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Category Archives: Preschool Toys

Get more sleep with the Zazu Sam Sleep Trainer!

zazu sam sleep trainer

Little kids are notorious early risers: toddlers are known to wake naturally at 6am or even earlier, and when they’re up, they want attention! By age 3, your child may be able to read a digital clock, but the concept of time is probably still a bit hazy to her. So a clock that illustrates what time it is in ... Read More »

The best birthday gifts of 2016: happy second birthday!

Play is how kids learn, and at age 2, kids are starting to explore how the world works through imaginative play. They’ll create silly and fun scenarios with play animals, action figures, costumes, toy cars and toy trucks, and other props, and they’ll love imitating what you do, including feeding a baby, or driving a car. (They’ll also develop their ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 27 – Melissa & Doug Train Table and Train Set

To be honest, I’m still bitter about the disappearance of Brio, the company that became a household name with their simple wooden trains. The beginning of the end happened when Brio decided to turn computer innards into the next big metaphor in wooden trains. But there was one big problem – the little email-delivery techie thingies weren’t trains. Not too ... Read More »

Day 10 – Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock

Our Day 10 giveaway is the Teach Me Time alarm clock for kids. This was one of my love-at-first-sight products, and so I wasn’t surprised to find a detailed review in the archives. To read all about it, view that post. Otherwise, take my word for it – you want one. Enter to win. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Nilo gets a face lift

Nilo tables have long been admired by parents for their sturdy, solid wood construction, and the wide expanse of play space, perfect for wooden trains, blocks, games, Lego, craft activities or anything else a kid could dream up. But for all the great functionality, the Nilo table isn’t exactly a sexy piece of furniture. The angular profile seems much better ... Read More »