I was super excited to review this Mariposa doll.
Mariposa and the Fairy Princess Mariposa Doll
is themed on the Mariposa and The Fairy Princess series.
The doll is dressed in a pretty pink transforming outfit. There’s a small lever at the back. One needs to twist it and transform Mariposa into a fairy Princess. Unfolding the lever, transforms her dress into lovely delicate wings. Mariposa Barbie Doll looks spectacular in her outfit. She wears tie up heels that are indeed very appealing.
I brought home this doll so that I could introduce my child to the new Barbie
wonderland. It’s an amazing collection of dolls to set my little daughter on an imaginary adventure.
'It's amazing seeing adults and children smiling and enjoying the aesthetics of my creations and that spurs me on every time to come back with something bigger and better each time.' Lego toys
might be a toy for the little ones. But, an adult has spent 10,000 pounds for his hobby –turned-obsession. Robert Clarkson, 55 years old, spends 2 hours of his time everyday to pursue his hobby of creating LEGO creations. One room of his house is dedicated to showcase his passion for LEGO. Robert has 50,000 LEGO pieces to make creations like a football stadium with 22 LEGO players and 250 fans.
His creations include- The Beatles Yellow submarine, Steeplejack Fred Dibnah’s steam engine Betsy, and some scenes from Bill and Ben and Rapunzel.
Mr. Clarkson’s passion is such that his creations are out on display for his fellow enthusiasts and children to witness his masterpieces. He was heard saying- “I was a fan of Dr Who and tried to make the Dalek Robot. I loved the fact you could build something then break it all up and start on something else. I enjoy the creativity of Lego - coming up with new ideas and putting them into reality - and overcoming technical obstacles to make it work along the way. “
Mr. Robert Clarkson is a member of the adult Lego fan club the Brickish Association
and exhibits his work around UK.
People like him remind me of Dale Carnegie’s famous lines-“Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”
Though Kids India 2013 is over, yet we can show you the insides of some amazing stalls we came across during our visit-
- What a magnificent stall they had! There were separate sections for their different brands. Each section displayed some continued toys and also presented the one to be launched in 2014. Some to be mentioned are Sophie doll collection, Hot Wheels track sets, Slamdown WWE characters and not to forget beautiful Barbie Dreamhouse
. The most eye catching was Dreamhouse. With two elevators, it became every girl’s Dreamhouse.
- Chicco had all their baby products displayed on their stall. They also presented their about to be launched products. Some of the Chicco
products, one can see in 2014 are high chairs, strollers, projectors and much more. The catchiest product was their cot mobiles
. This product has LED technology in it, when a baby cries the sound sensor gets activated with its melodies.
- The very first day of the event, we witnessed an amazing launch of a board game by ToyKraft in collaboration of SAB Channel
. The board game is based on the famous show on SAB channel known as Balveer
. The launch had all the cast of the show. The Toykraft
stall was very well maintained, not too crowded. The entire stall had amazing board games, accessories, Diwali cards and so much more to catch anyone’s attention.
stall had Sunflower decorations all around it. It felt as if one has landed up in a sunflower city. My most favorite toy in the entire stall was Talking Tom
. How can one forget Tom? Our very own Android App is now a plush toy, having exactly the same features like the App.
had its stall featuring their upcoming pedicure, manicure sets, Finger painting sets to involve all the girls. It doesn’t finish here. They had a completely crazy RC track set in the middle of their stall. It has been the Toy of the year, in Nuremberg Toy fair is to be launched in India in Dec/Jan.
After visiting and scanning all the stalls for three days, we would like to congratulate Spielwarenmesse eG
and all the cast and crew of Kids India for making it such a great event.
The latest buzz I came across-Furniture retailer IKEA
is staging its annual Soft Toys for educational campaign. The management declared any book or toy sold in the IKEA store from Oct 27th to Jan 24th, 2014, the IKEA foundation
would donate 1 Euro to the education of the children through UNICEF
and Save the Children
IKEA also did this in 2003, since then they have benefited more than 9 million children in around 46 countries. The donated amount till date is around $ 80 million.
During the last spring, one of the workers from Burlington stores was send to visit a field trip to Malawi, Africa as part of the inaugural IWitness Global Citizenship Program
. Through this program, workers got to know how IKEA helps children in education.
To conclude it would be right to say- “The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.”
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
This is what exactly we at Toy Tasting did. We have always laid emphasis on children and their development. We thought as Diwali is around the corner; why not celebrate it with the kids by gifting them some toys. It would be a fun activity and we would also contribute to their skill development. The best part was the support coming in by our online kids toy store
partner-Yellow Giraffe in our initiative. So as planned, our 2 core team members Charu and Jinal went to Dream India NGO in Borivali, Mumbai.
We were welcomed by the NGO trustee Soma Joshi and her team members. On entering inside, we saw small hands waving and smiling at us. After interacting and sharing some chuckles, we went forward with the gifting of toys. On receiving toys, the smiles they had on their faces were mesmerizing to watch. We played with them, introduced them to skill building toys like Lego toys
, Laser pegs and other board games.
The connection between the children and us was instantaneous. We really enjoyed their stories, their smiles and the little knowing touches. They insisted that we must visit them again. After all the hugs and kisses, we headed back. Though we left the place, yet our minds stayed there.
Overall we had a great day playing and learning from the little tiny tots. We wish them all the love and happiness. We would also like to thank Yellow Giraffe for sponsoring toys and being a part of our initiative.
On our experience with the kids in Dream India
, we would simply say- “Unless each day can be looked back upon by an individual as one in which he has had some fun, some joy, some real satisfaction, that day is a loss."
“Hands on Search
”, project by Yahoo! Japan
brings out two amazing technologies- 3D printing
and Voice Search
together. Face behind this project Osamu Aranami believes, these technologies when combined together are magical.
The company designers put a 3D-printer in a Bulbous, cloud like housing and outfitted it with a voice-based user interface. In a visually impaired school, the machine was tested.
While pressing the big button,students shouted what they wanted and their desire popped up in the form of a plastic miniature. This was magical !Trucks, giraffe, unicorns, buildings and other kids toys
are produced just with a press of a button. Though the teachers need to cut the extra edges off the plastic toys, yet the smiles on the students face is worth it.
Now I realize, when people say: One of the best things in life is seeing a smile on someone's face & knowing that you are the one who put it there.
I was glad when I got an opportunity to review this amazing toy by Leapfrog
Letter Phonics is an amazing interactive toy. Its 3-in-1 feature makes it the right choice for the kid. Each letter tile comes with a corresponding sound. A child can place it on the lid, hear the letter name, play the alphabet song and easily put all of them back in the bucket. It teaches the child about phonics, word-building and helps to enhance their auditory skills. It also fosters memory and learning.
My son loves playing with this toy and it has improved his phonics
Now learning becomes a fun activity.
I have always been a puzzle person. So while looking out for puzzles for my 4 year old son, I chanced upon the Plus Plus puzzles
. These puzzles excited me even more. They are simply different from the regular ones. They involve kids for hours and enhance their creativity and imagination to a completely different level. It was a delight to watch my son and his friends making different shapes, birthday cakes, camera and so much more.
The best feature about this toy is the use of different pastel shades. The set comes in lovely colors not easily seen elsewhere in other puzzles. The quality is also maintained with no phthalates and PVC present in it. The pieces are of plus shape allowing them to interlock easily.
This children puzzle
set is a total fun activity for me and my kid.
Mary Shelbourne says “A turkey stuffed inside a pizza, the whole thing deep-fried and dipped in chocolate.”
For many these lines were just a dialogue. To tempt a foodie like me, these mouthwatering lines were enough. All I could think about was food and only food.
The movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
” had a capacity to change a non-foodie into a hardcore one. The backdrop of the movie rested on Flint Lockwood- an inventor of unusual discoveries. One of his inventions led to inventing of a machine changing water into food. However, later his invention takes a turn, causing an avalanche of food.With his strength and will power Lockwood manages to save the world by destroying his machine.
My idea of appetite will take an adventurous turn this Friday again. Sony Pictures Animation’s
is all set to release “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” In the coming sequel, Flint learns about his invention being successful. Looking at this he is now creating food-animals, fondly called – “foodimals.” He and his friends are set to embark on a dangerously delicious mission to rescue the world.
The character of Flint says a lot about not giving up and striving hard for things one wishes to have in life. Looking at this I wish, it would be great to have something like his machine in real. It would have saved people from a lot of miseries. To end up, let’s quote one of my favorite lines, where Flint says- “Have you ever felt like you were a little bit different? Like you had something unique to offer the world, if you could just get people to see it. Then you know exactly how it felt to be me.”
Sony proudly boosts of its Play station 4
launch. The PS4 is supposed to launch on Nov 15th, in the US. As promised by the company, the set would be 4 times cheaper than the previous XBOX One. The set would be first released in US and then in Europe on Nov 29th.
With a promising fun loaded gaming experience, Play station 4 has received pre-orders. The new set looks like the next-gen console to beat. To answer this, Sony says: It is designed with an overarching theme of a “frictionless” and “seamless” experience.
There are exciting features this Play station promises. Some to mention are: It will track both the controller in a gamers’ hand, as well as their face. To implement this technology, interesting ways are undertaken by the company.
The most interesting part of this play station: It would wirelessly send your games to the VITA
. Similar synergies would be maintained between all Sony devices, Xperia handsets, tablets, Bravia TV and BD Players. It will offer unrestricted access to pre-owned games.
Play station 4 will also have some free features at our disposal like: As Microsoft locks many of its XBOX Live features; Sony would allow large additional features for free. Features like party chat, free-to-play games like Planetside 2 or Netflix would be free even if one does not have a Play station free subscription.
Sony promises a lot with this Play station 4, let us see what all gets delivered. So are you ready for an unlimited fun gaming experience?