Toy and Game Reviews

( This post was revised Dec 2017) Toddlers and children have long been drawn to make believe and a kitchen set is a great way to encourage imagination. There are several types of play kitchen sets on the market. One of the best, in terms of craftsmanship, is the Kidkraft play kitchen brand. Available in a number of styles (including vintage, grand gourmet, uptown Espresso and ultimate chef), Kidkr...[Read More]

By Tanya Squashed is a fun new game from PlaSmart Toys. This game includes a game cube, one king piece, 16 pawns (4 of each of the 4 colours), I die and a squash pad. The squash pad is a felt pad slightly larger than the game cube, which is placed under the game cube to keep the game cube from moving during play and to protect your playing service. I did not use the squash pad, as we played the ga...[Read More]

Dolls have been around for thousands of years. Throughout history, by far the most popular handmade doll was the cloth or rag doll. Double Love Doll is a new patented, proprietary line of cloth rag dolls. The Double Love doll is a 2 sided 15 inch tall soft plush doll made from poly blend cotton, which features an embroidered awake face on the front and a sleeping face on the back. The rag doll rem...[Read More]

By Tanya For over hundreds of years, dream catchers have been used to “catch” and trap bad dreams and foster good ones in their place. The Native American folklore legend is that the dream catcher would catch one’s dreams during the night. Hung near a window and it is said bad spirits or dreams would get caught in the dream catcher’s webbing and disappear with the morning s...[Read More]

  Designed for children aged 3 to 8, Trucky 3 is  quite the brain teaser with 48 exciting challenges that are easy at first, then gradually become more and more difficult to solve. The object of Trucky 3 is to fill up one or more trucks using one, two, or three trucks and different blocks as shown in the included booklet. None of the puzzle pieces should stick out higher than the border of th...[Read More]

I am always on the lookout for great dramatic and role playing toys for my daughter. One company that has never steered me in the wrong direction on my search is International Playthings. I am participatory fond of their brand Kidoozie, which is a line of toys for toddlers and preschoolers, which are engaging, educational and FUN. Kidoozie Garden Fresh Fruits & Veggies is a puzzle, matching ga...[Read More]

Toddler Easter Basket Ideas When it comes to toys for toddlers and preschoolers, one of the best toys you can give them is a puzzle. My little girl is obsessed with puzzles right now. She honestly can’t get enough of them. “My First Lift & Learn tray puzzles” from The Learning Journey features thick, chunky pieces that fit neatly into the puzzle board. The sizes of the pieces are p...[Read More]

Hop-Hop Hooray! It will soon be Easter Day! There are 17 days until Easter. Instead of buying a traditional Easter basket, why not get creative, make you own and add something unique and fun to your children’s Easter basket. A refreshing cold beverage tastes better when served in an Easter egg, spring flower pot, or Easter bunny. Krazystraws drink-ware is bound to brighten up their day. My d...[Read More]

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