Three Cheers for Thanksgiving Part 1 – Getting Ready for Both Food and Fun

[Charlie Brown] I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner. All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast.  [Linus] That’s right. I’ve seen you make toast.   Charlie Brown may not be able to cook a turkey (he’s not allowed to touch a hot oven), peel potatoes (no playing with sharp objects allowed), or sweeten [...]

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Oodles of Noodles – A Brain Bending Brain Noodles Staff Review

My obsession with the Brain Noodles line started when we received our very first shipment. I opened a box, and to my surprise, there was an adorable puppy display made entirely out of these jumbo pipe cleaners! I wanted to keep him all to myself, but sadly I had to give him up to our [...]

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Word Play, Strategy, and a Big Game Sanctioned Dictionary – Take Me Back Tuesday remembers Scrabble

Scrabble was my favorite childhood game – when I played with my friends. But, if I challenged my dad to a “friendly” game, it turned into the Scrabble scene from The Wedding Planner when Mary dominates the board. I quote, “E-A-R-W-A-X. “X” on a double letter, “E” on a triple word – 72 points!” Mind [...]

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Turn Traditional Designs into Modern Day Wonders – An Ode to Origami

My first experience with origami failed miserably – the paper was too small, the crane figure was too ornate, and my fingers were like plump sausages trying to create delicate folds. Though I was (and am still to this day) inexperienced with origami, I blame my utter failure on the tiny piece of paper that [...]

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Cash, Coupons and Credit – A Real World Toy Experience with the Teaching Cash Register

The grocery store, the coffee shop, the toy store. Kids, from an early age, start visiting these places and watching their parents shop, and ultimately, buy from an associate at the checkout register. And once they get to that magical early pre-school age, they want to start imitating mom and dad’s daily tasks, including the [...]

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A Puzzling Adventure, Captain! – A Global Staff Review

Kids can join the ranks of famous adventurers, including Columbus and Magellan as they sail the ocean, circle the globe, and – most importantly – build their very own “world” to explore! Globe trotters, high-sea adventurers, and puzzle enthusiasts can all claim a piece of The Earth Puzzleball from Ravensburger – the real-to-life mini-globe with [...]

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