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PCF Toy Awards 2014
The Best of What’s Around: The Spring 2014 Parents’ Choice Toy Awards
Posted on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by Kristen Faber

The Parents’ Choice Toy Awards for Spring 2014 are live!

Come see all of the terrific toys, perfect puzzles, and great games that won awards this year.

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Time Shift Your TV – Little girls, pink weapons
Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Ann Oldenburg

Little girls like pink things, and little boys go for blue, brown and camouflaged. That’s the traditional thinking, and that’s how it often appears in the toy aisles. Girly items there. Boyish items here.

Image Courtesy The Strong, Rochester, New York.
Making your Mark
Posted on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by Kristen Faber

Do you have a budding artist at home? Or a careful calligrapher who loves to write their letters just so? The Strong National Museum of Play is holding a contest inviting the general public to put their own personal, playful stamp on the museum’s wordmark. What is a wordmark you ask? Why it’s the stylized […]

The Secret (Inner) Life of Toys
Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2014 by Kristen Faber

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, he describes how the outer form of the toy guides his interpretation of […]

Lego Fractions
Living Math
Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 by Laura Fries

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 one—getting your money’s worth out of toys as well as […]