November’s 5 Favorite Finds for 2014

Posted on Nov 23, 2014

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 Favorite 5's

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For the month of November I want to share with you some of my Kids favorite Toys.

I've only highlighted items tried and time-tested by my kids.   


Here's November's 5 Favorite Finds for 2014.



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New Sprouts Garden Fresh Salad Set

Product Description:


Ages 2 and up

Make a deluxe veggie salad for 4 with this Garden Fresh Salad Set by New Sprouts.

Using the large serving bowl, toddlers can toss-up mixed lettuce greens with tomato and cucumber slices, carrot crinkles and pepper rings, and serve into four small personal bowls with perfectly sized salad tongs.

All of the play food items are made of soft, durable, rubberized plastic with a real-life look and feel.

The 38 piece set includes: 12 lettuce leaves, 4 tomato slices, 4 cucumber slices, 4 carrot crinkles, and 8 pepper rings along with a larger serving bowl, four personal bowls, and 1 pair of tongs.

Serve up healthy helpings of imaginative play! Garden Fresh Salad Set coördinates with all of our other New Sprouts play food collections, especially:

 New Sprouts Grill It!

Serve It! Dish Set

and Bake It!

My Review:

I purchased this for multiple reasons:

  1. Healthy Food Concepts during imaginative play
  2. Fun alternative to practicing fine-motor skills / hand-eye coördination
  3. The durable rubberized play food

My kids love role-playing with this set, probably because the play food is more realistic. It's their first choice out of all the kitchen toys. I couldn't be more pleased. And I can't wait to gradually add Serve It!, Grill It!, and Bake It!to their kitchen play toys!


Gymnic Racin' Rody Horse - Blue

 Product Description:


Ages 3-5

Made in Italy from super strong yet soft latex-free vinyl for long-lasting use and durability, this horse is a great product combining fun and exercise. Excellent for indoor use and on smooth, safe outdoor surfaces. Promotes body coördination, balance and lymph circulation while providing a fun workout.

The whole line of products are completely BPA, Phthalate, and Latex free with no toxic emissions into the atmosphere, and all products are also easily recyclable

  • Rocking base (sold separately) transforms hopping Rody into rocking Rody
  • 12" high at the saddle; ships boxed and uninflated - PUMP sold separately 

 My Review:

We learned about Rody thru friends. It was love at first sight the moment my oldest daughter tried out their bouncing "pony". While blue is a popular color, we found silver less conspicuous in our home. Racing Rody Silver

It fits nicely between our club chair and wall. It is good indoor exercise, especially if you have a child who needs movement. Though it's recommended for ages 3-5, my 6-year-old and 9-year-old nephews love it too. I've found its strong enough to hold the weight of adults too, in the event you need impromptu seating.


Fold & Go Trampoline

Product Description:


Ages 3-7 (weight up to 150 lbs)

This 36" diameter trampoline is compact and quick to assemble and able to withstand the test of time and offers total safety in design

Simply open up the frame, screw on the legs, bolt on the handle and it is ready for use.

Both frame cover and handle grip are padded for extra safety and the durable frame finish allows for indoor and outdoor use.

Easy to store when not in use - just unscrew the legs and remove the handle bar.

Colors available:

Exclusive Edition Red

Limited Edition Lime Green

My Review:

I begged my husband to use reward points to get this trampoline. Its great! When it's cold out, the kids can still stay active. Staying active is especially important for a sensory child that craves constant movement. As an added bonus it helps protect couch from abuse.

My husband was pleasantly surprised by how well constructed it is.  Additionally, there are no springs, just elastic bands for further safety.

I like that it can grow with the kids; the bar is removable once their balance and coördination is fully developed. Though its recommended for ages 3-7, it supports weight up to 150 pounds!



KidKraft Vintage Kitchen - White

 Product Description:


Ages 2 and up

KidKraft specializes in toys that are inventive, interactive and educational.   This adorable play kitchen is nearly three feet tall and makes a great gift for any occasion.

This is an item that will last for years and years; it can be passed on from older siblings to younger siblings, or even from one generation to the next.

Interactive kitchen features:

  • Knobs that click and turn
  • Turntable in the microwave rotates 360°
  • Cordless phone with a convenient stand that holds it in place
  • See-through windows on both the microwave and the oven
  • Oven drawer slides in and out, perfect for cakes and other pretend baked goodies
  • Pretend ice machine on the refrigerator door
  • Additional storage space above and below the sink for food toys and accessories
  • Plastic sink can be easily removed by an adult and is easy to clean if things get messy
  • Refrigerator, freezer, microwave, cabinet and oven doors all open and close with special molded latches
  • Two raised burners on the oven designed to fit bowls, plates and pans


99 Amazon Mom members gave this an average rating of 4.4 stars

Highly rated among other Mom members

KidKraft Vintage Kitchen - White 2

Colors Available:





Lavender and Cranberry are also available with the addition of a refrigerator unit.


My Review:

I appreciate the sturdiness of this compact kitchen. I also like the fact that while it is compact, its open design allows both my kids to play at the same time.  

It was well packaged with detailed assembly instructions. I was able to assemble this myself, and I'm not the most handy with a tool. Granted, it took me a few hours whereas it probably would have taken my husband 45 minutes to 1 hour to assemble, but hey ~ I still did it!

Again, its compact. The height is equal to our kitchen counters and it fits into our nook nicely. The white blends without jarring.


Barbie and Her Sisters in a Pony Tale RV Vehicle

Product Description:


Ages  3-8 | Other sources state 6-12

Two-in-One Set — a Vehicle and a Camper!

The stylish vehicle separates for a smaller ride for two dolls and a horse (not included), while the camper opens to reveal multiple play areas where the four sisters (not included) can eat, sleep, swim, and more!

The kitchen is a great place to prepare yummy meals, with the stove, oven, sink, and even a hot chocolate maker.  Girls can swing out the table for outside dining — under a canopy and pink chandelier! — or grab the top of the smaller vehicle to double as a bench.

Interactive Features:

  • Camper has bedding and seating for 4 dolls, a hot tub/fire pit, plates, cups, food and marshmallows on sticks
  • Features a smaller, detachable two-seat vehicle with room for four sisters — or two sisters and a horse (dolls and horse not included)
  • Bedroom has a big-screen TV and 4 bunk beds, while the bathroom includes a toilet and shower
  • Outside dining features a canopy and pink chandelier
  • Pool turns over to become a fire pit


46 Amazon Mom members gave this an average rating of 4.4 stars

Highly rated among other Mom members


Barbie RV


My Review:

I made out and snagged this for $10 as part of a Flash Sale on Amazon last year!!! Even though our girls were a little young to fully appreciate this treasure trove of Barbie fantasy-land, for the value I couldn't pass this up.  Any Barbie fan will love this.

If this particular RV seems a little steep in price , there is another model without a Pony stall.  Many of the other elements are very similar.  It's called Barbie Sisters Life in The Dreamhouse Camper for nearly a third of the price!


Are there any toys that your kids can't seem to live without?  Please share.





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