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  • Holiday Toys 2023: Here They Come!

    Here at The Toy Guy, like Santa, this is the time of year we prepare for the other nine months of the year. We look at literally hundreds and hundreds of toys every year, play with a bunch of them, and talk to kids and parents about what they want. After a couple of years

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  • Games for the Fall 2022

    Cooler weather? More family time? Pull out the games! Anyone who reads this site knows how much we love games. They provide a unique social experience, a great way to bring people together, and of course, fun. Recently, I had the chance to rediscover a board game with my family that we hadn’t played for

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  • All Play Is Learning (And Learning Can Be Fun)

    As we prepare for another school year, the first full year in the waning days of the pandemic, presumably, anticipation is high that this is going to be a “normal” year…whatever that is going to mean. Honestly, we don’t know. After all who had Monkeypox or the resurgence of polio on their 2022 bingo cards?Whatever

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  • Summer Toys Bring The Fun!

    Here it is summer of 2022. COVID-19 isn’t done with us yet, but people are a little more courageous about travel, thanks to vaccines and continued attention to being careful. However, prices for airfares, gas, and hotels are way up, so we’re predicting that vacations are going to be a bit shorter and perhaps a

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  • Springtime is Play Time!

    I don’t know about you, but this has seemed like a l-o-o-o-o-o-ong winter! From where I sit, I love to look out the window at the park below me, and one of the first things I always notice is how the light begins to change as the season changes. This year, it made me especially

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  • Get Outdoors Without Stress

    Even with cold weather, outdoor play is so important. For a change of scenery, the chance to run freely and, perhaps, even interact with other kids. And who doesn’t want a break from sitting on Zoom? Quite simply, we humans weren’t designed to be so sedentary. Fling open those doors and get outside. It will

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  • Holidays with Kelly & Ryan!

    Really, it is the most wonderful time of the year. We get to play with Kelly and Ryan and the incredible crew that’s been with them for years. Seriously, I don’t know who has more fun, the kids who ultimately get the toys or the Live team that helps make these segments come off. Here are

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  • Holiday Toys: The Challenges, The Toys & The Fun of 2021

    The holiday shopping season is already in full swing, and it’s just the beginning of November. Mainstream news media are telling people to get out and buy before supplies are gone. Is this real? Or is it something that just makes a good story? The answer is a little of both. Yes, shipping problems continue

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  • Spooky Season: Scaring Up Fun for Everyone

    Well, here we are in the second Covid Halloween. It’s a little different than 2020, but vaccines aren’t yet available for the youngest ghouls and goblins, so it’s time to take care even while you have some trick-or-treating fun. According to research by the National Confectioners Association, more than 80 percent of Americans plan to

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  • Back to School in Uncertain Times

    As kids go back to school, or in some cases are already in school, this is a year like no other we’ve experienced in our lifetimes. As schools and families try to deal with the ongoing issues related to the pandemic, the realities for kids in preschool and elementary school are very different from what

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