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Playskool’s Roll ‘n Gears Car Offers Traditional, Portable Play

The Roll ‘n Gears Car, from Playskool, is a compact stow-and-go toy for kids ages 1 and up. I love the fact that it’s super portable—perfect for parents to bring along on errands, car trips,… read more

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myPhone Gives Kids a Phone Just Like Mom’s

myPhone, from Patch Products, is a play phone modeled after Apple’s iPhone for kids ages 6 months and up. I think it’s cool that Patch made the myPhone’s dimensions almost the same as the new… read more

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Half-Shell Heroes Duke It Out

Half-Shell Heroes 6″ Talking Turtles, from Playmates Toys, are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures that say more than 20 phrases each. Kids ages 3 and up will have a blast duking it out with… read more

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Kids Can Light Up Their Art with Crayola’s Widescreen Light Designer

The Widescreen Light Designer, from Crayola, leaves me with one burning question: Where was this when I was a kid?! The Widescreen Light Designer is essentially a portable dry-erase board that provides kids with a… read more

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Fashion Plates Are Still Tops for Fun and Easy Creative Play

One of my favorite toys as a child of the ’80s was Fashion Plates. So simple, yet so fun, Fashion Plates lets kids design their own outfit combinations, add fresh patterns and colors, and show… read more

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Lite-Brite Lets Kids Illuminate Their Creativity

Lite-Brite, from The Bridge Direct, lets kids ages 4 and up create designs by placing colorful pegs onto the LED board. When the pegs are inserted, they light up, creating a beautiful and unique display—especially… read more

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Toy Insider Mom Shows Off the Latest and Greatest Toys at FOX5 Las Vegas

Summer means movies, travel, and lots of outdoor toys and our Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht knows the best toys to fit each category. Here on Fox 5 Las Vegas she shows off the hottest… read more

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Toy Insider Mom Brings Vacation-Approved Toys to ABC World News Now

ABC US News | ABC Celebrity News Our Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht shows ABC World News Now vacation-approved toys that make traveling with kids easy and fun! VRUM (Wicked Cool Toys) This ride-on doubles… read more

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Fun with Kids: Travel Toys

In Toy Insider Mom’s latest Fun with Kids video, she and Woman’s Day’s Sara Lyle show off this summer’s hottest travel toys that are super fun and vacation approved. Lalaloopsy Headphones (Jazwares) Cushioned headphones Lalaloopsy features a button design… read more

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Traveling with Kids

  We travel with our kids several times a year and I am always trying to think of new ways to make the whole process a lot smoother. For Christmas, we got both of our… read more

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