Category Archives: Toy Reviews

New York Toy Fair 2016 Hot Trends for Learning Toys

Every year I get so amped for The International Toy Fair in New York City–no caffeine needed–as we scour the isles of the Javits Center for fun new products embedded with language learning potential. The creativity, passion and spunk of … Continue reading

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“Secret Agent Headquarters With Alarm” by Playmobil

James Bond step aside– kids can now create their own spy world with Playmobil’s newest set, “Secret Agent Headquarters.” Agents can arrive at their office found in a mountainous, futuristic location by speedboat or multi-functional vehicle, adjustable for land, air … Continue reading

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Treasure Temple With Guards by Playmobil

Grab your weapons of choice–a rope, gun, or sword as you make your way into the treasure temple to steal the shiny,  crystal treasures. The trick is to get past the evil guards in removable disguise, avoid the stake barrier … Continue reading

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I Built It! Snakes and Ladders by I Built It! Games

Get ready for a hike through the jungle, climbing vine ladders and slipping down the tail of a snake. The large game board grabs a preschooler’s attention with the inviting, simple artwork and clear counting fun as you make your … Continue reading

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I Built It! Memory Match+Tic Tac Toe

The possibilities are endless with Memory Match+Tic Tac Toe as kids create and customize their game before playing. Continually under construction, this set of games is flexible for endless fun and learning. Unscrew the 18 game pieces and insert your personalized pictures, … Continue reading

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Gubs by Gamewright

Step up to the next level of game playing as you enter the world of Gubs, paying careful attention to the characters, tools, hazards, traps, events and protection needed to build your colony of these treasured creatures. Don’t think you can … Continue reading

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Splish Splash! by Gamewright

Jump right into this multi-colored pond of fun as you roll the die, drop the pebble into the collection of colored shapes  and see if some splash out. The roll of the die determines how many chances you get to … Continue reading

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Mermaid Beach by Gamewright

Intrigued that a girl her age actually created this game, my little toy tester jumped right into “Mermaid Beach” and loved it. There is no lying around on Mermaid Beach because you have to be on your toes to craftily … Continue reading

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FLASHWORDZ by U.S. Games Systems Inc.

A flash is literally all the time you get to create words with four or more letters with FLASHWORDZ. Players get a fun,  rounded rack to display their two- sided letter cards so there is no peeking! With a different … Continue reading

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“The Word on the Street Junior” by Out of the Box Publishing

This “wacky war of words” was unique and got even more fun, the longer we played it. The street is divided for two teams and the letter tiles of the alphabet run down the median strip. A team selects a … Continue reading

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