Don't procrastinate. If you are determined to find that Frozen product, or that rare Shopkins collectible figure, don't wait! A good rule of thumb is to buy it when you see it, but know that overall, retailers want your business and will continue to place popular items on sale.
This year, we are trying something different. Out with the big gifts, the expensive, over-the-top extravagances. We are also putting the kibosh on the "But, Daddy, Everyone Else Has One!" gifts. If it's so popular, go play with it at someone else's house. We're not buying it.
The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, an organization whose mission is to support parents' efforts to raise healthy families by limiting commercial access to children and ending the exploitive practice of child-targeted marketing, is having a Vote for the Worst Toy of the Year contest.
We can't always play outside in nature. But we can take a second look at the space we create for our children inside.
This holiday season, the tech-driven toy industry is balanced out with a variety of toys that encourage kids to create wonderful stories, pretend to be someone new, or practice what they'd like to be what they grow up. Here are some great new items on the shelves to get your kids' imaginations started.
When it comes to holidays and birthdays, it's not about buying more, it's about buying smart.
Earlier this year, I wrote that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) toys would be taking over the aisles this holiday season. As we head into the prime holiday buying time, we see toys that teach these core curriculum topics arriving in a big way.
With the holidays approaching at Warp speed, it's time to start compiling your shopping lists. Before grabbing any old thing off the shelf at Target that's in the appropriate age range, it's important to think about the individual personality of each child on your list.
Toys. What are toys really? An extension of our imagination? A catalyst for escape to a playful world where boundaries do not exist? The embodiment of child-like wonder?
I fear that my daughters will be limited by the culture they ingest, that I will be powerless to stop it. That they will, in the end, be eaten by Cinderella.
The Internet added interactivity to the equation, and now the pace of change is accelerating -- mobile, tablets, wearable technology, increasing interaction between digital and physical play.
Back when I first moved to New York City in 2005, art toys were blowing up. KidRobot was making art toys accessible to the trendiest hipsters with their playful vinyl toys and coordinating fashion. Anyone remember the neon hoodies?
Shell is running out of places to hide. Today, LEGO announced it will be ending its 50-year relationship with the oil company after millions of people around the world called on the toymaker to put the partnership on ice.
It's clear that there are driving forces behind both Lego's rise and Barbie's decline in sales: entertainment. Movies make such a huge impact on kids, and while it's nothing new, it's also something that won't change anytime soon.
If we said the names Elsa and Anna or Lightning and Mater, most parents would immediately recognize the power that stories have to capture the hearts and minds of kids. So why aren't we using those amazing stories to answer kids' questions about the science and engineering they encounter everyday?