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FamilyFun Toy Fair Favorites

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Want a sneak peek at the hottest toys for 2014? Our team of editors launched a new award program at the annual International Toy Fair—FamilyFun Toy Fair Favorites.

Each year, we walk the floor at the Javits Center in New York City, looking at hundreds of toys, all with the goal of finding the very best to share with our readers. Normally, you’ll see those finds on the pages of the magazine throughout the year, culminating in our annual Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Awards. This year, we wanted to share some of the toys we’re most excited about with you earlier. You’ll find our 20 picks here, beginning with this super-sweet Hello Kitty Cupcake Cafe.

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Exclusive: A New Elmo Toy for 2014!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

We’re excited to host the exclusive unveiling of the newest Elmo toy– Let’s Imagine Elmo. Jessica Hartshorn, Senior Lifestyle Editor at our sister magazine Parents, got a sneak peek and is our guest blogger:

Elmo is wearing many hats this year! During an Elmo the Musical segment and on episodes of Sesame Streetour furry friend dresses up as a new character each show, taking off on music- and math-filled adventures. In the toy aisle this fall, Hasbro’s new Let’s Imagine Elmo plush will play different games depending on which of three hats kids place on his head: a sea captain’s hat cues Elmo to play a “Sounds of the Sea” game; wearing the cowboy hat makes him play a “Countin’ Cowboy” game;  and donning the crown results in “Prince Elmo Says.”  The toy we got to preview was still a prototype, but it seems like the hats are easy to fit onto Elmo and that a child can goof around with setting them on his own head.

At 13 inches, Let’s Imagine Elmo is smaller than last year’s Big Hugs version, but is only two-thirds the price: he’s $40 and geared for kids ages 2 to 4. And he has all of his usual charm—even without a hat, he reacts with joy when tickled, bounced, or playfully squeezed.

As with all the previous talking Elmos, Let’s Imagine Elmo will require batteries (four AAs) and will be sold at all the major toy outlets this fall as well as Elmo loves the holidays, and we suspect little Sesame Street fans are going to love this toy!

Last fall, Elmo and Murray stopped by the Parents office to film a video series with us entitled “Sesame Street Lessons.” Here’s one of the videos:

Sesame Street Lessons: Getting Along with Friends
Sesame Street Lessons: Getting Along with Friends
Sesame Street Lessons: Getting Along with Friends

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FamilyFun’s Toy of the Year Awards on TV

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Good Morning America aired a great segment on FamilyFun’s Top Ten Toys of the Year this weekend. Not sure who enjoyed the toys most–the reporter or the kids! In case you missed it:

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Fun 3D Puzzle for Preschoolers

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Guest blogger Dawn Chipman writes:

We like this 40-piece Dinoland puzzle that’s also a toy worthy of hours of prehistoric stomping and roaring. Fairyland and cityscape versions available, too.

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DIY Paper Crowns

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Guest blogger Dawn Chipman writes:

As little princesses know, different occasions and outfits require different head adornments. Happily, Color-In Crowns come eight to a pack and in two different designs. Pink ribbons to tie each crown in place included.

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