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High Tech Outdoor Toys on NBC Chicago

Looking for the best high-tech toys for the great outdoors? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by NBC in Chicago to show off some great technological toys that kids can play with out in the… read more

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How to Choose a Great Gift for a Child You Don’t Know

We are headed into birthday season in our house! The invitations keep coming home from school. Yet, now that the kids are in grade school, I don’t know their school friends all that well. As… read more

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#XPVGroot Twitter Party: May 5

Grab your dancing shoes and bust a move with us during our out of this world #XPVGroot Twitter Party, sponsored by Jakks Pacific, on Friday, May 5 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. EST. Join us for an hour… read more

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Toys to Get Kids Unplugged on The Today Show

Are your kids glued to their tablet and TV screens? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by NBC’s The Today Show to show off some of the best toys to unplug kids from their devices.… read more

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Make Focusing Fun: Top 10 Fidget Toys for All Ages

Keeping still is overrated. From twirling your pen, to drumming your fingers, to shaking your leg, fidgeting is common among kids and adults alike, and it can actually be good for you. Fidgeting typically involves… read more

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The Art of a Thank You Note

As parents, we have many lessons to teach our children. One that I’ve made a point to work on with my kids is the art of a “thank you” note. It’s important to instill this in… read more

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Fun Spring and Summer Toys on NBC Chicago

Spring has sprung, and with the beautiful weather comes awesome new toys. Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by NBC in Chicago to show off some of the season’s best new products. For more on the… read more

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#LeapIntoLearning Twitter Party with LeapFrog: April 28!

Get ready to send your kids on a learning adventure, and join us for a #LeapIntoLearning Twitter Party, sponsored by LeapFrog, on Friday, April 28 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. EST. Join us for a fun-filled hour of conversation, trivia,… read more

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The Best Fidget Toys on Better Connecticut

Fidget toys are a hot trend this year. These toys are designed to help kids concentrate, stay focused, and remain calm. Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo stopped by Better Connecticut in New Haven to… read more

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The Best Beach Toys on Good Day Chicago

Looking for the best toys for the perfect day at the park or the beach? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by Fox’ Good Day Chicago to talk about the best new outdoor toys for… read more

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