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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 »

The possibilities of playtime: 40 years of Playmobil

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For over 40 years, the diminutive, smiling people of Playmobil have been inspiring children’s imaginative adventures. In memory of company founder Horst Brandstaetter, who passed away last week, here’s a whirlwind tour through Playmobil sets both old and new. Designer Hans Beck considered the figurines to be the most important part of the Playmobil formula. From Wikipedia: “Beck spent three ... Read More »

Top picks… if you’re six! The best birthday presents for a six year old, from the experts at Magic Beans Fairfield

Being a staff member in a toy store is pretty much the greatest thing since sliced bread – we get to play with, demonstrate, and recommend toys to our customers all day long! We love our jobs here at Magic Beans Fairfield (or, if you prefer, #mbfairfield), and we love introducing our customers to our favorites. We can’t always introduce ... Read More »

Gift Guide: The Best Presents for a Boy’s Second Birthday

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A two-year-old child is a tiny explorer, with boundless curiosity and energy, and endless questions. His language skills and physical coordination are clicking into place, and so is his creativity, with an expanding interest in pretend-play. He’ll love scribbling with chunky crayons, vrooming toy cars along the floor, stacking and sorting, running and kicking, making music, and squishing play-dough. A ... Read More »

2013 in Review: 13 Products That Defined Our Year

Time flies extra-fast when you’ve got kids. One minute, they’re a helpless baby, the next minute they’re walking, and the next thing you know, they’re in kindergarten (and then, college). Whew! The same thing happens with a thriving business in a constantly-expanding industry – you have to remind yourself, sometimes, to stop and take stock. The turn of the calendar ... Read More »

Day 30: Playmobil Lion Knight’s Castle

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Unstructured, imaginative play is loads of fun for kids – plus, it helps them to develop their creativity, and learn social skills. Playmobil sets give kids a setting and some characters to populate a fantasy world and then interact within it, and the Playmobil Lion Knight’s Castle, today’s giveaway, is full of fuel for an active imagination. The enormous castle ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 31 – Playmobil Furnished School Building

Last year, we gave away a Playmobil Pyramid at the end of the 31 Days of Giveaways, and that item went on to be one of the most in-demand products of the 2009 holiday season. We’re curious if history will repeat itself with the Furnished School Building. Playmobil has certainly upped their game with this beautifully detailed play set. The ... Read More »

Playmobil update

First of all, thank you. We’ve had a huge show of support, and it’s really made us feel a whole lot better about this situation. In four years of blogging, I’ve only called a company on the carpet one other time, and it was when an Amtrak conductor insisted I cover up while breastfeeding on the train. I’ve seen the ... Read More »