Selected Hot Toys for Toddler Christmas Gifts 2009

Christmas is upon us. That day usually related to gifts as a symbol of caring each other and sharing our happiness to celebrate Jesus' born.

Before you give a gift to your kids, you should need to spend your time to select the most appropriate one. To save your time before shopping, I have made the list of 10 Christmas Toys 2009 as follows:

1. Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters

ZhuZhu Pets - Three ZhuZhu Pets Hamsters - Hamsters May Vary are robotic hamsters that are very realistic and interactive. They move and make hamster sounds, cooing and purring in their own play set. Hours of fun for kids!
You can click here to see some of ZhuZhu Pets - Three ZhuZhu Pets Hamsters - Hamsters May Vary or Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Num Nums.

2. Smart Cycle Extreme

Fisher Price Smart Cycle Extreme is built like the original smart Cycle only it has a newer more colorful style. The premise is the same, exercise for kids from 36 months to 6 years while having fun. The new cartridges feature bumpy roads, construction areas, oil slicks and graveled paths which creates a rumbling effect in the handle bars.

The Extreme Smart Cycle is well worth the money spent as it provides hours of educational fun for you children. It helps them learn with letters, numbers, shapes, spelling and character identification. Additionally you can also purchase additional cartridges if you feel your kids are getting a little bored with the included disk.

3. FurReal Lulu the Cuddlin' Kitty

FurReal Friends Lulu My Cuddlin' Kitty Cat is a new member added the the FurReal animal family. This robotic toy is the likeness of a cuddly cat. The sensors within allow her to purr when touched. She can roll back, lick her paws and face, just as a real cat does. It is so lifelike.

4. Matchbox Deluxe Rocky the Robot Truck

Matchbox Deluxe Rocky the Robot Truck completed with some programs, sound and flashlight can be a great playmate for your toddler from 3 years and above.
For more information, you may click Matchbox Rocky the Robot Truck - Deluxe Rocky is a very attractive truck though it looks like a common truck.

5. Learn and Groove Musical Table

LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table provides a world of learning and musical fun for your children from six months to three years. This innovative toy is chock full of learning and musical activities designed to provide motor skill development, visual and auditory stimulation, as well as opportunities to learn about the alphabet, colors and opposites for older children -- and much more.
For more information, you can click LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table.

6. LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet

LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set is a toy for your kid while you are in the kitchen. Your fridge door is the perfect place to develop a taste for reading. Nobody goes hungry for learning with this set of 26 colorful, easy-grip magnetic letters and magnetic letter reader that attaches securely to your fridge. Each letter talks, sings and teaches letter names, letter sounds and learning songs. Put a letter into the reader to hear its name, its sound or a fun phonics song. Your kids might not eat their vegetables, but with the Fridge Phonics Magnetic Set they can learn to spell them.
For more information, you can click LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Set.

7. Fisher-Price Stack 'n Surprise Blocks Songs 'n Smiles Sillytown

Designed for ages 6 to 36 months, the Fisher Price Stack 'n Surprise Blocks Songs 'n Smiles Sillytown [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging] provides many peek-a-boo, pop-up surprises, stacking play, and silly music to delight your child and encourage skill development. The blocks are easy to grasp and stack, and feature bright colors, friendly faces, and familiar themes for your baby to build on.
For video, you can click here.

8. Ben 10 digital watch - ben10 kids watch

Ben 10 digital watch - ben10 kids watch is a jelly band kid watch. It features flashing light. The mercury battery is already included.
For older toddler or preschooler, they may enjoy role play using Ben 10 Omnitrix F/X. For more information, you can click Ben 10 Omnitrix F/X.

9. Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Learning Puppy

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Learning Puppy is so cute at very good size and it serves lots of learning fun as a cuddly play pal for 6 month babies to 3 years old. It combines two modes of play, learning mode and music games with 10 lovely songs. Simply click here for more information.

10. Elmo

One of Elmo plush toys is Fisher-Price Elmo Live. Elmo live looks like a real Elmo shown on TV, he seems speaking as his mouth opens and closes just like a muppet. His mannerisms are right on target and his head bobbles back and forth as he speaks. Elmo waves his arms, sits and stands, and even crosses his legs while telling stories and jokes, singing songs and playing games. Children can activate the magic with a tickle or a squeeze of Elmo's foot, tummy, back or nose. For more information, click here.

I hope you find the list helpful when making your toy selections.
May Joy, Peace and Prosperity be with you and your family throughout this Holiday Season.

MATCHBOX Rocky the Robot Truck - Deluxe Rocky is a very attractive truck though it looks like a common truck. Matchbox Rocky the Robot Truck completed with some programs, sound and flashlight can be a great playmate for your toddler from 3 years and above. This truck can talk, move around, tell pleasant words and jokes, dance and snore when it sleeps as well as change shapes.

Matchbox Rocky made of strong plastic does everything you see in the commercial. After switching the button on the back in play mode, the truck says, "Rocky reporting for duty." This is a sign of Rocky telling that your kid has been activated him.

The shape of Matchbox Rocky can be changed by tilting his smoke stack forward to make him lay on his wheels or tilting him back to make him stand up.

Your toddler may put something on his back and then dump it. Sometimes your toddler can heard Rocky says, "Shake whay your momma gave ya!"
Besides, Matchbox Rocky is programmed to give comments on the loaded things. Your toddler may hear, "whoa, that's heavy!" or "this is an easy one." Your toddler may see Rocky talks as seen in the video:

video dumping a load:

Your toddler may look interestingly Rocky dances like in the video below:

Though Rocky is a machine, but he still needs a rest. When your toddler do not play with Rocky for several minutes, he goes to
sleep mode. Rocky sometimes snore during his sleep.

video snoring

Matchbox Rocky is better played indoor and avoided from sand and water.

The price seems to be worth it. Unfortunately, Matchbox Deluxe Rocky the Robot Truck was not available when I was a kid.

ZhuZhu Playsets to Keep Your ZhuZhu Pet Hamster Active

Zhu Zhu pets can be played with more exciting atmosphere when you also have the playset. Below are 9 playset for your Zhuzhu pets you may purchase separately:

1. Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Funhouse
It's an all-out Hamster Happening with the Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Funhouse! They
chatter, scatter, scoot n' scurry while making tons of hilarious hamster sounds in their home!

2. Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Car and Garage
Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters scamper into the Garage, climb into the Hamstermobile, then
magically drive all by themselves!

3. Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Wheel and Tunnel
Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters run up the ramp, then go 'round and 'round down.

5. Zhu Zhu Pet Adventure Ball

Place your Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster in the Adventure Ball for non-stop Rock and Roll Action!

6. Zhu Zhu Pets Surfboard and Sleep Dome

Surf's up for your Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster! Place him on his way cool surfboard and watch as
he surfs across the floor. Later, he chills in his sleep dome.

7. Zhu Zhu Pets Skateboard and U-Turn

Zhu Zhu Pets thrash and grind around the hamster skate park u-turn, then scurry across the floor on the Zhu Zhu Skateboard all by them selves!

8. Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Bed & Blanket

Super Snuggly and cozy warm bed and blanket for your Zhuzhu pet hamster to sleep in.

9. Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Carrier & Blanket

Super Cute carrier for taking your Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster on the go and a snuggly blanket to
keep them comfortable.

Zhu Zhu playset is available in some nice packages too in order to save your time and money in purchasing Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster and the playsets. Below is a package with 2 Zhu Zhu Pet hamsters and all accessories.

To make you easier to purchase 2 Zhu Zhu Pet hamsters with 8 accessories, this package is quite complete to play. The accessories are 1 Hamster funhouse, 1 Hamster wheel and tunnel, 1 Hamster-mobile and garage, 1 Spiral slide and ramp, 1 Adventure ball, 1 Surfboard and sleep dome, 1 random color Pet bed and blanket, 1 random color Pet carrier and blanket. The special bonus included is the storage tote.

The following package is more complete with four Zhuzhu pet hamsters including the playset.
All Zhuzhu Pet Hamsters, Pip Squeek, Num Nums, Mr. Squiggles & Chunk equipped with all playsets. The playset to make your Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster busy are Giant House, Hamster Mobile & Garage, Spiral Slide, Hamster Wheel & Tunnel, Adventure Ball, Surfboard & Sleep Dome, Skate Board & U-turn, 2 Sets of Blankets, Carriers and Beds.

ZhuZhu Pets: The Review

ZhuZhu Pets! What are ZhuZhu Pets? (Should be correctly typed zhu zhu, but most people type zhuzhu.) Well, the name 'zhu zhu' itself has attracted my attention fully. ZhuZhu Pets are brand new toys produced by Cepia LLC, a manufacturer and marketer of toys and games for kids of all ages. Basically, ZhuZhu Pet is a hamster toy, a very cute hamster toy with a unique personality. In fact, ZhuZhu Pets are magical and wonderful toys. They are not like ordinary hamsters for sure. ZhuZhu Pets are interactive plush toys. They can move as well as ... talk! YES, they can talk because they are equipped with artificial intelligence.

There are 4 different kind of ZhuZhu Pets. Chunk, Pipsqueak, Squiggles and Numnums. Each of them has different nature, personality and whimsical. Take Chunk for example, he is famous for laying low, chilling out and hanging back. However, when he gets a whiff some slumming surf, he is off and run away.

What about Pipsqueak? Well, Pipsqueak is a different story. Though she is small and sweet, she never feels afraid of anything. She loves to play, explore, run and slide. Frankly speaking, this is my favorite. Just give her space and enjoy how she performs.

And Squiggles, don't call him "cute" or he will get sad. This one is quite easy to get upset, a bit difficult to please and just do what he wants. He is a hamster on a mission, explore galore and some more. Whatever he is, he is still cute to me. You can still love him, pet him and watch him doing his mission.

Numnums? Oh, I like the name. You will fall in love with her because of her super fuzziness. Of course you will also laugh watching her action. If there is something super duper yummy near her, definitely she will get it and track it down. She is also a really good sniffer. She can detect a carrot from a mile away. Just stay back and watch her looking for some munchies.

ZhuZhu Pets features:
  • Beautiful high quality plush interactive toys which make the play time funnier, furrier and more friendly
  • There are 2 play modes. Nurture and adventure. In adventure mode, the hamster can explore the habitat with their intelligent audio and mechanical response to various kinds of habitat stimuli. In nurture mode, you can love it, hug it or pet it and the hamster will coo and purr gently
  • 60 seconds of sound and motion
Wait a minute! I haven't finished yet. What makes these toys so incredible are their playsets. There are various playsets that you can collect and connect for the ZhuZhu pets. Currently, there 8 playsets and the more you have, the merrier! I mean, there are many things they can do with the playsets. The play options become unlimited.

I'm not going to tell you a hype. But this toy is trully a MUST buy. Right now, ZhuZhu Pets are in the bestseller toys at Amazon, on #1 in Electronic Toys and Games and I found that so many customers give positive feedbacks for these hamsters. I predict, these toys will be the best Christmas Toys 2009. So, what are you waiting for? Go for it before it's sold out!

Fisher-Price Digital Arts & Crafts Studio is a unisex toy played by 4-7 years old. Your kids may enjoy creative play for hours with 85 built-in projects using your PC at home. Those projects include coloring pages, connect-the-dot-games, greeting cards, flying airplanes, jumping frogs and party hats. Fisher-Price Digital Arts & Crafts Studio is designed to entertain your children and develop their creativity with a safe and easy-to-operate digital activity program. Your kid can use a stylus provided as a crayon, stamper, pencil tool, etc and the stylus will help him improve his hand-eye coordination as well.

1. I love the password-protected controls available in this toy so that my files are safe and I can leave my kid without any doubt.
2. With so many features, your kid can explore a lot of things. It avoids your kid from getting bored.
3. The coloring is great, hope it works for your kid, too.
4. Your kid's hand-eye coordination will be improved by controlling the stylus.
5. The instructions are not only can be read on the screen but also spoken so that it helps young kid who cannot read yet. Besides, the buttons are friendly to use with reasonably clear purposes.

1. Your kid may need time and patience before he is able to control the stylus easily especially for connecting the dot game. It is like the time when we try to use a mouse for the first time, I guess.
2. I do not think it is needed to always print any project before I quit. However, before I quit, there is a question whether I want to print and finish or not exit. So, you may keep your printer off to avoid it from printing. One good thing is that there is limitation of the amount of printing pages.
3. There is color rainbow which is not so flexible. When it is set in the rainbow, your toddler may pick the wrong color easily and it ends up with the wrong color.
4. There are some projects which do not have an exit button. To quit, you can press the home button on the tablet and there will be the print and exit option.

To watch the demo on a video, click here.

After all, this toy is fun and lovable for your kids who love computer coloring and crafts, play with their own pictures and draw on them. It helps young kids to pick up a pencil properly too.

Do your toddlers love watching the Wonder Pets, an American animated children' TV series? Well, the Wonder Pets toys can accompany your toddler to play pretend at home. Like what they watch on TV, they can pretend to be 3 wonder pets save 3 baby animals. It can be played alone, together with friends or parents. So it will be a great role play with The Wonder Pets.

In Fisher Price The Wonder Pets Schoolhouse Adventure Playset, toddlers love to push the phone and hear the voice of the characters. Unfortunately in spite of the fact that the tunnel, the tree and the flag pole are removable, some toddlers found that they come off easily. It lessens their enjoyment in playing this set of toy. You may need some glue to put under the flag pole and the tree to keep them on the same place.

The figure of each the Fisher Price Wonder Pets is different so your toddler cannot put bigger figure in flyboat of another Wonder Pets toy set. For short, the figure and toys of the first set is only fit with the ones came with this set. It may not rise a problem for toddlers who never play Little People series which can be played in any set of Little People. However, to avoid your toddler frustration, you need to explain to your toddler about different size of each toy set.

Talking about colors, this toy set of my friend had unexpected color combination. For example, the color of green and the birds on the tree are green. In my opinion, it does not really support the learning process for your toddlers who in general love various colors.

Halloween costume ideas may give benefit for you and your toddler since Halloween is getting closer and closer. As the previous Halloween, you and your toddler have a chance to become something different through Halloween costume. You and your toddler may dress up like a character in movies, an actor or actress, a monster or whatever you want to be. Luckily, in recent days, there is a wide selection of Halloween costume for your toddler available in the market. There are super hero costumes, occupational Halloween costumes, animal Halloween costumes, etc. Below are some selected Halloween costumes which can be a little help for you to save your time in preparing Halloween costumes for your toddler.