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Magalog Flashback: Touch-Screen/Hands-On

What do you get when you combine a catalog with a magazine? Our magalog, Surprises, is your guide to the best of our baby gear selection and the top toys of the season. But there’s more: each issue of Surprises is loaded with informative articles about babies and kids, and common-sense advice that you can use. Just in case you ... Read More »

Swinxs Set

If you’re wondering what the founder of Bugaboo is up to these days, the answer may surprise you. I bumped into Eduard Zanen at Toy Fair this year, where he was promoting a new toy concept that he is developing in the Netherlands. Swinxs aims to be an unvideo game – an interactive gaming console that keeps kids away from ... Read More »

Yo Gabba Gabba

Last week, the Boston Globe ran an article about the cross-generational appeal of a new show on Nick Jr. called Yo Gabba Gabba. I like to think I’m on the cutting edge of things like this, so I was surprised I’d never heard of it. I made a mental note to check it out, and today, with my 3-year old ... Read More »

Funkey Town

The latest entry into the virtual-toy-that’s-also-really-a-toy category is about to hit the market. Funkeys are quirky little vinyl creatures who come to life on your PC. Unlike Webkinz and other similar products, Funkeys is not web-based. It actually comes with a CD-ROM for your Windows PC, and a large Funkey docking station that plugs into your computer using a USB ... Read More »

Hyperinteractivity

Lately, it seems like everyone is talking about Webkinz. These stuffed virtual pets are all the rage among middle school kids all over the country (if you’ve never heard of them, read my previous entry about them here). So it’s not really a surprise that their success is spawning at least a handful of eager copycats. But the range of ... Read More »

Abby Cadabby Joins Sesame Street

There’s a new muppet on Sesame Street, and naturally there’s an uproar to herald her arrival. Abby Cadabby is the first female muppet to join the cast in 13 years, and unlike any of the other muppets on the show, Abby is a girly girl. She’s pink with fluffy pigtails, dainty fairy wings and a “training wand” that she uses ... 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 »

My backyard friends: The Backyardigans

If you haven’t heard of them already, chances are you will soon. The Backyardigans are slowly taking the preschool world by storm, and for good reason. I’m not a big fan of putting my kids in front of the TV, but my 4-year old seems to really need the downtime every now and then, so I concede. A couple of ... Read More »

My new favorite CD

It was Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music where Ralph Covert (Ralph’s World) got his start, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that this institution is an apparent clearinghouse for exceptional children’s music talent. But their newest CD, Wiggleworms Love You is possibly the best album for children I’ve ever encountered (sorry, Ralph). With 42 tracks, it’s pretty much ... Read More »