Category Archives: 2011

Duplo My First Supermarket by Lego

Effective play that advances preschooler’s language revolves around what they experience each day. How clever that Duplo designed a play set inspired by a trip to the “Super” Market! Kids glide down the aisles, watching different items dropped in the … Continue reading

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Sea of Dreams by Dennis Nolan

Children and adults alike relate to the opportunity for adventure with a trip to the beach. As a little girl begins to shape the sand under the watchful eye of a seagull, we watch a beautiful castle take shape. With … Continue reading

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RRRALPH by Lois Ehlert

“Would you like to meet a talking dog?” Who wouldn’t! Ralph is not your typical canine–he’s constructed from a zipper, pop top from a soda can, buttons, corrugated card board and zig zag pressed paper. His proud owner asks just the … Continue reading

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Chirchir Is Singing by Kelly Cunnane and Jude Daly

This beautiful tale begins, “High in Africa, wind like a cat paw wipes the sky clean,” drawing us in the poetic beat of a day in the life of a Kenyan family. Little Chirchir ‘s helpful attitude gets stifled with … Continue reading

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Say Something, Perico by Trudy Harris and Cecilia Rebora

Perico the parrot has something to say but apparently his timing is off and he’s speaking the wrong language! As each customer comes into the pet shop requesting a talking parrot, Perico attempts to imitate their expected lines–“Polly wants a … Continue reading

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Lego Creator 3-in-1 Lighthouse Island

Everything you need for an exciting adventure at sea is in the Lego Creator 3-in-1 Lighthouse Island. Pull your boat up to the dock and protect the seas or convert your model into a boathouse with a lifeboat or a … Continue reading

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World of Wheel Pals Classic Assortment by Playskool

Toddlers can’t wait to get their hands on these latest pals on wheels–a monkey, lion, hippo, turtle, cat and dog. Combining a toddler’s fascination with movement and animals, these friends come with the happiest of faces to invite conversation and … Continue reading

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Doodle Roll by Imagination Brands Co, LLC

Wow, did we have fun with our Doodle Roll! Kids were inspired by the seemingly endless roll of paper as they dove right into illustrating their story. A 4 year-old boy began with an alien landing on earth with his … Continue reading

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Lauren’s Wildflower Garden Playset by Paddywhack Lane LLC

Stroll down Paddywhack Lane into a land of pretend as you stop off at Lauren’s Wildflower Garden. Lauren is ready to play in her removable lady bug costume as she and her bunny, Whiskers, set out to plant their garden. … Continue reading

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Madeline’s Pet Hospital Playset by Paddywhack Lane, LLC

Children love to play doctor with Madeine’s Pet Hospital Playset. Poseable figures provide inventive storytelling as vet Madeline tends to her injured and sick pets, Fluff the cat and Oliver the dog. Children enjoyed using the real-life props to check … Continue reading

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Beach Is To Fun: A Book of Relationships, by Pat Brisson and Sachiko Yoshikawa

Brisson’s rhythmic text delightfully introduces children to the world of analogies, challenging them to see relationships between words and concepts. The reader is lead through kid-friendly analogies of rhyme, illustrated in vibrant, peppy drawings. “Red is to green as stop is … Continue reading

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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Rinker and Lichtenheld

So many little ones love trucks and gravitate toward books about vehicles. The challenge is to create picture books dealing with trucks that offer a rich language learning experience. “Goodnight, Goodnight, Constructions Site” by Rinker and Lichtenfeld accomplished just that! … Continue reading

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Secret Agent Headquarters With Alarm System by Playmobil

James Bond step aside– kids can now create their own spy world with Playmobil’s newest set, “Secret Agent Headquarters.” Agents can arrive at their office found in a mountainous, futuristic location by speedboat or multi-functional vehicle, adjustable for land, air … Continue reading

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Treasure Temple with Guards by Playmobil

Grab your weapons of choice–a rope, gun, or sword as you make your way into the treasure temple to steal the shiny,  crystal treasures. The trick is to get past the evil guards in removable disguise, avoid the stake barrier … Continue reading

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Uh Oh! by Mary Newell DePalma

“Uh-oh” is about all you can say as you follow this accident-prone, little dinosaur leave a trail of dirt, toilet paper, suds, and bubble gum in his path of hapless unintended destruction! An innocent bounce on the couch landed him … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry, Douglas! by David Melling

That goofy, cuddly, huggable Douglas the bear is back sporting  a brand new wooly hat, a gift from his dad. Before taking off to model his snazzy hat to his friends, Douglas is reminded,, “Take care of it.” Several cartwheels … Continue reading

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I Built It! Snakes and Ladders by I Built It! Games

Get ready for a hike through the jungle, climbing vine ladders and slipping down the tail of a snake. The large game board grabs a preschooler’s attention with the inviting, simple artwork and clear counting fun as you make your … Continue reading

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I Built It! Memory Match +Tic Tac Toe by I Built It! Games

The possibilities are endless with Memory Match+Tic Tac Toe as kids create and customize their game before playing. Continually under construction, this set of games is flexible for endless fun and learning. Unscrew the 18 game pieces and insert your … Continue reading

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Rain Brings Frogs: A Little Book of Hope by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Want a little sunshine on a cloudy day? Pick up Maryann Cocca-Leffler’s “Rain Brings Frogs: A Little Book of Hope” to leave a smile on your face. In a story of contrasts,  Mom hates rain, but Nate declares it brings … Continue reading

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Gubs by Gamewright

Step up to the next level of game playing as you enter the world of Gubs, paying careful attention to the characters, tools, hazards, traps, events and protection needed to build your colony of these treasured creatures. Don’t think you … Continue reading

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Splish Splash!

Jump right into this multi-colored pond of fun as you roll the die, drop the pebble into the collection of colored shapes  and see if some splash out. The roll of the die determines how many chances you get to … Continue reading

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Mermaid Beach

Intrigued that a girl her age actually created this game, my little toy tester jumped right into “Mermaid Beach” and loved it. There is no lying around on Mermaid Beach because you have to be on your toes to craftily … Continue reading

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FLASHWORDZ

A flash is literally all the time you get to create words with four or more letters with FLASHWORDZ. Players get a fun,  rounded rack to display their two- sided letter cards so there is no peeking! With a different … Continue reading

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How Big Is the Lion? by William Accorsi

A first book of measuring, “How Big Is the Lion?” captures kids’ attention on the opening page as they work to slip the attached ruler out of it’s sleeve. Each page is a simple scene with children and animals flying … Continue reading

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The Splendid Spotted Snake by Betty ann Schwartz and Alexander Wilensky

“The Splendid Spotted Snake”grows on you as each page turned reveals an added link to our slithery friend.  Kids love the magic ribbon technology as the smiling snake’s cloth body expands to teach a new color. The text of  simple … Continue reading

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Angelina Ballerina Dance With Me! Game by I Can Do That! Games

What little girl doesn’t want to be on stage showing off her dance moves? “Angelina Ballerina Dance With Me! Game” lets everyone be a star. I Can Do That! Games has done it again, creating a starter game for preschoolers … Continue reading

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Richard Scarry’s Busytown Busy, Busy Airport Game by I Can Do That! Games

Fasten you seat belts and get ready for take-off from Busy Town Airport on your very own passenger plane. Part pretend play and part game, this latest product is signature “I Can Do that! Games” fun. The box itself is … Continue reading

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Art and Max by David Wiesner

Master painter, Arthur, a work of magnificent reptile art himself, is putting the finishing touches on his portrait when energetic Max bounds onto the scene, ready to paint. New to this venue, Max asks his mentor, “What should I paint?” … Continue reading

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Hands Off, Harry! by Rosemary Wells

Harry makes his entrance into the kindgergators’ classroom, running backwards and knocking his classmates out of Friendly Circle. Time out in the Thinking Chair doesn’t deter Harry’s behavior as he pokes, bumps, pushes and tackles Miracle, Benjamin, Babette and Nigel … Continue reading

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I’m Not by Pam Smallcomb and Robert Weinstock

“I’m Not” is a delightful tale about two crocodile friends who celebrate the differences and find a fine friendship in the process. The little narrator describes her friend, Evelyn, as extraordinary, fascinating, energetic, and creative, as Evelyn tries to lift … Continue reading

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Scritch-Scratch a Perfect Match by Kimberly Marcus and Mike Lester

“Flit-flat flapped the flea” as it tugged on a stray dog, sending him flying through the air to get rid of his pest. After landing on a man, “Thud! Oh Crud,” the two took off through town in search of … Continue reading

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Dino Constructables by Tomy

It’s fun to find a quality toy that is easy and fun to make and then use for pretend play. These dinosaurs made with “Dino Constructables” can provide hours of creative  fun as a make and play toy. Here is … Continue reading

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Arc-a-teks by WABA Fun LLC

Say hello to Arc-a-teks, the newest members in the popular Superstrucks family. Pairs of  friendly characters from the earth, sea and sky arrive in handy buckets, ready to construct. Rods, wheels, connectors and foam pieces combine to make your little … Continue reading

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Play ‘n Learn Cash Register by Kidoozie

A good cash register is hard to find! That’s why I was so excited to see Kidoozie’s new Play ‘n Learn Cash Register for checkout at the grocery store. I normally don’t recommend electronic toys with so many sounds that … Continue reading

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Light and Sounds Vroomin’ Vehicles by International Playthings

Since toddlers want to be in charge of their play, Light and Sounds Vroomin’ Vehicles are just the right venue for independent, exploratory play. The rounded, chunky vehicles are easy for little hands to grip, and send on a drive … Continue reading

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Peek-A-Boo Blanket Rub-A-Cub by Taggies

The best baby toys teach through play and provide many opportunities for parents to describe features and actions of the toy while their baby explores it. Rub a Cub Peek-A-Boo Blanket has just the right ingredients for language learning, bonding … Continue reading

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My Take Along 1.2.3 Noah’s Ark by Playmobil

Hurry and board the ark with your animals, two by two. Clever ridges on the ramp allow the animals to step their way up to the deck and join their friends to look out over the rising water in this … Continue reading

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Write Me a Story, Fairytale Mix-Ups by eeboo

Sometimes getting kids to write can be like pulling hair–not so with eeboo’s fairytale mix-up picture stickers to encourage young authors to get their imagination going. Plenty of princesses, kings, ogres, witches, golden treasure and magical rings can stimulate thinking … Continue reading

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BLIMEY Pirate Puppet by Folkmanis

When this pirate looks you in the eye, (that would be his one eye since the other is under a patch!) you know he means business. His random teeth, including a gold one, fly away hair, kerchiefed head and signature … Continue reading

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Tasty Treat Shop by Alex Toys

Come on in, the Tasty Treat Shop is open for business. Set up the bakery  in about a minute and then assemble your goodies and ingredients–cake, cookies, gingerbread man, sugar, milk and flour. Add your stickers to display today’s specials … Continue reading

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3D Shape Sorter by Rubbabu

Kids love the tactile experience of handling the fuzzy, firm but slightly squeezable animals as they press them into their molds or stand them up to come alive. Thick enough to stand alone, the animals become the subjects of a … Continue reading

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My Animal Farm Playset by Rubbabu

Rubbabu’s firm but squeezable animal shapes made from their signature natural, textured foam are just plain fun to hold. Little ones can grip and hold the shapes easily and manipulate them for fun. Our little friends started out on the … Continue reading

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Building Blocks First Letter Fun by HABA

Kids learning letters and their corresponding sounds loved using these blocks to form words and create their own letter block when needed. Thirty brightly colored alphabet blocks include all the letters of the alphabet with four extra blank blocks for … Continue reading

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Mix ‘n Match-Max” by Alex

Alex Jr. is designing fresh, bright toys for little ones and now Max is taking over the fun. Newly introduced he has his own little persona as well as a wiggly ball, cube, nesting toy and blocks. His big eyes and … Continue reading

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Sand and Water Fun Farm by Step2

Gather your gang around the sand and water fun farm for a ride around the track, over bridges, through the barn tunnel and under the loader to fill your wagon. With separate compartments for sand and water, play gets interactive … Continue reading

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Sookie And Finn, Our Day, by APA Animation Production Ltd.

“Sookie & Finn, Our Day” is a clear, thoughtful, research-based DVD aimed at encouraging a child’s language development through interaction with a parent. Designed with a speech language pathologist, “Sookie and Finn” has all the elements of a fantastic language … Continue reading

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Word on the Street Junior by Out of the Box Publishing

This “wacky war of words” was unique and got even more fun, the longer we played it. The street is divided for two teams and the letter tiles of the alphabet run down the median strip. A team selects a … Continue reading

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Dabble by INI, LLC

A simple “fast thinking word game,” “Dabble,” entertains the whole family. Each player is given 20 word tiles and a graduated bleacher on which to place a word of  two, three, four, five and six letters in just five minutes. … Continue reading

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Tell Tale by Blue Orange Games

Open this tiny tin of fun and start your story-telling, weaving through a land of imagination, prompted by the 60 double-sided picture cards. Who can make up a story using picture of a question mark, a robber, a shower and … Continue reading

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Silly Situations by Discovery Bay Games

Kids love to giggle at silly situations, so add to that the challenge of solving a problem using three unrelated object cards to tell your story. What’s a person to do if his ice cream cone is melting all over … Continue reading

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Buzz Blast by Discovery Bay Games

I knew “Buzz Blast” was a favorite when kids begged to go first to share their answers as soon as a new challenge card was presented. Kids delighted in the timed task of coming up with original answers to four … Continue reading

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Chuggington’s Traintastic Cargo Game by I Can Do That! Games

Hang on to your conductor’s hat for another  clever, multi-leveled, game of fun, strategy and learning from I Can Do That! Games. Drive your favorite Chuggington train into the depot to load up your boxcars, making sure your cargo is in the … Continue reading

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uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game by uKloo

Kids love a treasure hunt so get out the clues and don’t let on that they are learning to read in the process! uKloo provides three color-coded levels of clue cards for early readers and a “Picture Helper” chart to … Continue reading

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Konexi by Wonderforge

Challenging games drive conversation. Konexi, the gravity-defying word game is just that. Place the 3D letters in a circle, roll the die and land between two letters to make your selection. Players build the letter tower, linking the notched letters … Continue reading

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Smart Mouth by Thinkfun

“Smart Mouth has just gotten smarter with a refresh of the original game.  Thinkfun’s recent use of an educational consultant is evident in relevant improvements to the game.  The addition of categories, a timer, and changing the letter distribution add … Continue reading

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Who Am I? by HABA

Who am I? An astronaut? Rain boots? Or a fried egg? Ask the right questions and you’ll discover the answer. The “Guesser” straps on the headband, while the rest of the players select a picture card and attach it to … Continue reading

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Where is Sock Monkey? Game by Cardinal Games

Combine the excitement of hide and seek with a kid-sized Sock Monkey pal, to give your kchildren a game they beg to play over and over. Choose a player to hide Sock Monkey somewhere in the house where he is … Continue reading

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Lil’ Shopper Playset by Earlyears

Grab your recyclable bag and head off to your pretend grocery store with your “Lil’ Shopper Playset” by Earlyears. Babies learn all about textures, colors and sounds exploring this bag full of food. The shiny blue carton of milk was … Continue reading

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Make My Day by eeboo

Join your child as he charts his day with “Make My Day,” observing, planning and later reflecting on the day’s events and subsequent feelings. Kids love to turn the knobs to select the date, season, weather and appropriate clothes to … Continue reading

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Soft Peek-A-Boo Block by Blue Box Toys

I love when siblings join in and play with a toy together but at different levels of learning These colorful, soft blocks were easy for our 8 month-old tester to grab for exploration by hand or mouth. The moulded  pictures … Continue reading

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Sizzlin Shapes Kitchen by Step2

New crawlers make their way to this inviting kitchen to investigate the sounds, shapes and doors to open and close. Learning cause and effect, little ones are fascinated with the play. Get a little older and a 2 year-old enjoys … Continue reading

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Write Me a Story, Little Robot Mission by eeboo

Write Me a Story is a great tool for exciting little authors to write about a subject that interests them. Little Robot Mission gets the little space cadets’ minds creating as they see the 96 story prompt stickers to use … Continue reading

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My 3D Zoo by Alex Toys

Little ones double the fun as they assemble their zoo animals and then start the play. As soon as kids lined up the slots and gave the moose his striped legs and antlers, I heard, “I’m a rainbow moose, what’s … Continue reading

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Pool with Waterslide by Playmobil

Slip on your swimsuit and head to the pool. No flip flops allowed in the water though. Kids loved the fast waterslide, invigorating working shower, a game of soccer, and even walked up the steps to the deck and put … Continue reading

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Twickety Folkmonster Puppet by Folkmanis

Get ready for a big surprise when Twickety rounds the corner. Not a monster to scare things up, but rather a bright-eyed neon bird-dino combination with ready wings for little arms to take flight. Everyone who tried out Twickety had … Continue reading

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Zoo by Lego

Let’s take off with the zoo caretaker in his safari coupe to tend to the animals. Use the free bricks to build an entrance, enclosure for animals, ice structure for the water world, or rocks to climb. Lego listened to … Continue reading

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Flower Friends by HABA

Babies talk more to faces so get ready for some chat back to Flower Friends. A mobile of fun for the infant seat, this toy has a butterfly, pink polka-dotted bunny rabbit,  smiley lady bug, and peek-a-boo bug to talk … Continue reading

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Alphabet Matcher by Twisterz Toys

Kids are  delightfully intrigued by this twistable tube of rings, searching to match up pictures that begin with the same letter. The tube holds six rings—the first rotates to select a letter, while the remaining five rings display six pictures … Continue reading

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Go With Me Mobile by Blue Box Toys

Blue Box Toys has just made hanging out in a crib a lot more fun! With the cast of characters from their new BKids  product line, bebee the monkey, fefe the elephant,  and zuzu the giraffe dangling above baby, there … Continue reading

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Magnetic Carry-On Letters by Quercetti

Learn your letters and begin to tell stories with this self-contained case of 66 pieces including magnetic letters, pictures of animals, food and objects, a dry erase pen to add features, letters or dialogue, and a shape tracer. With such … Continue reading

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Baby Tea Party by Earlyears

“Baby Tea Party” by Earlyears is a fuzzy 6 piece set for baby’s first exploratory tea party. Full of varied textures, colors and sounds, each piece has a friendly face to invite investigation. With a teapot that sings, “I’m A … Continue reading

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Frog Puppet Kit by Folkmanis

What could be better than a Folkmanis puppet? One they design that you can construct! Grab a frog, cat or bunny kit that includes the incredibly soft, plush body, fabric puppet parts and cut-outs, glue, easy instructions and ideas for your puppet … Continue reading

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Wooden Whimsy Blocks by Alex Toys

Kids always teach ME, when they get their hands on a good learning toy. That’s just what happened when I dumped out my box of Wooden Wimsey Blocks by Alex Toys and watched the play begin. Designed for children beginning at 10 … Continue reading

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Zylie the Bear by Arete LLC

What fun it was to introduce Zylie the Bear to little girls and watch their faces light up–instant friendship. This trendy bear, dressed to explore the globe in style, comes with a purse packed with a passport, diary and map … Continue reading

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