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Time for Green Tea Again: Top Eco-Toys 2010

Everybody is going green these days. It’s rather trendy to say the least, so it’s no surprise that toys are following the trend and selling big when it comes to eco-friendly categories. If you’d very much like to give your kids something fun to play with that they’re guaranteed to enjoy plus is quite possibly […]

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The Most Popular Educational and Learning Toys As Of This Moment

If I were pressed to defend the educational value of video games, I probably couldn’t do much other than say they can teach reading, math, problem solving, community interaction, cause and effect, and hand-eye coordination skills, so really I’d have an uphill battle talking about their benefits (wink). However, there are a handful of very […]

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See and Spell by Melissa & Doug is Sturdy and Simple

The Melissa & Doug See & Spell is one of a line of toys designed to foster early learning in children. The See & Spell in particular focuses on early language skills, and is a fun way to teach early letter recognition and sight vocabulary. The toy is quite simple, containing a set of 64 […]

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Wooden Toys Stimulate Local Economies

Wooden toys have always been a favorite of mine.  There is something about the solid, lasting, made-of-the-earth quality of wood that satisfies a need I have as a toy-searching parent. NPR’s All Things Considered recently had a report about a lumber company in Maine that has been refitted to work as a manufacturing plant for […]

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Melissa & Doug Toys: My Top 5 List

Quality products from Melissa & Doug have my appreciation and that of others, even in a less-than-booming economy.  The educational toys are fun and designed to last, the puppets are wonderful, and the imaginary play items keep my daughter occupied for hours. Melissa and Doug have hundreds of toys, but most of their toys can […]

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Melissa and Doug Monster Puppet Ready for Halloween

Halloween is getting closer – do you know what your costume is yet?  Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time.  But expect things to get downright ghoulish around here for the next two months. To warm up the appetite, check out Melissa and Doug’s Make Your Own Monster Puppet set. You can design your own […]

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Wood Toys by Spiel & Holz

Spiel & Holz, established in Germany in 1978, is one of the finest makers of wood toys in the world. Their toys have won awards for their designs and aesthetic appeal, and kids love the open-ended creative play that they offer. Toys by Spiel & Holz are inspired by Waldorf education, a philosophy that children […]

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BRIO: Maker of Fine Wooden Toys

If you’ve decided that wood toys are the way to go, then you should definitely check out BRIO. With roots that reach back to the 19th century, BRIO is now a global corporation and one of the largest makers of wood toys in the world. BRIO’s focus is on quality and durability—they want their toys […]

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Why Wood Toys Are Still The Best

It’s often tough to resist giving in to your children’s demands for the latest, flashiest toy advertised on TV, there are plenty of alternatives out there. Wood toys are a great way to provide your children with entertainment and education without shelling out a fortune on the newest talking, light-up plastic toys. Wooden toys have […]

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Melissa & Doug Puzzles–Perfect For Young Children

Parents love puzzles for kids because they’re so effective at stimulating a child’s natural urges to think and learn. They’re great because they promote multiple types of thinking, all while children are having too much fun to realize that they’re learning! Melissa and Doug, a true mom ‘n’ pop company started over twenty years ago, […]

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