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If you love word games…

When we were first getting ready to open the store, I was crushed to discover that “25 Words or Less” was out of print. This family game is one of my all-time favorites, and I’ve spent many hours playing with family and friends, including a memorable 9 hour bus ride through Eastern Europe with the Zamir Chorale of Boston. I’m ... Read More »

It’s all a blur…

The last day of Toy Fair is always crazy. The exhibit halls close at 4pm, and it’s a race to the finish. There are booths to revisit, decisions to be made, and we’re all trying to commit every last product to memory. The toy industry hasn’t had a megahit in years, and I don’t think I saw anything that’s going ... Read More »

Day 2 – Lost in Legoland, Surrounded by Superheroes

Our second day at Toy Fair started with superheroes. We encountered several of them standing guard near the entrance of the exhibit hall, and — who could blame us? — we struck a pose. But we spent most of our day previewing the new products from Lego (and planning our entire year’s inventory for 2006, to make sure we’re in ... Read More »

Blizzard in the Big Apple

This day has been such a series of adventures, it’s hard to think straight. When we woke up this morning, the snow was already piling up, drifting and blowing all around. We ignored the mayor’s pleas to stay off the road, and we borrowed a four-wheel drive car to make the slippery, icy trek downtown to the Javits center. We ... Read More »

Cogno-tivity

When I first saw some of the promotional materials for the new Cogno games, I didn’t think they could actually be fun. It’s really hard to make a good educational science board game that kids actually want to play. But I’ve been keeping an eye on it for a couple of months and after watching it rack up countless awards ... Read More »

Time’s up

A couple of months ago, my 3-year old wanted to learn to tell time. I’m actually ashamed to say that I thought it would be easy. She’s a smart little girl (really – I’m not just saying it because I’m her mother), and I thought it would be a pretty basic concept. First, I sat her down with my watch, ... Read More »

At the zoo

Find It caught my attention the first time I saw it in the midst of the crowded and overwhelming games section at Toy Fair in 2004. Basically, it’s a clear plastic tube packed with colored plastic chips, and an assortment of small objects to find floating inside the tube. The penny, whose unique density relative to the plastic chips usually ... Read More »

Whoonu a whoozit?

The newest family game from those crazy geniuses at Cranium looks like a lot of fun. For ages 8 and up, players try to guess which of their cards will be most appealing to the dealer, also known as the Whoozit. The Whoozit ranks the anonymously proffered cards in order of preference, with the most points going to the player ... Read More »

The Doctor is Out.

We just received confirmation that Theo Klein Toys is going out of business. Since this is an international company, I’m not sure whether the entire company is closing up, or if they’re just ceasing their US operations. Either way, our very favorite Doctor’s Kit will no longer be available. I’ll be combing the aisles at Toy Fair next month looking ... Read More »

Do you know Wikki Stix?

If you don’t, you should. Wikki Stix are a lifesaver for parents who are hoping to keep kids quietly engaged for any period of time. They are basically a strand of yarn coated in a non-toxic, food-grade wax similar to what you’d find on a shiny red apple. The yarn is flexible, and the wax is sticky enough to bond ... Read More »