Growing up, we had a large playroom in our basement. The benefits were two-fold. From my parents perspective, it prevented “toy sprawl.” But to me, it was the perfect place to unleash my inner engineer using construction toys like Tinkertoy, Lincoln Logs and Legos.
Recently at the 2015 New York Toy Fair, Mattel announced that it’s teaming up with Google to reboot the View-Master, the iconic 3D stereoscopic picture viewer that has fostered exploration, entertainment and discovery for 75+ years.
The 100+ year history of the North American International Toy Fair includes a building in the Flatiron district of Manhattan known as the International Toy Center.
I have fond childhood memories of enjoying drive-in movies in the back of the family station wagon – thus, the Movieland Drive-In Theater playset has great appeal for me. Released in 1959, it was one of the earliest toys released by New Jersey-based Remco Industries.
The Dial Typewriter from Louis Marx and Company is a classic example of the type of tin lithograph toy that helped propel the company to global success in the toy industry.
Dubbed “the online treasure map for collectors”, CompleteSet is an web-based application that offers a nostalgia/collectors museum, user community, and an online marketplace to help you buy that special item needed to round out your collection.
The current incarnation of Candy Land is clearly channeling its inner Justin Timberlake and bringing sexy back — well at least enough that Granny might have blushed a little.
A recent story by Marilen Cawad on TheStreet website identifies play pets as one of this season’s most popular holiday toys and provides insight into their enduring appeal.
When you’ve had upwards of 140 job changes over 50+ years in the workforce, you surely need a posh place to live. Since her debut in 1959, the Barbie Dream House has always reflected design trends of the day – and now rivals some of the “McMansions” of today. Will there be a downsizing in her future?!?
With an ancient origin and operating under a variety of different names, few games of skill can boast the staying power of jacks. Historical evidence shows that children all over the world have been playing some form of the game for over two millennia.
Interested in LEGO? Check out Creations for Charity, an annual fundraising event that provides new LEGO building sets to underprivileged children during the holidays.
Long before FarmVille and Candy Crush Saga dominated game-play on Facebook, the computer puzzle game Tetris reigned supreme as the guilty gaming pleasure for millions of home computer and Nintendo Game Boy users. The game recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.
Released in 1978, Merlin paved the way for a new era of handheld/portable electronic games.
In addition to providing generations of children with countless hours of open-ended play, 2014 Toy Hall of Fame inductee, Bubbles, played an important role in the formation of iconic toy company, Kenner Products.
For over 50 years and 30 million ovens sold, the Easy-Bake Oven continues to provide generations of children with the delight of serving up miniature culinary concoctions. However, due to the advent of more energy-efficient light bulbs, the toy oven has been force to stray from its original incandescent light bulb roots.
A recent story by Laura Bliss on the CityLab website pitches Play-Doh as a logical choice for inclusion in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) curriculum and blended learning approach that has become a working mandate in many schools in the United States.
A recent study from the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School illustrates a direct correlation between using computers for entertainment purposes and the development of computer skills that are transferable to more “productive” computing tasks.
Is it a toy, math puzzle or logic game? When it comes to the Rubik’s Cube, the answer is a definitive yes to all three questions. Invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and architecture professor Erno Rubik, the cube recently hit mid-life crisis status and celebrated its 40th birthday.