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Halloween is made up of the weird and the wonderful. Everyone wants to stand out from the rest at Halloween time. A great way to stand out is to wear a striking costume. Aliens are fascinating because we know so little about them. This Halloween, pick up an alien Halloween costume and startle everyone around!

Martian G Alien Costume

1. Martian G Child

This cool Halloween alien costume includes a light green plastic alien mask, attached dark green bandana with the “A 51” logo on it, goatee, black eyes with small holes to provide adequate vision and breathing hole in the mouth area, dark green polyester pullover top with “A 51” logo on the front, green shiny collar and a silver-like spaceship medallion. Priced at $29.99, this costume will help you rock on, outer space styl

Parasitic Twin Costume

2. Parasitic Twin Pre-Teen Costume

Imagine having a creepy weird parasite on your shoulder. Scary indeed! This is exactly what you’re kid can get with the parasitic twin pre teen costume. This unique outfit priced at $26.99 includes a very real-looking, dirty, blue sanatorium smock to which your nasty looking alien partner is attached, and a pair of baggy pants makes this comfortable but ghoulish costume complete.

Biohazard Collector3. Biohazard Costume

Somebody needs to clean up after all that biodegradable and alien mess out there. The upside is collecting candies and looking so cool and scary in the process. This outstanding outfit retailing at $36.99 includes a creepy futuristic sci-fi mask with wires hanging from the eye sockets, and an attached realistic toy respirator, white fabric fake-bloodstained jumpsuit, fake bloodstained white gloves, and a white matching hood.

Alien Child Costume4. Alien Child Costume

Halloween is not complete without the authentic alien costume for every sci-fi loving child out there. This out of the world outfit retailing at $23.99 includes a black robe with green and silver accents, attached foam collar, and latex alien mask.

Area 51 Halloween Costume5. Area 51 Costume

All the mystery surrounding the famous area 51 has made it more and more appealing. This costume capitalizes on this interest. The Area 51 Child Costume retailing at $26.99 includes a black jumpsuit (Reads: “AREA 51 No Trespassing”), an alien brain and half face headpiece, and a black hood. Talk about authentic.

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Introducing children to new cultures is a great idea as most kids are extremely receptive and perceptive at a young age. Many people feel that, in the not so distant future, China and the Chinese economy will exert an enormous influence worldwide. Keeping this in mind, the DVD series The Adventures of Walker and Ping Ping is a wonderful way to give your kids their first glimpse into China and the Chinese culture. The charming and well animated stories are narrated from the perspective of a child. Children will enjoy the simple, yet powerful stories and pick up some basic Chinese along the way.
Pros
  • Great way to introduce kids to Chinese culture
  • Helps kids learn the Chinese language
  • Nicely paced storyline holds viewers’ attention
Cons
  • I wish the DVD was longer than 25 minutes

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Guide Review – The Adventures of Walker and Ping Ping

The Adventures of Walker and Ping Ping is a refreshing and educational series of DVDs based on China and Chinese culture. One of the main characters, Walker, is an American boy who lives with his parents in Hong Kong. His little Chinese friend, Ping Ping, teaches him Chinese and is also his partner in their many adventures together.The storyline provides fascinating insights into what life in China is really like from the perspective of a child. The sights and sounds of Hong Kong and other places in China, including the streets, the people and the food are beautifully rendered in the DVDs. The details are fabulous and I actually felt like I was transported into China. A very big plus is that the DVD introduces kids to basic Chinese words. Young children have the uncanny ability to pick up new words and pronounciations perfectly, which is an asset which should not be allowed to go to waste.

It’s wonderful to learn about and appreciate new cultures. I fell in love with these charming DVDs and highly recommend them. As awareness about China and Chinese culture continues to grow worldwide, it is a good idea to have your children watch The Adventures of Walker and Ping Ping.

Green toys are so “in” this year! It’s no wonder that everyone is focusing on healthy and safe green play. The “green” theme is predominant with many toy firms promoting their eco-friendly green toys. Green toys are great because they are made from recyclable and renewable materials and are environmentally friendly. Green toys are toys with a nature friendly theme. You’d be surprised at the wide variety of green toys available. Take a look a these wonderful Green Toys!

1. Plan Toys Click Clack Wooden Toy

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I simply loved the Click Clack wooden toy from Plan Toys. Click Clack is made from 100% replenishable rubberwood and it contains only non-toxic and kid safe materials. It’s a fascinating toy to watch and everyone who saw it, loved it. Click Clack has wooden balls which roll over the tracks onto the next level below. It’s great for developing your child’s hand-eye co-ordination and visual skills. If you’re a parent who is concerned about buying quality and truly green toys for your child, you can close your eyes and pick up a toy from Plan Toys.

2. Insect Lore Earthworm Nursery

Insect Lore Earthworm Nursery may not appeal to everyone, but it sure was a hit with the younger kids I showed it too, especially the boys. You can actually follow the life cycle of an earthworm from the cocoon stage right upto the fully grown earthworm stage. The kit itself is simple, straightforward and easy to do. Read the review of Insect Lore Earthworm Nursery.

3. Stonees Nature’s Building Blocks

Stonees is an unusual toy indeed by anyone’s standards, green or not. Stonees are actual rocks which are colored with natural pigments. You may wonder, what do you do with rocks, of all things! Well, these rocks have clever contours on their surface which means that they can be stacked up and used to construct all kinds of structures limited only by your imagination. Stonees are a perfect example of open ended play products. They’re different and happen to be “green” as well.

4. Idbids Plush Toys

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Idbids toys are three extremely cute, cotton plush toys which have a real purpose – “to teach children the “iddy biddy” steps they can take to keep the Earth happy, healthy and green”. They consist of Scout the cloud, Lola the Flower and Waverly the water drop, all made of Egyptian cotton that is organically grown. With an Idbid starter kit, you get a storybook, a field guide and a organic cinch sack for your child to dress up in. All the materials used are eco-friendly. These are green toys with a purpose.

5. Plan Toys Tower Pounding Toy

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I’m very happy to say that all the toys from Plan Toys I’ve had the opportunity to test out have been both eco friendly as well as practical for the kids. The superb toy design as well as the high quality standards established by Plan Toys makes this line of toys a must buy for all parents who wish for truly green toys for their kids. That said, I absolutely loved the Tower Pounding toy from Plan Toys. My little one loves to pound and he took a real fancy for this colorful wooden pounding toy. He started pounding and was quite fascinated when the ball actually began to move and then roll down the ramp.

6. Xeko Trading Card Game

This wonderfully packaged Xeko trading card game is eco-friendly from the word go! Right from the recycled packaging (which looks lovely, by the way) to the very theme of the game, the Xeko trading card game is environmentally friendly. But wait, there’s more! The Xeko game teaches your kids lots of interesting stuff about the earth and it’s inhabitants. I absolutely love the look and feel of this game. Kids who tried this game found it totally cool. It may be a good idea to introduce this trading card game to your kids, especially if they display an interest in their environment and like math and science. The Xeko trading card game has themes like Mission Costa Rica, Indonesia and Madagascar. All trading cards are interchangeable.

7. ImagiPlay Puzzles

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It’s a different sort of fun playing with wooden toys. They’re sturdy and last for a long time. However, it’s important that the wooden toys your child plays with are safe. ImagiPlay is a line of wooden toys which are naturally earth-friendly, being made from renewable, plantation grown, chemically-free rubberwood. The makers of Imagiplay vouch for the fact that their wooden toys do not contain lead paint. These toys are available in natural finish as well as brighly colored safe paints.

8. Green Toys Tea Set

Nothing could be more perfect for this green toys article than the company named “Green Toys”! I spotted Green toys at this year’s Toy Fair and though I just stopped by for a few minutes, they left a lasting impression. The selection of toys from Green Toys is simple and sweet. The fascinating part about these toys is that they are made from recycled milk jugs! The select few products from Green Toys include a tea set, a sand play set, a cookware set and an indoor gardening set. Check them out.

Everybody loves grandma’s stories. This is the premise for the Nana Star series founded by Elizabeth Sills and Elena Patrice who wanted to share their grandmother’s simple but poignant stories with the world. Old fashioned values of friendship and love are desperately needed in today’s fast moving world where everyone seems to be in a hurry to get somewhere. These simple stories with values such as kindness, generosity and compassion not encourage but provide also for wholesome entertainment.

Music is one of the essentials of our lives, now more than ever. Kids these days have big dreams of making their own music and making their mark in the music business especially with the advent of shows like the American Idol. It’s not really surprising that merchandise relating to music is flying off the shelves.

The Guitar Hero Air Rocker from Jada Toys Inc is the latest addition to this music mania. The Air Rocker allows kids and adults alike to emulate their favorite rock idols. A patented technology is used in Air Guitar consisting of guitar pictures, an awesome belt buckle and a portable mini amplifier. With an air guitar in hand, the user waves the picture over the belt buckle sensor to determine the tempo of the song, which can be heard through the mini-amplifier. An Air Cartridge is included which features ten signature guitar riffs with the skill levels ranging from 1 to 5.

Also included are epic hits that have appeared throughout the Guitar Hero franchise and five original Guitar Rocker riffs. A demo mode is also included which allows users to listen to the tracks first, and then master the riffs on their own. Plugging this baby up to an external speaker system will lend an authentic mind blowing experience. Now anyone can step into their favorite idol’s shoes and experience the rock star thrill.

Wow, talk about something different! I was introduced to the idea of Pen Spinning a few weeks back by an acquaintance and was immediately taken in by the idea.

Pen spinning is a form of contact juggling which uses small writing tools like pens or pencils to perform various amazing tricks. It’s all about the dexterity of your fingers. Here’s a link to a pretty cool Pen Spinning website from Jakks Pacific where you can watch pen spinners in action.

For those of you interested in trying out pen spinning, Jakks Pacific has introduced a line of SpinZ pens. They write like normal pens but are specially designed for pen spinners to make their craft easier. They also spare them hours of labor on creating their own pens.

The SpinZ product line also includes ModZ which are accessories to uniquely customize the pens. This fad is rapidly catching on with novices as well as with expert pen spinners who have a diverse collection of tricks at their fingertips. Pen spinning is no longer a casual activity to kill time if you are bored. It is now a skill in itself to be developed and marveled over.

You can take a look at the Pen Spinning from Jakks if you’re interested in pursuing this art, or simply for something different to do once you’re back to school.



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  • Ange - I Buy It Green: This is Great!
  • Harry kuperus: We have tested several new toys for all ages from Green Toy Companies. These environmentally friendly toys made from rubber wood meets the safety sta
  • Bill Parker: Xeko also just recently released mission China (their 4th expansion) and we love it. I found a great image of the contents that you may wish to use l

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