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Beehives Wooden Toy a Buzzworthy Pick for Preschoolers

A real honey of a toy. Credit: Moolka
Inspired by real bees and their natural habitats, the colorful and adorable Beehives from Plan Toys entertains children while helping them develop fine motor skills, coordination and concentration. ...
Inspired by real bees and their natural habitats, the colorful and adorable Beehives from Plan Toys entertains children while helping them develop fine motor skills, coordination and concentration.

Puzzles: Why Old-Fashioned Toys Never Go Out of Style

Sleepy days spent indoors: All parents who stay home with their children know these days well. Cabin Fever is right here, right now. Deep in the clutches of winter. We're snowed in, our senses dulled by lack of sunlight, our motivation to burst into...

Wooden Toys: A Brief History

Wooden toys have been around since the days of Ancient Greece and Egypt, as proven by the wooden and bone spinning tops found by archaeologists. Some of the most popular toys in 18th-century England were educational kids' wooden toys like alphabet...

Ja-Ru Toy Trains - Product Recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about 18,000 JA-RU My Little Train Classics Toy Trains. The toys contain small parts which can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. My Little Train Classics are...

The Countree Toy Shoppe

I've spent many pennies at Etsy on baby clothes and accessories, but I've never spent much time looking at toys. Until now. These awesome wooden toys created by Brian Driscoll at Countree Toy Shoppe are some of the best-looking and imaginative toys...

Small object finger puppet

When filling an Easter basket this year, how about including one small, but wonderful toy? Sarah at The Small Object has handcrafted wee wooden finger puppets that are sure to become a treasured friend for a lucky child. Each puppet is hand...

Product Recall: Wooden train sets and blocks

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about 15,000 Big Wooden Blocks and Jumbo Wooden Train Sets made by First Learning Company Ltd., of Hong Kong. They found excessive levels of lead paint on some of the pieces,...

Jump around in style

Remember playing with jumping jack toys as a child? Yeah, neither do I. We must have called those toys by a different name, because I do remember playing with puppets attached to pull strings. (Did you call them jumping jacks? Seriously, this is...

Miracle Pounding: a mini-stress reliever

When I hear the term "miracle pounding", I immediately think of spending several blissful hours with my awesome masseuse. Not the case with this developmental toy by Plan Toys, but fun nonetheless. This wooden, half-moon container cradles a row of...

Let's go on an Arctic Expedition

Leaving Southern California for the holidays can best be defined by one word. COLD. Sure, it's 50 degrees in Oklahoma, but I'm a wimp! The warm beaches of California have spoiled me rotten! Plus, it is going to be snowy and in the 30's this weekend....

Build early reading skills with the Spinny Speller

Combine reading comprehension and play time with this simple Spinny Speller from Maple Landmark. The Spinny Speller contains three four-sided blocks that spin to make 3 dozen simple words. Made entirely of hardwood and 5 inches long. (That reads...

Girls will be girls with Erzi's Makeup Set

Does your little girl constantly want to "dress up just like mommy"? If so, this makeup set by Erzi would be the perfect gift. This darling set includes a pretend comb, hairspray, mirror, lipstick, roll-on deodorant, hair dryer with rotary switch and...

Wooden shopping cart from Plan Toys

I am definitely adding this cart to my Christmas list. (Mom, are you reading this?) Sure, it would be great for pretend play, but the cart could also double as a push toy for Wito on our long and winding walks. He is starting to show an interest in...

Addition and subtraction with Haba's Summarum

I'm pretty sure one of Wito's first words was "six", resulting from a visit with his grandparents where they repeatedly counted "one, two, three, four, FIVE...", and he would tentatively follow up with "Sith!" He loves to count, or more specifically,...

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood trolley

Holgate is one of the country's oldest wooden toy makers - dating back to 1789. (In case you were wondering, that was the year America's Constitution was signed. So, um yeah. Old.) Today, Holgate is recognized as the premiere maker of children's...

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