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The sweet smell of playtime: Whiffer Sniffers, scented Groovy Girls & other scented toys

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Remember scratch n’ sniff stickers? These prizes were the centerpiece of any ‘80s kid’s sticker collection, because they were ultimately so much more short-lived than their companions in a well-populated sticker book: those sweet scents were produced through a process called “micro-encapsulation,” which captured teeny, tiny whiffs of scent in little air-bubbles that would be broken when you scratched 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 »

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 »

Magic Beans Fun Size Picks: Top Five Musical Toys

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Hey everyone – it’s Kelsey again, with the scoop from Magic Beans Fun Size, in NYC! As you may remember from my last blog, 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 »

Magic Beans Fun-Size Picks: Top Five Educational Toys

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Hi everyone! I’m the head Toy Expert at Magic Beans – Fun Size, Manhattan’s new source for the best of the best playthings for ages 0-5. I’m a veteran Magic Beans employee, with years of experience in our Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline stores, so I’m bringing a ton of product knowledge to the scene – when you come to our ... Read More »

Toy Fair 2015 Highlight: Play Visions Sands Alive! Neon Frenzy

While our buying team attends Toy Fair to scout out our product selection for the year, I attend, mostly, to get hands-on time with our products that I don’t usually get working in our office. We’ve been big fans of Sands Alive from Play Visions since its release, but our head buyer sent me specifically to see the recently-released Sands Alive! Neon ... Read More »

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 »

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 »