The TV is off, but that doesn't mean lil ones are taking a break from their favorite characters! From games to books, tots can have Elmo and Dora at their fingertips all the time. The onscreen personalities have even made their way over to mama's iPhone. Check out these kid-friendly iPhone apps that feature the lovable pals.
Lil fans of PBS's Dinosaur Train will love Learning Curve's InterAction Buddy ($15). The entire line of characters recognizes each other and can "speak" to each other when nearby. The collaboration between Wild Planet and Crayola has resulted in a fun line of Crayon Town sets ($20) that combine coloring and 3D play, where the actual wax crayons fit into the scenes. Magna Tiles ($52 for 32 piece set) allow tots to build up and out with pieces that feature magnets on every side. Blue Orange's wooden toys not only help the earth (they plant two trees for every toy sold), games like Gobblet Gobblers ($15) help teach memory and strategy skills for lil learners. What's better than a Muppet? A Muppet your tot designed on her own! The Muppet Whatnot Gift Package ($130) allows budding puppeteers to create their own puppet on the computer and then see it come to life when it arrives a few weeks later!
A convention center filled with 10,000 toys may sound like fun and games, but it was all about business at the American International Toy Fair. Manufacturers count on the event to display their wares and make their way onto the hot toy lists for the coming holiday season. Though retailers are hush-hush about what they are actually ordering, we took a look at what was displayed and are making our predictions as to what will be shelved at popular toy stores.
Lil ones can sit and watch the same programs over and over again, but their parents often like variety. Mama may already have a new crop of motherhood shows programmed into her DVR, but what will you be selecting for your offspring? Take a look at these shows that will soon hit the boob tube and tell us which ones you are interested in!