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Baby Go Round

When it comes to encouraging a baby to partake in tummy time, anything goes. Most babies really hate being stuck on their bellies, but it’s really important to help them develop all the muscles they’ll need to sit and crawl. So there are dozens of good products on the market designed to make tummy time more palatable, and therefore more ... Read More »

Stacks & Slots

The new Dado Cubes set from Fat Brain Toys offers a sophisticated spin on stacking construction toys. Dado comes with 10 plastic nesting cubes that feature interlocking slots. You can organize them in millions of combinations to create complex and beautiful structures, and the blocks are touted as beneficial for visual-spatial learning. They are really fun – when we opened ... Read More »

Words at first sight

There’s a brand new reading game for the kindergarten set. Word Chase is the first effort from Beyond Learning, a new company founded by two accomplished teachers and backed by an impressive advisory panel. The game is designed for ages four and up and it teaches familiarity with “sight words” – the 25 most common words used in the English ... Read More »

Pure Genius for Plush

When it comes to organizing stuffed animals, I face vexing challenges from every possible angle. At home, my kids collect these soft friends and they pile up in fluffy heaps, consigned to bins, baskets or anything else that can possibly keep them out from underfoot. At the store, the issues are similar, but the quantities are immense and the gratification ... Read More »

Playing Circus

Manhattan Toy, famous for such bestselling classics as the Whoozit and Groovy Girls, has just released a line of toys inspired by Cirque du Soleil. As you might expect, they are colorful, whimsical, bizarrely named and, in some cases, wired to bend with seemingly infinite flexibility. At first glance, I wasn’t swept off my feet by the creativity of the ... Read More »

It’s a small world.

Not too long ago, if you wanted a really beautiful dollhouse with those intricately detailed furniture sets and accessories, you needed to seek out a store that specialized in dollhouses and miniatures. These little stores are usually off the beaten path and filled with quirky charm. The goods are often pretty pricey, and therefore favored for older children. But leave ... Read More »

An Eye to the Sky

Outer space is fascinating, no matter how old you are. Telescopes are one way to get a closer look at celestial bodies, although most conventional telescopes aren’t big enough to really see anything cool. But now, you can take a peek into some of the most powerful telescopes in the world. Slooh has created an organized network of these observatories, ... Read More »

A Deflexion by any other name

Last year’s popular holiday game, Deflexion, is back for 2006 but with a new name. For reasons I may never completely understand, they’ve renamed it Khet. According to a press release on the game’s website, they rebranded the game based on feedback from customers and retailers, and Khet is an Egyptian word for flame or fire. Okaaaay. Makes sense, sort ... Read More »

Building with trees

I picked Tree Blocks as one of my favorite finds this past year at Toy Fair. Now, they’ve finally arrived. We’re carrying a 21-piece set, a 36-piece set and two types of treehouses. The blocks are extremely unique. They are hand-cut from real branches in precise 2cm length increments, with wider 2cm pieces that can serve as bridges or platforms. ... Read More »

The search engine is rolling into the station

Here’s a quandary. Your company produces an iconic children’s toy beloved by generations. But lately, it seems like everyone is knocking off your product, and sales have slowed. How do you update your product for the 21st century, to keep it fresh and relevant for today’s kids? Well, if you’re Brio, you take a huge risk. You move away from ... Read More »