August 24, 2018

Few toys have more play value than blocks. Blocks are versatile. Unlike a toy garage or farm setting, a set of blocks can become whatever your child wishes them to be— a farm one day or a skyscraper the next. They can be enjoyed alone or with a friend. They're also raw...

February 24, 2018

Toilet humor has always been around. The word fart is just funny. As a result many of the dolls we review, and seemingly all of the robots that come to our office, fart. Some are apologetic. Others just go for it.

But this year, it's a whole new level of poop-centric pl...

Coding, Games and Elmo -- oh my!

Coding is the Word of the Year.  You’ll see it on toys for every age from preschool to high school. There are non-electronic games with giant coding cards for whole body action where kids program a pathway for another kid to follow like...

October 12, 2017

Three Mistakes To Avoid When Toy Shopping

1-Ignoring age labels since your kid is so smart.

Why? Age labels are stretched up and down to sell toys to the widest possible age range. But toys marked for 3 & up are like red lights blinking—it means there are small parts tha...

May 19, 2017

Bath time doesn't need to be a battle. Having some entertaining toys can make getting into the tub fun. Getting clean is the least of the possibilities from your toddlers point of view. As they splash, sprinkle and pour, water play can sooth the reluctant bather and le...

March 15, 2017

If you wanted to be completely cynical, you could say that the introduction of DC Super Hero Girls Collection is just a slick marketing move. After all, everything super hero is huge business whether you're talking Marvel or DC Comics. The toys and merchandise are gene...

July 19, 2016

Even the most active run-about child needs some time for a sit down. Though big and little screens offer instant entertainment help them mix it up with some well chosen craft, construction sets and games that activate minds, imagination, and creative fun. Here are some...

May 19, 2016

We're often asked (usually in a very quiet tone) should boys have dolls? The answer is a very loud and resounding yes. We want our boys to grow up to be equal partners in the nurturing and care taking of their own children. Taking on the "role" of Dad in pretend play i...

May 18, 2016

Remember when playing with Play-Doh meant making long snakes or muddling up the colors? Times have certainly changed. The new Play-Doh Police Motorcycle from Hasbro comes with what we believe is the first Play-Doh mold for a gun. It's a small piece that resides on the...

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