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Gardening toys and crafts for kids at Magic Beans

gardening toys plant peace

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!

melissa & doug band in a box

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 »

Arts & Crafts At Magic Beans: Not Just For Kids!

arts & crafts kits for grownups

Though Magic Beans is primarily for the little beans, getting creative is loads of fun for grownups too! The arts & crafts kits in this roundup would be amazing additions and/or gifts for showers, weddings, bachelorette/bachelor parties, and so much more. My first selection for big kids to enjoy is the Melissa and Doug Design Your Own Bracelets Kit. In this ... Read More »

Our favorite baby developmental toys for little smarties

lamaze stretch the giraffe lifestyle

The number one goal when your baby comes along is to have them come out healthy, but we all want our kids to be brilliant, too. Each sensory developmental baby toy in this roundup will nurture their little minds and bodies, and will make your baby/toddler squeal with delight as they learn and have fun. My first pick is the ... Read More »

Remote control toy roundup: fun for all ages!

remote control drone

We’ve never embraced the orthodoxy that electronic toys can’t be educational or beneficial for kids. If a toy encourages kids to use their imagination, we’re all in favor, and remote control toys give kids a great jumping-off point for creative scenarios (and the invention of obstacle courses). Plus, RC toys encourage kids to run around outside, they help kids to ... Read More »

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!

infant toys nogginstik rattle clutching toy

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

appeteethers broccoli teether

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 »