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Baby & Toddler Toys: Highlights from our Holiday Gift Guide


Unlike shopping for older kids, shopping for babies and toddlers comes with one built-in problem: they can’t TELL you what they want. Luckily, as long as you select a gift for the right developmental stage, they’ll almost certainly enjoy it (and will learn key skills through play, as well). Here’s a brief cheat sheet to what to get for the ... Read More »

STEM Toys: Highlights from our Holiday Gift Guide


“Make the vegetables themselves taste good, and you won’t have to bribe kids with chocolate,” writes Annie Murphy Paul, author and consultant, writing about educational games for kids. The right educational toy or game won’t appear “educational” to your kid – it will just look like good, compelling fun. These STEM toys (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) will all look ... Read More »

Building & Construction Toys: Highlights from our Holiday Gift Guide


Build it bigger! Stack it higher! Make it more complex! Construction toys give kids great practice with motor skills, and challenge their creativity. Add moving parts and problem-solving challenges, and you can take a simple play concept to the next level – marble runs and contraption-building sets add intriguing new elements for older kids. Before we even get started talking about ... Read More »

2014 Holiday/Christmas Gift Guide: Best new toys of 2014

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While designating a toy as “new” can suggest all sorts of tech bells and whistles, most of what’s new is actually what’s old: variations on play themes that have kept kids busy and happy for time immemorial. The latest top picks from Magic Beans are mostly what Harvard’s Susan Linn describes as “90 percent child and 10 percent toy.”  This ... Read More »