Oh, Oeuf, can you do no wrong? Your nursery furniture is divine, your inventive toys and playthings are loved by moms and kids alike, and your clothing . . . we have no words. Our jaws dropped when we spotted the latest collection from the hippest kids' brand around — so whimsical, fun, and just plain cool are the newest creations of animal- and superhero-inspired sweaters, geometric dresses, and kiddie extras like hats, ties, pins (just look at that goldfish!), masks, tails, and more. We're pretty much coveting every single item in the Fall line, and you will be too, once you check out these latest, totally unique and unmistakable Oeuf designs.
Reading, writing, 'rithmatic? LeapFrog now has you covered. It's been four years since LeapFrog introduced the Tag Reading System to preschoolers everywhere. The system, which brought written words to life as the stylus contacted pages in the specially developed books, inspired tots to learn how to read on their own. But with time, the company found that parents are just as interested in teaching their kids to write as they are to read.
That brings us to today, where LeapFrog is taking things a step further with the new LeapReader ($50), a device designed to teach kids how to read and write all in one place. As a next-generation Tag — LeapFrog began phasing out the Tag system this Summer — the LeapReader continues to teach tots to sound out words and read sentences through its library of 150 or so books, and it also teaches preschoolers how to write their numbers and letters through structured stroke lessons. Could one device really do it all? LeapFrog sent us a stylus to try out; see what we thought below.
Who is this product designed for? Like the original Tag, the LeapReader is designed for tots between 4 and 8 years old who are just learning to read and write. That said, I gave it to my 3-year-old to test, and he was comfortable with the reading part of it in a matter of minutes.
What sets it apart? Slimmer and easier to hold than the original Tag, the new system's reading experience feels exactly the same as the old version — place the stylus on the page, and it will sound out words, read whole words, or read entire sentences. Where the system excels is in the new writing experience and a listening experience that now includes music.
The colorful lights emitted by laser toys might be fun to play with, but the Food and Drug Administration is concerned about their safety, concluding that the concentrated light in laser beams deteriorate eyesight and can even cause blindness. In particular, the FDA is concerned about children's lasers mounted on toy guns, spinning tops that project laser beams, handheld lasers (light sabers), and lasers that create optical effects in a room because although "they don't create instantaneous pain, they do cause permanent eye damage and burns over time, even after one-time use," the FDA says.
To find out what to look for when buying children's laser toys, read the whole story on The Huffington Post.
Heads up, moms! Be Amazing! Toys is recalling about 15,000 of its Monster Science Colossal Water Balls and Super Star Science! Colossal Water Balls in the United States and Canada because the marble-sized toys can be easily mistaken for candy, and when ingested, they can expand inside a child's body and cause intestinal obstructions. No injuries have been reported, but the CPSC says an 8-month-old girl ingested a similar product and it had to be surgically removed.
What's black and white with an occasional pop of red? The best toys for your new baby! Until about 6 months of age, infants can only see black, white, and a bit of red, so toys and room decor in these colors are the most visually stimulating. If you want to see what the world looks like to your newborn, you can check out this cool feature on Wee Gallery's website. Then click through to see 14 of our favorite high-contrast finds for developing eyes!
Sure, we all love Amazon, but it's not the only online spot to find a huge selection of toys. We found five Internet shops that offer on-trend, creative, and kid-friendly playthings, all available to you at the click of a button. From indie shops from around the country with a web presence like Portland's Grasshopper and New York City-based Babesta to major retailers not usually thought of for their toy selections, these must-see resources are full of toy inspiration!
Studying may be the last thing on a tot's mind during Summer break, but there really is some truth behind the theory of Summer brain drain. During the break from school, kids lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in math and reading skills, but the slide is easy to stop. You don't need a stash of workbooks to keep kids' brains going, just a few toys and apps that disguise the learning behind some fun activities. Don't believe us? Click through to see 10 picks for kids from preschool through elementary school.
What's Summer without a trip to the carnival? Even after you've left the popcorn and cotton candy behind, you can re-create the fun right at home with carnival-themed toys. Ahead check out our favorite finds that will turn kids into game attendants, Ferris wheel riders, and more. Tickets, please!
I may be dating myself here, but I've always had a thing for the retro tin look. Whether it's the idea of nonelectric/battery-powered toys, or just the actual retro designs, I've always loved the idea of placing a few pieces — vintage or reproductions — in my little ones' rooms. Thanks to Etsy and some like-minded toy manufacturers, retro tin toys are easier to find than ever before. Here, a dozen of our favorite finds for little kids' rooms — be them pieces they can actually play with, or more delicate items that will add some vintage charm to the room.