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Sesame Street The Magical Wand Chase Review and Giveaway

Shout! Kids Factory

Its up, up and away with Sesame Street with a brand new DVD set to release on November 6th, 2018 from Shout Factory.

Sesame Street The Magical Wand Chase Review and Giveaway

About Sesame Street The Magical Wand Chase

It’s up, up and away as Elmo, Abby, and friends take to the skies above Sesame Street in colorful hot-air balloons in this exciting special. When a playful bird, voiced by Elizabeth Banks, snatches Abby’s magic wand, the pleasant ride becomes a high-stakes adventure through the streets of New York City. Between making new friends and learning about different cultures, our heroes must recover the wand in order to return home to Sesame Street!

When Abby and the gang visit new neighborhoods throughout The Magical Wand Chase, they discover new foods, music, and languages. Best of all, they make new friends who help them on their quest to find the missing wand. The Magical Wand Chase is deeply connected to Sesame Street’s mutual respect and understanding curriculum, using the tapestry of the city to show kids that kindness is universal and new friends can be found anywhere

Bonus Features

  • Full-length feature: Elmo’s Alphabet Challenge
  • Full-length episode: The Golden Triangle of Destiny
  • Downloadable storybook: Elmo and the Lost Wand

Movie Trailer

All of our favourite characters from my youth and now my children, are back in this action packed DVD sure to delight children of all ages. Join the adventure as Abby’s Magical Wand is taken and the gang must travel through New York in order to find it. Children will be able to explore new cultures, new food and so much more with their favourite characters. The underlying message of kindness and making friends, is so important for our youth especially during current times.

Want to re-create some more fun? Download the printable Scavenger hunt here.

The Giveaway!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Prepare for the Holidays with Games that Blast, Shock and Test the Mind from YULU

Yulu

Looking for the ultimate hands on, interactive game fun for this holiday season? Look no further than these three exciting games that will shock, blast and test your mind and creativity.

Prepare for the Holidays with Games that Blast, Shock and Test the Mind

Family game night is one of the most important nights of the week for our family. We are so busy with work, school and soccer, that these hours are important for us to unwind and reconnect over food and games (can life get any better?). We all know that the game makes the night, you need to find a game that will interest everyone (in our family that means two adults, a teenager and a child) and that is fast paced and exciting – no easy feat right?

Prepare for the Holidays with Games that Blast, Shock and Test the Mind

Pacemaker Extreme is a fast paced game for all ages. All players are forced to pay attention and think quick otherwise you risk facing a shock! You can play with a minimum of two people and up to eight. Each players places a finger on one of the red pieces (shown above) after setting the game mode. Players take turn following the pace of the game by pushing down on the red piece either once to continue in the same pattern or twice to reverse the order. If you are too slow, press out-of-order or don’t pay attention – you will face a shock (very minor buzz on your finger but it gave me a surprise the first time as I wasn’t expecting it). Our youngest tried to get around the shock part by covering his finger with his shirt – didn’t work!

Prepare for the Holidays with Games that Blast, Shock and Test the Mind

Looking for fun that tests your guessing ability under pressure? Cut the Wire is the game for you and your family!

This game actually became one of our favourite out of these three games and out of all of our other games we have at home. Cut the Wire is a game of luck as you work towards defusing the bomb. You need to accomplish this by cutting each wire to find the special wire that turns the bomb off without setting the whole thing off. We loved how it lit up if you accidentally cut the wrong wire and the special noise it made when you cut the wire that defused it (that was such an awesome feeling because you knew right then that you were the champion).

Prepare for the Holidays with Games that Blast, Shock and Test the Mind from YULU

Hackathon is one of the latest games in the Spy Code group of games from YULU. In this game your identity has been stolen by a group of villains and has been saved inside a super advanced console. You are in possession of the console and your Spy Code squad has instructions to hack and retrieve the secret information. However, only one person can see and work on the console at a time. You can only hear each other. You are forced to work together with lots of talking in order to decode the console in a set amount of time (two thumbs up for lots of communication). We loved the pressure, feeling like a spy (who doesn’t love this feeling) and loved that you have to work together to solve the secret information.

All three games will make for a perfect gift for the holidays or even just before the holiday season starts so that you can spend some downtime with the kids during the busyness of the season.

What do you look for in a family game?

Make sure you follow YULU on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest games and more.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned games in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Bring the Jurassic Age to Life with Stikbot Dino Eggs and Mega Dinos

Fascination with the powerful and dangerous creatures from the Jurassic period will never go away. We are caught up in their power as children and the fascination with these creatures continues to develop as we grow into our teens and adulthood. We find them in movies, cartoon, books  and  even in popular toys.

Stikbot figures are super cool and easy to use for all ages figures that have suction cups on their hands and feet with bendable bodies. The bendable bodies and suction cups allow children (and adults) to create their own still scenes and live action, which can be brought to life using their free app. Bonus – you can even add in sound for even more creativity in the app. Children become the director and producer of  their own creative play.

Bring the Jurassic Age to Life with Stikbot Dinos

Stikbot has introduced a line of dinosaur figures to expand your child’s Stikbot collection – from dinosaur eggs to mega dinos to even a dino set that helps to really bring to life their action scene. Your child has the ability to gather a group of dinosaur friends (or maybe even enemies – the choice is theirs!) for hours of creative play.

Bring the Jurassic Age to Life with Stikbot Dinos

There are seven Stikbot Dino eggs to collect – from the Stikpterodactyl to Stikstegosarus to the terrifying Stikparasaurolophus. Your child will learn about these fantastic creatures – important physical features and when they roamed our planet, which helps prompt further learning either online or at the local library. Your child can create an epic battle or perhaps a peaceful gathering of the gentle giants. The possibilities are endless and creates hours of play and learning.

Bring the Jurassic Age to Life with Stikbot Dinos

Also part of the Stikbot Dino collection, are three mega dinos – the StikBrontosaurus (featured above), the StikCarnotaurus and the StikTRex. These dinosaurs are larger than their dino egg counterparts. They can be the protectors of their smaller friends or perhaps a great enemy?

We loved how easy it was to create either stills or action scenes. The figures are easy to put into place, the arms/legs are attached to the body with an elastic like string and the suction cups attached easily to both the previous Stikbot set we had and our table and hardwood floor. The StikBrontosaurus came with its own background (featured above) and we used that to create a backdrop for our son’s pictures. I liked how he was able to incorporate his other Stikbot figures into the scenes (he created his own version of the popular Jurassic movies). One of the best parts is that the Stikbot dinosaurs encouraged additional learning, my son wanted to learn more about the dinosaurs he was playing with. We pulled out his dinosaur books from his library and were able to incorporate educational facts into the play. A win win for any parent!

The Stikbot Dino characters can be seen in the Dino Planet series, check out the trailer below.

Stikbot Dino eggs and Mega Dinos can be purchased from Amazon and Walmart and will make a great addition to stockings and dinosaur themed Christmas gifts this holiday season.

What is your child’s favourite Jurassic dinosaur?

Make sure to follow the #Stikbot hashtag online to see what others are creating and follow Stikbot on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Discover What is Worse with Stuff Happens from Goliath Games

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What would be worse – favourite show is cancelled or seeing your Dad naked? Dropping your phone in the toilet or third degree sunburn?

Discover What is Worse with Stuff Happens

In Stuff Happens, you learn a lot about your friends and family as you discover what is really worse in life events.

Stuff Happens is a box of cards that contains a wide range of scenarios (two hundred to be exact) that you must rate in order to win. The scenarios on the cards are all PG13 – so nothing too extreme but many will make you cringe, give you shivers and some will just make you laugh out loud. Some may bring back horrifying memories that you wish you could just forget about.

Discover What is Worse with Stuff Happens from Goliath Games

This game is great for both small and large groups, you can play with two to twelve players making it perfect for all sizes of gatherings. Make sure you read the instructions first and watch the video below to help you better understand how the game works. Your job in this game is to rank how bad each scenario would be and if you match the rank on the card then you win that card. If you correctly rank ten cards, you are the winner.

Discover What is Worse with Stuff Happens from Goliath Games

I am sure you can just begin to imagine the variations of this game my boys (husband included here) came up with. Whether you play this game following the rules or making up your own, I promise you your night will never be the same again. We laughed at our own rankings and were shocked at how some were ranked. It may even bring back some memories of when some of this has actually happened to you! This started some pretty bizarre and crazy conversations throughout our evening but was a lot of fun.

Instructional Video

Looking to add some giggling, cringe worthy fun to your party? Pick up Stuff Happens before your next event, the game can be purchased at Walmart.

Make sure to follow Goliath Games on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with the newest games and more.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Sesame Street – Elmo’s World: Elmo Explores! DVD Giveaway

Sesame Street - Elmo's World: Elmo Explores! DVD Giveaway

Return to Elmo’s World with an all new two-hour DVD full of your favourite character hitting stores on October 2nd, 2018.

Sesame Street - Elmo's World: Elmo Explores! DVD Giveaway

About Sesame Street Elmo’s World: Elmo Explores!

Explore the everyday world with everybody’s favorite furry red monster, Elmo, in the new DVD release of Sesame Street – Elmo’s World: Elmo Explores!, on October 2, 2018 from Shout! Factory  and Sesame Workshop.

Elmo Explores! is a two hour collection of Elmo’s World episodes, appearing for the first time on DVD. Using the power of his imagination, Sesame Street’s little red monster explores kid-friendly topics such as painting, cooking, and habitats from a child’s point of view. Joined by the hilarious Mr. Noodle, Smartie the Smartphone, and his pet goldfish Dorothy, Elmo asks questions that lead to fun discoveries. An age-appropriate launch pad for imagination and learning, Elmo’s World: Elmo Explores! indulges children’s natural sense of curiosity about the world around them.

Each engaging installment of this newly reimagined Sesame Street segment presents young viewers with lessons to help them grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Bonus features include two episodes of the uproariously silly Sesame Street spin-off The Furchester Hotel and three classic segments of the original Elmo’s World.

About the Bonus Episodes: The Furchester Hotel

The Furchester Hotel episodes The Count’s Vacation and Space Alien Party are presented here on DVD for the first time in North America as bonus features. The Furchester Hotel is an “almost” world-class establishment run by a tight-knit family of cheerfully incompetent monsters. The proprietors are welcoming owner Funella Furchester, her dear and beleaguered husband Furgus Fuzz, their daughter, the unflappable Phoebe Furchester-Fuzz, and Isabel, the furriest front desk bell in the business. Cousin Elmo is on an extended visit and fascinated by all the hotel has to offer. Cookie Monster has landed his dream job as a room service and dining room waiter. The family bends over backwards, forwards, and sideways (occasionally tipping over) to be sure the needs of every guest are met because a Furchester never gives up! Animal, vegetable, and mineral alike flock to this hub of hospitality, where problem solving is part of the service.

DVD Trailer

Our Thoughts

How can you not love Elmo and his crew? These shows are in its forty eight season and that shows just how much generations of children and adults love the sense of adventure, humour and curiosity presented in the shows. There is something for all age groups – I couldn’t stop watching them and I love that I can share this part of my own childhood with my own kids.

Get into the Sesame Street fun with this printable colouring page and bookmark brought to you from Shout Factory.

You can purchase a copy of this amazing, fun-filled DVD on Amazon.

The Giveaway

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Disclosure: I received the above mentioned DVD in order to facilitate this post, all opinions expressed are my own.

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