Category Archives: Toys

Teaching Preschoolers To Share Through Books

Having just spent an hour with two three year-olds, facilitating play, I realized that sharing is an ongoing challenge for preschool peers. As parents and teachers we need to be patient in the process of teaching this social tool since … Continue reading

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Play-Doh for Preschoolers and Speech Therapy

Certain toys and games are winners as they amuse children and allow for discrete turns so a child can repeat your model, and you give them one more piece to make their masterpiece. Play-Doh’s EZ 2 Do  Zoo is so popular … Continue reading

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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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