Category Archives: Toys

Toy Companies Offering Resources for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

Yesterday I got a press release from Fat Brain Toys announcing their new  “Special Needs Resource Center for families seeking toys, games, and play resources for individuals with developmental needs. Introducing an innovative website feature called “Special Perspectives”, it’s one … Continue reading

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Toddler Talking Points

Toddlers are some of my favorite people–they explore with abandon, imitate pirates and fairies, refuse with gusto, stack, dump and search, communicate with persistence, and give enthusiastic hugs with sloppy kisses. So why would we get in their way? One … Continue reading

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Toy Trends For Learning, The Best of Toy Fair 2013

Last week, the American International Toy Fair in New York City was a blitz of excitement, innovation, creativity and fun. I look forward to it every year, as I make my way through the acres of booths filled with 150,000 … Continue reading

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Female Entrepreneurs Creating True Alternatives For Girls in the Toy Industry

Several of my PAL Winners are not only outstanding in their delivery of creative play to build language but also promote healthy models for young girls. I wanted to share a guest post today by my friend, Jodi Norgaard, creator … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for the Toy Fair 2013!

I can’t wait for the International Toy Fair in New York City! It starts tomorrow and even a mere 2-3 feet of snow isn’t stopping me. There is such excitement in the Javitts Center as inventors, manufacturers and retailers all … Continue reading

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TOTY Nominations Include PAL Winners

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being invited to the Toy Industry Association’s press conference announcing their finalists for Toy of the Year in 11 different categories. The event was in Bryant Park and included an ice skating exhibition which … Continue reading

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PAL Interview at NBC CT Today

I had a fun interview today at NBC CT sharing the latest PAL Award winners that can build language skills. Here are the toys and games that I brought with the points I made about them and their price: It’s … Continue reading

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Try Step2’s Tropical Island Resort for Open-Ended Play

One of my favorite PAL Award winners this summer has been the Tropical Island Resort by Step2. Winning companies know that I not only test their products, but if they win, I often continue to use them with kids, gathering … Continue reading

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PAL Winners in Variety Store in Kiel Wisconsin

Like many of you, I enjoyed some time off with family over the 4th of July. Our gang often gathers in Wisconsin so I enjoyed a week of activities and exploring new restaurants, shops and bike paths. In my search … Continue reading

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ASTRA Marketplace 2012 Best New Finds to Build Language

I thoroughly enjoyed my first ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association) Marketplace Convention this past week in Baltimore. I moved from table to table putting together swords, robots and slime as well as decorating cupcakes and doll furniture in “Kits, … Continue reading

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