March 24, 2020

(Mudpuppy $14.99)

You’ll find six thick and sturdy puzzle boards with one shaped puzzle piece—the baby animal—that must be fitted into the big scene. Kids match the babies to the parent on each board. Introduce one board at a time and talk about the scene. A good chance to introduce the names of baby animals and their parents. Add some sounds and maybe a story. These are marked 1-3 although we think discovering how to turn the...

November 24, 2019

(Dial $11.99)

A colorful board book by Sophie Beer, that celebrates something we could all use a lot of these days—kindness. We’re not sure you can teach that with a book and declarative sentences. That said, it is a way to talk with kids one on one about the simple acts we can do to be kind to others. It’s little things like sharing your treats, taking turns, helping, and just saying hello. We like the multicultural cast of pl...

September 30, 2019

(Sassy $9.99)

We showed you this toy as part of a set. It's also available as a stand alone and good fun for under ten dollars. This is one bath toy that can double as a tabletop toy, as well. With a sturdy suction cup it attaches to tub or table and a swipe of a hand sends the many little colorful cups spinning. Standing in the tub, water will help power the motion and spill as the cups reach the top. Standing on a table, the...

July 31, 2019

(Green Toys $19.99)

For beach, pool or bathtub, this set of water toys will keep little scientists exploring the nature of water and sand with the starfish, scallop, abalone, snail, squid and jellyfish in this clever set of sprinklers that turn and shells shapes that can dig. It even comes with a seaweed patterned carrier with sprinkle opening at the bottom and hold all the pieces when play is done. Take it to the beach now and...

July 31, 2019

(Cuddle + Kind $ 60 each for 13” or $80 for 20” size )

Once again, we applaud the charming dolls handcrafted by talented women in Peru, who make their living with these lovable creations. This year’s beauties are once again winning choices for gift giving. It will be hard to choose just one favorite; each is special in its own way.

Good luck choosing between Violet and Elliot Fawn. Like all fawns they have still got their white...

July 31, 2019

(Green Toys $24.99)

Lightweight enough for a toddler to pull around, this little red wagon has a stout rope handle and just enough space for hauling blocks, dolls or other treasures. With their hard won locomotive skills, toddlers love dragging their toys from one room to another. Elmo’s face is on the hub caps and on the sides of this low to the ground wagon. Made of 100% recycled plastic and printed with soy inks, you can fee...

July 31, 2019

(Steiff $39.99)

His name may be Jimmy, but to us, he looks a lot like the real Pooh Bear! He has a lovely sweet face and a honey-colored textured coat that’s deliciously silky to the touch. His floppy arms are under-stuffed and easy to hold. With a weighted bottom, this bear can sit up well for a tea party, on a lap or lie down for a nap, when needed. A big 16 inches of huggable! Also available in 12” size ($28.95)

Ages: Toddler...

July 21, 2019

(LeapFrog $29.99)

A toddler activity center with a play kitchen theme. It has buttons to push and handles to press to make things happen. It works without sounds, but toddlers will enjoy the feedback they get when they put toy dishes in the dishwasher and the door says open and close. The sink handle makes fake water spin, the soap dispenser makes a spritz sound and counts with every push. The toy dishes fit into size and color...

July 21, 2019

(WowWee $29.99)

If you’re in the toddler zone, you almost assuredly know this the Baby Shark Song this smiley shark is singing. Soon to be a TV star, Baby Shark is the Barney of its day. Funny how toddlers bring no fears to toothy creatures when they are wrapped up in colorful plush with a song to share. Toddlers will like singing along and dancing with this very friendly bright yellow shark. They can activate it by touching it...

July 19, 2019

(Corolle $29.99

Dolly's sick? Call the doctor! This little doctor makes house calls. Forget the black bag. She keeps everything in a very sweet pink and white printed bag. There’s a heart shaped pink and white stethoscope that has heartbeat sound effects, a blood pressure meter, thermometer, otoscope (for checking earaches), a syringe, a dropper bottle, even a little cast, if baby has a break. Classic play for nurturing and try...

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