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Hexbugs: a Magic Beans top toy pick! Nanos, Aquabots, and more

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While imagination doesn’t run on batteries, it doesn’t follow at all that a toy that runs on batteries can’t stimulate creativity. Take, for instance, the basic Hexbug Nano V2 Robot: in many ways, this little guy functions like a very small and simple family pet (minus the need to feed it or clean up after it). The cleverly designed motor ... Read More »

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 »

Critter crafts! Make plush, paper, and porcelain animal pals

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Nearly all children find animals fascinating – even babies are delighted by furry and feathery friends, and more than a third of the average baby’s first words are animal names. And babies love learning to make animal noises, which also happens to be great for their cognitive and verbal development. (Animal noises never stop being fun either! The entire family will ... Read More »

VIDEO: Bloxels video game creator review!

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As you’ve probably noted from past blogs, we’ve never accepted the orthodoxy against screens or electronic toys: screen time is sort of inevitable for any modern kid, and the right iPhone app can be a total lifesaver if you desperately need to keep a toddler entertained. And anyone who has ever watched a little Minecraft fan at work knows that electronic games ... Read More »

New toys at Magic Beans: Magna-Tiles, Keva Connect, Floof & more

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Summer is birthday party season! The highest birthrates are during July, August, and September, so even though school may be out, your kid will be attending lots of classmates’ parties. (And, your kid might even have a special birthday of their own coming up soon, too.) So it’s a good idea to know what new toys are arriving during this ... Read More »

Gardening toys and crafts for kids at Magic Beans

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Here at Magic Beans, we take gardening super seriously…super seriously fun! Learning how to care for growing plants is so important for children of all ages. It teaches kids where food comes from, encourages them to expand their palate, and teaches responsibility, a tool that will carry your little bean through life. In today’s roundup, we have carefully selected a ... 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 »

Remote control toy roundup: fun for all ages!

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We’ve never embraced the orthodoxy that electronic toys can’t be educational or beneficial for kids. If a toy encourages kids to use their imagination, we’re all in favor, and remote control toys give kids a great jumping-off point for creative scenarios (and the invention of obstacle courses). Plus, RC toys encourage kids to run around outside, they help kids to ... Read More »