Looking for STEM Experiences? Meet Annedroids!

We didn’t fail, we just found another way if doing it wrong. – Anne from Annedroids Over the past few years, there are lots of big changes in the toy realm and in the educational space. People are talking about STEM, STEAM and STEM toys for girls and boys. S.T.E.M. is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, […]

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston

A few weeks ago after a visit to the LEGO store in the mall, we were given a coupon for a free ticket to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Since then, Gavin repeatedly asked when we’d be going to LEGOLAND. When we were invited to a media event in Boston, I decided to keep it a surprise, […]

Ionix Construction Bricks Make Great Summer Activities for Kids

Disclosure: I worked in conjunction with Spinmaster to provide these videos featuring Ionix construction bricks. While ToyQueen.com will receive compensation for the production of the videos, any opinions included in the videos and this post are purely my own. We’ve been happily adjusting to our new summer schedule. While certainly we plan to fill our […]

LEGO Duplo How Do You Play? Contest #DUPLOPLAY

Disclosure: I have been asked to be part of the “How do you play?” jury by LEGO DUPLO. No monetary compensation is being provided for this opportunity, any opinions are my own. There’s an amazing contest that was just launched on Facebook by LEGO DUPLO, called the “How do you play?” competition. LEGO DUPLO is […]

Wrecker the T-Rex Sand & Snow Toy (Giveaway)

Gavin loves playing in the sand at the beach digging huge holes, and now that we are in the throes of winter, having just received another 8 inches of snow, aside from sleds and a shovel, until now we didn’t really have any dedicated snow toys. I could have kissed the UPS Delivery man when […]

Thames & Kosmos Remote Control Machine Toy Giveaway

A huge trend at Toy Fair this year were robotics toys. Though many toys featured might generally appeal to younger children who want to control and interact with toys through voice and sound, there’s been a continued interest in remote control constructible sets. The best part about these sets is that they don’t just have […]

Minecraft Toys & Activities

If you have a son or know boys that are ages 7 and up, Minecraft is the newest technology rage. Through apps, video games and computer programs, children build virtual worlds. While this game has been the most popular with older middle school and high school aged students for years, I’m hearing of children younger […]

Worx Toys Space Shuttle Review

Disclosure: I was provided with a Worx Toys space shuttle for the purpose of this review, any opinions are my own. When I first brought the Worx Toys rocket ship into school, just seeing it on the table, I heard a lot of amazed responses from students that included, “Wow!” “THAT is so cool!” At […]

Billy Beats: A Toddler’s First Musical Instrument

Disclosure: I received a sample of Mega Bloks First Builders Billy BeatsTM Dancing Piano to facilitate this review. Any opinions are my own. Most babies, toddlers and preschool aged children love music. In my opinion there’s nothing cuter than a 10-month-old child who is learning to stand up and you see them holding on to the […]

MegaBloks Fire Truck Finn (Giveaway)

Disclosure: I was provided the MegaBloks Fire Truck Finn toy free, to facilitate this review. Any opinions are my own. Ever since Gavin was 8 months old and crawling, he’s been pushing, crashing, loading and unloading Mega Bloks dump trucks, school buses and fire trucks all over our living room. His absolute favorite truck of […]

Soft, Foam Blocks from Soft Blocks Are Great Fidget Toys

Disclosure: I received a sample of these soft, foam blocks from Soft Blocks. Any opinions are my own. For the past few weeks, I’ve found so many great uses for these squishy foam blocks. These blocks are made from the same material that you might have in your favorite stress ball. However, what a stress […]

A Pegboard for Kids is a Great Fine Motor Skill Activity (Giveaway)

International Playthings provided the Quercetti Fantacolor Aquarium pegboard for kids, free, in order to facilitate this review and giveaway. Any opinions are my own. You might be wondering why a pegboard designed for kids is such a great fine motor skill activity? As a parent all you may be anticipating are hundreds of little pieces […]

Angry Birds Star Wars Toys (Giveaway)

Spend 10 minutes with boys in the 5-10 year-old age range, if they aren’t wearing an Angry Birds t-shirt, within that timeframe it won’t be hard to engage any of them in detailed conversation about their obsession with the Angry Birds apps, toys and the latest addition to the flighty destructive bunch, Angry Birds Star […]

New Peg Board For Kids by Patch Products

Years later, the familiar Lauri pegboard is still available, but it has now morphed into the Tall-Stacker Mighty Monkey Playset.  Using a similar version of the pegs and pegboard, kids can construct a play area where monkeys can swing from palm trees and slide down slides in their cart. When I saw this concept at […]

Wondermind Provides Fun, Learning Activities for Toddlers

Wondermind is an educational curriculum for young kids that originated in Japan. This unique concept strives to provide learning activities for toddlers and preschool aged kids through a combination of educational toys, books, DVD’s and a parenting guide that arrive in each kit through the mail.  It is marketed as a summer activity kit, but […]

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