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Tags: Drink and Wet Dolls, Fisher-Price
Posted: 2011-02-01 11:01:39

Read Stephanie's blog today about a new high tech doll that uses light to indicate whether a doll has gone to the bathroom.  Watch the video demo here:

When Less is More
Tags: under $10, play power, stocking stuffers,
Posted: 2010-12-14 20:23:49 By: by Joanne Oppenheim

Are you are shopping for Merry Christmas stocking stuffers, multiple gifts for the many nights of Hanukah or Kwanza? Aside from the novelty fads of the moment there are some good choices that will be enjoyed for more than a moment. We've found some with real play value. Click here to find out more.

Good News for Consumers
Tags: multiracial dolls, history, consumers, price war, charity, pretend play
Posted: 2010-11-16 13:49:59 By: Joanne Oppenheim

For the past decade, American Girl Dolls dominated the market for high end multi-cultural dolls that reflected our diversity. Not any more.

2010 is the year of the doll wars and there are many amazing dolls out there giving the American Girl a run for her money--and yours. Click here to see our reviews of doll collections worth considering.

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.

 

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