Rediscover the Joy of Make-Believe with Hasbro

by Lolli

Toys. I remember being in love with my dolls and make-believe toys when I was growing up. I have to admit…now that I am a mom, there’s still a part of me that loves to sit down and play make-believe with my kids.

There’s something magical about imagining, and something even more magical (for boys and girls alike) about miniature versions of things they already love, like animals and babies and vehicles.

When a huge package arrived last month, I think I was just as excited to open the packages inside as my kids were. Yes, it was like Christmas morning in the early Fall.

Inside the box was an assortment of toys from Hasbro that are all new for Fall 2011. Here’s a peek at what was in the box (and more importantly, what could be coming to YOUR house if you enter the giveaway below).


(HASBRO/Ages 5 & up/Approx. Retail Price $14.99)

We received one of the six CRIB LIFE CUTIES characters: girly-girl SARINA CUTIE. Each CRIB LIFE doll has her own “personality” (sporty LULU LAKE, free spirit MAKAYLA SONG, music-loving ELLA SONG, tech-savvy LILY SWEET, and confident HAILEY HULA), but most importantly (for my daughter) each doll comes with a key chain and charm with a special online code that unlocks a CRIB LIFE character’s world with games, videos, and fun at (website available for a limited time only).


(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99)

My kids already love taking care of their newborn FURREAL pig (the oinking is the cutest thing ever!) and so they were extremely excited to see a brand new baby Penguin in our box. Of all the toys we received the baby penguin was the most popular (even my 12 year old daughter tried to claim it as hers). This year, the FURREAL FRIENDS NEWBORNS family includes a PENGUIN, BIRD, CHIMP, BEAR CUB, PUPPY, and KITTEN. I know exactly what my monkey-loving 6 year old is going to be getting for Christmas this year…


(HASBRO/Ages 3 & up/Approx. Retail Price $4.99/$19.99)

We have had quite a collection of My Little Pony dolls over the years (with 3 girls, it was inevitable) and Reese was excited to add a few new ponies to her collection. Eighteen new ponies have been introduced this year, and they are as cute as ever! The most popular part of the My Little Ponies treat was definitely the Remote Control Car. Even six year old AJ didn’t mind the fact that the car was pink and purple. I caught him playing with it several times!

By the way – A new season of “My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic,” has begun for the Fall season. You can find it Saturdays at 10 AM EST on the Hub Television Network.


(HASBRO/Ages 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price $7.99)

This was my favorite toy of the bunch! I normally don’t love spiders, but this little pink and yellow walking spider was way more cute than creepy. Whenever we set the little spider down to crawl, someone in the room would inevitably burst into giggles. I LOVE these new Walkables.


(HASBRO/Ages 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price $19.99)

This hamster playground was a huge hit with my kids, especially since we already had a set of three Littlest Petshop hamster babies. The playground has places for the little pets to eat, rest, play, and exercise. And the fact that it has little water bottles and “food” for each of the animals was fun for Reese who loves tiny details.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE Berry Sweet Styles Playset

(HASBRO/Ages 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price $19.99)

Just catching the scent of Strawberry Shortcake through the box brought a rush of memories flooding to the surface. I was a big Strawberry Shortcake fan when I was younger. It amazed me that she could stay so sweet-smelling for so long! This new Strawberry Shortcake doll comes with a ton of styling accessories so that Reese can changes her outfits, shoes, or hair. Strawberry comes with her own vanity to hold all of her clothes and accessories along with (best of all!) miniature hangers for the outfits. Yes, we are all about the little details.

Enter to Win

We’re giving away a huge prize pack that includes an assortment of products from Littlest Pet Shop, Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, and Crib Life. (1-2 products from each brand).

To enter to win this amazing prize from Hasbro, just tell us which of these toys YOU (I mean your kids…) would love to play with.

This giveaway will end on November 1, 2011 at midnight ET and a winner will be chosen at random and announced the following Sunday in the weekly Around The Blogosphere. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for more information.


Written by 5 Minutes for Mom managing editor Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.

Disclosure: I received the toys listed above to review and test out, but all thoughts and opinions remain my own.

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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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{ 71 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Leanne M October 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm

My daughter would LOVE the strawberry shortcake playset.


2 Junglewife October 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm

My 3-year-old would love the LPS hamster playground. She loves anything LPS and I’m sure that she could spend hours playing with that playset!


3 Ivy October 20, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Oh my gosh! My 4 year old would play with any and all of these! She’s so into LPS, Strawberry Shortcake, and My Little Pony and makes a point of pointing them out whenever she sees them.


4 October 20, 2011 at 11:50 pm

My daughter would also love the Strawberry Shortcake play set but I am certain Crib Life would go over well too. Thanks for sharing.


5 Melissa October 21, 2011 at 12:09 am

Oh my! My 3 children would love any of these wonderful toys – hours of entertainment and fun family play time!


6 Tiffany M in MS October 21, 2011 at 12:44 am

We love LPS stuff and FurReal pets!!!


7 Nadia October 21, 2011 at 3:01 am

My little girl would love the My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake sets!


8 Jen October 21, 2011 at 7:41 am

The my little ponies! She just has one so it’s kind of lonely :).


9 Jenn October 21, 2011 at 8:40 am

Oh yes, my little ones love the FurReal pets and everything else too… :) In the toy aisles my 4year old is always telling me “but MOM it’s my FAVORITE! Can we please, please, please buy it?


10 Katie October 21, 2011 at 8:49 am

I think Pinkie Pie’s RC Car would be so fun for all of us!


11 nan October 21, 2011 at 10:31 am

he’d love the furreal newborn
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12 Elisabeth October 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

The Pinkie Pie’s RC Car would definitely be a big hit!


13 Happymomc October 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

My little one would love to play with the ‘STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE Berry Sweet Styles Playset’


14 Suzanne October 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm

The Pinkie Pies RC car… totally would love that! With hardwood floors in the house my kiddos would be squealing all day!


15 LaVonne October 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm

My Princess loves Strawberry Shortcake so I know she’d like that last play set a lot!


16 Lachelle B October 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm

My 4 year old loves Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony!


17 Beth October 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm

My Little Pony would be a big hit around here!


18 Staci A October 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

We’d love to play with the Furreal Friends Newborn!


19 Barbara Manatee October 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm

My daughter would love the My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake!


20 Kathy Stevenson October 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm

My girls would love the Crib Life toys!!!


21 mj October 22, 2011 at 12:13 am

We are all about Strawberry Shortcake here! There’s even a Strawberry Shortcake birthday in the works for my little girl…


22 Drew Stevenson October 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm



23 Mozi Esmes Mom October 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Oh, this is such a toss up! My daughter loves My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake… I’ll go with the Strawberry Shortcake one for now…


24 Linda Kish October 23, 2011 at 12:03 am

I think the FURREAL FRIENDS NEWBORNS would be the biggest hit.

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25 tennille October 23, 2011 at 1:22 am

we would love the fur real friend newborn


26 JUNE October 23, 2011 at 7:34 am

Hasbro has made great toy’s for many generations of children, my daughter use to love playing with my little pony as a child, now she plays with her smart phone all the time. What a difference a few years makes.


27 BeccaH October 23, 2011 at 10:13 am

My daughter is getting into strawberry shortcake – that one looks likefun!


28 Christine Jensen October 23, 2011 at 11:25 am

My kids would love the Fur Real Friends Newborns!


29 Wehaf October 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm

The Littlest Pet Shop walkables look awesome!


30 Krystal October 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I love Littlest Pet Shop toys, and so does my daughter! We love to play them together. She also loves My Little Pony toys and Furreal Pets.


31 Brandy October 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm

We love Strawberry Shortcake and My little pony. These would make perfec gifts for my daughters.


32 Brenda Smith October 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm

My kids would love the penguin furreal pet, crib life and the hamster playground.


33 Melissa P. October 23, 2011 at 11:12 pm

My friends little girls would adore the LITTLEST PET SHOP HAMSTER PLAYGROUND. Thanks for the opp.


34 holly October 23, 2011 at 11:29 pm

My daughters would love the my little pony car!


35 Jessica T October 24, 2011 at 1:03 am

Oh wow! Fur real friends – sooooo cute!


36 Amy Brewer October 24, 2011 at 6:33 am

I would say the Furreal friends. At least that is what I would want to play with but I imagine the kids would also..


37 shelly October 24, 2011 at 8:35 am

I’d like to play with the strawberry shortcake but my kiddo would love the furreal friernd!


38 Idaho Jill October 24, 2011 at 11:22 am

I think my daughter would love the LITTLEST PET SHOP HAMSTER PLAYGROUND. She saw a different littlest pet shop set this weekend and was begging for it…I resisted, thinking it may be better for Christmas!


39 Missy October 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm

My Little Pony


40 Terra Heck October 24, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I could see the fun in all the toys. I think the best liked would be the Furreal Friends Newborns. Thanks.


41 Erin October 25, 2011 at 5:02 am

My daughter would LOVE the Berry Sweet Styles playset!


42 Tami M October 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm

It’d be a tie for my 6 year old daughter between the Pet Shoppe Hampster Playground, and the Furr Real friend, I think…

Tami M


43 Stella October 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm

My little cousin would LOVE Pinkie Pie’s RC car :) She’s such a big fan of the new MLP


44 Danna A October 25, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Definitely the pony!! My daughter is a HUGE pony fan!!


45 Sabrina October 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm

My daughter (and son) would LOVE Pinkie Pie’s RC. There’s something about ponies and cute little battery operated cars… I think I’d probably give it a go as well!


46 Debra October 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Oh my, hard to choose. I believe my girls would love the Crib Life and any of the Littlest Pet Shop toys. They love the LIttles pet shop!


47 Alison October 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

One of my girls would love the Littest Pet Shot Hamster, the other would lvoe the Crib Life. Then they could share, ha ha ha


48 Stacey October 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

If it says hamster anywhere my son would want it. So the Littlest Pet Shop Hamster would be what he would choose. He would also like the Furreal Friends.


49 Amy October 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

My kids would like the Littlest Pet Shop Walkables and Pinkie Pie’s Rc Car. They love anything that is Littlest Pet Shot!


50 Melanie October 26, 2011 at 8:06 pm

My little girl would LOVE chasing after the Pinkie Pie’s RC car! She loves ponies and plays with them any chance she gets


51 Niecey Docherty October 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm

My daughter is OBSESSED with Strawberry Shortcake. She would LOVE that toy.


52 Jen Shirley October 27, 2011 at 12:16 am

Littlest petshopt hamster – my 4yo loves the pet shop toys! Thanks…


53 Elizabeth Lambert October 27, 2011 at 4:38 am

Oh man… My daughter (and I, of course) love My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She also loves anything remote-powered, so the RC car is a Christmas MUST. Plus, it will attach to the Rarity carriage!


54 Ann October 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Love the hamster toy. Anything Pet Shop would be a hit!


55 Leigh October 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Littlest Pet Shop Crib Life and Stawberry Shortcake are my favorites


56 Barbie S October 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm

My son loves the Pet Shop toys. He would certainly like the Pet Shop Hamsters, and the Pet Walkables


57 Nicole October 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Certainly the Strawberry Shortcake and the Crib Life for my girls.


58 mia October 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

My son would absolutely LOVE to play with FURREAL FRIENDS NEWBORNS
- lil baby Penguin = ADORABLE!!!!


59 Jamie Brigham October 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Ok My sons and I all love playing with cars, foam swords, My daughter and I love playing with dolls, doll houses, doll sets etc


60 nicole belcher October 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm

My 3 year old would love the Littlest Pet shop. She loves animals. My son would play with the car and my older 2 girls love playing with dolls please playing with our 3 year old when she plays babies and they love playing with their farm animals!!! My kids would love these toys!!!


61 belinda m October 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

Littlest petshopt hamster would totally be a hit with us



62 Erica Best October 29, 2011 at 6:36 pm

the FURREAL FRIENDS NEWBORNS look very cute and so fun


63 Kelly D October 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm

My daughter and I would love to play with the Littlest Pet Shop Hamster Playground.


64 noreen October 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Strawberry shortcake to add to my dolls and new one that are my girls


65 TheBargainBabe October 31, 2011 at 12:07 am

I (I mean my kid) would love the furreal newborns. :)


66 backyard guy October 31, 2011 at 11:09 am

Check out he has lots of interesting toys for kids!


67 Tamara Dastrup October 31, 2011 at 1:38 pm

My kids LOVE the My Little Pony toys, but all of them are lots of fun!


68 Brenda Hill October 31, 2011 at 9:26 pm

My grandaughter would love these toys! She is a big fan of littlest pet shop.


69 Heather Meyer Bradley November 1, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Pinkie Pie’s RC car is already on my daughter’s wish list, (with a birthday coming up as well as christmas) but I know she’d also love Littlest Pet shop, Strawberry Shortcake – she’d love everything on here!


70 Shayla M November 4, 2011 at 6:55 pm

My little daughter would love Pinkie Pie’s RC car! She loves My Little Pony and Pinkie Pie is her favorite.


71 Kat November 17, 2011 at 2:18 am

My Little Pony and Furreal… my daughter still has her collection of Ponies and wants her daughter to love them too. I think her son would love the Furreal.


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