Stackers and Puzzles from Manny & Simon

Known for push toys and teethers, Manny & Simon is expanding their wooden wonderfulness to include more playtime classics.

With two traditional stackers, the Ring Stacker and the Shape Stacker ($24 each), babies experiment with colors and shapes while exercising their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

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In addition to stackers, there are a few new puzzles to consider for your toy box. Fred and Frida Robot Puzzles have pieces printed on the front and with a chalkboard back. After toddlers have mastered the puzzles, they can get creative and design their own robots! ($30 each)

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The simple Shape Puzzle is the quintessential first puzzle. You’ll treasure the basic beauty of domestically grown North American Hard Maple finished in non-toxic, zero VOC paint as in all Manny & Simon products.

Tegu Blossom New Colorway for Spring

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We’re huge fans of the simple magnetic blocks from Tegu, and now you can add these Blossom blocks in fresh new colors to your collection.

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The new colors come as a 14-piece set, a 24-piece set, 42-piece set as well as Original and Prism Pocket Pouches (which are your on-the-go options.

Temptation Tuesday: Make A Face

The best toys are the simplest and Moon Picnic’s Make a Face is a pegboard puzzle that will really play with your emotions… I mean… that will let you play with emotions.

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Face pieces can be flipped around and arranged to create many different expressions.

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The pieces are made of solid beech and are painted with non-toxic paint.

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Make A Face will be at home in the best toy and puzzle collections. It’s going on my wishlist!

Coming Soon: Tegu Sticky Monsters

Coming this holiday season from Tegu, the Tegu Sticky Monsters are a new set of magnetic characters that are fun to mix and match and will add tons of play to any existing sets of Tegu blocks.

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You can sign up now to get on the pre-order waitlist. Get behind me in line!

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The Land of Nod Holiday Gift Preview 2016

It is not too soon to start shopping (or at least saving!) for holiday gifts for your favorite little ones. Year after year, The Land of Nod curates the best holiday gift collection and I’m here to share the most impressive best-bets for the ultimate in gift giving for 2016.

For the littlest ones, one of these new activity gyms or play mats are perfect! Choose the Blooming Baby Activity Gym designed by Elizabeth Olwen($100),

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the Ringmaster Baby Activity Gym from Roxy Marj ($90),

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or the Emoji Baby Play Mat from Michelle Romo ($80).

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Designed by Colin Walsh, the Carry Home Rocket Ship is portable fun for kids 3 and up. ($80)

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The Street Vendor Cart will make the ultimate lemonade stand or whatever other entrepreneurial plan the kids dream up. ($250)

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For the performers, the Superstar Stage ($300) and the Superstar Microphone ($60) will make the up the gift of their dreams.

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The Land of Nod always has the most exciting and creative play tents and this holiday season is full of new introductions. The Decorate a Teepee and Patch Set add and extra layer of fun to the now ubiquitous teepee. ($200 for the complete set)

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Suzy’s Cottage from Suzy Ultman is a charming play home that will look incredible in a little girl’s space. ($180)

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The Floral Applique Pavilion Playhouse is another beautiful play space that might look perfect in a little girl’s room. ($200)

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With a print designed by Virginia Crofts, the Perennial Playhouse has that look of your grandmother’s bedsheet turned into a tent. Of course the tent is a fancy framed camp tent so you’ve got the best of all worlds. ($200)

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The most unique playhouse is this Horse Stable Playhouse ($200) designed by Danielle Croft. Don’t forget to throw in Scout the Horse Ride-On to complete the scene ($150).

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The dreamiest playhouse of the bunch is the Planetarium Playhouse Canopy. I love these space-saving hanging canopy style tents. ($190)

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This season there are also tons of new dolls for both boys and girls. The Ringside Pals are fun playmates designed by Colin Walsh. ($15)

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My favorite dolls for the ladies are the Fairytale Dolls from Nun Studio. Choose Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel or the Princess. ($40)

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Dolls can be just as spoiled as the kids this season. There’s the Rosa Doll Size Teepee by Leah Duncan. ($34)

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There’s also a Mod Doll High Chair ($50), Mod Doll Pram ($70),

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as well as the Mod Doll Bed ($60).

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The Pint Sized Table and Chairs are just as cool as the doll-sized furniture, but for kids 1 to 3 years old. ($200)

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I love the Off-Broadway Puppet Theater. It’s all the fun without taking up any space. ($40)

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This year’s new giant plush is this friendly Dragon designed by John Murphy. ($150)

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I’m always on the lookout for the coolest rocking horses and the Zebra Rocking Horse, designed by Dinara Mirtalipova, is my pick of the season. ($150)

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Finally, Suzy Ultman’s A-Frame Dollhouse Deluxe Set is going on wishlists nationwide. I’m blown away by all the adorable details like the kettle grill, the crib and the swimming pool! ($300)

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What’s going on your holiday shopping list?

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Fun New Playsets from Green Toys

We’ve always loved Green Toys for their commitment to the environment with their use of recycled materials as well as their durable and open-ended toy designs.

Now these new playsets are among their most elaborate toys yet. They feature multiple pieces and tons of play value for toddlers 2 and up. The best part is that all the pieces fit inside the building and with the handles on top it’s easy to transport and put the set away.

Pick the Farm Playset or…

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… the Fire Station Playset.

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Both sets retail for $50, but I found them on amazon for less than $44… Fire Station and Farm via our affiliate link.

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Wooden Cameras from Manny & Simon

The newest addition to Manny & Simon’s toy collection is the Wooden Camera. Start practicing those selfies early!

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It comes with dark orange or blue accents (shown) and can be pre-ordered now for $28. Cute for all your future photographers.

New Heirloom Dolls from Sleepy King

Sleepy King recently introduced three expressive new characters to her collection of heirloom dolls. These handmade friends are full of personality and made with love.

Oliver the Garden Bunny

Oliver the Garden Bunny | handmade heirloom doll

Tilden The Tiger

Tilden The Tiger | handmade heriloom doll

Mallow the Garden Bear

Mallow the garden bear | one of a kind heirloom doll

These retail for $96 a piece but you can find other Sleepy King creations for less. Also, follow her on Instagram for flash sales!

Cubelings from Uncle Goose

The cutest new products from Uncle Goose are these little character block sets called Cubelings.

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There are four sets…
Pets,

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Safari,
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Farm,
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and Sea.
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Is it too early to talk about stocking stuffers?! ($17 per set of 4 blocks)

Myland from Kid O

I’m going to call the Myland collection from Kid O the 21st century version of the beloved Little People from my childhood. They’re cute characters with fun vehicles, but the Myland toys feature lights and sounds that respond to various actions.

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For example, the lights are activated when characters are placed in the car,

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and the horse makes a galloping sound when it rocks back and forth!

So far I’ve only seen the car ($40) and horse ($20) available, but keep a lookout for the Houseboat and the Seal!

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I hope they continue to expand the Myland series! Can you imagine the dollhouse that could go with this?!

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