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  • Hot Holiday Toys 2020

    In the year of Coronavirus, these are going to be holidays like none we’ve seen before. But here at Toy Guy Headquarters, we have it on excellent authority that Santa is still going to fly…and his sleigh may way a bit more this year. Or, he may have to make a few trips. Kids being

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  • Halloween & “Spooky Season” During Covid

    In a year of unexpected surprises, Halloween is the latest holiday undergoing a reinvention in the pandemic year. But before you cry “boo hoo,” there are many ways to get your “boo” on that are monstrously fun, even if you don’t go further than the driveway or the backyard. Right now, everyone is being asked to

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  • The Pandemic & Kids: What Parents Can Do

    There is absolutely nothing “normal” about what our world is experiencing right now. Moreover, the idea that we are going to “return to normal” within the next few months is a fantasy. Unless and until COVID-19 is controlled and there is a safe and effective vaccine, we are not going to be able to resume

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  • Back to School In The Year of COVID-19

    The traditional Back to School season is a big time for most kids. Like the calendar New Year, it’s a time for a new beginning, a time of adventure and looking forward with excitement about what may lie ahead. Even if they’re going back to a physical school, this year’s Back to School is like

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  • Summer Camp 2020: The Home Game

    There’s an annual ritual for many kids across the country at the end of June—summer camp. There are day camps and sleepaway camps, and while many around the country are trying to operate this year, many are not.  The ongoing impact of COVID-19, has upset plans and challenged families to create activities for the long

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  • That 70s Summer

    In the past week, at the beginning of June in the Summer of COVID-19, my email has been filling up with people wondering what to do with their kids this summer. Having struggled through the spring with distance learning and the upheaval to regular routines and plans, the anxiety about the summer is at a

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  • Summer Reading: The Joys and Values During Coronavirus

    As summer 2020 approaches, I’m talking to parents who are (metaphorically) tearing their ever-longer locks out as they try to balance parenting, at-home kids, supervising schoolwork, cancelled activities, and whatever passes for their work these days. It’s a lot to deal with, no question. Let me offer a solution: reading. For many of us, and

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  • Summer Play…At Home

    School’s out early. Weather’s getting warmer. Most traditional vacation activities for kids are cancelled. Welcome to the summer of Coronavirus. It may stress out some parents and caregivers, but let’s look at the bright side, shall we? Our prediction is that, with certain obvious restrictions to keep kids healthy, this may end up being an

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  • You’ve Got Game! Great Ideas For Players of All Ages

    UPDATED: August 11, 2020 Here we are nearing the end of the summer, and there’s a lot of question about whether schools will open, how families will get through the next few weeks, or months, or, really, however long it takes. Not surprisingly, board game sales (and puzzle sales) are up significantly this year as

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  • We Are All Children Now

    Most of us can remember many things from our childhoods. We can recall happy times, sad times, best friends, vacations, games, school, and myriad events that filled our days and helped us become who we are today. Though we can remember, we cannot re-experience. Our cognitive and neurological development make it physically impossible to return

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