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Toys Have All the Fun

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

stuffed animal travel companyMoms, try not to bear a grudge over this one. You can now send Teddy abroad with Unagi Travel, a Tokyo, Japan, tourism agency catering to your child’s plush pal. That’s right: You can book that special stuffed animal for a tour through Tokyo or Kyoto—or send it to a “mystery” location—and you and your child can follow the toy’s worldly adventures through photos on Facebook. No passport needed. $35 to $95 per tour;

—Carson Olivares

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Win Five of Rico Rodriguez’s Favorite Toys

Monday, December 5th, 2011

This contest has now ended.  Congratulations to our winner, Heather D. of Beavercreek, OR!

As promised, we’re unveiling five of the Fab 15 toys selected by Kmart Toys and Rico Rodriguez of “Modern Family”! We’ve collaborated with Kmart Toys to present one grand prize winner with a bundle that includes the five toys below:

(1) Simon Flash ($29.99)
(1) I Am T Pain Mic ($39.99)
(1) Lalaloopsy Treehouse ($39.99)
(1) Redekai Championship Battle Tin ($29.99)
(1) WWE Crashdown Arena ($42.99)

These five toys (total retail value of $182.95) will certainly bring a smile to any child’s face for the holiday season.

To enter, share your favorite holiday memory in our Comments section below between Mon. December 5 to Fri. December 9.  One grand prize winner will be selected randomly to win the bundle of five toys.  Come back to this post again after Mon. December 12 to find out the winner.  Read the full contest rules here.

Goody luck!

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Toy Tuesday: eBeanstalk’s Plaything Picks

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

For this week’s installment of toys, eBeanstalk’s is going geek chic. These brainy playthings are a great way for your kid to explore the world around him. Check out what made the cut.


Excellent Equipment:

Kids will bug out for Educational Insights’ GeoSafari Talking Microscope, which comes with 12 pre-made insect slides and interactive factoids. (5 years+, $40; click here to buy)


Smart Set:

It’s easy being green with this Young Scientist Club set that includes experiments and activities for teaching kids about Mother Earth. (6 years+, $20; click here to buy)


Awesome Online Kit:

Go stargazing from your living room with SLOOH! from Blue Storm. The coolest thing about this activity pack is that it lets kids control pro telescopes around the world for their search. (6 years+, $38; click here to buy)


Perfect Pet:

Give your child a lesson in life cycles–and responsibility–with Insect Lore’s Butterfly Garden. The neat habitat comes with a certificate for butterfly larvae that she can hatch and take care of.  (4 years+, $20; click here to buy)


Come back next Tuesday for another round of toy picks. And don’t forget to stop by our new Parents Toy Store!

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupGene Tests Label Kids Sports Stars
Scientists have identified several genes that may play a role in determining strength, speed and other aspects of athletic performance.  Marketers have begun to sell genetic tests based on these findings online for up to $200. Some customers say the test results help them steer their children to appropriate sports. But skeptical doctors and ethicists say the tests are putting profit before science. [MSNBC]
Mom Guilt: 94 Percent of Us Have It.  Can We Ditch It for a Week?
BabyCenter declared last week “Guilt-Free Parenting Week. Guilt is the source of a campaign at Baby Center, which reports that 94 percent of moms surveyed feel parenting-related guilt. The challenge: live your life for a week with guilt-free parenting. [Today Moms]
Hot-to-Trot Ponies?  Dolls That Wax?  Toys Get Tarted Up
Toy manufacturers began following the marketing strategy “Kids Getting Older Younger” when they realized that toys marketed towards kids between the ages of 8 and 12 were attracting kids who were in the 3-year-old to 8-year-old age range because they wanted to emulate their older brothers and sisters. [Today Parenting]
Anesthesia For Kids Necessary, But Cognitive Danger?
An estimated 4 million children receive anesthesia every year, but little is known about their effects on the developing brain. A growing body of data from studies in animals suggests that these drugs could adversely affect neurologic, cognitive, and social development of neonates and young children. [Medical News Today]

Mexico Puts Its Children on a Diet
By all measures, and the obesity starts early. One in three children is overweight or obese, according to the government. So the nation’s health and education officials stepped in last year to limit what schools could sell at recess. [The New York Times]

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Toy Fair 2011: Favorite Toddler and Big Kid Toys

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Radica Fijit Friends Interactive Toy (Serafina)This year’s annual Toy Fair, held at the Javits Center in New York City, didn’t disappoint. and Parents magazine editors saw everything from a life-sized Lightning McQueen of “Cars” built out of LEGOS to the original Power Rangers striking a pose to a court jester juggling fuzzy toys. 

Walking the floors, we came across some unique and wonderful new toys and games, plus updates of childhood classics.  Here are some standout new toys and products for toddlers/preschoolers and big kids:

Toddlers and Preschoolers

Learn & Laugh Baby iCan Play Case (Fisher-Price; $14.99; Age 6-36 months) – Now you can entertain your tot with the iPhone without worrying about it being drooled on, dropped, or damaged.  This rubber, colorful case locks the iPhone in place while covering it with a protective plastic film.

Hideaway Country Kitchen – (Guidecraft; $240; Age 3+) What parent wouldn’t want a kitchenette that folds easily for storage?  This wooden kitchen folds up to a depth of 6” and still has functioning knobs, a removable sink, and a pull-out oven rack.

Brush with Genius (Colorforms; $14.99; Age 3+) –  Invented by a PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this unique brush allows kids to make colorful drawings that then comes to life with sounds. 

Big Kids

Figit Friends  (Mattel; $49.99; Age 6+) – These squishy, voice-activated dolls easily captivate.  They dance, sing, respond to commands—and are much cuter than Teletubbies.  Figits come in four colors with distinct personalities (see picture above).

Glow-in-the-Dark Hexbugs (Innovation First; $11.99 each; Age 3+) – While these are estimated for ages 3+, their small size seems more appropriate for older kids. These entertaining racecar-like bugs have a glow-in-the-dark Galileo theme and constellations on their backs.  They entertain kids who love fast-moving toys while also teaching them about astronomy.

The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy (Klutz; $19.99; Age 8+) – Perfect for summer nights, boys and girls can chart constellations, explore the moon’s surface, and learn about meteors.  The guide also comes with a collapsible cardboard telescope, a special flashlight, a map to steer the stars, and more.

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Go Holiday Shopping with Harry Potter

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Harry Potter HedwigIf you haven’t visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the new theme park at Universal Studios in Orlando, you can still bring some magic into your Muggle home.

Unique merchandise from the theme park is now being sold in their new online store, and there is something for every Potter fan in your house.  Along with the requisite t-shirts, tote bags, scarves, and mugs, you can buy a Sneakoscope from Dervish and Banges, a Pygmy Puff from Zonko’s, the Sorting Hat and Mad-Eye Moody’s staff from Filch’s Emporium, the Elder Wand from Ollivander’s, and Hedwig from Owl’s Post.  There’s something for fans of every Hogwarts House…even something for fans of the Dark Arts.

Skip the Black Friday mall madness and take a virtual Hogwarts Express to buy Harry Potter gifts quicker than you can say, “Wingardium Leviosa.”

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupAre tablets the smartphone killer? - This very new dilemma begs the question: Are we at the dawn of an age in which tablets will become the jewel in your gadget crown, eclipsing the mighty smartphone only a few years into its reign? [CNN]

Gay benefit shapes debate about HPV vaccine for boysFrom the start, arguments about whether to inoculate males against HPV have centered mainly on the benefits for women — and the desire to stop men from transmitting the most common sexually spread infection. The vaccine is approved, but not recommended, to prevent genital warts in males. But now, growing evidence shows that the vaccine also may prevent anal cancer, particularly in the high-risk groups of homosexual and bisexual men, who are about 20 times more likely than heterosexuals to develop the disease. [MSNBC]

1 in 10 kids in U.S. has ADHD, new study saysNearly 1 in 10 U.S. children has ADHD, a sizable increase from a few years earlier that government scientists think might be explained by growing awareness and better screening. [MSNBC]

6 things to consider for your baby’s nurseryPreparing for a baby can be an overwhelming process. Before you enter the later stages of your pregnancy (when it might be difficult for you to move around), start putting together your newborn’s nursery. From paint colors to furniture, there is a lot to consider. We highlighted six important factors. [Fox News]


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Poll: Should Toys Be Banned from Happy Meals?

Friday, November 12th, 2010

San Francisco became the first city in America to approve the banning  of toys from kids’ meals at fast food chains. While the proposed law won’t be in effect until 2011 and could still be vetoed by the mayor, some parents and nutritionists see this as an important step to curbing obesity in children.  Some, however, see it as an unnecessary way for government to intervene in personal, parental choices.

Even though kids’ meals (or “happy meals”) have started including healthier options such as fruit, juice, yogurt, and milk, most meal options are still unhealthy. The proposed ban wants to remove all toys from kids’ meal options with over 600 calories so kids are less likely to be drawn to the food because of the slick toys.  Given the recent discovery that food from a McDonalds Happy Meal doesn’t change even after six months, the proposed ban may not be such a bad idea after all.  As a parent, what is your opinion?

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