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Toca Kitchen 2 Offers Even More Reasons to Play with Food

If the original Toca Kitchen was an appetizer, Toca Kitchen 2 is akin to the main course. The premise is a dinner party with a trio of special guests: one girl, one boy, and one—er,… read more

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Hasbro’s Transformers App Is a Transformer-ative Experience All Its Own

It seems appropriate that Hasbro Inc. has transformed the existing app for its venerable Transformers brand, rather than simply launching a new one. Formerly the official Transformers: Age of Extinction mobile app, the app is… read more

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Sesame Workshop Celebrates 45 Years of Sesame Street with New Apps, Games, and More

Sesame Street turns 45 this year, and this past Tuesday, Sesame Workshop hosted a digital playground event in New York City to show off new apps, e-books, and other multimedia offerings for children age 5… read more

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Barbie Cash Register Takes Kids on a Digital Shopping Spree

I learned how to do a lot of things because of Barbie. I learned how to drive a (mini, battery-powered) Jeep. I learned how to style knee-high boots with a mini skirt (but I still… read more

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Pretend and Play: On the Farm Is a Book App You Can Bet the Farm On

For beginning readers, children’s books featuring bright colors and rhyming verse can be an effective way to set them on the way to literacy. So it is with the popular Pretend and Play book series,… read more

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With DreamWorks’ Dragons Adventure: World Explorer, Berk Goes Where You Go!

We’ve all taken rides in cars, but honestly, haven’t we found ourselves wishing we could be soaring on the wings of dragons instead? That’s now a possibility, thanks to Dragons Adventure: World Explorer, a new… read more

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Wonderblox Combines Classic Toy With New Technology

Goal: $50,000 Funding Period: June 25, 2014- July 30, 2014 Creators: Stui Wonderblox is an iPad app and a set of blocks that uses the tablet’s screen as a play area. The play set includes a mirror,… read more

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 Interactive Storybook App Brings the Movie to Life

Dragon riders, rejoice! Kids can now bring the Viking island of Berk everywhere they go with How to Train Your Dragon 2 (The Official Storybook App), from Cupcake Digital and DreamWorks Animation. The app is… read more

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All Aboard for Lionel Battle Train!

When I was a kid, my brother took over our garage with an enormous train set. I remember him and my dad spending hours designing, building, and painting a whole variety of scenes that the… read more

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iDeaPLAY Makes Tablet Time Fun, Positive, and Safe

Nowadays, it seems like every kid needs an educational tablet, so the question is, “Which one is the best fit?” While that is no easy question to answer, if working at The Toy Insider has… read more

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