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Timer Hide and Seek

by Charlene DeLoach of CharleneChronicles.com One rainy afternoon, I was cleaning my kitchen drawers and had various kitchen tools on the counter, like whisks, spatulas, and an apple corer. My three year old found in… read more

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Parents Are Thinking About The Holidays…

I know, it’s not even Halloween yet- and I’m already chattering about gifts for the holiday season. Perhaps it’s because the chilly weather has me convinced that it is actually December instead of the balmy… read more

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Monkey Mat For Fall

Yes, I know….it’s fall! But how many times did you plan a fun fall picnic or a visit to one of the pumpkin patches and you just wish you had a place to sit? This… read more

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Kids Create Their Own Fairy Tale With “I See Me” Books

Kids absolutely LOVE personalized ‘things’. Books are a biggie for me too! The company i See Me! sent me a book to review for my son Boston’s Birthday and he just LOVED it! What I… read more

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Summer Time BBQ Play Ideas

Summer is THE time for BBQs and it is a great way to entertain: easy cooking, spills and dirt are outside, and there is no worry about seating, as a patch of grass will do.… read more

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UNPLUGGED Summertime Play: Vital to a child’s well being

I’m intent on providing my children with every possible recreational opportunity; I’ve done the kiddie gym, music and movement classes and even splurged on high-tech gadgets and games. But all these extracurricular activities and expensive… read more

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The Return Of Gak & Floam

One of my favorite feelings I get when reviewing toys is the flashback from my own childhood. For some reason I love seeing toys and remembering the gazillion years ago that I played with toys.… read more

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A Day Without Tech: Getting Back To Classic Creative Play

As most of you know, I review kid apps for various smartphones and tablets. As a new Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board member, I’ll be seeing a lot of toys over the next year too.… read more

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Fun & Educational Todder Toy: Foam Letter Mats

The days of my floors covered with toys disappeared as my girls grew up. When my daughter had a baby, I was excited to be able to shop for toys again. Today, I watch my… read more

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When the toy doesn’t deliver what’s on the package

by: Parent Advisory Board Member, Melissa Chapman www.thestatenislandfamily.com My seven year old boy is extremely visual insofar as just seeing a particular painting, figure or even a snippet of a television commercial will inspire him… read more

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