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Toy Fair 2015: Trendspotting at the show!

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Toy Fair 2015, the biggest industry event of the year, is still roaring, but I’ve returned to snowy Boston for our first report back! After I’ve had a chance to confer with our buying team, we’ll be letting you know what fantastic new toys you can expect on our shelves, but for today, I’m going to concentrate on trends I ... Read More »

Snow day sanity savers! Toys that keep kids busy for hours

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When snow days are only an occasional thing, they’re pure magic, with playtime in the snow, hot chocolate, and maybe a little extra TV (so Mom can take a breather from keeping everyone busy). While I don’t remember this from my own childhood, apparently modern kids have a few “magic spells” that they’ll try to execute to make a snow ... Read More »

Helping your toddler adjust to a new baby in the house

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By Cecilia Matson, MA, Child Development and Parenting Specialist Galoop – Child Development Classes for Babies and Toddlers and Expert Advice for Caregivers Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA If you have your second child on the way: first of all, congratulations! Second of all: it is completely normal to feel anxious about becoming a parent again. I am sure ... Read More »

LEGO Mindstorms EV3: real science for kids… and grownups!


As we touched on briefly in our last piece on LEGO, the LEGO company is already in the midst of harnessing the academic potential of their toys, and you can read exhaustive research and see endless educational activities at the LEGO Education website. When you get to the middle school and high school levels, the crown jewel of LEGO education ... Read More »

An intro to Oeuf cribs: beautiful and environmentally sustainable centerpieces for your modern nursery!


When it comes to nurseries, I dream up some pretty sweet ideas. I’m sure those of you who are expecting have entire boards on Pinterest dedicated to your circus-themed or shades-of-blue themed nurseries (and I’m sure they’re perfect). The crib, however, is the centerpiece of every nursery, so you want to choose exactly the right one! Let me draw your ... Read More »

7 ways to entertain a sick child this flu season


Nobody likes being sick at any age, and a sick, cranky kid can be a real challenge. It can be tricky to keep them relatively happy and ensure that they get enough rest and drink enough fluids, and while some TV is ok, you don’t want it to become an all-day activity: Dr. Lisa M. Asta at the AAP warns ... Read More »