Category Archives: 2015

Space Hawk by Ravensburger

Ravensburger’s new Space Hawk augmented reality toy and game is re-entering the earth’s atmosphere and headed to North America. This creative SNAPTOY was developed and launched in Europe and we expect this to be a hit stateside in it’s target … Continue reading

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Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen app Interacting with Tiggly Words

Preschoolers have always delighted in watching their silly friend, Cookie Monster, gobble up cookies and crumbs. Now Sesame Street has partnered with Tiggly to create “Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen” app, a fantastically fun multi-sensory early literacy experience helping kids create … Continue reading

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The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish by Diesen and Hanna

I just love the opening stanzas of Mr. Fish’s latest escapade: “In a festive ocean corner, Fish were decking out the reef, Hanging tinsell, bows and lights, In a holiday motif.” Can you get into the rhythm of that luscious … Continue reading

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Puzzlets by Digital Dream Labs

Puzzlets by Digital Dream Labs is a welcome new addition to the vast array of digital kids games which also promise redeeming educational value. In this case DDL has delivered both entertainment and brain-workouts in a creative, highly integrated and intuitively … Continue reading

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Ally-saurus and the First Day of School by Richard Torrey

This book has been a favorite with my speech therapy students since I found it in the “New” books section. Ally-saurus is a little girl with a dinosaur’s spirit who had a rough start to her first day of school. Torrey’s … Continue reading

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Fairytale Theater by Build and Imagine

Take storytelling to a new level with Build and Imagine’s newest themed set, Fairytale Theater. The double-sided magnetic story panels inspired a princess banished to her purple bedroom, an Ogre’s note left in a magic apple in the castle’s banquet room, a … Continue reading

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Max’s Math by Kate Banks

In Kate Banks’ newest book, “Max’s Math,” Max has set out to find problems, just for the fun of it. Building his car, he is 2 wheels short but found some in the basement: 2 +2  = 4. Adding up … Continue reading

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The Cowboy by Muller

Kids love this book as do I. This  “I Like to Read” book should be in your little one’s early reader library. The compelling story of rescue and friendship combined with  Muller’s simple drawings, encourages new readers to pick it … Continue reading

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Little House on the Prairie 18″ Doll Covered Wagon, Furniture for 18″ Girl Dolls by The Queens’ Treasures

Pack up for your pioneer adventure as your dolls board the wagon in this 52″ long Prairie Covered Wagon. Little girls threaded the reigns through the horse hitch and sat their dolls on the jockey box, ready to steer the … Continue reading

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Crayola Easy Animation Studio

Want to give your kids a creative experience they can accomplish independently? Bring out Crayola’s Easy Animation Studio. Color a character from the Design Booklet–super hero, fairy, pirate, robot, monster, bear–or create  your own to scan with the free app. … Continue reading

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Kids First Automobile Engineer by Thames and Kosmos

Little future engineers on-the-go loved this construction set geared to building interest and skill in STEM basics. Kids quickly snapped open the clear plastic carrying case and started experimenting with the 70 pieces including dowels, a gear, rods, blocks and … Continue reading

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Disney Imagicademy Storymation Studio by Wonder Forge

Junior producers and directors get ready to set up your animation studio and start filming! Snap open your plastic case for all the essentials for creativity–8 bacgrounds from Disney classics, costume clay molds, modeling clay, posable Minnie and Micky Mouse, cardboard favorite … Continue reading

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Jungle Fun Activity Cart by Alex Toys

Toddlers love to exert their independence by pushing an exciting toy around the room, so just watch them show off their mini jungle of fun. Three side panels are filled with Alex Jr.’s signature bright, inviting, cheerful animals to go … Continue reading

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Ready, Set, Shapes! by Alex Toys

Stamps, shapes, stickers and little preschoolers’ hands are a perfect mix for fun learning. My little friend chose the farm and forest backgrounds to stamp ovals and circles, creating a horse, sheep, caterpillar, bunny, bee, sun and butterfly surrounded by … Continue reading

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Ideal Who Lives Where? by Alex Brands

There’s something fun and a little retro about playing an all wooden game with little friends. We set out our 10 houses with animals shapes cut out, covered them with their roofs and lined up our animals, ready for play. … Continue reading

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Gigantic Step and Play Piano by Alex Toys

Talk about active play, when kids first saw the Step and Play Piano they knelt down to slide the “on” button and were surprised to be playing their first note with their knee!  It was fun to watch the progression of … Continue reading

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Crayola Crayon Carver

Kids were fascinated with the Crayon Carver and kept calling out, “I’m next,” as they waited their turn to personalize a crayon. Children guide the motorized engraver as they trace the lines in the letter tiles and fun icons. We had “luvya!” … Continue reading

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Smart Max Click and Roll by Smart Toys and Games

Hands got busy when we opened the box for Click and Roll. “Oh let’s make a giant marble run,” was my friend’s first impression but quickly his imagination took off in so many directions I could hardly keep up! “Let’s … Continue reading

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Disney Imagicademy Mickey Mouse Animals Activity Book by Wonder Forge

Explore the world of animals with this interactive book jammed with learning fun, exploring and comparing animals according to size, diet, habitat, behavior, seasons and defenses. Each activity involves a creative application of an animal concept and includes additional related … Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Star Destroyer Strike Game by Wonder Forge

Get ready for a fast-paced strategy game that requires quick thinking and cooperation to escape to safety with one of your Resistance heroes before being taken down by the Star Destroyer’s laser blast. Kids loved the suspense generated by the randomly … Continue reading

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Rally Up! by Blue Orange Games

Rally the kids around this fast thinking game as players flip over one of 110 exotically illustrated cards and scan for images that belong to the same category. Can you find 2 or more vehicles, plants, animals, fruits, toys and … Continue reading

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Unbored Disguises by MindWare

Kids surely weren’t bored when they opened the box of disguises and The Field Guide to Going Incognito. Minds were in high gear as they assembled their personas–a sassy girl and a “robo-pirate” according to my little friends. The red cat-eye … Continue reading

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Baby Amaze Learn to Talk and Read Baby Doll by VTech

It was truly amazing to see how my little girl friend knew just what to do with Baby Amaze, cradling her in her arms, feeding her the bottle and then picking up the books for story time, following her baby … Continue reading

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Sit-to-Stand Ultimate Alphabet Train by VTech

Toddlers are one the move with VTech’s new Ultimate Alphabet Train, designed to grow with your child from floor play to riding toy, walker and pull cart. Parents love the versatility of a toy that lasts in the playroom. Littlest ones … Continue reading

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Crayola Color Wonder Light Up Stamper

“It’s awesome, let me do it again,” was my little friend’s reaction to his first light-up stamping experience, starting his picture of sea animals. He looked through the 10 stamper discs–whale, turtle, dolphin, and seahorse–and declared, “I got all the ones … Continue reading

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Ambi’s Fishing Boat by Galt Toys

Our fishing boat was first launched in the bath tub but a kiddie pool or beach would work too. Kids from 2-6 years of age had fun with this compact pretend play toy. The steering wheel doubles as a life … Continue reading

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Ambi’s One Man Band by Galt Toys

The One Man Band needed no introduction to my 2 year-old friends who “borrowed” his horn and blew into it. Immediate uncontrollable giggles burst forth as the little girl surprised herself with a toot! Her friend took a few turns … Continue reading

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Rory’s Story Cubes: Moomins by The Creativity Hub Ltd.

Kids opened Rory’s Story Cubes’ compact carrying case and couldn’t wait to roll the icon dice and start their story of Moomintroll’s next adventure. This family of likable trolls explore with their cast of characters, including Sniff, Snorkmaiden, Little My, … Continue reading

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Rory’s Story Cubes: Batman by The Creativity Hub Ltd.

Get ready Batman fans, “Once upon a crime…” has never been so much fun than with Rory’s Story Cubes. My friends needed no instructions as they started right in, narrating a story, “Batman is chasing Two-Face and the Riddler. Not … Continue reading

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Go! Go! Smart Animals Grow and Learn Farm by VTech

VTech’s Go! Go! Smart family has just added a new member, Go! Go! Smart Animals Grow and Learn Farm. Kids got right into exploring the farm set with Reggie the Rooster, as he stopped off at different “Smart Points” to … Continue reading

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French Cocotte Trolley Cooker by Janod

Toddlers and preschoolers are on constantly on the move and Janod’s new Cocotte Trolley Cooker enables them to serve up your eggs, sunny side up, anywhere inside or outside the house. My little friends loved pushing the cart to me, opening the … Continue reading

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Alex Toys My Alphabet Puzzle

Thanks to Alex Toys, learning letters is fun! Kids need lots of repetition to remember the alphabet so why not make it a game? My little friends loved picking up one piece of the 2-part puzzle per letter, identifying the … Continue reading

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Pictopia: Star Wars Edition by Wonderforge

Star Wars fans will love Pictopia’s newest edition, challenging them with 1000 questions ranging from trivia tests related to helmets, devices used in battles, where scenes take place, what devices are designed for or what vehicles are used for. “Which … Continue reading

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ELC Toybox Pull Along Zebra by International Playthings

My 2 year-old friends let out a little squeal when they saw Ted Bear riding on the zebra. They could hardly wait for me to release him from the packaging in the box. Never mind that all day they referred … Continue reading

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Early Years Farm Friends Pop-it Beads by International Playthings

Kids went right for the Pop-it Beads when they spotted them. My 2 year-old friend went to work taking them apart and snapping them together as we talked about colors and animals. A 3 year-old started the language lesson herself, saying … Continue reading

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Peanuts Snoopy Flying Ace Game by Wonder Forge

Kids loved the 3-D set-up of Snoopy chasing his nemesis, the red Baron, atop his doghouse with a trailing cloud dangling below. The standing Eiffel Tower becomes the game’s spinner and timer as kids race to make matches of the … Continue reading

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Disney MiIes from Tomorrowland Rockin’ Rocket Game by Wonderforge

Kids were immediately attracted to Miles of Tomorrowland and wanted to put together the Stellosphere, the family’s floating space station. Spin the spinner to fill the station with cosmic cargo like a crate, telescope, cylinder or solidizer. Spin a location … Continue reading

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Journey Through Time Eye Found It! Game by Wonderforge

Do you want a family game literally loaded with fun and learning? Then join the Oddity Society, a team of historians, scientists and adventurers who are stuck in the Prehistoric Era and need help traveling forward through 5 historic periods … Continue reading

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Mochu Says Goodnight by Kadho Inc.

Kids loved this tender goodnight story as Mochu, the penguin, lies in bed with eyes wide open, trying to get to sleep. I chose to listen to  the story in Spanish, from a field including French, English, and Italian as I … Continue reading

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Bid-A-Letter by SimplyFun

Word  connoisseurs will love this game with its twists and turns around evolving letter grids. Add to the intrigue that each round begins with players bidding a letter for a chance to be the first to start or add to a word, … Continue reading

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Pass the Rooby Roo! by SimplyFun

As I opened the box and pulled out the little kangaroo, my friend said, “Ooo, cool, is that the character?” I like the simple set-up with no game board as kids focus on forming the 20 letter tiles in a circle. First … Continue reading

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Super Genius- Reading 1 by Blue Orange Games

This reading matching game focuses on the Dolch list of the most common sight words from children’s reading books, and helps prepare early readers for more complicated language skills to come. There is always a match between any two cards. … Continue reading

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Spot it! Disney Frozen Olaf by Blue Orange Games

Kids can’t get enough of Olaf (me too!) so let’s see if we can make some matches and learn along the way. Some kids don’t even need instructions as they have played other versions of Blue Orange’s popular fun in a can. … Continue reading

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Trio by Hape

Trio is a member of Hape’s new family of “Home Education” games designed to build some core language skills, naming and categorization, through fun game play. My friend dove into the pile of wooden cards and started sorting them according to … Continue reading

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Listen to Clues by Hape

One of the most important skills kindergarten teachers tell me they look for in children to determine school readiness is their listening skills. Can they sit, pay attention and listen? “Listen to Clues” taps into those skills as partners playing … Continue reading

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Choice Words by MindWare

Get your brain connections well oiled before starting this game of Choice Words. Both options, Scratch Play and Match Play are loads of fun as you exercise categories, and associate words with slogans, names, phrases, terms and titles. Pick a card … Continue reading

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Tangram Tales by MindWare

Three Tangram Tales, combine a color connected story with associated tangrams to build, that complement the text on each page. “Yellow Wonders” tells of a kingdom filled with “wondrous things like a golden fountain to wash the birds’ wings.” Three … Continue reading

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Hucklebee by MindWare

Of all the age groups, parents most frequently ask me for the best toys for toddlers. These cute miniature people are learning to explore their world, have a tantrum and make their needs known. Hucklebee is the perfect toy for learning … Continue reading

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Magnetic DIY Trolley by Janod

Toddlers love to have an excuse to walk and preschoolers like to imitate adults so this portable workbench is just in their wheelhouse! My 2 year-old friends got right to work hammering and screwing in the pegs and transporting the … Continue reading

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Mon Premier Bebe Bath Fresh Riviera by Corolle

Kids are attracted to water and babies so be sure to bring Mon Premier Bebe Bath Fresh Riviera along to the beach or pool this summer (the bathtub will do too!) My little 3 year-old friend marched right to the … Continue reading

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Tiggly Words by Tiggly

Meet the newest member of the Tiggly family, “Tiggly Words,” designed to help kids discover the love of reading as they “play” with their hands-on vowel toys interacting with their tablets. A,e,i,o, can be used with 3 apps, Submarine, Tiggly Tales … Continue reading

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Resulta by Hape

Resulta, one of a new family of games in Hape’s Home Education category, targets sequencing, story telling and logic as kids have to correctly place 3 picture cards in order. Themes include a hen laying an egg with the resulting … Continue reading

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LEGO Juniors Pirate Treasure Hunt

My grandson Sam’s first word may not have been shark or pirate, but his first four syllable utterance was “megoladon,” the Goliath of prehistoric sharks which scientists judge grew to over fifty feet. If you came into the room and … Continue reading

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Koala Capers Game by Educational Insights

The koala family is off on a world tour and we get to dress them for the journey! Koala Capers Game, like last year’s Raccoon Rumpus,  asks each player to “dress” his koala whose 3D head anchors the cut-out outfit … Continue reading

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Princess Palace by Janod

Open up this pink palace to reveal an incredible number of accessories and beautifully illustrated grand interior including the bedroom, kitchen, dressing room and garden room surrounding the great hall. And that is just what is pictured on the walls! … Continue reading

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Multikub Farm by Janod

Known for clever packaging that becomes part of the play, Janod invites us into a new such experience at the farm! Lift off the barn’s roof and peek inside to discover 4 nested boxes that become home for the stand-up wooden … Continue reading

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Multikub Circus by Janod

Known for clever packaging that becomes part of the play, Janod invites us into a new such experience at the circus! Lift off the roof of the Big Top tent and peek inside to discover 4 nested boxes that become … Continue reading

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Lego Duplo Airport

Lego’s duplo Airport set for ages 2-5 fosters both creative play and language learning through the brand’s well practiced insights in delivering the right ingredients for imaginative play. Most recognizable are a fun sized two tone wide-body jet and three colorful, … Continue reading

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Beauty Belongings By Hape

Kids love to play pretend and dress-up so don’t forget the makeup! This kid-sized beauty kit was magic in a preschooler’s hands. I couldn’t believe how realistic and fun a beauty kit could be made out of wood. My little … Continue reading

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Giant Floor Puzzle ABC Monsters by Janod

Janod got it right when they combined some popular themes for early learners–ABC’s and monsters! Kids loved assembling this giant 50 piece puzzle of fun and fuzzy, silly toothed characters. “I need a pink A with glasses” and “D is a … Continue reading

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Hospital Observation Puzzle by Janod

This amazing puzzle depicts a busy hospital scene with subplots of checkups, operating room, post-op, maternity, x-ray, and pediatric areas. So much to talk about as kids complete the 208 piece puzzle and then try to find all the 51 … Continue reading

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Fireman Observation Puzzle by Janod

What a tremendous scene with auxiliary themes around the story of a fire being put out. Trucks and ladder rescue, helicopter observation, news station reporting, an ambulance assisting the injured, police cordoning off the area, people watching from the shops … Continue reading

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Worry Eaters by The Haywire Group

My striped, plush Worry Eater immediately caught kids’ attention as they gave them a squeeze.  One little boy was examining his and said, “What do you think he does? Grabbing the zipper, “This looks like he eats something.” You’re right. What … Continue reading

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My Pram Caterpillar by Janod

When it’s time to take baby on a stroll, or pop in the car seat, clip on this caterpillar for some walk-along fun. His soft smiley face anchors one end of that long body with seven little legs and three dangling … Continue reading

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Activity Playmat Ladybug by Janod

Kaloo’s signature soft fur makes Mom want to slide in under this arch of fun too, right next to her baby! Incredibly easy and fast to set up, this playful ladybug can be on the go with you as it … Continue reading

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Colors Activity Book Owl by Janod

Babies love to observe and explore so open up this fuzzy owl’s mouth and get to work. Oops, I mean play! Her big inviting eyes say, “Talk to me” as we know that babies talk more to faces. The sun … Continue reading

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Grand Prix Suitcase by Janod

Gentlemen (and women) start your engines! The Grand Prix grandstand cleverly disguises the sturdy suitcase that holds all you need for a race around the track. Kids loved opening it up to reveal the three wooden race cars complete with … Continue reading

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Sammie Premium Bear by Bears for Humanity

Sammie has been by my side since I received him and was greeted with excitement by kids from 3 to 10 years of age! Sammie was right at home with a 3 year-old girl who scooped him up and brought him … Continue reading

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Creative Play House by Plan Toys

Our little girls/architects got right to work, designing their home, moving the 3 units around and up and down to create a “beach house,” in the words of the creator. They explained the design concept of open air views from … Continue reading

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12′ Kaleidochute Giant Parachute by Pacific Play Tents

No instructions needed as the kids were so excited to play with the parachute that they pulled it out of the sack and started right in calling out and inventing new games. “Let’s play igloo!” said our first friend as they hid under … Continue reading

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The “Painting” Teepee by Pacific Play Tents

Kids rushed outside to our teepee set up in the yard and started right in personalizing each of the 4 sides with the red, blue, yellow and green paint tubes and brush. From a 6 year-old’s moon to a 10 … Continue reading

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Compose Yourself by Thinkfun

My three little friends became quick composers as they gathered around, arranged their 4 musical cards and couldn’t wait for their turn to enter the codes into the computer and “hear” the orchestra play their composition. With three choices, Marimba, … Continue reading

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Maker Studio Construction Set by Thinkfun

What could be better fun than a box full of parts and gadgets with an instructive guide encouraging boys and girls to create their own toys, but do so using elementary science and engineering concepts that will make their play … Continue reading

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Ideal Electronic A to Z

Get ready for a heart-thumping, fast-paced game of who can name the most items in a category beginning with the letters of the alphabet! A to Z’s electronic game unit plays Master of Ceremonies as it lights up for each … Continue reading

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Ideal Word Speed Dice Slide

Word Speed Dice Slide is well-named as successful play requires forming words at high speed! Players race to spell words including at least 2 of their consonant cards and one vowel die toppled through the built-in slide, shouting out their … Continue reading

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FrankenWords by Haywire Group

Stack your word cards into 16 piles of 5 cards each and watch the compound word laboratory begin, as players race to call out a two-word combination that forms a compound word. “Doorway,” “backyard,” “bedroom,” “whitewater,” and “spacewalk” were just … Continue reading

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Pirate Treasure Chest by Playmobil

Kids were fascinated when I arrived with my self-contained “Treasure Chest,” anxious to open the case to discover the fun.  Little hands got to work, taking a ride in the rowboat, landing at the dock, greeting the parrot, discovering the treasure … Continue reading

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Take Along Zoo and Aquarium by Playmobil

Playmobil’s inventive engineers have designed a carry case that opens to an aquarium and zoo landscape,  delighting kids as they explore and pour! Fun for toddlers on up to their older siblings, this set can round up the giraffe, lion, and … Continue reading

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Three Little Piggies by SmartGames

Take the classic story of the Three Little Pigs that has entertained children throughout generations, add some brain challenges, a wordless story book, and darling pigs and a wolf and you’ve got a winner with the preschool set! Childrens’ first games should have an … Continue reading

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Go! Go! Smart Friends Busy Sounds Discovery Home by VTech

Kids were mesmerized when they walked up to the big 3 level Discovery Home. Well-named, this house has plenty to explore as children knew right away to push Nora’s button. She happened to be situated on the elevator as she … Continue reading

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Alex Toys Jungle Fun ABC Play Mat

This play mat generated so much talking, parents were amazed. 2 year-olds loved taking out the letters, and trying to name them, following my model. They quickly could repeat the names, expanding their repertoire of sounds. The bright, colorful interlocking … Continue reading

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Busy Builder Wagon by BKids

Toddlers gravitated right to this wagon full of learning among a playroom of toys. They got right to work pushing it around the floor to get things moving. It even went along on a walk outside in the street! With … Continue reading

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Jungle Buddy Shape Sorter by BKids

This Jungle Shape Sorter definitely became a “buddy” as kids gravitated to the colorful lion’s face and wanted to start pushing the shapes through. Quickly, my little friends discovered that pressing the top button released all four sides of the cube … Continue reading

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Dohdles! by Thames and Kosmos

I had five kids playing Dohdles! with me and there couldn’t have been more excitement around the table. Kids loved  secretly sculpting their object or living thing  and were proud to place it in one of the guessing circles around … Continue reading

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Alex Toys Ready, Set Color and Wipe!

Kids knew just what to do with “Ready, Set, Color and Wipe!” as they explored the colors, turning the color wheels to see pictures in blue, red, yellow, purple, orange, and green. “What’s this? A mix,” declared my friend as he … Continue reading

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Dragon in Turret by Folkmanis

Once kids discovered this latest pop-up puppet by Folkmanis, the dragon became a favorite! This purple baby dragon with metallic chest plate, ears and horn comes to life as he startles knights and maidens exploring the castle, lest you come … Continue reading

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Sea Serpent by Folkmanis

Kids took right to this quirky looking Sea Serpent with electric blue eyes that match his nostrils! His scaley midnight blue skin weaves through the air as kids guide his three-humped spine, slipping their hands into his head as well … Continue reading

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Winged Dragon by Folkmanis

Little hands fit right into the Winged Dragon puppet as a smile shot across my little friend’s face as he slipped his fingers into the wings and discovered the moveable mouth. Folkmanis provides a folk tale about this little dragon, “First … Continue reading

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Frilled Lizard by Folkmanis

Don’t threaten this Frilled Lizard or he might stand up to you, hiss and fan his pleated collar forward and back with a squeeze of your fingers. Kids really enjoyed standing this lizard up with his funky stance as they acted out … Continue reading

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Coast Guard Station with Lighthouse by Playmobil

Kids can patrol the waterfront from this realistic Coast Guard Station with a working lighthouse whose beacon rotates to make itself known to all those on the water. Take any of the 5 figures up on the observation deck to … Continue reading

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Vet Clinic by Playmobil

Kids said a collective “Wow!” when they saw the Vet Clinic and sat down to start their pretend play. With the front desk and waiting area, and  two outdoor enclosures for recuperating animals, there is ample play space for several children … Continue reading

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Bakery Shoppe Set, Furniture Fits 18″ Girl Dolls by The Queen’s Treasures

Who doesn’t like a trip to the bakery, especially if your favorite doll can come along? Little girls started right into role play with this darling Bakery Shoppe as one took over the cash register, discovering the play money inside … Continue reading

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Doll Table and Chairs Set for 18″ Dolls by Laurent Doll

Girls got right to work, seating their dolls at the round 13″ table, fit to host a party of little friends for snacks or a meal. Eating is an essential theme in doll play and this heirloom quality, sturdy set can be handed … Continue reading

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Alex Toys USA Map in the Tub

Water+fun+learning is a winning combination and Alex Toys knows how to make that happen. I’ve been a fan of their tub toys for years, even sending off “Pirates in the Tub” as my favorite baby gift. The USA Map in the … Continue reading

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Dinosaur Escape by Peaceable Kingdom

Kids loved Dinosaur Escape as soon as I opened the game board and revealed  the mini stegosaurus, brontosaurus and triceratops.. The forest, mountains, canyon and desert habitats invited a little pretend play before the actual game began! Players roll the dice … Continue reading

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Disney Doc McStuffins Mix Up! Fix Up! Game by Wonder Forge

Kids light up when they see Doc McStuffins and her friends Lambie, Stuffy and Chilly on the special x-ray cards. One player is the patient as they insert an x-ray card into the sleeve to see which picture other players … Continue reading

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Home Run Baseball Trainer by Step2

Step right into that swing with Step2’s new “Home Run Baseball Trainer” with its zig zag ball delivery, players could anticipate when the ball would drop and were more successful. Just tap the release lever with your bat and wait … Continue reading

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Puzzle+App-T-Rex by Ravensburger

Assembling a beautifully illustrated puzzle can be such a relaxing and engaging activity for multiple ages to spend time together. We had such fun looking for the bright pink flowers, aqua stegosaurus plates, purple striped T-Rex and mossy forest floor. … Continue reading

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ABC Puzzle by Ravensburger

Sounds simple enough, but an 80 piece puzzle ups the challenge for a 5 year-old and up. Luckily the alphabet theme is cleverly woven throughout the puzzle to give location clues for pieces based on letters, matching objects and people, … Continue reading

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Puzzle +App-My Favorite Horse by Ravensburger

So many girls like anything horses and now they can assemble this beautiful puzzle, download the app, and play 3 associated games to extend the fun! Ravensburger’s beautiful art work invites you to step in and pet this magnificent horse, … Continue reading

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1-10 Puzzle by Ravensburger

My little friend dove right into this puzzle declaring, “I’m looking for all the parrots” It was fun to see him discover the counting element, “Wait, 8, there’s numbers in here!” In Ravensburger’s new 80 piece puzzle for 5 years … Continue reading

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Animals and Their Babies Puzzle by Ravensburger

Ravensburger’s new 80 piece puzzles for 5 years and up are designed beautifully to take advantage of kids’ interests, and in this case mommy and baby animals. With the pairs lined up on the top and bottom border, kids compare … Continue reading

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Do You Know Shakespeare? by SimplyFun

I’ll be honest, it’s been a while since I’ve discussed Shakespeare but I enjoyed digging out facts and responding to fellow players who were more Shakespeare junkies and learned a lot along the way. This Shakespeare trivia game is loaded … Continue reading

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Sweet Dreams, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna

Lucky babies and toddlers can add another Pout-Pout Fish book to their library. The newest “Sweet Dreams” follows the bedtime routine with a twist. After brushing his fishy teeth and scrubbing his face, he fetches his lovey that looks like a … Continue reading

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Two Speckled Eggs by Jennifer K. Mann

This is a gem of a book as it inspires so much discussion on many levels as you read it to a child. Author and illustrator Jennifer Mann captures the whimsy, honesty and shall we say emotion of little girls … Continue reading

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Sleepytime Me by Fine and Denise

Sleepy time, bed time is such a magical, cozy, glowing, yawning time and this author and illustrator have beautifully captured the experience. As a speech-language pathologist, I am always looking for picture books packed with descriptive vocabulary that lifts the … Continue reading

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A New Friend for Marmalade by Alison Reynolds

This delightful tale about friendship and acceptance invites us in with the cute illustration on the cover. Ella, Maddy and their little cat, Marmalade, are best friends busily carrying out several creative projects, building a playhouse in the sandbox and … Continue reading

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