Holiday gift ideas for grandkids: Toy time!

Holiday gift ideas for grandkids: Toy time!

Seeking unique screen-free toys for the girls and boys on your holiday list?

Check out these five fun gift ideas for your grandkids, all reviewed and recommended by my grandkids.

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Summer six pack: While away dog days with Pressman Toy and Goliath Games

Summer six pack: While away dog days with Pressman Toy and Goliath Games

Though school bells beckon in the distance, there's still a fair share of summertime to spare. Why not gather the grands and try your hands at these six entertaining options for school-age kids and older?

I received the six following toys and games from Pressman Toy and Goliath Games free for review, and my review buddy, James, and I had a blast putting each to the test.

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Paper Trax: Recyclable paper race track affixes to wall, entertains all

Looking for a a unique way to complement a kiddo's car collection this Christmas? Look no further than Paper Trax, a patented paper raceway set that allows for countless creative wall configurations — attached to the wall! — for hours of fun for everyone.

When I say "everyone," I mean one and all who encounters the 100 percent recyclable toy distributed by the BE Good Company. I can say that with authority because the evening Bubby and I set out to review the set, my house was full of guests and not a one could resist pitching in on building the track or enjoying it after the work was complete.

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Paper Trax Speedway Super Pack, the pack I received free for review, is a race car themed set of over 12 feet of trax (11 straight trax plus a bonus created from the box). The set includes 3M Command strips for safe attaching to walls.

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Other packages available include a Starter Pack and Super Play packs with...

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Giveaway and review: Magic Sketch innovative art pad by Boogie Board

My eight-year-old step-grandson loves to draw. And color. And craft. And create.

So when I received a Magic Sketch from Boogie Board free for review, Bud was the perfect product reviewer for this post.

What's a Magic Sketch? It's pretty much the coolest thing ever, Bud deduced after a few minutes with it. Technically, though, the Magic Sketch is a kid-proof, waterproof, innovative art pad that provides a new and exciting screen on which kids can draw, learn, and play.

Then erase with the push of a button and repeat. Again and again.

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The Magic Sketch LCD-display tablet retails for $29.95 and comes with...

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Stocking stuffer for Hot Wheels® fans: PlayTape® Track & Curves

My grandsons have hundreds of Hot Wheels® vehicles. Race cars, trucks, emergency vehicles, and more. Literally hundreds filling buckets and boxes.

I used to carry a new one for their collection to give them each time I arrived at their door. No more. They have plenty, I think.

What they don't have, though, are roads on which to roll those nifty mini machines. And though Hot Wheels® are plenty of fun to roll and race sans tracks, the new PlayTape® Track and accompanying PlayTape® Track Curves will be a fabulous and fun addition to their collection.

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InRoad Toys rolled out the nifty Hot Wheels® PlayTape® goodies...

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Shape Mags Magnetic Stick N' Stack Tiles: Innovative magnetic fun (Review)

Before I delve into my review of Shape Mags Magnetic Stick N' Stack playsets, I must first apologize.

I must apologize for using the "C" word here. That "C" word being, well, Christmas.

See, if you're anything like me, you abhor the idea of considering Christmas before summer has even come to a close. But, as these nifty playsets are ideal, imagination-stretching gifts for girls and boys of all ages (well, age 3+ is the recommendation), I simply must note that Shape Mags are absolutely perfect for giving — and getting... for Grandma's playroom — for Christmas.

There. I said it. Forgive me and let's move on... to the review.

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I received free for review the Shape Mags Magnetic Stick N' Stack Tiles Starter Set...

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