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A few of our favorite things: top recommendations from our Toy Whizzes!

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The making of a professional Toy Whiz is a multi-stage process. First, of course, there’s the hiring stage, where we select friendly, energetic folks who haven’t outgrown their enthusiasm for playtime. Next, budding Toy Whizzes get a crash course in child development as it applies to toys, since playing is how babies and kids learn their earliest physical, social, and intellectual ... Read More »

Hexbugs: a Magic Beans top toy pick! Nanos, Aquabots, and more

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While imagination doesn’t run on batteries, it doesn’t follow at all that a toy that runs on batteries can’t stimulate creativity. Take, for instance, the basic Hexbug Nano V2 Robot: in many ways, this little guy functions like a very small and simple family pet (minus the need to feed it or clean up after it). The cleverly designed motor ... Read More »

New baby toys and baby gifts at Magic Beans

  Playing is learning for children, and begins with your baby’s first grab for her first rattle. As she explores her baby toys (and your lap, and your face, and the living room floor), the world slowly but steadily comes into focus: sights and sounds begin to coalesce into meaning, sensory information becomes coherent, and she begins to understand how ... Read More »

Puzzles for all ages: preschool puzzles, jigsaw puzzles & more!

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There’s a reason why every preschool has stacks and stacks of chunky wooden puzzles: piecing a puzzle together is beneficial for your child’s growing body and mind in so many ways. Determining which shapes and colors match and joining them together to create a coherent whole enhances the following skills for young kids: Hand-eye coordination Fine motor skills Gross motor ... Read More »

Critter crafts! Make plush, paper, and porcelain animal pals

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Nearly all children find animals fascinating – even babies are delighted by furry and feathery friends, and more than a third of the average baby’s first words are animal names. And babies love learning to make animal noises, which also happens to be great for their cognitive and verbal development. (Animal noises never stop being fun either! The entire family will ... Read More »

VIDEO: Bloxels video game creator review!

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As you’ve probably noted from past blogs, we’ve never accepted the orthodoxy against screens or electronic toys: screen time is sort of inevitable for any modern kid, and the right iPhone app can be a total lifesaver if you desperately need to keep a toddler entertained. And anyone who has ever watched a little Minecraft fan at work knows that electronic games ... Read More »

VIDEO: How to fit a Nutcase Little Nutty Helmet!

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Ready for more cuteness from Nutcase? Today’s video shows you how to get the perfect fit for the Nutcase Little Nutty helmet, made for kids with heads measuring 48-52 centimeters, or about ages 2-7. These terrific sport helmets are certified for cycling, scooting, and skating, so kids can use them for all of their adventures on ride-on toys of every ... Read More »

Maritime merriment! Toys from under the sea

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It’s possible that your part of the US (or the world) isn’t currently sweltering under a heat wave, but for most of us: baby, it’s hot outside! It’s the perfect time for kids to invent seafaring fantasies  with some ocean-going plush pals and other toys and figurines. In this toy roundup, we’ll be exploring a variety of toys that come ... Read More »