Clutching a teddy bear in one arm and a balloon in another, the little boy with a deep scar under his eye looked up and asked in Arabic, very gently... almost a whisper: "Khala (aunt) Rym. Can I have toothpaste for my sisters and I?"
A family staycation is all about doing things together -- whether it's cooking, gardening, playing or creating an adventu
Amanda Kingloff got the idea for her book "Project Kid" when her son looked at spool of ribbon -- with its round cardboard circle top and yellow "stri...
Using toys to advertise any kind of product to kids is wrong. But it's particularly harmful to sell children on Shell, a company with a shameful environmental record that plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic, one of the most vulnerable places on earth.
The train engine made a sickly whirring noise. I followed the sound and saw Thomas the Train grinding through a doll's previously lovely locks. One of the big, wooden letters had been removed from the wall and was tied around her neck, giving her the appearance of Flavor Flav.
The youth audience is slowing buying of plastic action figures based on movies -- which clog aisles at Walmart, toy stores and pages of online retailers.
There are all kinds of dads out there: the athletic dad, the rock-and-roll dad, the workaholic dad, and the tech dad. There's even the let's-fill-the-house-with-pets dad, the retro dad, and, my personal favorite, the I-want-to-feel-like-a-kid-again dad (but who am I kidding, pretty much all dads fit into this category!).
She doesn't yet know about the enchanted world of Disney, but two months ago she saw Minnie Mouse. She sat propped in a little girl's room of a house we'd soon buy, looked at us cheerily with her wide eyes and happy grin.
Want to be a hero? Scoop up one of these toys and surprise your little ones with it after the show!
And while toy production is a multi-billion-dollar business, there are still questions all around about how much this industry is meeting demand. That's where Dr. Lisa and her company Positively Perfect, comes in.
Economies progress through distinct stages as cultures acquire knowledge, skill and experience. The past century has seen a shift from agriculture b...
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 ...