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The Berenstain Bears: Golden Brother Edition Review

The Berenstain Bears: Golden Brother Edition Review

**I was sent the The Berenstain Bears: Golden Brother Edition gift set for review.** The Berenstain Bears are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year and to commemorate the event special limited edition Golden Gift Sets have been released! I remember The Berenstain Bears’ books from when I was a little girl and loved reading them. Recently, I noticed my boys had discovered the show on PBS Kids and would tell me what had happened on the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), DVD, Play, Pre-schoolers, Push Toys, Toddlers

Plan Toys Pull-Along Snail

Plan Toys Pull-Along Snail

We’d like to share a wiggly tale About a friendly, playful pull-along snail His bright shell spins, he crawls up and down He shouts “love the earth!” as you drag him through town His paint is organic; his box’s ink made from soy He’s a recycled, recyclable, sustainable toy Made chemical free, with non-toxic paints & glue He’s a safe friend to bring EVERYWHERE with you! For kids one year and up, he helps build coordination, Gross motor skills, and HUGE imaginations! He’s a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Developmental Toys, Eco-Friendly, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Organic, Play, Pre-schoolers, Push Toys, Socially Conscious, Toddlers, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School)

Best Flower Buds Blossom has “Blossomed” Into Little Miss Jeni’s Heart

Best Flower Buds Blossom has “Blossomed” Into Little Miss Jeni’s Heart

When I received a sample of Jay@Play’s latest loveable creation, a Best Flower Buds named Blossom, I knew one little girl who would give her a good home. My friend’s two and a half-year-old daughter Jeni went wild when I brought Blossom to her as a surprise gift. What little girl wouldn’t? Blossom arrived tucked into her little pink pot, with her bright happy face peeking out tempting you to play. Made in a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-18 Months, Dolls, Featured, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Play, Push Toys, Toys (Pre-School)

Happy Nappers Make Naptime Fun

Happy Nappers Make Naptime Fun

In most households with little ones, naptime can turn into a battleground. “Mom I’m not tiiired!!!” is an argument I frequently hear, and I am sure most parents can concur. Enter Happy Nappers into the picture, and getting your children to take a nap with a soft, cuddly pillow and friend in one makes the job much easier. Happy Nappers come in six varieties: Hut to Monkey, Castle to Dragon, Bungalow to Ladybug, Igloo to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-18 Months, Featured, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Play, Pre-schoolers, Push Toys, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School), Uncategorized

Monster Attack!

Monster Attack!

Ok not really, just the Stinky Little Trash Monsters have invaded my home and there are no signs of them going away anytime soon. These hairy little guys each come peeking out from underneath their trash can lid waiting to come out and play. Pop him out of his can and flip his trash can inside out to a full bodied monster for tons of stinky, smelly fun! There are six monsters to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Gift Ideas, Play, Pre-schoolers, Push Toys, School Aged Children, Stuffed Animals

HABA Mini Vehicle: Squeaky Good Fun

HABA Mini Vehicle: Squeaky Good Fun

Wooden cars are a classic toy that continues to delight, no matter how many new electronic toys bombard our kids with flashing lights. HABA has a fresh new take on this toddler favorite: a mini vehicle, available as a police car or fire truck, made from beechwood, with a colorful cartoon animal driver and a button-plunger “squeak” to complete the fun. Our police car mini-vehicle from HABA has a grinning crocodile policeman at the wheel for a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-18 Months, Featured, Pre-schoolers, Push Toys, Toddlers, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School)

If It Goes, It’s My Favorite Thing

If It Goes, It’s My Favorite Thing

My toddler son has convinced me that a love of things with wheels is genetic for some babies.  Every time he sees a car he shouts, “Vroom, vroom” and claps his hands in delight. Until very recently, though, he had a habit of mouthing everything.  So, I had to make sure all his toys were baby-safe–with non-toxic dyes and no small parts. Plan Toys has a charming new wooden baby car in a rainbow of bright colors … Read entire article »

Filed under: 06-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Developmental Toys, Featured, Push Toys, Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M)

Best Push and Pull Toys

This is one of my favorite categories of toy. My mom recently brought out an old pull toy of mine and it is a classic that just keeps on giving.  Push and pull toys delight babies, amuse toddlers, and occupy preschoolers.  Some, like the sophisticated and clever mix-and-match Automoblox, are collectibles suited for older children, teens, and even adults. The selections from our Hottest Holiday Toys Awards are engaging, interactive, and made from high-quality … Read entire article »

Filed under: 06-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Featured, Gift Guides, Pre-schoolers, Push Toys, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Recycle, Re-Play, Re-Think: Green Toys Review and Giveaway

Recycle, Re-Play, Re-Think: Green Toys Review and Giveaway

Reuse, reduce, and recycle for a more eco-friendly lifestyle. The new Recycling Dump Truck from Green Toys teaches all these concepts by example and through play. The Green Toys Tea Set is a favorite of ours and Green Toys has rescued more treasure from the trash heap with its new action toys made from recycled milk jugs. Check out this video tour of the new line of Green Toys we previewed at Toy Fair 2009. These tough … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Earth Day, Eco-Friendly, Featured, Made in the USA, Pre-schoolers, Push Toys, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

iPod for the Toddler Set: Win a Smart-E Bear

iPod for the Toddler Set: Win a Smart-E Bear

Children of the 80s fondly remember Teddy Ruxpin, the storytelling bear. Now our children can fall in love with the new Smart-e Bear.  Smart-e Bear is akin to a plush iPod. This soft stuffed animal has a hidden USB port which connects to your computer. You can program the Smart-e Bear to say your child’s name, and you can select from thousands of songs, games and stories.  iPod users customize their playlists, but Smart-e Bear users create customized “playdates.” In just a few minutes, I created … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Musical Toys, Play, Pre-schoolers, Push Toys, School Aged Children, Toddlers