Disclosure: I received a gift card from Stoneâ€™s Education & Toys as compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
I recently visited Stoneâ€™s Education & Toys in Raleigh, NC and was totally blown away with the variety of toys. I think itâ€™s a child and adults playground, especially if you are a teacher! I love the layout of the store clearly marking what section you are in and separating the toys by category. It was easy to know what I would find in each isle. My six year old son accompanied me to Stoneâ€™s Education and Toys to give me the skinny from his perspective on what are must have gifts this holiday season. I will let you know that we were on two different pages! I went straight to the educational toys and he went straight for the FUN active toys! He had a blast sampling all the toys that were out to play with! Iâ€™m going to tell you now that my favorite section in the store isâ€¦ The Retro Realm! Thatâ€™s where I saw all my favorite childhood toys that brought back so many memories. Mini me even picked up SIMON and played it for a moment. That was truly a blast from the past! I had several toys that were in the Retro Realm like the Spirograph, SIMON, Chinese Jump Rope, Slinky, Monkeys in a barrel, Giant Pick Up Sticks, Lite- Brite, and Silly Putty. I had every last one of those toys at one point or another and it was great to see them!
Stoneâ€™s Education & Toys has great gift ideas for the holidays for everyone not just the young ones in your life. I really like the fact that you can shop for a Teacher Appreciation or Teacher Holiday Gift and you have so many things to choose from. If there is a special teacher that youâ€™d like to surprise, Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ll find what you are looking for. I know at times your childâ€™s teacher may have a wish list with items that are needed in the class room and I canâ€™t see you not being able to fulfill the wish list with the huge selection at Stoneâ€™s Education & Toys. I found a book that I fell in love with about Girl Scouts and I immediately thought that a Girl Scout Troop Leader or Girl Scout Troop would appreciate it. There is also a great selection of Science Kits, Puzzles and strategy games that will work your brain. Stone’s Education & Toys also offers toys for every age group starting with baby, toddler, preschool and beyond… You also have a wide variety of activity categories to choose from like Active, Pretend, Sports, Art, Crafts, Imaginative,Games and Science. During the holiday season I am focused on being thankful, unity and giving! So with that being said, Iâ€™ll give you my top five gift ideas along with my sonâ€™s top five gift ideas at Stoneâ€™s Education & Toys.
Here are the top five gift ideas from Stoneâ€™s Education & Toys from the six year oldâ€¦
1. Popper Target â€“ This is a fun game that you can use a squeeze popper which is an animal (Pig, Cow or Pony) and you have a sticky target. Test your target skills, its lots of fun! Cost: $25.99 Squeeze Popper with 5 foam balls. Cost: $8.99
2. Atomic Sword Popper â€“ This sword can shoot up to 20 ft. It has 12 foam balls included! It has a dual purpose being able to strike and then blast the foam balls. Cost: $19.99
3. LEGOâ€™s â€“ Iâ€™ll tell you that my son went straight for Lego Ninjago! He loves cars, bikes and aircrafts and thatâ€™s what he saw. Cost: $29.99
4. Foam Strike â€“ Itâ€™s a compound bow 2.0 and blasts the arrow over 150 ft. It has easy grab hook action and loads arrows quickly. Cost: $29.99
5. Cyber Cycle â€“ Fully functional remote control futuristic cycle. It uses 5-AA batteries or a 9-V. $44.99
Iâ€™ll give you MY top five gift ideas from Stoneâ€™s Education & Toysâ€¦
1. Ready-To-Read Books! CLASSIC: Raggedy Ann & Andy Hooray for Reading Level 1! Books categorized by reading level are great. You can watch your child progress to the next level.
2. SIMON â€“ Classic memory game that has been updated with animation and new LCD counter that tracks scores. Needs 3-AA batteries that are included. Cost: 24.99
3. Teaching Cash Register â€“ Interactive cash register that will sharpen math skills as you play store. You can also start to teach about recognizing money and their values. Ages 3-9. Uses 3-C batteries. Regularly priced at $69.99, currently on sale for $59.99.
4. Spirograph â€“ This timeless toy is awesome! There are three pens included, pencils and markers. You can make tons of intricate geometric designs. You have a carrying case with a built in drawing surface. Cost: $29.99 (This was totally a selfish me pick!)
5. Jelly Belly Jelly Beans â€“ There are a variety of characters and flavors to choose from. These make great stocking stuffers and they cost $2.49 per pack. I had to satisfy my sweet tooth and get the Star Wars Galaxy Mix!
Stones Education & Toys is an awesome place to shop! They also have FUN in store events that you can attend with your little one on occasion. Check out the Stoneâ€™s Education & Toys website for more information. Feel free to follow them on Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter to keep up with events, discounts and sales! They also offer FREE Gift Wrapping! Reminder: Small Business Saturday is on November 29th, 2014! #ShopLocal