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Building excitement: new LEGO sets are on the way!

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Any minute now, some of the coolest LEGO sets released this year will be hitting the shelves of Magic Beans stores (and our website). Here are some of the highlights. LEGO DUPLO The Joker Challenge #10544 One of the neatest sets I saw at Toy Fair back in February was the new LEGO DC DUPLO line, which brings some classic ... Read More »

Why fuzzy friends are good for your heart

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As we explored in our Winter 2013 issue of Surprises, kids are naturally predisposed to love fuzzy and feathery creatures (and scaly and creepy ones too): babies as young as six months will try to get closer to dogs and cats, given the chance. While the love isn’t always mutual, it’s amazing when it is. These priceless bonds can start ... Read More »

Why do kids love trucks so much, anyway?

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Just what is it about trucks and other construction equipment that makes little kids go crazy? Little boys, especially, delight in learning the names of every kind of digger, dozer, and excavator, and every day that the garbage truck shows up is a holiday. Advice columnist Kerry Kelly Novick speculates that the love of trucks is just an extension of ... Read More »

Building imagination: Our Top Ten Building Toys for this year’s holiday gifts

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Chances are, you’ve already heard how essential building play is to child development, and that material is very thoroughly covered elsewhere. So we’ll keep it simple: both boys and girls reap tremendous benefits from building play. The question is, what building toys will do the best job at getting their little brains humming and their creativity moving? It’s not hard ... Read More »

The Magic Beans Guide for Grandparents: Our Top 3 Tips

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Do you have a new grandchild on the way? Congratulations! Of course, kids have the same basic needs as they did when your children were little, but baby gear has changed a lot – there’s so much more of it, and it’s so much better! We hope this guide will help you navigate this exciting new world with less anxiety ... Read More »

Magic Beans on the Today Show

Well, we’re all still catching our breath around here from the excitement of this morning. Our friend Jamie Grayson, AKA The Baby Guy, made his debut on the Today Show with Ann Curry, talking about Cyber Monday deals and highlighting Magic Beans. I could try to play it cool, but what’s the point? It was completely awesome. Our website even ... Read More »

Smart Storage for Stuffed Friends

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If you’ve got kids, chances are you’ve got a menagerie of stuffed animals too. Most children have an almost magnetic attraction to stuffed animals. There’s just something about those cute, fuzzy faces that kids (and gift-giving relatives) can’t resist. And while a select few might make for snuggly bedfellows and cute room accents, they can easily get out of hand. ... Read More »

Twenty and Ten: the best new kids’ products from 2010

Happy New Year! Inspired by other year-end roundups, I decided to do one of my own. Here are my picks for the twenty best new baby gear items and the ten best new toys from 2010. Enjoy! Baby Gear Grass by Boon – a drying rack that’s beautiful, whimsical and utterly functional. Mamaroo by 4Moms – a soup-to-nuts overhaul of ... Read More »