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Category Archives: Toys

Building a Better Mousetrap

Some days have unexpected themes. My daughter received the game, “Mouse Trap” for her birthday this year. Remembering the sheer volume of pieces from playing this game as a kid, I’d been a little hesitant to get it open. Finally today, we had some quiet time together, and we decided to give it a whirl. I’ll admit, it’s not my ... Read More »

Wake up, sleepyhead!

Our kindergartener is not a natural-born early riser. But school starts at 8am, and in order to get there on time, she needs to be out the door at 7:40 latest. All year, it has been a battle to get her up at 7. We sing, we dance, we cajole, we complain, but she’s too groggy to care. When I ... Read More »

A Good Gag

When someone from Daily Candy contacted me last week to ask about my new favorite toy for Spring, I didn’t hesitate. We just received a shipment of one of the best things I found at Toy Fair – a new game called Capture the Gag. Capture the Gag is a hide-and-seek game that comes with two Gags, quirky creatures that ... Read More »

Swinxs Set

If you’re wondering what the founder of Bugaboo is up to these days, the answer may surprise you. I bumped into Eduard Zanen at Toy Fair this year, where he was promoting a new toy concept that he is developing in the Netherlands. Swinxs aims to be an unvideo game – an interactive gaming console that keeps kids away from ... Read More »

Got fear? Get Shrunks.

The Shrunks is a new line of toys designed to help kids address their nighttime fears. The company takes an interesting approach to this, with a line of soft plush toys that represent the most common kids’ fears and also a line of tools to help kids feel more secure at night. The tools include a bullhorn and whistle for ... Read More »

The Circus makes a comeback

During my tour of the Playmobil booth at Toy Fair, I was nearly apoplectic with joy when I saw that they have redesigned and resurrected one of my all-time favorite Playmobil themes – the Circus. When we were little, my parents bought us the complete set with the big top tent, the horses, the elephants, the tightrope walkers, the whole ... Read More »

A whole new dimension for Set

I became a fan of the game Set during my senior year of high school when our college guidance counselors kept it on hand for distracting stressed-out students during free periods. Long after our letters had come, we still hung out in their basement office, playing that addictive game. If you’ve never played, Set is a wonderful game for children ... Read More »

One heck of a cardboard box

Making environmentally friendly toys has become a priority for a lot of toymakers, but one is taking that to a whole new level. Cardboard Design has come out with a line of sturdy, foldable cardboard play environments that are beautifully done and incredibly kind to the planet. My favorite is probably the Lemonade stand, coming later this year, but even ... Read More »

Yo Gabba Gabba

Last week, the Boston Globe ran an article about the cross-generational appeal of a new show on Nick Jr. called Yo Gabba Gabba. I like to think I’m on the cutting edge of things like this, so I was surprised I’d never heard of it. I made a mental note to check it out, and today, with my 3-year old ... Read More »

Treasure hunt in a bag

The Peek-a-Boo Bag started out as a handmade crafts fair product that became so popular that the inventors decided to mass produce them. The first time I saw these, I liked them, but over the past year they’ve pushed the aesthetic from crafty to contemporary, giving them more appeal with design-conscious parents, and making them more easily merchandised on retail ... Read More »