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Category Archives: Toddler Toys

Playing Circus

Manhattan Toy, famous for such bestselling classics as the Whoozit and Groovy Girls, has just released a line of toys inspired by Cirque du Soleil. As you might expect, they are colorful, whimsical, bizarrely named and, in some cases, wired to bend with seemingly infinite flexibility. At first glance, I wasn’t swept off my feet by the creativity of the ... Read More »

Squishy towers

Edublocks have been a fixture in our store’s playscape since we first opened in 2004. The set of giant, foam Lego-style blocks are probably the only toy that has survived two years of unmitigated abuse at the hands of our littlest customers. But they are very expensive, and despite their popularity, we don’t sell too many of them. Now, I ... Read More »

What (not) to wear

In my children’s little universe, independence is treasured beyond almost anything else. I see the evolution in sharp focus now, with a toddler who wants to do everything “by mysewf”, and a pre-kindergartener who confidently tried to make herself an ice cream sundae last week (complete with microwaving the ice cream to soften it for scooping). Getting dressed each morning ... Read More »

Rub a dub dub – design for the tub

Thanks to Boon, the creative engine behind the Frog Pod and the Potty Bench, your nightly bath time experience can be further enhanced with a whimsical collection of bathtub toys. The set includes 15 colorful, amorphous foam appliqués that stick to the wall and tub when they’re wet, two mini-scrubbies, and three balls. It’s unusual to find bath toys that ... 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 »

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 »

A train table with legs

After much consideration, we’ve finally received our first shipment of Nilo activity tables. I’ve been debating this product line for a very long time, but after hearing so many great things about it, I took the plunge. We are carrying both the larger Multi-Activity Table and the 1/2 size Block Table. The Multi-Activity table is the same size as a ... Read More »

Rody makes it to Newsweek’s Tip Sheet

Amen, sister. The current issue of Newsweek features the Rody on their Tip Sheet for great toys for this holiday season. This inflatable rubber horse is a personal favorite of mine, not to mention my kids, and it is one of my top recommendations for kids between the ages of 1 and 4 (Newsweek says 2, probably because it can ... Read More »

Scoot like a Scandinavian

This is one set of wheels that is sure to turn heads. The new Svan Scooter is a pretty unique new product from those Swedish masterminds who developed the Svan High Chair. Sculpted from a single piece of bent birch wood, the Svan Scooter is sort of like a Bilibo on wheels. The indistinguishable form opens the door for all ... Read More »