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Andrew Bennett

Drew Bennett has had a life-long love affair with toys. From his first LEGO set, to his first Transformers figure (Wheeljack), to his favorite NES video game (The Legend of Zelda), Drew has never stopped loving toys and prides himself as being a big kid. Now, more than 30 years later, he can see his favorite toys come to life on the big screen and can immerse himself in the land of Hyrule with his Nintendo Switch. Drew shoots a photograph every day: 4,500 consecutive days behind the lens. He also creates daily videos on YouTube. When not in front of or behind the camera, Drew is a father of two, a loving husband, an avid kayaker, a speaker, a podcaster, and a writer for his blog BenSpark Family Adventures.

Go Totally Rad with Retro Gaming

Retro video games help you relive the memories of a simpler time — and share them with those you love.

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Violence in Video Games: What’s OK, What’s Not

What violence is acceptable and what is not in video games?

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Video Games the Whole Family Can Enjoy Together

Video games are better when they are played together.

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What Dad Really Wants for Father’s Day

Water Balloons for Father’s Day Father’s Day is right around the corner, and what does Dad like more than anything? He likes to get totally soaking wet! No? He doesn’t? Have you asked him? For… read more

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Why Kids Should Keep a Journal — and Why You Should NEVER Read It

Writing in a journal is an excellent activity for kids. It gives them time to be quiet with their feelings, and they can express themselves without fear of judgement. My daughter is on the cusp… read more

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Have You Chosen Your Favorite Crayon for National Crayon Day?

When you open a fresh new box of crayons, which color do you gravitate to first? If you said blue, then you’re in good company. In a poll conducted by Crayola in 1993 and again… read more

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What to Do When You’re Buried under a Toy Mountain

If you ever meet me in person, I will tell you within the first five minutes that I am a toy guy. I love playing with toys, collecting toys, and reviewing toys. I love toys… read more

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Board Games for Busy Families

Board games are so much fun, and they provide families with a great way to connect. Some of my favorites when I was a kid were Risk, Stratego, and Monopoly. I’ve been wanting to teach… read more

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Why Playing Together Makes a Difference

I am a toy guy. That is probably pretty obvious to you because you are reading The Toy Insider and probably went, “well, duh!” when I made that statement. The thing is, not every parent… read more

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Coding for Kids: Top Toys, Games, and Apps

It was 1984 and I was in my bedroom surrounded by my favorite toys: Optimus Prime and his noble Autobots, Starscream and the evil decepticons. I never owned a Megatron because he turned into a… read more

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