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PlayMonster Games and Toys for Kids and Families #ToyFair17

We’re all looking for fun, family-friendly activities for kids and families. I hit the jackpot at the PlayMonster booth at Toy Fair 2017. Check out my reviews of three family-friendly card games, plus My Fairy Garden, and Wonder Crew toys. PlayMonster products are available on Amazon and major retailers.

Three easy-to-learn card games: Grabolo, 7 ate 9 and Qwitch. Available on Amazon and at major retailers.

My Fairy Garden: Create a fairy garden that grows! Children ages 4 and up, available on Amazon.

Wonder Crew, a new line of toys for boys, are available on Amazon. These superhero toys combine the adventure of an action figure with the emotional connection of a stuffed animal to give children a best friend.

More Toy Fair videos on the way! Watch more videos on my YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/MariaBailey


Bicycle Playing Cards Celebrate 130 Years!

The classic Bicycle brand has been making decks of cards in the US for 130 years! Hard to believe that this iconic brand started manufacturing playing cards when Grover Cleveland was president and women wouldn’t have the right to vote for another 35 years. At Toy Fair ’15, I discovered that Bicycle cards are not just the basic red and blue decks anymore. There are commemorative decks and themed decks for almost every charity and hobby imaginable. Commemorative decks are being issued for the 130th Anniversary, the Civil War (with artwork by Jackson Robinson), decks for the Wounded Warrior Project, pink ribbon campaign and even funny themes like Zombie and Big Foot.

Check out the many themes available. You’ll find a great birthday or holiday gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life. Playing card games is a great family activity!


Duo Games on iPad – Perfect for Kids!

If you’re an iPad user, you’re used to having fun, information and entertainment at your fingertips. How about adding in family togetherness? With the new line of Duo Games, you and your family will love the enhanced, shared gaming experiences that these app-supported accessories provide.

Mary’s 6-year-old DD visited the office last week, and we had the perfect test subject! She loves Dora, so the Dora the Explorer game was a hit! As she moved along in the game, she got so excited when she answered the questions and the coin dropped in backpack!
So cute.

Duo review

There are four (4) new Duo products that are sure to be a hit with iPad users of all ages:

  • Duo Pinball- Experience some pinball wizardry and relive your favorite arcade moments with Duo Pinball. Flipper buttons and a spring-loaded plunger make pinball game play unbelievably real.
  • Atari Arcade- Relive the fast-action excitement of your arcade days with Atari Arcade. With its joystick and buttons, Atari Arcade is exactly the way arcade games were meant to be played.
  • Dora Let’s Play Backpack- Get ready for adventure fit for explorers big and small with Dora Let’s Play Backpack. Players answer Dora’s questions about matching, listening, logic and Spanish language by placing tokens on the Let’s Play Backpack color that matches their answer. The top of Backpack rotates, collecting tokens for correct answers – no scorekeeping or counting necessary
  • Thomas & Friends Steam Team Station- Thomas & Friends Steam Team Station is an app-supported active play device that gets kids jumping, spinning, skipping, and racing with their favorite engine friends! Six engine cards interact with Steam Team Station and iPad for fun-filled game play that gets kids up and moving.



For information, go to http://duo-games.com/.

MomTV Holiday Giveaway-Win a Duo Game!

MomTV is celebrating the holiday season with 15 fun-filled days of great giveaways! Each day on MomTV Maria Bailey will upload a new video featuring a product to giveaway. Check back each weekday on MomTV from December 3rd through 21st for a chance to win one of our great prizes. Learn more at http://www.momtv.com/blog

Want to win one of the Duo Games featured in this video? Click this link to answer the trivia question and enter to win: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6YR5GZZ

Fun Games for Kids from Patch Products

My family loves games and puzzles. Video games, Board games, card games and puzzles with a bazillion pieces. A few of the games that caught my attention at the Toy Fair recently are from Patch Products, a family-owned company that has developed high-quality and award-winning products that provide fun and interaction. From younger children to tweens and teens (and the whole family), there are plenty of options.

In the popular pirate theme, Don’t Rock the Boat is a game that lets children imagine they are pirates as they try to balance penguins on the game “board”, which is actually a pirate ship. Another game I know kids love is Flingin’ Frogs. Children can launch miniature frogs onto five tiers of lily pads. Farkle Flip, The Card-Flipping, Risk-Taking Card Game, Patch puts a new spin on the popular family game by using cards only.  Flash & Furious is geared for the older crowd (12 and up) and involves answering questions at lightning speed, all centered around a custom Flasher stand.

There are so many terrific games from Patch, perfect for all of the birthdays and other occasions we need to buy for year round.


Adorable Pony Royale Line – from Toy Fair

I love the Toy Fair in New York. There are a lot of booths to see and people to meet, but this is the sneak peek into the newest, hottest toys that kids will love. Here are a few highlights, including videos from the toy company reps.

Pony Royale is a new girls line starring beautiful princess ponies in a fresh new approach to princess play in the fashion doll category. Pony Royale combines girls favorite play patterns – hair play, fashion play and nurturing play – to give girls endless hours of open-ended creative play with a fun and easy fashion system. The full collection, featuring 12 Princess Ponies, all with the ability to mix-and-match their manes, tails and fashion pieces, debuted at the Toy Fair. www.ponyroyaleworld.com


More video reviews on the way…

Holiday Crunch Time

As we head in to the final countdown for the holiday weekend and with Hanukah already here, I’m posting a few items that crossed my path in the last few days while I was out shopping. They caught my attention because I interviewed the company or brand reps at the Time To Play Toy Showcase in September. It’s interesting when these toys become the hot item to have for holiday gifts!


A cool game that includes action figures that become online characters, Skylanders works with many gaming systems and retails for about $70. Available in major retailers, this is the must-have for kids!



A great game for family and friends!