Kid-Tested Toy & Product Review

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Products & Games for Tweens and Teens

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Games & Products for Tweens and Teens. Check out these games and products that the tween or teen in your life would love.

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Arm Rest Pads 
$18.95; EverlastingComfort.net
Pure memory foam conforms to your body’s shape to provide support where you need it most. An added top gel layer keeps your arms cool to sit all day long. The ergonomic design helps posture by acting as a riser for chairs with adjustment features. 

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Gaming Mouse Pad 
$22.95; EverlastingComfort.net
Create ample space for your keyboard and mouse. Made with memory foam wrist support for added comfort during intense games with a USB-powered, light-up mouse pad with a brightness adjustment. It is waterproof and the breathable micro-texture cloth is easy to clean. Complete with a non-slip rubber bottom that stays put, even during hard mouse and keyboard use in those intensive plays on gaming platforms. 

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Puttisu Lip Glosses & Lip Crayons
Lip Gloss: $18 & Lip Crayon: $16; Puttisu-usa.com
Moisturize lips with high-gloss, longer-lasting vibrant colors, such as fruity-scented Pink Bubblegum and Red Ruby. Hypoallergenic and moisturizing Butter Lip Crayons with easy-to-use dial sticks, perfect for little hands, in Coco Cherry and Pink Lemonade. 

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Bleuet Bras
$20–$24; BleuetGirl.com
(Bluu-ay) is a tween and young girl-focused bra brand. Their buttery soft and size-inclusive bras are created sustainably and ethically. All of their scraps get turned into scrunchies, and they only work with manufacturers who offer fair and sustainable wages, reasonable hours and a safe working environment. In addition, all lightly worn and inspected returns in good condition get donated to foster girls lacking bras. 

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TOSY Flying Disk
$96; FlyingDuo.tosy.com 
360-LED powered boomerang and flying disc. Rechargeable, water-resistant and will automatically flash after 10 seconds if the disk is not thrown.

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Jot Kids
$29.99; Amazon.com
JOT is a reusable writing tablet that’s perfect for quick lists, reminders, family game nights. Write with the included stylus, a pen cap, pencil or even your fingernail. Push the button on top of the LCD writing tablet to activate Boogie Board’s unique Quick Clear technology and watch the board instantly clear itself. No need for special erasers or paper towels. The bright, durable display and integrated kickstand feature and magnets make this a great writing tablet for all your home organizing needs.

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Casio Graphing Calculator FX-9750Glll
$59.99; Casio.com
Casio’s new fx-9750GIII boasts several new exam-friendly capabilities permitted for use on all standardized tests. The fx-9750GIII leverages a new natural display feature, which allows for 2D-templates for fractions, roots and other functions to appear on the screen as they are written in the textbook. Users can create, save, edit and run Python files, as well as import and export these files with streamlined computer connectivity.

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Unicorn Lap Desk
$34.99; GoodBanana.com
These kid-first creation stations makes it comfortable to work or play wherever your child's adventures take them. Sized for kids and made with sensory-friendly materials they'll love, each lap desk is an ergonomic upgrade wrapped with a cloud-like touch. 

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All-in-One Table Tennis Set
$39.95;
ProSpin.net
Play anytime, on any table. Complete with a retractable net, 2 high-performance table tennis paddles and three white balls. 

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GraviTrax PRO: Vertical Starter Set
$79.99; Ravensburger.us
Build with walls, pillars, and balconies that can be attached together to form three-dimensional structures. 

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Weighted Blanket
$59.99; GoodBanana.com
While most sensory blankets are a drab grey or blue color, these fun patterns bring all of the benefits of mom or dad's favorite weighted blanket to a kid-friendly size and aesthetic. The 5 lb weight is soothing for children 30 lbs or more, making a perfect companion for creative time, streaming entertainment, reading, and winding down for some much-deserved rest. Available in Frosted Donut, Pizza, Tie-Dyed and Rainbow.

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B3 Blitz
$29.99; Amazon.com 
B3 Blitz can be played anywhere on a table, inside your dorm room, apartment, picnic table, backyard patio, camping, basement…truly anywhere.

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Whirly Board
$109.95–$139.95; WhirlyBoard.com
Add a little fitness, agility, and fun. The Whirly Board allows you to spin 360˚ and engage all your body's core muscles. An excellent training tool for any skill level. 

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QBRIX 
$89.99;
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09176MPFK?ref=myi_title_dp
This unique photo constructor allows you to assemble a picture in pixel art format from any photo an infinite number of times. The constructor can be disassembled and reassembled with new photos as many times as you want. 

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Things: Schitt’s Creek Edition
$19.89;
Target.com
The hilarious, easy-to-play, party game presents players with provocative topics such as “THINGS... you wouldn’t do for a million dollars.” Players each write funny responses and then take turns guessing who said what. There are no right or wrong answers. Just a lot of laughs. It’s almost like you’re a writer on the show.

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Herd Mentality
$25; BigPotato.com
The moo-velous, family-friendly game with a simple black and white mission: don’t stand out. Secretly write down an answer you think everyone will choose. If your answer is in the majority, earn a cow token.

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Seinfeld: The Party Game About Nothing
$19.99; FunkoGames.com
Celebrate the hit ’90s TV show in this hilarious head-to-head party game that will challenge what you know about the “show about nothing.” 

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The Goonies Never Say Die Game & Expansion Pack
$14.99–$34.99; 12+
FunkoGames.com
Embark on a perilous adventure full of dangerous booby traps and treacherous treasure-filled cavern. Will the Goonies discover the legendary riches that will save their homes, or will they follow the fate of Chester Copperpot... and never see the light of day?

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Don't Draw the Short Straw
$22.99; 12+
Amazon.com
In this fun and hilarious game, players first take turns drawing straws. Pull the shortest straw and you're in the hot seat! The Referee will read out what you must successfully complete from one of four types of cards: trivia, challenge, luck or a speak off. 

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Hip Town
$19.99; 13+
EndlessGames.com
It’ll take style, street smarts, and a sense of humor to make it here and beat your fellow developers for the trendiest neighborhood in Hip Town. With over 100 unique businesses and a wide variety of game-changing “reality” cards, you’ll never play the same game twice. Buying, Selling, Bidding and Building; it’s all part of being hip… in Hip Town.

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Kids Against Maturity
$29.99; KidsAgainstMaturity.com
Combines age-appropriate toilet humor for children and teens, with witty layered innuendos for parents, making it a fun choice for the whole family.

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Star Wars The Child Bluetooth speaker
$19.99; 
Amazon.com
He may look like “Baby Yoda,” but this adorable creature is called The Child - and now you can become his protector with this Bluetooth speaker toy from Star Wars.

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Mani-Pedi Kit
$59.99; Leangelique.com
With its ten different attachments you can shape, smooth, file, remove dry skin, polish, push back your cuticles, and even clean under your nails. Comes with a built-in nail polish dryer for drying your nails faster and more effectively. Comes with charger, so that you never have to run out of batteries, instead keep it charged for whenever you need to use it.

 

Published: May 2022

College Products

College Products

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Heading off to college? Here are some great products to send with your college student for dorm and apartment living.

iLive Truly Wireless Noise Canceling Earbuds
$69.99; iLiveElectronics.com
Whether traveling across campus or getting in some last minute studying for an exam, iLive’s earbuds are a must-have for college students. The long-lasting headphones not only include a recharging case to protect and keep them fully charged, but have an active noise canceling feature, so music and movies aren’t interrupted by noise around them. They also have a waterproof/sweatproof design and a comfortable earpiece that can be worn for hours without discomfort.

CA Essential Zoom Certified Webcam 

$44.99; https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09R8S5ZN7/ref=twister_B09BRDM7DW?_encoding=UTF8&th=1

The perfect webcam for online learning or staying connected to family when you head to college. This plug-and-play webcam features a 2.0MP camera, full HD 1080p, and autofocus and light correction, and the Zoom certification ensures it has passed rigorous testing for image quality. In addition, an omnidirectional microphone ensures your voice sounds natural. The built-in rotating privacy shutter ensures you are only seen when you want to be and the universal monitor mount is perfect for attaching to any screen. 

Cyber Acoustics Headset 
$24.99; https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0933MLSP6  
Especially good for elementary students because of its durable designA quality stereo headset that's perfect for today's demanding classrooms or virtual learning environment. The headset has multi-purpose connectivity so it can be used with a 3.5mm jack or USB. When connected via USB the headset also features a USB control module for easy in-line volume adjustment. 

Cyber Acoustics USB Speaker Bar 

$24.99; https://www.amazon.com/Cyber-Acoustics-USB-Speaker-Bar/dp/B09DJ1ZM5W?ref_=ast_sto_dp&th=1 

The perfect one-piece speaker for all your audio needs. The speaker conveniently clips to the bottom of most any monitor, creating a clutter free work and learning space. Plug-and-play, simple controls, and surprisingly great sound make this the perfect companion to any desktop. 

Cyber Acoustics 2.0 Speaker System 

$16.99; https://www.amazon.com/Cyber-Acoustics-multimedia-computer-speakers/dp/B00008MN45/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2A7YX98VAQSD6&dchild=1&keywords=ca-2014&qid=1620335541&s=electronics&sprefix=CA-2014%2Celectronics%2C224&sr=1-1

An excellent budget option that proves quality doesn't have to mean expensive. Simple and easily accessible volume controls make it the perfect option for younger students. 

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Ayla Vac-Ayla & Co. Vacuum
$60; 
Ayla & Co. - Vacuum
Ayla Vacuum is trendy and efficient new way to clean at home, work, college, or traveling. It’s a daily lifesaver to make life easier. It takes the mess, and the chaos, out of everyday events for a quick cleanup wherever it happens.

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Welcome to Wisconsin Towel
$45; KicksBySammy.com
Super-soft microfiber 100% poly fleece top that reverses to a plush 100% cotton terry loop backing. Perfect for the pool or beach or tanning on campus. Available in multiple college themes.

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SideTrak – Solo Touch Pro HD 15.8”
$479.99; SideTrak.com

A portable laptop monitor for every scholar, perfect for improving productivity wherever you do your best work. The Solo is a 15.8” freestanding portable monitor with a cover that has a sleek design and detailed HD picture. Adding a second screen increases productivity by 20 to 30 percent, saving you more than eight hours each week.

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InPOWERED Lights 
$49.99+; InPoweredLights.com

These stylish, everyday lamps will switch on automatically when the power goes out. Plus you never have to worry about where to charge your dying devices because these lamps charge phones and tablets with no electricity. IPL donates a portion of all profits to programs committed to helping women entrepreneurs.

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MyBevi 
$13+; MyBevi.com

Bring your morning coffee to the library or early morning lecture. What sets this brand apart from competitors is how easy it is to carry your phone, keys and a tumbler while on-the-go. The collection offers stainless steel tumblers for everyone that are made to endure all weather conditions and activities.

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Oscillating Tower Fan 001 with Large LED Display
$85.99; Taotronics.com
Equipped with 3 powerful modes (Normal, Natural, Sleep) and 3 fan speeds (High, Medium, Low), offering 9 different air flow settings to meet your multiple cooling needs in sweltering summer. Perfect 65°oscillating cooling fan is your air conditioner’s BFF distributing air with a velocity of 20ft/s to increase air flow and circulation for quick cooling that saves energy. This quiet, real space saving standing fan can be placed anywhere with utmost ease.

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Twinkly LED Smart Lights 
$99 & up; Twinkly.com
Smartphone controllable and come in strings, festoons, icicles and clusters. They are year round lights featuring more than 16 million colors to select for indoor or outdoor use. Combines colorful RGB LED lights with an impressive variety of levels for brightness, speed, intensity, and color palettes; fully controlled though the Twinkly app on a smartphone.

 

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Portable Lock Box
$49.99; Kensington.com 
Made with lightweight yet durable high-impact ABS plastic, the splash-resistant box is perfect for a mobile phone, passport, keys, wallet, money, and more. The dual locking mechanism lets you use the traditional keyed lock or the convenient resettable three-dial combination lock. Easy to take with you to keep valuables safe. A strong, adjustable security strap allows you to tether the lock box to a stationary object, and can also be used as a convenient carry handle.

Updated: June 2022

Back to School Snack Reviews

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Back to School Snacks!  Healthy, fun snack ideas to throw in kids' lunch bags!

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Pamela's Gluten-Free Whenever Bars
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The bars are gluten-free, non-GMO and contain no high fructose corn syrup. Each bar has 8-10g of whole grains and comes in four delicious flavors: Chocolate Chip Coconut, Raisin Walnut Spice, Blueberry Lemon & Cranberry Almond.

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Kate's Real Food Variety Pack
12-pack/$29.88; https://katesrealfood.com/
Get a taste of six of our most popular bars. Including both peanut butter and almond butter-based bars. These bars are made with whole food ingredients like protein-packed nuts, fiber-filled seeds, and nutrient-dense fruits. They’re lightly sweetened with honey to create a nourishing, lower-sugar snack or meal replacement. These energizing bars pack in 3 to 4 grams of protein per serving to help fuel your outdoor adventures or busy day. All of Kate’s Real Food products are made with certified gluten-free oats, making them a good choice for those with gluten allergies or intolerances.

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Old Trapper Beef Sticks
$1.39-1.59; OldTrapper.com
The single-serve sticks are available in Original, Teriyaki and Jalapeno flavors. Individually wrapped, these sticks combine smoked beef and spices for a distinct savory flavor. Low in carbs and sugar, the individual sticks cate to the snacking trend of moving away from sugary snacks and toward savory snacks higher in protein. 

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Harvest Snaps Baked Veggie Snacks
HarvestSnaps.com
Available in tasty flavors like classic Lightly Salted and Tomato Basil to Parmesan Roasted Garlic, the wholesome lineup is crafted from farm-picked peas, beans, or lentils as the first ingredient. Each munchie packs in a punch of plant protein and fiber, contains no artificial flavors, preservatives, or GMO’s, and is free of the common allergens gluten, wheat, soy, nuts, peanuts and eggs.

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Ready-to-Eat Tuna Salad Bowls
WildPlanetFoods.com
Sustainability-focused canned seafood company Wild Planet has you covered with their chef-inspired bowls. Require no preparation - just pop the can open. Combine 100% sustainably pole & line caught wild tuna with organic, non-GMO vegetables, pasta, and legumes. Made with naturally low-mercury skipjack tuna. Packaged with 100% recyclable, plastic-free bowls for eco-friendly disposal.

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One Potato Lunch Boxes
$7.95/box; OnePotato.com
The organic family friendly meal kits are perfect for kids heading back to school. Send your kid back to school with a low effort yet delicious and nutritious lunch from One Potato, each box includes at least one fruit or veggie (or both) and a chocolate chip cookie for dessert. Box Options: Brunch Bunch Box, Char-cute-erie Box, Dip-tastic Box, It’s Nice to be Rice Box & Fiesta Box.

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Gnubees
Gnusante.com
Kids love how tasty it is! Parents love how convenient & packed with nutrition it is. Gnubees is a nutritional snack that is convenient & environmentally friendly, that makes good-for-you…well… taste good. Made with real fruit juice in a variety of family approved flavors.

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AlcoEats Funny Nuts
Alcoeats.com
These uniquely flavored cashews pack a punch when it comes to taste. These cashews are farmed in the landscape of India and are peppered with natural flavors for a healthy and tasty source of energy.

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gimMe Snacks
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An easy, delicious superfood replacement for high sodium and sugary snacks, gimMe snacks are roasted to crispy perfection, only 25 calories per serving, and full of vitamins and minerals, including iodine, B12 and Vitamin K. Plus they are USDA Organic and non-GMO project verified. So, whether you're on the go to practice, stocking up a college dorm, or a busy mom providing snacks for your preschooler, gimMe is making it easy to incorporate more (sea) veggies into your day-to-day activities during the back to school season.

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Pop Bitties’ Maple & Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips 
$3.49; PopBitties.com

Made from sweet potatoes and brown rice, they are light and crispy and perfect right out of the bag. Their light maple sweetness is balanced by a touch of sea salt – snacking perfection. Like the rest of the chip line (which includes Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt flavors), they’re also vegan, gluten-free and free from most allergens like soy, corn, tree nuts, and peanuts.

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The Mini Me by Boards & Co. 
$85; ShopBoardsAndCo.com

An amazing assortment of cheese board kits made just for you and also have a classroom resource that will teach you and your little everything you need to know about cheese basics, board building, pairings, and so much more. This is an excellent way to expose your kids to new flavors, offer them a fun experience, encourage them to learn, and give them an opportunity to bond with you. 

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Three Peaks Manuka Honey Certified UMF 15+ Ultra Premium Manuka Honey
$34.99; Amazon.com  
The highest quality pure manuka honey from New Zealand with unmatched taste and texture. Just sweet enough, with a smooth, creamy texture. Enjoy daily by the spoonful or combine with your favorite food or drink.

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Food For Life's Ezekiel 4:9 Low Sodium Sprouted Flourless English Muffins 
$7.59; FoodForLife.com 
Certified organic, vegan, and free from preservatives, artificial colors and flavors. Made from a unique combination of freshly sprouted grains and legumes that provide a source of complete protein. With 0mg sodium per serving, these convenient, whole grain options are ideal for a heart-healthy diet.

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LikeMeat's Like Chick'n Nuggets 
$7.99; LikeMeat.com
With their juicy center coated in crispy breadcrumbs, Like Nuggets are a great fast food alternative and a perfect snack on-the-go. Dunk ’em in your favorite sauce for extra cheek smearin’ goodness. And they’re gluten-free.

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Spider-Man Lemon-Lime & Orange and Avengers Strawberry-Mango
ChloesFruit.com
Two new Marvel inspired flavors: tangy Lemon-Lime & Orange variety pack featuring Spider-Man and Ghost-Spider, and a perfectly sweet Strawberry-Mango Pop featuring Avengers characters - Thor, Doctor Strange, The Falcon and Captain Marvel. Chloe’s also added to its No Sugar Added offerings with its deliciously juicy Grape option. Smaller 1.5 oz pop size with 10 pops per box, making them perfect for family snacking. 

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Pop Cups Discovery Kit
$34.99; Opopop.com
Made for snacking greatness. Fulfill your craving with snack-sized servings of four new flavors when any popportunity arises. They're supremely snackable and amazingly delicious. Each kit includes a microwave popcorn popper and lid, plus three Pop Cups of each flavor. Simply peel, pour + pop.

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Sweet Diane’s Granola 
SweetDianes.com
The healthy and delicious, plant-based granola transforming your breakfast routine. Featuring tasty, all natural ingredients and superfoods, Sweet Diane’s brings you energy while tasting delicious. Whether you bake it into a recipe or eat it for breakfast every morning, there are countless ways to enjoy the naturally sweet treat. 

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The Panache Tin of Caramel Corn
$57.95 for 2 Gallonwww.JohnsonsPopcorn.com 
Select your favorite flavors and from gift ideas like tubs and tins of sweet and savory popcorn. All products are gluten-free and you can choose from Caramel Corn, Salty-n-Sandy, Cheddar, Peanut Crunch, Chocolate Drizzle, Platinum, Butter and Tri-Flavor.  

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Tidbits Fun Bites Meringue Cookies
$5.00 per bag or $40.00 for the bundle of 9 flavors; www.Tidbits.fun
Sugar-free, lactose-free, gluten-free, soy-free, cholesterol-free and non-GMO. Tidbits bite-sized treats that come in a 40-piece resealable bag and come in the following flavors: Strawberry, Cookies and Cream, Cappuccino, Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Vanilla, Caramel, Cotton Candy and Birthday Cake flavors. 

Published: May 2022

Lunch Boxes

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Backpacks, Lunch Boxes and Water Bottles! Check out this fun selection of backpacks, water bottles, lunch bags, bento boxes and snack bags that are perfect for school, work or day trips.

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So Rad Backpack
$120; KicksbySammy.com
Lightweight and water resistant with adjustable shoulder straps. 4 compartments: 1 main zip pocket, 1 front pocket, 1 water bottle pocket on the side and inside compartment for a laptop or tablet. Can be customized with any name, initials, word, or phrase.

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Cat Ninja Backpack
$29.99; 
https://getepicstore.com/ 
Kids of all ages love the most popular Epic Original series, Cat Ninja, so they’ll be ready to go back to school with confidence, style, and their favorite superhero pets. 

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Bentgo Kids Prints 2-in-1 Backpack and Lunch Bag
$35; Bentgo.com
Features a double insulated lunch compartment and available in colorful and fun prints and with two roomy compartments for school supplies (including a 13-inch tablet). Keep kids styling, organized, and fresh. 

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MCubed Backpacks
$34; mcubedbackpacks.com
Affordable, comfy, and ever-so-stylish. Roomy enough to fit for all the school essentials, yet not too large to overwhelm young children. Lined with resilient 600 denier polyester and comfortably padded straps. Features lined nylon interior pocket, an extra inner back pocket, and a side non-mesh pocket. Perfectly sized and shaped to fit books, standard folders, and all the school essentials.

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be.BOX Lunch Bag
$35, each patch $5; beyoubefun.com  
Provides kids the chance to celebrate their individuality, interests, or mood on any given day for any given occasion. The durable and spacious be.BOX has a loop material on both sides that provides the perfect blank slate for our hook material YOU.patches. Kids can trade, collect or rearrange their YOU.patches over and over again.

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Pastel Tie Dye Backpack
$29.99; Amazon.com
Large enough to fit books, binders, and laptops, but small enough to be comfortably wearable. Contains two internal compartments, inner and outer zipper pockets, and an external mesh water bottle pocket. Fits most laptops in the padded computer pocket. For every Fenrici product purchased, 5% of the proceeds are donated to the non-profit organization Global Genes to fund the research and education for childhood rare diseases. 

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Bentgo Chill Lunch Box
$30; Bentgo.com
A bento-style lunchbox with a built-in ice pack. Simply place the ice pack in the freezer overnight and pop it into the lunchbox on days you want to keep food chilled on the go. Make getting ready for school a fun routine and get the kiddos involved in choosing their food and colorful lunchbox for the day.

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Welly Bottle-Traveler (18 oz.)
$33; WellyBottle.com
Minimalist design made with natural and renewable bamboo. This triple-walled, vacuum-insulated bottle comes with a removable infuser and sleek loop cap that makes it beautifully simple to stay hydrated. Keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for up to 14 hours.

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LEGO Brick Backpack
$49.99; Lego.com
Features classic LEGO 1x2 brick shaping in durable, water-resistant fabric made from recycled beverage bottles. Includes a large zipped main compartment with name tag and slip pocket and 2 LEGO stud-styled zip pockets. Ergonomically padded shoulder straps, back panel and haul handle for comfortable transportation. Adjustable front sternum strap helps balance the load with an easy click. Each backpack saves approximately 11 plastic bottles from landfill. 

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Miniware GrowBento Lunch Box Set
$38; Miniware.com
This set with two silipods is ideal for kids on the go. Leak-proof silipods offer storage for a wide range of food combinations, even including liquids like hot soup and dressings. The ultra-durable materials are long-lasting.

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Laura Ashley Girl's Blue Critter Cat Mini Backpack
$18; LauraAshleyUSA.com
This adorable backpack is perfectly sized for preschool, kindergarten and elementary age kids. Easily holds homework papers, art projects, crayons, pencils, pens, calculators, glue sticks and more.

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Pastel Tie Dye Lunch Box
$19.99; Amazon.com
Unlike many hard-shell lunch boxes that are too bulky and get damaged easily, this will fit every size and shape containers without skipping a beat. One exterior pocket with hook and release for napkin and extra storage and 1 interior mesh pocket for cold pack, utensils, and snacks. 5% of proceeds from each lunch box sale are given to national non-profit organization Global Genes to fund the research and education for childhood rare diseases.

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Zwraps
$7.50 each; zwraps.com
Z Wraps beautifully elevate food storage to a level of home chic that plastic can’t touch, with a lifespan that’s sustainable from beginning to end. We’ve added more patterns to fit every style and color palette, and our new multi-packs merge utility and value by offering a versatile assortment of sizes and designs at an accessible price point. Our new 5-pack is our most popular item. Using Z Wraps for your cheese, bread, and veggies will keep them fresher and longer than plastic wrap.  And they can be washed and reused at least 100 times!

Updated: Sept. 2021

Back to School Games

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Many kids say the best part of going back to school is shopping for new supplies. These kid-tested, parent-approved products will help kids have a functional and fashionable start to the school year.

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KC Cubs Educational Rugs
$34.99; https://kccub.com/product-category/educational-rugs/

Add a dash of color and fun while creating a roomful of learning opportunities with fun and educational rugs. These eye-catching statement pieces feature simple yet engaging designs that hook their curiosity and send their imaginations soaring. Perfect to teach your child the alphabet in an interactive way with memorization games.

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iPad (5th/6th Gen) & iPad Air Case (1st Gen)
$49.99; ZuguCase.com
Made to rise above every challenge and built to take your iPad to the next level, this protective Zugu case looks as good as it functions. Adjustable magnetic stand with up to 8 different angles. Robust bumper and rugged TPU + PC shell for major drop protection. Secure magnetic mount capability (on any metal surface). Soft microfiber interior.

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U-Konserve Stainless Steel Food Storage
$22.95-$25.95; https://ukonserve.com/
U-Konserve's trusted stainless steel nesting containers come with plastic-free silicone lids. These are the perfect waste-free solution for storing leftover food, meal prepping or enjoying food outdoors. The flexible silicone lids are easy to open, and the leak-proof feature keeps spills at bay. This new non-toxic stainless steel and silicone combination make these lunchboxes the best zero-waste solution for you and the planet.

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Do It With Passion Lap Top Sleeve
$55; KicksbySammy.com
Available in sizes 13” or 15” for laptops. Made from light weight and water-resistant neoprene. Fuzzy cushion inside with zipper closure. Can be customized with any name, initials, word, or phrase.

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Colors of the World Skin Tone Colored Pencils
$5.99; Crayola.com
Contain 24 specially formulated colors representing people of the world. These skin tone colored pencils make coloring pages and drawings even more detailed and realistic. The subtle shades inside are formulated to better represent the growing diversity worldwide. Also availbale in markers.

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Toddler Learning Addition flash cards
$9.99; Amazon.com
Designed by teachers, these laminated flash cards feature bright, colorful imagery and teach little ones a variety of important first-concept topics: letters, numbers, shapes and colors.

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BIC Velocity Original Mechanical Pencil​
$7.99/5-pack; Bic.com
Smoothest, darkest writing with strong lead that erases cleanly​. Durable eraser and soft comfortable grip​.

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Derwent Chromaflow Coloured Pencils-12 pack
$24.99; Amazon.com
Formulated with rich pigments to deliver bold, vibrant laydown making blending, layering, and shading easier. Perfect for high school and college age artists, and even talented younger children who are learning to blend and layer. 

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No Bad Vibes Spiral Notebook
$38; KicksbySammy.com
118 ruled line single pages, metal spiral with document pocket on the inside back cover for added storage. Can be customized with any name, initials, word, or phrase.

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KidKraft Study Desk with Chair 
$219.99; KidKraft.com
Gives young students a perfect workspace for finishing homework, studying or working on craft projects. A bulletin board surface gives them a place to pin pictures, drawings and important notes. Two cabinets and a pencil drawer offer plenty of storage to keep kids organized.

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Graphing Scientific Calculator fx-CG50
$118.99; edu.casio.com
Easy-to-operate, high-definition 3D Graph provides visual support for mathematical exploration. fx-CG50 has intuitive operability and exploring features, ideal for mathematics learning.

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Case-It: The Dual 2.0 2-in-1 Dual Ring Binder
$27.99; Caseit.com
These tough-as-nails zippered binders offer mobile style and storage alongside a durable build that won’t buckle or warp, making it easy to keep everything from pencils and paper to calculators and chrome books organized.

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Fiskars Starter Kids Scissors  
$3.50; Fiskars.com
Designed to teach beginners how to properly hold and squeeze scissors. Features plastic safety scissors blades and straight, no-loop handles that make them easy to grip.

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LilGadgets Connect+
$17; LilGadgets.com
Wired and designed for kids 3+. Compact, foldable, non-pinching, with snag-free cushioning and comfy fixed-ear cup design. With a max volume of 93db, LilGadgets headphones reduce outside noise so kids don’t have to crank up the volume. 

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LEGO DOTS Gel Pen 6 Pack
$19.99; Lego.com
Writing has never been smoother, while the pens’ securely attached plates offer unique decorative possibilities. The slender, square-shaped pens each feature a removable cap, comfort grip and 2 authentic 1x4 LEGO plates. The pack also includes 25 colorful DOTS tiles so kids or fans can decorate the pens. These cool pens can be redesigned at any time to reflect an ever-changing style. 

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Viteyes Blue Light Glasses
$19.99; Viteyes.com
Help shield your eyes from high-energy blue light that is emitted by digital screens, such as computers, tablets, smartphones, and televisions. These blue light blocking glasses fit most ages 9 through adulthood.

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BIC Gel-ocity Quick Dry
$8.99/8 pack; Bic.com
Fast drying ink dries up to 3x faster for less smearing​. Super smooth writing experience​ with comfortable full grip barrel and vibrant fun colors​. 

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Apple Counting Color Matching Factory
$24.99; Skoolzy.com
Kids will love sorting the apples and matching the 2 halves. These educational toys are a great way to learn numbers, colors and to count. It promotes number recognition, counting color recognition, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills, and STEM learning, all while having fun.

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BuddyPhones+
$29.99; BuddyPhones.com
These features include safe sound settings that keep audio under the 85dB and StudyMode that helps isolate voices from other sounds, producing crisper vocals for studying or watching lessons.

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Marklighter2
$5.28/6 pack; PilotPen.com
Cleverly pairs a broad, chisel tip highlighter with a fine, bullet-tipped marker in one streamlined barrel made of 89% recycled plastic. The 10 quick-drying ink colors are vibrant enough to catch your eye, yet translucent enough to layer without bleeding through paper. 

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My First Math Dice
$10.99; ThinkFun.com
Recognition of numbers 0-5, more than/less than, one-to-one correspondence, addition to 10, concentration, focus, patience and overall love of math.

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Summer Bridge Activities® Workbook (Preschool–Grade 8) 
$12.99; CarsonDellosa.com
Designed to prevent a summer learning gap and keep kids mentally and physically active, the hands-on exercises can be done anywhere. These standards-based activities help kids set goals, develop character, practice fitness, and explore the outdoors. 

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Magic Adventures Globe
$84.99; LeapFrog.com

Using the stylus, children can tap on the interactive learning globe and experience new places, languages, cultures, animals, geography, habitats and more through high-quality BBC videos. Featuring a 2.7" integrated video screen, animations and live-action videos fully immerse kids in the curriculum to provide a better understanding of the world through more than five hours of videos. They can also play three interactive games.

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Crayola SuperClick Washable Retractable Markers
$12.49; Crayola.com
Awesome bright colors and the first ever--WASHABLE retractable marker. Retractable with special ink that is designed to resist drying out. Their conical tips make it possible to create thick and thin lines, while the easy-click design makes them ideal for coloring on-the-go.

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Words Over Easy
$14.95; Winning-Moves.com
 Pop the Letter Eggs into the Egg Sorter to see which letters you can use to spell words. Letter Eggs that fall into the green side are good, while Letter Eggs that land on the red side are rotten. Players scramble to come up with words using all the letters, face-up, on the “good eggs” and none of the letters from the “rotten eggs”.

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Writing Art Inspired Stories
$27.99; Crayola.com
Includes colorful art supplies and an informational parent guide so families can practice curriculum concepts together. These creative homeschool materials feature writing projects for kids that help nurture curiosity, creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking through age-appropriate activities. Kits use a project-based learning foundation so students learn important reading, writing, and creativity skills supported by family.

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MasterPieces’ Sesame Street Elmo & Friends Matching Game
$9.99; Masterpiecesinc.com
This age appropriate card game stimulates memory skills, recall, picture and color recognition with the help of some of the world’s most beloved, classic preschool characters.

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FriXion Clickers 
$19.99/10 pack; PilotPen.com
Offer unlimited do-overs so you can write, erase and re-write until you get it right. Pilot created thermo-sensitive ink that becomes clear from the heat generated via erasing friction. There’s no wear and tear to the paper or messy eraser crumbs. 

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Craft Kits & Activities

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Craft Kist & Activities! Here are our favorite craft kits and activites to stimulate creativity and relieve boredom.

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Creatibles Deluxe Air Dry Clay Kit
$20.99; 5+
Ooly.com
There’s no kiln needed with this collection of air-dry clays. Model, shape, build, and create with this pliable clay and shaping tools, then simply set it out to dry. Once it’s hard, you can decorate further with paints or markers. The kit contains 24 mixable colors.

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That Girl Lay Lay Blingin’ Diy Patch Maker
$16.99; 6+
Amazon.com
This simple-to-use kit comes with everything needed to customize clothes with colorful patches that reflect Lay Lay’s unique style. The kit contains 12 satiny patches to customize. Place a patch on the workstation. Add color and have an adult help iron patches on to denim jackets, jeans pockets, canvas bags, sneakers, and more. Then, add shimmery stick-on gems and glitter glue for even more show-ready sparkle.

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Shorty Shark 
$28; 8+
PinkPicassoKits.com 

This fun, kid-friendly artwork is turned into a paint by numbers kit. Each kit includes a great quality template printed canvas, a four brush set, handy little pots of acrylic paint, and a map just in case you need to find a number you missed.    

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Summer Vibes Heishi Bead Set
$9.99; 8+
MakeItRealPlay.com

Make your outfits pop this summer by customing and accessorizing with the Summer Vibes Heishi Bead Set. Learn how to create five heishi bead charm bracelets with this 528-piece jewelry kit complete with a sturdy PlayTray workstation.

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Chalk of the Town Flower T-Shirt Kit
$26.95; 4–16
Chalk-of-the-Town.com

This craft kit features a soft, yellow cotton t-shirt which incorporates a unique “chalkboard” flower on the front. Young artists can draw an image or write words directly on the special chalkboard surface - and thanks to the patent-pending product design, the creation won’t smudge once dry. The shirts are erasable with water, reusable and machine-washable, so kids can let their imagination continue to bloom throughout the entire summer. 

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Color Fusion Swirling Lip Gloss Maker 
$29.99; 8+
MakeItRealPlay.com
Create custom swirled lip gloss colors. Turning the handle will create a fabulous, swirled creation ready to be used. Add the finished tube to the crystal shaped carry case with bag clip and take it anywhere. Makes 10 swirled lip gloss wands with applicators.

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Orang you Glad  
$36; 8+
PinkPicassoKits.com
These smaller 8x10 paint by numbers kits are less intricate kits that take fewer hours to complete that bring you something totally fresh and new. Each Mid Century kit takes about 2-3 hours to complete and contains anywhere from 6-17 different colors. 

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Juicy Couture Perfectly Pink
$19.99; 8+
MakeItRealPlay.com
Create jewelry pieces using a mixture of ribbon and elastic cord.  Add Juicy Couture charms or pick from an assortment of beads to make a unique look. They’ll be so pretty, everyone will think they came from a high-end boutique.

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Sticker Chic: Rainbow Street 
$14.99; 8+
MakeItRealPlay.com
It's temporary tattoos for your shoes. Do and redo. Add flair to your footwear with decorative adhesive stickers. Transform your shoes again and again. Rainbow Bling out your shoes to make them exceptionally street chi. Includes bead charms, shoelaces, and wings.

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All Linked Up
$16.99; 6+
MakeItRealPlay.com
Interlocking and interchangeable fashion links waiting for a young designer to bring them to life. Over 300 pieces of frosted, translucent, and opaque plastic links in two different sizes included. Different types of claps and decorative curb chain included to accent your own creation.  Use the included inspiration instructions to create bracelets and necklaces at the height of fashion or go off script and make a belt, mask holder, strap for a handbag or wristlet; the possibilities are only limited by the builder’s imagination.

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Scribble Scrubbie Safari Treehouse Playset
$17.99; 3+
Crayola.com
This jungle-themed playset encourages kids to dream up imaginative adventures and create colorful decorations for their Scribble Scrubbies Pets. Kids can color the included jungle animal figurines with washable markers then wash them clean again and again for hours of creative fun. 

Published: June 2022

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day Gift Ideas

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Looking for gift ideas for Dad or the other men in your life? Check out these great products they are sure to love.

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VAHDAM Stainless Steel Tea/Coffee Mug Tumbler
$19.99; Amazon.com
The best mug for the best DAD beacause your superhero without a cape deserves a gift as elegant and classy as him. The Dual Insulation technology of the mug keeps your beverage hot for minimum 2 hours & cold for more than 5 hours. It is also sweat-proof for a hassle-free carrying experience regardless of the temperature of your beverage.

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Topps’ Customizible Trading Cards
Starting at $9.99; Topps.com

For the sporty father figure in your life, Topps is offering personalized trading cards. Whether you are looking to help your dad expand his current card collection, or looking for a personalized one-of-a-kind gift, Topps has options for everyone. Upload your favorite picture of you and your dad, choose your favorite baseball team’s logo, and add a sweet message on the back to create a unique and personalized card for your father in just minutes.

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Men's Money Clip-Black
$23.75; Demdaco.com
Show appreciation to the man in your life with this black leather money clip. Perfectly functional, this leather clip holds cards securely.

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CanvasPeople Coffee Mugs, Pillows & More
Starting at $15; canvaspeople.com
From dads to dog-dads, these vibrant mugs, pillows and more can be customized with any photo and tons of fun effects. All products are created with the highest quality of materials and printing practices. Brilliant colors and crystal clear printing.

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GO-FIND 11 Metal Detector
$99; BassPro.com
This lightweight detector makes it easy to find relics, coins, and other buried goodies like an experienced pro in no time. Portable and easy to transport, it collapses and folds up to fit into luggage or backpack. The GO-FIND 11's easy-to-use LCD display features large intuitive icons to convey battery life, signal strength, and 4 find icons that flash to let you know what the detector has found. 

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RENAgaiter Low Hiking Gaiters
$49.95; Kahtoola.com
Designed for hiking and exploring, these easily slide over dad's shoes and are built to protect his feet from trail debris, dirt, rocks, moisture and even pesky bugs that land between his socks and boots, ouch. He'll never stop to empty his boots on the trail again.

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VIm & Vigr Compression Legwear
$36–$38; VimVigr.com
These unisex compression socks are a must-have for daily wellness all summer for dad. Replace his old socks with turbo-charged socks that help decrease lactic acid, prevent cramps, increase blood flow, increase oxygen delivery and minimize muscle fatigue. Compression socks are great for traveling, standing long hours for work, post-workout recovery, hiking, etc.

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Free2 Classic Wireless Earbuds
$19.99; US.Soundpeats.com
The ergonomic design with each earbud weighing only 0.14oz provides a perfect wearing experience with all-day comfort. 8 hours playtime per charge and another 2.8 recharges by the charging case. It only takes 1-2 hours to charge the earbuds. The Bluetooth 5.1 ensures a stable connection and helps enhance the sound to be more pleasant for your weekly workout. The effortless on-ear touch control allows your access to control volume, switch songs, pause/answer calls, and activate voice assistant. 

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AverMedia Professional Connections DualCam Webcam
$139.99; Amazon.com
A full HD 1080p 30fps webcam to capture both the user and any document or object during video calls. Dual omnidirectional microphones to capture audio naturally and clearly, up to 3 m/9.8 ft. in all directions. AI noise reduction features to help amplify the speaker’s natural voice and remove ambient noises. CamEngine4 Software that delivers features like PIP(picture-in-picture), built-in rotation, focus mode adjustment, Keystone Correction, zoom and other features so you can always look your best.

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Sena M1 EVO Mountain Bike Helmet 
$169; Sena.com
This bike helmet brings wireless and seamless communication audio to the trails. Talk to each other. Make phone calls. Jam to your music. Allows communication with multiple riders within a half-mile range and incorporates up to nine channels, while an integrated microphone tucked inside the brow of the helmet and recessed speakers deliver audio while maintaining ambient awareness. Great for cycling teams, clubs, tours. 

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Solos Smart Sunglasses
$299; SolosGlasses.com
Experience the all-in-one convenience of having your audio, connectivity and fitness goals built right into your sunglasses. Solos smartglasses provide a 2-in-1 solution to sunglasses and headphones, combined. With music, phone, and voice assistance built right in, simply grab one device and you’re ready to go. Also available: Argon 1, Blue Light Blocking Smart Glasses.

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Curdbox Monthly Subscription
$49.95 + shipping; Curdbox.com

Curdbox is a scrumptiously curated, totally unique cheese board in-a-box experience delivered straight to your door. Introduce your kids to new and exciting flavors each month with themed boxes such as “Pizza Party” and “Sandwich Goals,” and always be the MVP at the playdate with this deliciously fun treat that kids and parents will both enjoy. 

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Haand 10 oz. Short Mug
$27; Haand.us
Modeled after a beloved tin camping mug with a compact, sturdy shape. A good mug has the right amount of leverage when sipping and sets down solidly on the table or workbench. The Short Mug has both of these qualities as well as a lower center of gravity, which makes it harder to knock over.

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Tumble Tower Block Stack Game
$125; Demdaco.com
The Tumble Tower Block Stack Game is sure to bring everyone together for lots of laughter. A creative game that brings joy to the next level and a unique gift for Dad on Father's Day.

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Parenting Pack R1
$125; https://beau.industries
 
Designed to be a great backpack first, and the best diaper pack on the market second. It’s a 4-piece set that includes a fully-featured backpack, a fold-up changing pad that doubles as a laptop sleeve and two insulated water-resistant bottle/accessory pouches. Featuring premium, 100% post-consumer recycled exterior fabric, top-shelf hardware, and designed with clever features that toggle between parenting and non-parenting functions. 

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Fresh Clean Tees Eco Fresh Tee 
$22; FreshCleanTees.com
Available in both crew and v-neck styles, the Eco Fresh Tee is perfect for warm days by the pool. This lightweight tee is made with organic cotton and is free of microplastics and pesticides, doubling down on the brand’s promise that looking good, feeling great and dressing sustainably this summer doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Plus, a portion of every sale is donated to the Surfrider Foundation so you can look and feel good. 

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The Primetimer Guide to Streaming TV
$19.99; Amazon.com
Streaming TV has brought us endless viewing options but also endless scrolling. This book will help you discover just what you want without wasting your time. Inside you'll find: reviews of 1,000+ TV series, original movies, specials and docuseries on all the popular platforms,  dozens of hand-curated lists for rapidly finding what to watch next, “The Primetimer Guide to Cord-Cutting,” with money-saving tips and guide to the latest streaming TV technology and indexes for looking up shows by title, channel and talent.

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Nobis Admiral Jacket
$425; https://us.nobis.com
This premium cotton/nylon fabrication is designed to keep you dry inside and out. The sporty chest pockets with leather piping detail it sure to be a hit with any dad on Father’s Day!

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eCreamery’s Father’s Day 4-Pint Collection
$79.99; ecreamery.com
Amazing gifts of true ice cream artistry – custom churned and hand-packed in small, mouthwatering batches, are sure to delight your Dad and secure your status as his “favorite child.” Includes: Best Dad Ever (Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream); Dad’s Breakfast of Champions (Malted Milk Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Malt Balls and Caramel Swirls); Property of Dad (Double Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Cashew Brittle); World’s Coolest Dad (Chocolate Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks).

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Beverage Life Vest
$13.95; PuffinDrinkWear.com
If you can’t keep a close eye on your cans that can’t swim; the double-insulated life vest has got you covered. Never lose a can to lakes, rivers, or oceans again.

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OnePlus 10 Pro
$899; OnePlus.com
Boasts the second-generation Hasselblad Camera for Mobile and a 120 Hz display with improved LTPO technology and Dual Color Calibration. In addition, the device totes an array of new gaming features.

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EcoTank ET-2850 Wireless Color All-in-One Cartridge-Free Supertank Printer
$299.99; Epson.com

Provides everyone with the freedom to print in color without worrying about running out of ink. With high-capacity, easily refillable ink tanks for zero cartridge waste and productivity features including wireless, auto two-sided and voice-activated printing, print thousands of pages year-round for fun activities, business needs and more.

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Tomtoc Laptop Sleeve
$36.99; Amazon.com
A specially-designed carry handle means you can transport your device comfortably and conveniently, while a ridge fitted inside the briefcase offers your device 360° protection from everything from zipper scratch to damage caused by knocks or accidental dropping. The innovative self-locking zippers have been adapted to ensure that when they are 'locked' in place, the briefcase will not accidentally open, offering increased levels of protection.

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Pull Start Fire Logs
$19.99; PullStartFire.com
The easiest, fastest way to start a fire. No matches or lighters, no kindling. Lights wet wood, windproof and rainproof. Burns for over 30 minutes.

 

Looking for more ideas? Read our article "119 Dad-Approved Gifts for Father's Day."

Updated: June 2022

STEM Toys and Games

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Educational games and toys that support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are all the rage. Check out some of this year's great products that support STEM learning at home.

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Snap Circuits MyHome
$74.99; 8+

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Electricity is everywhere–even in your home. Whether you live in a city skyscraper or a house in the country, our homes are powered by electricity, and it’s easy to learn. Build a house or city tower with real, working, 3-D circuits, just like the ones you use every day. Learn about circuitry, security systems, dimmer switches, automatic lights, alarms, motion detectors, fan speeds, appliance motors, generators, and much more.

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GeoSafari Jr. KidScope
$39.99; 5+
EducationalInsights.com

The KidScope is a perfect introduction to slide microscopes and receiving hands-on practice with a real scientific tool. Kidscope teaches kids as young as give how to stage a slide and focus a microscope, offering kid-friendly magnification and 15 printed slides with 4 unique images on each one. Supports STEM learning. Features a rotating stage, double-eye viewer, focus knob, rotating dial stage, LED light and slide storage drawer.

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Jurassic Park Chess Set 
$45; 7+
NobelCollection.com
Travel to Jurassic Park where dinosaurs dominate this chess match. Complete with 32 finely sculpted game pieces with a full graphic chess board, this chess set will transport you right into the island where dinosaurs roam the earth! Will you come out on top as you battle your opponent among these predators?

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Blinks Starter Set with 9 Games
$129; All ages
Move38.com
World's first smart tabletop game system – built with AI-powered intelligent game pieces that respond to your touch, communicate with each other, and think for themselves. Every piece knows its own game and can learn new games. Blinks are completely modular, so the more Blinks you have, the bigger games and experiences you can create. 

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Make a Fort
$99; 4+
Makeafort.fun
Forts, mazes, puzzles, tunnels and mansions--there's no limit to what you can create. Each kit is made from recycled cardboard. The panels are super strong, and there's no need for adhesives. The panels also easily slide together, so you can use your imagination to make super cool designs. Your young artist can color the panels any way they wish. 

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Sky Viper Nano Drone 
$19.99; 12+
Target.com
The Sky Viper Dash Nano Drone is a 2” compact sized drone that is great for flying indoors. This ultra-durable drone features auto launch and land, and one-touch stunts. 

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The Young Scientists Club Extreme Fossil Dig
$19.99; 6+

TheYoungScientists.com
Walk in the footsteps of a paleontologist as you use the excavation tools, like a mallet and chisel, to dig through stone and find 18 real hidden fossils — from shark teeth to dino bones and ancient sea creatures. Then, remove the dig particles with the brush and use the magnifying glass for an up-close-and-personal look at your findings — refer to the bonus poster and collector cards to identify them all, and keep them safe inside the fossil bags! 

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Star Trek Tridimensional Chess Set
$145; 4+
NobleCollection.com
Enter an intergalactic chess expedition with the Star Trek Tridimensional Chess Set. This chess set is an authentic prop replica of the iconic Tridimensional Chess Set, as seen in the classic TV series Star Trek. With three main playing boards and four moveable “attack boards”, this unique chess measures 13 inches tall. Featuring translucent acrylic game boards and 32 die cast pieces, this chess set will have you taking on the next villain in a new dimension.  

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Deluxe Studio Science STEM SCHOOL
$32.99; 4+
BrightStripes.com
Count ‘em — ten amazing arts and crafts projects are stuffed in one deluxe studio set! Each activity has fun science, math and engineering learning embedded in each one. With fully illustrated colorful experiment cards, kids will be completely engaged playing with gears, painting, building with conductive light-up dough, making paper gliders and so much more. But you’ll know they are also learning about the cycles of time, engineering, symmetry, electricity, shapes, and aerodynamics!

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$29.95; ThamesandKosmos.com

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The Butterfly Nursery
$39.99; 4+
LakeshoreLearning.com
Kids watch caterpillars grow, spin silk and form chrysalises, then emerge as butterflies! Our big nursery lets children observe the butterfly life cycle from every angle—they can even decorate it with leaves and flowers! Nursery comes with all you need: a stand for tabletop setup, feeding supplies, a coupon for 3-5 caterpillars (includes shipping), a guide, and a zippered mesh cover for easy feeding and viewing.

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Solar-Powered Rovers
$19.95; 8+
Store.ThamesandKosmos.com
Build three types of solar cars, a solar fan, and a solar robot model. Conduct science experiments with each model to learn about gear ratios, solar cells, and more.

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See it Grow Plant Lab
$29.99; 6+
LakeshoreLearning.com
Seeds grow right before your eyes. You get three plexiglas greenhouses containing a nontoxic gel that accelerates growth and gives children a clear view of the roots. The gel contains all the nutrients the plants need—no watering required. Lab includes all you need for 3 plants.

 

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SmartLab Toys Storm Watcher Weather Lab
$29.99; 7+
Amazon.com
Lets kids conduct experiments involving wind speed, wind direction, temperature, rainfall, atmospheric pressure, the water cycle, evaporation, the greenhouse effect, acid rain, drought, and more. The 32-page book gives kids a thorough understanding of what causes local weather and how it relates to climate change. 

Updated: December 2021

Family Travel Products

Family Travel Products

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Family Travel Products! Whether you are traveling by plane, train or car, these travel products are sure to make any family trip more enjoyable.

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Clear Packing Cubes Starter Set
$54; EZPacking.com
Perfect for travelers of all ages. They're super structured, totally transparent, and come in fun colors, which can be helpful for color coding if you're packing several family members' items into one checked bag.

PATPAT Travel Bag

Waterproof Electronics Accessories Organizer Bag 
$8.99; https://us.patpat.com/product/Waterproof-Electronics-Accessories-Organizer-Bag-408637.html 
Keep your cords, chargers, and devices neatly stored and ready for vacation with the help of this PatPat home organizer.

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Compass Backpack
$79.99; Coalatree.com

This PSA approved backpack is the perfect carry on size for any flight. With an external zipper pocket on top, two hydration sleeves on the sides, and a hidden pocket for valuables that sits against your back, you'll never spend excess time looking for the essentials you need. Their padded sleeves fit up to 17" laptops and 10" tablets and their fabric will repel any unwanted rain or spills, keeping your gear dry and protected. 

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Travel Laundry Bag
$10; EZPacking.com
Reign in the sock orphans and underwear escapees. Separate the clean from the dirty in this travel-sized, foldable laundry bag. Its bright hue makes it easy to spot even in the messiest suitcases. 

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Go Happy Kids Travel Tray
$37.50; gohappykids.com  
Gives kids a clean, contained space to play, create and eat while in the air. The Travel Tray is a 15x11 surface with a raised border and grippy, silicone liner to keep things like crayons from rolling off while offering plenty of space for a cup, toys, coloring books, electronics and more. The ABS plastic surface also functions as a dry erase whiteboard. Easily wipes off for a germ-free surface and comes with a drawstring bag for storing. It weighs only one pound and easily slides into backpacks or carry-ons. The optional adjustable strap helps the tray stay put on plane & train tray tables. 

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TSA Fingerprint Padlock
$49.99; BenjiLock.com
Stores up to 5 fingerprints for multiple users. Unlocks with your fingerprint or pin code. Fully rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. TSA-accepted Travel Sentry Approved padlock.

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The Cozee
$249.99; LifeGivingWarmth.com

Take The Cozee with you wherever you go. The innovative battery pack lasts for more than five hours of continuous heat and features two USB ports making it easy to charge your mobile devices no matter where you are. The weather and water-resistant exterior is designed to withstand the wind, snow, and even light rain. Full sized blanket measures 60 inches wide by 60 inches long.

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Infinity Pillow
$39; InfinityPillow.co

The best travel pillow in the world. Comfort is the priority. Starting with the Infinity Pillow, this brand set out to create the best modern travel products to bring along everywhere. Innovative designs, the softest materials and creative construction techniques. 

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Zenergy Portable
$39.99; iHomeAudio.com
Rechargeable color changing speaker with 15 meditative sound therapy tracks and four color changing modes designed to enhance your energy in the morning and induce sleep at night.

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Wayfinder Backpack Mini
$59; EagleCreek.com
Small, discreet, and perfect for carrying on weekend trips, road trips, or back and forth to the office. Black, blue, and gray colors ensure it matches your colorful lifestyle and durable coating provides lasting strength.

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My Alchemy Skin Care Travel Mini
$65; MyAlchemySkinCare.com
Keep your skin healthy, happy and glowing. Includes: Wildcrafted Cleanser to remove grit and grime, Rose Hydrosol for spritzing anytime of the day, Illuminate, to moisturize and nourish skin with a miracle boost of vitamins to give a radiant glow, Compressed Travel Towelettes to remove make-up, Vitamini Box for supplements. 

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Coyuchi Organic Latex Travel Pillow
$48; Coyuchi.com
Coyuchi’s neck pillow is made of organic latex covered in a cozy organic cotton velour. This organic latex creates a pillow that’s soft, squeezable, and non-toxic, yet is able to keep its shape and resists wear over time. The pillow also comes with cords which can be used to keep the pillow in place while you sleep or tied to your luggage. 

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TWIST+ World Charging Station
$44.95; TheGrommet.com
Designed to use with Apple MagSafe 1 & 2 adapter, 12W USB Adapter, Apple Portable Power Adapters, World Travel Adapter Kit, Battery Charger, and Airport Express. Charge up to four devices simultaneously. Worldwide compatibility in over 150 countries. Light and compact to be the ultimate travel companion.

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Aria Kit
$79.99; AriaKit.com
Perfectly organized and full of everything you need to stay comfortable on the plane and on layovers. Hand-picked, high-quality materials to make your travel experience incredibly comfortable. Includes handmade face and body moisturize, lip balm with essential oils, all-natural deodorant, natural toothpaste with colloidal silver, alcohol-free, gentle wet wipes that remove makeup and more.

Updated: February 2022

New App and Video Game Reviews

New Video Game and App Reviews

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The Hottest Apps, Computer and Video Games! We've got the scoop on the latest and greatest video games and apps to get the year started.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
$59.99; E-10+
WarnerBros.com
Play through all nine Star Wars saga films. For the first time ever in a Lego video game, explore the galaxy your way as you fly to some of the saga’s most legendary locales. You can start your journey with Star Wars: The Phantom Menace for some pod racing on Tatooine. Or choose to launch right into Rey’s adventures in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Players have the freedom to seamlessly travel to any planet, in any order, at any time. With hundreds of characters and vehicles, players can dive into their favorite Star Wars moments in an all-new way, complete with the hilarious Lego brand of fun that’s sure to delight players of all ages.

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Arm Rest Pads 
$18.95; EverlastingComfort.net
Pure memory foam conforms to your body’s shape to provide support where you need it most. An added top gel layer keeps your arms cool to sit all day long. The ergonomic design helps posture by acting as a riser for chairs with adjustment features. 

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Gaming Mouse Pad 
$22.95; EverlastingComfort.net
Create ample space for your keyboard and mouse. Made with memory foam wrist support for added comfort during intense games with a USB-powered, light-up mouse pad with a brightness adjustment. It is waterproof and the breathable micro-texture cloth is easy to clean. Complete with a non-slip rubber bottom that stays put, even during hard mouse and keyboard use in those intensive plays on gaming platforms. 

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Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
$39.99; E for Everyone 
Amazon.com 
Upon creating a character an untamed wilderness awaits players with the freedom to customize their farm down to the very tile and the nearby port town holds the promise of friends and romance.

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Knockout Home Fitness for Nintendo Switch
$39.99; E for Everyone
http://www.knockout-homefitness.com
This fitness exergame is based on martial arts moves. It helps players get back in shape after long periods of inactivity, with scalable workout plans that can provide a daily workout in about 15 minutes.

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It Takes Two
$39.99; T for Teen
Amazon.com

Players work together across a huge variety of gleefully disruptive gameplay challenges. With connected character abilities in every new level, an abundance of unexpected obstacles and hilariously heartfelt moments, players will work their way through a uniquely metaphorical gameplay experience. Availbale on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, Microsoft Windows.

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
$59.99; T for Teen
Amazon.com

Fire up Star-Lord’s jet boots for a wild ride across the cosmos in this third-person action-adventure game. With the unpredictable Guardians at your side, blast your way from one explosive situation to another, with original and iconic Marvel characters caught in a struggle for the fate of the universe. Available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, GeForce NOW, Nintendo Switch.

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Balan Wonderworld
Square-enix.com
A wondrous action-platformer game themed around a mysterious musical theatre, available now. The stars of the show will use special abilities from a multitude of characterful costumes as they adventure in the bizarre and imaginary land of Wonderworld.

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BrainHQ App
A cognitive training program that improves attention, decision-making, brain speed, memory, intelligence and even people skills. BrainHQ has even been linked to improved cognitive measures and lowered dementia risk in pre-dementia patients. BrainHQ can be redeemed on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. 

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FUSER
$59.99; Rated T for Teen
FUSER is a non-stop digital music festival where you and your friends control the music. Combine elements of the world’s most popular songs to create your own sound or oartner with friends on epic collaborations, then share your amazing mixes and headlining performances with the world. Play with a library of over 100 songs including tracks from the world’s top artists –Lizzo to Billie Eilish to Brad Paisley to Lady Gaga to J Balvin to the Clash to Ace of Base.

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KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory
$59.99; Rated E10+
Players will experience the magic of musical exploration on their own or with friends by traversing through beautiful worlds and embarking on rhythm-fueled battles to more than 140 songs, including favorites like “Destiny Islands,” “Hand in Hand,” “Working Together” and more from the game’s legendary composer Yoko Shimomura. 

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time 
$59.99; Rated E: 10+
It's about time for a brand-wumping new Crash Bandicoot game. Crash four Ward into a time shattered adventure with your favorite marsupial. The beloved 90’s marsupial is back in an entirely new adventure and true sequel to the original trilogy with new worlds to explore, new powers and new wacky hijinks.

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 
$39.99; Rated T for Teen 
TonyHawkTheGame.com
Drop back in with the most iconic skateboarding games ever made. Play Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater & Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 in one epic collection, rebuilt from the ground up in incredible HD. All the pro skaters, levels and tricks are back and fully-remastered, plus more.

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SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off App
Free on iOS and Android

Players experience fun and fast-paced cooking gameplay as they interact with Mr. Krabs, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy and many other familiar faces. Fans can visit their favorite SpongeBob landmarks like the Krusty Krab and Sandy's Treedome, design their own versions of Bikini Bottom restaurants and cook up grub across hundreds of levels on their journey to be the best fry cook under the sea! Now, players can serve up healthy snacks in the new restaurant, The Juice Bar; from bananas to apples to watermelons and smoothies, The Juice Bar is the perfect post-workout underwater dining experience. In addition, players can now also customize hilarious new costumes for their favorite diving suit wearing squirrel, Sandy Cheeks.

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ABCmouse
$9.95/month

ABCmouse is a comprehensive supplemental curriculum that encompasses reading/language arts, math, science, health, social studies, art and music. Now, the #1 early education app in the U.S. has a new, notable addition: Mastering Math, a section within ABCmouse that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accurately assess a child’s learning level and skills progress and provide them with challenges that directly address their specific needs. Ages 2-8.

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Adventure Academy
$9.99/month

Designed for grades 8-11, it’s a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, created for how children in those grades really learn. Learning comes to life with thousands of activities including interactive experiences, educational videos, curriculum-based games, books, and the opportunity to explore hundreds of topics within individual subjects, like math, science and social studies. 

Updated: June 2022

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