Early School Years

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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!

Tags: Jean Marzollo, Susan Jeffers
Posted: 2009-10-19 16:27:53 By: by Stephanie Oppenheim

Two of our favorite authors/artists, Jean Marzollo and Susan Jeffers, are really good friends. 

 

So when I discovered through an email that they were painting together on vacation, I suggested that they interview each other for our new feature.  There was a lot of back and forth on how to proceed (after all these are two incredibly talented artists!)...and so it was eventually determined that I would interview them both.  They shared their answers. 

Read the interview

When trucks don't hit it off
Tags: Matchbox, Tonka, Mattel, Hasbro
Posted: 2010-01-10 19:41:55 By: by Stephanie Oppenheim

Matchbox Monty a bit bored by Tonka Chuck...

What to look for and our top picks
Tags: Toys for Kids with ADHD, Tips for Shopping for Kids with ADHD
Posted: 2012-12-11 15:27:41 By: by Stephanie Oppenheim and Joanne Oppenheim
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If you have a child with ADHD on your gift list, finding the right toy can feel more challenging. Here are our basic guidelines to keep in mind when you're shopping.  Our recommendation is to share these tips with family members!  We also have listed some of our favorites. Click here to read more.

Tags: eeBoo, Games and Puzzles, Mia Galison
Posted: 2009-10-06 18:39:15 By: Stephanie Oppenheim
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eeBoo is one of our favorite game and puzzle companies. Founder Mia Galison has brought some of today's top illustrators to the world of boardgames and puzzles. As a result the products have a lovely retro feel to them. While so many games have cartoonish looks--these are happily and decidedly artistic. The art is married with games that are age appropriate for preschoolers and early school age kids. Read the interview.

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