Easter always has a special vibe for me. My birthday sometimes falls on Easter and growing up in New England, it was usually the sign of Spring and warm weather. This year my birthday is four days after Easter and I live in Southern California where the weather is always the same. One of my favorite things to find in my Easter basket as a kid was a small chocolate and coconut nest with jelly bean eggs, made by Russell Stover. I haven't seen one in years and wish I could find them somewhere to give to Chip and Lulu. To help get me in the holiday spirit, Playskool and Play-Doh were kind enough to send me a couple of products from their Easter lines to check out.
Play-Doh Character 2-pack features egg shaped chicks and a bunnies with 2 ounces of Play-Doh inside. These were huge hits with Chip and Lulu. In fact, they kept walking off with them and I needed them on my desk to write this! They come as shown in a yellow chick and lavender bunny combo or a blue chick and white bunny combo. We got the latter. So Chip has claimed the blue bunny (blue Play-Doh) and Lulu gets the white bunny (orange Play-Doh). The eggs have stamps on the bottom, the bunny has a carrot and the chick has a chick. Very fun and easy activity, stamping the Play-Doh is fascinating to them. Beyond Easter, I think these would make really good party favors for any Spring party. I really like giving items that I know kids will use. I've never known a kid who didn't play with Play-Doh! So two tiny thumbs up from Chip and Lulu for these.
Kota & Pals Hatchlings from Playskool are the cutest! They include newborn T-Rex, Pterodactyl, Stegosaurus and Triceratops in their offering. [Random side note: ever since I was a little kid, the Stegosaurus has been my favorite dinosaur.] We received the T-Rex and again, just perfect for my toddlers and just the right size for an Easter basket. Chip and Lulu were both a bit nervous at first, because it moves and makes noise like a real newborn T-Rex! But then they warmed right up to it and were squealing and giggling. When you touch his tongue, he makes cute noises and moves his mouth, head and arms. He also came with a fun Dino Fact Card. The noises and sequences vary. I'm cracking up because he's sitting right next to my keyboard and keeps randomly moving and making cute prehistoric sounds. [I'm just wondering how the designers at Playskool know what a dinosaur sounds like?] Our 3 year old boy/girl twin neighbors stopped by this afternoon. They both went nuts over it. So the Kota & Pals Hatchlings get 4 tiny thumbs up!