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Grade School (5-7)

The Nerf Rebelle Secret Shot is Stealthy and Chic!

When I was younger, I was obsessed with the Cartoon Network show, Totally Spies. It was about three girls just trying to get high school – on top of being undercover super agents solving crises… read more

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Suit Up and Blast Off Like Iron Man with the New Arc FX Armor

With the upcoming release of Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron—mark your calendars for May 1!—Hasbro launched a pretty sick line of superhero toys for kids and Marvel fans of all ages. There’s figures, vehicles, Play-Doh, and, of… read more

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K’NEX Takes Kids On a Guided Tour of Their Imagination

Construction sets allow for lots of open-ended play, but some kids need more direction than others. Once kids build what’s on the box, they may not be inclined to disassemble and build whatever they can… read more

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The Hills Are Alive with The Sound of Music’s 50th Anniversary

At the 87th Academy Awards ceremony earlier this year, Lady Gaga surprised us all with a beautiful tribute celebrating 50 years of the iconic film, The Sound of Music. Although it was delightfully uncomfortable to watch… read more

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Race What You Build With Laser Pegs’ Motorized Runners

Kids tend to become motorheads at very young ages. For me and my brothers, it was an obsession with Matchbox cars and watching Nascar, but now there are companies such as Laser Pegs who are putting a totally different… read more

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Bowser Crashes the Latest Mario Party with a New Way to Play

I’m a huge fan of Mario Party. The gameplay is the perfect solution for a whole group of people with different levels of video game experience and skill because it allows them all to play together.… read more

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Mattel Spruces Up a Classic Favorite with Uno Attack!

Looking for a new game to add to your arsenal for family game night? Mattel is bringing back the classic Uno Attack! game, and it’s perfect for just that. The game can be played with… read more

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A Top Secret Mission for Big Brothers- and Sisters-To-Be

Susan Hood, author to hundreds of children’s books, is bringing big brothers- and sisters-to-be a beautifully constructed picture book manual Mission: New Baby, from Random House Books for Young Readers. Illustrated by Mary Lundquist, this… read more

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Smack it! Keeps Game Play Short and Sweet

War. Spit. Slap Jack. Egyptian Ratscrew. The fun kids can have with a standard deck of 52 cards is pretty endless, but these games can sometimes go on forever. Smack it!, from Santa Maria Group… read more

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Osmo Introduces a New Kind of Tangible Play

Osmo is a gaming system for the iPad. Osmo consists of a Reflector, a Base, and three apps. By snapping the Reflector onto your iPad’s camera and placing it into the base, you can turn… read more

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