Children's Toy & Media Reviews Since 1978

Month: February 2012

Catching up with Gamewright and Absolutely Mindy!

Catching up with Gamewright and Absolutely Mindy!

Absolutely Mindy captured some great moments at Toy Fair 2012. Here’s one featuring Gamewright’s Jason Schneider!

Time Shift Your TV – The Blues

Time Shift Your TV – The Blues

Does President Obama have moves like Mick Jagger? We will all find out on Monday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. (check local listings) when PBS airs In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues. The show, celebrating the history and meaning of the blues as part of Black History Month, taped last week at the White House as part of the music series hosted by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

Book Learning

Book Learning

You don’t have to have a voice like Orson Welles or the dramatic skill of Meryl Streep to keep kids entertained with books.

Making Science More Convenient

Making Science More Convenient

science-related toys should be more accommodating of the modern family lifestyle. My family has five or six science kits – bought for a rainy Saturday or for a nifty birthday gift – that sit on the shelf unopened. Manufacturers are missing an opportunity by not trying to create products that are easy for families to use – in small spaces and short, one-off activities.

Science Toys and Family Engagement

Science Toys and Family Engagement

Marketers and manufacturers are potentially removing science kits from being considered as an activity for the ever shrinking “family time.” Perhaps the kits need to be structured to specify more group or game-like activities.