Category Archives: 2017

PAL 2017

Double Take! A New Look at Opposites by Susan Hood and illustrated by Jay Fleck

Double take is exactly what kids AND adults do as they read through Susan Hood’s latest picture book, packed with language learning, and clever fun! Hood’s known for going deeper in concepts and vocabulary while appearing to give us a … Continue reading

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Ally-Saurus & the Very Bossy Monster by Richard Torrey

I was excited to see the return of Ally-Saurus,  in Richard Torrey’s new book, “Ally-Saurus & the Very Bossy Monster,” as she was a favorite in my speech therapy sessions as kids LOVED her freedom to be creative and imaginative! Now our … Continue reading

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AlphaBriks & MathBriks by Strictly Briks

Kids led the way as I opened the package of Strictly Briks, as 7 and 9 year-old brothers started right in making words and math problems. It was quiet until they called on each other to find a specific letter, … Continue reading

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The Cube & the Pyramid by Strictly Briks

Kids and parents were intrigued by the triangular and square base pieces that could snap together to make shapes, serving as a base for larger bricks on one side and smaller bricks on the flip side.  Mom walked by and … Continue reading

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Brik Buster by Strictly Briks

Kids love to build and hammer so it’s no surprise that kids designed this fun family game. Plenty of stacker briks and baseplates come in bright kid-friendly colors to build vertically for up to 6 floors. Now grab the hammer and take … Continue reading

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Invisible Think by Mindware

Get ready to visually concentrate and laugh out loud as you spin the spinner to see who will be handicapped by wearing special red lensed glasses, that blank out the red ink in the drawings. Pick a card and begin … Continue reading

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Science Academy: Bath Bomb and Bath Scrub: Set of 2 by Mindware

Junior scientists can get into soothing smoothing science with Mindware’s new Lab kits. Let’s just start with how Mindware includes a bit of history about it’s science projects and UNBORED kits’ topics. Here we learn that for thousands of years people believed that … Continue reading

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UNBORED: Carnival by Mindware

Step right up to stage your very own carnival, complete with tickets, hand stamp, megaphone, games, and game ideas, squirt guns, banner and ring toss to name a few. Creativity abounds as kids plan their carnival, choose a place, set … Continue reading

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Kinetic Sand Magic Molding Tower by Spin Master

Kids love castles and knights defending their turf. Mix in some moulding sand and you have created an opportunity for open-ended pretend play. Use the free standing knight and princess moulds to reside in the castle or squeeze the sand into … Continue reading

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Parker, Your Augmented Reality Bear by Seedling

Before I could show off Parker’s backpack full of medical instruments, he was whisked off to bed to be the buddy at nighttime. I had to wait until morning! My little toy testers, 3 years to 4 1/2 started to … Continue reading

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Bluebee Pal Parker by Kayle Concepts

Want to play and learn with a soft, cuddly monkey who can read along with you? Kids sure love Parker and teachers too! As a speech language  pathologist, I am always looking for fun, engaging toys to capture and hold … Continue reading

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Q Wunder App by EQtainment

Kids, teachers and parents love Q Wunder, which now brings to life practical learning about emotions through EQtainment’s new app. Beautifully illustrated and engaging curriculum, for classroom and family time, employs fun videos with cartoons and real people helping kids … Continue reading

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UNBORED: Time Capsule

When kids open up the Time Capsule, they are so excited to put their my message in a box! Kids can make history with their own field guide, collecting meaningful artifacts that reflect who they are–local beach sand, rubber bracelet, pressed flower or … Continue reading

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Alex Toys Future Coders Robot Races

Kids can become the robot AND the coder in Alex Brands’ new “Robot Races,” an active coding game. Start by personalizing your robot headpiece with stickers and googly eyes, choose a leveled instruction card and set up your grid like … Continue reading

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Alex Toys Future Coders Bunny Trails

How do you make coding fun for 4 year-olds? You let a bunny teach them! Teaching coding is hot right now but not every product is this much fun for kids. Kids assemble the different fun features for bunny’s garden–a … Continue reading

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Alex Discover Play All Day

What a perfect name for this box of learning fun! It happens to be what I tell my grandchildren we are going to do, “Play all day!” With 7 activities in a carry box to personalize with letters and preschool … Continue reading

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Alex Discover Ready Set Money

I’m always excited to see what’s new with Alex Brands’ “Ready, Set…” themed boxes, and kids are too! Money can be a hard concept to learn but Alex has made it fun, creative, and hands-on with crafts and counting activities. … Continue reading

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Luvabella by Spin Master

“Love comes to life,” surely describes this life-like doll who interacts with little ones. Parents and kids were fascinated with Luvabella’s facial expressions and movements when given a bottle, and sucking and swallowing sounds. She says, “Num num num” as … Continue reading

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Pet Place by Wonderhood

I love when I visit a first grade class and they recognize the Wonderhood box and beg to play with me! Their teacher and class choose the Wonderhood sets for play during their “Smart Time” each morning. Boys and girls … Continue reading

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Town House by Wonderhood

When I walked into a first grade classroom with Wonderhood’s 2 newest playsets the kids begged me to pick them for their “smart play” time! Boys and girls settled in on the rug to start constructing the new Town House, … Continue reading

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LeapFrog Academy by LeapFrog

Join LeapFrog Academy™ for a fun journey through their interactive learning program for 3-6 year olds, with content geared to Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grade 1. I reviewed the Pre-K content and was pleased with the depth and variety of topics and venues … Continue reading

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Go! Go! Smart Friends Shimmering Seashell Castle by VTech

  Pearl and friends rule this 2 1/2 foot wide castle including a sea slide, swing, ballroom, opening seashell and carousel. Mermaid Pearl comes to life on the 3 Magic Point locations, with special comments and songs. “I love to … Continue reading

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LeapStart by LeapFrog

This popular kids’ interactive learning system has now expanded its content to be applicable through first grade subjects. LeapStart comes with a Preschool to First Grade Sampler Book, introducing parents and kids to all the possible learning activities to teach … Continue reading

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2-in-1 LeapTop Touch by LeapFrog

This kids’ laptop/tablet is twice the fun with five modes for smart play–ABC, 123, Messages, Games and Music. Puppies Scout and Violet tell kids to pop bubbles with their finger, revealing a letter and animal, “W, whale, well done!” or ask questions in … Continue reading

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4-in-1 Stroll & Grow Tek Trike by VTech

This cool tech savvy trike takes your child through 4 stages of riding from 9 months to 6 years, from a parent steering the stroller, to training, riding and finally drifting 360 degrees. Our 3 year-old friend took it for … Continue reading

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World’s Greatest Magic Show by Thames & Kosmos

Kids 8 and up can indeed put on the world’s greatest magic show by following the easy instructions with photographs, adding a little practice and assembling their audience. My 11 year-old friend loved tricking me with Card games, a Spiked … Continue reading

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Silly Scents Bundle by Crayola

Want to delight your child with a bundle of creative fun? Crayola’s Silly Scents wedge and fine markers and twistable crayons and colored pencils come as 4 packages for budding illustrators and authors. 12 Silly Scent characters represent the different scents infused in … Continue reading

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PAW Patrol My Size Lookout Tower by Spin Master

Kids were drawn right into the world of PAW Patrol, commanding their My Size Lookout Tower. No need for instructions as they got right to work exploring the buttons, slide, periscope and launcher. Our 3 year-old friend was just big … Continue reading

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Magicube Polar Animals by Geomagworld

Toddlers and preschoolers are going to be happy that Geomagworld is making their magicubes™ for the younger set now! These 8 kid-sized magnetic blocks form 4 different 3-D puzzles for play–a whale, polar bear, seal and penguin. Sturdy pieces and … Continue reading

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Magicube Dinosaurs by Geomagworld

Magicube™ magnetic blocks are like magic in the hands of kids. This open-ended play set has 7 cubes and 17 magic clips to attach to your form, adding legs, tails, heads and arms to your kids’ dinosaur creations. My little … Continue reading

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Go! Go! Smart Wheels Race & Play Adventure Park by VTech

Kids were drawn to this Adventure Park and didn’t want to leave it! Gavin the Go-Kart gives kids a tour of his adventure park, recognizing four Smartpoint locations, singing songs and teaching “G is for Go-Kart.” Place Gavin in the … Continue reading

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Hatchy Matchy Game by Spin Master

Hatchimals are one of the hottest toys for kids and now they are part of an easy matching game which adds the surprise of “hatching” two mini collectables, Tigrette and Raspoon, for fun. We set out the 24 eggs containing … Continue reading

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Top Trumps by Top Trumps USA Inc.

Top Trumps’ themed decks of cards are loaded with fun facts on different subjects–The United States, Harry Potter, Baby Animals and Peppa Pig to name a few. Each themed deck has picture cards within that category such as states within … Continue reading

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Tad’s Get Ready For School Book by LeapFrog

Getting ready for school should always be this much fun! With 12 pages of interactive learning fun from letters, numbers and shapes to feelings and instruments, this book teaches and reinforces concepts introduced in preschool. This book is bright and … Continue reading

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Zoo Jamz Stompin’ Fun Drums by VTech

Little jammin’ rockers can make music on their first drum set and learn a whole lot of language skills while tapping the drum pads. Kids and parents love the elephant who is a drum set and trunk activates the bass … Continue reading

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Step & Learn Scout by LeapFrog

Like any puppy, Scout loves a good walk. All he needs is your sweet toddler to pick up the pace, and he’ll provide the learning! Push him along with the leash or remove it for sit and play. Scout walks turning … Continue reading

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Pop-a-Balls Push & Pop Bulldozer by VTech

The combination of  balls and trucks is a winner with toddlers! This bulldozer can be on the go or kids can sit and explore the different activities. Load the balls into the cab, give the truck a push and the colorful … Continue reading

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GeerZooz Roll & Roar Animal Train by VTech

Little kid conductors can style their own animal train, switching up gears, adding a Smart Gear animal for some silly songs or sound effects or hop them off the train to play independently. The Lion, Hippo, Zebra and Tiger fit … Continue reading

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Pull & Discover Activity Elephant by VTech

Babies and toddlers love this playful elephant that can be pulled, pushed or given a rest while kids explore and learn. Move it along and watch her ears flap, and companion birdie wiggle on her back. This well-designed elephant companion is … Continue reading

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Doll Family Mansion by Hape

Many of us have precious memories of playing with a favorite dollhouse and have enjoyed watching next generations finding that same joy! Hape’s new addition to their family of dollhouses is packed with creative play potential with 7 rooms of … Continue reading

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Soggy Doggy By Spin Master

Watch out because when this doggy gets one too many showers he is going to start shaking and guess who gets wet? Players move around the board and take turns showering this adorable pup. Roll the dice and move to the … Continue reading

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Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart by LeapFrog

Who doesn’t like ice cream? Summer and winter! This cart reigned with the kids as I put it on top of the coffee table, on the floor or it was pushed along from room to room. Imagination takes over as … Continue reading

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Dog Stage Puppet by Folkmanis

This Dog is ideal for stage and puppet theatre but “all the world’s a stage” to a child with this puppy on his hand! Kids often don’t wait for the stage but slip on Folkmanis puppets and start the chat … Continue reading

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Toad Puppet by Folkmanis

Folkmanis puppets bring animals alive and this warty, plush, eye-popping Toad is a great size for kids to get their hands in and manipulate the mouth, forelegs and the favorite–the tongue. Kids get to stick his tongue out, wiggle it … Continue reading

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Hen Puppet by Folkmanis

Kids and parents flocked (no pun intended) to this beautiful Hen Puppet with a red, feathery plush body, gorgeous striped wings, moveable beak, and lifelike claws. Little puppeteers can move the wings as well as the mouth and even take a … Continue reading

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Ideal 4 Way Spelldown

Parents are increasingly looking for great family games so why not add some learning to the fun? “4 Way Spelldown” is a portable, self-contained popping, flipping spelling game . Players  press down on the popper to see which 2 letters they … Continue reading

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Imagination Makers Building Tub by K’Nex

Combine 382 rods, rings and connectors with a child’s imagination and the building projects are endless! Parents always like to see a tub of enough pieces to provide for kids to complete their designs and not get frustrated–this tub will … Continue reading

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Alex DIY Happy Little Loom

So many kids love to weave–girls AND boys! Having searched for a kid-friendly loom last Christmas at the request of my grandsons, I was glad to find one that made weaving fun. My little friend watched a video on how … Continue reading

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Kid K’Nex Budding Builders

Younger kids can join the K’Nex building fun with their  own tub of rods, eyes, tail, puppy ears, feet, propeller, and horn to name a few. Larger, basic pieces are just right for little builders’ hands and can be quickly … Continue reading

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Sweetlings-Frost a Friend by Alex Brands

I was introduced to Sweetlings at the NYC Toy Fair this year and they were drawing quite a crowd! As a fan of baking and decorating cookies since I was a kid, I stepped right up to the demonstration and … Continue reading

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Hide & Seek Rock Painting Kit by Creativity for Kids

Kids, parents and grandparents all loved the rock painting kit with transfers to personalize their creations. In fact the kids liked it so much they collected rocks for their next visit to Grammy and Grandpa’s house to paint again! The … Continue reading

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Alex My Music Band Set

Start up the band with Alex Toys’ new set of beautiful wooden instruments. Grab the xylophone, recorder, tambourine or castanets for you and the other pint-sized band members and make some music! Kids love music time and seem to shed … Continue reading

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Alex My Music Play Table

Alex Brands knows how to make music fun! Little legs make this table just the right height for preschoolers as they bang away with their mallets that can strike the cymbal, beat the drum or play the xylophone. Recent research … Continue reading

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Kaloo Kaloodoo

Kaloodoo is one of the sweetest baby gifts ever! Mom and baby love them as they are small, portable, soft, cuddly and provide a reassuring sensory presence for baby with the plush bunny and soft white cloth. With so many … Continue reading

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Kaloo Bebe Medium Bear Peach

This cute little bear just invites a squish and hug with her chunky arms, feet and ears to grab as a take-along friend as kids explore and experience their world. The clever packaging is sturdy enough for a little peek-a-boo house for … Continue reading

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Kaloo Bebe Large Rabbit Grey

This cute lump of love has chunky arms, feet and ears to grab as a take-along friend as kids explore and experience their world. He sits up so easily to receive his meals, hear a book read, or watch his … Continue reading

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Janod Baby Forest Train

Hop on Janod’s forest train adding blocks of different shapes, patterns and animal faces. This darling train is a perfect toy for parent and toddler to play with together. Parents often ask me how to play with toys with their babies, … Continue reading

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Janod Mini Story Safari

I’m really excited about Janod’s new “Mini Story” sets that I first saw at the International Toy Fair in New York City. Janod knows what goes into rich storytelling with its themed mini-boxes of accessories–characters, animals and vehicles. Mini Story … Continue reading

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Pirates of the Caribbean Silent Mary Ghost Ship Playset by Spinmaster

This ship will delight any little pirate, with so many features to expand pretend play. Over my 35 years of doing speech therapy and finding ways to make sessions with kids fun, I found that a good pirate ship kept kids … Continue reading

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Rainbow Croquet Caddy by Hape

Kids can set up, play, supervise and take along this cute croquet set to wherever there is a patch of grass! I love how they can organize their game independently and set the course of play, placing the wickets, picking … Continue reading

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Bigjigs Toys’ Kelly Doll 34 cm

Don’t you love little girls whose pigtails stick straight out? It just says spunky to me which is just what Kelly portrays with her sweet smile, yarn hair, rosy cheeks and soft but firm body that sits by your side or … Continue reading

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Q Wunder TV Show by EQtainment, LLC

EQtainment entertained kids and classrooms while teaching valuable lessons through their game, “Q’s Race to the Top.” This year they bring us terrific TV episodes of Q’s learning curve on topics such as sharing, teamwork, patience and motivation. Each episode … Continue reading

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Grippies Stackers by Guidecraft

Everything about Grippies Stackers says your child is about to have a quality, learning experience, starting with the sturdy cylindrical tub with a bright orange bumpy handle and 3 distinct sensory options on the outside of the container. Now open the … Continue reading

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Lilabell by Living Puppets

Lilabell came alive today in a first grade classroom as kids talked to her, telling about what they did over the weekend and then excitedly waited for a turn to try her on and give her voice. One little girl animated … Continue reading

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Backyard Safari Utility Belt by Alex Brands

What a wonderful tool for summer play. Just snap on your utility belt with 2 D-rings and elastic loops to hold your gear for exploring, and documenting your finds in nature. Kids love bugs so the Field Guide gives names, … Continue reading

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Disney Jr. Mickey and the Roadster Racers Bump ‘N Race Action Game by Wonder Forge

Once the box was open and Mickey, Goofy, Minnie and Donald were spotted on their roadsters, our 3 year-old wouldn’t let go of his car. He did eventually join the game! Place your roadsters in the starting gates and start your … Continue reading

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Krazy Wordz by Ravensburger

Krazy Wordz is definitely “The word game of making sense out of nonsense,” as we created a made-up word to match our our task card, like “Insect from South America,” Type of Pizza,” Yoga Pose” or “Makes You Feel Sad.” … Continue reading

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Despicable Me Labyrinth Game by Ravensburger

Players were excited to play the special Despicable Me version of Ravensburger’s classic Labyrinth game–younger players because they couldn’t help but talk about the characters and story line, and older players because Labyrinth has been a favorite game in our … Continue reading

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Brio: My First Take Along Set

As my little friend opened up the half circle case with a handle, both Mom and Dad went “Wow,” impressed with the take along feature and that their other Brio train pieces could be added to the ample storage compartment … Continue reading

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Brio: Builder Activity Set

Brio’s Builder Activity Set has it all, 211 pieces, including screws, nails, wheels, nuts, bolts, blocks, a screwdriver, hammer, wrench and pliers. Our 3 year-old friend quickly collected all the tools and took off trying them out. Dad was fascinated with … Continue reading

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Large Dachshund by Brio

No batteries in this doggie. All the action is up to your little guy or girl. This Brio classic has grown by 50% to become a life size pet to follow your toddler around the house. It makes a big statement, … Continue reading

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Brio: Light and Sound Fire Truck

This light and sound fire truck gets our toddlers introduced to Brio for many years of fun ahead! Our little friend loved the siren and flashing lights as he placed the driver in his seat to drive to the scene … Continue reading

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Eye ‘N Seek by Blue Orange Games

We opened the box and one of the kids said, “Hey, it’s like Spot It!” They know Blue Orange games. Each player gets a fun picture wheel to spin with 3 windows for searching. Flip over a picture card and … Continue reading

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Alex Jungle Friends Block Squirters

Stack or squirt with these jungle friends, zebra, tiger, hippo and elephant. Kids love water play and animals so Alex Toys has found the perfect mix. Stack your friends on the side of the tub, send them off across the … Continue reading

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Alex Barber in the Tub

The bathtub has always been a great venue for pretend play so now add a little barber to the mix with Alex’s floating mirror to grab and stick to the wall for a haircut or shave. Bubble baths preferred for … Continue reading

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Alex World Map in the Tub

Kids love Alex’s bathtub toys, and moms do too! Their newest map of the world is designed for 3 years and up with 30 pieces to fit together by continents, oceans or jigsaw shape. Kids can select pieces floating in the … Continue reading

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Go! Go! Smart Wheels Press & Race Vehicles by VTech

I’ve been around enough children to know that not all of them bond with little characters or animals but rather prefer to be comforted by a few trucks and cars in their crib or bed at night! My 2 year-old … Continue reading

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Lil’ Critters Huggable Hippo Teether by VTech

Have you ever seen a happier hippo? His little smile makes me chuckle and babies too. Just the right size for grabbing, teething and chatting , this hippo can entertain and invite some conversation while baby is sitting or having … Continue reading

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Lights and Lullabies Travel Mobile by VTech

Traveling with baby can be a challenge so let’s make life easier on everyone and bring along a few moving familiar faces–elephant, lion and monkey. This flexible mobile attaches to infant carriers, cribs and strollers and with so many features, … Continue reading

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Sleepy Glow Bear by VTech

This little bear made me sleepy too! His soothing voice, fading light, and baby tunes start up with a touch on his heart, music and nature buttons.”Can I cuddle with you?” Then he sings a cuddle song inviting baby to … Continue reading

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Gigi Bloks 60 piece set by Mindware

I will admit it looked daunting to assemble 60 cardboard blocks but once I got the hang of it they went fast. The creative design allows the bricks to lock in place so kids can freely design their castle, fort, … Continue reading

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E-I-E-I-GO! by Mindware

Set up the cutest little farm with the barn silo and the barnyard animals–pigs, cows, mice, chicks, sheep and donkeys. Place one die in the silo shaker and see what animal to match as the player makes the animal’s sound … Continue reading

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The Rainbow Fish Share and Sparkle Game by Mindware

I can’t tell you how many times I used “The Rainbow Fish” book in speech therapy to work on language goals and social language such as sharing, making friends, or making choices. So I was excited to see Mindware’s new … Continue reading

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Dig it Up! Discovery Kit by Mindware

Science kits are the rage now with STEM/STEAM being a strong toy trend but many kits lack the depth that Mindware’s kit has with 12 solid projects for discovery, learning and doing. Kids 8 and up become mini paleontologists, as … Continue reading

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Baby Beats Monkey Drum by VTech

There’s a little drummer in everyone so get out this monkey with the beat and watch baby look, reach and grab during tummy time, or sit up and participate with his hands and enjoy learning some cause effect as he … Continue reading

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Gumball Words by SimplyFun

Who can pass up a gumball machine, especially one that teaches spelling and vocabulary? Parents went, “Wow!” when they opened the box to find the big, thick magnetic game board, with signature SimplyFun quality. This visually inviting game consists of 2 … Continue reading

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Tall Tales by SCS Direct

Kids are great story tellers and “Tall Tales” gets their imaginations going as they reach into the blue fuzzy bag to pick a story character or prop to give direction to the plot. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback … Continue reading

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Gym1 Deluxe Indoor Playground

Everywhere I went with my Gym1–school or home–kids knew about it and were excited to try it. I was invited to watch a family who was trying out the Deluxe Indoor Playground set for me–kids are 3, 11, and 13 years … Continue reading

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Telestrations 8 Player: The Original by USAopoly

Get your marker ready for some thinking, sketching, guessing and laughing out loud as you start up a game of Telestrastions. This game is hilarious! A visual version of the classic “telephone game,” it has players alternating between sketching out … Continue reading

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Under the Sea Puppet Playtime by Seedling

Judging from the questions I get from parents, they are most confused on what are good toys to get their toddlers. Seedling knows what feeds little minds and imaginations with their new line, “Seedling Littles.”  “Under the Sea Puppet Playtime” … Continue reading

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Farmers Market Playtime by Seedling

Seedling is looking out for our littlest shoppers in their new line “Seedling Littles.” Kids 2 and up can join Mom or Dad and visit the Farmers Market during playtime. Grab the little tote of veggies, open it up flat … Continue reading

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People Blocks–Classic Colors 31 Pc Set by People Toy Company

Can I just start with the fact that I like the name, “People Blocks?” Right away we are pairing language and building for an open-ended  STEAM experience!  My little friend looked in the box and said, “I wanna do the … Continue reading

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WordSpiel by Set Enterprises, Inc.

WordSpiel gets kids 8 and up and grownups racing to make words, adding on to previously played letter cards to be the first to get rid of their cards. What fun to compete for the longest words, while emptying your … Continue reading

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

Cinderella’s Shoe Shop was a huge hit with my little friend and her 18″ doll. She immediately started stacking the shelves with her merchandise (darling boxes with shoes and bags sold separately) and rearranging the signs announcing sales, fine women’s … Continue reading

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Interchangeable Farm Stand, Furniture For 18″ Girl Dolls by The Queen’s Treasures

My little friend walked right up to the Farm Stand and started to arrange her fruits and vegetables (sold separately) in the self-serve cubby, in the Farm Fresh crates, and on the top counter with a riser to give variety … Continue reading

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Doctors Set by Plan Toys

Children learn from imitating their experiences at their age so playing doctor can dispel fears and build language and pretend play skills. Our little doctor was ready with her bag of tools to take on her patients. She loved giving … Continue reading

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Tree House by Plan Toys

My little friend was captivated by the Tree House! She kept finding new adventures for the little boy, even riding up in the watering pail. She picked the mushrooms, sent them up to the next floor in the bucket, hid the … Continue reading

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Color Wonder On-The-Go by Crayola

Kids loved the little boxes of Color Wonder Coloring, just their size with Paw Patrol pals, Shimmer and Shine, Disney Princesses, and PJ Masks on the cover to start the story going. Designed for kids 3 and up, these sets … Continue reading

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K’Nex Education STEM Explorations Roller Coaster Building Set

Who doesn’t have fun memories of a ride on a roller coaster? Now kids get to build it and experiment with it to learn some physics. When I showed this new K’Nex set to my 12 year-old friend he said, “That’s … Continue reading

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Wobbly Worm by Spinmaster

Assembly and instructions are so simple that my 3 year-old friend spotted “Wobbly Worm” when he came in my house and started up the game by himself! Wobbles the Worm can be one of 3 heights (3 feet is the tallest) … Continue reading

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Paw Patrol Mission Cruiser by Spin Master

“No job is too big” for Robo Dog and his preschool playmates. My little friend spotted the box and just stood by it until we opened it up. He immediately found all the special openings, drop down door in the back … Continue reading

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Meccano Micronoid by Spinmaster

Robots are hot this season with the R added in STREAM. Meet Micronoid “Switch” and “Basher,” two of the Micronoid robot gang who were easily assembled by my 12 and 10 year-old friends, anxious to start playing with them. Robots are … Continue reading

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SmartMax My First Safari Animals by Smart Toys and Games

Magnets are magic to kids and preschoolers get a fun introduction to the pieces that attract and repel in SmartMax’s new set of safari animals. My 2 and 4 year-old friends started exploring with the set of 6 animals–giraffe, lion, … Continue reading

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Monkey Around by Peaceable Kingdom

I’m often asked for suggestions for appropriate toys for toddlers as well as “how” to play with them. Somehow babies and preschoolers are easier to figure out but Peaceable Kingdom sure knows what they are doing in creating a new collection … Continue reading

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Bunny Bedtime by Peaceable Kingdom

Bedtime can be a challenge with our little bunnies. Excuses, excuses but knowing the routine and making it fun can help kids comply. Bunny Bedtime is a sweet, simple game designed for toddlers and parents to enjoy play together while … Continue reading

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PDQ The Pretty Darn Quick Word Game by Gamewright

PDQ happens so fast you have to be quick or a round is over. Shuffle the letter cards and place three cards face down, center card first. Ready, set go! Think of a word that includes those letters beginning with … Continue reading

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Janod Beware the Mole

What fun it is to include a 3-year-old in family game night. Once we explained to him that the mole will eat his vegetables and he got the idea that it is best to get rid of the mole, we … Continue reading

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Kaloo Rouge Rabbit Blue Large

Mom couldn’t help but go “Ahhhh” when she felt the softness of Kaloo’s Rouge Rabbit. This bunny is a perfect take along size (or should I say drag along as kids do!) for a young child. The slim arms are perfect to … Continue reading

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Janod Zigolos Forest Stacker

Little ones love to stack (and unstack!) so why not visit the fox in the forest and create your own woodlands theme while learning some colors, directional and size words and objects. It’s smart to provide stimulating toys for independent play … Continue reading

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Janod Stacking Pyramid–City Friends

Toddlers love to stack, crash and dump so set out this delightfully illustrated set of stacking blocks for some smart play. Stack vertically or horizontally making up a story with the 9 animal families–elephants, giraffes, donkeys, gazelles, pandas, tigers, rabbits, … Continue reading

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Janod Speed Pizza

How speedy can  you be piling the ingredients on your pizza? Kids loved grabbing some of the 99 pieces to choose from their little drawstring bag to make a  pizza that matched the card drawn. Every pepper, bunch of spinach, … Continue reading

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Janod Hat Boxed Puzzle Dragons

Janod’s Hat Boxed Puzzles are favorites with kids and adults as they come in such a cute round carrying case with the picture on the front. For language stimulation I always look for a scene that would invite lots of conversation … Continue reading

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Janod Baby Forest 16 Magnets

Magnets are magic to kids. “They’re sticky” my friend declared. He had fun mixing  up the fawn, fox, rabbit and more to make his own characters. Dad walked by and told us all the possible magnetic places in the kitchen, … Continue reading

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Janod Day at the Zoo Magnets

Our visit to the zoo included a chat with the lady giraffe, the elephant gardener and the lion with a triple scoop ice cream cone. Our three characters were fun enough but then my little friend started to mix and … Continue reading

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Janod Penguin Skittles Game

My little friend found the game bag so inviting that he brought it over to me to open so he could set it up. He knew all about bowling so this was a winner. The colored wooden penguin “pins” are … Continue reading

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Janod Zigolos Pull Along Rabbits

New walkers and toddlers love little friends that are their size. These pull along rabbits bob their heads and alternately flap their feet as the white pliable fabric feet roll around the circular disk to land flat on the floor. … Continue reading

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Janod Hide and Seek Game

Little ones can relate to a house full of animals as they seek out their furry friends behind the doors of this colorful home. My little buddy didn’t even wait for me to take it out of the box and … Continue reading

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Kaloo Les Amis Puppy Wristlet Rattle

This little puppy wants to entertain baby so badly that he is willing to be strapped on baby’s wrist! Babies learn to locate sound, listen and look, prepping them for all the words to come. Try it on your baby’s … Continue reading

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Kaloo Rouge Prestige Bear XXL

This big cuddly friend is the papa Bear of Kaloo’s Rouge line. Known for it’s amazingly soft fur bodies an velvet nose and feet (with the signature red stripes), this Bear is extra extra large for cuddling little bodies. Kids … Continue reading

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Kalou Plume Rabbit Aqua Medium

Open the signature thick, grey Kaloo hatbox to find the sweet cuddly Plume Rabbit tucked inside. It reminds me of a favorite soft blanket bunched up and is just the right thickness for a child to grab it and go! … Continue reading

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Kaloo Rouge Bear Pink Medium

Kaloo’s Rouge Bear Pink Medium just looks at you with love. It’s hard not to grab her little arm or tummy and take her along on adventures. Kids AND moms love these soft cuddly friends who are happy to do … Continue reading

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Kaloo Plume Rabbit- Pink Small

Yes, good things do come in small packages as I open the beautiful grey Kaloo hatbox and see my little pink Plume Rabbit. The criss-cross design of extra fleece fabric makes it easy for baby to grab this buddy play. The … Continue reading

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Kaloo Plume Rabbit Doudou Raspberry

Want a soft lovey blanket buddy with rich colors? I do! This bunny is so grabbable and cuddly made of Kaloo’s signature soft plush arranged in folds that baby can easily hold on to. Hands and feet are little knots for … Continue reading

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Janod Tactile Puzzle Farm Animals

Hooray for “fuzzy puzzles” as my preschoolers say. They were so excited to hear I had NEW tactile puzzle to play with. At 4 years of age they can finally work the puzzle independently and so enjoy collecting the pieces … Continue reading

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Janod Magnetic Educational Game

Kids are drawn to magnets. My little preschooler had fun just snapping different pieces together and saying, “Sticky , sticky , sticky!” Even big sister got involved in choosing a picture card of a dog, rabbit, cat, hen and pig … Continue reading

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Where’s Bear? by Peaceable Kingdom

Good question! Where IS bear is what we asked our 2 year-old friend. This game is part of a collection of simple games that encourage meaningful moments of connection between a 2 year-old and his parents. Many parents and caregivers … Continue reading

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Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

I’ve enjoyed reading Rosie Revere, Engineer and Izzy Peck, Architect for many engaging language lessons with kids They love the stories that provide so much to talk about and relate to their lives. The newest addition to the series, Ada … Continue reading

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I’m Going to Give you a Bear Hug! by Caroline B. Cooney

Books about bears and hugs are popular, especially featured around Valentine’s Day but this one stands out with it’s engaging rhymes filled with playful text and rich vocabulary associated with each animal’s unique hug. Who knew you could describe a whale’s … Continue reading

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