Holiday Toys 2023: Here They Come!
The Toy Guy Blog
by ChristopherByrne
3M ago
Holidays in Who-Ville! 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 of pandemic, we wondered if things would be different. Happily, the answer is no. In fact, there’s more creativity, more value (both financial and play value), and the only changes we see are for the better…at least where play is concerned. The one that excites us the most is that as a result of childre ..read more
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Games for the Fall 2022
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by ChristopherByrne
4M ago
Our family’s much-loved, much-played Scrabble set. 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 years. It was a Parker Brothers game called Probe, and it’s a word game. Probably a precursor to Wordle, where you have to guess letters to figure out your opponent’s words. It was fun by itself (We’re all word geeks.), but it went beyond that ..read more
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All Play Is Learning (And Learning Can Be Fun)
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by ChristopherByrne
6M ago
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 the year brings, however, it’s always to make time for play. While there will be a lot of pressure on teachers and parents—and students—to make up for lost time, that’s not always something that can be accomplished easily. Kids develop at the speed at which they do, and there’s not m ..read more
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Summer Toys Bring The Fun!
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by ChristopherByrne
9M ago
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 bit closer to home. That means that the backyard continues to be a hot destination for summer fun. In 2021, spending on toys and particularly outdoor items skyrocketed. And this year looks like it’s going to be about the same. You’ll be able to find bikes, swing sets, and pools more easi ..read more
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Springtime is Play Time!
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by ChristopherByrne
11M ago
Spring is sprung! 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 happy. Here in the Northeast, we didn’t have that much snow, but it was frigid, so much of the time that it felt a little bit like lockdown. Amber Gray is Persephone in “Hadestown.” Photo: Matthew Murphy But, the world has kept turning, the light is changing, and if I squint I can see the faintest hint ..read more
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Get Outdoors Without Stress
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by ChristopherByrne
1y ago
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 do you good! Outdoor play can help children and teens cope with major global stressors, like the pandemic. In a study from North Carolina State University, 77% of 600 adolescents between the ages of 10 to 18 years surveyed believed that spending time outside helped them deal with stres ..read more
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Holidays with Kelly & Ryan!
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by ChristopherByrne
1y ago
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 the toys that we featured: Kids love things that go bump! Flybar Bumper Cars From Flybar 18 months – 4 years $99.00 Where to Buy Kelly and Ryan rode the adult-sized cars that aren’t available yet, but they might be if you get in touch with the company. However, we’ve played with the kid-sized versions wit ..read more
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Holiday Toys: The Challenges, The Toys & The Fun of 2021
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by ChristopherByrne
1y ago
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 to plague retail, and there are products that are selling out, but we have been doing store checks all over the country, talking to manufacturers and retailers, and we’ve started to get a clearer, and more realistic, idea of what you’re going to be able to find this year. Early shipments of ..read more
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Spooky Season: Scaring Up Fun for Everyone
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by ChristopherByrne
1y ago
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 engage in some form of trick-or-treating this year. The best news is that there are lots of ways to celebrate that can keep kids and families safe while delivering a lot of sweet and scary fun. You’ll want to pay attention to safety guidelines from the CDC an ..read more
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Back to School in Uncertain Times
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by ChristopherByrne
1y ago
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 we as a society have come to think of as “normal.” Whatever it is, it’s certainly not that. A fourth grade class, mid 1970s. And yet, learning is still happening, and kids are eager to learn. As we often say, learning is a kind of currency for kids, and there are both excited to acquire new lear ..read more
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