Children's Toy & Media Reviews Since 1978

Month: January 2014

A Super Weekend

A Super Weekend

Once the holidays are over, winter seems pretty bereft of big celebratory events. This weekend, however, is a veritable triumvirate of exciting activities. Okay, so Groundhog Day isn’t really a holiday, but as weather temperatures decline and cabin fever rises, parents will take any excuse […]

Announcing: Spring 2014 TV Awards

Announcing: Spring 2014 TV Awards

We’re pleased to announce the Parents’ Choice Awards for Television.     TV shows are designed to pull us in. Some shows do it with hype, some with sentimentality, and others with mind-numbing eye candy. And while those tactics may be OK for some families, that’s […]

Snow Day

Snow Day

The panic. The stress. The in-fighting. Two little words can conjure excitement for kids but can fill a parent with dread: snow day. Sure, the beautiful, gentle falling snow at first invokes notions of hot cocoa by the fire; families building snowmen, enjoying the great […]

The Secret (Inner) Life of Toys

Sculptor Jason Freeney imagines and constructs what the inner workings of much-loved toys could be if they were real. His intricate designs take inspiration from human and animal anatomy, whichever applies most accurately to the toy he’s depicting. In an interview with Smithsonian.com, he describes how […]

Living Math

Living Math

Regular, unstructured play is important for kids. But there are those times when kids can use a little inspiration. Parents can help by giving old toys new life with purposeful play and a little bit of living math thrown in. It’s a great two for […]