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Category Archives: Toys

Happy Birthday to Lego

Today was the 50th anniversary of the Lego brick, one of the most ubiquitous and well-loved toys on the planet. The date and time (1:58pm, in case you were wondering) marks the exact moment that the patent was filed. I received a press release from Lego with oodles of useless yet fascinating tidbits I didn’t know about Lego – until ... Read More »

Yookidoo who?

International Playthings is introducing a new line of infant/toddler toys called Yookidoo. From what I’ve been told, the toys are designed in Israel and produced in China, but a quick Google search turned up no references outside of International Playthings. So I’m not sure if this is just a very new company, or if it’s an offshoot of International Playthings ... Read More »

Small World Toys is back!

After a very rough patch, which included a bankruptcy filing, I was pleased to learn that Small World Toys is getting back on track and should actually have product available for 2008. Small World Toys is not exactly a household name, but if you’ve shopped in a local specialty toy store, you’ve probably seen their products – Ryan’s Room, Tolo, ... Read More »

Nilo gets a face lift

Nilo tables have long been admired by parents for their sturdy, solid wood construction, and the wide expanse of play space, perfect for wooden trains, blocks, games, Lego, craft activities or anything else a kid could dream up. But for all the great functionality, the Nilo table isn’t exactly a sexy piece of furniture. The angular profile seems much better ... Read More »

Imaginative Children

Playing make believe is one of those sacrosanct rituals of childhood. Kids can entertain themselves for hours, alone or with friends, lost in a world of pretend. Props can vary wildly, depending on what’s available. When I was little, my best friend and I could spend entire days in my basement with nothing but a tape recorder to capture our ... Read More »

My Holiday Toy Guide

Every holiday, people always ask me what’s the “hot” toy of the year. There hasn’t been a runaway bestseller in years, but there are still plenty of great options. Here are my top picks for the 2007 Holiday Season. Read More »

Hip to be square

Dado Cubes have been an instant hit – and why not? They’re a colorful, open-ended construction toy that are appealing to a wide age range. All that, plus they’re designed and made in the USA. Now fans of the Dado Cubes will be pleased to hear about the newest member of the Dado family – Dado Squares. Each set includes ... Read More »

Funny Faces

When the Ty Girlz first made their debut I mentioned that I’d felt conflicted about them. The racy outfits and Bratz-like faces were a bit off-putting to parents looking for wholesome toys. I guess I wasn’t alone. Ty has now taken a step back and made some modifications to the Girlz. The newer releases have more modest wardrobes, and all ... 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 »

Clek is here!

I loved this booster when I saw it at the JPMA show, and we’ve finally received our first shipment. Now that I’ve had a chance to spend some time with it, I’m particularly impressed with the padding on the seat. It is very thick and amazingly comfortable (I sat on it myself). I think it’s an ideal solution for carpoolers, ... Read More »