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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.

Really?
Posted: 2011-03-30 12:07:44 By: by Joanne Oppenheim

A front page article in the New York Times recently led with the headline, Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children. How unfortunate. According to the article, parents have decided that picture books are too easy for anyone past the age of four. Click here to read more.

Play-Doh Glow Creations
Tags: activity kit, glow in the dark, Play-Doh, Hasbro
Posted: 2010-10-19 08:28:02 By: Stephanie Oppenheim

Two of my favorite things in toyland: spin art and glow-in-the-dark toys.  So you can imagine how excited I was when we received the new Play-Doh Glow Creations from Hasbro.  (And yes, I'm firmly in the camp of pro Play-Doh people).  Here the greatest fun is in the process of making the art, adding the paint and watching it spin.  The end product isn't nearly as thrilling but that's ok, you can wipe off the black boards and start all over again.  The spinning of the Play-Doh is also fun but not as cool as the laser- like quality of the spin art.

Hot Wheels Tub Racers
Tags: Bath toys, preschoolers, Hot Wheels, Mattel, pretend play
Posted: 2010-10-01 11:28:46

If you have a Hot Wheels fan in your house this toy will make your preschooler ask to take a bath!  Take a look at our review and watch the video demo:

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...

Bring home a baby doll for a big brother or sister
Tags: Older Siblings, Baby Dolls
Posted: 2010-10-01 08:55:00

Joanne and Stephanie discuss the merits of both the new GoGo Baby Doll from Little Sib and the new boy version of Baby Stella from Manhattan Toy.

Two trucks to consider
Posted: 2010-10-01 08:56:43

If you're in the sandbox zone with your kids, take a look at these two new collections of toy trucks.  We love both the new lightweight Monster Dirt Diggers from Little Tikes - it has a cool sideways dumping action and a working excavator...great fun at the beach or in the backyard. We also love the realistic look of Fisher-Price Steel Force Trucks (they come in two sizes).  Take a look at our video.

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.

Hopping Good Treats!
Tags: toys, books, Easter baskets, holiday treats
Posted: 2010-04-05 15:56:43 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Along with the jelly beans, marshmallow chicks, and chocolate Easter bunnies, pack in a few items that will still be enjoyed when the sweet treats are just a memory.

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