It's hard to imagine that our kids will never know the joy of being the banker in Monopoly or invent their own games to play with Barbie. But even the most traditional of children's toys are making the leap into the digital age. According to a study conducted by Common Sense Media, half of all children ages 0 to 8 have access to a new mobile device (like a smartphone, video iPod, or iPad/tablet) — making good old-fashioned playtime a thing of the past. Check out five classic kids favorites that are withstanding the test of time — thanks to some digital enhancements — and vote on which one you'd pick for playtime for your family.
We loved attending the 2012 Toy Fair in New York City this week. We spotted enough playthings from new to long-standing toy companies to keep both lil and big tots busy in the coming year. We've highlighted the biggest trends and our favorite finds, but there were plenty of other goods we came across as we made our way among the 100,000 items shown at the fair. Check out some of our behind-the-scenes snapshots!
Oh, this was tough. After two days scanning the endless aisles of Toy Fair, mama certainly found a few things to put on her lil one's wish lists this year. While this year's Toy Fair trends may have us dreaming of glow-in-the dark bubbles and iPad-based games, there were several other items that struck my fancy! Keep reading to see my favorite finds from this year's show, and tell me, which looks most exciting to you?
Like a kid in a candy shop, I made my way through the 100,000 new toys introduced at the 2012 Toy Fair this week. There was no shortage of games, toys, and new characters to pique a mama's interest, and while there wasn't one "standout toy" that had everyone on the floor talking, I noticed quite a few trends among the wares. Keep reading to see what toy manufacturers think kids will want to be playing with come Fall, and tell me which are already catching your eye in the comments below!