Anyone who has ever heard of a gift registry knows that people get picky when it comes to which gifts they'll accept into their homes. This is particularly true with bride-zillas, first-time pregnant ladies, and design fiends. So, if you're planning to pick up a gift for the son or daughter of a design fiend friend or family member, you better restrain yourself before you head to Toys 'R Us. Toys and games are not simply for the enjoyment of children . . . they have an aesthetic purpose in the homes of design lovers.Take for example this MUJI New York City in a Bag ($15). God forbid you let your kids play with plain blocks: they must be hip and metropolitan! This set comes with eight wooden structures representing New York City's iconic buildings. Although your friend may have moved to Connecticut and quit her graphic design job to be a full-time, stay-at-home mom, her children will be able to say they grew up in The City . . . or at least with it. To see other children's gifts that will surely be approved by your design-fiend friends, read more
You know what they say about little dogs — they're the fiercest of the bunch. And the yapmeister below is not gonna allow this karate know-it-all kick up trouble on his territory. Oh, hells no. If he keeps up with all his fancy kung fu, he's really gonna get it. Like, really. Don't make this pup do damage. One more kick will unleash the guard dog within. Oh, was that another kick? Well . . . one more and Mr. Karate Man is really gonna get it for reals this time. Like, really.
This children's piano has an awfully strange request. No wonder kids are growing up fast these days. What kind of filthy "toys" are they playing with? (And what's that poking out from between the pages of the music book? Whatever it is, that goofy grin has got to go!)
The latest trend in gaming is exergaming, which is a combo of exercise and gaming. Think Dance, Dance Revolution and Wii. Fisher Price saw an opening in the market and went for it.
The Smart Cycle is a stationary bike, a learning center and an arcade game system for kids 3-6 years old. The Smart Cycle plugs into your TV, kids hop on and as they pedal, animated characters guide them through learning discoveries, games and even exciting races. It's not available just yet, so I am not sure how much it will cost, but you know I am loving this idea. It's hard to keep kids away from the video games, so this way they can still have their video games, but get active while playing. Do I think a better option is to get kids outside on actual bikes, well of course, but sometimes that is not always an option, so this is a great backup.
To check it out, visit Fisher Price online. This is a great way to get your kids moving earlier, and maybe you'll even end up with a little Lance Armstrong on your hands. To see more pics of this great toy for the kiddies, read more
It's hard to believe what entertained kids in the past. But let's get past this cheery commercial to the heart of the matter: The bizarro name is overcompensating for something, and that something is serious boredom.
The kids in this commercial must've been tip-top actors, because I refuse to believe that children were ever this pumped about playing with a messy plastic cow. I'd much rather play with an Oopsie-Daisy Cow Dispenser that could at least crap real jelly beans all day long.
I loved Red Light, Green Light, Best-Bear, and the flints I found in the backyard, part of which contained an old arrowhead bed. My mom kept the perfect and whole arrowheads, and I got a box of flint I'd spend hours banging together in the dark. Good times.
Do tell, which childhood toys and games do you remember best?