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Are Your Kids Getting Enough Pretend Play Time?

Not all toys have to plug in. Credit: Getty Images Back in the day, "play time" didn't mean "screen time," because there weren't that many screens available. Now, of course, children have so many electronic entertainment options that...Children have so many electronic entertainment options that they may not be getting enough good old fashioned pretend play.

How to Shake the Winter Blues With Your Toddler

There's just no delicate way to say it: When you have toddler twins, winter sucks. At age two-and-a-half, my children feel the need to run wild, be warm and wear as few items of clothing as possible, and winter just throws a wrench into everything. ...

Cute cardboard kitchen and laundry toys

I spent the entire day today cleaning what had become two impossibly messy bedrooms. We donated several bags of toys, and I have high hopes those toys will get plenty of use before they end up in a landfill. But even though we never completely trash ...

Let them eat decorate cake!

In addition to gift-buying stress, the official badgering-to-make-holiday-treats time is upon us! Mahar Drygoods offers a toy that can kill two birds with one stone: a felt layer cake or gingerbread house with reusable felt pieces to embellish and ...

Tutu Couture: Pretend play for your little princess

I don't have a little girl, so I was very surprised to see how many pretend play costumes are available for children these days. Crazy, I tell ya! When I was little, the only costumes I had access to were my mother's large collection of bridesmaid's ...

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