Get Ready for Baby Genius®!


We’re excited to announce our newest toy collection: Baby Genius®! For more than ten years, Baby Genius has earned worldwide recognition for creating award-winning products for young children. In 2015, the Baby Genius brand has re-launched its collection with fresh, new entertainment (DVDS and music) and product designs for children 0-36 months featuring their adorable cast of characters.
The Baby Genius collection is based on the idea of Products with a Purpose that correspond to a child’s natural growth, stimulating a child’s development and providing guidance for parents. This curriculum was developed in consultation with Stanford University Professor, Emeritus Don Roberts, whose background is in communication theory and he has done extensive research on how children use and respond to media.…

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Don’t forget the A – Arts in Education Week is September 14-18, 2015


Over the past several years the importance of STEM education has been a big topic for policy makers and the education system. An acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; these certainly are important subjects that should be emphasized in the education system. However, there’s research backing the idea that in addition to STEM education, another important piece of the learning puzzle is the letter “A” for Arts, thus creating the term STE[+a]M.

Art by definition is a subject of study that is primarily concerned with the processes and products of human creativity and social life, such as languages, literature and history as opposed to scientific or technical subjects of study.  However, STEAM education supports the blending of art with sciences.…

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National Teddy Bear Day, September 9, 2015

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Manhattan Toy is teaming up with Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to offer you a chance to win your own Truffles Bear™!
We’re having an Instagram Photo Contest running now until September 9, which is National Teddy Bear Day! So stop in to your local Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and take a Selfie with Truffles Bear™. See contest details below to see how to enter or visit our contest page: Happy Instagramming!

Recent #TrufflesSelfie Contest Uploads!…

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The Magic Behind Top Ten Toys

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Amongst the hustle and bustle of the Greenwood area in Seattle, Washington there’s a fascinating toy store by the name of Top Ten Toys. Just off 85th street, Top Ten Toys has Seattle’s largest selection of classic, hands-on and fun educational toys.   Owner Allen Rickert, prides himself on filling his store with “toys that inspire creativity, resourcefulness and ingenuity”.   Rickert’s sister Adelia, opened the store 27 years ago. Being a single parent, she wanted to create a toy store that carried the kind of toys she wanted to provide for her son. Manhattan Toy is proud to have been a part of their toy collection since day one!
Top Ten Toys offers a place for kids to explore their creativity through play!…

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Independence Day: Tips to Stay Safe This Holiday

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The fourth of July is around the corner! Celebrating Independence Day with friends and family usually includes outdoor activities such as: attending parades, hosting a barbeque, taking a dip in the lake or gazing at the pyrotechnics of a fireworks show. Being out on a beautiful summer day is certainly a treat, but staying safe during the hustle and bustle of celebration is an important precaution to take. Here are a few safety tips for your Independence Day festivities.
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Sun Protection – Sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are three great ways to protect you and your family from the sun’s rays.
Stay Hydrated – Drink lots of fluids and snack on foods high in electrolytes to help you stay cool and hydrated throughout the day.…

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School’s Out! Time for Summer Travel Planning


School is out for the summer for a majority of students across the U.S. So what’s next? Why not take a much needed family vacation?! According to the Travel Habits of Americans 2014 survey, “42% of Americans did not take any vacation days in 2014”. It’s hard to believe that so many hard working Americans chose not to take any time off. All the more reason why this summer you should pack up the kids and get some ‘R & R’.
Whether you plan a trip to Orlando to visit Disney World or you take the kids on a weekend adventure to a cabin on the lake, sometimes getting to your destination can cause passengers to get a little restless. So, how do you prevent restless traveler syndrome?…

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Supporting Visual Development: The Importance of Developing Baby’s Visual Abilities

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Visual development is a crucial part of baby’s growth. According to Pregnancy & Baby’s 2012 article on visual stimulation, newborn babies are only able to see a mere 8-15 inches in front of them. In addition, “they are unable to see color or highly detailed designs”. This can make it challenging for parents to find ways to help support and stimulate baby’s visual development. However, through research doctors and scientists alike have found that “high-contrasting colors are best for building vision development in newborn babies” Pregnancy & Baby Magazine; 2012. Knowing this valuable information about baby’s visual abilities is the key to choosing the best toys and products to help support their visual development.
At Manhattan Toy, we have many award winning toys that support babies as they achieve their milestones in development.…

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Memorial Day Weekend

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Since 1971, Memorial Day has been celebrated on the last Monday in May. After the end of the Civil War, this day of remembrance was made to celebrate and honor those who died in the war.  Throughout the following decades, the day slowly changed into a day of honoring all men and women who have died defending our country.   Many visit the grave sites of loved ones to honor their memory; others use the three day weekend to travel to see family and friends.
This annual extended weekend is often seen as the “start of the summer”.  Especially for school age children who are itching for summer break! So, what are you doing this Memorial Day?  If you haven’t already made plans, here are some fun Memorial Day activities, traditions and ideas you may want to take part in this Monday, May 25.…

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Your Yukon Toy Destination: Angellina’s Toy and Children’s Boutique

Angellina's Toy Boutique

In Whitehorse, the capital city of Canada’s Yukon Territory, there is a remarkable place you ought to visit. The Yukon offers many extraordinary sights throughout the year. You may catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, or witness the wonder of midnight sun.  But amongst the natural phenomena, there is a delightful toy store located on the corner of Front and Main St.; Angellina’s Toy & Chidren’s Boutique. It’s not your typical toy store “Angellina’s is an experience!” says owner Betty.
Nestled in downtown Whitehorse, Angellina’s Toy & Children’s Boutique is a one of a kind destination for those in search of fantastic toys and gear for baby and child. Owner Betty prides herself in selecting only “the finest toys from the best toy companies in the world.” Manhattan Toy® is proud to say that our Baby Stella™ has been a part of Angellina’s premier toy collection since May of 2011!…

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Puppet Playtime

Puppet Play Time

Imaginative play is an important part of the development process. Through pretend play, children nurture a variety of necessary skills to succeed in life. Nurturing your child’s ability to exercise their imagination supports the development of different social, emotional and language skills. One way to offer your child a means of using their imaginations is through playing with toys!
There are plenty of toys designed to support your child as they create a variety of different imaginative scenarios. One of our favorites is puppets! Why puppets? Because, they supply children with endless possibilities to create their own imaginative stories, plot lines, characters and even problems to solve. The very voice of each character can set the scene for a variety of creative adventures.…

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