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Counting on it?

New from Winning Moves, Beat the Count is a simple yet addictive new card game that leverages both luck and skill on the path to victory. Players flip their cards over into a central discard pile, and count aloud the number of cards they have played, starting at 1 on each turn. Each card is numbered from 1-10, and as ... Read More »

What’s Nest?

Nest is a Massachusetts-based company that integrates clean, modern and kid-friendly designs with organic and sustainable materials. Sounds good, right? That’s why we’re pretty excited to be carrying their new line of kids’ furnishings. This husband and wife team have designed several pieces that are both visually appealing and very functional. I loved their toy cube, which is a compact ... Read More »

Name that tune?

International Playthings, distributor of the popular Calico Critters, is having a songwriting contest. Kids are invited to try their hand at creating a Calico Critters anthem by composing new lyrics to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Entry forms are available for download at their website. Completed entries can be dropped off in our store or mailed directly to ... Read More »

Life’s a picnic

This summer’s must-have backyard accessory for the pint-size set. Science and Nature‘s new kid-size picnic table is completely adorable, and kids will dig the cheerful graphics and the working umbrella. I checked it out at the Boston Gift Show yesterday, where they had one assembled. The price is so great, I was curious about the quality. It was about what ... Read More »

Friendly Foam

Bloco is another of our Toy Fair finds that has just arrived in the store. These striking foam construction sets are beautifully designed, fun to build, and kids can also play with their creations, thanks to a unique plastic joint component. The high-density foam pieces can be interlocked flat or stacked to create whimsical 3D characters. Right now, there are ... Read More »

By Hook or by Book?

If you have ever listened to the radio, chances are you’ve heard the advertisements for Hooked On Phonics. For me, it was right up there with the See Clearly Method in the category of questionably miraculous products. But armed with passionate testimonials from parents and a memorable toll free number, Hooked On Phonics has enjoyed almost two decades of success. ... Read More »

A new world order

Erno Rubik’s puzzles have been entertaining people of all ages since 1977. His newest puzzle, Rubik’s World, takes a familiar shape and subjects it to the same scrambling as his famed cube. It seems like it ought to be easier than the Rubik’s Cube, but I was one of those impatient kids who just moved around the stickers to solve ... Read More »

a strategy game with a twist.

Sheri was kind enough to let me hop on and post some information about a really great game I played at Toy Fair… I love strategy games of all types, so when there’s something new and noteworthy, I’m always up for giving it a shot. When I first encountered Pentago, a sleek strategy game of Swedish origin, I at first ... Read More »

Belle of the Balls

OK, so check this out. This is a ball-shaped ice cream maker, the Ice Cream Ball. You fill one end with half & half, vanilla and sugar, then you fill the other end with ice and rock salt. Shake it, roll it, and pass it ’round for 10 minutes, stir it, then give it another 10 minutes of activity and ... Read More »

When bugs go boom

Little Kids is a company most famous for their no-spill bubble tumbler, a ubiquitous summertime favorite, but this year, they are adding a new, very cool item to their outdoor repertoire. Big Bad Booming Bugs is an electronic observation station for curious kids to learn all about the creepy crawlers in the backyard. For the squeamish, there’s a clever Capture ... Read More »