Beatles Yellow Submarine™ Building Set

Disclosure: At no cost to me, K’NEX sent me its Beatles Yellow Submarine™ Building Set through its Toys “R” Us® Mom Blogger Promotion, and they are hoping that I might like it and write about it. All opinions are 100% my own.

This holiday season, K’NEX brings us the Beatles Yellow Submarine™ Building Set (which you can purchase at Toys “R” Us®). This set is great for the ‘lil builders in your life who appreciate music, too.

Beatles Yellow Submarine K'NEX
Source: K’NEX

Your kid will likely be whistling “We All Live in a Yellow Submarine” as they put together the 200+ piece set. They can imagine they are saving Pepperland from The Blue Meanies or having a Beatles concert right in your toy room. It includes two Blue Meanie figures, instruments, John, Paul, George and Ringo, and enough K’NEX pieces to make the yellow submarine.

I LOVE the bright colors of this set. The faces on John, Paul, George and Ringo aren’t as close to real life as I’d hoped, but they are realistic. My marching band played this song for one of our halftime shows, so I’d be recreating some of our fun moves with the instruments, making the Beatles march to the beat of the music (I love that they can move their feet).

And I’m sorry to do this to you all, but it’s really hard not to get an ear worm just looking at it, am I right? (And fyi, Beatles music isn’t the worst thing you be whistling all day!)

The set can be found exclusively at Toys “R” Us for $34.99. It is recommended for ages 7 and up, and I’d agree (although the pieces are just fine for my 5-year-old, I think it’s better fit for the older ‘lil ones). The Beatles Yellow Submarine™ Building Set is iconic and fun, and just might be the thing to get the Beatles fan in your life this holiday season.

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Skwooshi

Disclaimer: I was sent samples of Skwooshi in exchange for a blog review. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

About two weeks ago, the kids got a new playtime favorite – Skwooshi. I’ll be forward and tell you that I am in love. You might as well know that going into it.

Source: Skwooshi’s Facebook Page

You see, Skwooshi is a “cool new compound that stretches, molds, and shapes into amazing detail with no mess and will never dry out” (according to their website, and confirmed by me). Literally, I don’t have to supervise the kids’ play. Unlike other products, I don’t care if they play with Skwooshi on my white couch or the coffee table. I don’t have to be sure lids are on the containers holding it. It’s not going anywhere.

I’m still amazed at the fun we’ve had with Skwooshi:

  • Stretching (Arianna and I are amazed at watching the particles that make up Skwooshi stay together)
  • Making fishy shapes
  • Cutting out shapes and they staying the way we made them for hours
  • Wondering what Skwooshi is made of (you can’t find that anywhere!)
  • Skwooshing it! 🙂

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It’s really hard to explain the consistency, but I’ll tell you that it doesn’t stick to your fingers or jewelry and feels grainy yet held together. For kids with idle hands, it’s a great match for amazement. Just take a look at their YouTube Video to see what I mean (because my kids and I aren’t that creative, but try!).

Skwooshi comes in 10 colors (yes, if you mix them the colors change – our blue and pink is now one big blob of purple). There are individual packs like this:

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or larger activity packs like this:

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Although Skwooshi is recommended for kids ages 4 and up, Evan (almost three) was amazed by it and kept it out of his mouth (probably the main reason for the age requirement). I honestly feel safe leaving the kids in one room with the Skwooshi while I am in another working on a household project. There’s no mess, and it keeps my constantly moving and wanting to change plans kids entertained. My only worry? The kids will notice it is missing when I sneak it away for my own stress relief!

Skwooshi retails from $2.99 to $29.99 and is available in stores now.