Category Archives: Toys

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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Soft Dolls for Kid’s Creative Play and Speech

Two Year-old Will introduced me to Blabla dolls today. He was my “shopping buddy” as we visited one of my favorite stores, Airlie Moon, in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. We had talked about how we would point to what we … Continue reading

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Saving Money on Fun Toys

With the current economic situation, I perk up to clever ways for moms and dads to get toys or creative play items for less.  Over the weekend we ate dinner at 4 year-old Piper and 2 year-old Sam’s house (with … Continue reading

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