Category Archives: Toys

New Educational Toys to Build Language

One of my favorite relatively new brands in kids’ toys is Yookidoo. I was entertained at the International Toy Fair in New York City by the inventor displaying the new bath toys: “Flow and Fill Spout,” “Stack ‘n Stream Fountain,” … Continue reading

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Educational Toys–The Best of New York Toy Fair, 2009

I wanted to share some observations I made as I viewed my favorite booths, specializing in educational toys, books and games for the birth-8 year old set. In keeping with the economy, I saw some “downsized” versions of old favorites … Continue reading

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New Educational Toys, Books and Games at the Toy Fair

Wow! Talk about a kid in a candy store–try spending the day at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, being captivated by all the new toys created for this year’s International Toy Fair. I am going to write … Continue reading

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Designer of Playmobil Figures

Call me crazy but I find the obituaries in the New York Times each weekend fascinating. There is a special story behind the people who shape our world. Friday’s paper included the obituary of Hans Beck, the designer of the … Continue reading

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Diner Provides Preschool Play Dinner

My friend, Jody, wrote to say that she had gotten the Step2 Diner for her 5 grandchildren from birth to 2 years old. Christmas morning the diner was a hit as the two oldest sat down for a chat. I … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Ideas for Giving Back

Happy New Year to you all! (or y’all as my southern friends would say!) What is it about January first that turns a switch and causes us to reflect, plan ahead, and clean out the clutter? I remember as soon … Continue reading

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Kid’s Frog Tent for Pretend Play

I included the Circo Frog Tent from Target as one of my selected items for holiday giving. Since  we celebrated Christmas as a family at Thanksgiving when we were all together, I can report on the success of the Frog … Continue reading

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Great Gift Guide for Kids’ Toys, Games and Books

Parents often ask me for advice on best toys and games for gift giving this time of year.  A wonderful source for top educational materials for kids is the Parents’ Choice 2008 Holiday Gift Guide.  This trusted resource is divided by … Continue reading

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Creative Play Forts for Kids

After raising three boys and just spending the holidays with preschoolers, I am reminded again of how much fun a fort can be! It brought back memories as my oldest son grabbed the pillows off the couch and made a … Continue reading

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Build Speech Through Creative Play–Infantino Playtime Activity Center

Eight-month-old Caroline confirmed my excitement over the Infantino Playtime Activity Center. This pyramid of fun has four flat sides of entertainment–a mirror in the cat’s face, crinkly bugs to uncover under textured flaps, a jingle fish to swat in his … Continue reading

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