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Puzzles for all ages: preschool puzzles, jigsaw puzzles & more!

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There’s a reason why every preschool has stacks and stacks of chunky wooden puzzles: piecing a puzzle together is beneficial for your child’s growing body and mind in so many ways. Determining which shapes and colors match and joining them together to create a coherent whole enhances the following skills for young kids: Hand-eye coordination Fine motor skills Gross motor ... Read More »

Have more educational fun with Melissa & Doug!

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One of the things that I love about Melissa & Doug toys for young children is that many items come with a list of “Extension Activities” that work educational content into playtime, helping kids to pick up crucial skills organically. For instance, for the longtime favorite Melissa & Doug Grocery Store / Lemonade Stand, they suggest the following: Have the ... Read More »

Gift Guide:  8 great birthday presents for a fourth birthday

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By age four, there’s one very easy shortcut to finding the perfect gift for your kid: just ask her! At this age, kids are pretty clear on what they like, whether it’s princesses, dinosaurs, superheroes, or baseball. Granted, your child may ask for something you’re not quite willing to give them (say, a pony or an iPad), but you can ... Read More »

Boredom at 30,000 Feet: How to keep kids entertained on a plane!

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It takes about 8 hours to fly from Boston to San Diego. This doesn’t include showing up to the terminal at 5am with all your stuff in tow, getting through security, waiting patiently through the twenty minute delay to board the plane, and sitting through the layover in Newark or Houston. That’s a long time, and it’s trying on even the most ... Read More »

31 Days of Giveaways: celebrate our anniversary with a giveaway every day in July!

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Every year since our fifth anniversary in 2009, we’ve been celebrating another year of Magic Beans with an entire month of giveaways.  And we’re not talking about little prizes, either:  this is some primo gear! Strollers, toys, cribs, nursing chairs, car seats, skin care items, bike helmets, scooters – everything you’ve been craving for your kiddos will be on the ... Read More »

Magic Beans Fun Size Picks: Top Five Arts and Crafts Toys

Hey everyone – it’s Kelsey again, with the scoop from Magic Beans Fun Size, in NYC! As you may remember from my other blogs, our store is located in the lobby at Kidville in the Upper East Side, and we sell a handpicked selection of the best-of-the-best toys for ages 0-5. As with any other Magic Beans store, along with our amazing selection, ... Read More »

Gift Guide: The best birthday gifts for a three-year-old boy


Your little guy may not be as verbally gifted as this tiny lawyer or as skilled at dancing as this little charmer, but he’s delightful for many of the same reasons. He can be a handful sometimes, but everything that comes out of his mouth is hilarious. He’s graduated from babyhood while retaining the same chubby-faced cuteness, and he’s testing boundaries, ... Read More »