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Too young for Elmo?

Yesterday’s Boston Globe had an interesting story on the front page. Apparently, Sesame Workshop has partnered with Zero to Three, a highly regarded organization dedicated to supporting the healthy development of infants and toddlers through parent education and resources. The result of this collaboration is a series of DVDs designed for parents to watch with their babies and toddlers, from ... Read More »

New Xplory is here

The 2006 update to Stokke’s revolutionary Xplory stroller has arrived, and they have made some very nice improvements. Most significantly, they are now offering a “Baby Bag”, or a bassinet attachment. The “Baby Bag” lingo is sure to cause some confusion in the US market, though I’ve been told that it’s a question of international terminology. It is just like ... 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 »

Easy or not, here it comes

When the Easy Walker stroller debuted at the JPMA show last May, we had a mixed reaction from our team. There were some great features, and the design was sleek and minimalist, but it was only available as a package bundled with the carrycot, and it was quite expensive. We weren’t sure how the US market would react. The strollers ... Read More »

Valco strollers on sale

Valco is usually one of the last stroller manufacturers to receive their next model year inventory, so when all the other sales have come and gone, Valco is just getting started. The 2006 Runabout models aren’t expected until the end of April or later, so we’ve been able to negotiate some nice deals with our good friends at Valco, including ... 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 »

Recall: My First Mobile Phone

International Playthings is issuing a voluntary recall of this popular toy phone. They have found that the antenna can break off, creating a choking hazard. No injuries have been reported. We are working to contact our customers who have purchased this product, but if you have one, please take it away from your child immediately. You can call International Playthings ... 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 »

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