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  • Top Toy Trends 2019—A First Look

    What are kids going to be putting on their lists to Santa in 2019? (And asking for throughout the year?) Well, nobody really knows the answer to that, but in the high stakes toy business, inventors and manufacturers have been placing their bets since last year. And now, it’s go time. The first months of

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  • Unstructured Time

    One of the best parts of my day is the ability to get up slowly and simply be in the day or the moment. I always allow myself time where there are no deadlines and nothing that must be done immediately. This unstructured time is a critical part of my day. And as important as

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  • Talking Gender

    There’s a lot of talk about gender and toys going on these days.That’s not surprising, it’s a hot topic in the culture, and as we always say, the toy industry always reflects the culture at large. True to conversations around any “not button” topic these days, some of the talk is substantive, and some of

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  • Why Kids Need to Read

    In a world completely dominated by video in which the average kid spends more than 2.5 hours a day watching narrative entertainment on a screen, is reading still relevant? That’s a leading question; you know where I’m going to come down on that. After all, reading belongs in a well-balanced toy box—not just for learning

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