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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 »

VIDEO: How to fit a Nutcase Baby Nutty Helmet!

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Here at Magic Beans, we’re absolutely uncompromising about safety: if a kid is playing on something on wheels, they’re wearing a helmet! And our very favorite helmets come from Nutcase. They’re engineered with incredible care for optimal protection for little noggins, and, importantly, they’re both comfortable and cute, so your little adventurer will cooperate and wear hers when it’s needed. ... Read More »

New toys at Magic Beans: Magna-Tiles, Keva Connect, Floof & more

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Summer is birthday party season! The highest birthrates are during July, August, and September, so even though school may be out, your kid will be attending lots of classmates’ parties. (And, your kid might even have a special birthday of their own coming up soon, too.) So it’s a good idea to know what new toys are arriving during this ... Read More »

Get more sleep with the Zazu Sam Sleep Trainer!

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Little kids are notorious early risers: toddlers are known to wake naturally at 6am or even earlier, and when they’re up, they want attention! By age 3, your child may be able to read a digital clock, but the concept of time is probably still a bit hazy to her. So a clock that illustrates what time it is in ... Read More »

Gardening toys and crafts for kids at Magic Beans

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Here at Magic Beans, we take gardening super seriously…super seriously fun! Learning how to care for growing plants is so important for children of all ages. It teaches kids where food comes from, encourages them to expand their palate, and teaches responsibility, a tool that will carry your little bean through life. In today’s roundup, we have carefully selected a ... Read More »

Have more educational fun with Melissa & Doug!

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One of the things that I love about Melissa & Doug toys for young children is that many items come with a list of “Extension Activities” that work educational content into playtime, helping kids to pick up crucial skills organically. For instance, for the longtime favorite Melissa & Doug Grocery Store / Lemonade Stand, they suggest the following: Have the ... Read More »