome paint finish with blue LED lights. It can run up to 3.1 miles on a single charge. Max speed is 6.2 mph and the max weight capacity is 220lbs. Recommend this for ages 4+ depending on coordination and balance. 8: Magnetic Tiles Race Track: Charlie got this magnetic tiles race track last year for Christmas. It has grooves in the tiles so the cars can race around the track. This is a great toy that promotes engineering and problem-solving. We also like to add our other tile sets and construct buildings, homes, and towns around the track. 9: BluTracks Race Track: We can’t stand car tracks that require so many pieces and are usually pre-designed. This 18ft track can be laid out the way you want. Our kids love racing down the stairs or using the window attachment. We love that they can experiment with different track options and use their imagination. The track rolls up for easy storage. 10: PlusPlus: Sometimes its nice to step outside LEGO builds and try something else! If you have a kid who loves to build and create, PlusPlus is a must-have! You can easily free style build or follow some of their recommended builds. PlusPlus comes in one shape (mini puzzle shapes). 11. Brain Flakes: These are such good stem toy and our kids love to build with them. The possibilities with these are endless. They can be configured into so many different shapes because of their unique design. 12. Lite Brite: This is a new and more advanced take on the traditional Lite Brite. It's oval shape and smaller pegs allow for more definition and portability. This would be a perfect project to display on a nightstand or dresser and re create time and time again. 13. Custom Denim Jacket: These jackets are custom designed and the patches are hand-picked! We were blown away when we came across this company in the spring of 2022. What kid doesn't want a custom jacket that highlights their personality and interests? You work closely with the owner to create a jacket that is perfect for your kid. 14. Cuddleez Pillow: Disney has done it again with these perfectly squishy, cuddle pillows. These things are amazingly soft and come in a wide variety of characters. You can snag these at Target in your child's favorite Disney character and make their Christmas morning complete. 15. Rotating Bubble Machine: Any party isn't complete without this rotating bubble machine. Hours of playtime fun! Use for an under the sea adventure or to just get some wiggles out. 16. Aaron's Thinking Putty KIT: Run to Costco for this find under $20! Discover the endless possibilities of Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty! With the Putty Discovery Kit, you'll learn all the different ways to play with putty and fascinating facts about science and nature. With 50 activities, you and your child can spend hours creating new scientific experiments while incorporating sensory play. 17. Dinosaur Eggs: DinoEggs is a fossil digging kit for kids who are curious and ready for discovery! Every dinosaur egg holds a unique dino species to match with an educational flash card. Our kids love using the excavation tools to uncover their mystery dinosaur. 18. Star Projector Night Light: The colorful and unpredictable nebula comes in a variety of color combinations and is decorated with flashing star lights, which can be switched by remote control or buttons. The high-definition starlight galaxy is projected onto the wall and ceiling, making you feel like you are in the vast galaxy. This sweet astronaut is also the perfect decoration in any adventure driven child's room! 19. Instant Print Camera: This instant print camera is so much fun for kids to use. Give them a new sense of independence with taking and developing their own photographs instantly. This specific one comes with accessories and extra printing paper for HOURS of creative fun. 20. Balance Beam: This 4 foot, folding balance beam is made of dense foam and can hold up to 160 lbs. We recommend purchasing 2 sets of these beams to create longer balance activity. Search BALANCE BEAM in the search bar.

  • 8-10 Holiday Toy Guide

    This is always the hardest age group for us to create guides for. The are existing that toy phase, yet that are still kids! This list of toys is unique, educational, and keep your growing kids off screens! Shop All Ages: 0-2 2-4 5-7 Teen Staple Toys Sensory Table Inserts and Accessories 1. Trestle Tracks: Mandy has tried a few marble tracks and this one is the solid winner! It doesn't take up too much floor space, allows kids to build and use their engineering brains, and the pieces are solid. Charlie got this for his birthday and he loves it. Mandy went ahead and threw out her original marble run. Also, comparted to GraviTrax, Trestle Tracks is much more user friendly. 2. Remote Control Truck: Another birthday win with this remote control truck. Mr. Toy Tester did all of the research and found that this "hobby" truck was the best option. It is flexible and can climb but also has the speed kids love. It is also a great size. Kids can easily transport but it isn't too small. 3. Custom Jacket: These jackets are custom designed and the patches are hand-picked! We were blown away when we came across this company in the spring of 2022. What kid doesn't want a custom jacket that highlights their personality and interests? You work closely with the owner to create a jacket that is perfect for your kid. 4. Ninja Station: Who doesn't want an outdoor Ninja set? This set is awesome because it can work for kids all the way up to teens. It's easy to install and has a variety of attachments for the slack line. Charlie and Caroline are obsessed with their kit. We also love that this set is manufactured in the United States. 5. Jewelry Kit: These kits are a great way to keep kids busy! This set comes with 7,200 pieces! It has a great variety of colored clay beads, letters, smiley beads, and other charms. 6: 3D World Puzzle: If your kid wants to try something besides LEGO, these 3D puzzles are super cool! The pieces are numbered and you intersect them to build a 3D creation. We have built the Eiffel Tower, Castle, and World. It's also a cool toy to display in a kid's room. 7: Spring Bots: This is such an awesome STEM toy! You build robots and they are powered by kinetic energy. This kit allows you to build 3 robots. Models include a race car that drives up to 60 feet, a robot that walks up to 20 inches, and a countdown timer that counts down up to 6 minutes. The models are powered by a mainspring, the main device found in old-fashioned clocks. 8: GoTrax Electric Scooter: We love the brand GoTrax! We have found their quality and features to be excellent. GXL V2 is the Gotrax most classic, mature, and reliable electric scooter. It can travel up to 12 miles. Max speed for this scooter is 15.5mph and it can hold up to 220lbs. 9: Pierced Earrings: These earrings come in the cutest designs and colors. We love that the backs screw on so no more losing earrings and backs. They also offer a monthly subscription. This would make for such a fun monthly gift for your kid. All earrings are surgical grade stainless steel, hypoallergenic, lead & nickel free, and 18k gold plated. 10: Snow cone Machine: This is a fun toy/activity that kids can enjoy all year long. Mandy has this one at her house and Charlie and Caroline love! It's easy for kids to load the ice and manually pull down to create yummy, soft ice. This snow cone machine has great review and its's awesome that it's stainless steel. 11. Origami Book: This book comes with everything you need to make fun origami creations. It is filled with 20 different projects and hundreds of papers ready to fold. A unique gift and craft for you pre teen. 12. Razor Scooter: This scooter is so fun to zip around the neighborhood on. We love the retro vibe and color. This is battery powered and can be easily charged and recharged for years to come. This comes with a powerful 24V battery and can reach speeds up to 15mph. ALWYAS use your safety gear! 13. Saving Bank: This award winning educational toy is intended to teach kiddos the value of saving, spending, and organizing their money. Color coded acrylic lids make saving, spending, and sharing a much simpler concept to understand. Highly rated on Amazon. 14. Caboodle: You remember Caboodles right!? This vintage inspired toy is perfect for makeup, toiletries, craft supplies, you name it. Pre teen girls always have knick knacks to store, so give them somewhere to put them. 15. Geode Kit: National Geographic has come out with a really fun geode cracking kit. This kit includes 10 natural, premium geodes, safety goggles, 2 display stands, and a detailed instruction and learning guide. Crack these open and watch the wonder on your kiddos face when they discover the beauty inside. 16. Tumble Track: Due to the variations in thickness and pressures, air tumbling tracks can be bouncy and safe to land on. It is also the best gift for teenagers to practice gymnastics or tumbling. This one on Amazon has tons of good reviews and is a great size for the price. It also includes the air compressor, repair kit, and carrying bag. 17. Sensory Swing: If you can be a little handy, this hanging sensory swing is a blast. This kit comes with everything you need to give your kiddos a unique sensory experience. The price point is excellent and this is a totally unique gift that will blow your kids mind. 18. Penny Board: This 22 inch skateboard is perfect for a beginning skater. We love toys that get our kids moving and outside. We loved this galaxy design but they also come in a variety of colors and patterns. Pick a unique one that fits your child's personality. 19. Jellyfish Lamp: This jellyfish lava lamp is the perfect accessory for any pre teen's room. The best part is they get to put the jellyfish in the lamp and create something that is unique for them. This lamp offers 20 different color changes with a portable remote. 20. Loombot: This is the Loombot from Fat Brain Toys. We love toys that are crafts for this age group. This kit comes with everything you need to become a knitting pro. You can knit hats, scarves, and more with this knitting tool. Just crank and watch the magic happen.

  • Teen Holiday Gift Guide

    We love doing teen guides because most of the items are gifts we want for ourselves! This list does include some more expensive items, but they are quality and tested! Shop All Ages: 0-2 2-4 5-7 8-10 Staple Toys Sensory Table Inserts and Accessories 1. Segway Scooter: Mandy has two of these at her house! The specs on this Segway ninebot 45 scooter are awesome! Segway Ninebot E45 has a top speed of 18.6 mph, travels up to 28 miles, and accommodate a max load of 220 lbs. Even though this is an adult scooter, Mandy’s 7-year old can operate. It also folds up for easy storage and lights up underneath. It even includes a headlight for night riding. 2: Nintendo Switch OLED: This is the latest Switch model. Mandy has this at her house and it’s something the entire family loves playing together. The switch is great because it’s very portable. We love bringing with us on long car rides and on vacation. There are so many family friendly games everyone can enjoy. 3. Bracelet Kit: Pretty Life Girls has outdone themselves with their DIY bracelet kits. They have curated some amazing kits with beautiful colors and accessories. These are so fun for teens to make for themselves and friends. 4. ZAANA: Want the look of the double piercing but don't want the piercing? These Zanna twists hoops give the look of a double piercing without having to get pierced. Save 10% with CODE: TOYTESTINGSISTERS 5. Heatless Curls: If you have a kid who spends so much time curling, try using these heartless curls! You simply wrap your hair around the soft curler! We were blown away that it works so well! This would make for a fun girls night activity. 6. Needohs: You know we love our Needohs! These mini Needohs come in an 18pk. These are fun because they fit in the palm of your hand. Teens can keep in the car, backpack, purse, etc. They are our favorite fidget toy! 7. Hammock Chair Swing: Our 17-year old sister has a hanging hammock in her room and she loves it! This model is great because it has two cozy cushions and a side pocket hole books, iPad, etc. You can use this inside or outside and it holds up to 300lbs! Love the idea of making a lounge nook in a teens bedroom! 8. Rad Bikes:Say hello to the RadCity 4 High-Step. Mel purchased a Rad Bike this summer. She has a model that allows hers to pull her two girls. This model is great for teens! Rad calls this their winner for all-around e-bike. It works on dirt or pavement. This bike has the power of a 750W motor and can go 45+ miles per charge. 9. DJI Mini Pro3: This drone is on the expensive side but if you have teen who loves drones this is the one to get! The features are incredible! Mandy has this drone and it is used a lot! You can set different cinematic settings and it even records in horizontal or vertical mode. It includes a home feature and obstacle avoidance. 10. Lava Lamp: Mandy’s son, Charlie, has a lava lamp in his room and it’s super soothing! Who had a lava lamp in their room growing up? This model is from the original lava lamp company. It stands at 16.3inches. 11. Kodak Printer: This photo printer is unlike its competitors. You can manually plug any phone in and instantly print high quality photos! The ink is cheaper and lasts longer as well. 12. Adult Swaddle: This adult swaddle is from Goosebumps Shop and is our favorite! They have turned their beloved baby swaddle into adult size and come up with the cutest prints and colors. They always do a killer Black Friday sale! 13. Nail Polish Holder: Say goodbye to spilled polish. This nail polish holder has so many good Amazon reviews and makes painting your nails like a pro that much easier. This gift would be perfect for a "beginning nail tech". 14. LIGHT UP Corn Hole: Corn hole is always a fan favorite, but can be a let down when it gets much too dark to SEE! This corn hole set is affordable and comes with 38 ultra bright LED lights which makes playing into the night a non issue. 15. Portable Speaker: Mel was gifted this portable speaker this year and it goes everywhere with her. She uses it on bike rides, at the park, to take her girls on stroller rides, or just for a fun indoor dance party. It packs a punch and is priced well! 16. Buddha Board: This is the original buddha board and is so relaxing. Using water and a brush the tablet can be transformed into a dissolving work of art. 17. Belt Bag: You've probably heard of the lulu belt bag. The price of that one might not be suitable for your teen (who likely looses everything), but this Amazon dupe is the perfect alternative. We love the cream color but it comes in a variety of colors and looks identical to the lulu one. 18. Ukulele: This gorgeous, wooden ukulele is the perfect gift for a creative teen. Help your child learn a new skill with FREE online lessons included in this link. 19. Neck Fan: This might seem like an odd Christmas gift but it's the gift that gives all summer long! This portable, recharging neck can is the best for a hot summer day. Use it to mow the lawn, play outside, or sit in a hot parade. 30K 5-star Amazon reviews. 20. Paint by Stickers: Did you know paint by stickers is also for teens/adults? Snag this darling travel themed paint by stickers. Select the same numbered sticker and place it accordingly to complete your masterpiece.

  • Staple Playroom Toys: Holiday Edition

    Mel and I have put together 20 staple toys for your toy room! This list is not age specific because most of these items can be enjoyed by littles all the way up to teens! The toys listed below have been a major hit at both our houses--we own all of these toys! If you are looking for group gifts for the family or larger, higher price point items, this is your list. Shop All Ages: 0-2 2-4 5-7 8-10 Teen Sensory Table Inserts and Accessories 1. Airfort: This toy gives you a fort within seconds and all you need is a box fan! You don’t have to deal with poles or storing a large fort. This toy folds up in a tiny pouch! Kids just lift the side to enter. It comes in different designs and shapes! Our kids love hosting teddy bear picnics inside or just chilling with blankets and pillows. Save 10% with CODE: TOYTESTINGSISTERS 2. Sarah's Silks: Our favorite play silks are from Sarah’s Silks. They offer beautifully crafted 100% silk play scarves and products perfect for imaginative play. They also come in a variety of sizes, colors, and designs. Our kids love to put in the water, play dress-up, build forts, fly in the sky, and create magical paths. If you want to add silks to your playroom, start by purchasing a few of the classic sized silks and either a giant or double silk. 3. Rockwall: If your kids climb the walls, we have the ultimate solution for you! Megalith climbing has made it easy to add a rock wall in your very own home! All you do is buy these individual panels, arrange to your liking, add the holes, and voila! These are self-installed but are super easy. Find the studs in your walls and they will each hold up to 250lbs per panel. This is the perfect toy that keeps your kids active and entertained. 4. Mud kitchen: This is an heirloom toy that will be used for many, many years. It is made of solid wood and the quality is top notch. We highly recommend the WoodNPoppy mud kitchen. Their mud kitchens are made to order and you can select wood type, finish, and accessories. Mud kitchens are excellent for outdoor sensory play. Kids can enjoy making mud pies, planting flowers, cooking with their backyard findings, and so much more. 5. Stairslide: Who doesn’t want to turn their stairs into a massive slide? Stairslide comes in sections so you can pick the length and thrill level you are looking for! They don’t damage your floor and stack for easy storage. This toy can be enjoyed by toddlers and teens! Use our code to save 10%! Mel has 5 slides at her house and Mandy has 4. We use a play couch as a landing pad! CODE: TOYTESTING10 6. Stepping Stones: These colorful stepping stones from National Geographic will get your kid moving and using their imagination. They are soft and easy to balance on. Our kids love to use in ninja stations, obstacle courses, and pretend play. Littles love to stack and jump on and off. These are great to pair with silks and a play couch. 7. Play couch: Mandy has been become addicted to play couches—she owns 4. Play couches are awesome for imaginative play because kids can create forts, castles, obstacle courses, ninja stations, houses, and so much more. There are many play couch companies but we love LeoMat and Nugget. We recommend investing in at least two play couches if you purchase a Nugget. Nuggets won't go on sale and are $229 for a standard color. Because the Leo Mat has tri-fold cushions, start with one before buying two. The Leo Mat is $399. You can purchase from Target or Leo Mat. There are so many unique colors and patterns to pick from. The Leo Mat is featured in the photo. Save 10% with CODE: TOYTESTINGSISTERS 8. Bounce House: PlaySmol has created aesthetically pleasing bounce houses! No more obnoxious colors. They currently have 3 color options: pinks, blues, and neutrals. They offer 6x6 and 8x8. If you have room, we recommend the 8x8. This toy will keep kids busy and bouncing! Add plastic balls for some fun sensory play. Bounces houses are great for indoor and outdoor wiggles! This will save you during the cold winter months. Use CODE: TOYTESTINGSISTERS to save $30. 9. Doorway swing: If you have active kids, the doorway swing is great for getting out all of the energy! It’s awesome because it doesn’t require any hardware for installation. It holds up to 150lbs. Littles can relax in the hammock attachment and big kids can even enjoy too. We recommend purchasing the deluxe kit which includes the swing, trapeze bar, and hammock attachments. 10. Jungle Jumaproo: We know this is a higher price toy that takes up a larger footprint, but we promise it will be used by so many ages. The Jumparoo is a trampoline for inside/outside with bonus features! It includes poles for climbing and hanging and you can even purchase the rope swing! Tons of kids can load onto the Jumparoo and no one is going to get thrown off because of its double bounce feature. This means you can have a toddler jumping the same time as a teen! 11. Dough Kits: These kits from Mac Kids Kit are affordable and will keep your kiddos entertained for hours. The accessories for each themed box turn play time into an imaginative and sensory experience. 12. Ikea Play Kitchen: Every home should have a play kitchen. The Ikea kitchen is a favorite of ours because it is neutral colored, has an interactive top, and is majorly affordable. Just make sure to check for inventory because these often sell out around the holidays. 13. Billibo: The Billibo is an open ended, award winning toy. Our kiddos have nick named it the "turtle shell". It can be used to spin and wobble and can be flipped upside down to create a fun arrangement of stepping stones. The perfect toy to help get out the wiggles. 14. Wooden Rainbow: This toy made our staple toy guide because our kiddos use it in so many ways. It is a toy that will grow with your child. Not to mention, we found the largest, most affordable one on Amazon and we LOVE IT! 15. Yoto Mini: Say hello to the portable story teller. This story telling device uses cards to play hundreds of classic stories. It doesn't require wifi to work and can be used as a bluetooth device. The portability of this makes it perfect for road trips, plane rides, and camping excursions. 16. Spider Swing: A favorite outdoor toy of ours that can be used on a swing set or a tree. Holds up to 700lbs and can fit up to 6 kids! We love to let our kids pile on and swing high together. 17. Kids UTV Ride On: This ride on toy packs a punch. It uses a 24V battery which means more speed, more power, and better battery life. Two kids can ride together and tot around their gear in the trunk. Trust us when we say you want a 24V battery! 18. Nighthawk Rider: This is the most unique battery powered ride on toy we've seen. It looks like a stingray and turns by using a tipping motion. Our kids have hours of fun riding this through the neighborhood. 19. Wooble Board: Another perfect toy to help get all the wiggles out. You can use this toy to rock, wobble, and teeter. You can also use this for an interactive kids yoga session. Open ended toy with lots of playtime possibilities. 20. Zip Line: If you have 2 sturdy trees this is the toy for you! Turn your backyard into an outdoor obstacle course with this zip line from Fofana Ninja. Using slack line technology this toy can be used for even adults under 250lbs.

  • Busy Little Toys

    School is back in session which means there are lots of littles at home with tear filled eyes as they watch their older siblings leave. We have curated the perfect list of toys to turn those frowns upside down. These toys will keep your kiddos entertained and have been tried and tested. Leo Mat : We love play couches and the Leo Mat is new to the market! It has a tri-fold technology which means you get 6 cushions and 2 triangles! Play couches are perfect for open-ended play! We love constructing forts, obstacle courses, ninja stations, mazes, and so much more. You can use code TOYTESTINGSISTERS for a discount at checkout. Yoto player: The yoto mini is a portable story player that kids can operate on their own! It doesn’t require Wi-Fi. Kids love selecting their story cards and inserting them into the yoto. You can use headphones with your yoto for a long car ride. This is a great way to get off the screens and fall in love with audio books. The kids' meditation cards are a fan favorite too. Squigz: Fat Brain Toys make the funnest, silicone building toys perfect for little hands. These suction powered rubber toys can be stuck to almost any service and make for a creative frenzie. Our kiddos like to take these in the car and use them on the car windows. Button and Bug Table Inserts: These table inserts can be used with or without the play table. Purchase the plastic container from your local IKEA and go wild. These inserts can be used as open ended/sensory play in a wide range of learning activities. Designed and developed by an occupational therapist and mom, these are perfect to keep your little one busy. Use code TOYTESTINGSISTERS for 10% off at checkout. Wild Pine Board Sorters: These beautifully crafted, wooden sorting boards are unique and perfect to keep little hands busy. Select a wide range of boards and custom colored gems to create a thrilling fine motor skills activity. Use code TOYTESTINGSISTERS at checkout for 15% off. Bilibo: This award-winning, open-ended toy is so versatile and keeps littles engaged as they improve motor skills and balance. The Bilibo can be used inside or outside! Kids love to spin, rock, and balance on their turtle shell—the Bilibo. Doughsie Dough: Dough kits are a great way to keep littles busy enjoying sensory and creative play. Themed kits are awesome because you can select a kit that fits the current interest of your child. The dough accessories are always perfectly curated. Our kids love playing with their dough kits. Homer App: This is our favorite early learning app. Our kids are going to find themselves in front of screens, so why not control the content. This early learning program can be customized to both age and level and adjusts to your child accordingly. Our link gives you a 45 day window to try the app for FREE!

  • Rab-a-dub-dub Bath Time Toys

    Who doesn't love bath time? We have rounded up our favorite bath toys and products so you can elevate bath time for your kids! You don't need a ton of toys for bath time! Here are a few favorites to keep kids entertained and smelling fresh! There are so many bath toys on the market, always make sure you are selecting items that are BPA-free and can be easily cleaned so mold and mildew don't grow. If bath time is part of your night time ritual, consider investing in a bath subscription package. Our favorite is included in this list. Honeysticks Bath Crayons: Keep the art mess in the tub! Honeystick bath crayons are made of beeswax and soy wax. They are made with 100% natural food grade ingredients. The colors are non-toxic and make for easy cleaning. The jumbo size crayons are great for little hands. Dabble and Dollop Shampoo, Gel, and Conditioner: We have become huge fans of Dabble and Dollop. Their owner created a safe and clean product line for babies and kids. They have gels, whips, and conditioners that smell amazing. The ingredients are natural, vegan, and pure. Ferry Boat and Mini Cars, Green Toys: This bath toy is awesome because it can also get lots of use as an outdoor water toy. It's easy to clean and dishwasher safe. It comes with a ferry and two mini cars. Green Toys has created high-quality toys that last! GloPals: If you don't own GloPals, it's time to make a purchase. You buy these little “pals” and insert the cubes in the back of the character. They are water activated, and light up once they are placed in the water. These are super fun bath toys and your collection of characters can grow with your child. Squigz: These suction cup toys are great for the tub and shower walls. Kids can build squigz creations. Squigz's are also great travel toys. Perfect for airport and car windows. Boon Jellies: Jellies are also suction toys but their ocean vibe is so fun for littles. Kids can stack the jellies and create different scenes. Cloud and Droplet, Ubbi: This set is made of silicone and opens for easily cleaning in the dishwasher. Once open, you can submerge and fill with water! These are great for a sensory table too. Boon Pipes: Bath wall toys are so much fun and this set give your kid the chance to engineer water play. The pipes suction to the walls for easy play set up. Bath Bombs: These bath droplets are from Dabble and Dollop. All ingredients are safe and clean. This set comes with 12 bath bombs with 4 amazing scents (strawberry, tangerine, vanilla, honeydew). Bubbles and Joy: We have fallen in love with Bubbles and Joy bath subscription boxes. They curate unique bath toys and bath products. They select BPA-free and mold safe toys. These boxes make great gifts.

  • Water, Sensory, and Active Outdoor Toys

    It has been so fun being a guest on a few TV stations this month. We love nothing more than sharing our favorite toys with parents, grandparents, and more! Now that it is warm, we spend almost no time in our basement toy rooms anymore. We have moved the toy room outside and we couldn't be happier. When setting up your backyard for summer success, be sure to include toys that use water, promote sensory play, and allow for active movement. We have curated 10 toys that are guaranteed to be an absolute hit and aren't one hit wonders. These toys are also great for a variety of ages and can grow with your family. This list includes items from $5-$169—something for everyone's budget. Play Smol Swimming Pool: Smol inflatable pools are here just in time for summer in a beautiful Tangerine, a hue that’s perfectly muted and still summery. Each pool comes with a perfectly padded bottom, and a pump to blow up with their easy blow valves. This is easy to transport, store, and use. A mini dip on a hot summer day. Spin Copter Original: These Spin Copters quite literally “light up the night”. They can soar to heights over 150ft. These spin copters launch into the sky and run off batteries to create a spinning helicopter of lights and fun. These are perfect to take outside and use on those warm summer nights. Boomabandz: Boomabandz is a brand new toy that is coming in HOT! It is basically a giant human boomerang. Four players stand inside the fabric making a square. You run to the opposite side of your starting point to experience the “boomerang” effect. Because this toy requires you to know your left from your right while running, we recommend it for older kids and teens. Hearth Song Chalk Stencils: These chalk stencils are so fun to use when sidewalk chalk gets a little boring. A pro tip of ours is to wet your chalk before use. Stick the chalk into a bucket of water and the colors will glide a lot more easily and using these stencils will up your chalk art game. Bubble Blasters: These light up bubble blasters are a killer find under $5. You can pick these up at Walmart and watch your kids be amazed with hours of bubble fun. My kids love that they each get their own bubble blaster and they don’t have to worry about dumping out all the bubble solution or wasting their breath trying to blow bubbles. They light up and create a continuous stream of bubbles which makes them fun for both day and night. Nighthawk: This is a 12V electric ride-on toy that is really fun to zoom around the neighborhood in. It can go up to 7mph and uses a tipping action to steer and maneuver. It has a max weight capacity of 110 lbs which means most kiddos can enjoy this thing well into their teens. It is easy to use and so fun to race and zip around outside in. Unicorn Eggs: These are “magical unicorn eggs” but essentially just large water beads. Basically you pour these tiny resin looking beads into a container filled with water and watch them grow magically overnight. In the morning you will have massive water beads that are fun to squish, throw, and use in any type of sensory play. These are great to play withy outside because they can get messy. Bilibo: This is a toy you might be scratching your head about and we understand why. This is an award winning toy designed in Switzerland in conjunction with child development experts. Deceptively simple, elegantly shaped and magically attractive, the Bilibo inspires creative, imaginative, and limitless play. Essentially you can use this for a lot of open ended play. Our favorite use is sitting and spinning on the inside of the Bilibo. You can also use this for sledding, filling with water, playing in the sand, and using it as a stepping stone. Lounge Swing: This swing, designed by Hearth Song Toys, has been enjoyed by toddlers, littles, big kids, teens, and even adults. You can hook this swing to any swing set and get relaxing. It’s curved design is comfy and makes it easy to lounge and relax. It is also very sturdy and holds up to 200lbs of weight. We have really enjoyed “sittervising” our kids in this toy. Fofana Ninja Zip Line: This is probably our “coolest” toy this summer. From Fofana Ninja, this is a must-have if you have two sturdy trees in your backyard between 20-55ft apart. The kit comes with everything you need to protect your trees and easily setup the zipline. This zipline literally transforms your backyard into an adventure park. The zipline can hold up to 250 lbs and can be used by kids and teens. You can also save 10% on your purchase by using our code.(10TOYTESTING) at checkout.

  • Summer Outdoor Toys

    Summer is my favorite season of the year. I love having warm weather and spending late nights playing games and hanging out with family. We have put together 8 our absolute favorite and unique outdoor toys to share with you. If you're looking for ways to keep your kiddos happy and entertained this summer then this is the list for you. We also chose toys that will last and work for a wide variety of children. Have a great summer! Zipline from Fofana Ninja is a must-have if you have two sturdy trees in your backyard that are between 20-55ft apart. The kit comes with everything you need to protect your trees and easily set up the zipline. This zipline literally transforms your backyard into an adventure park. The zipline can hold up to 250lbs and can be used by kids and teens. Save 10% by using our code: 10TOYTESTING. Mud Kitchen from WoodNPoppy is stunning and made of real wood. This is an heirloom toy that will be used for many, many years. Their mud kitchens are made to order and you can select wood type, finish, and accessories. Mud kitchens are excellent for outdoor sensory play. Kids can enjoy making mud pies, planting flowers, cooking with their backyard findings, and so much more. Two Bros Bows is an archery set made for kids! The foam tipped arrows are soft which makes it safe for kids to play with. The quality is excellent and the product design makes it easy for kids to place the arrow in the correct spot to line up and release! Kids can shoot at a target to help improve their accuracy. It is suggested for 6+ but a 5-year old should be able to enjoy it too. Great for the backyard, park, and taking on camping trips. You can purchase locally at Teton Toys. Boomabandz is a brand new toy that’s coming in HOT! It’s a boomerang for humans! Four players stand inside the fabric making a square. You run tun to the opposite side of your starting point and you experience a boomerang effect. Because the toy requires you to know your left and right and know when to run, it’s important to do with older kids. This toy is great for big kids, teens, and adults. Activ Flyer Frisbee is the easiest flyer to both throw and catch. They are also 80% lighter than the standard flying disk which makes them soar farther and faster. These are perfect to add some outdoor fun to a BBQ or outdoor game night. Their unique design makes them easy for even littles to use and catch. Bounce House from PlaySmol is awesome to use outdoors and inside during the colder months. They have designed their bounce houses to be aesthetically pleasing–the blower is even a neutral color. They currently have 3 color options: pinks, blues, and neutrals. They offer 6x6 and 8x8. This toy will keep kids busy and bouncing! Add plastic balls for some fun sensory play. 8-foot Inflatable Dome RockerBouncer from Hearthsong is the perfect addition for backyard play, BBQs, neighborhood parties, birthdays, reunions, and so much more. Kids can roll, tilt, and bounce–it even holds up to 250lbs. There are 6 handles for kids to hold onto for stability. It inflates fast with an electric pump and stores easily in a large rubbermaid. Inflatable Rainbow Landroller from Hearthsong is a blast to roll through the backyard. So many play possibilities: walk, roll, crawl, and somersault from inside. Kids can push each other from the outside and even create forts. If you roll under the shade, you can even relax in the landroller and read a book. It can hold up to 300lbs and easily inflates and deflates with an electric pump.

  • Picks for Indoor and Outdoor Toys

    Mel and some of our cute kids, Caroline and Olina, shared with the viewers of KSL Studio 5 some of our unique picks for indoor/outdoor toys! This segment was really fun for us because we got to bring our little toy testers. The more and more toys we test, the more we are committed to recommending options that can be used for many years/ages. The toys featured on this segment will be a hit for almost any house! View segment Coloring Mat, Creative Cloth Co.: These are reusable coloring mats and are great for an eco friendly coloring experience. They feature a zipper pocket that can hold your washable markers. The smaller size can easily fit into a diaper bag and pulled out at a restaurant to keep your kiddos entertained. We love that these can be washed so easily and get endless use. It’s good for their entertainment and the environment. Save 10% with code TOYTESTINGSISTERS. Cottage, Airfort: Airfort is awesome because it blows up in a matter of seconds and stores in a small pouch—no poles or having to designate a large space for this toy. Kids just lift up to enter! So much open-ended fun with the Airfort. All you need is a box fan to start using. The cottage design is unique from the standard circular Airfort. Try using it outside! The fan is going to help kids stay cool too. Stepping Stones, Playzonefit: These are stepping stones from Play Zone Fit. We use these to add variation and playtime fun while making obstacle courses. Another favorite use of these is to play the “floor is lava” game. They are textured and made to last. Tubelox: Kids can construct real-life objects like a bike, scooter, plane, desk, fort, chair, wheelbarrow, cart, etc with Tubelox. We love that this construction set doesn’t include small parts and the finished product can actually be used. If you have toddlers, it’s easy for parents to build the objects and use them with their littles. For older kids, they can build on their own and enjoy playing with the finished product. Save 10% with our code MM10. Wobble board: It’s basically a rocking toy that can be used in a variety of different ways. You can turn it upside down and use it as a bridge or incorporate it into some fun yoga positions. Kids also love to use these as ramps for cars. We like to use this to pretend to surf! Hop on and get rocking. Climbing Wall, Megalith Climbing: Megalith climbing has made it easy to add a rock wall in your very own home! All you do is buy these individual panels, arrange to your liking, add the holes, and voila! These are self-installed but are super easy. Find the studs in your walls and they will each hold up to 250lbs per panel. This is the perfect toy that keeps your kids active and entertained. Doorway Swing, Playzonefit: This door swing from Playzonefit gets an insane amount of use at our homes. It’s great because it doesn’t require any hardware for installation. It’s excellent for active indoor play and helps kids get out their wiggles. It holds up to 150lbs. They even sell a trapeze and hammock attachments. You could even try this outside in a storm door. Resin paintables, CharsJars: These resin paintables from CharsJars are so fun for kids because when they are done creating, they can wash off and start over. Kids can use paint, markers, and these awesome wonderstix chalk crayons. We have the daisy and bug set. With these resin paintables, you can snap a photo of the creation and ditch storing hundreds of pieces of artwork!

  • Backyard Games for the Summer

    If you can't tell by now, we love summer and all it brings! Mel and I love hosting backyard parties and having a few backyard games on hand is a must. A few years ago our brother started making us a few backyard games: cornhole, kan jam, and kubb. This is where our love for outdoor games started. Cornhole can get pretty competitive around here. I love beating Will at a game of cornhole. Many of the games below are great for older kids and can be played as a family. You can also get some couples together for a backyard date night. Jumbo 3-in-1 3 Square, HearthSong: This set is so cool and it can also be used by little kids, not just adults and teens. The 3-in-1 set has everything you need for volleyball, tennis, and badminton. The net is adjustable and can be used as a 3-square or traditional 2-sided net. The components are "jumbo" which brings an extra element of fun to the games. It easily stakes into the ground and comes with a carrying case so you can bring to the park or family party. Giant "Jenga": We love giant outdoor toys and games and this "jenga" set is perfect to keep kids, teens, and adults entertained. Toddlers will even have fun using the blocks as toys. This game grows up to 4ft when playing and has everything you need to keep score and store the game. This set includes 56 pieces and has almost 10,000 reviews on Amazon. Kan Jam: It's competition time with Kan Jam. The goal of the game is to get your frisbee into the other team's kan. The opponent is focused on trying to stop you from getting the frisbee into the kan. This game is easy to set up and can be taken to a BBQ, tailgate, backyard party, etc. Because it does require players to aim and throw, make sure your kids have the motor skills to enjoy this game. Corn Hole, Go Sports: Everyone really needs a cornhole set for their backyard. My favorite activity during the summer nights is to play cornhole with my hubby and kids. My brother made Mel and I corn hole sets a few summers ago and we use them all of the time. It's nice to set up a few games when we are hosting a BBQ. The set we are featuring here has excellent reviews and includes the beanbags and a carrying case. We also love that it's under $100. Race Set, 4Fun: You can't have a family reunion without some sort of obstacle race. This race set is awesome because it comes with everything you need to set up a course. Each set includes 6 games that can be played during the race. Here are the accessories that come with each box. 2 hop sacks, 2 knee walkers, 4 water transfer helmets, 2 nose nudge balls, 4 wooden poles, and 2 three-legged race bands. Bocce Ball Set, GoSports: This is such a great backyard game and can be played by ages 5+. It works best on a flat surface of grass or sand. This can be a 1-1 game or your can form teams and play as a group. Included in the set is a carrying case, 8 bocce balls,1 white pallino ball, and a measuring rope. Kubb: My brother, Kendall, made us each a Kubb set a few years ago. The game is inspired by Vikings and is a tossing game. The goal is to take out the knights and topple the king. Kubb does require strategy and skill. This game is a little bit more advanced but great for teens and adults. This set includes everything you need to learn the game and a carrying case. Ladder Ball, Go Sports: I was introduced to this game back when I lived in Pittsburgh. You throw a rope with two balls on the end and you hope it wraps around one of the ladders. You get points depending on where the rope lands. This is a great game for little kids up to adults. It's one of my favorites to keep around and we love playing any time we are at Will's parent's house. Toss and Catch Ball: Oldie but goodie with the ball catch. The reason this game makes our list is because it can be played by any age and it's extremely portable. This is the perfect game to have around and it's really fun to take camping. Wicket Kick, 4Fun: I am not a huge croquet fan but this game is a blast! You ditch the mallets and use giant, colored balls and kick them through the wire gates. The rules are similar to croquet but it's much more fun for kids and adults to play. I am always stressed when we play croquet because my kids are always waving those huge wooden sticks around. This is a much safer option and fun for everyone!

  • Ultimate Water Toys for Your Backyard

    Mel and I love creating backyard spaces that our kids, friends, and family love spending time enjoying. We both like hosting backyard parties and having a few water toys for everyone to enjoy is a must! There is nothing better than hanging out with your besties, sipping beverages, while your kids play with their friends. Mel and I came up with our top 10 recommended water toys that will keep your kids entertained all summer long! 7ft Mister Monster, HearthSong: If this doesn't scream summer and backyard parties, what does? The 7ft monster mister is huge and perfect for keeping kids cool this summer. We love the bright colors and durability. Water sprays out of the monster's mouth and belly. The legs fill with water which is great because it helps keep the monster stable. It doesn't include a pump, so make sure you have one on hand. If you want to add a water toy to your backyard but aren't ready to commit to a pool or inflatable bounce house, this monster mister is perfect. Jumbo Water Beads: We love water beads but these jumbo water beads make sensory play even more fun! They are great to add to an outdoor water table or mud kitchen. If you haven't used water beads before, you simply put them in a bowl full of water and wait a few hours while they grow. We love pairing a lemon squeezer tool with these. Kids love to put the beads in the squeezer and watch them get smashed. Playsink, Cute Stone: In January I purchased a similar play sink for my kids. I was actually surprised how much they loved the practical play toy. This sink has a few more features than mine and comes highly rated on Amazon. The play sink comes with cutting food, utensils, and table accessories. The play sink circulates running water from the faucet and the pots/pans even release "steam". Your kids will love using this water toy inside or outside. This is the type of toy that will get played with from ages 1-7 and teaches real life skills. Bunch O Balloons: This is the only way to fill balloons. I can't even imagine having to hand tie balloons. Every year we stock up on bunch of balloons. We use them during parties or when friends come over to play! It only takes a few minutes to fill the balloons. You can often find these at Costco. When you see them, grab two packs and you can thank us later. Over the summer these balloons sell out fast at Costco and Amazon. Splash pad, Jasonwell: Over 11,000 Amazon reviews on this splashpad sprinkler. It's 68'' and great for toddlers and little kids. Dogs will also enjoy this toy too! All you need is a garden house to hook up and you can adjust the water pressure with with the spout knob. Some water toys require a lot of set up. We love that the splash pad can be put up quickly and easily stored. You could even turn this splash pad into a sensory water pad by adding some water beads, water tools, and ocean figurines. Mud kitchen, WoodNPoppy: This mud kitchen is an investment, but it's something that will last and get used all of the time. WoodNPoppy lets you select your wood type and finish. You can even customize how many sinks you want and if you would like a water hand pump! This toy is perfect for sensory and imaginative play. The outdoor mud kitchen can be used in so many ways. Plus, it keeps the dirt, water beads, sand, and liquids outside. There are more affordable mud tables on the market for around $150. The downside is they won't last as long due to material quality. If your kids love to explore, create, and spend time outside, this is your mud table! Water table, Step2: I bought this water table in the spring of 2020 because I was desperate to entertain my kids. This is our favorite water table because there is enough space for many kids to play and enjoy at the same time! It comes with a variety of water tools for sensory play. You can even turn this into a sensory table. We love putting water beads in ours and also using it as a car wash station. Inflatable water bounce house, Banzai: Mel and I both have inflatable water bounce houses. Our versions aren't available online anymore but we have a great alternative. Both of our hubbies were skeptical when we first purchased but they have admitted they were wrong! We absolutely love this water toy and it gets used at least once a week. It's great for kids of all ages and an excellent alternative to heading to the pool. Pro Tip! We highly recommend purchasing a water pump. This allows you to circulate the water and pump the water out when finished. If you dump the water on your grass instead of using a pump, it will scorch the grass and ruin your lawn. Water blasters, Max Liquidator: We opt for these water blasters over water guns any day. They are made out of pool noodle material and come in a 6pack. You don't have to have a pool to use them. Fill a few coolers with water and let your kids load them by pulling back the handle. For around $20, these are a steal and an essential to any water fight. Slip n Slide: Last year I hosted a massive backyard party for family and wanted to have a water toy that would be fun for teens and adults too. I purchased my slip n slide from Costco but it is no longer available. This slide is great because it includes the racing bodyboards and is 31ft. This slide has a spray curtain so it keeps the slide wet and littles can even enjoy sitting and running through the water.

  • Outdoor Toys for Your Backyard

    It's starting to warm up in Utah which means we are getting excited about moving our indoor play outside! We love outdoor play because it means fresh air and vitamin D. Just don't forget to keep your favorite sunscreen within reach. Many backyards include the "standard" outdoor toys: trampolines, basketball hoops, and swing sets. The toys listed in this guide are unique and can be enjoyed by many ages! Jumbo Soccer Ball, 4Fun: This giant soccer ball is HUGE! We dig the low price point and that it can be used by many ages. Littles can kick and roll on the ball. Big kids can play soccer and jackpot. Teens can even get a fun game of kickball or dodge ball going! Jumparoo: You know our deep passion for Jungle Jumparoo. This is an indoor and outdoor toy and you can even purchase the water attachment and transform it into a water toy too! Because you can't bounce people off the Jumparoo, you eliminate the injuries that can occur from tramps. We love that it also includes a climbing feature so kids can jump, climb, swing, and cool off! Gazillon Bubble Machine: Thousands of bubbles for kids of all ages. This blower does all the work so you don't have to. Have you ever almost passed out from blowing bubbles? We have.... Don't be caught in that situation again and invest in a bubble blower. You can thank me later. The Swurfer: This is the original stand up surf board swing. These boards totally live up to the hype. Kids love to experience swinging in a whole new way. Master your balance and get a good workout while enjoying this toy. Activ Life Flying Rings: These are the next generation frisbees. This company essentially upgraded the traditional frisbee and here we are. They fly much easier and with more accuracy than ever before. Boomabandz: This toy is brand new this year and is coming in HOT! Made of polyester and spandex this is essentially a child slingshot. Hours of fun running from end to end to see who can handle the speed and resistance of this fun stretchy band. Chalkscapes, HearthSong: These chalk stencils are so fun to use when sidewalk chalk gets a little boring. A pro tip of ours is to wet your chalk before use. Stick the chalk into a bucket of water and the colors will glide a lot more easily and using these stencils will up your chalk art game. Ninja Set, Fofana: Who doesn't want an outdoor Ninja set? This set is awesome because it can work for kids all the way up to teens. It's easy to install and has a variety of attachments for the slack line. Charlie and Caroline are obsessed with their kit. We also love that this set is manufactured in the United States. Outdoor Hammock: Tons of good reviews on Amazon and so much fun to gift an older kiddo who loves to be outdoors. These can be used to hang essentially anywhere the space allows. It also comes in a million different colors and the hanging kit is included. Two Bros Bows: At first Mandy was skeptical that this archery set would really work! Wow, was she wrong! The foam tipped arrows are soft making it safe for kids to play with. The quality is excellent and the product design makes it easy for kids to place the arrow in the correct spot! It is suggested for 6+ but a 5-year old should be able to enjoy too! Rollercoaster: Outdoor rollercoasters are a total blast. Inventory on these types of toys is really low right now. Here is a great, in-stock, option. Rollercoasters are awesome because they really work for ages 1-7! Littles love to ride and big kids love to ride too. Both of us have coasters and can attest that thing purchase will get used. You can even bring it inside for the winter months. Spider Swing: This swing is perfect for a big tree but can be also used on a traditional swing set. Mel's love this and the weight limit is over 700LBS! Endless laughs with lots and lots of friends swinging together on this big spider swing. Tree climbers: These tree climbers are really fun if you're not wanting to do something permanent. They can be wrapped around the tree without any damage. Garden Kit, Kinderific: So much open-ended play can happen with this toy. It include a tote bag, spade, watering can, rake, fork, trowel, and gloves! Love it that it can organized with the tote. This would be such a fun addition to your outdoor sensory play tools! Tea Set, Green Toys: Another awesome toy from Green Toys! This set is perfect to add with a water table or outdoor mud kitchen. It can also be used indoors and is a blast to keep in the bathtub station. The quality is excellent and it's extremely durable. Mud Kitchen: We spent a lot of time trying to find an affordable and functional mud kitchen. Many options on the market are really expensive and we weren't willing to pay the high ticket price. This option is $150 and comes with the features we wanted: cooking space, storage, water tub, and accessories. Mud kitchens are great because so much sensory and creative plan can happen. Think mud, sand, flowers, grass, slime, rice, jello! Big Dig Excavator: If you have a sandbox, dirt, or rocks, or snow this digger is for you! This is great for a backyard or beach! This hands-on toy is awesome because it's great for all seasons, has a 360-degree swivel and 2-handed digging and dumping feature. Large Slide, Little Tykes: This slide is the upgraded version of the indoor one that Little Tykes makes. It is more durable and a little bigger than the traditional red and blue version. This is perfect to add to your outdoor collection. Bounce house, SMOL: These bounce houses by SMOL are esthetically pleasing and deliver hours of fun for you kiddos. SMOL has eliminated the obnoxious colors associated with outdoor toys! These can be used both inside and out. Sandbox: Hours of fun with sand. This is the full sensory experience right in your backyard. Order some sand from your local hardware store and watch your kids go wild. We also love that this one has a cover to protect your little one from the sun.

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