Toy Fair: Cool Tech Toys

February 25, 2015

It’s cool to walk the floor of Toy Fair and see how tech is added to toys for all different age groups, and with all different play purposes. I met some of our future robot overlords, too. Legendary Yoda Spin Master only teased this new Yoda toy at Toy Fair but I can tell you […]

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Toy Fair: Girl Power

February 21, 2015

As I’ve already shown with Lego, toymakers are happily starting to move beyond the if-it’s-for-girls-it’s-girly way of thinking. There’s nothing wrong with girly girl toys, but girls should have choices beyond them. Here are some cool finds from Toy Fair. I Am Elemental I not only want these for the kids, I want these action […]

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Toy Fair: New from Lego

February 20, 2015

After spending an hour in the Lego booth, it’s only logical that I’d need to devote a whole post to the new brick goodies. This is but a fraction of what you can expect this year. Now, I’ve been tough on Lego Friends in the past, but my view has softened a bit because the […]

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Toy Fair 2015: Year of the Maker

February 19, 2015

Toy Fair New York tapped into the Maker movement big time this year. I could tell you about many, many more than the ones I’ve listed here, but I’d like to showcase the toys that address my criticisms of the Maker movement: Entry points are often too complicated and way too expensive. Oh, your kid wants […]

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Language Learning with Pacca Alpaca

February 14, 2015

“Talk regular,” Ozzie says when we try to slip different languages into our day, like when my husband started counting in Japanese the other day. Occasionally Ozzie will lament that he doesn’t know Spanish, but so many of his friends do. We were given a copy of the new language-learning app adventure, Pacca Alpaca – […]

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The Adorable Anticipation of the Google Santa Tracker

December 24, 2014

For years we’ve been a NORAD Santa Tracker family, but today we discovered Google’s Santa Tracker. It’s super cute, filled with funny little animations. Being Google, it also give you great data. As I write this sentence, Santa is 14,396 km away from New York City, and he has delivered more than 2.5 billion presents. […]

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A Sad Day on Birdwell Island

December 16, 2014

With great sadness I’ve learned that Norman Bridwell passed away. I didn’t grow up with Clifford books, but Clifford has been a massive part of my professional life. In 1999, I got my first job in kids’ media working as an asset manager on a Clifford the Big Red Dog CD-ROM, Clifford Thinking Adventures. Incredibly, a sullen teenager […]

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Gift Guide: Graphic Novels and Other Books for Big Kids

December 14, 2014

I’ll confess that as I receive books to review, my 9-year-old voracious reader works through them much faster than I do, so I asked Olive’s help with this gift guide. She endorses the gift-worthiness of this list. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi I’ve only read the first few books of this beautiful graphic novel series, but I’ll […]

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Gift Guide: Music

December 12, 2014

I’ve moved away from doing music reviews lately, but I thought I’d gather up some music love in a handy dandy gift guide. These albums are perfect to stuff stockings or download to all of those new devices the kids may be getting. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, The Perfect Quirk Secret Agent 23 Skidoo remains the undisputed king […]

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Gift Guide: Klutz

December 11, 2014

You can recognize my love for Klutz by giving the creator of kid kits its own gift guide. Whenever I’m stuck on what to get for a kid, I know that I can go to a store that sells Klutz kits and find something. They’ve gotten better and better at introducing skills and ideas that […]

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