Parents are buying this stuff because they're unsure, they're torn, they're tired, they're confused, and they're feeling bombarded... but be clear, they're not buying this stuff because there is an unmet demand for more gender stereotypes for their children.
I find myself in the evening light at La Piste, an old airfield, very near Surpiste, "the runway", which I had known from the 2010 post-earthquake days as the site of one of the largest displacement camps.
Some of the best stores in town aren't run by our legendary retailers or international designers -- they're in our magnificent museums!
These are trends that will most likely slowly expand over the next couple of years into more and more products. But, for now, just a select group of major toy makers are dipping their "toys" in the water and seeing if they can jump start trends from scratch.
Image courtesy Flickr user Gage Skidmore Attending the 2014 American International Toy Fair was business as usual for comics legend and head of his ...
With a direct connection to Wikipedia, WikiBear is truly the world's smartest teddy bear. That is because this interactive teddy resorts to crowd-sourced knowledge for his brains.
Race relations involves learning respect for other people -- regardless of who they are, what color they are, their economic background, or what country they are from. And this is something we all need to practice, Caucasians and people of color.
Two mobsters indulge their lifelong vendetta against one another with a high stakes game of-- You'll see....
Our children are our future and that future learns through play. For the last few years, we have watched as high-tech gadgets adults love have also become kids' favorite playthings.
It's no secret that the greatest decade for toys was the 1980s. If you look down a modern toy aisle, you still see the Transformers and My Little Pony...
When I was growing up in the 1970s, the end of Thanksgiving signaled the countdown to Christmas. What a time; watching animated specials on TV, preparing speeches for the school play, drawing winter scenes of fireplaces and reindeer-laden roof tops, and making a wish list for Santa. They were the happiest days of my childhood.
During the holiday season, people always ask me what these children really need to thrive. And I wish it were something we could find at a toy store.
You may know that Dr. Seuss's real name was Theodor Geisel. But bet you didn't know this: The Cat in the Hat could not be published today. Repeat: It couldn't make the cut.
I maintain that the 1980s produced some of the most kick-ass, memorable and, at times, weird and creepy toys.
Not a square foot to spare on the bustling streets of New Delhi. It was my third trip to India, and I was 15 years old. I couldn't handle it.
Aside from potentially making learning fun (heaven forbid), it turns out toys can teach us a lot that we should be learning, but our antiquated systems of education are failing miserably to provide.