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We can never get enough Nickelodeon.

When children grow up watching television's Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.--and what kid hasn't?--the unique characters become their friends. The brand's extensive collection of DVDs, video games, toys, board games, etc., allows us to bring the beloved gang into our homes in a variety of ways. SpongeBob SquarePants 3D Sphere Puzzle ($15) by Cardinal Industries takes puzzlers to a new dimension. The numbered pieces fit together to form a sphere of our favorite friend from Bikini Bottom. For ages six and up, this 60-piece puzzle measures six inches in diameter when assembled.

Kids will have a blast flipping ants into Sponge-Bob's oversized britches in this edition of Hasbro's popular game: Ants in the SquarePants ($9.99). Players race to be the first buccaneer to land all of their colored bugs into the famous pants. For two to four players, ages three and up.

Hasbro's SpudBob SquarePants ($9.99) offers an amusing spin on the classic Mr. Potato Head. With eight themed pieces available for mixing and "mashing," children can transform the traditional character by adding Sponge-Bob's distinct features. For ages two and up.

The unique Dora the Explorer Projection Alarm Clock Radio ($24.99) from Sakar International has an AM/FM radio, built-in speakers, and a snooze button. It also offers iPod and MP3 player compatibility, proving it's never too early for kids to learn to use electronic equipment. Additionally, the device projects an image of Dora and Boots on the ceiling. The clock radio, which comes with an audio connection cord, requires three AAA batteries, which are not included.

The "Nickelodeon Favorites: Big Box of Play Dates, Vol. 2" DVD Set ($36.99) contains more than seven hours of entertainment, with offerings from "Dora the Explorer"; "Go, Diego, Go!"; "The Wonder Pets!"; "Blue's Clues"; "Yo Gabba Gabba!"; and "Ni Hao, Kai-lan." This superb box set includes the DVDs "We Love Our Friends," "Sisters and Brothers," and "Summer Vacation." Special features include music videos from "Team Umizoomi," with clever lessons on numbers, patterns, counting, and celebrations.

Fans of "Yo Gabba Gabba" will love their "Music Makes Me Move!" DVD ($16.99), featuring the gang in four fun-filled episodes where they start a band, learn it's okay to be different, move to the music, and ride on trains.


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Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
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Date:Jan 1, 2012
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