Category Archives: Toys

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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More Tips for Saving Money on Educational Toys

Okay here is another tip for saving money–or should I say spend no money–on educational toys. I was at 3 year-old William’s house yesterday. He is building his skills in pretend play, picking up little Fisher Price people and having … Continue reading

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How to Save Money on Great Educational Toys

  With the current financial crisis going on, everyone is talking about how to save money. I was watching a Target  commercial the other night, and they were advertising hair clippers to do your own kids’ haircuts etc. I wanted … Continue reading

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Boys are Different Than Girls–Look at Their Pretend Play

For some reason my daughter-in-law finds my life amusing. Yesterday she asked me to tell her something funny. Having just spent the morning with 2 and 3 year-olds, I could oblige. I had volunteered to be a “Love Lady” in … Continue reading

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Carefully Evaluate the Technology in Toys for Babies and Toddlers

Recently I have been challenged to think about the role technology plays in children’s toys, specifically for the baby and toddler set. I raised three boys in the video/computer age and saw how captivating these venues are to kids and … Continue reading

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Do Kids Need Toys for Pretend Play?

I was visiting one of my favorite families yesterday in Charlotte. James, 4, Sam,2 and Molly,1, are being raised on few toys and a wealth of imagination. Last time we saw them, Mom brought a small suitcase of cars that … Continue reading

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Follow Your Child’s Lead in Pretend Play

It’s like magic when a child connects with a toy and the language flows. This week Will visited Connecticut as an almost 2 year-old and discovered She-She’s office (my room full of toys)! After selecting Winnie the Pooh’s house and … Continue reading

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