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Birthday Gifts: Easy as 1, 2, 3


It is fun to give gifts, especially when you’re able to witness the sheer joy in the recipient’s face after unwrapping the perfect gift. Below is a gift-giving guide for those that need some advice on purchasing a fun and developmentally friendly gift for a 1, 2 or 3 year old. Check out these picks of the best toys for the little ones in your life celebrating their 1st, 2nd or 3rd birthday.

Toys for 1st Birthdays!
Tree Top Adventure™ or Playful Dino™ – Gliders, bead runs, spinning gears and more! Plus standing play for new walkers.
Create & Play Pattern Blocks™ – Stacking and rearranging the colorful blocks supports the development of eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.
Whoozit® Learn & Play Cube™ – A variety of textures, colors and sounds create an array of playful features that will entertain and teach cause and effect all at once!…

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And the Winner is . . . Manhattan Toy!

Award Winning Toys

We love when our products receive awards; which is why we’re sharing the news about our recent award winners!  Check out all five awarded winners and the great things reviewers had to say about them.
Every year, the Tillywig Toy awards program helps bring light to the best new toys, games, apps, music and books of the seasons for both consumers and retailers.   This year, they’ve selected our Groovy Girls® Special Edition Ballerinas and our Ocean Adventures Finger Puppet Set™ as winners!. The following reviews were written for each awarded product:
“Groovy Girls, a brand long known for embodying self-identity and individualism, now adds two special edition ballerina dolls to the collection. These soft, 13-inch dolls, each with lovely yarn hair and expressively embroidered facial features, have distinctly different appearances from one another.…

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Ages & Stages: Best Toys for Baby’s Development

Ages & Stages: Developmental Toys for Baby

Child development is always a hot topic.  I mean, what parent doesn’t want to know how to nurture their growing baby?  Babies develop a wide range of skills within the first year of life.  From smiling to cooing, from rolling over to walking, baby is busy learning and developing from day one!  You may already know the basic stages of development from birth to age 1, but do you know how to foster those developmental milestones through play?  Then look no further!
According to WebMD, there are many things to look for and expect to see from your growing baby.  We’ve taken their list of developmental milestones for the first year of life and paired them with toy suggestions to help foster their emerging skills. …

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Morning Routines that Work

Morning Routines That Work

Want to have a calmer day? Then work to ace the marathon with a morning routine.
Routine can be a safety net for young children. Keeping a steady routine will help every member of the family feel loved and respected. Along with setting up a routine comes speaking to your child when changes inevitably occur so he knows what to expect.
Take one young child with speech delays, for example, whose mother said, “It just never occurred to me to talk to him about what was going to happen, until a therapist gently pointed out how I can improve my interactions with my child. She suggested that this might be a direct cause to the meltdown my son was having. He needs to know what to expect, [the therapist] explained.…

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4 Ways the Winkel Builds Wonder


Babies delight in grasping things as early as four months when they are just starting to develop fine motor skills. This is also when eyesight matures enough to track interesting objects, which is why infants often put objects with contrasted patterns or bright colors in their mouths. This new sense of wonder is what makes our Winkel™ a winner across the board.
Easy to grasp: Manhattan Toy Winkel is composed of small, flexible tubes, great for little ones just learning to grasp. It also promotes clutching and two-handed play.
Loops are thin, lightweight, and flexible: The toy is lightweight so it won’t hurt when your little one misjudges the distance from hand to face.
Can be refrigerated for teething babies:  The soft, colorful loops are made from safe, BPA and PVC­ free plastic and can be refrigerated to soothe teething babies.…

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Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!


Earth day is Friday, April 22.  What are you doing to celebrate?
Founded by former U.S. Senator, Gaylord Nelson, Earth day is a time to remember just how important it is to protect and care for the environment.  After all, we’ve only got one Earth! If you’re looking for some family friendly activities to get you into the spirit of “Earth day” check out our list of five ways to celebrate this year!
1. Get out and volunteer – Find a local organization that has planned environmentally friendly events going on this weekend like planting trees or organized trash pickup. Great resources could be as close as your local community center. Visit to find events in your city/state. Or plan your own group volunteer efforts in your neighborhood to help out your community.…

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10 No-Nonsense Spring Cleaning Tips

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By: Kaila Weingarten
We all need a little help de-cluttering our lives!  Check out these 10 tips to cleaning up your household this spring and say hello to the new, organized you!

Throw/donate 10 things from the room you’re most bothered by. Do this every week and in one year, you’ll have thrown out 520 items. Alternately, focus on one room a week, and throw out ten items each day.

Live in the present. Focus on today, and don’t worry about history, or the future. Don’t keep projects that you are holding onto for “someday”. 97% of information filed isn’t used again. Throw out some of those recipes and paperwork. I stopped keeping recipes I don’t try out within a week.…

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“It’s not just Child’s Play”


By: Kaila Weingarten MS ED
Play is crucial to a child’s development. It helps build your child’s imagination, encourages socialization and communication, and enhances many other areas of your child’s development. Early childhood experiences have a dramatic impact, physically determining how the intricate neural networks of the brain are wired.
In a report, titled The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child, the American Academy of Pediatricians wrote: These guidelines are written in response to the multiple forces challenging play. The overriding premise is that play (or some available free time in the case of older children and adolescents) is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Our society often confuses learning with memorization and test scores with success.…

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Move to Music


By: Kaila Weingarten
Why is music so vital to children?
Children are programmed to move. As infants, rocking and hugging children soothes them, and teaches them about the rhythm. Music appeals to children, and helps them develop in myriad areas. By encouraging your child to sing, dance, move and create music, you will help him develop in a wide variety of areas. Read on to see how you can enable this learning to take place in your home.
While writing this article, I sang “Five little Monkeys” with my daughters. It was amazing to see how they both lit up and responded to the fingerplay. Music transcends age gaps and helps everyone feel safe and loved.
Music is a developmental milestone in itself.…

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Sensory Learning Tips YOU need to know

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Kaila Weingarten, MS Ed
We use our senses to learn every day without even realizing it. With your fingers you decide that the pot is too hot to touch without a towel. You answer the door after hearing the bell. An acrid odor warns you that something is burning. You look into the mirror to see if two colors match or clash. You taste a savory new salad and decide to ask for the recipe. All this is a seamless thought process, with our senses responding automatically and gracefully each time.
The brain of your child is still changing and learning from each experience. In the first three years of life, each experience is new. Therefore, rapid changes occur in the brain.…

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