I received a product sample in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
The holidays are once again upon us. The hustle and bustle of shopping for presents has commenced at last and the search for the perfect gift is a quest we all find ourselves on. I personally love buying gifts that have some educational value in them but are still fun. I have found that Museum Tour offers some of the best learning toys and gifts around!
ABOUT MUSEUM TOUR
The Museum Tour website and catalog is the brainchild of a former museum director. As a former educator and president of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, she recognized a need for enjoyable, easy to communicate teaching aides to assist parents in fulfilling their role as primary educators. After all, in every generation parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents have taken on the responsibility of insuring that the children become contributing members of society. But the training tools they used were found in the kitchen, garage, and farmyard. Today, to compete globally, we need modern props (that are rapidly changing) to assist our children’s learning. The Museum Tour website and annual catalog make it easy for adults to create enjoyable learning opportunities for children beyond the museum and science center walls. Visit them today at www.MuseumTour.com.
This year Museum Tour has compiled a list of the Top 10 Best Bets for Hanukkah (which starts extra early this year on November 27!) and Christmas gift giving. These toys all look super fun and I’m sure they will put a huge smile on any child who receives them!
Kids Utensils Set • Ages 2+ • $34.99
Construction • Kids will gladly open wide for these yellow and black utensils where a fork is the image of a fork lift! The four-piece set includes front loader spoon, bulldozer pusher (perfect for peas on the plate) and a bonus soft, stuffed front loader plush toy.
Garden Fairy • Like the construction-theme, make every meal an adventure with this four- piece set for dainty fingers. Comes with an adorable garden shovel (aka spoon), garden rake (aka fork) and a garden hoe pusher. Also included is Garden Fairy, herself, who will happily extend the fun when eating is done.
Belly Bump Jr. • Ages 4+ • $29.99
How’s this for safe running around? Kids can now bump, jump and
roll followed by loads of laughter. It looks like a red raspberry but designed for little arms and legs. Crawl over it or through it or bump into your brother.
The Belly Bump Ball is designed for belly-laughing moments. Buy a set of two at
MuseumTour.com for $55.99.
Wondermaze • Ages 3+ • $49.99
The design for WonderMaze was inspired by similar mazes on exhibit in museums
across the U.S. Now enjoy it as an attractive construction toy for the family room, kitchen, preschool or even office. This interactive construction activity for kids is a creative challenge for young minds. Magnetic backing holds gravity slides, angled
slopes, spinners and pegs that become active as balls enter the maze. It’s a mesmerizing introduction to the science of physics!
Megaladon Tooth Specimen • Ages 8+ • $29.95
Wonder what the tooth fairy would say about finding this under the pillow! Amaze
your friends with mega shark teeth! This is a full-size museum replica of one of the largest Megalodon shark teeth ever found. At over 60 feet, Megalodon was bigger than a T-Rex! Whoa! Imagine how big his toothbrush must have been!
Art Tablet • Ages 3+ • $39.99
A huge leap above coloring books and crayons is this Art
Tablet. Watch your artwork come to life with this super-protective and easy-to-hold iPad holder, art set and downloadable iOS app combo. Interactive stamps make patterns, animation, music and special effects. Use the tactile stylus as a pencil, crayon, marker or paintbrush. Then turn it on its side to make textures and cool visual effects.
Living Sands • Ages 3+ • $79.95
What is it? Form “sand” into hard durable shapes and with a soft touch, it’ll break apart and appear to move, as if alive! Non-toxic and antibacterial, Living Sands won’t stain and easily removes from hands. Parents report it’s the most unique play materials on the market with an easy-to-mold feel similar to
cookie dough, yet it is totally dry to the touch. Includes table and colorful molding tools.
Chaos Tower • Ages 8 • $134.99
Winner: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award
Winner: National Parenting Center of Approval
Winner: Parents’ Choice Silver Award
Combining physics with construction, this amazing building tower challenges both the mind and the body. Includes the Chaos learning CD-ROM containing 50 hands-on educational activities for grades 3-12. Windows® and Mac® compatible. The 602-piece Chaos Tower is the ultimate construction toy.
Candy Chemistry • Ages 10+ • $36.99
Have your science lesson and eat it too! This kit is a wonderful introduction to chemistry since it uses everyday ingredients found in the kitchen.
Produce a variety of candies while learning why one is hard, another chewy and yet another soft. Kids discover that cooks make chemical reactions
every time they heat or stir ingredients. Kit includes 48-page illustrated instruction book, molds, thermometer, spatula, dipping fork, foils, paper cups, sticks and wrappers.
Enchantmints™ Jewelry Boxes • Ages 4+ • $29.99
Music and art appreciation come together in this special box to keep the things a little girl holds dear to her heart. Each musical treasure box is illustrated with a storybook pattern — ideal for her dresser top. Cleverly placed drawers can keep trinkets and treasurers. Choose one of three styles:
Horse • See a horse rotating to the sounds of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” once the hinged top is opened. Velvet-flocked paper, inside mirror add to its appeal.
Unicorn • When the hinged top is opened, a rotating unicorn is revealed and “The Unicorn” music plays. Box is
6″ x 4″ x 6″.
Ballerina • Enchantmints’ ballerina musical treasure box is illustrated with beautiful pattern and color—a dreamscape for her bureau or bedroom desk.
Magformers Carnival Set • Ages 6+ • $74.95
Hand-eye coordination gets a big boost with this marvelous
construction set. Build a Ferris wheel or any other thrill ride you can think of with the
46-piece Carnival Set, complete with little action figures to build into the ride. Explore and experiment with five colorful geometric shapes — triangle, square, rectangle, diamond and trapezoid — to create simple and complex 3D magnetic models.
For my review, I received the Unicorn Enchantmints™ Jewelry Box. This box is simply gorgeous. The art work on it is breathtakingly beautiful. It reminds me of the tapestries that kings and queens would have in their castles! My daughter, Katie is over the moon with the Unicorn Enchantmints™ Jewelry Box too. She loves all the drawers that she can stick her treasures in. Most jewelry boxes that I have seen for kids usually only have one, maybe two drawers to put things in. The Enchantmints™ Jewelry Boxes each have 5, one on top, one on the front, one on each side and one on the back!
I have a discount code for my readers, MOMSALE, which will give 15% off some secret items through Nov. 30th. If you use this code on the following linked items, at checkout the discounted price will be calculated. Have fun shopping!
Living Sands $79.95
TacTic Toss $19.99
Target Toss $19.99
Twin Gyroscopes and Strings $14.99
Sew Fun Machine Set $79.99
Mixed Media $29.99
Easy Weaver $120.00
Seek and Find Deluxe Kit $28.85
Design with Tools Workshop $39.99
Lap Loom $45.00
Complete Doctor Kit $36.99
Dino Bump Game $24.99
Slinky Dog Set $29.99
Design and Drill $39.99
Water Color Canvas $24.99
The Repurposed Library $24.95
Meteor Rocket $19.99
Solar System in My Room $34.99
Dino Checkers $24.99
Win It: One lucky reader will win a $30 GC to Museum Tour!