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The coolest thing happened. I was interviewed by Parenting With Playdate Planet about.... what else... toys as learning tools!
I think a lot of the readers here know something about that! My heartfelt thanks goes out to show host, Meryl Nieman, co-owner of Playdate Planet, who took a lot of my rambling about toys as tools and turned it into a smooth compact show. In this program, I discuss the following toys: (you may or may not see them again in my holiday toy list lineup and giveaway coming super soon!)
- Woodmobiel - Read my full review here (if you listened to the webcast, please accept my self-correction here: OOTS! is the American distributor - there isn't any apostrophe-it's an exclamation point!- I don't know what is wrong with me! My apologies to OOTS! I love all the toys you distribute- they're beautiful.)
- Magnetic Toys- Read my full review of Magformers
- Magnetic Toys- Read My Full Review of SmartMax
- Magnetic Toys- Magnatiles
- OgoDisk - Read my full review
- Yo Baby Kick Flipper - Read my full review
- Disruptus - Read my full review
- Categories - Read my full review
- Tribbit - Read my full review
- Rush Hour Traffic Jam
- Rush Hour Traffic Jam JR. - Read my full review
- Trucky 3 - Read my full review
- Distraction - Read my full review
- Buddha Board - Read my full review
- Word-A-Round - Read my full review
- Mine Shift - Read my full review
- Sifteo - Read my full review (Last year's READERS' Favorite)
If you live in the Chicago area then I am super jealous of you. The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is this coming weekend. As you may have seen, I cover the Toy Fair every year in numerous posts and try my best to send you every picture of every cool thing I see because it's not open to the general public BUT.... the Chicago Toy and Game Fair is!!! How wonderful would my life be if I were to go with my family and the awesome experts I consult and have us hang out all day at this fair.
Someday I will be there. I just know it as one day, one of my kids may very well be a contestant in the Young Inventors Challenge. Anyone between the ages of 6-18 is invited to present their toy or game invention. If you are just learning about this now, it's likely too late to apply for this year (sorry, that is my fault-didn't get to publish this notice to you in time!!!) but maybe you'll forgive me if you think that good inventions take time anyway so please take a look at their Young Inventor Challenge Workbook to get some guidance on entering the challenge and other useful tips about inventing. Below is a video of the Toy & Game Invention Camp hosted by MakerKids and StoryPlanet hosted in partnership with the Chicago Toy & Game Fair's Young Inventor Challenge.
Here is Meryl's interview with Mary Couzin, the brains behind the Chicago Toy and Game Fair
Parenting With Playdate Planet – What’s New in Toys and Games for the Holiday Season and 2014
Playdate Planet will also be hosting the world's largest playdate there. WAH!!! I'm so bummed I can't be there!
My New Year's Resolution 2014:
1. Lose thirty pounds
2. Dedicate more time to having playdates for my kids with the help of Playdate Planet
3. Rethink weightloss goal
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Disclosure: Toys Are Tools has been given a number of the product mentioned above for the purposes of facilitating a review. Reviews are never promised.