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    1. Ocean Wonders Aquarium
    $179.99 list($199.99)
    2. Bounce 'Round Deluxe Castle
    3. Disney Princess Laptop
    $40.00 list($49.99)
    4. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    $15.99 list($19.99)
    5. Barbie as The Princess and The
    $14.98 list($19.99)
    6. Spy Shadow Set
    $8.75 list($24.99)
    7. Dual Shock 2 Controller
    $24.99 list($44.99)
    8. LeapPad with Microphone
    $30.95 list($39.99)
    9. 2 Pack PS2 Memory Cards: Red &
    $24.99 list($29.99)
    10. Hokey Pokey Elmo
    11. Rescue Hero HyperJet with Bonus
    $16.49 list($24.99)
    12. 8MB Memory Card
    $34.97 list($49.99)
    13. Record and Play (4095)
    $9.97 list($39.99)
    14. Musini - MagicSensor
    $39.99 list($49.99)
    15. Lego Bionicle: Ultimate Dumerator
    16. LEGO Make & Create: Wild Collection
    $24.95 list($29.99)
    17. Little People Sweet Sounds Home
    $699.99 list($999.99)
    18. 24' Easy Set Pool w/filter
    19. Butterfly Pavilion
    $24.95 list($39.99)
    20. My First LeapPad - Blue

    1. Ocean Wonders Aquarium
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B00005YVRN
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Fisher-Price
    Sales Rank: 59
    Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    This toy will make you want to take a nap. Equipped with straps that attach it to a crib, this play aquarium and music maker is the perfect thing to amuse a child or soothe them to sleep. There are three settings, depending on what kind of stimulation is needed: music only; music plus soft glowing lights; and music plus lights, bubbles, and moving fish. There are also three music options, the best one offering soft and melodic New Age fare, the other two somewhat odd, spacey versions of familiar lullabies. The music combined with the lights creates an instantly peaceful, soothing ambiance. There are a couple of buttons and doodads for baby to bat around that make the fish react in various ways. If these buttons were a little more responsive, this toy would be near perfect. --David Stoesz ... Read more

    Reviews (659)

    5-0 out of 5 stars My little one goes to sleep everynight w/ this toy
    We really like it. I had the older one for my 6 year old. Now my 7 month has had this one for 6 months, and has listened to it everynight before bed. He has now learned how to turn it on and off himself. I would highly recommend this toy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Second baby still loves it
    I love this aquarium. We first had the older version of it with my first son (broke it when he got older). Then we got this one for my now 6 month old. I change his dipes in the crib sometimes or let him play there and I just turn it on for him to watch. He loves it. I LIKE that it can be loud because when I lay him down for a nap, I want it to drown out the noise in the background... like of my almost 3 year old racing through the house. <br /> <br /> It definitely keeps him entertained and even moreso as a newborn.

    3-0 out of 5 stars ok toy
    This is just an ok toy. My 9 month old son likes it ok but it not one of his favorites. The motor is loud and it's kind of creepy music. I would recommend getting a different toy to soothe your little one back to sleep. My child just mainly likes to play with it a few minutes or so.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected
    The ocean waves sound really soothes my son to sleep, but I have to keep the volume turned down all the way. I can't believe how loud the volume is for a nightime toy. Also, I can't turn the bubbles on because the motor is so loud if it doesn't keep the baby awake, it keeps me awake over the monitor. The bubbles are the major reason I bought it, so I'm not exactly thrilled with it. I just feel like there was probably something else out there we both would have liked better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Helps her learn to go back to sleep on her own
    I bought this for my daughter when she was just 1 month old, she is now almost two and she still loves it. You can adjust the how low it hangs down in the crib so I have never had a prblem with her head getting hurt. She loves to push it by herself, and when she wakes up in the middle of the night she just sits up and pushes the button and goes back to sleep. The Bubbles are a bit to loud to use when she is older though and the music is also a bit loud for a crib toy. But the running water noise saved us when she was a baby. ... Read more

    2. Bounce 'Round Deluxe Castle
    list price: $199.99
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    Asin: B0000A9Y1U
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: SpinMaster
    Sales Rank: 1532
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Why should big bouncy high-energy fun be reserved for carnivals and outdoor festivals? Now you can have the excitement of the bouncy castle often seen at those public venues in your own backyard. This castle set inflates with minimal effort once you hook it up to the heavy duty fan that is included. The packaging claims that the castle can be fully mounted in 45 seconds and in our informal test we did have pretty speedy results. Once its set up, kids up to 83 pounds are ready to get in and bounce (total weight should not exceed 250 pounds) in the yellow, red, and blue castle set. The entrance ramp and safety netting around the sides make for nice touches as does the convenient storage bag. --Charlie Williams ... Read more

    Reviews (9)

    Fantastic Fun
    We purchased this item for our daughter's birthday party from We were notified that it would be delivered in 7 business days, but to my surprise, we got the package in less than 48 hours later! The Bounce 'Round was a hit with all 9 kids, ranging from 1 to 5 years of age. It was easy to set up and take down. It's big enough to hold 4-5 toddlers but small enough to fit inside a garage or patio. It's not educational by any means but it keeps children occupied for hours! We also purchased 100 plastic balls to put inside the Bounce 'Round for added fun. We highly recommend this product.

    We ordered this on-line and paid the shipping cost because the only other bounce house we could find were 8 X 8 or smaller. This was going to be a present for our 4 year old and it was going to be used at his party. It stated right on the box 9X9. As my husband set it up, he thought that it looked rather small. He measured it corner to corner and it measured 7ft 6in by 7ft 6in. Not even close to being 9X9. It was very easy to blow up but we were very disappointed in the size. We returned it (...). We then called the manufacture to complain about false advertising and were handled very rudely!!!! WE WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE PRODUCT AND WITH SPINMASTER.

    Motor Problems
    Based on all the great reviews I purchased this product from a local ToyRus store. Much to my disappointment when I removed the contents of the box the motor was completely torn apart (it is metal so this was no easy task). I phoned the store and they graciously sent someone to my home to replaced the damaged merchandise. However, after removing the contents again there was a large gapping crack across the motor. This time the store said they would check the contents before bringing over a new motor. When the 3rd motor was delivered it looked "beat up" but was intact and did work. The gentleman who searched for the replacement and made the delivery said there were several more boxes with damaged motors in them. After finally getting it all together and setting it up (which was very easy) my soon to be 3-year-old wanted nothing to do with it. What a disappointment. It will go back ASAP.

    Bouncin' Birthday Bash...
    We wanted to rent a bounce house for my daughter's (...) birthday party but we didn't have the space to accomdate one of the rentals. I was on-line searching for a motorized Jeep for her birthday gift when I came upon the bounce 'round castle. We nixed the idea for the Jeep and opted for the bounce house. And I'm soooo glad that we did! My young lids just love it! It's sooooo easy to set up and take down. I was constantly scolding my two younger children for jumping on their beds, my furniture, etc. Now I just send them outside and they can jump until their legs turn to jello! In the long run it was much cheaper to purchase the bounce house than to rent one.

    Cheaper at [local store]
    My kids love this toy - great for burning the energy. ... ... Read more

    3. Disney Princess Laptop
    list price: $49.99
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    Asin: B00009P7JA
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: LeapFrog
    Sales Rank: 96
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    LeapFrog is well known for their interactive learning toys and now they've paired with Disney for a princesses' tour of language and math. Cinderella and Belle will help guide your child through various learning activities, such as: letter hunt, spelling games, addition and subtraction games, and number find. Both Belle and Cinderella tell jokes, sing songs, and are generally encouraging with sweet and cheerful voices. If your child decides to stop playing and doesn't turn the laptop off, the princesses ask, "Would you like to play some more?" and if there is no answer, the computer shuts itself off. An LCD screen displays letters, numbers, and other pictures during all the activities. Moms and dads will be glad to note that there are two volumes and virtually no set-up. Requires 4 "AA" batteries (included). --Megan Sullivan ... Read more

    Reviews (10)

    Best toy in the house
    My 2 1/2 year old received this toy as a gift. She ABSOLUTELY loves her "puter". I fill my house with fun and educational toys and this one is hands down the best. She has been playing with it for a few weeks now and can sing her ABC's from A-K. All her friends want to play with it as well. I only wish they had a "boy" version so my son could have one of his own.

    Another good one from LeapFrog
    My mother and I were having a garage sale and I very much wanted to clean out and get rid of some toys. After explaining the concept to my daughter that if she sold some toys, she could buy some new ones. Well with her money, she picked this out of everything in the huge toy store. She loves it, she takes it in the car on trips, plays with it at the kitchen table while I am cooking. It's great, educational and something to grow with!

    A fun "umputer".
    I love it and I am 34yrs old.
    My 4yr old loves it. And, as far as I am concerned that is all that matters. The sound, the colors, the characters and the keys all all conducive to the purpose that it was intended for.
    I bought it for my daughter so she could use it when I was on our family computer.
    The only thing (and its not a big thing)is that I wish the screen was bigger.
    I would highly recommend it or buy it as a gift.

    Disney's Laptop by LeapFrog
    My daughter Lily got this for her 3rd birthday. We have always loved LeapFrog products. This was her favorite present, hands down. My 6 and 9 year olds even love it! I am really impressed by how many things it does. After playing with it for a day Lily can identify some letters and numbers. The music is great, and I LOVE that there is a high low switch, making it a quiet toy as well as a learning toy!

    A perfect laptop for your Princess!
    Our 3.5 yr old got this for Christmas and LOVES having "my own 'puter". It is easy for her to open for herself and she loves to hear her favorite characters speaking to her! She likes the activity that sounds out words as you type in letters, and gets so excited when she actually makes a word! She also really likes the counting activity. This laptop has been banged around and dropped several times and it is in perfect working condition. ... Read more

    4. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    list price: $49.99
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    Asin: B0001VGFK2
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Rockstar Games
    Sales Rank: 1
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    It may not be a splashy leap forward, but Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in its own deep, dark way does just as much to move and revolutionize video games as its two predecessors, Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. As in previous installments, here you play as a thug with problems you must steal and shoot your way out of, but the problems this time are disconcertingly more realistic. You play as Carl Johnson, known on the street as CJ, a likeable criminal type who has just returned to his hometown, Los Santos (a fictionalized Los Angeles), to find that his mother has been murdered and that the police have framed him for another murder. Reunions with his friends and a troubled relationship with his brother set off a sprawling, complex plot line, taking place at first in the immediate Los Santos area but eventually spilling into San Fierro (based on San Francisco) and Las Venturas (Las Vegas).

    You play as Carl Johnson, known on the street as CJ.

    This is an honest effort to create an engaging story about sympathetic characters caught up in a brutal environment that is on par with a movie or novel.

    Gaming Gangsters

    Where Vice City took its cues, with tongue firmly in cheek, from the 1980s television series Miami Vice, San Andreas is a sincere homage to early 1990s innercity gangster films like Menace 2 Society and Boyz ‘N the Hood. This is an honest effort to create an engaging story about sympathetic characters caught up in a brutal environment that is on par with a movie or novel. If that effort hits a few flat notes (you would have to be totally desensitized not to wonder if it's OK to make entertainment out of driveby shootings), it may also mark the first step toward video games growing up.The first thing that fans of earlier GTA games will notice is the range of action is much wider now: Along with shooting, running, and driving, there's now swimming, eating, working out, shopping, and, yes, getting a haircut. All this means the game has a fairly steep learning curve. But, though the pick-up-and-play appeal of Grand Theft Auto III may be long gone, your access to the action becomes fairly transparent after a little practice. My only serious complaint is that, with the controller now crowded with such previously unheard-of functions like "Gang Active" and "Talk Positive," you can drive only with the left analog stick. A minor point, but it makes cars a lot more difficult to handle.

    Bikin’ it
    Bicycles take on a surprisingly central role.

    Vehicular Variety

    It would be hard to surpass the variety of automobiles available in earlier games, and San Andreas wisely does not for the most part try to compete on that score. Instead, it's bicycles of all things that steal the show. The bikes' speed and flexibility are perfect for many of the missions, and there is something about cruising through the streets and basketball courts on a BMX that just feels right. If you play far enough into the game, you will also be rewarded with the chance to fly a number of aircraft, and flying is something Rockstar makes a greater effort to get right this time (welcome news for anyone who struggled with the planes and ‘copters of the earlier games).

    Lackluster Graphics--but a Real Feel

    Graphics--never a huge priority for Rockstar--actually take a step backward from the luscious, tropical look of Vice City. Textures are rendered with only a cursory attention to detail, and contours are often blocky. It scarcely matters, though, because no matter how San Andreas looks, it feels real. This is due in no small part to voice work by an all-star cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Ice T, James Woods, Peter Fonda, and Outkast's Big Boy and a stellar soundtrack with tunes by Soundgarden, 2Pac, Public Enemy, and even a few country classics from the likes of Willie Nelson. But it's not just realistic, San Andreas is also vast, encompassing three big urban centers and huge swaths of rural land (complete with shotgun-toting farmers) between them. This vastness does mean, however, that there can be a lot of tedious driving to get to the missions, which, along with some awkward sequencing of the cut scenes (they are in places stacked one on top of the other), means that there is a bit too much downtime.But never mind the quibbles. Ladies and gentlemen, we have another classic on our hands. --David Stoesz


    • Astonishingly vast game space
    • Vivid character development
    • Complex, engaging plot
    • Enormous range of available actions


    • Occasionally awkward game design
    • You can no longer steer cars with the directional buttons
    • Steep learning curve

    What's Your Strategy?
    Get mission strategies and detailed maps to achieve every objective with the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Official Strategy Guide.

    ... Read more


    • The next chapter in the legendary Grand Theft Auto series
    • Set in Los Santos, San Andreas, plagued by gang violence, corruption, and drugs
    • Carl Johnson's mother has been murdered and family has fallen apart
    • Carl is framed for homicide by two corrupt cops
    • He must journey across San Andreas to take control of the streets

    Reviews (154)

    5-0 out of 5 stars PSM Stuff
    Alright heres the stuff i read in the official Playstation 2 magazine (some of the stuff you may already know but oh well):
    -The game is set in 90's San Andreas, which is a whole state that contains cities like Los Angelas, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and a bunch of country stuff in between like deserts, mountains, rivers, and lots and lots of interstate highways.
    - You are CJ who decides to come back to his old Los Santos gang called the Orange Grove Family after spending a couple of years in Liberty City...
    -YOU CAN: eat in restuarants (get fat), Work out in the gym and get buff( get too buff and you move slower), improve CJ's skills, get haircuts, ride a bicycle, wear lots of outfits, buy and build buildings (many more things to do with this than in Vice City), Gamble at casino's, break into houses and steal money, swim,dual wield mutliple guns, recruit your own gang to help you out, do 4 person drive by shootings.
    The improvements: -five to six times the size of Vice City, game comes on a rare dual layer dvd, no more loading between cities, new graphics engine with 35-50% more polygons on screen, longer view distance, more realistic relections, shadows, and animation; every character has a "brain", a bunch of more detailed indoor locations, more mini games, man hunt style gun targeting, better hand to hand combat, each weapon is detailed and has its own realistic experience, rag doll physics, wider range of vehicles with improved physics, and the vehicles get rusty and dirty over time.
    The average pedestrian in San Andreas will have up to six times more dialouge than in Vice City. Another thing is that the game will automatically adjust the level of difficulty if a player gets stuck on that impossible mission. However this doesnt mean you can fail and then it will be easy, the changes are supposed to practically invisible and very small. IF you get fat the insults will be pretty mean. You can ride a bicycle by pushing x real fast to go real fast. There is free aiming with any weapon. Also your rival gang are the Balla's and if you go in their territory you are dead meat. The cops provide a greater challenge and are very determined. I got all of this information from a very good magazine that is 100% Play Station 2 called PSM, I strongly recommend this magazine if you are interested in upcoming games and reviews on games. From what i read in the magazine this is going to be a great game and I am preordering it right now... you should too!

    This game is the best of them all!!!!!!!!
    The following features have been confirmed for GTA: San Andreas:
    • Tweaked Vice City
    • Entire state of San Andreas included, meaning three cities will be present in the game, each connected by countryside. Los Santos, a fictional Los Angeles, San Fierro, a rendition of San Francisco, and La Venturra, which is the Grand Theft Auto version of Las Vegas.
    • Larger map, which is much more interesting and "alive" than Vice City. Hills have been confirmed, and even a mountain is to be included.
    • Smog will be present in Los Santos to give it a "real life" feeling.
    • "Characters from the past" will return.
    • Ragdoll physics, aka "Impact Animation" similar to that seen in recent PC titles like Far Cry, Half Life 2 and Max Payne 2.
    • In La Venturra, set up a casino, or gamble in those owned by others.
    • Recruit gang members and perform four person drive by's. (Screenshot)
    • Pedal Bicycles (Screenshot)
    • House robberies will take place but require skill and planning.
    • Stamina Meter. Carl will have to consume food on his journey across San Andreas, and will gain weight if he eats too much. Gyms will be available to work out in.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Game Ever!!
    This is by far the best game ever created!! I have Halo 2 and hasn't got anything compared to this. GTA SA is a must have so if you are still reading this review you must get up, go out and buy this game!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best!!
    GTA San Andreas and vice city are such an advancment for rockstar games and this is the best ever but remember how it all started with that birds eye veiw...<br /><br /> John Tushew

    5-0 out of 5 stars Initial impressions
    After a long wait I am now beggining to dig into this game.<br /> <br /> 1. Learning curve: Very unforgiving, the missions go from semi-simple to near impossible at the drop of a hat. Enemy AI is drastically improved, which means you will be spending alot of time in your nearby health facility. Another nice feature is due to gang placement you may not even make it out of the hospital parking lot alive.<br /> <br /> 2. Controls: simply amazing. weapon aiming is drastically improved, you can now actually aim a handgun with enough precision to hit the tiny little gas tank target allowing for 1 shot explosions which I have to say are very cool (just don't do this in sight of police) also control of vehicles improves as you use them more, which means you are less likely to fall off your bike after catching air.<br /> <br /> 3. Character developement: Want your character to be the buffest banger on the block? You better head to the gym and work off that Cluckin' big meal you just ate. Don't eat too much tho, CJ can and will throw up if you do. Does CJ tire easily on those on foot police chases? Hop on the treadmill or the stationary bike and build up your stamina. Even RPG's rarely give you this much control over your character.<br /> <br /> 4. Summary: Initial impressions very possitive, go get this. ... Read more

    5. Barbie as The Princess and The Pauper: Princess Anneliese Doll
    list price: $19.99
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    Asin: B0002L9HOW
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Mattel
    Sales Rank: 28
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    6. Spy Shadow Set
    list price: $19.99
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    Asin: B0001U2CG4
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Wild Planet
    Sales Rank: 1134
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    7. Dual Shock 2 Controller
    list price: $24.99
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    Asin: B00004YRQ9
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 33
    Average Customer Review: 4.04 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Product Description

    The layout of PlayStation2's Dual Shock 2 controller is nearly identical to that of the original PlayStation's Dual Shock controller, which is good news for most gamers. The main new feature is that, when the buttons are pushed, the controller can register how much pressure is being exerted. This adds a completely new dimension to sports, racing, fighting, and more games. Aside from the Start and Select buttons, all of the functions are analog for greater control, a wider variety of operations, and a more compelling interactive experience. Two convex analog thumb pads and two force-feedback solenoid rumblers round out the features. This controller is also compatible with all software that supports the original Dual Shock controller. ... Read more

    Reviews (168)

    The way I see it, the best controllers are the NES, SNES, and Playstation controllers. All three of these have one thing in common: ridiculously simple button lay-out. Play with any of these three and you'll notice that you NEVER have to take your eyes off the screen to find the right button.

    I see a lot of people complaining about the price on this controller, but let's look at what you're getting. First of all, this controller has the vibration function, which makes the controller literally shake around. This is especially fun when you're shooting guns in games like Metal Gear Solid 2. Then there's the two analog controllers. However, just because they're there, doesn't mean that you are forced to use them--like with that dumb N64 controller. Every Playstation 2 game I've played so far still lets you use the D-pad--which an old-school gamer like me prefers. But if you want to use the analog controller, go right ahead, it's just a thumb-flick away.

    Everything I've mentioned up to here is pretty much common knowledge, but there are a few features on this controller that you weren't aware of: 1) This controller has AN EXTRA FOOT OF CORD when you compare it to the generic Playstation One controller. Now I can relax on the COUCH instead of the FLOOR. 2) The R2 and L2 shoulder buttons are LARGER, making it sooooo much easier to find them in the heat of battle. And 3) I recently saw a magazine advertising a product that lets you use the Playstation 2 controller on the Gamecube because "the Gamecube controller won't be ideal for all games." See, I told you the Playstation 2 controller was the best.

    So far I haven't had any problems with buttons sticking, and quite frankly, the only way I can see that happening is if you make a habit of dripping pancake syrup onto your controller, or throwing your controller at the wall. Controll yourself!

    4-0 out of 5 stars It really is the best
    My only complaint about the Dual Shock 2 that came with my PS2 was that it was too small for my alien long fingers, which tend to cramp after a while. The controller was designed for Japanese hands, after all.

    So I decided to get a larger game pad from a 3rd party. I did a lot of homework; but people kept telling me, "Sony's is the best. Only get Sony. You'll regret it if you don't get Sony. Sony, dude, Sony."

    And I didn't listen. And that was a mistake.

    Sony's controller just feels right in the hands compared to everything else. The construction is solid, but it's light weight. The buttons are much more comfortable and easier to manipulate than any other PS2 controller. It really is well designed and it lasts.

    Spending any money on a 3rd party controller is, in my opinion, a total waste. You are sacrificing a lot of quality.

    Minus one star because, in spite of being the best, it's still too small.

    This is an easy to store controller, and long cord so theres no need for a wireless controller! It comes in diff colours so its cool!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Super goo
    I really like the product, I love the service and everything.Amazon has topped any other intenet services, and thats that.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cant beat it
    BUY SONY! This is the conclusion that I have finally reached after spending many years and many dollars with 3rd party controllers. I have finally relented to the fact that cheaper controllers are cheaper for a reason and that life is too short to be spent cursing your controllers maker. If your looking at other controllers that have only a few $'s in cheaperness dont waste your time and gaming enjoyment, buy Sony. The only problem that I've had with these are the rubber knobs breaking down. This happened to a controller I had for prob over 4 years. Not too worried about it ... Read more

    8. LeapPad with Microphone
    list price: $44.99
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    Asin: B00023QAKE
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: LeapFrog
    Sales Rank: 724
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    9. 2 Pack PS2 Memory Cards: Red & Blue
    list price: $39.99
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    Asin: B00006F2EP
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 66
    Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow this has a lot of room
    This package is only for gamers with more than 20 games or who own and play more than 2 sports games simultaneously.This is not for the average gamer but if you have a dvd remote for the ps2 then you should buy this because the dvd remote takes up 2mb of the 8mb card and this package contains 2 8mb memory cards.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good memory card but one should be enough...
    If you're completely one of those HARDCORE gamers who spend more than 4 hours a day playing videogames, 2 memory cards should fit you nicely, considering the amount of games you could possible play in that time. However, if you're a easy gamer like me (no more than 2-3 hours a day) 1 should be enough. If you're that hardcore gamer and need that much space to fit all your gaming needs, this is surely going to save you money, as buying 2 memory cards separately cost approximately 50 dollars, about the cost of a brand new just-released game. These memory cards word pretty well so don't expect files that magically disappear or save files that become corrupted that lead you to start the game over again. A memory card is a must buy if you own a PS2 but whether you need 2 is your choice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars So Much Space!
    These are well worth the cost. There's enough room on these memory cards to last even the heaviest of gamers a while...

    5-0 out of 5 stars hfhgj
    itz a memory card...wht do u expect??

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good quality but overpriced. is a rip off. You can get this dual pack for $15 - $20 at ... Read more

    10. Hokey Pokey Elmo
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B00008GYCZ
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Fisher-Price
    Sales Rank: 30
    Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    What's the No. 1 group dance for the pre-school set? Hint: it's not the "Electric Slide" or "Cotton-Eyed Joe." You guessed it, and so did Elmo: the "Hokey Pokey." Though Elmo doing the "Slide" would be a sight to see, he masters the Pokey quite convincingly, to the probable delight of his toddling fans. After loading his foot with four "AA" batteries, press his hand and he performs the popular jig. He sticks out both his right hand and foot, shakes his body all about, then smoothly spins in place, thanks to a rotating platform under one foot. Elmo even spices up the beat, and sporadically speeds up the action; both innovations crank up the fun factor. The only downside: he was de-plushed, presumably because of all the mechanisms needed to help him dance and maintain balance. The result, still, is an impressive performance. He's just not very cuddly. --Diane Beall ... Read more

    Reviews (73)

    We hokey pokey right along!
    Since my 1-year-old is an Elmo freak, we bought this for her for Christmas. She loved it from the first beat! It was hard for her to turn on at first, but once she got him going, she danced right along! And I have to admit, it's kind of a catchy jig! Our only problem was that the batteries ran out pretty fast. But other than that, we love Hokey Pokey Elmo!

    It is an awsome toy!
    I love Elmo and so does my niece. My co-worker had it, and I thought it was neat. Now I would like to buy it for my niece for her birthday and i can't find it any wheres in syracuse New york.

    great toy elmo
    i bought this elmo for my 6 month old elmo he loved it and we as adults thought it was ahoot i wanted one so did some of my family it is so sweet

    Our kids LOVE Elmo!
    My daughter got this for her first Christmas this past year and she is going on 7mos now but she absolutely LOVES this toy. She giggles and squirms whenever he's singing and dancing. Her 2 yr old brother dances with him too and loves when he falls over because he asks you to pick him back up. Granted he doesn't sing the whole song but who cares? It's the fun of dancing with Elmo. So far Elmo has survived 2 kids and a curious cat. The entertainment value and watching what your kids do when he dances and sings far outweighs the noise and not singing the whole song. I recommend this if you want to have a great time with your children.

    LOVE IT!
    My Greatgrandmother got this Elmo for me for Christmas, and I can't stop bouncing when he dances. I'm still pretty little, so I like to eat Elmo's fur, but when Mommy and Daddy play and dance with me, it's SO much fun! ... Read more

    11. Rescue Hero HyperJet with Bonus Figure

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    Asin: B0002L9J2C
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Fisher-Price
    Sales Rank: 65
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    Fully equipped for the uber rescue mission, this souped-up spacecraft doubles as a jet and a Rescue Heroes command center. The top of the jet flips open to reveal an electronic screen and an operations deck, where Keytron, a robot, plugs into the control board to relay missions to the team. Included are two tethered backpacks which, as Rescue Heroes fans know, allow the action figures to communicate. What's more, the jet itself transforms into a giant robot, with a deployable space pod as the head and a tank-like tough-terrain vehicle down below. This is a sturdy, sizable toy that those who enjoy Rescue Heroes ought to love, and it contains plenty of moving parts. Also included is a C.D. Moon action figure in a red space suit. --Andy Boynton ... Read more

    12. 8MB Memory Card
    list price: $24.99
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    Asin: B00004YRQA
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 21
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    Building a better system from the ground up sometimes involves digging into even the most mundane components. Take memory cards, for instance. To provide larger storage capacity and faster access rates--PlayStation2 cards transfer data 200 times faster than cards for the original PlayStation--PlayStation2 developers have upgraded the technology for the new memory card. The 8 MB Memory Card uses Flash Memory, the storage technology that's revolutionizing handheld computers, digital cameras, and MP3 players. In contrast, the 128 KB memory cards that were designed for the original PlayStation use memory blocks. While large files can spill over several blocks, you can't store more than one file per block in that design, no matter how small the file. The 8 MB Memory Card allieviates that problem by organizing and storing files much more like a computer hard disk. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It's just a memory card
    But it's good at being a memory card. Heck, they're probably all named Bob or something as well. Note that this only works for saving PS2 games--no putting all your PS mem saves onto this one--but it has a fast load time and holds a lot of memory. You could probably chew up 8 megs pretty fast, though, as most games that I've seen take at least 100kb per save, and multiple saves of the same game will start to make a dent, even though it should still last for a while. You'll have to get one of these, as the North American PS2's do not come with a mem card. And stay away from those third-party cards that lose all your data.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Peripheral
    Simply put this memory card has tons of space to store several different games. It is a marked improvement from the PS1 Memory card, which had very limited storage space, 15 spots, some games required 2 to 5 for storage which meant your PS1 memory card got filled up fast.

    I've had my memory card for several months now and its still a long way from being halfway filled. I am so glad they created this card so much bigger than it's predecessor. I always hated switching memory cards for different games, now I don't have to.

    (Beware of 3rd party peripherals for the PS2, their quality is always much less than Sony products)

    You need this!
    If you plan on having any fun on your PS2, you must get this! Though Sony needs to make a larger one (maybe 32MB) to keep up with nintendos 1041 block(about 210mb)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A sports gamer's nightmare. But for others.....
    This Memory card is Very reliable for keeping information, unlike the other crappy memory cards out there. I think it is absolutely great, but for a high price, however....

    The price is insane. Amazon's prices are very reasonable compared to any others. Most of the Stores in my location sell these badboys for 25-30 dollars, even more than a controller costs! Some really nice stores will give you a more-than-reasonable price, such as movie gallery, which will sell for about 5-10 dollars.

    I have never been a Sports game fan, so I have never had problems with my memory card being full. most of the games I own take up about 15 Bytes, which is, of course, very good. Sports games, however, take up most of the memory card, causing more thinning of your wallet to buy even more memory cards for insane prices. my friend has quite a few madden games, thus he has about 5 or 6 memory cards, costing him about the same price as his playstation 2!

    These memory cards are perfect, I love them, but the price is just not right. they hold a very fair amount of space, but sport games overdo it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars its great
    this thing is great has more space then my other memory cards I think I have five or six of these bad boys and I love them almost as much as my ps2 get one............ ... Read more

    13. Record and Play (4095)
    list price: $49.99
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    Asin: B000092WJ5
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: LEGO Systems, Inc
    Sales Rank: 641
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    14. Musini - MagicSensor
    list price: $39.99
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    Asin: B000065CKT
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Neurosmith
    Sales Rank: 8
    Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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    Too bad Neurosmith is out of business
    The Musini is a great toy, but buyers should be aware that Neurosmith has closed it's business. The Magic Wand accessory that came with my Musini doesn't seem to work. I tried their website for support, but it seems to be permanently down, so I called the company phone number in Long Beach, CA for support, and you get a message that they've closed.

    Bought it twice -- never worked
    Great concept that never delivered on it's promise. We purchased it twice and it never worked...a lot of time wasted. The idea sounds good but they need to work on the result!

    My child loves this toy!
    I bought this for my 2 1/2 year old and she absolutely
    loves it! She didn't understand what to do at first so
    I had to show her some of my dancing skills : ) She
    got it right away and she can't stop dancing! Great
    toy for any age!

    Finally got it to work!
    I bought this toy for my 4.5 year old son for Christmas because he loves music and motion--seemed ideal. I was extremely disappointed in how low it is--my son is hard of hearing and could not hear it at all unless he held it up to his head. He quit playing with it. Then this weekend, we cleaned out toys and ran across it. I was going to put it in the giveaway bag, but thought I would look into the product first. Once I discovered the volume switch inside the battery compartment (actually through these reviews, which I checked first to find out of other people liked it!), we were set! We have been having fun with it ever since. What a relief to know I didn't waste my money and my kids have a toy they love! And I never thought I'd want a toy to be louder!

    This is more fun than it seems at first
    Thank goodness for the other reviewers here who told me about the "hidden" volume adjustment in the battery compartment and how to set sensitivity.. start high and work lower....

    Once the volume is up and the sensitivity is right this becomes a very fun toy. I suspect Mom will get some extra exercise too.

    And we were within two minutes of sending this thing back when I decided to read the reviews. After all, at the lower volume there was no kick to the thing. It seemed like such a waste, how COULD the toy win platinum . Now we agree. We love this toy. ... Read more

    15. Lego Bionicle: Ultimate Dumerator (10202)
    list price: $49.99
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    Asin: B0002CSKBM
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: LEGO Systems, Inc
    Sales Rank: 86
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    The incredibly popular LEGO Bionicle series approaches the long-standing tradition of building toys in a different way than anyone who is only familiar with older LEGO sets might expect. Bionicle imagines an epic battle being fought in a far off planet where everybody, somewhatcuriously, is built out of LEGO blocks. In this limited edition Bionicle set, we meet Ultimate Dume (the homonym is no accident) who seeks to wreak havoc on the unfortunate residents of Tua Nuva. There are 555 pieces in all and the finished product is indeed an impressive and nimble looking towering creatures. Of course, since its LEGO, the bricks can be used for an infinite variety of other purposes to build yet other creatures limited only by the builders imagination. --Charlie Williams ... Read more

    16. LEGO Make & Create: Wild Collection (4101)

    Asin: B000087L1Y
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: LEGO Systems, Inc
    Sales Rank: 1733
    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    You can really bug out with this 487-piece LEGO set especially aimed at the creative entomologist. The set could be used to make anything from dinosaurs to deep space stations, but the thick (83-page) manual is aimed squarely at the Legologist who wants to design crawling critters. Spiders, scorpions, snails, and worms--if it buzzes or slithers you can make it. Frogs, lizards, a crab, and a bird round out the suggested menagerie, and of course there’s no rule against inventing new species of imaginary arthropods. Hop on over to this set and get bitten by the LEGO bug! --Richard Farr ... Read more

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    Bugs & Other Wild Creatures Fun
    I recently purchased this for my four year old son and we have a great time building the creatures in the booklet. So far, we've built the spider, lizard, and crab. He loves it! The many intricate details do challenge him but we work together and have great fun. I did purchase a container to store and separate the colors and various bricks so we can find the pieces efficiently. I am amazed by all the various pieces and how much lego bricks have evolved over the years. This set definitely provides hours of fun and creativity. We would purchase other Make & Create sets in the near future.

    Well worth the money
    When my son was four he was such a fan for bugs and animals that I decided to buy the Lego Wild Collection for his fifth birthday. I knew he would be a year younger than the recommended age of 6+, but I figured I could help him. When he received the toy he was thrilled and immediately engaged me to build the Crab. It was very hard because there were about 500 pieces, most of them very small pieces, but after an hour of "needle-in-the-hay-stack" hunt I succeeded in locating all the necessary bits. My boy was able to put most of the pieces in by consulting the book's step by step instructions, but about 10% of the time he couldn't understand it and I would have to show him how. Although he isn't a patient boy he was engrossed with the project and never lost focus, and in the end he was proud of the Crab and admired it for hours.

    After I complained to my husband, a plumber, about the difficulty in locating the tiny pieces, he suggested that I go to the hardware store and buy a utility box that contained different compartments for the various parts. I found one such box with a lid and 12 compartments and sorted all the chunks out by size and color. Everything was a breeze to find after that - I wonder why Lego doesn't provide such a box.

    Since then my son and I have dedicated about 12 hours building various creatures such as snakes, snails, spiders, scorpions, birds, fish, jelly fish, mosquitoes, daddy-long-legs, and we are not even half way done with all the possible 63 creatures yet. It was fun even for me because back when I was a kid Legos weren't half this fancy. The Lego website shows many extra pictures of various things one can build with the Wild Collection. We did have one missing piece - the Ant's belly - but Lego is sending it for free after I ordered it from their website. Today my son succeeded in building the Ant by substituting the missing piece with a different piece. He worked on it for 4 hours, mostly by himself because I couldn't find the time to do it with him, and he succeeded, to my total amazement, since the Ant is one of the hard ones to build. (There are 3 levels: easy, medium and hard.) It is amazing to see how fast he is learning to put the pieces together.

    I would like to yell "Bravo!" to the Lego designers for coming up with such a wonderful toy. It isn't cheap, but in comparison to the amount of time a child spends with the toy, I think it is more than worth it. One can, of course, get a small, cheap Lego thing that can build only one thing, but after the child builds the same thing a couple of times he gets sick of it. This way, because there are so many pieces, there is a huge variety of things one can build, so you pay four times the money but you build a hundred times more critters too because you can reuse the parts. I just think it makes much more sense this way, and I highly recommend this toy to anyone.

    Tip: There is a grey piece shaped like a handle. It is for taking the built legos apart. It doesn't say that in the instruction booklet, but that's what I figured it must be after I spent a few days prying stuff with the butter knife!

    The part of the review is added 2 months later:
    My son is done with the wild life lego set. I would say that he's spent more than 200 hours on it. On some days he worked on it day and night, and he can build every single critter in their without any help from me. Familiarity definitely breeds understanding in this case. Now he is moving on to the other Lego designer sets.

    Beastly Fun Building!
    My seven year old loves LEGO's, and is thinking of them in a whole new direction with this kit. Before he would only make cars, buildings and etc. (I'm not complaining!). He loved building the creatures in the book, and has started using them to invent his own animals. The creatures in the book are at different difficulty levels, but you can build even the biggest ones and still have enough left over to build more. My son has at least three of the biggest put together now, at the same time.

    If you love LEGO, this is a must!
    What a great set! You can build so many different creatures plus the great thing is that are enough pieces to build several creatures at the same time without dismantling other ones. I highly recommend this toy. My son has been playing with these constantly.

    Thiss toy is so much fun you can build different kinds of animals. A magazine comes in it and shows you how to make different animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

    17. Little People Sweet Sounds Home
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B00008ZCEF
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Fisher-Price
    Sales Rank: 244
    Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good First Dollhouse
    I like this product as a little girls first dollhouse. My daughter has played with it several times over the last year. We have added to her set by getting her the Garage for all of her cars and she plays with that alot, too. When I was a little girl, I played with my Little People Dollhouse for hours at a time and now watching my daughter play with her interactive sounds dollhouse is an enjoyable experience. I recommend this product to parents.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love It!
    My daughters absolutley love this little doll house. My 3 1/2 year old will play with it for a very long time. My 21 month old also enjoys moving the little people in and out the door and making the phone "ring" and the other sounds go. All the Little People toys have been a big hit in our house.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great for little ones
    Any toy which sparks the imagination and encourages role play is educational. Education is not all ABC's.
    This is a great toy all around and is very durable. My girls (2 years old) love it and play with it every day.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One HUGE Problem...
    My mom bought this toy for my one year old daughter, and although I agree with the other reviewers that this toy is fun and the sounds that it makes are really cool, I do see a big flaw that Fisher Price must correct. WHY is the mom of the house holding a baby bottle and has a burp cloth over her shoulder and the dad has a permanent cell phone in his hand?!?!?!!? I am not a feminist by any stretch of the imagination but I think it is just stupid that the designers of this toy felt the need to imprint a stereotype on the little people characters! Why isn't the DAD holding a bottle? Is he too busy on the phone with his clients to help with the baby? What happens when mom goes back to work and she has a burp cloth stuck on her shoulder? It might be hard to trade stocks on Wall Street when you have a bottle permanently affixed to your hand. Why have them holding anything? I think that if I was a kid, I would be bummed that these characters are forever stuck inhabiting the stereotypic roles that we are so trying to dispel!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing to rave about!
    Although I'm a great fan of Little People toys, this is our least favorite one. It doesn't have the educational value that the farm and the zoo have. It's a cute toy and hopefully my daughter will play with it more as she gets older (she's 15 months). She tends to become bored with this toy, unlike the farm and the zoo. This set only comes with a mother, a father, and a baby, along with some furniture and accessories. The phone rings, the toilet flushes, the popcorn pops, etc. but it doesn't make up for general lack of play value. I recommend this toy if you already have the other Little People toys and you want to add to your collection. ... Read more

    18. 24' Easy Set Pool w/filter
    list price: $999.99
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    Asin: B000058501
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Intex Recreation Corp.
    Sales Rank: 33368
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    the raccoon in boston
    We got the pool and thought it was a great value until a raccoon jumped on it and clawed the whole tube up. We never had trouble with them until the pool came and within 2 days the pool was gone. It deflated and water poured all over my yard twice. I called the intex to let them know but i don't think they understood. I do think the pool is a great value but it dosen't hold up to the durabiaty as a metal framed pool.For a hundred dollars more i think the metal one is the way to go. Now my 3 year old is stuck without a pool.

    My experience
    We had a 24'x48" pool and it was more difficult than a permanent pool, or the 18'x48" intex pool to keep clean. Once set up it wasn't 48"deep at its fullest either. We went and purchased a 18'x48" that has an automatic skimmer and sprayer with it and it is WONDERFUL. Infact it has became a "fashion statement" in our town everyone wants one. I think in time you will find the 24'x48" pools to suck. You get more for your money you might say by getting the 18'x48" pool. Not always is biggest better.

    Happiest kid on the block!!
    Most difficult time leveling yard. Very pleased with the overall result. Our 9 year old is now the happiest kid on the block! Depth/size great for my backyard. Will keep for 2-3 years and maybe move to a permanent pool. Hope it last, as it does seem very durable. Looking forward to a long weekend to really try it out!! I don't believe anyone believes these things can be ready in "30 minutes" (even without leveling yard). Still a great buy and will recommend to friends and family.

    My sister bought this pool last year and we have since had to relocate it from the original spot was not easy to move by yourself but well worth it my dogs and kids have played hard with this and it is still like new now holes or punctures even with 6 dogs and three kids I would absolutley by another again this SIZE because you have more than enough room to get out of the way of rambunctious kids and enjoy the sun. A++++ for this product as easy to put up as stated 1-2-3 thank you

    This pool is huge!
    We love this pool. It's great for all ages - it accommodates everbody, from our three year old daughter to our teenagers and a couple dozen of their closest friends (along with assorted inflatable toys, loungers, balls, etc.) Set up is fairly easy, but taking it down for the winter is a major ordeal. It can make for a very bad day as the pool is REALLY heavy, awkward, and unwieldy to deal with. Maintenance is not quite as simple as for other types of pools as you can't use most automatic pool cleaning systems and vacuums. The ladder is a little flimsy, and the cover is more trouble than it's worth. Overall, however, we've been delighted with the pool and it's been worth every penny. ... Read more

    19. Butterfly Pavilion

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    Asin: B00004U5UF
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Insect Lore
    Sales Rank: 3192
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic experience!
    Raising butterflies with the Butterfly Pavilion was an experience that my kids and I will never forget. I'm a single parent trying to raise two young kids on my own. I'm busy and don't have much time to take them outside to experience nature. I wanted to give them something that would nurture their respect of nature. Boy did I pick the right item. We mailed our free certificate and about 10 days later, we received our caterpillars. Within about 7 days, they changed into chrysalides. We waited about a week, then suddenly, the butterflies started hatching. In fact, we got to see 4 of them come out within about 30 minutes of each other. It was the most fantastic experience. We kept the butterflies inside the netted habitat for about 5 days, then released them outside. My little 4-year-old girl cried as she had to free her "butterfries", but understood why it was important to do so. We'll never forget this experience and highly recommend the Butterfly Pavilion to everyone.

    THE best summer project!!!
    The kids have never been so excited about what will happen next. We couldn't wait for the caterpillars to come in the mail...counting the days. They all (10) did what they were supposed to do: eating, growing, spinning web, hanging. One did not turn into a chrysalis, and one chrysalis did not hatch, but we had 8 butterflies. They are easy to care for. They even lay eggs and the eggs hatch into tiny caterpillers. We haven't past the 2nd set caterpillar stage yet, but are hoping...


    Spendid!! Simply, spendid!! Creative,educational-fun!!
    (Coin a new word: Educational-fun!!!) As well as affordable
    and very cleve!! Good show!!

    I enjoyed this as much as my son!!
    Both of us being 'nature buffs', my 6 year old son and I had a wonderful time with this.
    We sent away for our catarpillars (every day he would say, 'have they come in yet'?) and when they arrived, put them in the habitat.

    When I was a little girl, I caught a bunch of catarpillars, put them in a shoebox, with grass, leaves and whatever else I thought they might eat. I punched holes in the shoe box lid and then covered the box, and basically forgot about it until a few days or so, opened it and saw my catarpillars had made cocoons. Before long, they were moths and I remember how excited I was to see them!

    With this habitat, you get to WATCH the whole process of metamorphosis and it is truly amazing AND educational!! When they finally transformed into butterflies, my son was so thrilled, altho a little saddened when we had to set them free.

    I'm thinking about purchasing this again, one for my son and myself, and also one for his second grade teacher so his whole class can enjoy the experience.

    If your child enjoys the wonders of natures and would love to witness the miracle of transformation of catarpillars into butterflies, this is DEFINATELY well worth the money! ... Read more

    20. My First LeapPad - Blue
    list price: $39.99
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    Asin: B00005BHK6
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: LeapFrog
    Sales Rank: 5
    Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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    LeapFrog's range of educational toys is exceptional, and this interactive flipbook really has that "wow" factor. In the box it looks like an innocent book, but once assembled it provides absolutely hours of entertainment with a preschool teaching focus. The book reads the text to the child, then its magic pen allows the child to touch the text and reread difficult words. Rather like a computer game, the pictures in the page also respond to touch. Each page has two to three games on it where the child has to answer questions on the text or the pictures. The child only needs to respond with the pen, so children as young as 3 can easily play all the games. LeapFrog has made sure that this two-sided book packs in all the elements of a balanced preschool curriculum. Numbers, phonics, prereading, and numeracy skills come alive through the activities. Both nonfiction and fiction text are included with a variety of musical activities. There is even a volume control on each page for weary parents on those long car journeys! Be prepared with four AA batteries (not included) and a small screwdriver. The instructions included are not specific, but the illustrations on the box are self-explanatory. Perfect for a rainy day or a long journey, My First LeapPad provides great value for the money, as your child will be entertained and educated for hours. --Jo Fitzgerald

    My First LeapPad is a sturdy unit with an integral speaker and a magic pen, which reads the spiral flipbook included with the set. Other books and cartridges can be bought and used with the same unit. My First LeapPad flipbook consists of both an interactive story introducing the characters of Leap and his family, and (once you have flipped the book) a selection of interactive games pages which encourage learning of numbers, colors, shapes, and music making. A pleasant and encouraging voice reads the story, which is written on the page, or if just one word is touched, the voice says that one word, encouraging word recognition. In game mode, the voice asks the child to find a specific number, color, or object and gives praise when the child succeeds. The pad is easy to use, provided children remember to always touch the Go button with the magic pen every time they turn a page. If they forget, the pen will read from another page, which causes much confusion! After a few tries, mine soon got the hang of it and could play independently. Everything is worked using the pen, including the volume control, and the pen is impossible to lose as it is attached securely to the unit. In comparison to their interactive PC games, the LeapPad failed to hold my children’s attention for prolonged periods, and although I found it amazing that the pen could recognize so many different words and objects, they were less easily impressed. There is no movement, unlike in a PC game. On the other hand, the unit is portable, so can be played anywhere, unlike the PC. The unit certainly has lots of educational value and is well made and durable. A large selection of interactive books can be purchased separately, so once the children are comfortable using the magic pen, they can try other activities. They can also choose more difficult material, ensuring that the pad grows with your child. --Rachel Elvidge

    In common with other LeapFrog products, My First LeapPad is exceptionally well designed to be both educational and fun. The unit itself and attached pen are chunky enough for little fingers, and the single large button, integral carrying handle, and bright color will make it appealing and easy to use for preschoolers. My First LeapPad comes with a ring-bound book and accompanying cartridge which fit easily into the unit (you also need four AA batteries, not included). Placed right side up the book reads through a simple story, and when turned over the reverse sides contain a wealth of activities and games to play. For anyone who hasn’t previously seen the unique way that simply touching the pages with the pen produces voices and noises of all sorts, it seems like a miracle! Even for those who are familiar with it, it is still endlessly fascinating, and each page has lots of scope for discovery. The clear English voices read the story in sentences or single words as well as introducing games and activities involving music and instruments, shapes and color, reading, numbers, counting, matching, and much more. Each picture reveals a whole world of sound effects, voices, and speech from the characters according to the individual touches the child makes with the pen on the page. This makes play genuinely interactive and absorbing, and hugely valuable in terms of learning and pleasure. I recommend this product highly; it is suitable for all levels of learning between under 3 years and over 5, with each age range getting different benefits at different stages of development. --Caroline Parsons

    My First LeapPad learning system by LeapFrog is a portable electronic toy incorporating the format of a flip-over book which teaches children to master skills such as writing, basic numbers, ABCs, phonics, listening, and comprehension. The desk layout includes a side handle and a special touch-sensitive pen which gives children the opportunity to develop the coordination required when they begin to write. With the pen the user can activate the different activities such as touching pictures to hear them come alive, touching words to hear them read aloud, playing a game by pressing the lily pad sign with the magic pen, activating a new page, listening to music, or adjusting the volume. The unit comes with an activity book, Leap’s Big Day. Leap is a frog with a happy voice and an English accent who introduces us to his family and different activities on each page. Although the toy is labeled for children aged 3 years and over, the activities are not incredibly difficult and would also suit a slightly younger child. For example, number work only goes up to five, and the page on what Leap will be when he grows up gives the child a number of pictorial choices and they have to select just one answer to say what a firefighter would need at work (hose, hat, boots), or what a doctor would need (stethoscope, white coat, etc.). All activities require use of the pen, which does require a steady hand at times. More books are available to buy separately, with titles such as Leap to the Moon, featuring Leap again, and Pooh's Honey Tree, which features Winnie the Pooh. The books are double-sided with a story side, which is interactive, and an activity side. The battery-powered toy provides preschoolers with a good introduction to interactive learning aids, including computers, and promotes readiness for reading and writing. --Sarah McNamara

    This is a nice-sized interactive electronic learning game by LeapFrog. It consists of the LeapPad unit with carrying handle and a small, easy-to-maneuver electronic pen attached. There is a compact microchip unit which plugs into the side and a cardboard flipbook which attaches to the front. The book has two sides: a story side and an activity side. The sound is activated by touching the green Go circle on the page with the electronic pen. On the story side of the book this triggers a female English voice which reads aloud the words on the page. Your child can then touch each word with the pen to have these read aloud, or touch objects and characters on the page to hear them speak. There is a lily pad and a note symbol at the bottom of each page. When touched with the pen, the voice leads your child through games such as finding objects and people on the page. The activity side is centered on learning games such as parts of the body, colors, shapes, and counting. My First LeapPad is designed for preschool children to teach prereading and premath skills. It contains over 30 games and activities and is indicated to be suitable for ages 3 and over. My son will sit and play with the LeapPad on his own for a short time, but is only 3 and a half, and prefers me to help and guide him a little. My First LeapPad is a good learning aid and value for money as the flipbooks can be replaced with different books in the range to keep your child interested in learning. --Julie Illingworth

    Learning to read has never been so fun, until now. This interactive system is an ideal tool for teaching various skills important in early years. My First LeapPad teaches ABCs, numbers, phonics, prereading skills, and premath skills. When children encounter the LeapPad for the first time, they may choose to participate in an interactive story book Leap's Big Day (included) or alternatively they may play 30 games and activities. If they choose a story they will be amazed at how involved they can become and how much they will learn. The games and activities on the reverse of the flipbook feature counting and singing songs as well as a section on parts of the body. The LeapPad comprises a spiral interactive flipbook that when used with the integral magic pen enables the story to come alive! The child may touch words and hear them read aloud or if they touch pictures in the story they too will make appropriate sound effects. This system is certainly an innovative concept that makes learning to read exciting while also challenging. --Tiffany Prescott ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars The Leapster is better than this
    This is frustrating to my daughter, because if the book isn't placed just right on the pad, it doesn't work correctly....if it is a little off, it will give an incorrect answer...when the answer was actually correct. I do however, highly reccommend the Leap Frog is amazing...and my daughter has learned so much from it....including the sound each letter makes. I also recommend the Leap Frog Phonics writing desk.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Great Ariplane toy too!
    We purchased this a while back for my son who is now 3. He LOVES it. I enjoy watching match things too and seeing his little thought process at work. He also just went to Disney World and brought this on the plane. IT was GREAT to keep him occupied for the 2 hour flight. He loved showing the flight attendant how smart he is. :) I love the fact that it doesn't get old because you can buy different books to go with it so it's a toy that keeps on changing.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Fun But Not Durable
    We bought this for our daughter when she was 2 1/2 years old. She loved it and we only allowed her to play with it when we were sitting with her. We were actively involved in teaching her how to use it. By the time she got the hang of it, just a few months later, it started not reading the cartridges. We would save money to buy additional books and by the time we had 3 the LeapPad was erroring out when reading from the cartridge.

    Sometimes we can get it to work by blowing on the cartridge and the contact spot on the LeapPad and sometimes we end up wedgeing a paper in the hole with the cartridge. It seems to be the only way to get it to work.

    In my opinion a product of this price should last longer than four months. I was sincerely disapointed to see no help on the website for how to fix this problem. Their warranty is only 3 months for this expensive kids toys.

    My daughter has since learned to use the computer and it has served us much better than the LeapPad ever has.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Keeps My 3 Year Old Busy
    My 3 year old daughter loves her My First LeapPad. She has spent countless hours playing with it. There are plenty of books to choose from and lots of activites in each book. We take it with on car rides and it keeps her busy. She has learned to change the books and corresponding cartridges on her own so it's not difficult to use. I highly recommend this product.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Junk
    It's a real shame that this toy is so poorly constructed. It would be great if it would continue to work for more than a month. My children love it and we are working on our THIRD one and IT just broke. I reccomend skipping this skipping this toy and just investing in a computer and good software. ... Read more

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