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Days in Toyland

I just came back from the ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailers Association) conference, which took place at the new MGM Foxwoods resort in Connecticut. It was a really nice experience. I’d never gone to this show before, but since it was so close to home this year, we made the trip. I really enjoyed it. We found some great new ... Read More »

Going on a Bear Hunt

On a recent family trip, I was looking for some new travel games to test out with my kids, who are finally old enough to enjoy playing games together (sometimes). I discovered a new line of games from Melissa & Doug, the venerable toy company known for their colorful and interactive wooden toys and puzzles, as well as a stable ... Read More »

Building a Better Mousetrap

Some days have unexpected themes. My daughter received the game, “Mouse Trap” for her birthday this year. Remembering the sheer volume of pieces from playing this game as a kid, I’d been a little hesitant to get it open. Finally today, we had some quiet time together, and we decided to give it a whirl. I’ll admit, it’s not my ... Read More »

Wake up, sleepyhead!

Our kindergartener is not a natural-born early riser. But school starts at 8am, and in order to get there on time, she needs to be out the door at 7:40 latest. All year, it has been a battle to get her up at 7. We sing, we dance, we cajole, we complain, but she’s too groggy to care. When I ... Read More »

A Good Gag

When someone from Daily Candy contacted me last week to ask about my new favorite toy for Spring, I didn’t hesitate. We just received a shipment of one of the best things I found at Toy Fair – a new game called Capture the Gag. Capture the Gag is a hide-and-seek game that comes with two Gags, quirky creatures that ... 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 »

Got fear? Get Shrunks.

The Shrunks is a new line of toys designed to help kids address their nighttime fears. The company takes an interesting approach to this, with a line of soft plush toys that represent the most common kids’ fears and also a line of tools to help kids feel more secure at night. The tools include a bullhorn and whistle for ... Read More »

The Circus makes a comeback

During my tour of the Playmobil booth at Toy Fair, I was nearly apoplectic with joy when I saw that they have redesigned and resurrected one of my all-time favorite Playmobil themes – the Circus. When we were little, my parents bought us the complete set with the big top tent, the horses, the elephants, the tightrope walkers, the whole ... Read More »

A whole new dimension for Set

I became a fan of the game Set during my senior year of high school when our college guidance counselors kept it on hand for distracting stressed-out students during free periods. Long after our letters had come, we still hung out in their basement office, playing that addictive game. If you’ve never played, Set is a wonderful game for children ... Read More »

One heck of a cardboard box

Making environmentally friendly toys has become a priority for a lot of toymakers, but one is taking that to a whole new level. Cardboard Design has come out with a line of sturdy, foldable cardboard play environments that are beautifully done and incredibly kind to the planet. My favorite is probably the Lemonade stand, coming later this year, but even ... Read More »

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