Category Archives: 2014

2-In-1 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor by Step2

Kids love to move and now they can literally step into this fantastic Ford Raptor truck to cruise the neighborhood. This vehicle encourages learning and pretend play beginning at 18 months, as toddlers open and close the door, climb in, … Continue reading

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In My Heart, A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek

This lovely book celebrates all shapes and sizes of feelings–full of giggles and wiggles like a magical hat, bright and shiny like a big yellow star or lazy and slow like a floating balloon. Each page opens to a smaller … Continue reading

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Marine Rescue Center by Build and Imagine

Kids happily built a Rescue Center in a matter of minutes, following the picture on the box, intent on making the boat. But that was just the first of many versions they constructed, using the 15 dual-sided magnetic panels to design … Continue reading

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Day at the Beach by Build and Imagine

Kids quickly snapped together the magnetic panels to create all you would need for a day at the beach–a surf shop, cafe, room to change into your wet suit and plenty of surf and sand! What fun to watch their … Continue reading

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Sea Turtle by Folkmanis

Kids are fascinated with seal animals so the Sea Turtle is a welcome friend. Move his little mouth and front flippers to arrive by water or crawl on land. Kids loose some shyness as they slip on a puppet and … Continue reading

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Malia’s Beach House by Build and Imagine

Kids got right to work, snapping the 16 magnetic house panels together to create the perfect beach house. Lots of chat went on while our little friends revised their plan for Malia’s Beach House, using the triangular roof option for … Continue reading

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Splat the Cat: Up in the Air at the Fair by Rob Scotton

It’s no secret that I am a fan of Splat the Cat! He and his buddies, Spike and Plank, just make me giggle. Now they are off to the fair to collect a perfect gift for Kitten who can’t come … Continue reading

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Baby Platypus Puppet by Folkmanis

This baby platypus is so soft, he invites a cuddle.Move his duck bill and front webbed feet to prepare for a walk or swim in the water. I love that kids learn the story behind the animal in attached “Facts … Continue reading

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Ostrich Puppet by Folkmanis

This rare bird is stately and fun as you slip your hand into the plush body and move the beak for some real talking! Hands also fit into the feathery wings for a little more expression. Puppets provide kids with … Continue reading

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Tiggly Math Interacting With Tiggly Cardtoons by Tiggly-Kidtellect Inc.

“Can I play counting?” my 4 year-old friend kept asking me. I was immersed in a board game with his older brothers and thought he wanted to join us. No, he was referring to his new favorite app, “Tiggly Cardtoons,” … Continue reading

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Storybook Game Set-Level 1, 5 Pack by Play Together Read Together, LLC

Learning to read is an important milestone for kids. To some it comes naturally while others need some encouragement and maybe a little extra practice in skills leading up to that first book. Developed by a former second grade teacher, … Continue reading

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MIni-mals by Hape

Minimals are aptly named as the micro-goat, elephant, pig, zebra, rhino and giraffe join in play or choose others from the zoo of 12. These bamboo buddies have interchangeable rubber body parts–ears, feet, tails and necks–that sometimes stay with the … Continue reading

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Cook ‘n Serve Kitchen by Hape Toys

Little chefs can pull this kitchen on wheels to any spot and start cooking! With two-sided fun for pretend play, kids can heat their soup up on the two burners, or pop a pie in the oven, turning the clicking … Continue reading

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Tubby Table by Tubby Table Toys

Want to add a little playful learning to tub time? Just press Tubby Table down to adhere to the tub floor and watch kids bring on the play. Filling, pouring, and splashing are high up on a toddler’s list of … Continue reading

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Grocery Store/ Puppet TheaterTent by Pacific Play Tents, Inc.

Kids raced to enter the Theater flap to start the play in their new tent. Parents loved the easy set-up and light weight tent with velcro closures. Each side suggests a new story with “Grocery” having a peek through window … Continue reading

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Pictopia: Disney Edition App by Wonder Forge

Put your thinking caps on as you enter the world of Disney in this visual trivia game spanning movies, theme parks, animated classics and TV shows. A mobile extension of Wonder Forge’s highly popular Pictopia board game, this free app … Continue reading

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Rooting for You by Susan Hood

It’s time to grow up, sprout, break new ground, go toward the light, and bloom is the message of this delightful, flap book, multi-layered with meaning. Kids love the opening two-paged, “I am NOT coming out! with a frown on … Continue reading

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The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen, Pictures by Dan Hanna

Our worried little Pout-Pout Fish is back with a backpack looped around his front fins and brand new sharpened pencils pointing straight toward his first day of school. Sent off with a smooch from his parents, Mr. Fish isn’t sure … Continue reading

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Smile, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, pictures by Dan Hanna

Hooray for the Pout-Pout Fish who can begin to entertain and teach babies in this first board book featuring our blub-blub friend. True to his tales for the older crowd in picture books, Mr. Fish starts out with a glum-glum … Continue reading

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Doc McStuffins Spot it! Numbers and Shapes by Blue Orange Games

Doc McStuffins, Lambie, Hallie and Stuffy add to the leaning fun in this latest Spot It! game aimed at teaching numbers and shapes. Three game options all involve flipping over your card and being the first to name the matching … Continue reading

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Jake and the Neverland Pirates Spot it! Numbers and Shapes by Blue Orange Games

Join Jake, Cubby, Izzy, Skully and Tic-toc Croc as kids enjoy this latest version of Spot It! learning their numbers and shapes. Three game options all involve flipping over your card and being the first to name the matching symbol … Continue reading

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Star Wars Force Grab by Wonder Forge

May the force be with you if you play this game with 8 year-old boys, as I did. Okay, I was warned that one little friend was a Star Wars expert. The 12 mini-objects central to the game include Boba … Continue reading

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Disney World of Disney Pictopia Game by Wonder Forge

This ultimate picture-trivia game is incredibly fun “family” entertainment but I will tell you, get ready for the kids to heartily beat the parents at answering multi-faceted questions comparing Disney characters. Each question card has 4 Disney characters pictured on … Continue reading

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Disney Palace Pets Royal Pet Salon by Wonder Forge

As soon as little girls saw the box of the Royal Pet Salon, they were excited to play. They chose their favorite well-coiffed Disney pet, spun the spinner and were on the move through the 3-D Royal Pet Salon. Move … Continue reading

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Disney Junior Super Stretchy Game by Wonder Forge

You’ve heard the tip to stretch before you exercise–well consider that a prerequisite for playing this game of super fun! My little friends got into such contortions that I had to get out my camera. “Twister” with a Disney preschool … Continue reading

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Dr. Seuss Charades Game by Wonder Forge

Who hasn’t had a laugh playing charades and a memory of trying desperately for your team to guess your assignment? Wonder Forge has just made it possible for the preschool set to join in the family fun with “Dr. Seuss … Continue reading

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Doll Shona by HABA USA

Every little girl had the same reaction when she opened the suitcase and saw Shona, “Wow, I wanna hold her” and they immediately picked her up to give her a hug! This 8″ washable plush doll with a head of … Continue reading

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Doorway Puppet Theatre by HABA USA

Set the stage for easy set up and creative play as you simply place the adjustable extension rod in a doorway to hang HABA’s new “Doorway Puppet Theatre.” Adjust the height for even your littlest puppeteers so they can pop … Continue reading

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Magnetic Game Dress Up Lilli by HABA USA

Little girls love dolls and dress up so grab Lilli’s tin for lots of creative, ever-changing play. Magnetic Lilli is sturdy enough to move between 4 available scenes–kitchen, school, backyard or jungle–dressing up and changing her hairstyle. My little friends … Continue reading

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Balancing Circus by Lilliputiens

Introduce your baby to the circus as the elephant, cat and rabbit balance, forming a pyramid of fun. Tip to the front, back or side but no one falls off thanks to a suction cup on the bottom to attach … Continue reading

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Matching Game Who Lives Where? by HABA USA

I am asked for toy suggestions most often for the toddler set, as parents seems stumped as to what would interest their new little investigator. “Matching Game Who Lives Where?” is perfect for play and exploration with HABA’s high quality, … Continue reading

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Baby Book Zoo Friends by HABA USA

Little fingers love to explore this chunky wooden book with cut out pages to enjoy the progressively revealed scene. Discovering lions, giraffes, an elephant, crocodile and flamingo is just plain fun for baby as he sees fronts and backs as … Continue reading

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Shadow FX Color Projector by Crayola

Open the box of Crayola’s new Shadow FX Color Projector and the contents look simple–a clear drawing panel with gel FX markers, a shadow shapes sheet of props like an astronaut, alien and a lightning rod and the colored light … Continue reading

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Never Ever by Jo Empson

I have “Never Ever” seen so much repetition of so few words in a picture book that is surrounded by zany illustrations saying “Never say never!”  A cute, pigtailed little girl along with her beloved stuffed bunny takes us through … Continue reading

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SPLAT! Starring the Vole Brothers by Roslyn Schwartz

Kids are chuckling by page one as these lovable rodents  set out for their stroll when a pigeon flies overhead and “SPLAT,” drops a white mess on one of the vole’s head. The vole who’s escaped the bird’s gift can’t … Continue reading

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The Multiples Early Year Set

Kids get ready to meet the Multiples as you sip your milk, down your cereal or have a sandwich! Our mom said, “Cute” while her son said, “Wow,” when they saw the Early Year Set. “Hey, they’re counting by 2″s” … Continue reading

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Tapple by USAopoloy

Kids loved this fast-paced word-game of beat the timer as you name an item within a category by its first letter. Players have 10 seconds to shout out their answer among the letters available, and then re-start the timer and … Continue reading

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Treasure Trax by USAopoly

Preschoolers perked up when I told them to hide their eyes while I distributed “the treasure” for a hunt around the house. A kid-sized little purple pouch holds location, animal and clue (letters/numbers) cards to hide and seek. Kids raced … Continue reading

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Letter Slide by SimplyFun

Something about the recent warm, sunny days made this new game by SimplyFun especially inviting as kids chose a water slide game board headed by a pig, dog, bunny or duck in an inner tube! Learning to read is loads … Continue reading

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GET4 and Score by SimplyFun

I love the quality of SimplyFun games before I even start the game. The thick, sturdy gameboards and even the box say, “We’re ready to play over and over!” Players need to be at the top of their game, ready … Continue reading

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Air+ Water Power PLUS by Thames and Kosmos

Thames & Kosmos “Air+Water Power Plus” is a creative combination of vehicle/machine building kit AND science experiment. At it’s core are a pair of air+water pressure tanks that go into 30 different models to assemble from the kit’s 176 pieces. … Continue reading

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Write and Learn Touch Tablet by VTech

VTech’s Write and Learn Touch Tablet has a focused mission of teaching 3 to 6’ers number and letter formation. It succeeds. It’s effective, fun, simple and inexpensive. That’s good stuff, “effective, fun, simple and inexpensive!” Kids warm to both the … Continue reading

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Pinypon Figures and Pets 6 Pack by Famosa North America, Inc.

Pinypon figures provide hours of interchangeable play as little girls switch up hairdos, heads, bodies, clothes and accessories to match the story line. Want to wear heels and a skirt or pants with ballet slippers? The cat and dog are … Continue reading

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Pinypon Aquapark Adventure by Famosa North America, Inc.

Kids let out a big “Wow!” when they saw the Pinypon Aquapark Adventure. Role play started immediately as my little friend wanted to change bathing suits on her doll, add a watermelon purse and set up the snack bar with … Continue reading

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Fort Magic by Fort Magic LLC

“Fort Magic” has the perfect name as kids felt the magic, standing inside and outside of their castle, airplane and rocket as they solved design questions, negotiated how to build and created new spaces! With 165 straight and curved rods … Continue reading

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Diaper Backpack by Corolle

Toddlers love to imitate mommy and daddy so watch the proud moment when they load up their backpack and set out for an outing with their baby doll. My little friend unzipped the backpack to open up the perfect changing … Continue reading

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Mon Premier Bebe Calin Maria by Corolle

Mon Premier Bebe’s newest sibling, Calin Maria is an ideal first baby doll for little mommies 18 months and older. The cuddly, soft bean bag body is easily posable imitating real life with her brown sleeping eyes to invite some … Continue reading

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Science X Dinosaurs by Ravensburger

Puppies and babies are to TV commercials as dinosaurs are to kids’ play. Kids perk up when discovering dinosaurs. Ravensburger’s Science X Dinosaur kit not only warrants that initial scrutiny, but delivers fun learning activities beyond the initial monster mash. … Continue reading

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Show Me the Kwan by Griddly Games

“Show Me the Kwan” is a new entry in Griddly Games’ strong line-up, building cognitive capacity while sparking lots of fun. Generating challenging multidimensional thinking across what appears to be a simple word-dice game, it’s totally portable in a compact … Continue reading

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4 Wheeling Super Sized Floor Puzzle by Ravensburger

Preschoolers want to get into the action too with a full size puzzle. Ravensburger’s 24 piece super sized puzzles are a perfect fit for chunky hands to manipulate and cute, age-appropriate scenes that little ones can identify with. My little … Continue reading

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Counting Animals by Ravensburger

Preschoolers love the super sized puzzles and this goofy set of counting animals make assembling the pieces even more fun. Our little friend caught on to the counting theme and put the 24- piece puzzle together randomly calling out the … Continue reading

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Mon Premier Sky Stroller by Corolle

Every baby needs a little fresh air during the day so grab your stroller, snap in your mon premier bebe (or any doll up to 12″ tall) and off you go! Sized just right for a first little mommy push … Continue reading

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Miss Pink Star and Blanket by Corolle

This set is a perfect baby gift that will grow with your child. Soft and tiny (9 1/2″), Miss Pink Star is huggable with plenty of spots to hang on to her arms, legs, pointed hat or dress. It’s important … Continue reading

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Vibrobot by Thames and Kosmos

Thames & Kosmos Vibrobot is a fun, stimulating toy that delivers across multiple layers. Basically, it develops scientific observations (eight included in this set) relating to the principles of a vibrating motor, which kids might be most familiar with in … Continue reading

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Modular Toys 3D Racetrack Kit

The popularity of construction and car/train track sets continues in the toy industry as does mash potatoes and dressing on the Thanksgiving table. Old friends, familiar, enjoyable, good memories! In the $84B global toy industry though you have a plethora … Continue reading

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Marie Kruse Paris Stylista by Kaethe Kruse

Little girls love to dress dolls so what could be even more exciting? To make the clothes that you dress your doll in! As a seamstress and doll lover growing up, (yes, I did make some of my doll’s clothes) … Continue reading

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Nickibaby Striped by Kaethe Kruse

Nickibaby Striped loves to tag along with babies as their little fingers can easily grip his attached stocking hat or lightly stuffed limbs. He can even prop up or sit as a favorite observer or participant in pretend play as … Continue reading

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Enchanted Meadow Towel Doll by Kaethe Kruse

Babies loved this sweet, soft first doll with a precious face and soft towel to easily grasp as a lovey.  Perfect for teething, this soft cotton skirt is washable too. The stocking cap is great for grasping with the tiniest … Continue reading

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DIY Dream House by Hape

Hape’s new DIY dollhouse is a dream come true for little interior decorators! With three floors of moveable props as well as wall accessories, this house can be transformed and re-invented for play over and over again. Bright contemporary wallpaper … Continue reading

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Dream Cakes by Ravensburger

Who doesn’t dream of a pink triple tiered cake with ice cream cones or lollipops on top? Kids loved this creative cake-making game that captures the fun while including learning lessons across many disciplines. Twirl the spinner to see how … Continue reading

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Lyla Tov Monsters-Charlotte

Sometimes we just need a little friend to keep the monsters of the dark away. Enter Lyla Tov Monsters. They captured my heart as I walked the aisles of the New York Toy Fair this year and saw them all … Continue reading

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SMARTMAX Home Sweet Home by Smart Toys and Games, Inc

Kids are so intrigued by magnets and love the quick click as they start their construction. The new Home Sweet Home set includes 3 open and shut windows with panes and shutters to snap on to tubes for some peek-a-boo … Continue reading

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Stow ‘n Go Kart by B Kids

This clever bear provides 3-in-1 fun as kids climb on for a ride, stow away their treasures or snap it shut to pack up for an overnight! We know how much toddlers love to fill and empty containers, explore, and … Continue reading

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Bebee’s Ferris Wheel by B Kids

Little ones loved to give Bebee and his friends a whirl on the ferris wheel, watching the friends twist and turn. Secure this wheel of fun onto a high chair or tray so baby can whap it for some action, … Continue reading

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Style Me Up! Sketchbooks Featuring Disney Characters by Wooky Entertainment

Young fashionistas have grown up with disney characters and now they can take on a new role of designing fashions for their favorites–Tinker Bell, Snow White, Ariel, Belle and more! Removable stencil sheets, 50+ stickers and sketch sheets provide just … Continue reading

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Finding Nemo Shark Alarm by Ravensburger

Ravensburger’s Disney Pixar 73-piece puzzle features a large shark baring his teeth surrounded by some of our favorite “Finding Nemo” friends. Kids loved assembling the puzzle from the dark murky bottom up to the lighter ocean surface with a backdrop … Continue reading

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Artzooka! Finger Peeps by Wooky Entertainment

Puppets are a terrific venue for pretend play and language learning as kids take on a role, converse, and build their story. Wooky Entertainment’s Artzooka! series brings us wonderful make-and-play activities so why not create our own puppets, propelled by … Continue reading

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Nanoblock Great White Shark, Sea Turtle and Fiddler Crab

This underwater creature set was popular with kids due to their fascination with the sea. With 110-150 pieces in each nanoblock, the animals take on a realistic three-dimensional look–check out the shark’s mouth hanging open.  Kids love miniatures and get … Continue reading

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Tape-a-Doodle Extreme by Faber-Castell USA

The roll-and-go tape runners were such fun as kids decorated the 20 page tear-off pad’s drawings. Planes, creatures, surf boards and spaceships were enhanced with tape strips of flames, eyes, dots, mouths and sports themes. For some reason the eyes … Continue reading

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Doodle Magic Color Mat by Crayola

I unrolled this pack-and-go mat and kids got right to coloring. Great for individual or group play, this mat accommodates several kids designing a story by theme or just doing their thing. My three friends created a landscape for animals, … Continue reading

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Tape-a-Doodle by Faber-Castell USA

Tape-a-Doodle is just that–all about decorating your doodles with this trendy tape! Designed with little girls in mind, this set includes 5 colorful tape runners featuring polka dots, peace signs, zebra pattern, smiley faces and hearts. Kids filled cupcakes, trees, … Continue reading

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The Big Creativity Can by Faber-Castell

I was drawn to this tub of open-ended, child-driven play at the Toy Fair as I walked into Faber-Castell’s lively booth. Kids had used the contents of the can–clay, wheels, stickers, styrofoam shapes, wiggly eyes, feathers, bells, pom poms, paper … Continue reading

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Speedy’s Magical Shell by B Kids

Speedy the snail takes on power when kids pull his string so he can tag along. His shell rotates to make the shape sorter more challenging as kids match the colored balls to the hole and push them in. Little … Continue reading

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Paint Your Own Porcelain Tea Set by MindWare

Little girls loved decorating their tea cups, saucers, tea pot, sugar bowl and cream pitcher in preparation for their tea party with friends real or make-believe! A set of mini invitations is even included. The palatte of 12 paints and … Continue reading

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Playful Chef Deluxe Cooking Kit by MindWare

Kids tied on their aprons and began learning the language of cooking–recipe, ingredients, spatula and whisk–as we set out our directions to make a “very vanilla cake.” Mom couldn’t believe we were making a cake from scratch! The recipe card … Continue reading

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Let’s Make Pom Pals Pom Critter Kit by PomTree

Boys and girls alike loved this tub of fun, jammed with 340 pieces to create little critters including pom poms, wiggle eyes, foam shapes, felt stickers and chenille stems. No glue is needed–just peel away the sticky backing and add … Continue reading

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Under the Sea Blocks by Hape Toys

Come with us for a little under the sea adventure and you don’t even have to get wet! 48 vibrant wooden blocks inspire a little story in the water with a crab, lobster, sea star, jelly fish or sea weed … Continue reading

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On Safari Playset by Hape Toys

Parents are always asking me for suggestions for toddler toys–here’s winner. 2 year-olds and up create the habitat by connecting the 4 felt puzzle pieces to view the landscape of ponds, rivers, islands, a log bridge and mini mountain. Next … Continue reading

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Connector Pen Bucket 50 ct. by Faber-Castell USA

Talk about a multi-use toy that fosters creativity in two different directions–these connector pens go far beyond a writing and drawing implement. I was first introduced to them at the Toy Fair where their inventor had a display of an impressive … Continue reading

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Green Toys Train

All aboard the Green Toys train, headed into imagination land. Kids as young as 2 can easily navigate this chunky but light locomotive and cars, adding sound effects and cargo. The open wagon car ferried many little toys and objects … Continue reading

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Over Under

“How many dimples are on a regulation golf ball? How many bricks are in the Empire State Building? In what year was NATO created? Listen to the creative problem solving, group debate and consensus as players come up with their … Continue reading

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Rory’s Story Cubes– MAX

Being a fan of Rory’s story Cubes, I’ve found that “Max” takes the storytelling to a new level. Something about the larger cubes, manipulated in little hands,  changes the play as kids view their story in a larger dimension. I … Continue reading

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Spot it! Numbers and Shapes by Blue Orange Games

“Spot It” is everybody’s favorite and now we can invite the preschool set to join the learning fun! Flip your card over to search for the only number or shape that matches between two cards. Sounds simple but so many … Continue reading

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Spot it! Alphabet by Blue Orange Games

Preschoolers love joining big brother and sister is a game of “Spot it! Alphabet,” as they flip over their card to search for the only letter that  matches between two cards.  This fast paced game is ideal for learning and … Continue reading

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GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank by GoldieBlox Inc.

Start with a read-along as Goldie leads her mud-happy dog, Nacho past the sprinkler, hose and pond in hopes of getting him squeaky clean but he would have nothing to do with it! Her loyal companion followed Goldie right up … Continue reading

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GoldieBlox and the Parade Float by GoldieBlox Inc.

Kids joined Ruby and Goldie as they built their story and props together, from Katinka’s baton made from axles and blocks to a throne that showcased  Katinka high above the finished parade float. Little girls learned the language of engineering … Continue reading

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Magnetistick Pirates by Janod

Ahoy matey. Get ready to transform your bedroom, playroom, or any wall for that matter,  into a high seas pirate adventure! Set the scene by peeling off the large wall cling pirate ship, island, raft, row boat and treasure chest … Continue reading

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The Extraordinaires Design Studio by The Creativity Hub Ltd.

It’s time to tap your creativity, imagination, problem solving and marketing skills as you grab your “Extraordinaires Design Studio” and try your hand at product design. Kids felt very special as they opened the sleek case, chose their client–one of … Continue reading

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Story- Firefighter Train by Janod

“Ladder up!” my little friend yelled as he unfolded the fire rescue ladder on the train. Designed with an engine, open transport car, water tank and ladder car, this train is ready to fight fires. The four magnetic rail cars … Continue reading

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Circus Puzzle by Janod

This circus puzzle is full of excitement and plenty to talk about as monkeys climb the tightrope, a bear walks on stilts, and poodles jump rope. We had fun looking for and describing different pieces to add to the scene … Continue reading

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XL Graffiti Black White Board by Janod

Junior artists take note. Prepare for some creative fun and pretend play with Janod’s latest extra large double sided easel, sturdy enough to accommodate an author or artist on each side, one with dry erase pens and the other with … Continue reading

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Story Box-Safari by Janod

I always like to watch kids when the packaging becomes part of the play. Our Safari Park pieces are stowed in a sturdy box shaped and illustrated like home base for the animals and tourists as figures match the box. … Continue reading

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Who Am I? by Janod

Who Am I? is the big question as players sit across each other with the game board propped up between them picturing 24 animals dressed in various combinations of accessories–hats, scarves, necklaces mustaches, glasses, collars, hair, earrings, bows and butterflies. … Continue reading

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MagnetiBook-Dinosaurs by Janod

Open up this self-contained magnetic dinosaur book and start creating a scene from your 12 attachable dinosaurs from stegosaurus and triceratops to flying pterodactylus and pteranodon. Kids started right into a story as they stuck their dinosaurs on to the … Continue reading

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uKloo Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game

The uKloo family is growing and they’ve done it again– introduced us to yet another fabulously fun treasure hunt game that promotes reading, thinking and now problem solving! Parents choose 4 or more riddle cards from the pack of 75, … Continue reading

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Camp Site by Playmobil

Were our focus not on recognizing great toys that generate a lot of speech, I’d say I was speechless. Playmobil’s 2014 Summer Fun Camp Site has a level of uber-accesorizing that would make the most avid camper feel home-on-the-range. First … Continue reading

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Alpine Ridge Climber by Step2

Get ready to scale the heights in this “Alpine Ridge Climber,” complete with 5 different climbing walls with grips, holes and steps to ascend and descend whether pretend play has deemed this a castle, mountain hideout or lookout tower. Stand … Continue reading

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My Take Along Train by Playmobil

All aboard this perfect train for toddlers, stored in the station itself! Our little friends loved unpacking the 10 pieces of track to make a shape that passed by the station for pick up. Mom and child are waiting on … Continue reading

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Unicorn Jewel Castle by Playmobil

The eyes of our young maiden sparkled as she glimpsed the delicate features of Playmobil’s Princess “castlette.” Dual streaming banners atop a bejeweled grand gothic entrance, clear windows in the high arching double doors, a spiraling staircase providing access to … Continue reading

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Great Outdoors Playhouse by Step2

Kids move right in to the “Great Outdoors Playhouse,” pumping water, grilling a hamburger, planting their flowers or greeting playmates at the door. With plenty of space inside to host several friends, this house is hopping with pretend play potential … Continue reading

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High Seas Adventure Sand and Water Table with Umbrella by Step2

Full speed ahead mateys as you double the fun with this water AND sand table. There are  plenty of cups with varied holes for several kids to experiment around the table as water flows through the pirate ship, sending the … Continue reading

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Our Day On the Town Sticker Storybook by PomTree

Join Lily and her best friends, Charlotte and Ella, as they explore all the possibilities for fun activities on their playdate. 871 stickers are provided for stick-on fun as little girls personalized their books and created their own story. Little … Continue reading

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Fashion Portfolio by PomTree

Gather your little fashionistas and get ready for the runway! This Fashion Portfolio is self-contained fun as little girls opened up their studio, propped it up and started right in assembling their dolls, and hanging up and sorting pants, boots, … Continue reading

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My Super Life Journal…By Me by PomTree

My first reaction to “My Super Life Journal…By Me” was, “Why didn’t they have these when I was little? I wrote in my diaries and entered every detail of my life in a scrapbook. This “Awesome, amazing, super, crazy, wonderful, … Continue reading

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Clifford Food Science by The Young Scientist Club

It’s no secret that kids are fascinated with food from the time they finger their first cheerios and pieces of banana. Now even the preschool set can learn the science behind yummy creations like “ice cream in a bag,” ‘homemade … Continue reading

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Van Walker by Plan Toys

What toddler wouldn’t want to push this van around his playroom, collecting toys, books and snacks to transport? Our little toddlers felt secure as they took their first steps and held on tight! The wooden screw in the back allows … Continue reading

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Pirate Ship by Plan Toys

Ahoy, mateys! This is a pirate ship you want to set sail with. Kids loved all the accessories to set up their story. Pirates boarded, climbed the ladder to the deck, steered the ship, walked the plank and rowed past … Continue reading

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Princess Play Set by International Playthings

Doesn’t every little princess like her own handbag to carry around her frog, fairy wand and teething beads? This cute pink purse even resembles a castle wall along the upper edge as it invites some open-ended pretend play. Toddlers enjoyed … Continue reading

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Forest Friends Shape Sorter by International Playthings

This soft raccoon shape sorter is great for stuffing the three animals–triangular hedgehog, square fox and round skunk–into their corresponding patterned and shaped holes. These little friends were such fun to explore after lifting the raccoon’s head to retrieve them. … Continue reading

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Zeeland by International Playthings

The tub is always a favorite place for toddlers so bring on the fun with Zeeland ‘s imaginary island and 4 colorful friends. The cone shaped island suctions to any smooth surface inside and outside and provides random holes for … Continue reading

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Owl Busy Buddy Blanket by International Playthings

This owl doesn’t hoot but he sure can entertain a baby with teether toes, crinkle wings, engaging eyes, a heart teether that peek-a-boos into a pocket and plenty of textures to explore. This soft take-along friend doubles as  blanket and … Continue reading

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Clifford Animal Science by The Young Scientists Club

Rarely do I find so many quality language and science learning activities in one little box! The Young Scientists Club invites children 3 and up to joining Clifford the Big Red Dog and pal Emily to perform 14 fun experiments, … Continue reading

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Kitchen Set by Plan Toys

When it comes to a language learning toy, less is more. Plan Toy’s new Kitchen Set qualifies and delivers great play. This portable kitchen has just enough detail and functionality to draw out the creativity in kids. They aren’t distracted … Continue reading

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Play Park by Plan Toys

“Whee!” was the first word out of our little friend’s mouth as she gave one of the wooden family figures a ride down the cable car. “Use the harness for the baby,” I was instructed. Kids rode their bikes, raced … Continue reading

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Junior Alias by Tactic

Pick your teams and get ready for a fast-paced game of “Junior Alias.” The starting team chooses a player to explain the picture cards while the others guess, getting a point for each correct answer until the sand timer is … Continue reading

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Family Alias by Tactic Games

You can’t be at a loss for words in “Family Alias” and everyone takes a turn explaining their selected words using synonyms, opposites or clues so their partner can guess as many words as possible until the timer runs out. … Continue reading

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Noodle Speedoodle by Peaceable Kingdom

“Noodle Speedoodle” will have you racing against the clock, not one another, to draw a specified word for the gang to guess. Spin first for one of five options for doodling with your noodles (say that 5 times fast!). Ranging … Continue reading

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Say the Word by Peaceable Kingdom

“The Repeat-After-Me Silly Story Memory Game!” says it all. In Peaceable Kingdom’s new cooperative game, everyone is the story teller, adding on a zany phrase or sentence using a word card in their hand. Set up by designating a Story … Continue reading

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Paint a Tea Set by Galt Toys

What can be more fun than a tea party? Certainly decorating your tea set first, according to my little girlfriends. Galt’s white ceramic tea set is just begging for some fashionista to add the color and design for a proper … Continue reading

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NightBuddies by Napa Valley Toys USA

The word is out. NightBuddies are are fun during the day too! Designed to comfort kids, lighting up the night, vehicles and sea life animals just need a hug to illuminate their eyes and make a connection with their little … Continue reading

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Gone Shopping Game by Galt Toys

Kids loved searching the four market stalls arranged by category–toys, food, clothes and the bakery–to make a match on their shopping list. Perfect for preschoolers learning vocabulary in categories as well as building memory skills, “Gone Shopping Game” includes familiar … Continue reading

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Fairy Dressing Up Set by Galt Toys

Two fairies in the hands of little girls took flight as they dressed for a boat ride, shopping trip and nestled into a pretend bed (napkin holder). Their 22 piece magnetic wardrobe includes dresses, skirts, tops, tiaras, magic wands, flowers … Continue reading

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Dinosaur Floor Puzzle by Galt Toys

Kids indeed thought this 30 piece dinosaur puzzle was giant and quite grand. With eight of the jigsaw pieces able to stand alone as complete prehistoric animals including some favorite dinosaurs, kids loved building the puzzle around these figures. Lots … Continue reading

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Breyer New Arrival at the Barn

Come on down to the barn to meet Latte,  Expresso’s new foal. Children have all the tools to do their work with a shovel, pail, rake and trough. Keep the blanket on for those nippy mornings and be sure to … Continue reading

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My First Shop by Lego

It’s a busy day getting ready for “My First Shop” to open–stocking the shelves with milk, juice, dog food, pretzels, bread, bananas and apples-before the first customer arrives. And who might that be? My little friends always popped the dog … Continue reading

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WOW Toys Mini WOW Line

Izzy, Ace, Jojo, Blaze, Jax and Clay are new super cute Mini Wow vehicles joining the WOW family, no batteries needed. With a boy and girl vehicle included in each category, racing emergency and construction, little ones can get right … Continue reading

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Tolo Teatime Shape Sorter

Toddlers get their turn at the tea party with this sturdy shape sorter that converts to the real thing for pretend play! Kids loved experimenting with angles as they tried to fit the red, blue, green and white colored cups … Continue reading

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“Too Much Glue” by Jason Lefebvre and Zac Retz

As a speech therapist I find that just about any activity involving glue is fun for kids! The same apparently holds true for a book about “Too Much Glue.” Matty gets instructions from his art teacher to hold back on … Continue reading

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Zingo! Word Builder by ThinkFun Inc

Zingo™ is back! First it taught us matching pictures, then sight words and now spelling and reading. Something about sliding that red device back and forth for “the reveal” captures kids’s attention and they can’t get enough. Double sided word-builder … Continue reading

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Last Letter by ThinkFun, Inc

The  “Last Letter” is just what you listen for in this fast-paced classic word game of calling out a word that begins with the last letter of the word just called. Here’s the twist. Each player is drawing from the … Continue reading

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Move and Groove by ThinkFun Inc

Get out those dancin’ shoes and move and groove with the toddler set! Roll the multi-colored cube and flip over a matching colored card. 48 pictured instruction cards call out movements in 6 color-coded categories: Let’s Pretend, Movement, Classics, Body … Continue reading

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Tiggly Stamp Interacting with Tiggly Shapes by Tiggly-Kidtellect, Inc.

“Got a story about us? Now is the time to tell, says the raccoon.” Tiggly Stamp with Tiggly Shapes is all about assembling fun scenes that lead up to creating a story. Kids are completely engaged in this game combining … Continue reading

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My Little “h” Doll by Great Divide Corporation

Do you want to take your Huggles friend on the road? Now they are available in just the right size (and huggability) to tuck under your arm or pack for a trip. Little Mia made some stops with me today … Continue reading

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My Friend Huggles Doll by Great Divide Corporation

When I was first introduced to Huggles, I think I had the same reaction as a little girl did today–she gasped in excitement and then giggled, “She’s so big,” she said. I also couldn’t help but sneak a hug with … Continue reading

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Squirrels on Skis by J. Hamilton Ray, Illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre

Kids jump right into Squirrels on Skis, delighting in the zany story of a town overrun by squirrels swishing and swooping  among their houses, churches and shops. It’s no wonder this book is a Cat in the Hat Beginner Book … Continue reading

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