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Category Archives: Active Toys

Scoot safely: Fitting your child’s sports helmet

Kickboard Scooters are flying out of our stores (check out these great sale prices!), and where there are scooters, there should be helmets. Whether your child is scooting or skating, skiing or biking, it’s so easy to provide excellent protection and peace of mind with a good helmet, and we’ve got a great selection of adorable designs from Nutcase. One ... Read More »

Spring brings petals… and pedals!

On a hazy Sunday morning, you step out of your house to get the paper, bleary-eyed, coffee in hand, and instead of being battered and chafed by winter winds, you feel… warm. The air smells a little damp and you can sniff the plants growing. The birds are chirping. Little green tendrils are peeking out of the earth. Spring! It’s ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways # 15 – Kettler Happy Navigator

Riding a tricycle is blessedly straightforward. Sit, pedal, go. But riding a tricycle also has a number of benefits for children, both expected and unexpected. Expected: tricycles help kids develop their gross motor skills.Frequent riding makes them stronger and more coordinated. The more time kids spend riding a trike, the better their foundation for learning to ride a bicycle later ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways # 7 – Follow Me Fred

It’s my job to look at a product and know whether or not it will sell. But the truth is, I’m not an oracle. Most of the time, I have a strong inclination one way or another, but it’s rare that I see something and know unquestionably that it will be a success. Follow Me Fred was one of those ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways Day 1 – Rody Ride On Horse

We get a lot of kids coming through our stores every day, and the toys in our playscapes take a beating. Literally. A toy that might last a lifetime at home will be lucky to survive six months. Rody is one of those toys that can withstand the rigors and rarely (if ever) needs replacing. This iconic inflated horse is ... Read More »

Day 5 – Okiedog Fropper

When the Fropper made its debut last year, it was an instant hit – and why wouldn’t it be? It combines two activities toddlers love most – bouncing and rolling. The sturdy, wide handlebars provide plenty of leverage for bobbing up and down on the springy, bi-level seat, while the smooth-riding wheels glide along the floor without leaving marks. A ... Read More »

Love ice cream? Then have a ball!

When we had our first look at the Ice Cream Ball by Industrial Revoluion, I was really curious. It looked like a lot of fun—for kids and adults alike. It also looked like a great way to get kids to enjoy not only the tasty treat at the end, but also the process of making the ice cream. Who doesn’t ... Read More »

Effortless PhD?

It was impossible to walk by the booth for the PhD Pocket Disc at ASTRA without stopping. First of all, the colorful display was arresting. And there were discs flying all over the place. So we stopped and we played a quick game of catch. We were sold immediately. The PhD is a crocheted disc that flies surprisingly well. The ... Read More »

Mini Micro G-Bike

This little, bitty training bike is perfect for helping kids get the hang of balancing on two wheels. It seems like stability bikes are all the rage right now, especially with so many experts advocating that the key to teaching kids to ride a bike is to lose the pedals – not to add training wheels. There are a lot ... Read More »