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Tummy Time, Play Gyms, and new YouTube Series

You’ve probably heard doctors and parents around the globe sing their “tummy time” praises. And they’re absolutely right! Tummy time is an activity that your baby should try out even from the day you come home from the hospital. Alright, maybe you can take a nap first. But that’s it. Tummy time is “placing a baby on his or her stomach ... Read More »

Should Your Child Play with Fidget Toys?

If there’s one thing that brings generations together, it’s toy crazes of their youth. Everyone remembers the toys they once begged their parents for, only to be disinterested with them soon after. But we NEEDED it! Everyone else at school had it! Fast forward to 2017 and not much has changed, as the toy crazes keep on coming. The latest ... Read More »

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!

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 »