Category Archives: 2012

Spell Trek by Simply Fun

Hop on a jeep and start your trip across a game board of desert, ice capped mountains, rain forest and tropics. You are trying to capture animals and sites by photograph but the vowels are missing in your pictures! Complete … Continue reading

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Elf Magic Elves By Elf Magic

The minute Elf Magic’s red-headed Mack arrived at our tester’s house, he and three year-old Liam became inseparable–except at bedtime of course, when the magic began and Mack moved to a new place! Mom reported on Liam’s fascination with Mack, … Continue reading

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Eco-Bonk by Pueri Elemental

When kids encountered Abigail the Elephant they couldn’t pass by without touching, giving a little tap or picking her up and taking her from room to room.  She was irresistible to little ones about her size! A three-year-old boy grabbed … Continue reading

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Mod By BrickStix

Once I opened Mod Packs, all hands were on deck, as kids peeled off the removable and repositionable stickers to add to their LEGOS (they work on other brands like MEGA BLOKS too), adding  detail to their stories. Our girl … Continue reading

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BrickStix by BrickStix LLC

Set these re-usable, removable and restickable cling BrickStix decals out on the table with some LEGOS and watch kids dive in and create! One family of 3 girls, ages 4, 6 and 8 opened the “Pet” pack and got to … Continue reading

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Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station and Feeding Line by Infantino

Few things can make mom feel better than making her own baby food for her child! Moms were excited to try Infantino’s new Fresh Squeezed feeding line, especially when they saw the personalized pouches that are so popular with kids … Continue reading

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Word Bits by SimplyFun

I was just shuffling the cards and dumping out the dice when a word-game geek said, “I like this game already!” Turn over the top category card in a stack of 80 and read it aloud. Then roll the number … Continue reading

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Pony Flag Race Lottie by Arklu

Little girls loved Pony Race Lottie, sporting the perfect clothes for her riding competition–boots, riding pants, helmet, vest and a shirt with a patch ready to attach her horse decal! This 7″ pal is a perfect size for play and … Continue reading

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Autumn Leaves Lottie by Arklu

“Be bold, be brave, be you!” is Lottie’s approach to life and little girls get it as they role-play with their new little 7″ friend, Autumn Leaves, who dresses with flair and spunk and can do anything! Our little testers … Continue reading

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Nounsense by Maranda Enterprises

Nounsense is a fast-paced game that pits two teams against each other trying to quickly identify a person, place or thing based on their teammate’s description of the noun. 480 cards are packed into the Nounsense box but only 60 … Continue reading

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Speedy Recall by Maranda Enterprises

Speedy is the word as you are on the edge of your seat just waiting for the cards to be flipped over to scan your memory by category to come up with a word beginning with a specific sound. With … Continue reading

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My Pet Blankie by Fou Fou Baby

George the Giraffe lived up to his hype of being a 3-in-1 toy as he was hugged, unrolled to play hide and seek and tucked under the head for a pretend nap! Fold and roll up My Pet Blankie, loop … Continue reading

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Letter Sounds DVD by Rock ‘N’ Learn

Get ready to rock and learn with this new video of animated characters teaching letters, sounds, words and reading.  The 11 sections take children from learning  the alphabet to reading sentences. After mastering the alphabet song, kids are introduced to each … Continue reading

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Cake Set by Plan Toys

Who wouldn’t want a slice of cake served up by a little friend from this Cake Set? As I was assembling my dessert with my little tester , I asked if she wanted me to add red or pink frosting … Continue reading

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Tea Set by Plan Toys

This tea set invites conversation, as friends settle in for a chat around the table. Little ones loved the sturdy, easy-to-grab containers with lids, cubes of sugar to drop (clunk!)  into the cup, tea bags on a string with felt … Continue reading

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Pull-Along Snail by Plan Toys

This tag along snail was such a hit with the toddler set that even older siblings waited in line for a turn. Made from Plan Toy’s new eco-friendly composite from sawdust from their factory, this Pull-Along Snail inches along the … Continue reading

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Stacking Bear by Plan Toys

A lot of learning is packed into Plan Toys’ new Stacking Bear.  In place of a traditional stacking toy with rings on a rod, this bear is supported by colored disks interlocked with four wooden shapes–circle, square, triangle and oval–that … Continue reading

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Play House by Plan Toys

The fun started with the set up of Plan Toys’ new Play House as our little testers arranged and rearranged the props and furniture. “That’s the reading chair” declared a little girl as she placed the table lamp next to … Continue reading

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CuddleUppets by CuddleUppets

CuddleUppets lived up to their names when my little tester immediately put her hand in the doggie face and wrapped herself up in the incredibly soft body blanket for a cuddle. I wrapped up in the bear, finding it toasty … Continue reading

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Block Crayon Color and Stow Farm by Wooky Entertainment

This barn invites learning as kids color and create while learning letters, numbers and animals. Grab a single crayon or double pointed crayon for two lines at once to create your masterpiece, or color with the sheep, rooster, duck or … Continue reading

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Rory’s Story Cubes MAX by The Creativity Hub Ltd.

How can you improve on our favorite language learning cubes, Rory’s Story Cubes? Go MAX! Now kids and adults of all abilites can learn together. Inventor Rory O’Connor has been listening to educators and parents of children with special needs … Continue reading

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Big Book of My World by Kali Stileman

This big book certainly covers the world of early learning–counting, shapes, colors, sounds, opposites, feelings, first words, favorite things and even manners. Kali Stileman’s bright brush strokes and collage illustrations make concepts pop as kids search for colors, associate sounds … Continue reading

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Gem by Hollie Hobbie

Hollie Hobbie’s illustrations lead us through the delicate spring foliage as a little toad makes his way from this pond to the farmhouse flower garden. After leaving the safety of his lily pads, the toad escapes the wheel of a car, … Continue reading

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Zingo! Sight Words by ThinkFun

ThinkFun has again lived up to its name, creating a game to make learning sight words fun! Essential to learning to read, sight words are the most frequently used words in the English language. Unlike other words, they often can’t … Continue reading

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Olivia’s Tree House by Lego

Olivia’s Tree House is part of a village of sets inviting young girls to construct and play with themes relevant to their experiences–a tree house, a city park cafe, cool convertible or modular house among others. When I brought the … Continue reading

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What Can a Crane Pick Up? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Mike Lowery

The crane is king in this whimsical rhyming picture book as he moves from picking up conventional heavy duty vehicles like trucks, trains and planes to cuckoo clocks, boxes of underwear and a mummy’s case! The delightful poetry rocks us … Continue reading

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Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Discover this delightful tale about sharing and giving thanks at this time of year. Big-hearted bear wants to prepare a feast to share with his friends but finds his cupboard is bare. One by one his friends stop by with … Continue reading

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Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills

Our famous pup, Rocket who learned to read is back to lead us through the process of writing his first story. Rocket’s love of books and words inspired him to sniff out some new words like  buttercup, feather, and nest … Continue reading

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Mossy by Jan Brett

I have read “The Mitten” hundreds of times to my own children and with the kids I have worked with over the years. The beautiful story and illustrations lent themselves to many language lessons, so I was excited to find … Continue reading

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Tinkertoy Transit Set by K’NEX

I still have an old tube of Tinkertoys from my youth with the wooden slotted stick pieces and worn green cardboard flag-shaped pieces and they continue to entertain kids who visit. So when the newest Tinkertoy sets arrived for review, … Continue reading

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Scrambled States of America Game–Deluxe Edition by Gamewright

In this mad-dashing geography game, kids are learning states, capitals, nicknames, location, categories, letters and syllables. Flip over a Find-It card and be the first player to find a capital starting with a T or S,  a hidden word in … Continue reading

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Rory’s Story Cubes–Actions by Gamewright

Roll out the newest Rory’s Story Cubes set and get the action going. Each of the 9 cubes has 54 illustrated everyday verbs–listen, jump, draw, take, light, or press–to move the story to a new place in the plot. Similar … Continue reading

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FitzIt by Gamewright

Kids and adults had such fun playing FitzIt, generating words based on the attribute cards they drew. My favorite was: what is usually used for entertainment, can melt, is smaller than a golf ball and doesn’t need a plug or … Continue reading

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E-Rangers Headquarters by Playmobil

Enter this futuristic space station with caution as the e-rangers are equipped with a canon, LED surveillance light, and red energy crystals that fuel the system. Once you are recognized as a friend you can help farm the organic garden, … Continue reading

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Pop and Play Pop and Swap Gym by Infantino

Babies will love their workout with this Pop and Swap Gym by Infantino with so much flexibility to vary the opportunities for discovery and language learning. This entertainment center can be adapted to different stages of a baby’s development from … Continue reading

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A Meal of the Stars by Dana Jenson and Tricia Tusa

A Meal of the Stars lets us in on what a whimsical book of up and down poetry we are about to open. Kids loved this collection of poems, one word per line, whose text runs top to bottom of … Continue reading

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Wow Fire Rescue Rory by Ravensburger

Kids had no trouble leading the play with Fire Rescue Rory as they grabbed the helping helicopter, pulled the trigger and activated the friction powered motors as it flew to the rescue. One little tester quickly declared a cardboard box … Continue reading

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Chromadepth Puzzles with 3D Glasses by Ravensburger

Kids couldn’t wait to get started on Ravensburger’s new 100 piece 3D puzzle. We launched into the Wild Jungle, rainforest scene with a jaguar lazing on a fallen tree, parrots flying about, an orange frog peering out, and a snake … Continue reading

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Master Workbench by HaPe International Inc.

Little builders step right up to this functioning workbench, stocked with tools, gears, nails, screws and wooden cut-outs for creating projects. Our dad who assembled the workbench described it as “easy to assemble with only a page of instructions” and … Continue reading

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Morphology Junior by Morphology Games

I love games that parents and kids can play together with challenges scaled for the whole family to participate! Morphology Junior was just released so even an 8 year-old can be the Morphologist, providing clues to guess a word. Creativity … Continue reading

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Just Say BOO! by Susan Hood and Jed Henry

Kids were drawn into this delightfully spooky tale with the anticipation of yelling, “BOO” at each scary situation as the page is turned. “If  ghosts in the trees wibble-wobble your knees,”” a skeleton groans as she rattles her bones,” or … Continue reading

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The Tooth Mouse by Susan Hood and Janice Nadeau

The first time I saw The Tooth Mouse, I knew this fanciful tale would be a favorite with kids. The whimsical, intricate drawings bring to life the adorable story of Sophie, the little mouse who aspires to succeed the aging … Continue reading

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Word Pirates by The Haywire Group

This pirate word game was a treasure for kids that played it! Spell words, build bridges and block your opponents to be the first pirate to grab the treasure in the middle of the game board. Players loved when the … Continue reading

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Dice-T by The Haywire Group

Get some fun early training for the New York Times crossword puzzles with Dice-T by Haywire Group! Draw your crossword template cards, roll your letter dice and race to fill the empty squares to complete crossing 3-5 letter words. Some … Continue reading

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Chunky Lift Out Farm Puzzle by Bigjigs Toys

These chunky, pastel farm animals and farmer fit right into their decor–the chicken sitting on the fence, the pig standing in the mud, the tractor rolling in the field, the cow checking out the grass and the sheep overlooking the … Continue reading

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Train 24 Piece Tray Puzzle by Bigjigs Toys

All aboard for a fun learning adventure as kids assemble this classic, sturdy 24 piece jigsaw puzzle of a steam engine scene. Parked on the track, this train is a playground for kids as they climb up to clean the … Continue reading

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Blossom Cottage by Bigjigs Toys

I grew up spending hours playing with my mother’s dollhouse (made by my grandfather) so it was a delight to watch a new generation of little girls immerse themselves in pretend play in Blossom Cottage. Easily assembled with a few … Continue reading

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Spike the Mixed-Up Monster by Susan Hood and Melissa Sweet

Little salamander Spike, no bigger than a lily pad, was mixed-up all right. He thought he had all the requisite skills to be a monster–he could swoosh his slithery tail, shake his spiky crown, and bare his stumpy teeth. Practicing on … Continue reading

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Dr. Seuss Fun Machine by Wonder Forge

Dr. Seuss Fun Machine cleverly combines kids’ fascination with the iPad and the physical interaction of traditional board games. Download the free app and choose between the three age-appropriate games for preschool and up. Our 4 and 6 year-old testers … Continue reading

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Jake and the Neverland Pirates Never Land Challenge by Wonder Forge

My pirate mateys loved this game as we worked as a team to complete pirate challenges and earn more gold doubloons that Captain Hook. Flip over a red and a blue doubloon to tell you the object to use, and … Continue reading

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Disney Princess Enchanted Cupcake Party Game by Wonder Forge

You are invited to a Cupcake Party with the Disney Princesses in this game of speed and teamwork! Play begins after players have turned over a Mix, Bake, and Decorate tile, and proceeded to select their cupcake recipe. Will it … Continue reading

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Disney Princess Dazzling Princess Game by Wonder Forge

Little princesses gasped the moment we opened the box and revealed the tiaras, rings and bracelets just waiting to be adorned with jewels!  We dressed up in our favorite colored accessories and started taking turns, drawing a card to guess … Continue reading

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Jake and the Neverland Pirates Who Shook Hook?

Captain Hook is sound asleep on his hammock but don’t be fooled, he still has that smirk on his face! He has surrounded himself with all the treasure from Jake and the Neverland Pirates from sacks of gold and tikis, … Continue reading

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KerFlip! by Creative Foundry Games

KerFilp! proved to be the perfect balance of fun for the novice word-game player and the “devout word nerd.” Simple enough to get started on a round, but challenging enough to stretch your word forming skills, KerFlip! was fast paced … Continue reading

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Spontuneous by Spontuneous Games, Inc.

Warm up your voice, but better yet, get some songs in your head to get ready to play Spontuneous. A group or party game, Spontuneous challenges players to come up with a 5 word stanza from a song. Each player … Continue reading

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Word Wave by Spin Master Ltd.

What fun to have an electronic wave dispenser shooting out letters every few seconds! Don’t get rattled by the rapid play or you will miss a terrific word to spell. Load up the wave machine with the letter tiles and … Continue reading

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HEDBANZ by Spin Master Ltd.

Kids loved snapping their hedbanz together and popping them on their heads, ready to be the featured player to guess who they were. Clip a cartoon into your hedbanz and let the questioning begin. The first player acts as the … Continue reading

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Flapz by Blue Orange Games

Tuck this little,  flat Tyvek game into your pocket and you can laugh, talk, act out and sing through the 96 challenges. Designed like the fortune-telling cootie catchers that kids have been creating over the generations to have some fun, … Continue reading

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Tell Tale Fairy Tales

Another Blue Orange tin of fun has arrived to encourage kids to weave their first fairy tales. 60 double sided cards have simple images to start a child’s imagination and spin a tale about knights,  pirates, fairies or lepricans. What … Continue reading

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Shrimp Cocktail by Blue Orange Games

Let’s haul in the most matching shrimp from our boat to concoct a delicious shrimp cocktail. A fast-paced card game in a tin, Shrimp Cocktail requires speedy recognition of language categories, visual matching and fine motor skills. Flip over the … Continue reading

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Spot it Jr! Animals by Blue Orange Games

Ramp up your little one’s vocabulary as he plays Spot it Jr! Animals. More than 30 different animals are pictured in groups of 6 on the 31 cards. Only one animal match exists between any two cards as players flip … Continue reading

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Speedeebee by Blue Orange Games

You have to think fast to be the speediest bee in the round as players answer challenges from the stack of 50 cards with 3 brain teasers each. Roll a certain number of letter die to know what letter to … Continue reading

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Toobers and Zots by Little Kids, Inc.

Creative fun with Toobers and Zots began as kids started punching out the holes of cut out pieces to slide the bendable tubes of foam through a multitude of shapes to craft pirate hats and swords. A crown went on … Continue reading

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Sandzini Creator Set, Ice Cream Parlor by Ohio Art

Kids loved Sandzini as they jumped right in to shape and create tasty treats for the ice cream parlor. Things got moving so fast that I never saw the instruction sheet which was just as well because the kids were … Continue reading

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Storymatic Kids by The Storymatic Corporation

Parents, teachers, friends and family should grab this little box of fun.  Originally designed as a writing prompt by a creative writing teacher in Vermont, Storymatic has taken on a life of its own. Fans are using it to inspire … Continue reading

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Salad Set by Green Toys Inc

Kids got right to work filling the salad bowl with lettuce, peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes and cucumbers for their healthy snack. Something about the slick, realistic ingredients made for great fun in tossing up the salad and serving it on … Continue reading

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Dedee Duck Bath Organizer by Blue Box Toys

Hooray for dedee duck who has moved to the tub to organize the toys. I love this big friendly face at kid level to spark some conversation and pretend play before the end of the fun and pick up. Press the … Continue reading

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Chicken and Egg Stackers by Earlyears

Toddlers found these four brightly colored egg buddies too cute to leave alone. Each face is so inviting with big eyes, and beaks with bodies decorated in swirls, dots and hearts. Kids can nest, stack, take them apart or just … Continue reading

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Baby Drive ‘n Push Racer by Blue Box Toys

Fasten your seat belts–oh, yes, your baby is already belted in–for a first drive. This clever dashboard attaches to strollers and provides lots of entertainment as kids turn the key, shift gears, steer and honk the horn, or play the … Continue reading

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Feed the Woozle by Peaceable Kingdom

Preschoolers love this goofy, orange, furry creature wearing black high-tops with his signature “W” on them. His sign to “FEED ME” cannot be ignored as kids load up their spoon with wacky snack tokens like toenail toast or spider-egg pudding … Continue reading

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Seeds for the Birds by Peaceable Kingdom

Mama Bird has to feed her three hungry babies, hoping to get more seeds than that competitive squirrel who is looking  over her nest! In this cooperative game, all players work together to gather more seeds for the birds. This … Continue reading

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Race to the Treasure by Peaceable Kingdom

The learning starts in Race to the Treasure as kids set up the game. The object is to get to the treasure before the Ogre does but first, players have to place 4 keys and an Ogre snack on the … Continue reading

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Colorgami Kits by Wowopolis

I opened my new Colorgami Craft and Activity Kit, “Space Adventure,” with my 7 year old tester to find three figures to color, pop out, fold and assemble for play. He chose the robot and alien to make first as … Continue reading

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Terra Kids Construction Set Catamaran by HABA

I watched the model-builder Dad in our house glue together the 50 pre-cut pieces of balsa wood as the kit transformed into a fascinating catamaran. He’ll give you the engineer’s view while I’ve got the play piece: The thoughtfulness of … Continue reading

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Doll Graham by HABA

Graham was happily embraced by my 2 year-old tester who had just become a big brother. Mom was so glad to see a boy doll since her son had been carrying around dolls since his baby brother had been born. … Continue reading

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Magic ABC Duel by HABA

Witch Hazel and Merlin the Magician are dueling to see who can be the first to call out a word pictured in one of the 10 mini-scenes loaded with pictures. Draw from two piles, an A-B-C letter card and a … Continue reading

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Evening In The Stable by HABA

Who put Rooster Roy in charge of putting the animals to sleep? You know he’s much better at waking them up! That’s the challenge in this perfect starter game for kids, around a theme they love–farm animals. Set up the … Continue reading

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Arranging Game My Animal Friends by HABA

Multiple shapes, beautiful colors and inviting characters draw in your little learner to some building fun. The 17 wooden pieces can be fit into a flat puzzle but the language learning starts when you go 3-dimensional. Our little testers stood … Continue reading

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Find It Games–Pieces of History Puzzles

Find It Games gives us another wonderful search and learn opportunity in their new “Pieces of History Puzzles.” Open the “Parade of Animals” 300 piece puzzle and kids or families can assemble the beautifully illustrated garden scene, rich with animals … Continue reading

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Find-It! Games- On the Farm

There’s no need to climb the ladder and jump into the silo to search for farm objects–just rotate the cylinder and the fun begins! One twist and kids call out gloves, hat, fence and combine. Oh good–they’ve even got my … Continue reading

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My Own Laundry by Step2

Little ones were fascinated with “My Own Laundry” and had such fun imitating their household when getting right to the task. My little tester didn’t skip a beat as she examined the soap box, dryer sheets, hangers , cloth squares, … Continue reading

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Fort Slide-Away by Step2

Don’t you love a multi-purpose toy that can provide energetic play and a quiet hide-away in one structure? Kids love to think that you can’t see them hiding in the fort under the slide–don’t tell them the mesh windows are … Continue reading

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Tropical Island Resort by Step2

Watch your little friends gather around the Tropical Island Resort–there is plenty of room to entertain the gang. Take a ride in the boat along the waterway, slip down the slide, catapult off the diving board or whirl around on … Continue reading

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My Clubhouse by Step2

Kids love a space of their own so how about a clubhouse just their size? Meet in the backyard for some make-believe fun with multiple themed spaces to enjoy with little friends. Take a seat at the picnic table while … Continue reading

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Right Angle Tummy Triangle by Infantino

Infantino really got the right angle in this tummy time triangle wedge to encourage baby’s strength and development. We know that babies are spending a lot more time on their backs so specialists are encouraging some tummy time each day … Continue reading

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All Around Wagon by Step2

Invite your little ones to open the door and hop aboard this all around sturdy, functional, well-made wagon designed for a travel date with a peer, doll or stuffed animal. Kids are seated facing each other so conversation is encouraged … Continue reading

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Sound It! Found It! by Wowopolis, LLC

Kids truly reign over adults in this game of producing sounds to match everyday experiences, guessing the source, and finding the image of what made the sound in a related illustration. 96 sound cards are broken into categories that match … Continue reading

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Children’s Globe Puzzleball by Ravensburger

Learn as you go with this beautiful children’s globe and puzzle in one! 180 matching curved pieces fit together nicely as children follow the sequence of numbers and arrows on the back of each one. Turn over a completed chunk … Continue reading

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Mario’s Pizzeria by Ravensburger

WOW toys is known for its high quality, battery-free vehicles and people that are tough enough to stand up to kids’ creative play. Their new line of play sets adds more language learning as additional props lead children into new play … Continue reading

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At the Farm Wooden Books by HaPe International, Inc.

We all know that babies can be pretty hard on books, nibbling on the corners and ripping out pages–so why not a wooden book with easy flip corners? Hape’s “At the Farm” has wooden pages illustrated with bold water-based paint … Continue reading

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Garden Salad by HaPe International, Inc.

Toss up a delightfully healthy salad with this vibrant, fun set of colors and textures. Engaging in a rich sensory experience, kids can mix up felt lettuce leaves and sliced wooden yellow and green peppers, cucumbers, onions and carrots with … Continue reading

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Your Body–Girl 5 Layer Puzzle by HaPe International, Inc.

Who wants to explore what is inside our fascinating bodies? Kids do! Little girls loved lifting the pieces of each of the five layers of the puzzle to reveal their skin, muscles, organs and bones. They carefully constructed all five … Continue reading

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Mini Maracas by HaPe International, Inc.

It took no time for toddlers to pick up their Mini Maracas and shake, shake, shake! Designed for little hands, these music makers teach little ones cause and effect as kids experiment with the bead filled instruments, making sounds as … Continue reading

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My Take Along Pet Clinic by Playmobil

Kids love caring for animals and playing doctor so what a perfect combination in Playmobil’s newest “My Take Along Pet Clinic.” Creative play starts with setting up the rooms, grouping the furniture and accessories according to the space’s purpose. Where … Continue reading

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My First 1.2.3 Knight’s Castle by Playmobil

Toddlers can start their knight and princess play early with Playmobil’s 1.2.3’s newest theme set. Knight’s Castle provides chunky turret pieces to stack, interlock and rearrange as they tower over the gate leading inside. Kids loved taking the prince for … Continue reading

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Balancing Burger! by International Playthings

Pull up to the table and start stacking your burger and fixins–pickles, tomatoes, bacon, cheese, lettuce and buns–all on top of a wobbly plate. Players take turns rolling the die to see how many pieces they add to the bottom … Continue reading

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Kid K’Nex Undersea Friends Building Set

Undersea Friends by Kid K’Nex offers such a variety of building pieces that our little testers could make a seahorse, scuba diver, seaweed or crab among other options. Fins, bulbous eyes, a scuba pack and goggles provide just the starting … Continue reading

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Sesame Street Best Friends Building Set by K’Nex

Toddlers finally have a building set just for them, so they can play along side their siblings and create some fun friends. The Best Friends Building Set and Best Friends on the Farm Building Set provide 4 chunky pieces per … Continue reading

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Roary Building Set by Kid K’Nex

Kids fell in love with the Roary Building Sets in the inviting canister topped with  a 3-D model of  Silver Hatch Racetrack’s #1 Star and friends! These character cars all have fun faces, so kids can add their mouth, and … Continue reading

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K’Nex Classics 30 Model Building Set

What could provide more open-ended play than 30 model building options using 375 K’Nex pieces? From a race car, crane, helicopter, elephant, wind surfer or merry go round, to a moving dune buggy and motorcycle, this set has something to … Continue reading

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Rollors by Maranda Enterprises

What a  delightful surprise to unzip the Rollers case to find this simple yet challenging, well-constructed game that kids and adults can enjoy together outdoors. My little play partner expressed his endorsement after we had played several times and he said … Continue reading

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The Little Pea by Eric Battut

The simplicity of the cover with the little green pea proudly holding his peacock feather gives a hint of this heart-warming story of the little pea’s adventure to be unique. Finding himself on a plant full of similar peas, the … Continue reading

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Move! Sing! Play Along and Learn! by Music Therapy Tunes

The “Move! Sing! Play Along and Learn!” CD series is a treat for parent and child or teacher and class.   Margie La Bella’s pleasant, soothing voice is easy to understand as she gently encourages kids to listen and learn … Continue reading

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Tots Art Smart by Alex Toys

Someone is finally listening to the toddlers, those little guys and girls who are ambling along with their older siblings trying to keep up! It’s art time you say? Where are the crafts for the little guy? Alex Toys has … Continue reading

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Wooden Sweets Bar by Alex Toys

It’s never been easier to set up your own business. Start by constructing the simple two-tiered tray for displaying your cakes and candies.  Kids love to cut apart the cake roll, cupcakes and cake to serve their guests on pink plates … Continue reading

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Betty Button by Alex Toys

It took no time for Betty Button to be an interactive story telling tool, as little girls changed up her hair, outfits, accessories and shoes to match her activity. Just button on one of the 15 doubled-sided pieces to alter … Continue reading

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Wooden Mix And Stack Pop Shop by Alex Toys

Step up to the Wooden Mix and Stack Pop Shop and start assembling your favorite ice cream treats. Each pop is a 3 piece puzzle with a clever face composed of yummy treats–blueberry eyes, cherry nose, kiwi cheeks, or a … Continue reading

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Talking Tubes by Alex Toys

As much as kids love to play with mom’s iPhone, they easily slip back to the old fashioned handsets and delight in a private conversation! With over 3 yards of plastic tubing and two colorful headsets, “Talking Tubes” lets kids … Continue reading

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Maxville by Alex Toys

“Maxville Wooden Activity Cube With Turning Base” by Alex Toys is a busy box of fun for kids as they discover a new activity on each side of the cube. Twirl the three-sided puzzle pieces to make a train car, … Continue reading

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Duo Pop by Discovery Bay Games

Gather around for family game night but there is a new participant–the iPad–and it’s adding to the fun! With Duo Pop, players or teams can compete to be the first to answer questions correctly and push their hand-help popper. Kids … Continue reading

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Pathwords Jr by Thinkfun

Leave it to Thinkfun to create a way to combine a puzzle and word-search for kids as young a 6 years old, embedding language and reading skills along the way.  Just fit the colorful Tetris-style puzzle pieces over the letters … Continue reading

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Yackety Smack! by Thinkfun

Yackety Smack! is just that–a game of silly noises and fast paced smacking to beat your opponents. Kids couldn’t wait to record their own noises in the Sound Smacker to match two of  the four corresponding playing cards of a … Continue reading

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Mini Mouth by Thinkfun

Word game lovers take note–this one you can slip into your pocket. Simple but challenging, “Mini Mouth” is 26 letter tiles in a little game-go bag. Spread out the letters face down and then turn over 2-5 tiles and race … Continue reading

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Roll and Play by Thinkfun

Toddlers can now join family game night with their own selection, “Roll & Play” by Thinkfun. This first game designed for toddlers makes learning fun. Simply roll the stuffed plush cube, identify the color on top and match it to … Continue reading

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anamalz Jungle Box Set by anamalz

Anamalz just multiplied the play factor by combining themed animals and props in their new box sets. Gathering animals and trees from the jungle, the wild, the farm and prehistoric times, they give kids the related characters to interact and … Continue reading

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The Magic School Bus Attracted to Magnificent Magnets by The Young Scientists Club

Gather your young scientists and hop on the Magic School Bus as wacky Ms. Frizzle leads you through learning with “Attracted to Magnificent Magnets.” This latest Young Scientists Club kit has the instructions and materials (other than a few household items) … Continue reading

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Ticked Off by R and R Games

The beauty of Ticked Off” is that at its core, it’s a great language learning game as players seek to outdo each other with their knowledge of items in a category from movies starring Clint Eastwood, kitchen utensils, or composers … Continue reading

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Blind Spell by MindWare

Kids loved to take up the challenge to spell a 3 letter-word without seeing it. One player selects a word from the list and writes it on a dry erase board for the speller to clearly see before putting on those … Continue reading

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Creative Sorter by DUPLO lego

Lego is modeling creativity in the package design of their newest “Creative Sorter” bucket of 23 color-coded blocks for sorting, designing, and building animals. A blue, yellow and red template to build the elephant, giraffe and toucan double as a … Continue reading

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You’ve Been Sentenced!

Do you want to get friends and family together and have an educational challenge, quick game and loads of laughs? Check out “You’ve Been Sentenced!” and get ready to put a silly sentence together. Flip over your 10 cards, each with … Continue reading

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Creative Cakes by Duplo lego

Cupcakes are the rage and this newest DUPLO Creative Cakes set doesn’t disappoint our little bakers. Building, role play and storage come together as girls stack their cupcakes, cakes and chocolates with heart-sprinkled frosting, giant candles, flowers, and meringue toppings. … Continue reading

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Huck Runs Amuck! by Sean Taylor

I love when I find a new picture book that combines essential elements for learning–repetition of catchy phrases, bold words to repeat and a delightful rhythm of rhyme. “Huck Runs Amuck!” does just that as kids laugh their way through … Continue reading

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Lapiluv by Lapiluv, Inc

Parents can strap on a Lapiluv entertainment center and be right in the middle of learning with their child. The double sided apron is well-designed to house traditional  toys or technology. The blue denim side has multiple loops to attach a dangling … Continue reading

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Splish Splash, Splat! by Rob Scotton

Splat was enjoying the perfect dream as candy fish swam by when mom interrupted his sleep, declaring it was time to get up. And oh, by the way, his arch enemy, Spike was coming over for a playdate after school. … Continue reading

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Story Speller by Think-a-lot Toys

Start your story-telling engines and get ready for a creative ride. Each player takes a Story Speller board with eight different colored spaces to fill with color-matching element cards representing friends and foes, places, treasures, objects and obstacles, vehicles and … Continue reading

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Think-ets by Think-a-Lot Toys

I don’t know what it is about kids but they love miniatures and this grab bag of fun is full of them! I tested the Think-ets “Holiday Collection” which includes 15 trinkets–including a Santa, tree, book, golden ring, snowflake and … Continue reading

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