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Tag Archives: Toys

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 »