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Skylanders Swap Force: Neat Toys, Fun Game

This week, The Toy Insider got a chance to preview the upcoming Skylanders Swap Force video game and toys from Activision at an after-school event in New York City. The original entry in the series,… read more

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Toy Insider Moms Gives Input to Woman’s Day Magazine

Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht shared her picks for great games to create a little friendly competition this summer with Woman’s Day. Her picks include Smakaball, the Nerf N-Sports Flag Football Set, the Wave Hoop,… read more

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Gamewright Serves Up Sludge

Monster Café, from Gamewright, is a terribly tasty new card game. Players lay down cards to seat hungry monsters around tables filled with such revolting refreshments as Roasted Roadkill, Boiled Brains, and Stinky Sock Stew.… read more

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What’s More Fun Than Stealing Gold?

Fandooble, from MindTwister USA, is a great game for kids—and adults—looking for a medieval fix. Players try to earn the most gold by stealing it from Dragons and other players. The game includes four dice,… read more

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Get the Picture?

Get the Picture, by Mindware, is a brain-bending spin on dot-to-dot puzzles. Two players or teams of kids ages 8 and up race to identify their mystery images by following secret clues. The clue windows… read more

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Embrace Your Inner Salesman with Snake Oil

Snake Oil is a family and party game, from Out of the Box Publishing, for three to 10 players ages 10 and up. It is the perfect ice-breaker, allowing players to come up with silly… read more

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Fun in a Flash: Quick Games for Families

On rainy days, classic favorites such as Scrabble and Monopoly are perfect to entertain kids. But some busy families might not have hours to devote to board games. There are great new games on the… read more

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Breaking the Ice: Adult-Appropriate Party Games

Commentary by Marissa DiBartolo It’s Saturday night (undoubtedly after a long work week). A friend is throwing a huge party for the big game, or a birthday, or just because, you know, it’s Saturday. So… 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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Sesame Street Augmented Reality Is On Its Way!

Sesame Workshop is exploring augmented reality experiences for children by creating a play set that brings physical toys to life. This project explores the use of a tablet with a traditional play set, aiming to… read more

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