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Bouncing balls to new heights: Ogo Sport

One of our favorite new products from Toy Fair has just come in. The Ogo is like a cross between a frisbee and a trampoline. The outer ring is inflatable, while the inside is a strong, elastic membrane. There are several ways to play with the Ogo. You can toss it like a disk, or, with a pair, you can ... Read More »

The World at Your Fingertips: New Puzzles from Geotoys

I’m a little bit of a map fanatic, following in my father’s footsteps. Growing up, while other kids were postering their bedrooms with images of teen celebrities and rock bands, I was busy covering my walls with maps of everything from Mongolia to Massachusetts. As a younger kid, I had some puzzles that became maps when completed, and they always ... Read More »

Diggin’ the new Wobble Deck

Adding an electronic component to a classic toy can be a gamble. Sometimes it puts the kibosh on the inherent play value of the toy, while sometimes, as in this case, it sends the fun quotient through the roof. This past holiday season, we discovered wooden balance boards made by a local company, Challenge & Fun. These beautifully-constructed boards encourage ... Read More »

Try angles?

For the legions of fans out there who love Blokus, meet the newest member of the family. Blokus Trigon is a challenging, triangular variation on the original theme. For those who don’t already know Blokus, I’ll give a brief introduction. Blokus is a simple-yet-addictive strategy game that has enjoyed explosive popularity over the past few years. It is one of ... Read More »

Moon Sand

I loved Moon Sand at first sight when I saw it at Toy Fair. It’s a substance that looks like sand, feels like a combination of sand and play-doh, but never dries out. So you can build all kinds of sand sculptures, enjoy them on display for a while, then squash them up and build something else. To be honest, ... 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 »

Getting ugly

Gamewright, makers of the bestselling Rat-a-tat Cat game (among others), has recently released a new card game based on the explosively popular Uglydolls. I was dubious about a game that was designed around a gaggle of fleecy monstrosities, but after playing it, I think it’s probably Gamewright’s best new game for 2006. It’s a frenetic, fast-moving game that relies on ... Read More »

Coo Tipping and Ringgz

(It’s all French to me) The 2006 games from Blue Orange have just arrived, and there are some great new additions to their popular line of wooden games. If you aren’t familiar with Blue Orange, you should check out Gobblet, which was their first breakout hit. It’s a strategy game that is similar to Tic Tac Toe, but much more ... Read More »

DIY Jr.

For aspiring handy types, there’s a new line of constructable kids furniture that’s designed to provide plenty of gratification in exchange for relatively little effort. These new kits, by imadethat, come with wood pieces, sandpaper, simple tools and plenty of paint. The components are sturdy, and the finished product will be a source of pride for many years to come. ... Read More »

Now scoot – and be safe about it.

Who could forget those ubiquitous little scooters that were so popular a few years back? It seemed like they were a passing fad, but this year, as soon as the snow started to melt, we saw a big uptick in demand for scooters. It seemed like everyone was looking for them. We took the hint, and ordered some Razor scooters, ... Read More »