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Grocery Shop in Style with Melissa & Doug: A Staff Review

Tweet A few years back, my hometown grocery store, Albertsons, made some strong efforts to make the often-mundane shopping experience just a little more “fun,” in the broadest sense of the term. One element of this was strictly for the kids: metal shopping carts in just their size. The store probably only had two dozen [...]

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What’s Gnu? Learning, That’s What!

Tweet What’s Gnu Children’s Game is a great educational tool to use in an elementary classroom to improve reading skills. This game is an excellent addition to any English block. It’s fun, it’s educational, and it can be played in minutes. I work in an instructional classroom that is made up of 3rd through 5th [...]

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Calico Critters Cozy Cottage Staff Review

Tweet I used to love playing with dolls, action figures and stuffed animals – no toy was safe from the grand adventures my imagination drummed up! I’d even create my very own “doll house” from cardboard boxes or the living room furniture (my parents just loved that)! Tired of stepping around my high fashion hair [...]

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Building Cities out of Magnets! – An Attracting Staff Review

Tweet When I was a kid, my constant companion was a large bag of Legos – not a set of Legos, but a completely custom collection of random Lego pieces. I loved that each time I dug into my bag of Legos, I pulled out a random piece that let my imagination run wild! And [...]

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The Fast Track of Imaginative Fun – A Chugga Choo Choo Review

Tweet When I was a kid, I used to imagine that the reason trains went so fast was because they were racing! Yes, I pictured train workers rushing around to load cargo as quick as lightening and then drive at top speeds (300 mph in my mind) to fight for first place. While my imagination [...]

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The Perfect Skirt for Budding Ballerinas – “Try the Toy” Sugar Plum Fairy Musical Skirt Review

Tweet Who knows toys better than the young ones who play with them? We couldn’t think of anyone! After a few weeks of in-depth, tough toy testing, here’s what one little girl and her family had to say about the Sugar Plum Fairy Musical Skirt from Acting Out. Ease of Use (Rank 1-10): 10      This [...]

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