Earth to Echo Shares Ideas for Unplugged Fun + Reader Giveaway

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The fun adventure EARTH TO ECHO is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. The story is told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex -three friends who make an out-of-this-world discovery. These pals venture out of their neighborhood to find the true meaning of friendship. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever. To prepare you for this adventurous, exciting and heart warming film, we have a list of the best ways to spend time with your friends- outside and away from your cell phones!

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  1. Pick Up Games

There is nothing like starting a sports pickup game with all your neighborhood friends. Between sitting in class all day and coming home to do homework, a quick game, whether it is hockey, baseball, basketball or soccer, will let you use up some of that energy you’ve been storing! Not only this, but this is an awesome way to make new friends.

  1. Bike Rides

With your parents permission of course, take a cruise around the neighborhood with your friends! Also, make sure you wear a helmet. You can use your imagination and make fun adventures out of your journey!

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  1. Hide N’ Seek

A neighborhood game of Hide N’ Seek is the ultimate outside activity. With permission from your parents, and of course, using the buddy system when it comes to hiding, Hide N’ Seek is sure to be an awesome time.

  1. Backyard Campout

Ask your mom and dad to set up a backyard camp out for you and your friends! Start by setting up a tent and marking your territory with your sleeping bag! You can spend the night telling scary stories and eating S’mores!

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  1. Chalk

The most underrated outside activity has to be chalk! It is so much fun to create fun pictures and even games with all your friends. You can play hopscotch or tic-tac-toe or use your imagination to draw wonderful pictures!

This wonderful journey, “full of adventure, bravery, excitement, and friendship…has something for audiences of all ages” (Claudia Puig, USA Today). The “lively and likable” (Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times) tale is told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever.

Reader Giveaway:  One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win their own copy of EARTH TO ECHO on Blu-ray. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 11/14/14. Good luck!

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Disney Big Hero 6 Printable Activity Sheets

Big Hero 6 Printable Activity Sheets

We are getting close to the day that Disney’s Big Hero 6 will finally be in theaters! It’s November 7th, to be exact. To tide you over until then, we have some super fun Big Hero 6 printable activity sheets, science experiments and delicious movie-themed recipes.  Print them all here:

 San Fransokyo Maze

Baymax Pumpkin

Origami Baymax

Baymax Rocket Fist Science Experiment

 Aunt Cass’ Wings Recipe

Spot the Difference Game

Hidden Objects Game

San Fransokyo Postcard

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.

 

 
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BIG HERO 6 opens in theaters everywhere on November 7th!

YumEarth Organics Lollipops – Review and Reader Giveaway

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While we like our Halloween costumes and entertainment on the scary side, it’s better to leave the scary ingredients OUT of our treats. YumEarth Organics Lollipops are made with real fruit juice and natural ingredients! They’re also gluten-free.  As an added bonus, they also contain 100% of your daily vitamin C in each serving. That means lots of yum with NO scary stuff.

YumEarth Organics Lollipops come in lots of mouthwatering flavors including very very cherry, too berry blueberry, strawberry smash, sour apple tart, pomegranate pucker, razzmatazz berry, mango tango and wet-face watermelon.

I’m usually not a big fan of lollipops and wasn’t in much of a hurry to taste out the samples from YumEarth when I received them.  But, as soon as I had one of the pomegranate pucker lollipops I thought,  “WOW – It is really good!”  It has a real fruit flavor that really stands out.  And they weren’t kidding when they put “pucker” in the name.  The tart taste gives it a great zing!  Soon after that I tried a razzmatazz berry lollipop – also yummy! I am starting to think there won’t be many of these left by the time the trick-or-treaters get to our door!

Where to Buy:  YumEarth is now available in over 7,000 Walgreens stores nationwide!  You can also purchase at YumEarth.com, Amazon.com, Drugstore.com, and many other local retailers.  Find more location here.

Reader Giveaway:  One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win a bag of YumEarth Organics Lollipops.  To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 11/1/14.  Good luck!

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Toddler and Infant Christmas Outfits only $16.99!

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Groopdealz has a selection of really adorable Christmas outfits in infant and toddler sizes on sale for only $16.99 right now! And that price is for an entire outfit – which is an incredible deal!

There are lots of adorable styles available in this sale including:

These are great to have for Christmas parties or just to have a festive outfit for your child to wear. Shipping on these is only $2.99 for the first and $1.99 for each additional one that you purchase.

Head over here to grab this great deal.

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Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps DVD Reader Giveaway

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Lalaloopsy fans can get ready for a whole bunch of new SEW CUTE fun and Go Gaga for this movie adventure based on the new Lalaloopsy Babies doll line. Before they were Lalaloopsy, they were Lalaloopsy Babies! Your little fans can experience the magical beginnings of these favorite friends when Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps! arrives on DVD, Digital HD and Video on Demand today, October 14, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Join the “sew” cute Lalaloopsy friends for this adorable movie about their very first adventures together! When they discover an old scrapbook filled with photos and mementos from when they were babies, the Lalaloopsy friends recall about their nursery days where they first discovered their special bond and met their adorable pets. They realize how those early adventures helped to shape their personalities, and reminisce about becoming stitched together, friends forever in this delightful, fun-filled movie that Lalaloopsy fans will treasure!

Featured on “The Talk” host Julie Chen’s top toy list, the Lalaloopsy collection continues to be one of the fastest selling toy brands. The Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps! DVD features bonus material including two Lalaloopsy Mini Adventures and a Pet n’ Seek! Interactive Maze, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98. Also now available in stores is the latest in the Lalaloopsy Babies doll line — Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise. Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise dolls are available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

 

 

Reader Giveaway:  One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps on DVD. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm on 11/5/14. Good luck!

 

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Printable PAW Patrol Halloween Coloring Pack

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Nick Jr. has a fun new printable PAW Patrol Halloween Coloring Pack! It includes 9 pages of coloring fun with all your favorite PAW Patrol characters dressed up and ready for Halloween.
 

Find more Halloween fun from Jinxy Kids HERE!

Mr. Peabody and Sherman Printable Bookmarks & Activity Sheets + Reader Giveaway

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This is a movie the grown-ups in our family are just as excited about as the kid! We loved Mr. Peabody and Sherman in the theater and now it is coming to 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 14. I know I show my age when I say I remember watching this cartoon as a kid. It was re-runs, but I know it hasn’t been on TV in a long time! I absolutely loved the remake and am excited to see it again once the Blu-ray is available. If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the scoop:

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Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is an inventor, scientist and genius who just happens to be a dog. With his son Sherman, he will embark on the most extraordinary adventure imaginable as they race against time to repair history and save the future. “Heartfelt and snappy” (Jessica Herndon, Associated Press), MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN has been hailed by critics as “a great adventure for the entire family” (Mike Wilbur, NBC Newschannel), receiving outstanding audience reaction and a coveted “A” CinemaScore®.

Directed by Rob Minkoff (THE LION KING, STUART LITTLE) and from the team behind family favorite franchises THE CROODS and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN is “fun” and “fast moving” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) and features hilarious performances from an incredible voice cast of popular stars including Ty Burrell, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Max Charles, Patrick Warburton and Allison Janney.

MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN is based upon the beloved characters that first appeared in in the late 1950s and early 1960s animated television series “Rocky and His Friends” and “The Bullwinkle Show,” produced by Jay Ward.

Sit back and go WABAC to experience the ultimate joy ride and loads of laughs when MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN arrives on Digital HD on September 23 and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 14. Jay Ward fans will want to get the 3D Blu-ray™ release which has everything for enthusiasts to celebrate the Jay Ward legacy including a 5-minute All New Rocky & Bullwinkle short and several original TV episodes.

Mr Peabody and Sherman Printable Activity Sheets

For some extra Mr. Peabody and Sherman fun, we have some awesome printables. First off we have a bunch of fun printable Mr. Peabody and Sherman activity sheets. There is a word find, math problems, coloring pages and more! Print them all from these links:

Mr. Peabody Coloring Page
Motorcycle Coloring Page
Sherman and Penny Coloring Page
Mr. Peabody Connect the Dots
Sherman Coloring Page
Crack the Code Game
Matching Game
Word Unscrambler
Math Brain Buster 1
Math Brain Buster 2

Besides the activity sheets, we also have the colorful Mr. Peabody and Sherman bookmarks you see below. I recommend printing on heavy paper to make them extra sturdy, or else you could print and mount on a piece of construction paper for extra support AND extra color.

Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 9.42.23 PMReader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will receive their own Mr. Peabody and Sherman Blu-ray. To enter for your chance to win, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 11/4/14. Good luck!

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Monster 500 Vehicles and Playsets Review

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Monster 500 Vehicles and Playsets

Just in time for the spooky season of Halloween, we have some fun new toys to introduce – Monster 500. This is a line of creepy monster vehicles and playsets complete with a collectible element and a whole lot of fun. To top it all off, there is even an associated app to add some online activity. We recently received some of these toys to put to the test and see if fiendish monsters and racing really are a good combination.

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Sometimes I have a hard  time judging ahead of time whether or not Little R will actually like a new toy or not. Some things that I think look super fun and cool he isn’t so crazy about. I thought the Monster 500 toys looked cool right out of the package and wondered if he would agree. He DID! He was pretty fascinated looking at the creepy monsters right off the bat! There are several different types of toys and playsets in the line.

Monster 500™ Small Vehicles
Kids can collect each of the 10 fast and freaky Monster 500 characters in 3-inch diecast vehicles, which are available in a single or 3-pack. Every car comes with a trading card. Each trading card has a Monster 500™ Code that unlocks a monster car in the FREE Monster 500™ Racing App. No batteries required. Vehicles are available individually at Toys ‘R’ Us for $4.99 or in the 3-pack for $14.99.

Monster 500 Cars

Monster 500™ Large Vehicles
For even bigger action, mini daredevils will love collecting each of the 4 large Monster 500 vehicles standing 4 inches high and 5 inches long, including Zoom Zombie™, CrocPot™, Lead Foot™ and Flattop Frank™. With the touch of a button, scary-good lights and sounds are activated on each vehicle for additional fabulously freaky fun. 3 “AG13” batteries required (included). Cars are available at Toys ‘R’ Us for $14.99.

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Monster 500™ Graveyard Gauntlet Track Set
Little racers will enjoy the ultra ghoulish action this spooky set has to offer. It’s a battle to the finish line for kids, as they press down on the starting skull to begin! With one included vehicle, Drac Attack™, and compatible with any small Monster 500 vehicle, daredevils can send their cars racing past the pendulum of peril and into the jaws of doom of the eye-popping, giant skull. A checkered flag will rise to signal the winner. No batteries required. Track Set is available at Toys ‘R’ Us for $19.99

This is the toy that totally caught our eye. Little R had a blast racing the cars over and over and over again. It inspired him enough that he wanted to make his FIRST toy review video. Here is the uncut and unfiltered footage (complete with my mom trying to give him direction right in the middle of it!).

Monster 500™ Toxic Terror Trap Playset
Unleash the fiendish fury! Kids and kids at heart will enjoy the twisting, toxic, monster action this ghoulish playset has to offer. With one included character, Evil Clownevil™, kids can smash through the doors of the freaky factory and topple the toxic, terrorizing monster, while avoiding being gobbled by the mutant gator all at the same time. Then, cars can be placed on the elevator before the hazmat mutant brings each vehicle up again. Compatible with all small Monster 500 vehicles. 3 “AA” batteries required (not included). Playset is available at Toys ‘R’ Us for $34.99

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The Monster 500™ Racing App
Join the battle for Monster 500™ supremacy in this frighteningly fast racing app. Fight other monsters as you navigate the death-defying tracks to the finish. Pick up weapons, avoid toxic spills and other creepy obstacles as you race. The App is FREE at the App Store and Google Play.

The Monster 500 toys were definitely a hit on our end. They were easy to set up and fun to play with. I personally like the creepy monsters myself and plan to keep these toys as part of our Halloween decorations even after Little R decides he is too big to play with them – I hope that won’t be for a long time!

Find out more at Monster500.com. You can also follow Monster 500 on Twitter and Facebook.

Enter to Win the Kmart Fab 15 Toys Sweepstakes

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Kmart recently announced their Fab 15 toy list and is offering Shop Your Way members the chance to win all 15 toys! The toys that made the Fab 15 roster are the ones that are sure to be on lots of Christmas wish-lists this year!  The list is derived from industry trends, input from kids and parents and Kmart’s 50+ years of experience knowing what toys resonate with different ages, stages and play patterns. The Kmart Fab 15 ultimate list of hot holiday toys includes:

  • Disney Doc McStuffins Sleepytime Lambie by Just Play (Kmart exclusive)
  • Holiday Auburn Barbie™ 2014 Doll by Mattel® (Kmart exclusive)
  • My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks Mane Event Stage Playset by Hasbro® (Kmart exclusive)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles® Power Wheels® Lil’ Dune Racer by Fisher-Price® (Kmart exclusive)
  • Transformers Age of Extinction Optimus Prime and Grimlock 12-Inch Electronic Figures by Hasbro® (Kmart exclusives)
  • WWE® Cardinal Red John Cena 31” Figure by Wicked Cool Toys® (Kmart exclusive)
  • Zoomer Dino by Spin Master™
  • Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll by TollyTots
  • FurReal Friends Get Up and GoGo My Walkin’ Pup Pet by Hasbro®
  • LEGO®Super Heroes Line from Marvel™ and DC Comics™
  • NERF® Zombie Strike SlingFire Blaster
  • Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Look-Out Playset, Vehicles and Figurines, and Rescue Racers by Spin Master™
  • Play-Doh® DohVinci Style and Store Vanity Complete Design Set by Hasbro®
  • Simon Swipe Game by Hasbro®
  • VTech® Kidizoom® Smartwatch

Shop Your Way members can enter for a chance to be one of six people to win all 15 of the Kmart Fab 15 toys at http://www.shopyourway.com/fab15. Members will also be automatically entered to win with the purchase of a Fab 15 toy. Also, check out Kmart’s new “Trending Toy Ticker,” at Kmart.com/Fab15. The ticker will continually update with the top-selling toys as the season progresses, for parents who want the latest update on the most buzz-generating toys.

Which of these toys is most likely to be on YOUR shopping list this year?

Free 60 Minutes of Motion Playing Cards Game!

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I love this fall weather! My family and I try to spend as much time outside as possible this month to enjoy these cooler days. It is the perfect weather for outside play – not too hot not too cold.

If you are looking for some motivation for you and your children to get outside and play check out these playing cards from Clif Kid. This is a free printable deck of 60 Minutes of Play cards that are really great!

Here is what is included in this game:

  • 10 Motion Cards: one minute bursts of motion that have a specific movement, like star jumps, crab walks or planks.
  • 5 Activity Cards: sustained 10 minute activities that kids can do solo or with friends and family.
  • 5 Adventure Cards: wild cards with inspiring words and phrases that prompt kids to choose their own imagination-filled adventure.
  • 2 Game Cards: motion-filled games (inspired by CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year) for hours of family fun and play.
  • 1 Snack Card and 1 Hydration Card: tips on how to nourish yourself before, during and after outdoor play and activity.

How fun is that?! Head over here to print this great freebie and get your children outside to play in this incredible fall weather!

60 Minutes of Motion Printable Activity Cards

 
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