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Category Archives: For Older Kids

Dinner Theater

When someone first showed me Dinner Games, from FamilyTimeFun Games, I was very skeptical. Why would parents need a little box of suggested activities to keep kids engaged during dinner? I found a curmudgeon blossoming within me: why, when I was a kid, we just sat at the dinner table and talked. We didn’t need fancy games. Then, my four-year-old ... Read More »

Lego on and on

The appeal of Lego is so broad, it’s staggering. This one company produces plastic bricks (or variations on that theme), and manages to successfully attract customers ranging from infants to adults. Until recently, though, the older Lego customer was usually a die-hard Lego enthusiast, one who loved the challenge and satisfaction of assembling the models and displaying the finished product. ... Read More »

A real, live virtual stuffed pet

In 1975, the Pet Rock was the hottest holiday item on the shelves. For just $4, you got a rock, a carrying case and a training manual. Yes, a rock. Americans snapped up more than 1,000,000 of these geological novelties in just a few months. Next, in November of 1996 Bandai launched the first edition of the Tamagotchi, a small ... Read More »

Spectrangle: strategy at its best.

This game caught my attention from the moment I saw it, because of its unique triangular packaging. When I read the basic premise of the game, I was impressed and brought one home to try it out. My fiance agreed to play a round with me, and some intense competition ensued. It was incredibly fun and engaging, even for adults. ... Read More »

What’s hot? Flying monkeys, of course.

What do you get when you cross a stuffed monkey with a slingshot and add some good sound effects? Evidently a hit. The new Flingshot Monkey from California Creations is flying off shelves across the country (pun intented), and kids are hooked. We’ve jumped on the bandwagon and stocked up on these creative novelties. Basically, you stick your fingers into ... Read More »

Do you know a happy camper?

If you’ve just sent off a kid to sleepaway camp for the summer, chances are you’ll also be sending off a care package or two (or three…) in the next couple of months. We just launched a new section of mbeans.com where parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends can quickly and easily send a food-free care package to any camp ... Read More »

Bouncing balls to new heights: Ogo Sport

One of our favorite new products from Toy Fair has just come in. The Ogo is like a cross between a frisbee and a trampoline. The outer ring is inflatable, while the inside is a strong, elastic membrane. There are several ways to play with the Ogo. You can toss it like a disk, or, with a pair, you can ... Read More »

Getting ugly

Gamewright, makers of the bestselling Rat-a-tat Cat game (among others), has recently released a new card game based on the explosively popular Uglydolls. I was dubious about a game that was designed around a gaggle of fleecy monstrosities, but after playing it, I think it’s probably Gamewright’s best new game for 2006. It’s a frenetic, fast-moving game that relies on ... Read More »

Now scoot – and be safe about it.

Who could forget those ubiquitous little scooters that were so popular a few years back? It seemed like they were a passing fad, but this year, as soon as the snow started to melt, we saw a big uptick in demand for scooters. It seemed like everyone was looking for them. We took the hint, and ordered some Razor scooters, ... Read More »

A new world order

Erno Rubik’s puzzles have been entertaining people of all ages since 1977. His newest puzzle, Rubik’s World, takes a familiar shape and subjects it to the same scrambling as his famed cube. It seems like it ought to be easier than the Rubik’s Cube, but I was one of those impatient kids who just moved around the stickers to solve ... Read More »