Category Archives: 2013

Early Reader Treasure Hunt App by uKloo

Take the uKloo fun on the road with their new FREE app, an extension of their popular Early Reader Treasure Hunt game that exercises emergent reading skills while on the hunt through the house. Their new app takes kids into … Continue reading

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Dr. Miriam Activity Kitten by Galt Toys

Babies love a cuddle with Dr. Miriam Activity Kitten, a soft velour playmate with textures, sounds and features to explore. Squeeze her tummy and she meows for some fun vocal play and imitation, squeeze her head for a squeak and … Continue reading

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Artzooka! Sketcher-Tape by Wooky Entertainment

Kids love stickers and tape, giving Artzooka’s latest craft kit a big high five! Our little artists chose one of the six scenes to decorate with the 5 rolls of colored tape and 160 stickers from boats and butterflies to … Continue reading

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NogginStik by Smartnoggin Toys

Aware of an increased emphasis on the learning potential of infants in the first 3 years of life, new parents are looking more closely at toys that can encourage interaction and development. NogginStik is just that–a smart toy for baby … Continue reading

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Choice-A-Quence by Let’s Choose

Grab this little pack of cards for a lively, thoughtful conversation about behavior and consequences as kids can speak into a toy microphone (or pretend one for that matter) as a game show contestant, play a memory game, or choose … Continue reading

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littleBits Base Kit

Most waking hours we are connecting, being entertained or working with some form of electronics. The fundamental elements of these pervasive gadgets is now demystified through an outstanding new set of exploratory building kits. littleBits offers collections of domino sized modules … Continue reading

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Doodle Jump by Ravensburger

Leave it to Ravensburger to use their exceptional die cut engineering magic to fashion a 3D Doodle Jump playing surface adapting the popular app to a board game, adding significant math learning and strategy, that generates conversation and thinking out … Continue reading

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Tickey Toc Talking Tallulah/Tickety Toc Talking Tommy by Just Play

Little fans of Nick Jr.’s Tickety Toc series can take Tallulah and Tommy along on their own adventures or re-enact their favorite chime time escapades where the fun-loving twins solve problems together. These talking twins say  7 recognizable phrases from … Continue reading

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Bugs In The Kitchen by Ravensburger

What do you get when you combine a Toy of the Year Finalist HEXBUG™  nano™ and the classic high quality, uber-creative, die-cut marvel, Ravensburger game? You get a fun, frenetic,  romp through a kitchen maze trying to capture an electronic millipede … Continue reading

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Busy Bead Maze- Mermaid Adventure by Alex Toys

This mermaid adventure board will indeed keep little hands busy as they wind a fish, seahorse, sun, starfish, mermaid and turtle “over,” “under,”  “up” and “around” the colorful wire trail, “through” the flowered arch, and “under” the table top! A … Continue reading

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Rolling Busy Bus by Alex Toys

Toddlers love to get their first vehicle and give this substantial school bus a push around their town. Slide the side panel to reveal a mouse, bear, cat and dog classmates on their way to school or flip the blocks … Continue reading

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3D Dinoland by Alex Toys

Kids love to take over the floor to construct their 3D dinoland jumbo puzzle. Piece together an ocean, forest, desert and mountain scenes as a backdrop for a variety of dinosaurs as the flat base for play as you build … Continue reading

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Musical Gator by Alex Toys

Toddlers love to bang on pots and pans so why not give them a whole alligator band? Kids loved the variation of playing the xylophone, banging the drum, clanging the cymbal, and running over the washboard with the clever mallets … Continue reading

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Grow-With-Me Activity Gym and Ball Pit by Infantino

Keep the Grow-With-Me Activity Gym and Ball Pit in the playroom for your infant to toddler stage as it transforms from a turtle of overhead discovery to a first sensory ball pit! Babies can lie on their backs to visually … Continue reading

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Wonder Whale Kicks and Giggles Activity Gym by Infantino

Wonder Whale brings on the kicks and giggles as infants activate the fun! Moms appreciate Infantino’s baby products designed for multiple learning stages, keeping equipment to the minimum as little adjustments can take a baby from over head discovery, lying … Continue reading

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Touch and Feel Critter Ball Set by Infantino

Kids at 6 months old can have their very own ball set with cute animal faces of a cat, dog, bunny and bear to chew on or grab, drop and throw. These critters are great for sensory exploration by mouth … Continue reading

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Sensory Pals by Infantino

Infants 3 months and up have a gang of pals ready to play, providing 5 different sensory experiences including a spike hedgehog, rippled fish, and bumpy shelled turtle with a ribbed tummy. The caterpillar provides knobby surfaces while the giraffe’s … Continue reading

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Santa’s Workshop Puzzle by Ravensburger

Make sure you have been good so Santa can list you in his brown leather book. Elves are  busy loading his sleigh with teddy bears, soccer balls, toy soldiers, wooden trains, Raggedy Ann and drums in this 300 piece puzzle … Continue reading

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NYC Christmas Puzzle by Ravensburger

What could be more fun than gathering around the table at Christmas time with the family and assembling Ravensburger’s new  1000 piece “NYC Christmas” puzzle? This classic scene at Rockefeller Plaza features the famous tree, ice skating rink guarded by … Continue reading

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Fire Station by Hape

Kids can be entertained for hours with Hape’s new tri-level Fire Station, whether their little fire fighter is working out on the treadmill, doing some pull-ups, mapping his route at the desk, catching a quick nap, or sliding down the … Continue reading

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Walk-Along-Snail by Hape

This goofy snail with the wiggly, buggy eyes is a happy companion to any toddler as he tags along, rotating his shell of colored blocks. Flexibility in a toy leads to open-ended play, as children can remove the snail’s shell … Continue reading

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Mighty Mini Band by Hape

Kids loved getting the beat going with this all-in-one band including a drum, cymbal, xylophone, guiro and clapper. The drumsticks and clapper store right in the platform so the music can begin. Kids can experiment with the beat and different … Continue reading

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Lundby Smaland Doll’s House

Three little sisters rushed into the room at the sight of the new Lundby Smaland Doll’s House and started leading the play, re-arranging furniture and assigning roles, “Who should I be?” I plugged in the cord and the lights went … Continue reading

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Little Floppy Sissi Piglet by Steiff

Little Floppy Sissi Piglet plops right down to offer comfort and attention. That face is so inviting with the dark eyes, cute snout, and little smile that kids can’t help but delight in  “talking” to their friend. Sissi Piglet’s soft … Continue reading

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Little Baby Trampili Elephant by Steiff

Kids easily grabbed Little Baby Trampili Elephant for a cuddle with its amazingly soft, squishy body. With embroidered eyes and smile, this friend is baby friendly and a ready companion. Parents and grand parents loved Steiff’s new baby line as … Continue reading

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Linda Lamb Pull Toy by Steiff

This 2-in-1 toy is perfect for baby as he starts to grow. Tiny and fuzzy, this lamb is just baby’s size and easy to hold with her little legs and tail. As your little one starts to walk, attach Linda … Continue reading

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Trampili Elephant Music Box by Steiff

Who is better to soothel your baby to sleep than a super soft and cuddly elephant dressed in a striped romper? This little friend can snuggle next to baby and keep her company in the crib, car seat or stroller. … Continue reading

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Mocky Hippopotomus by Steiff

Mocky caught the eye of Dad and his little girl who looked right at him and scooped him up!  Mocky’s dark eyes and cute face invite conversation as well as a good hug with his incredibly soft body. Steiff’s signature … Continue reading

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Stuffed Full Of Fun Small Sticker Tubs by PomTree

PomTree’s new Small Sticker Tubs are definitely “stuffed full of fun” with 427 mixed media stickers by category–Sweet Shoppe, Backyard Bugs, Stationery, Home Decor, Market Food and Garden. Kids can jump into open-ended play as they assemble a story about … Continue reading

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SmartMax Tommy Train by Smart Toys and Games, Inc.

Kids dove right into play with the newest SmartMax set, Tommy Train. With eyes as headlights, this guy has a personality of his own, with a pull-back feature that starts him on the road. Children were constructing and changing their … Continue reading

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Skunk Bingo by Gamewright

Get ready for some log-jammin’ fun as players slide their animal cards in one end and wait anxiously to see who pops out the other side. Spin to see how many cards to insert or if the skunk is next … Continue reading

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That’s It! by Gamewright

If you want just the right party game that can also double as a perfect learning tool for teachers, play “That’s It!” by Gamewright. The tiny box is loaded with 200 topic cards . Draw a card and race to … Continue reading

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Rory’s Story Cubes Voyages by Gamewright

Take a trip with Rory’s Story Cubes Voyages, using the 54 images to generate epic stories! Players took off in many directions, inspired by the 9 6-sided cubes depicting images from a pirate, giant, staircase, glasses, cracked egg, to a … Continue reading

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Take Along Modern Doll House by Playmobil

This portable doll house is just the right size for take along play. As I opened up the house to reveal all the detailed props, kids excitedly got right to “work” arranging beds, cradles, food, utensils, the tub and hairdryer, … Continue reading

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Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and Melissa Sweet

This clever adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood has so many levels of creativity and learning, I don’t know where to begin. Beginning with “Once upon a time in pencil school,” the teacher announces to the class of various pencils–slammin’ … Continue reading

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Disney Doc McStuffins All Bettter! Game by Wonder Forge

Playful pretend meets problem solving in Doc McStuffins All Better! Game. I could hardly open the package fast enough as little hands were grabbing for Doc’s tools–magnifying glass, otoscope, stethoscope, reflex hammer, syringe and thermometer–and trying them out on each … Continue reading

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Disney Jake and the Neverland Pirates Shipwreck Beach Treasure Hunt Game by Wonder Forge

Yo ho ho and away we go! Kids gathered around to place their doubloons on the grid over a map of Shipwreck Beach (which doubles as a clever storage bag for game pieces). Players took turns turning over two gold … Continue reading

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Disney Sofia the First Royal Prep Academy Game by Wonder Forge

Sofia the First is new to Royal Prep Academy where magical princess lessons abound. She’s lost her dance shoes, teapot, school book, magical amulet and more throughout the enchanting building. Players help Sofia find her prized school supplies, swinging a … Continue reading

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Disney Sofia the First Magical Tea Time Game by Wonder Forge

Don’t we girls just love a tea party with our own place setting, tea cup and Fairy Headmistresses to offer treats? Kids loved blowing on their teacup to spin the color wheel, practicing good manners with a curtsey,  please or … Continue reading

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K’Nex Robo Creatures Assortment

K’Nex Robo Creature series offers junior builders, architects and designers a next step in their trek among the many building sets that have dazzled and occupied them in the past. I guess the key words here might be “different” and … Continue reading

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Tinkertoy Pink Building Set by K’Nex

Princesses, castles, and animals of your own imagination await you inside the box of this Tinkertoy Pink Building set.  Created to stimulate play that is geared toward building and assembling, Tinkertoys allow children (particularly girls) to learn, create, and explore … Continue reading

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Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center by Just Play

Flip over the Doc McStuffins sign because the Doc is “in!” Kids couldn’t wait for the Checkup Center to be assembled as they started their pretend play saying, “Who wants to be the assistant?” Lambie is provided for a checkup … Continue reading

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Magic Forest Friends by HABA

Magic Forest Friends decorate six interactive sides of a reversible house complete with a bunny to reside inside or out. Open the hut to reveal three “pages” where parents or baby can move a butterfly toward the frog, slide a … Continue reading

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Backyard Safari Walkie Talkie

“Come look at what I found behind the swings! Over,” came through my walkie talkie while playing in the yard with my 6 year-old, adventure-loving friend.  We spent an afternoon outside searching for bugs, creatures, and interesting artifacts with our … Continue reading

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Ooga Booga by Blue Orange Games

Do you have what it takes to be the chief of your clan? Gather up your tribe members for a few rounds of this challenging, prehistoric game and see for yourself. Oooga Booga consists of 54 game cards, each with … Continue reading

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Spot It! Basic English by Blue Orange Games

“Bird! No, kite! No, it’s cake!” cried my toy tester as she finally found the link between two cards while playing Spot It! Three mini-challenges, ranging in difficulty, compose Spot It! Basic English, however, the aim of the game is … Continue reading

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Peppa Pig and the Busy Day at School by Candlewick Press

Join Peppa Pig and her animal friends Pedro Pony, Candy Cat and Rebecca Rabbit during a busy day at school filled with learning, fun, and of course mud! “Peppa Pig and the Busy Day at School” takes kids through a … Continue reading

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Justice League Axis of Villains Strategy Game by Wonder Forge

As fans of Wonder Forge’s two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle strategy games, we were excited to check out their new Justice League Axis of Villains offering. While its Ninja predecessors play true to themes of cunning and stealth for junior … Continue reading

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Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Game by Wonder Forge

Kids raced to open the box of the Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Game. As they unfolded the six foot game board one friend couldn’t contain himself,  “I love it! Is it all the games together in one? The whole … Continue reading

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Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Flying Attack Skill and Action Battle Game by Wonder Forge

With a perfect mix of fun, skill, and action, this game scored an “Oh that’s awesome!” immediately from my friends. Assemble the 4 layered teetering tower, housing the game board along the perimeter of each floor, marking spots to hang … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Cottage Playhouse by Win Green

Girls need a little privacy for a tea party, I was told, as they skipped into Win Green’s Gingerbread Cottage Playhouse and closed the curtains. This beautiful, quick set-up house of hand embroidered and appliquéd cloth (typically taking 15 sewing hours to … Continue reading

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Freeze Up! By Educational Insights

Stay cool while playing this entertaining, rapid category game but be extra careful not to “Freeze Up!” Pass it around as each player races against the timer to shout out a word that satisfies one of the 170 possible categories. … Continue reading

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Nancy B’s Science Club Moonscope and Star Gazer’s Activity Journal by Educational Insights

How can a kid travel through space at the speed of light without either a rocket, NASA training or parental supervision? With Nancy B’s Science Club MoonScope Telescope of course. At a reasonable price point, good entry level functionality and … Continue reading

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Nancy B’s Science Club’s AquaScope and Underwater Wonders Activity Journal by Educational Insights

Nancy B’s AquaScope is part of a family of science tools by Educational Insights, designed to interest young girls, 8 years and up, in science. Kids are fascinated with water since birth, so the AquaScope takes them to the next … Continue reading

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Jumbo Bananagrams

Pack your inner dictionary as you run back and forth to beat your opponents at this exciting, fast-paced anagram game! Jumbo Bananagrams, the super-size version of the popular Bananagram word game, has 144 waterproof 3” square letter tiles ready to … Continue reading

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Nancy B Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal

Kids literally jumped with excitement when they saw the new Nancy B Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal. It was clearly linked to special past learning experiences with “Frank the Scientist” in preschool or science class in elementary school. Beginning … Continue reading

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Animal Patterns Puzzle by BigJigs

Animal Patterns Puzzle by BigJigs is a beautifully designed puzzle that motivates children to learn and match animal designs and patterns, linking a zebra with black stripes or a giraffe with orange spots.  The puzzle’s wooden frame holds nine different … Continue reading

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Dressing Girl Puzzle by BigJigs Toys

Dressing Girl Puzzle by BigJigs sparked creativity in our little fashionistas as they designed outfits to be seen at the mall, playground and  school. Available in two different versions, one featuring a boy and the other a girl, each puzzle … Continue reading

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Rural Road and Rail Set by Bigjigs Toys

Get your engineer buddies and hop on board this new Bigjigs Rural Road and Rail Set chugging into town.  The 80 pieces of fun include roads, trees, buildings, street signs, fences, characters,  animals, a lake, and of course trains and … Continue reading

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Nanoblock Under the Sea by Ohio Art

Kids love miniatures, so add to the fun and learning by creating their own 3D works of under the sea animal art with nanoblocks from Ohio Art. My 12 and 14 year-old friends loved assembling the Manta Ray, Octopus, and … Continue reading

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Planet Buddeez Tees and Hoodies by Planet Buddeez LLC

If you want to invite some interaction and conversation just slip on a t-shirt or hoodie from Planet Buddeez! Designed to teach kids to preserve and be kind to planet earth, these soft shirts and hoodies have a pocket to carry … Continue reading

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What’s the Racket? by HABA

What’s that Racket? is the latest addition to HABA’s fun learning games that target listening skills, focus, auditory memory, association and language. Equipped with a wooden farmer Bert, six secret color-coded hiding places (green bush, yellow hay, orange couch or … Continue reading

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Alphabet Anatomy: Meet The Capital Letters by Linda Ann Jones

Looking for a fun and clever way to introduce your child to the alphabet?  “Alphabet Anatomy: Meet the Capital Letters” is a wonderful way to do just that. Every page of this book presents a capital letter A to Z … Continue reading

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Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Last week research came out from the University of Waterloo finding that children hear more complex language from parents when they read a storybook with only pictures compared to the traditional picture vocabulary book. They recorded moms reading to their … Continue reading

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Bebe Bath and Accessories By Corolle

Bebe Bath and Accessories is the ideal companion for pretend play in the tub or pool. Just blow up her water wings, slip on the flippers and strap on her goggles and snorkel for a swim. Her cloth body, filled … Continue reading

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Babipouce Pink Cotton Flower by Corolle

An ideal first baby doll, Babipouce Pink Cotton Flower’s sweet face invites cuddles, play and conversation as babies grow up to be toddlers and engage in imaginative play. With a super soft body, vinyl face, tiny hands to hold, and … Continue reading

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Elf Grenadine’s Heart by Corolle

This little elf captured the heart of moms and their babies. Sewn for tiny hands, this jester is an ideal first doll as she rattles with a little shake while her over plump body is ready for a hug or … Continue reading

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Alphabet A-Z by Plan Toys

“G is for grapes,” said my little friend as he set down the alphabet tile and lined up the letters.  Lots of language learning happens as children can trace the indented letter on one side of the tile, flip it … Continue reading

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Fairy Tale Blocks by Plan Toys

Children can set up their scenario for happily ever after using this set of blocks to create a castle, carriage pulled by horses, moat, turrets, towers and trees. The blocks have a hint of their purpose (triangular roof piece, arch … Continue reading

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Fire Engine by PLAN Toys

Kids set up their pretend play, and distributed the felt flames so the fire engine could come to the rescue. “Shout fire” they said as they pushed the fire engine to the scene, with personalized siren noises. Unwinding the retractable … Continue reading

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Parking Garage by PLAN Toys

Start your engines for a little fun in this three level parking garage topped with a heliport. Two ramps and a clicking elevator provide transition up and down as kids took their cars in search of a spot. The set … Continue reading

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Pinypon Fairies by Famosa

Fairies have to be flexible to fly around and play with their unicorns, as are these little miniature dolls. My little friends were excited to open the package and start taking apart their dolls, exchanging hair, wings, outfits and butterflies … Continue reading

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My Little Nenuco Travel With Me by Famosa

My little friend loved taking her baby with her, strapped safely in her soft car seat. The sleeve in the back allows little ones to fasten their baby into a seat belt to give her special care. Don’t worry if … Continue reading

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HABA Puppet Theater

Rarely have I heard such an explosion of talking as when I unveiled HABA’s Puppet Theater to three sisters! Each had her own puppet on hand and was parting the curtain to get some dialogue in before the next one … Continue reading

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Loco Lingo Games by HABA

Get your listening ears on for HABA’s “Loco Lingo” series of games.  Open the box for the Kindergarten game and take out the three cute wooden figures, 12 picture cards and colored die. Select one of the 5 games to … Continue reading

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My First Play World Farm: Stacking Cubes by HABA

Kids loved following the story , as the animals made their way to the top of the 9 stacked cubes. Little cues in the beautiful illustrations help you match the rope ladder, dangling rope from a hot air balloon and … Continue reading

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Ophelie And Her Chicks by Lilliputiens

Mama Ophelie is the perfect teacher for kids 6 months and up as she sits down to offer a lesson in describing her fuzzy face, crinkly wings and rattle as she moves. Keep exploring as you pull out the soft … Continue reading

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Block Crayon 3-in-1 Activity Table by Wooky Entertainment

Kids can pull up to this 3-in-1 table sized for little ones to color, stack and stow their block crayons. Somehow rolling out the paper makes coloring more fun, as a continuous stream of drawings are available including numbers, chickens, … Continue reading

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Ferry Boat by Green Toys

This Ferry Boat combines three favorite children’s play themes–cars, boats and water! Come aboard for a trip across the tub with a special pull out ramp to glide the two cars onto the ferry. Slide the ramp back into the … Continue reading

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Rocket by Green Toys

Blast off for some eco-friendly pretend play with this space rocket, equipped with a detachable top capsule and two astronauts suited up for the mission. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs that save energy and reduce greenhouse … Continue reading

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Tractor by Green Toys

Kids are so much better educated today on earth-friendly practices that I think they would actually be proud to know that their tractor was made from recycled milk bottles! Green Toys’ first tractor is lightweight and the perfect size for … Continue reading

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Magnetibook 4 Seasons by Janod

Pick your season and get ready for some fun.  Open the book-like box and slip one of the four season background cards over the magnetic top. Now it’s time for a little imaginative play as kids choose from the 48 … Continue reading

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Racing Round Stacking Pyramid by Janod

We had so much to talk about as kids stacked the cylindrical blocks, matching the race track as they put a smaller piece on top. Each block pictures comical animals stuffed into a numbered race car making their way up … Continue reading

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Story Circus Baby Train by Janod

Kids loved to pull the circus train across a hard floor, listening to the wheels of the four wagons rolling along. “He’s goin’ to a lion circus,” one little boy remarked as he pulled the train through the rooms of … Continue reading

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Artzooka! Surprise Match Boxes by Wooky Entertainment

This kit even surprised me at how creative it was! A 5 year-old boy assembled the boxes, added the insert for the mouth, glued on noses, ears and bows to make a monkey, dog and robot puppet. The clever design … Continue reading

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Artzooka! Recycle Sticker Creations by Wooky Entertainment

Recycle Sticker Creations was a favorite with my little friends as we collected toilet paper rolls, cans and plastic bottles for play! We chose from 250 stickers in the 8 page booklet to create a submarine from a plastic bottle, … Continue reading

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Artzooka! Cupcake Creations by Wooky Entertainment

Artzooka creative kits are just as fun as their name! Cupcakes are the rage so why not create with their little liners? Recommended for 5 years and up, this really is a kit that a 5 year-old can do with … Continue reading

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Bible Toys Prayer Bear

This super soft, cuddly bear is perfect for a pretend pal to accompany little ones. He’s ready to share a prayer in a kind, comforting child’s voice when  you push one of his four paws to hear grace for meals, … Continue reading

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Splash ‘n Slide Waterpark Wonder by B kids

Toddlers love to pour and dump so this floating waterpark is just for them! Lift up the whale topping the slides and place bebee or dedee duck at the start. Rotate the star button and the pals are on their … Continue reading

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See ‘n Spin Alphabet Rack by B kids

Kids couldn’t resist spinning the alphabet disks as they searched for letters in their name, guessed what picture could be on the back that started with that letter, or sang the alphabet song. These easy to flip letters are paired … Continue reading

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Stack ‘n Squirt Pals by B kids

These water loving pals were so much fun on land and in the water. Kids can fill the sink or tub for water play, squirting each other or individual pals. I found my little friend holding the penguin and whale … Continue reading

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Clifford Science Series by The Young Scientists Club

Thanks to The Young Scientists Club and teacher, Clifford The Big Red Dog, kids 3 and up can start experimenting with science. One of the three new kits, “Bubble Science” offers 14 little experiments where kids make bubble sculptures, trains, … Continue reading

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Fixin’ Fun Outdoor Grill by Step2

Little ones got right to work at this outdoor barbecue grill, turning their hot dog with the tongs, and serving it up on the plate with a spatula. Adjusting the flame with the clicking knobs, kids looked just like a … Continue reading

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Wummelbox

How exciting to look forward to a box of fun delivered to your home each month, with 3 to 4 learning projects and all the materials needed to make them! Each Wummelbox is designed around a theme such as Nutrition, … Continue reading

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Easy Turn Coupe by Step2

When kids saw the Easy Turn Coupe, they ran to climb in for a drive around. We had to take turns when 1 1/2  and 4 year-old siblings spotted it. Little sister was first as mom glided her around with … Continue reading

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The Ant and the Grasshopper by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley

Readers are drawn into the vibrant collage of colors on the first page of The Ant and the Grasshopper,  “Somewhere on the boulevard of backyards an ant was struggling with the remnants of a picnic.” Each page is equally as rich, … Continue reading

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ABC Puzzle And Book: My First Puzzle Book by Tiger Tales

Don’t we love the activity all contained in a little box? ABC Puzzle+ Book by Tiger Tales arrived and I had such fun with my 3 year-old friend. A book and puzzle organized by the alphabet offered plenty to talk about. Each … Continue reading

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Penguin And Pinecone by Salina Yoon

I love Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon for language lessons because of its simplicity in storyline and illustrations which leaves a lot to talk about that is implied. Penguin discovers “something curious,” a little pine cone in the snow. He couldn’t … Continue reading

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Playmobil Native American Camp With Totem Pole

Gather around the intricately decorated totem pole, tend the fire or cozy up in the magnificent teepee kept warm by a fire of its own. Figures can ride the painted horse, adorned in feathers, while carrying their quiver of flaming … Continue reading

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Playmobil Western Fort

Hop on your pony and head for Fort Brave but let them know you are friend, not foe. Of course, they know that already with soldiers scanning the frontier from their elevated walkways or keeping guard from the raised lookout … Continue reading

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Clash Alley Strategy Game by Wonder Forge

The fun starts immediately as kids set up the 3-D game board, stacking boxes at different levels for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to traverse through the maze-like warehouse. An excellent introduction to strategy games, Clash Alley has many options … Continue reading

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My Nature Pals Stroll by Tiny Love

Babies love to take a stroll with Frankie the Frog and his nature pals. The flexible arc of activity can be adjusted forward and back and up and down for optimal observation and play. Plenty of lively faces entertain baby … Continue reading

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On The Farm Who’s In The Barnyard? by Ravensburger

This farm set with characters, vehicles and animals is a delightful introduction to toddlers on how to remove pieces in a puzzle, construct a barn, name words within a play scheme and try a first game! Thoughtful instruction tips guide … Continue reading

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My First Puzzles Garden Animals by Ravensburger

Now the youngest puzzlers can join the family in enjoying Ravensburger’s outstanding puzzles. These simple two-piece puzzles are filled with delightful detail, just what toddlers love to discover in the out of doors. A hedgehog is hiding under a canopy … Continue reading

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WOW’s Sammy Sea Patrol by Ravensburger

Kids love the beach with all its play potential–sifting and building with sand, playing in the water or going for a swim. Thankfully there are helpers to protect us if we need them. Sammy, the lifesaver’s jeep can come to … Continue reading

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Friends Heartlake City Pool by Lego

Girls follow the easy to read instructions, adding layer upon layer of creative play fun as they add each brick and accessory. The finished product provides hours of play as Andrea and Isabella mini-doll figures take the slide down into … Continue reading

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Softimals Safari Set by Infinitoy, Inc.

My Softimals Safari Set was a hit with a 3 year-old and his little brother. My older friend immediately started to build the vehicles, which required some adult help when it came to pushing the wheels on. He was delighted … Continue reading

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PicWits! by MindWare

Use your creativity to match one of your wacky PicWits photo cards to the judge’s caption card. What pictured person, animal or situation illustrates captions like, “No one understands me,” “You first,” or “It doesn’t get any better than this?” … Continue reading

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What’s It? By Peaceable Kingdom

What’s It? is a cooperative game where players interpret doodle cards and score points for thinking alike. Roll the dice with category options such as you love it, use it, wear it, don’t want it, or make up your own … Continue reading

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The Great Cheese Chase by Peaceable Kingdom

The learning never stops in Peaceable Kingdom’s cooperative games. Along with following directions, cooperating, and making group decisions, players are building language skills as they discuss strategy options, explain the reasoning, and encourage each other to make the best move. … Continue reading

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Frog Wobble by MindWare

Kids loved balancing their friendly frogs on the log, adjusting and offering advice as to where to put the next wooden frog to keep from tipping over. With options for cooperation or competition, this game gets everyone thinking about balance … Continue reading

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Imagine i Can Pirate Treasures by Manhattan Toy

Kids can transport their tin of pirate play for a quick transformation as they strap on the eye patch, wear the bandana, and grab the wooden sword, map, and pouch of coins to take off on their high sea adventure. … Continue reading

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Imagine i CAN Feel Better MD by Manhattan Toy

I feel better already after being tended to by my little physician with his medical kit. As my friend put on his doctor’s mask he delighted in giving me a shot, dispensing pretend pills, checking my heart with his stethescope, … Continue reading

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Super Sized Floor Puzzle USA Map by Ravensburger

As I brought out this 3 by 2 foot puzzle, my little 3 year-old friend declared, “The United States of America!” and proceeded to recite the Pledge of Allegiance! He loved naming the animals like lobster, moose, orca and bear … Continue reading

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Sky Dragon Puppet by Folkmanis, Inc.

Kids took no time to bring “Sky Dragon” to life as one slipped him on his arm and declared, “Him breathing fire!” The sculpted velvet fabric and rich detailing provide a catalyst for the imagination to soar! Children can open … Continue reading

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Alpaca Puppet by Folkmanis, Inc.

Alpaca Puppet looks so realistic that as soon as kids slip it on, they nuzzle their nose in the incredibly soft plush fur! Stately at 19 inches long, this versatile animal can carry heavy loads, serve as a guard animal … Continue reading

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SmartMax Flower Palace by Smart Toys and Games, Inc.

Kids got right to work, or should I say “play,” with this starter Smartmax set. Intrigued by the magnetic construction pieces, they quickly learned that cold and  warm colored bars attract each other while cold and cold repel. Connecting balls … Continue reading

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Leopard Shark Puppet by Folkmanis, Inc.

Kids are fascinated with sharks so it is no wonder that they repeatedly requested the Leopard Shark for play. His mysterious glass eyes and slightly sharp teeth provide just enough intrigue, while his incredibly soft plush invites little puppeteers to … Continue reading

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Little Hedgehog Puppet by Folkmanis, Inc.

Little Hedgehog Puppet just joined his specially sized friends to delight little ones as they fit their hands into the animals, with a place for each finger. This little friend comes with 12 Facts of Interest including an explanation of … Continue reading

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My 1st Career Gear Zookeeper by Aeromax Inc.

My First Career Gear pretend play shirts by Aeromax, Inc. bring to life little zookeepers, train conductors, pit crew members and magicians to name a few.  My 3 year-old friend couldn’t wait to put on his Zookeeper gear as he … Continue reading

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Toddler Build And Play Cubes by Lego

Lego just introduced their new toddler line and kids love it! This collection of 17 extra large bricks in bright vibrant colors and patterns encourages discovery as little hands can stack or line up the three cubes, opening the doors, … Continue reading

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Bobo Buddy by R.E. Baby Products, Inc.

We’ve got to listen to a mom of triplets on what works to soothe a baby! President and inventor, Raquel Taylor,  had to be creative to keep three babies happy at once–so Bobo Buddy was born. This plush toy attaches … Continue reading

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Up! Tall! And High! by Ethan Long

Any parent who has proudly sat through their child’s first attempts at reading a book, can relate to how boring some of the early readers are. It takes a clever wordsmith to weave a fun tale from a short list … Continue reading

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WordARound by Thinkfun

I never knew reading in circles could be so much fun! Each round card has blue, red and black concentric circles, with a single word written in each ring. Players race to unravel the word and shout it out to … Continue reading

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Playmobil 1.2.3 Take Along Fire Station

Playmobil’s engineers did it again! Their clever designing transforms a fireman’s tool case into a full fire station–the handle becomes the fireman’s pole and working elevator to travel between floors quickly and the separate compartments become the first and second … Continue reading

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Playmobil 1.2.3 Take Along Barn

Toddlers love to own their own stuff, dump it and pack it up again so Playmobil’s newest “Take Along Barn” fits them just perfectly. Swing up the latch to open the double barn doors, and out comes all the props … Continue reading

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Hello Sunshine! by Thinkfun

Say hello to Sunshine, who joins Thinkfun’s first toddler game, “Roll ‘n Play” which was popular with toddlers and their moms last year. I am more frequently asked for toy suggestions by parents of toddlers than any other age, which … Continue reading

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Bear In Underwear Backpack Adventure Board Game! by The Haywire Group

Kids reached for “Bear In Underwear” when I said the name–what fun playing with bears in their underwear! Players travel around the 3-D game board, through the forest and over the bridge, landing on colored spaces directing them to collect … Continue reading

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Animal Soup The Mixed-Up Animal Board Game! by The Haywire Group

Just setting up this game got lots of giggles going as kids looked at the pictured math showing the sum of a tiger plus a rhinoceros equals, of course, a “tigeroceros!”  Preschoolers requested I read through each zany combination of … Continue reading

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A Home For Bird by Philip C. Stead

Foraging for treasures, Vernon the frog comes upon Bird, who quickly becomes his companion. Although curiously quiet, Bird becomes Vernon’s new friend as he is introduced to Porcupine and Skunk and shows him the forest, river and sky. Vernon observes … Continue reading

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Being Frank by Donna W. Earnhardt and Andrea Castellani

Often as speech pathologists we are called upon to teach kids the nuances of language. What does someone REALLY mean when they say something? Can we get some clues from their face and body language? “Being Frank” by Donna W. … Continue reading

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Qualities by SimplyFun

SimplyFun’s game “Qualities” is a natural language catalyst and a creative way to get to know and be known by friends. Claiming a Platonic heritage, they quote the philosopher’s influence on this game – “you can learn more about a … Continue reading

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Rhyme Out: The Triple Rhyming Game by Educational Insights

Kids and adults loved Rhyme Out as everyone raced to produce the three rhyming words to match the clues given. Players alternated being the Rhyme Out Reader, telling the three clues such as–“part of an egg, something fire makes, and … Continue reading

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Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game! by Educational Insights

Kids love the opportunity to be sneaky, but need a little help at 3. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that their favorite spot on the spinner is the little squirrel thief in his mask allowing them to … Continue reading

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Magic Moves Electronic Wand by Educational Insights

“Shake it up and work it out” with your Magic Moves Electronic Wand, designed for kids who need to get the wiggles out. A perfect tool for parents, teachers or therapists, this wand instructs kids to “creep like a crocodile,” … Continue reading

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Puppet on-a-Stick by Educational Insights

Thanks to Puppet-on-a-Stick’s unique design, kids can hold the character and operate his mouth while pulling down the lever on his stick body. Delighted to be able to independently operate these alien looking creatures, children jumped right in to pretend … Continue reading

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SQUIGGLE On-The-Go by Randomline, Inc.

SQUIGGLE On-The-Go by RandomLine, Inc. is at the top of the food chain of simple doodle pads, for travel, or solo and family fun. The entertainment starts with 100 “starter” lines scrawled on as many white square sheets. A little … Continue reading

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Pig Has a Plan by Ethan Long

Pig Has a Plan, actually makes learning to read fun. Having just returned from time with a 4 1/2  and 6 year-old at various stages of learning to read, I listened to both boring and quite clever beginning readers. In … Continue reading

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Red Cat Blue Cat by Jenni Desmond

The front cover art for Red Cat Blue Cat by Jenni Desmond, cleverly depicts where this story begins–the two cats are back to back with grumpy looks on their faces. Perfect for a lesson on answering questions about the text and where … Continue reading

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