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Toy Fair 2015: Trendspotting at the show!

Toy Fair 2015, the biggest industry event of the year, is still roaring, but I’ve returned to snowy Boston for our first report back! After I’ve had a chance to confer with our buying team, we’ll be letting you know what fantastic new toys you can expect on our shelves, but for today, I’m going to concentrate on trends I ... Read More »

Snow day sanity savers! Toys that keep kids busy for hours

When snow days are only an occasional thing, they’re pure magic, with playtime in the snow, hot chocolate, and maybe a little extra TV (so Mom can take a breather from keeping everyone busy). While I don’t remember this from my own childhood, apparently modern kids have a few “magic spells” that they’ll try to execute to make a snow ... Read More »

Gift Guide: The Best Presents for a Girl’s Second Birthday

Baby’s first birthday party is more of a big deal for you than for her: it’s all about spending some time with your loved ones and allowing them to get to know your child, and watch her smoosh some cake. Gifts aren’t that big a deal to her either: she’ll enjoy her toys, but she’ll also be psyched just to play ... Read More »

LEGO Mindstorms EV3: real science for kids… and grownups!

As we touched on briefly in our last piece on LEGO, the LEGO company is already in the midst of harnessing the academic potential of their toys, and you can read exhaustive research and see endless educational activities at the LEGO Education website. When you get to the middle school and high school levels, the crown jewel of LEGO education ... Read More »

7 ways to entertain a sick child this flu season

Nobody likes being sick at any age, and a sick, cranky kid can be a real challenge. It can be tricky to keep them relatively happy and ensure that they get enough rest and drink enough fluids, and while some TV is ok, you don’t want it to become an all-day activity: Dr. Lisa M. Asta at the AAP warns ... Read More »

#playwithyourtoys on Instagram to win!

As we know from the basics of child development, “Play is the work of the child”: kids pick up all of their physical, social, intellectual, and emotional skills by playing, and toys are the tools. But that sounds a little dreary, doesn’t it? Play shouldn’t feel like work, and the best kind of work, even if you’re an adult, is play! ... Read More »

Green Toys: Better for kids, better for the environment!

Kids put things in their mouth. It’s completely normal behavior, since it’s part of how they discover and expand their world, but it can get kind of gross. The amount of times I fished a pebble out of my niece’s six-month-old mouth would be concerning if she wasn’t the happy, healthy, and too-smart-for-her-own-good eight-year-old that she is today. And while ... Read More »

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