Back to School 2021 VMT with Elizabeth Werner - August 24, 2021
LOL OMG! House of Surprises

O...M...G...! LOL Surprise! by MGA Entertainment has just released a new OMG House full of surprises! Just in time for back to school, every parent wants to add some creative play to their kids' regiment. What better way to get their creative minds flowing than to play house! The LOL House is four stories and includes super fun rooms such as a kitchen, closet/beauty room, a bathtub, built-in drive through diner, a theater, and so much more! There is even a spiral slide that lands into a mini pool that you can fill with water! Not to mention the amazing rooftop patio where all the LOL characters can party together! Your kids can recreate their favorite scenes from the OMG House of Surprises series using their favorite LOL dolls!

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Age: 4+ years
Suggested Retail Price: $229.99

Availability: Everywhere (Target, Walmart, Amazon)

Company: MGA Entertainment

Count-Along Basket & Scanner

Little shoppers will love this shopping basket that transforms into a rolling cart and comes with an interactive scanner and play food pieces for learning fun.

Three interactive play modes reinforce learning about food names, colors, shapes and numbers through fun songs and silly lines that will keep kids laughing and learning for hours.

When scanned, each food shows off its silly personality with music and unique phrases like "Y'all bready for this?" and "Ready for a veggie dance? Let's 'brocc' and roll!"

All the play pieces store inside the basket for easy clean-up.

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Age: 2+ years
Suggested Retail Price: $34.99

Availability: Now at most major toy retailers nationwide

Company: LeapFrog


Tonies is the award-winning, screen-free audio entertainment system designed just for kids ages 3 years old and up.

The system works with the combination of a Toniebox -- a soft, squeezable speaker cube with no screens -- and Tonies -- hand-painted figures filled with songs, audio books, and educational content.

New Tonies are available this Fall for kids, parents and educators, just in time for back-to-school:

• Elmo and Cookie Monster Tonies include new, original content from Sesame Street, teaching kids all about music and healthy habits like healthy food, exercise and mindfulness. (On Sale September 23, presale starts August 19)

• The LeVar Burton Tonie -- narrated by LeVar himself! -- includes audio of his award-winning book, The Rhino Who Swallowed the Storm, plus activities and lessons on emotional learning and literacy, storytelling and an “audio field trip” for imagination building. (On sale September 9, presale happening now)

The GoNoodle Mindfulness Tonie includes 32 minutes of mindfulness and meditation songs and exercises to help get kids in the right mindset. The Toniebox is a soft, shockproof, five-inch cube made of durable fabric. It contains no screens, sharp corners or edges, ads, camera or a microphone, making it super simple, safe and fun for kids to use. The controls are simple ... young kids can adjust the volume, fast forward, rewind, skip chapters and more all on their own without help from an adult.

With seven hours of battery life and no need for Wi-Fi access after the initial set up, the Toniebox is an ideal storytime companion at home or while traveling and out and about.

The Toniebox comes to life when paired with the whimsical collection of Tonies figures, which are hand-painted characters with hours of stories to tell, songs to sing and worlds to explore.

There are two types of Tonies: Content Tonies and Creative-Tonies:

• Content Tonies are characters that come pre-loaded with stories and songs for easy listening. For the holiday season, U.S. families can choose from 17 different characters, including classic storybook fairy tales like Pinocchio and Rapunzel, and Disney and Pixar favorites like Cars, Toy Story, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid.

• Creative-Tonies have space for up to 90 minutes of personalized recordings of one’s own songs, stories and greetings. Parents, grandparents and friends can record content from anywhere in the world using tonies’ free smartphone app, and load them onto the Creative-Tonies for easy playback. This means that kids can enjoy recording and listening to their own fantastic creations; as well as recordings from loved ones, providing a great way to stay connected.

Tonies content is managed through a cloud-based system via the app or website so it’s safe, secure and parents always have the ultimate control.

After initial set up, WiFi is no longer required for use. Unlike YouTube or Amazon’s Alexa, the Toniebox and Tonie figures work on a closed ecosystem that’s not connected to the internet.

• The Toniebox is NOT a hackable smart speaker. The system uses RFID technology, not Bluetooth.

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Age: 3+ years
Suggested Retail Price: Each individual Tonie - $14.99; The Toniebox starter set - $99.99

Availability: This Fall at,,, and FAO Schwarz in NYC, CAMP retail stores nationwide and online, and independent toy retailers nationwide

Company: Tonies


Nobody likes yelling at their kids! We know we need to teach them to behave, but wouldn’t it be great if we could do it in a way that brought the whole family closer together?

Proving that technology really makes an impact, Goodtimer is like a chore chart reinvented for modern families. Kids respond to Goodtimer’s brightly glowing lights, token incentives, and encouraging voice, with game-style functionality that’s interactive and simple enough for toddlers to understand. The result is one easy-to-use educational product that provides children with a consistent framework for success.

In addition to helping kids listen better and follow family rules, Goodtimer also encourages kids to form healthy habits and also motivates kids to make good choices on their own.

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Age: 3-10 years
Suggested Retail Price: $79.95, 30% off with discount code SUMMER30

Availability: On sale now at and

Company: Plus Up LLC

Tech Deck Nyjah Skatepark X-Connect Park

Skate like skateboard champion, Nyjah Huston, with the new Tech Deck Nyjah Skatepark inspired by Nyjah’s very own skatepark.

Sitting at almost 2ft long, the skate park features a 2-story launch ramp, double hubba, quarterpipe, massive rail and 6-set stair gap and includes an exclusive Nyjah Huston board.

The licensed Nyjah Huston Skate Park is customizable and compatible with the X-connect park creator system.

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Age: 6+ years
Suggested Retail Price: $24.99

Availability: Now at Target, Walmart, Amazon

Company: SpinMaster

This SMT is sponsored by MGA Entertainment, LeapFrog, Tonies, Plus Up LLC and SpinMaster.