January 3, 2018

Are you kids suffering from a post-holiday slump now that they're back in school? Here are some games to freshen up some of those school skills with fun games for family time.

Here are a few fun ways to connect:

PlayMonster Qwitch

Playmonster $12

An updated version of a po...

Pretend Play for Older Toddlers and Preschoolers

Little Tikes 2-in-1-Food Truck

(Little Tikes $159.99)

What a great setting for dramatic play as kids step behind the counter of their big red food truck! It has a complete kitchen back there, with play sink, microwave oven,...

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...

October 27, 2016

Construction

Goldie Blox Invention Mansion

(Goldie Blox $59.99)

Goldie’s back and this season she’s fashioned an amazing Invention Mansion that is what her creator, Debbie Sterling calls the “anti-dollhouse” that looks like no other mansion around. In fact, since there i...

October 26, 2016

It's hard to believe that there was a time when there were no Rubik's Cubes, Monopoly Games or Easy Bake Ovens, right?  Play our game of Who's Older? - Today Show edition.

(1) Savannah Guthrie or Easy Bake Oven?

(2) Al Roker or Slinky?

(3) Kathie Lee Gifford or Monopol...

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...

April 8, 2016

For the final day of our toy series with the TODAY Show, we looked at the top toys for hard-to-shop tweens! Those 9-12 year olds that often have one foot already out of toyland, but still up for a good game, craft kit and high tech fun.  For the past few months we team...

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