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...

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...

October 28, 2016

Finding the best toys for this age group was the most challenging this year. Too many of the toys were just off the mark for the developmental needs of babies and toddlers. So the products on this list really came through. We also encourage you to review our Blue Chip...

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...

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