Wow, did I have a stimulating time at the International Toy Fair in New York City this week! I was surrounded by the energy of inventive, creative people introducing the latest in children’s toys, games, books and media. I had the privilege of meeting Claire Green, the president of Parents’ Choice which bestows its prestigious awards on products that “help kids grow–imaginatively, physically, morally and mentally–fairly priced products that are fun, safe and socially sound.” Check out their website for outstanding leads on toys, games, books, music, television, software, websites and magazines:

Claire was joined by Wendy Smolen who is a toy expert having been an Editor at Parents Magazine and Nick Jr. Family Magazine. They have teamed up to form the Sandbox Summit,, which is “a series of conferences exploring how technology is changing the ways kids play, learn, and connect in a digital world.” Those of us who are always seeking out the best for our children will be looking to their insight.