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, […]

LeapFrog LeapPad3 Review

Tis the season for learning tablets! So, for those of you who are looking to score a deal on a tablet for your kids during the holiday season, I’ve been having some fun with the new LeapFrog LeapPad3. We were fortunate to receive one free to utilize, prior to our trip to Beaches Turks and Caicos […]

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 […]

Toys of Summer Podcast with About.com Parenting Experts

Today I was asked to take part in the Parenting Roundabout podcast, hosted by a colleague of mine  at About.com, Terri Mauro, the expert on parenting children with special needs. Generally every week four About.com Parenting Experts engage in a podcast on all sorts of fun and interesting topics. Along with Terri, I was joined today by Catherine Holecko, […]

Goldieblox Construction Toy Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a free sample of GoldieBlox to facilitate this review and giveaway. Any opinions are my own. STEM toys are the rage in the toy industry. These toys aim to provide children with exposure to activities that promote interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Also within this same category, many companies, like […]

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 […]

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 […]

Should I Buy the LeapPad2 or the LeapPad Ultra?

If you are searching to buy your children a tablet device, then you may have come across the LeapPad2, LeapPad Power and the LeapPad Ultra. All 3 are learning tablets from LeapFrog that provide fun, educational games via apps and cartridges developed around academic curriculum for children in the 4-9 year-old age range. After receiving […]

Review of the InnoTab3 & InnoTab3s Wi-Fi Learning Tablets from VTech

Disclosure: I received a sample of the InnoTab3 and InnoTab3s Wi-Fi Learning Tablet from VTech to facilitate this review, any opinions are my own. Over the last three years, the children’s toy department has grown to include learning tablets geared for children ages 3-9. Some of these tablets include the InnoTab series from VTech. This […]

Has Your Child Stopped Napping At Daycare?

My son is almost 4 and attends daycare full-time during the school year. Every day after lunch they have rest time for a few hours. However, we recently ran into some trouble because Gavin had stopped napping during rest time. Let’s just say Gavin doesn’t have the “lie there and look at the ceiling” type […]

Which Educational Tablet? The InnoTab 3S or LeapPad Ultra?

The InnoTab 3S from VTech and the LeapPad Ultra from LeapFrog are educational tablets for kids in the 3-9 year old age range. Both learning tablets feature cameras for pictures and video, plus secure wi-fi capabilities with access to paid downloadable app content that includes music, videos and e-books.  Educational games can be purchased as […]

The NogginStik Rattle: A Developmental Baby Toy (Giveaway)

As an occupational therapist, when Gavin was born, I knew a lot about developmental baby toys. However, those of us that have kids know no matter how much reading you do, even if your job prior to having children involved working with kids in some capacity, babies don’t come with instruction manuals and nothing can […]

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 […]

LeapPad Learning System

Many of you know that I also write as the Toys Guide at About.com, where I also complete a variety of toy reviews and create articles on more popular toy trends. I just finished writing up an extensive review of the popular LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer, a tablet for kids that includes educational software that encourages […]

A Game to Teach Kids About Colors, Shapes, Numbers and Taking Turns! (Giveaway)

Many parents are often on the lookout for games for their kids that can be fun and include educational concepts. Crocodile Hop from Learning Resources, is one of those games that will teach kids about colors, shapes, numbers and taking turns. The game includes a very large, plastic game mat (30″ wide x 100″ long), […]

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