Responsibly Dispose Of Toys With Mattel’s Toy Takeback Initiative

Responsibly Dispose Of Toys With Mattel’s Toy Takeback Initiative

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Arielle Tschinkel is a freelance pop culture and lifestyle writer whose work has appeared on Shape.com, WomansWorld.com, FirstforWomen.com, Insider, HelloGiggles, and more. She loves all things Disney and is making her way to every park around the world, and is a die-hard Britney Spears fan for life. She’s also obsessed with her Bernedoodle, Bruce Wayne.

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You Can Now Use Fisher-Price’s Classic Toy Telephone To Make Calls

You Can Now Use Fisher-Price’s Classic Toy Telephone To Make Calls

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No matter how old you are, if a little kid hands you a toy phone, you answer it. Now, thanks to Fisher-Price, when you answer you’ll also be able to talk to someone on the other end of the line.

Fisher-Price is celebrating the 60th anniversary of their popular children’s toy, the Chatter Telephone, by making it relevant to younger generations who think that phones with cords never existed. The upgraded version still looks the same, but it’s now Bluetooth-capable, meaning you can use it like an actual landline.

Similar to a real rotary telephone, you can call your friends by spinning the dial, digit by digit. Some might find this slow and time-consuming, but it can also be quite therapeutic, as it forces you to slow down and enjoy the dial’s steady whirring.

And when a call comes in, you can either pick up the receiver or press the red button to talk hands-free. As a bonus, if you’re the type who likes to fidget while on the phone, you can roll the toy around or stare at its moving eyes.

The device’s batteries are rechargeable via a micro-USB port, and can give nine hours of talk time and 72 hours of standby.

Unfortunately, because Chatter Telephone 2.0 is no longer just a toy, it’s price tag also reflects that shift. The original costs $10, while the Bluetooth-enabled upgrade will cost you $60 at Best Buy. Sure, it’s a bit pricey, but the nostalgia it will bring into your home is priceless.

Macy’s and Toys”R”Us Teamed Up Just in Time for the Holiday Shopping Season — Here Are Our Top 5 Gift Picks

Macy’s and Toys”R”Us Teamed Up Just in Time for the Holiday Shopping Season — Here Are Our Top 5 Gift Picks

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We really missed you, Toys”R”Us, and we’re so happy that you’re back! Every millennial has a soft spot in their hearts for this beloved toy store, and it was pretty heartbreaking when the company closed their brick and mortar storefronts a few years ago. But just in time for the 2021 holiday season, Toys”R”Us has made its official comeback with Macy’s. The two companies have pulled together their Hot List: a curated selection of the top 75 toys that kids will love, along with some items that the whole family can enjoy together. So, to get a head start on the stressful holiday shopping rush, check out our top picks from Toys”R”Us and Macy’s list below.

There’s Now a Peloton-Inspired Stationary Bike for Kids, Because of Course There Is

There’s Now a Peloton-Inspired Stationary Bike for Kids, Because of Course There Is

If your at-home spin bike has helped you through the whirlwind that has been the last year or so, you’re not alone. With gyms closed and many turning to home workouts and makeshift gyms to keep fit, 2020 saw a steep increase in Peloton sign-ups, resulting in revenue rising 172 percent year-over-year to $607 billion. So, it’s no surprise that there’s now a Peloton-styled bike for kids.

Children’s toy manufacturer Little Tikes has launched their own stationary bike for little ones aged 3 to 7, allowing youngsters to get in on the action and take their own pretend cycling class. Reportedly launching at Target in July, the Pelican Explore & Fit Cycle bike has kid-friendly adjustable features that are similar to an adult exercise bike, like resistance, handlebars and seating, and tilting action.

The stationary bike includes a built-in stand to hold a smart device to stream virtual training videos that will be uploaded to the Little Tikes YouTube channel, some of which feature their very own virtual trainer. The kids can cycle through virtual snowy mountains with a dinosaur friend, or venture over farmlands while saying hello to the animals and getting a study session in by learning the alphabet.

Don’t have a smart device to hand? No worries. The Pelican Explore & Fit Cycle comes with super handy built-in audio adventures, in addition to a Bluetooth speaker that can be used to play the kids’ favorite music.