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The best toys for birthday presents for kids of all ages

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Our blog tends to lean heavily towards our baby gear selection, and there’s a reason for that: it takes a bit more contemplation to choose a stroller (a larger investment on a product you’ll use every day) than it does to choose a toy for any kid. And if you’re shopping for your own kid, it’s not hard to choose which ... Read More »

Meet one of our favorite infant toys: the NogginStik!

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The amount of infant toys out in the market can be overwhelming, especially for new parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends looking for that special gift for the new bundle of joy! That is why I always recommend the NogginStik Rattle Clutching Toy. It is a multi-activity baby toy that encourages brain development – plus, it’s absolutely adorable. At first ... Read More »

Play with your food! The fun of food-themed toys

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As I mentioned in our Toy Fair trends blog entries, adorable food with faces is very in this year, and it’s no surprise: food is fascinating, and playing with it is fun, whether you’re exploring play food or the real thing! It could even be said that adults who enjoy cooking are just carrying on a more grown-up version of ... Read More »

The 5 OTHER best toy stores in America!

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: whether you’re shopping for baby gear, toys, or, for that matter, anything else, local is the way to go. Not only are local toy stores and other small businesses an important cornerstone for neighborhoods nationwide, but you just can’t get the kind of service from a big box store that you’ll get ... Read More »

The best birthday gifts of 2016: happy seventh birthday!

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Your seven-year-old is a little smartie: she’s learning so many new facts and skills, and is always eager to learn more. She may be reading on her own for fun already, and she’s able to plan and build impressive structures and complete complex crafts. Her friends are super important to her, but solo playtime is important too. And she’s got plenty of opinions ... Read More »

The best birthday gifts of 2016: happy sixth birthday!

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Approaching their sixth birthday, kids are tremendously creative, and have no problem deftly merging fantasy and reality with inventive results. At GreatSchools.org, in an article on child development at age 6, a girl named Jenny explains her theory about how a frog got into a small backyard pond: “The frog, desperate for water, asked Mr. Jack Rabbit, who is a ... Read More »

The best toys of 2016: our buyers’ picks from Toy Fair

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Now that we’ve examined the hottest trends of this year’s Toy Fair, let’s get down to specifics: which products impressed our buying team? Most of these terrific toys will be appearing on our shelves over the course of the year, so keep an eye out!   Jill Hegstad, Head Buyer Kano Computer Kit Kids can make their very own computer ... Read More »