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Friday, November 4th, 2011
It’s November, and you know what that means: The holiday season is officially here.
“But it’s not even Thanksgiving yet!”
We know it may seem early, but many stores have had Christmas decorations on display since before Halloween. And the endless Christmas music? It’s right around the corner.
To help you avoid the stress of holiday shopping, Parents has partnered with eBeanstalk to bring you the Parents Toy Store. You’ll be able to shop online for our favorite toys of 2011, as chosen by Parents editors, plus other playthings selected by child-development experts and organized by age and stage to make buying a breeze. And every Tuesday, right here on GoodyBlog, the experts at eBeanstalk will highlight some of their favorite toy selections. Check out their picks for this week.
Visit eBeanstalk today to get 15% off all puzzles! Sale runs until Sunday at midnight EST.
And don’t forget to enter our Best Toys of the Year Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of five toy packages from our 2011 Best Toys guide!
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
For this week’s toy selection, eBeanstalk is taking us on a wild ride. Check out the car-themed playthings that will get your child’s motor running.
Cool Remote Control:
Two toys for the price of one, Kid Galaxy’s Morphibians run on land and water for twice the play value. Plus, the remote-control vehicle will help your child work on his hand-eye coordination. (5 years+, $32.50; click here to buy)
Awesome Activity Toy:
How do you say, “Burn rubber!” in Spanish? This bilingual teaching toy from Chicco introduces your tot to vocabulary in English and Español while also boosting his fine-motor skills. (1 year+, $51.50; click here to buy)
Sound the alarm! Your kid can piece together this firetruck puzzle and save the day with this play set from Shure. (3 years+, $20; click here to buy)
Book Best Bet:
Be a backseat driver during story time with Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site from Chronicle Books. Your little one can wind Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator. (4 years+, $17; click here to buy)
Don’t forget to come back next week for more plaything picks, and check out our new Parents Toy Store!
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
In this week’s installment of toy selections, eBeanstalk is taking us around the world–without the baggage fees, long security lines, or plane delays. These books, games, and toys will have your kids globe-trotting from the comfort of your own home. Check them out:
Boost your children’s memory skills and teach them about different cultures with eeboo’s I Never Forget a Face, a matching game that’s all about the different kinds of people who live in our world. (4 years+, $16.50; click here to buy)
The world is not flat–and neither is this puzzle! Not only can your child explore the world with this toy from Eurographics Puzzles, but parents can learn a little something, too, about geography. (6 years+, $20; click here to buy)
Book Best Bet:
Take a trip to the center of the Earth with this 3D explorer book by Marlon Creations. It has pop-up scenes and see-through layers that will give your child a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the planet’s inner workings. Kids will also go on above-ground adventures, from the arctic to the Amazon. (7 years+, $18; click here to buy)
Come back next week for more plaything picks. And don’t forget to check out the new Parents Toy Store!
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
For the first selection of toys, eBeanstalk is going medieval! Let your kids imaginations travel to a faraway land that’s full of knights, princesses, and dragons. Check out this week’s plaything picks:
Book Best Bet:
Mirror, mirror, on the wall…this Random House box set has them all. Start a princess library today with six Disney classics, including Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin. If your kids love the movies, they’ll really dig these beautifully written and illustrated timeless tales. (3 years+, $20; click here for details)
That little pea is really bothering me! Princess and the Pea from Winning Moves is a fun, competitive game based on the classic fairy tale–but with a twist! The point of the game is to stack up your beds, get to the crown, and find the pea–all while boosting color recognition, language and social skills, and imagination. (5 years+, $17; click here for details)
It’s off to the castle to slay the dragon! This high-quality, 54-piece kids’ jigsaw puzzle from Djeco features an impressive illustration of a majestic dragon and castle. (7 years+, $17; click here for details)
Smart Building Set:
Bloco’s soft foam building set really sparks imagination and creativity: Kids can follow instructions or create their own dragon to amaze their friends. (6 years+, $29.50; click here for details)
Don’t forget to check back next week for more great toy picks!
Monday, October 17th, 2011
Looking for great toy gifts? We can help! We’re excited to announce that Parents will be partnering with eBeanstalk to bring you the Parents Toy Store this holiday season (and beyond). You’ll be able to shop for our special selection of the Best Toys of 2011, as chosen by Parents editors, plus other playthings selected by child-development experts and organized by age and stage to make buying a breeze. On top of that, the experts at eBeanstalk are offering some of their favorite toy selections each week right here on GoodyBlog.com. These posts will feature toy highlights that cover different categories and age groups to make sure there’s something for everyone. So come back tomorrow to find out which playthings made the first round of picks.