The blue water of swimming pools and the blue skies of long summer days make the summertime blues seem pretty awesome to me. Even on rainy days when pools and parks are off limits, there is always an endless stream of family friendly flicks at the movies to entertain the kiddos. And, after speaking with Jackie Breyer, Editor in Chief of The Toy Insider, I have a pretty good idea of what movies your kids will be begging to see this summer and the ultimate toy for each. Want to be a hero? Scoop up one of these toys and surprise your little ones with it after the show!
This guy has over 1,000 action combo sequences and brings the hugely successful movie to life with moving eyes, mouth, propeller, and realistic voice and sound effects. He doesn't fly, so parents don't have to worry about indoor use. In fact, Thinkway Toys (the manufacturer) suggests only using it inside. Perfect for a rainy day! MSRP54.99 Ages 4+
Yup, TMNT are back from the sewers and ready to fight crime again with your tot behind the wheel. This beast of a ride-on can rough-it through all sorts of terrain from grass to mud to gravel and travels at either 3mph or 6mph. Parents can control access to 6mph so that beginners don't go full throttle straight out of the gate. Although kids will most likely want to take this out into the yard, it does well in basements and play rooms when the weather keeps them inside. MSRP249.00 Ages 3+
Who doesn't love Godzilla? This summer's movie will bring the youngest generation up to speed on the awesomeness of the most famous nuclear dinosaur. The toy itself is a whopping 3.5 feet tall and has 12 points of articulation that can be shifted to create loads of action poses. MSRP49.99 Ages 3+
Spidey is back this summer and this 10 inch action figure will bring the action into your living room like no other. Kids can hear Spiderman’s wise-cracking, crime-fighting, movie-themed phrases when they take off his accessories, or add the web whip or the web spear. Electro doesn't stand a chance! MSRP19.99 Ages 4+
But why are toys from summer movies so huge? According to Jackie it's because "kids aren't in school and families have more time to go to the movies multiple times. Movie toys are a great way to take the fun of the movie home with you." Basically when all other games and activities are tapped, summer movies are the idea playbook for hours of make believe time at home. One way that you can get involved is to make videos of alternate endings to the movies. Help the kids think up the action sequences and use your phone to document them. Just don't forget to pull up the videos when the kids introduce you to their fiancees 20 years from now. Just kidding. Sort of.
Dana Holmes is a lifestyle, gift and etiquette expert and Contributing Editor to Gifts.com. She has been working in trend forecasting and gift recommendations for the twelve years. Dana loves making occasions special with her unique gift ideas, tips and touches. She has been interviewed by The New York Times, Associated Press, Fox and Friends, TODAY in NY and many more..
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