Best Toys Roundup

Over the past many months I've share with you our all-time favorite toys. These aren't sales pitches, they are (as always) my absolutely from-the-heart, honest opinions after 22+ years of mothering and 22+ years of buying toys — some that were hits and some that were...

Best Toys: 60 Educational Family Games

We love board and card games. Unlike most video games, they provide a great venue to interact with your children (and other adults) and many of them are truly educational. They may teach vocabulary, math, geography, music, and lots of critical thinking. We have...

Best Toys: Art Supplies

Sure, we've got the usual box scratch paper, bins of broken crayons, mismatched sets of colored paper, watercolor sets with black mixed into the yellow, clogged glue bottles, and dried up glue sticks. The usual. But when we really want to do artwork, we get out the...

Best Toys: Wii

Our very first major purchase after we married in August of 1985, was a Mac 512k (aka the “Fat Mac”). We only bought it under the condition that for every penny Sam spent on computer related paraphernalia, I got a matching fund for clothing. Soon, I became...

Best Toys: Legos

I am under no illusion that I have to introduce anyone to Legos. But it's impossible to write a “best toys” series without including them. So here is my obligatory “Legos are awesome” post. We started almost 22 years ago with our first set of...