Friday, April 8, 2011
A candy-free Easter basket? That bunny wouldn’t dare!
But this mom is very pleased when our fluffy-tailed friend includes more than the usual Marshmallow Peeps and Cadbury Creme Eggs.
We’ve already dipped into the Adventures in Motherhood mailbag to sample these new Easter-themed prizes:
— An interactive Easter egg. You read that right. And my 5-year-old son loves it!
This new twist on a traditional egg hunt from Jojo & Friends has provided us with plenty of giggles and even sharpened my preschooler’s listening skills.
Have your child turn his back, push the “on” button to activate the Jojo Electronic Easter Egg Hunt, then hide the toy behind a cushion, under a chair, wherever. The egg will call out hints for the child: “Yoo-hoo! Over here!”
When hunted down and opened, the eggs surprise the child with one of four friendly characters — Jojo the Bunny, Max the Dog, Maggie the Cow, or Bud the Pig.
Then switch up the fun and have your child hide the egg for you.
I’ve even used time with the toy as a reward: If son washes and dresses for school quickly, we have time for a game of “egg hunt.” This has cut down his foot-dragging tremendously and gives us a few minutes of fun instead of mommy-nagging. It’s a win-win!
The eggs retail for only $3.99 and are available at stores including Kroger, Meijer and Toys R Us. They are recommended for children ages 2 and up.
— You know how some songs just stick in your head? At one point when my kids were smaller, the theme from “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!” nearly drove me to the brink of insanity.
But I risked retracing that route and took the new “Wubbzy’s Egg-Cellent Easter” for a spin in the DVD player.
It features six new episodes: Wubbzy discovers new ways to decorate eggs, celebrates the first day of spring with his kickity-kick ball and has to save the holiday when Easter is canceled.
The sweet characters have lots of fun and learn valuable lessons along the way. My preschooler loved them all and has had repeated views.
“Wubbzy’s Egg-Cellent Easter” is on sale now at Amazon.com for $9.99.
And to help celebrate the DVD’s release, one lucky Wubb fan can win a one-of-a-kind piece of Wubbzy-inspired artwork from series creator and artist Bob Boyle.
To enter the sweepstakes, visit www.Wubbzy.com. But hurry: The contest is only live through April 10.
* SPOILER ALERT * SPOILER ALERT * Baker kidlets, avert your eyes!
This year, my honey-bunnies will also be treated to these treasures:
— Klutz Thumb Wars: The Ultimate Guide (Retail $12.99). My kids are going to take thumb wrestling to the next level with the Official Sleeve of Doom!
Klutz continues to amaze with their extensive line of how-to books for kids. The fun guide books offer both hands-on learning and creative ways to goof off.
Topics include juggling, origami, cat’s cradle, face painting, balloon twisting, nail art, foam rockets and card tricks.
(If you’re shopping for Klutz online, be sure to check for discount promotional codes on coupon sites such as RetailMeNot.)
— And speaking of cards, as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of UNO this year, Mattel is introducing a new way to experience the popular card game.
Our family is crazy for the UNO Attack! version, but it’s just not that portable.
The new UNO H2O To Go game cards are made of durable plastic and are water-resistant, so families can enjoy UNO everywhere - even by the pool or at the beach.
Priced at about $8, the H2O version comes with a handy clip that keeps all the cards together and can be snapped on to your beach bag, backpack or camping gear.
And it’s a perfect fit for any Easter basket.
— Want to give a gift that will inspire your child to give back? Blessing Banks help teach kids to save money for the purpose of helping others.
Blessing Banks are available in handcrafted hardwoods ($30) for both boys and girls, hand-painted ceramic ($30) and also in a silver-plated option ($45), which would make a perfect baptism or First Communion gift.
Each bank comes giving-ready, boxed and topped with a raffia bow, with a gift card and instructions for use tucked inside.
The same company offers Little Blessing Bags for only $2.50. They’re a great reminder that even on-the-go families can share their blessings. These would make a cool gift for Sunday school students, or they could make their own as a class project.
— Another great Easter idea that doesn’t cause cavities: Stuff something healthy into those plastic eggs you hide in the yard.
For the younger set, try mini boxes of raisins, packs of fruit snacks or organic snacks like HAPPYPUFFS.
Small cars or hard plastic animals, stickers, temporary tattoos, even quarters will delight little hunters as well.
Because really, haven’t we all had our fill of jelly beans?
Disclosure: Some featured products were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.Tweet