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If you have a toddler, this isn’t news: Kids 1 and older are suddenly much more articulate and outspoken than their younger peers

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If you have a toddler, this isn’t news: Kids 1 and older are suddenly much more articulate and outspoken than their younger peers

They’re curious and active. And they’re also pros at throwing tantrums with abandon and saying no to everything, while still learning how to wait their turn, make choices, and play well with other kids. The best toddler toys cater to their strengths: They keep these ever-evolving little humans engaged and occupied, while also stimulating their minds and sparking their imaginations. Sponsored by Pandora Gifts to Say Thanks for Always Being There Whether you can’t speak face to face with your mom on Mother’s Day or want to give the mother of your children something special this year, send her a...

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As all dads know, fixing stuff is satisfying

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As all dads know, fixing stuff is satisfying

Kids know this, too, and, understandably, want in: most kids love to “fix” and “build” (ie., bang things together) with play tools. But a great kids’ tool set, one that looks good and is well made, goes way beyond just being an engaging and fun toy. Not only are tool sets a solid way for kids to burn off some energy, they also help kids develop fine and gross motor skills and hone hand-eye coordination, because pounding a hammer or working a saw takes effort and focus. Tools are also what are called “real-world toys,” which mimic what kids see...

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Whether it’s a Melissa & Doug grocery store, or a Melissa & Doug puzzle, the brand can basically do no wrong when it comes to baby and toddler toys

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Whether it’s a Melissa & Doug grocery store, or a Melissa & Doug puzzle, the brand can basically do no wrong when it comes to baby and toddler toys

However, those toys are not exactly cheap.  We don’t know exactly why, but whether it’s a sticker book or a kid-size play ice cream cart, Melissa & Doug’s superpower as a company seems to be making toys that kids are obsessed with. It might be because the couple (yep, they’re actually named Melissa and Doug) are parents to not two, not four but six children, which means that they have had access to product testers in every age group. (In a future story, we’ll be hitting them up for time-management tips.) Of course, quality this high doesn’t come cheap, so...

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When is Black Friday? Well, dear shoppers, it’s traditionally the day after Thanksgiving, and marks the informal start of the holiday Christmas shopping season

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When is Black Friday? Well, dear shoppers, it’s traditionally the day after Thanksgiving, and marks the informal start of the holiday Christmas shopping season

It’s when frenetic and very determined consumers attack one another over deeply discounted Black Friday TV deals or Black Friday toy deals or Apple watch Black Friday deals. You know of what we speak. And much as we might be ashamed to admit it, we too feel the adrenaline buzz when we spot a Roomba Black Friday sale, or a PS4 Black Friday steal. We are, after all, only human. But why wait? The best Black Friday deals really start way, way, early. As in, now. Without further ado, here are some standout sales and deals that you can score now. Minus the...

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Is your child ready to graduate from biking the neighborhood to hitting the trail on a kids mountain bike? Then you need to look for kids mountain bikes, and of course, explore the best beginner mountain bikes. 

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Is your child ready to graduate from biking the neighborhood to hitting the trail on a kids mountain bike? Then you need to look for kids mountain bikes, and of course, explore the best beginner mountain bikes. 

Chances are there’s a good place to ride somewhere in your neck of the woods, but before your kids can experience nature on two wheels they’ll need a solid bike. Why? The key to getting your kid to love any activity is to make sure that they’re at least mildly successful when they first try it. For mountain biking, that means picking a trail with a low level of difficulty and equipping your little one with one of the best mountain bikes of kids, a ride that can easily handle beginner trails. See more: Best Kids Outdoor Toys  But shopping...

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