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Need Toys For Your Kids But Don’t Know Where To Start?

It is hard to navigate toy retailer websites and there is no online support for recommendations! Plus, it is hard to scroll through hundreds of toys all with different price points and benefits, and questionable reviews.

Six Eco-Friendly Toys and Companies for Babies and Toddlers

In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share five eco-friendly toys and companies. For older kids, check out this post with even more earth-friendly toys. However, for the young ones – here are six unique, eco-friendly toys and companies that have respect for Mother Earth. Kinderfeets This wooden pushbike is a low-to-the-ground, small training […]

Five Green, Eco-Friendly And Sustainable Toys For Earth Day

If you are looking for great toys that promote sustainability, teach kids about recycling, promote green and earth-friendly play, then these are the toys you should have on hand for Earth Day and Earth Month! As a Toy Expert for the past 10 years, every April leading up to Earth Day, I get asked about […]

25 Toys That Are Great In An Easter Basket

Keep the kids healthy this Easter and all year long with the perfect non-candy alternatives in the Easter Basket. These are some egg-cellent Easter basket ideas and options to consider – because candy is obvious! Here are some toy stuffer and filler ideas! So read the post below or watch the video! I also had fun […]

These Sewing Toys Will Teach Kids How To Sew

Teaching kids to sew is a great skill to learn. Even if they don’t stick with sewing, it offers tremendous educational benefits, such as being creative, following directions, fine motor skills, pattern identification, spatial recognition, and emotional benefits. If you are wondering what to give a child six years old and up, consider giving toys […]

Fifteen+ Fabulous Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon Toys

Raya and the Last Dragon is a Disney movie set to release to theatres on March 5, 2021. The story is about a fantasy world of Kumandra. It is there that humans and dragons lived together in harmony for centuries. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves […]

Social Emotional Learning Toys and Resources For Parents and Kids

If you have a child with cognitive challenges, you are very familiar with the concept and the therapies around Social Emotional Learning (SEL). However, during the Covid-19 pandemic, SEL has risen to the forefront as a need and a tool for all parents and kids. Many children have not gotten social opportunities in months as […]

See the New Jumbo and Huggers Cats vs. Pickles Toys!

If you haven’t heard of Cats vs. Pickles, let me introduce you to this adorable series and toy line! The world of Cats vs. Pickles was inspired by the YouTube trend of watching funny videos of cats getting freaked by cucumbers. via GIPHY Cats versus cucumbers is funny – but a company called CEPIA LLC […]

TOTY 2021: The Hottest Toys of the Year

The 2021 Toy of the Year TOTY Award winners were announced today by The Toy Association. The TOTY Awards are like the “Oscars” of the toy industry. The awards indicate to consumers what are the hottest toys of the year. The finalists were selected from 557 nominees. Then each was reviewed and ranked by eighteen […]

The Best Building Tile Magnet Toys For Kids

Magnet toys – whether tiles, cubes, or sticks – are magnificent sensory toys, construction toys, and building toys. Here are some magnet tile ideas to consider having in your playroom. As a parent in the toy industry – and with experience working with educators and kids with special needs – magnet building toys are popular […]

Valentines Themed Toys That Are Sweet, Cuddly, and Fun

Toys and themed trinkets are starting to arrive in stores, which are perfect for Valentine’s Day treats, gifts, and surprises! I always give my kids a little gift on Valentine’s Day. Nothing big or fancy, but something budget-friendly and that shows love in some way. I also make the day fun with these activities and […]

Sound the Octo-Alert! New Octonauts Toys Coming!

Moose Toys just announced a collaboration with Silvergate Media. Moose Toys (the brand behind Kindi Kids and Bluey Toys) will be launching toys to support the new Octonauts spinoff: Octonauts: Above & Beyond. Octonauts has huge fanbases around the world. The show launched in 2010! Even my kids have been fans. In the upcoming new […]

Ten Toys That Educate And Entertain Toddlers And Preschoolers

If you have toddlers and preschoolers at home, keeping them entertained is a must! Yet, how can parents and caregivers entertain and educate at the same time? In the toy lineup below, these toys do both and also have other benefits that toddlers can work on – like communication and fine motor skills.   Tinkle […]

Six Awesome Toys and Games for Virtual Playdates

My kids are clamoring for playdates with their friends, but with the COVID-19 pandemic that is not possible. For a while, it was okay but with the coronavirus just not going anywhere, having virtual playdates is almost necessary for kids’ social and emotional well-being. Whether you use Zoom or some other platform, here some toys, […]

Here are the Unique Toys Your Kids Will Want for Christmas 2020

Despite being a toy fanatic, it is always hard to narrow down all the toys in the market to just a select number of unique toys your kids will want this Christmas and for other upcoming holidays. However, here is my list of top twelve unique toys, games, crafts, and sets your kids will want […]

Think Outside the Toy Box With These Seven Toys

I love toys, which is why I love my Playroom Chronicles series. However, many people do not realize that a toy can do so much more than what the product packaging says. For example, a remote-controlled car can be a great math tool, and a nerf blaster can actually help with spelling! Here are seven […]

Halloween Themed Toys For Halloween Hunts

Whether you want to avoid crowds, or want something fun for the whole family, consider skipping the act of trick or treating. As an Trick or Treating alternative, have a Halloween Hunt at home. A Halloween Hunt is akin to a Easter Egg Hunt. You search for Halloween themed items around the yard or in […]

Bracelet Boom and Dino-mite Toys: Toy Trends for 2020

Having seen many brands and products at Toy Fair New York, there are some interesting toy trends coming up this year. While The Toy Association had its toy trend list, there are some other toy themes I want to share. Bracelets With the boom of bracelets from Lucky Fortune by WowWee’s success, many brands are […]

Magformers Launches Stick-O Magnetic Toys

Magformers is an award-winning construction toy company that encourages young minds to build magnetic 3D structures. They┬áreleased 32 new products at Toy Fair 2020 from its current Magformers, Clicformers, and DOLCE lines. Magformers Stick-O Collection One to note is a brand new addition called the Stick-O collection. The collection features nine different sets that educate […]

New HAPE Toys To Have From Toy Fair

HAPE Toys has some new products sure to please parents and kids alike. Featured at Toy Fair, there were two featured HAPE toys I particularly liked. They are the Animated City Puzzle and the Monster Math Scale. Animated City Puzzle This toy puzzle is a sizeable 49-piece cityscape puzzle. It comes with a magic card […]

Bluey Toys Comes to America

If you haven’t yet heard of the T.V show Bluey, you will soon know about it. It is a smash hit from Australia, and it’s now on its way to the United States. Families can watch the series on Disney+, Disney Channel, and Disney Junior. Bluey arrived stateside with an impressive pedigree. It was Australia’s […]

Travel Toys for your next Road Trip!

When spring comes, so do the various road trips. Whether it is travel for April vacation week, the upcoming long holiday weekends, or the pending summer holidays, you’ll want to bring one (or all) of these fun, travel toys with your family! Some may say these are the best travel toys for the car, plane […]

Best Dog Toys for Your New Puppy

Dogs need to play and they have fun playing. It is also an essential bonding opportunity between owner and his/her best friend! Whether playing in your family room, backyard or dog park, having a dog toy box with a great selection of toys, is essential for your pack mate. Think about stocking up on toys […]

Is Only Economics to Blame for Toys R Us’ Failure?

There has been a lot of online talk, written articles and whispered speculation about the future of Toys R Us. Everything from its restructuring bankruptcy in the fall of 2017 to announcements of liquidation six months later, Toys R Us has been in the negative news. Toys R Us Bankruptcy CNBC reported this week that […]

Fun Indoor Toys for a Snow Day

Just because it is a snow day, doesn’t mean kids can play outside in the snow. Whether it’s blizzard conditions or sub-zero temperatures, often kids are stuck inside on a snow day. Then they are on their screens! To get them away from that, and having fun, check out these indoor snow day toys. Links […]