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Category Archives: For Older Kids

a strategy game with a twist.

Sheri was kind enough to let me hop on and post some information about a really great game I played at Toy Fair… I love strategy games of all types, so when there’s something new and noteworthy, I’m always up for giving it a shot. When I first encountered Pentago, a sleek strategy game of Swedish origin, I at first ... Read More »

Belle of the Balls

OK, so check this out. This is a ball-shaped ice cream maker, the Ice Cream Ball. You fill one end with half & half, vanilla and sugar, then you fill the other end with ice and rock salt. Shake it, roll it, and pass it ’round for 10 minutes, stir it, then give it another 10 minutes of activity and ... Read More »

If you love word games…

When we were first getting ready to open the store, I was crushed to discover that “25 Words or Less” was out of print. This family game is one of my all-time favorites, and I’ve spent many hours playing with family and friends, including a memorable 9 hour bus ride through Eastern Europe with the Zamir Chorale of Boston. I’m ... Read More »

Cogno-tivity

When I first saw some of the promotional materials for the new Cogno games, I didn’t think they could actually be fun. It’s really hard to make a good educational science board game that kids actually want to play. But I’ve been keeping an eye on it for a couple of months and after watching it rack up countless awards ... Read More »

At the zoo

Find It caught my attention the first time I saw it in the midst of the crowded and overwhelming games section at Toy Fair in 2004. Basically, it’s a clear plastic tube packed with colored plastic chips, and an assortment of small objects to find floating inside the tube. The penny, whose unique density relative to the plastic chips usually ... Read More »

Whoonu a whoozit?

The newest family game from those crazy geniuses at Cranium looks like a lot of fun. For ages 8 and up, players try to guess which of their cards will be most appealing to the dealer, also known as the Whoozit. The Whoozit ranks the anonymously proffered cards in order of preference, with the most points going to the player ... Read More »

Building a fast car

Lego has just released their new Ferrari sets, featuring several models of the famous luxury cars. The completed product is beautiful and amazingly realistic by Lego standards. Car lovers, young or old, will drool over the 1:17 scale model of the new 430 Spider (pictured), which was just launched at the Geneva car show in March of 2005. The Lego ... Read More »

Mechanically inclined?

This is probably one of the most unique toy concepts I’ve come across in a while. Each Automoblox car comes apart into pieces, and if you have more than one car, you can rebuild the pieces to make new cars. The parts are big and chunky enough to be handled by a preschooler, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to ... Read More »

Speaking of spiders

While I am not personally a fan of spiders, this new remote-control tarantula is pretty outstanding. We spotted this fuzzy arachnoid at a small shop in Woodstock, VT a few weeks ago, and I was so impressed I ordered them the very next day. All eight legs move in an incredibly realistic (and creepy) pattern, and the remote is simple ... Read More »

Go Spidey Go

Slot car racing has historically been a hobby reserved for teenagers and adults. The sets are typically expensive, and are purchased and developed over time, as various components are added to tweak and improve the track setup. Last year, industry-leader Carrera introduced the GO!!! series, an all-in-one racing set for ages 8 and up. Everything you need is included in ... Read More »