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At the zoo

Find It caught my attention the first time I saw it in the midst of the crowded and overwhelming games section at Toy Fair in 2004. Basically, it’s a clear plastic tube packed with colored plastic chips, and an assortment of small objects to find floating inside the tube. The penny, whose unique density relative to the plastic chips usually ... Read More »

Whoonu a whoozit?

The newest family game from those crazy geniuses at Cranium looks like a lot of fun. For ages 8 and up, players try to guess which of their cards will be most appealing to the dealer, also known as the Whoozit. The Whoozit ranks the anonymously proffered cards in order of preference, with the most points going to the player ... Read More »

The Doctor is Out.

We just received confirmation that Theo Klein Toys is going out of business. Since this is an international company, I’m not sure whether the entire company is closing up, or if they’re just ceasing their US operations. Either way, our very favorite Doctor’s Kit will no longer be available. I’ll be combing the aisles at Toy Fair next month looking ... Read More »

Do you know Wikki Stix?

If you don’t, you should. Wikki Stix are a lifesaver for parents who are hoping to keep kids quietly engaged for any period of time. They are basically a strand of yarn coated in a non-toxic, food-grade wax similar to what you’d find on a shiny red apple. The yarn is flexible, and the wax is sticky enough to bond ... Read More »

Building a fast car

Lego has just released their new Ferrari sets, featuring several models of the famous luxury cars. The completed product is beautiful and amazingly realistic by Lego standards. Car lovers, young or old, will drool over the 1:17 scale model of the new 430 Spider (pictured), which was just launched at the Geneva car show in March of 2005. The Lego ... Read More »

Mechanically inclined?

This is probably one of the most unique toy concepts I’ve come across in a while. Each Automoblox car comes apart into pieces, and if you have more than one car, you can rebuild the pieces to make new cars. The parts are big and chunky enough to be handled by a preschooler, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to ... Read More »

Got Sparkle?

Little girls and makeup. It can be a touchy subject, and I’m not about to debate any side of the issue. Fact is, many little girls are fascinated with cosmetics; even my three-year-old asks for a turn with my lip gloss. Some parents are concerned about letting young children wear any sort of makeup, while others are more relaxed about ... Read More »

Mail call

I’m a big fan of Melissa & Doug toys. Even before I had the store, I always gravitated to their puzzles, activity toys, magnets, etc. Over the past several years, this great company has enjoyed explosive growth by employing unconventionally friendly business practices and carving a solid niche in the market. Their products have a sort of paradoxical combination of ... Read More »

Bring on the Brio

When we decided to buy a large Brio train set this holiday season, it wasn’t triggered by any great sense of nostalgia. Day in and day out, we watch children interacting with the Brio train table in our play area, and we’ve seen firsthand how enticing it is for kids in a surprisingly broad age range. So, we moved our ... Read More »

What’s your story?

When Renee Whitcombe was pregnant with her second child, she looked high and low for a book to prepare her daughter for the impending new arrival. I know that she didn’t find much, because I embarked on the same search and came up mostly empty-handed. From her post-partum hospital bed, Renee conceived of a book that parents could personalize for ... Read More »

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