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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 »

Play School

School Days, by Lako Games, is a new game we discovered at Toy Fair. Designed for ages 4 and up, School Days caught our eye because we thought it was fun, which is pretty unusual with games for the very young. It’s a classic board game format, where players navigate along a path, trying to be the first to reach ... Read More »

If you love word games…

When we were first getting ready to open the store, I was crushed to discover that “25 Words or Less” was out of print. This family game is one of my all-time favorites, and I’ve spent many hours playing with family and friends, including a memorable 9 hour bus ride through Eastern Europe with the Zamir Chorale of Boston. I’m ... Read More »

It’s all a blur…

The last day of Toy Fair is always crazy. The exhibit halls close at 4pm, and it’s a race to the finish. There are booths to revisit, decisions to be made, and we’re all trying to commit every last product to memory. The toy industry hasn’t had a megahit in years, and I don’t think I saw anything that’s going ... Read More »

Day 2 – Lost in Legoland, Surrounded by Superheroes

Our second day at Toy Fair started with superheroes. We encountered several of them standing guard near the entrance of the exhibit hall, and — who could blame us? — we struck a pose. But we spent most of our day previewing the new products from Lego (and planning our entire year’s inventory for 2006, to make sure we’re in ... Read More »

Blizzard in the Big Apple

This day has been such a series of adventures, it’s hard to think straight. When we woke up this morning, the snow was already piling up, drifting and blowing all around. We ignored the mayor’s pleas to stay off the road, and we borrowed a four-wheel drive car to make the slippery, icy trek downtown to the Javits center. We ... Read More »

Cogno-tivity

When I first saw some of the promotional materials for the new Cogno games, I didn’t think they could actually be fun. It’s really hard to make a good educational science board game that kids actually want to play. But I’ve been keeping an eye on it for a couple of months and after watching it rack up countless awards ... Read More »

Time’s up

A couple of months ago, my 3-year old wanted to learn to tell time. I’m actually ashamed to say that I thought it would be easy. She’s a smart little girl (really – I’m not just saying it because I’m her mother), and I thought it would be a pretty basic concept. First, I sat her down with my watch, ... Read More »

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