Back to School VMT 2020 with Elizabeth Werner - September 15, 2020
Myla's Sparkling Friends

VTech Sparkling Friends is a line of six collectible toys that brings magical color play to life.

Consisting of unique fantastical characters such as unicorns, foxes, a peacock and dragon, these friends talk, sing, light up and change colors with a touch.

Choose a color on the Sparkling Friends’ necklaces and then touch four different locations to change them to that color. Or, press their action button to see their wings flap and tail feathers wag as they create a light show.

Each of the Sparkling Friends respond with more than 100 fun, magical responses that highlight their unique personalities.

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Age: 4+ years
Suggested Retail Price: $14.99

Availability: Now *Piper the Dragon available beginning of October

Company: VTech

Blues Clues and You! Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook

The Blue's Clues & You!™ Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook looks just like Josh’s Handy Dandy Notebook from the show.

It features 14 light-up app icons that introduce toddlers and preschoolers to colors, counting, shapes, weather, health and hygiene.

Kids can learn through pretend play as they talk to Josh and Blue using the phone app, check their email with Mailbox, and dance to Blue’s Clues & You!-inspired tunes with the music app!

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Age: 2-5 years
Suggested Retail Price: $14.99

Availability: NOW

Company: LeapFrog

Mighty Express

From the creators of PAW Patrol comes an all new preschool series called Mighty Express, that rolls onto Netflix September 22.

Set in the playful and quirky world of Tracksville, this Netflix original show follows a team of trains and their kid best buddies.

Mighty Express sets preschoolers in motion with action-packed adventures that deliver fun and accomplishment in every episode.

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Age: 3+ years (pre-schoolers)
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Availability: Riding into Netflix September 22nd

Company: Spinmaster

Insta Studio Hands-Free Video Station

The new Insta Studio Hands-Free Video Statio by WeCool Toys has everything you need to shoot your very own viral videos.

Equipped with an adjustable base and rotating head to shoot at the best angle possible, this device allows kids of all ages to shoot viral videos hands free.

Kids can use their Insta Studio to shoot all types of videos. From cooking, crafting, and sliming, children have the freedom to create fun videos.

Includes fun and trendy backgrounds, mixing tools, various slimy compounds, and sparkly mix ins!

The only limit is your imagination!

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Age: 4+ years VT
Suggested Retail Price: $19.99

Availability: Available now at Target

Company: WeCool Toys

Adventerra Games - various games: WaterGame, Recycle Rally, Powerhaus & Global Warning

Join in this fun family game of gaining and losing water filled with competition as well as cooperation. Players advance down the river based on “Savings” or “Wasting” cards, while absorbing tips on how to be good stewards of our water.

Can you save your community’s water from the water monster? Navigate the river to save as much as possible and help your neighbors. WaterGame is very simple but with some very particular characteristics. Cards with simple and intuitive illustrations show the correct habits to adopt to save water in everyday life. Along the way, players must answer simple to challenging questions as they explore the theme of water and its importance! Ideal for 3 to 4 players. Play can be completed in about 30 minutes.

FYI the four games have won 32 industry awards since Nov. 2019, plus all four are certified as authentic STEM products (they tested in the 94th percentile among 1,250 STEM products).

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Age: 7+ years
Suggested Retail Price: $24.95

Availability: Available now at

Company: Adventerra Games

This SMT is sponsored by VTech, LeapFrog, Spinmaster, WeCool Toys and Adventerra Games.