Category Archives: 2010

Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

“Beautiful Oops” serves as a delightful, bright, interactive book for kids, demonstrating through paper art that a spill, tear or smudge can be transformed into a piggy, crocodile’s smile, or a bunny. As preschoolers name the action, “the elephant,” “a … Continue reading

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Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Pollaco Patricia Polacco

” Junkyard Wonders,” based on her life story, is an inspirational  picture of a child’s possibilities not disabilities. Young Tricia anticipated a fresh start at her new school. Her past reputation of being in special classes couldn’t possibly follow her all the … Continue reading

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3-D Close Up Animal Homes by Barbara Taylor, Silver Dolphin

A great resource on animal architects, insect cities, water homes or nest builders, this book introduces kids to the language of nature. With captivating photographs and illustrations, “Animal Homes” gives just enough text to teach a child the how and why … Continue reading

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The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark by Deborah Diesen

Our friend, the Pout-Pout Fish, is back embarking on a new adventure of courage and friendship.  Author, Deborah Diesen’s power packed verse draws us into a delightful glide through the ocean of attentive, buggy-eyed sea creatures as Mr. Fish fulfills his … Continue reading

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ABC Animal Jamboree by Giles Andreae

Celebrate the alphabet with this party of animals from an angelfish to a zebra with lots of fun in between. The bold, snappy illustrations pop off the page as you imagine “the boa constrictor’s a slippery snake who squashes then … Continue reading

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Go! Go! Sports Girls Dolls by Dream Big

When visiting the International Toy Fair, I was attracted to simple but effective dolls for promoting healthy pretend play. I saw my share of dolls who cry, whine, eat, and make a variety of noises, but my favorites left the … Continue reading

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Rory’s Story Cubes by Gamewright

Kids love to roll dice–now they can toss nine picture cubes with clever images on each of the six sides and tell a story using the face up images. Set a theme ahead of time–“On our vacation we…” or just … Continue reading

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Furnished School by Playmobil

Going to school has never been so much fun. As one mom said, “This is nicer than most real schools!” As we assembled Playmobil’s new Furnished School, kids marveled at the science lab, complete with test tubes, a spinning globe, … Continue reading

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Order’s Up by Gamewright

Things are hopping at the Ring-A-Ding Diner as players compete to quickly fill their orders before their opponents do. A game of fast reactions, “Order’s Up” builds excitement as players race to ding the bell, winning the right to add a … Continue reading

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S’Match by Thinkfun

S’MatchS’ Match, by Thinkfun, is all about learning and remembering language categories. You have to know the story behind the invention of this game. When I was at the Toy Fair, I spoke with Thinkfun’s Education and Curriculum Specialist and … Continue reading

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The Pirate Ship, Super Sized Floor Puzzle, by Ravensburger

Super Sized Floor Puzzle, by Ravensburger link 24 large puzzle pieces together to reveal a cut-away view of three floors and a deck of pirate activity. Preparing fish in the kitchen, writing in the captain’s log, bathing in a bubble … Continue reading

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What’s In the Cat’s Hat? by I Can Do That Games

Wait a minute, The cat  just left his hat behind with a little surprise inside. It’s our job to guess what it is. Kids love being the Hat Master who selects a household item, hides it in the hat and … Continue reading

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Take the Cake by Gamewright

Take The Cake“Take the Cake”is a great starter game for preschoolers who will love to decorate their colorful cupcakes. Simple but inviting, this game reinforces colors, shapes and numbers. Roll the dice and see how many times you should shake … Continue reading

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Calico Critter Country Tree House by International Playthings

Gather your furry friends for an afternoon in the Country Tree House. Don’t worry, there is plenty of room for everyone, big and small. With multiple play vignettes–a deck, hot tub, lake, pagoda, water slide or rooms with a view–several kids … Continue reading

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Horse Stables by Lego

Duplo sets by Lego are some of the best play sets for imaginative play and now we can explore horse country! Providing just enough to get the action going, but not enough to stifle flexibilty, Lego gives kids a stable … Continue reading

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Muffin Doll by Gotz

It’s no wonder that Gotz dolls is celebrating its 60th anniversary–continuing to create dolls like precious Muffin who perfectly cradles into a preschoolers arms for hours of huggable pretend play. A new addition to the family of Gotz dolls, this 13″ … Continue reading

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Wildlife Care Station by Playmobil

Introduce your child to Playmobil’s “Wildlife Care Station” and you’ll lose them to great creative play involving compassion and care for the injured animals. Two wildlife workers have the tools to round up the hurt animals in the fenced yard or … Continue reading

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Bon Voyage by Alex Jr.

I never thought packing the car was particularly fun until I watched a one-year-old happily stuff the picnic basket, hat, ball, umbrella and suitcases into the trunk of this squishy, plump car. Eight soft, crinkly pictures to pack delighted toddlers … Continue reading

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Large Zoo by Playmobil 1-2-3

The toddler-preschool set is delighted to be able to participate in pretend play with Playmobil, just like their big brothers and sisters. Thanks to playmobil 123, the little ones have their own vehicles, people and animals to ride, feed and … Continue reading

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Hug-A-Puzzle by Alex Jr.

Alex toys is pretty new at baby toddler toys, introducing Alex Jr. in 2008, but they have positioned themselves as a leader in launching innovative infant toys, in a market that seems flooded with just one more stacking toy.”Hug-a-Puzzle” is … Continue reading

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Sensory Gloworm by Playskool

Watch baby’s face light up when he sees the newest touchy-feely Gloworm. With added sensory activities, this playmate offers a perfect-sized teether snail, a crinkle flower to crunch, and bumpy, clacking rings to soothe your teething child. Gloworm’s lit face … Continue reading

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Pirate Play Set by Yookidoo

Ahoy mateys! The pirates have invaded the crib with Yookidoo’s newest addition to baby’s fun, “Pirate Play Set.”Little one’s hands fit easily around the circular base of the teether rattle making it accessible for exploration. Multiple rings, a crinkle scarf, shiny … Continue reading

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