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*New Toyfinder App BabyLOVE makes Holiday Shopping Easy

*New Toyfinder App BabyLOVE makes Holiday Shopping Easy

If you can believe it, there are only 69 days left until Christmas and 52 days until Hanukkah. The clock is ticking and, even though I LOOOOOVE to shop, I’m getting a bit anxious on what on earth I’m going to get my son, nephews, nieces, neighbors, you name it. Every time you turn on the TV, some new commercial comes on promoting some toy that your kid instantly wants. Every web site has a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Baby Gifts, Baptism Gifts, Birthday Gifts, Chanukah, Christmas, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Services, Tech, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Ambi Toys are BACK and in full Retro Swing!

Ambi Toys are BACK and in full Retro Swing!

If you’re a classic toy lover like me, you may already be familiar with the iconic Ambi® brand, the manufacturer of infant and toddler toys with a fabulously retro design and feel. In years past, only a few items were available in the US for purchase. Now, the ENTIRE 44 piece Ambi collection is available in the US, under the direction of Galt Toys!!! For forty years, Ambi® Toys have been developing infant toys with a purity of design and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), 00-06 Months, 06-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Activities, Baby Gifts, Baby Shower, Birthday Gifts, Building Toys, Counting, Developmental Toys, Educational, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Language, Learning, Musical Toys, Play, Pre-schoolers, Shower Gifts, Swimming, Toddlers, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M)

The 5th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

The 5th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, and I received samples of many of the toys featured. I was a part of the team that helped ASTRA create Neighborhood Toy Store Day in 2010, and I have worked with them as a consultant since 2009. However, my opinions are not influenced by my work with ASTRA. I’ve donated numerous hours to shop local campaigns after seeing the importance of local business while serving on the School … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boutiques and Stores, Chanukah, Charity, Christmas, Educational, Events, Featured, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Neighborhood Toy Store Day, Play, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Seasonal, Socially Conscious, Toddlers, Toy Stores, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

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)

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

Guidecraft Sensory Educational Toys (Giveaway!)

Guidecraft Sensory Educational Toys (Giveaway!)

You may know by now that Guidecraft makes fun learning toys for home and educational toys and furniture for the classroom. Many of their products are also accessible and helpful for children with disabilities. The two items I am sharing this month are ones that are fun for typically developing children but take on a whole other dimension when they are used for occupational therapy with children with special needs. Rocking back and forth feels good–that’s why … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Developmental Toys, Featured, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Puzzle it Out: Guidecraft Educational Puzzles

Puzzle it Out: Guidecraft Educational Puzzles

Guidecraft sent me an assortment of their Montessori-style wooden puzzles and the entire family is impressed! The children immediately begged me to open all the puzzles but I parceled them out over several weeks so that they would have a chance to more fully explore each one. Because the puzzles are open-ended, the educational potential of these puzzles is limitless. Whether you are studying basic concepts, such as shapes, colors, relative size, or counting, or more advanced … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Featured, Puzzles, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School)

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)

Beep, Beep, Here We Go! (Little Tikes Cozy Truck GIVEAWAY!)

Beep, Beep, Here We Go! (Little Tikes Cozy Truck GIVEAWAY!)

The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe is a the single most popular toy at our play dates but now it has competition…from the Little Tikes Cozy Truck! Kids line up to take their turn with this fun ride-on from Little Tikes. They’ve brought the cartoon styling of the Cozy Coupe to a new truck model and added a few new features to make this ride even more fun. You’ll still find the driver’s side door that opens … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-18 Months, Contests, Featured, Kindergartners, Pre-schoolers, Ride-Ons, Toddlers, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School)

Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike (12 Days of Giveaways)

Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike (12 Days of Giveaways)

We own several tricycles with push bars for my toddler and the Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike offers some neat new innovations in the toddler-friendly tricycle category. First, why would you want a tricycle for a child who cannot yet pedal? If you enjoy walking around a track or a mall, the tricycle can be a nice alternative to a baby carrier or stroller. Also, little “me too’s”, who want to be just like their older siblings, … Read entire article »

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