FurReal Friends Daisy Plays with Me Kitty Review {Holiday Gift Guide}

FurReal Friends Daisy Plays with Me Kitty

FurReal Friends are on all of the hot toy lists this year.  The hardest part is deciding which FurReal Friends to add to your family.  Bryson and Bella are always asking for a kitten, so Daisy Play with Me Kitty will be joining our family thanks to the folks at Hasbro.

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During a trip to Walmart several weeks ago, I decided to browse the toy aisles with the kids in tow.  Fortunately, they rarely ask for anything and are usually totally okay when the answer is “no” or “maybe later.”  I know, shocker right?  Our reason for the toy aisle trip was simple- I wanted to see which toys caught their eyes, what they were most interested in, and gather a few ideas for Christmas.  Bryson is a simple kind of guy.  Give him a new LEGO set or anything train related and he’s good.

Furreal Daisy Play with Me Kitty

Bella, on the other hand, is harder to buy for because she’s a busy little bee and most toys do not hold her attention. When she walked by the FurReal Friends, Daisy Play-With-Me-Kitty instantly caught her attention. Bella sat down in the floor at Walmart and played with Daisy until it was time for us to move on and grab some groceries. Since she is difficult to buy for, I was excited to have an idea to add to her gift list.

FurReal Daisy Kitty Review

Daisy Plays with Me Kitty comes with Daisy (of course!), her toy, and a pet care guide.  She responds to you and has plenty of tricks up her sleeve.  She can pounce, jump, wiggle her paws, and make kitty sounds.  When she meows, she sounds like a real cat.  I took her to my parent’s house (hiding her until Christmas) and when I walked in, she started meowing and my dad thought I had a real cat. She senses movement and changes in light and responds by making noises or moving around.  Daisy Plays with Me Kitty is soft and cuddly like a real kitty.  Press her paw to hear a kitty melody, pet her forehead, wave her toy in front of her, or press her back and watch her respond.  When playtime is over, she’ll cuddle up in your lap and knead her paws just like a real cat.

FurReal Friends Daisy Plays with Me Kitty

FurReal Friends Daisy Plays with Me Kitty is available at Amazon.com.  She’s currently on sale for $34.05!

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Toys Inspire Creativity & Imaginative Play

Daniel Tiger Toys at Toys 'R Us

I participated in this program on behalf of The Fred Rogers Company and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Fred Rogers said, “In all things we do, we should think of the children first. How can we support growth and development?”  It’s obvious Mr. Rogers knew exactly what he was talking about and I could not agree more.  One of the ways I encourage growth and development with my own children is through play.  Research shows that children make strong connections to TV characters and I think any parent would agree with that.  Think back a few weeks ago to Halloween- how many characters did you see running around?  Children listen to, trust, and learn from those characters on TV.  That’s why it’s so important to make sure their TV time is spent with fun and educational shows like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

Daniel Tiger

Since Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood premiere in September 2012, the show has been among the top 10 highest rated programs for preschoolers and among the top 5 highest rated programs among moms.  As a mom, it is definitely one of my favorite shows.  I’m so glad we are able to watch it on Amazon since we’ve given up satellite.  I love that each show features a theme and a strategy that little ones can apply in their own lives.  And the songs, we all sing along with the songs and Bella sings “Everyone is big enough, big enough to do something!”

 

Daniel Tiger Toys at Toys 'R Us

It was absolutely time for some Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood toys to hit the market!  Daniel Tiger toys are available exclusively at Toys “R” Us and every toy is made to inspire creativity and imagination.  What I love about these toys is that they allow for open-ended play and can be used in more than one way.  There is no right or wrong- no one way to play.  You’ll find plush dolls, Neighborhood Friend Figures, and play sets.  Pillowcases and clothing are also offered.  Prices are totally affordable- anywhere from $5.99 – $39.99.  Great for holiday gifting!

Do you have a Daniel Tiger fan on your shopping list this holiday season?

Be sure to check out the full line of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Toys at Toys “R” Us!

Our Favorite Kitchen & Food Toys for Kids {Gift Ideas}

Favorite Kitchen Food Toys for Kids

Two years ago in 2011, I purchased a new wooden play kitchen and several play food toys for the kids as their Christmas gifts.  At the time, Bella was turning 1 and Bryson had just turned 3.  She is now turning 3 and he will be 5 in less than a month and their little kitchen and play food are some of their favorite and most used toys.  We have a mixture of plastic and wooden sets, some that offer sound effects while others do not, but they all encourage imaginative play.

We personally own and recommend each item and set listed below.  With two years of use already, I think that speaks to the quality and durability of each product I’ve chosen to feature.  If forced to pick top favorites, Bella would choose #1 & #3 while Bryson would choose #4 & #5.

Favorite Kitchen Food Toys for Kids

1. Leapfrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket

2. Hide N Squeak Eggs

3. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Say Please Tea Set

4. Melissa & Dough Birthday Party Cake

5. Melissa & Doug Pizza Party

6. Melissa & Doug Bake and Decorate Cupcake Set

7. Leapfrog Cook and Play Potsy

Kitchen and Food Gifts for Kids

8. Melissa & Doug Fridge & Freezer Food

9. Melissa & Doug Cutting Food

10. Melissa & Doug Sandwich Making Set

11. KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen

You can see our play room set up with our KidKraft Kitchen and Table/ Chair set..  The kids love to play restaurant, host tea parties, and often bring me “lunch” while I’m working at my desk.  They bake cupcakes, create burgers, practice cutting skills, etc.  The KidKraft Kitchen we own was an investment, but it was totally worth it!  Because it has such a large fridge, oven, microwave, and shelves, the kids are able to store all of their play food sets in the kitchen.  They also love the washer and wash clothes daily.

KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen

I’m linking up with the wonderful ladies of the iHomeschool Network.  Click over and check out the other Christmas Gift Lists including the gifts for LEGO lovers and gifts kids can make.