Early School Years

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Huggables, Trucks and Radios, oh my!
Tags: Green Toys, Best Green Toys for Kids, Green Building Toys, Green Dolls, Green Trucks
Posted: 2010-01-11 08:25:54

It used to be a huge stretch to come up with our green list.  Happily, that's no longer the case.  Toy makers are responding to consumer demand for green products for their kids.  We have rejected many of the "good-for-you-but-looks-sad" green toys...you know the ones - they're very muted in color or made from material that may be climate friendly, but you really don't want to cuddle up with!  We are particularly thrilled with the 100% recycled trucks from both Sprig Toys and Green Toys, the gorgeous Plan Toys Green Dollhouse (complete with solar panels) and the ever so huggable dolls from blablakids.com and Fair Indigo.  Congrats to all our winners!!

Busy Hands are Happy Hands!
Tags: crafts, drawing, painting, pasting,
Posted: 2010-01-10 19:40:53 By: Joanne Oppenheim


Craft kits are among the best holiday toys. Kids love trying their hands at cutting, pasting, and painting. They don't need to know that crafts are more than fun. Click here to read more.

Tags: great games under $20, math games, letter games, active games, family games, preschool, early school years, later school years
Posted: 2010-02-18 19:30:16 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Unlike a lot of novelty toys that often lose their luster, games are returned to again and again. They are not just entertaining; many have solid learning built into the fun. Here are some of the top choices we've tested and think you and your family will like playing. Click here to see our list!

Tags: Mr. Robot
Posted: 2009-11-21 13:01:21

Our mascot of the season, Mr. Robot, tries his best to engage Ugly Doll.

And the Winners Are!
Tags: Music DVD's, Storybook DVD's, Feature Films, Science DVD's
Posted: 2010-01-11 08:27:42 By: Joanne Oppenheim

What do underwater sea creatures, sheep, and storybook characters have in common? You'll find them all on our short award list of DVD winners. Read the reviews!

Gifts for Aspiring Dancers
Tags: costumes for little dancers, ballerina dolls, books about ballet, videos about ballet
Posted: 2010-04-20 13:56:23 By: Joanne Oppenheim

As we were adding the newest tutus and ballet books to our award list, we realized how many wonderful gift choices there are to consider. Here are a handful of wonderful choices.

Posted: 2010-01-10 19:42:18

Mr. Robot, this season's mascot, introducing himself to the new Ugly Doll action figure.

Posted: 2010-01-10 19:43:30 By: Joanne Oppenheim

If you spend a great deal of time going from point A to point B, having some wonderful stories and music to listen to can make the journey part of the fun (even if it's just coming home for school, soccer or Grandma's house).  As you know we complain most about this aspect of what we review.  So much of children's audio is really annoying...sugary sweet and full of good-for-you-messages. When we started reviewing children's audio, we literally used to sit in the car and anyone (young or old) could throw the audio out of the car. (The car was parked.)  After several afternoons in the car, the lawn would be full of rejects.  While we don't do that anymore (it is so not green), we do have the same high standards.  So a special congratulations to the winners this year!  Click here to see our list of award winners!

International Playthings' new Ecotronic Mr. Robot Head
Tags: International Playthings, Ecotronic Robot
Posted: 2009-10-26 14:31:29

Read our Review of this new novelty toy!

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