Category: toys

Pengoloo: A fun memory game for kids

Pengoloo: A fun memory game for kids

[ 3 ] April 29, 2009 |

By Katy Killilea Pengoloo offers further proof that my memory has turned into pudding. But it does so in a completely nonthreatening way.  Penguins in this game have the most benign Wallace & Gromit-ty gazes, and all of the playing pieces are chunky and wooden, and very nice to handle. In this twist on the […]

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The New Family Car

The New Family Car

[ 3 ] April 16, 2009 |

By Katy Killilea Here’s the car of my dreams: it’s got the smooth beauty of a wooden block, the versatility of Lego, and some vroom-vroom. Automoblox are the best toy cars ever. Each sleek, cheerful car breaks apart into mixable components. A single Automoblox car is fun, and when others are added to your fleet, […]

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DIY: Make a puppet theater from a cardboard box

DIY: Make a puppet theater from a cardboard box

[ 7 ] February 19, 2009 |

I used a refrigerator box from Atomic Appliance in Providence to make our puppet theater. Supplies: cardboard box straight edge / ruler pencil / markers utility knife paint Optional: Make curtains. Hang from dowel or wire or velcro onto box Make show sign. Attach a small chalkboard to front of theater or make your own […]

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Just Add Color: The simple pleasures of Calafant cardboard toys

Just Add Color: The simple pleasures of Calafant cardboard toys

[ 5 ] February 17, 2009 |

By Nancy king On a recent, bitterly cold weekend morning, breakfast was done and that blobby, what-are-we-going-to-do-now feeling descended on our house. In a rare moment of inspiration, I dug out the Bauernhof farm that I’d ordered from Calafant. Having read about this line of cardboard toys, designed in Germany, that you color and assemble, […]

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Book Reviews for the Star Wars Obsessed

Book Reviews for the Star Wars Obsessed

[ 7 ] February 11, 2009 |

Star Wars Legos, costumes, action figures, comics, and books are multiplying in my home like rabbits. The best among these are the books: not only do they absorb a child’s interest for hours and hours, year after year, but they are easy to store and won’t hurt your bare foot if you accidentally step on […]

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Save Handmade Toys From the CPSIA

Save Handmade Toys From the CPSIA

[ 2 ] January 5, 2009 |

Kidoinfo wants safe and creative toys for our children and we support artists and their handmade goods all year long. But as some of you may already know, handmade goods in North America and Europe are under attack. This is a call to action. You’ve heard about the large toy manufacturers who outsource production to […]

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Lickably Clean:  Dapple Toy Cleaner

Lickably Clean: Dapple Toy Cleaner

[ 4 ] December 17, 2008 |

Reviewed by Katy Killilea Which scenario is worse? A. Child #1 sneezes on a Duplo block and leaves. Child #2 comes along and sucks on the sneezed-upon block. B. The blocks have all been cleaned with a hardcore disinfectant. A baby crawls over and starts chewing on them. Both scenarios give me the heebie-jeebies, but […]

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Curiouser and Curiouser

Curiouser and Curiouser

[ 2 ] November 21, 2008 |

By Katy Killilea Are your kids getting more and more curious about how the world works? Our hearts might always belong to Lego, but some new games, toys, and gizmos are working their way in. We tried lots of stuff and loved these especially. Rainbow Maker: This is a five-inch, solar-powered rotating crystal. It adheres […]

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Tips for New Moms: Activities for Babies Under 3 Months

Tips for New Moms: Activities for Babies Under 3 Months

[ 0 ] October 1, 2008 |

The early weeks of an infant’s life can seem both predictable and chaotic. Baby eats, sleeps, poops, and repeats the cycle. Oh, and throw in a few crying fits if you will. At some point you begin wanting to play with your baby. And why shouldn’t you? Here are two simple activities that your newborn […]

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Finding owls on the web

Finding owls on the web

[ 0 ] September 16, 2008 |

After recently reading about real owls, I was reminded of one of my children’s favorite baby books, Owl Babies. I went online looking for more owls—here are some of my recent favorite finds—prints, toys and crafts: Owl Babies board book (left) by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson and owl mobile (right) inspired by Japanese […]

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