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Posted: 2011-03-30 12:00:19

Floating over head at Toy Fair, flying fish!  From William Mark Co.

a game plan
Tags: math games, math books,
Posted: 2014-02-25 07:54:41 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Math and Science skills--or the lack of them--continue to make the news. While educators debate what to do about it, what can parents do? First things first, avoid turning your child into a math phobic worrier with dreaded flash card sessions and extra workbooks. Forget about pre-teaching kids in hopes of giving them a leg up. Your way of doing math may involve techniques that are very different from current classroom methods. Click here for positive ways to help your child become a math whiz: 

Stephanie's segment on the TODAY SHOW
Tags: Toys at Every Budget, NBC's TODAY Show
Posted: 2011-03-30 12:06:07

The good news is that there are great toys this year for every budget. Our Platinum and Gold Award list is chock full of construction sets, props for pretend, dolls, games, remote control vehicles (and bugs) and craft kits.  If you missed Stephanie's segment on NBC's TODAY Show, you can watch it here.  To read about the products featured in the segment, click here. Of course this is only a small selection of our award winners--please be sure to take a look at all of our winners for 2010!  For a behind the scenes look at the segment, read Stephanie's blog.

Tags: Star Wars, Joanne Oppenheim
Posted: 2011-03-30 12:06:53

The force is clearly with Joanne as she demonstrates the new General Greivous Spinning Electronic Lightsaber. For a complete review, click here.

For Girls and Boys
Tags: gender free toys
Posted: 2010-10-20 13:44:54 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Finding toys that do not play on gender stereotypes is a lot easier these days than it used to be. Although there is still plenty of pink and lavender out there that screams--Girls Only and plenty of black with skulls and eyeballs shouting--Boys Only, there are less gender specific choices that will be enjoyed by children of either sex. Click here to read more.

Tags: Modern Family, Kmart, Rico Rodriguez,Ambassador of Fun
Posted: 2010-11-02 10:48:03

You may know Rico Rodriguez from ABC's Modern Family - he plays the wonderfully introspective Manny. (He's the boy in the pink shirt all the way to the left).   In an admittedly celebrity spokesperson situation, Rico has been named Kmart's Ambassador of Fun. So we decided to ask Rico how it feels to be such an Ambassador and what he likes to play with now that he's 12. Read our interview.

Tags: Playmobil, pretend play, Construction toys, Castle, Dragon
Posted: 2010-10-01 11:15:54

Castles have made a come back this year in toyland. This set from Playmobil is one of our favorites. Take a look at our video and read our review of the Platinum Award winning set.

Constructive Learning Tools
Tags: preschool building toys, early years building toys, blocks
Posted: 2012-08-13 07:37:11

A recent article in the New York Times indicates a renewed interest in the learning value of block building. Parents and teachers attending block classes are discovering the connections between learning and play. What's the buzz about?  Read our take on this hot topic...

Without Making You or Your Child Cry
Tags: learning toys, spelling, math, map skills, puzzles, educational
Posted: 2010-12-14 20:28:17

When you hear the words "educational toys" chances are you think at once of drill and practice toys that are about as entertaining as chalk squeaking on a board. We know that play itself is one of the important paths to various kinds of learning. Read More...

Posted: 2011-03-30 13:26:43

If you want to encourage your kids to write their own stories, take a look at this new kit from Creativity for Kids.

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