New Traditions: Valentine’s Day 2015

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Valentine’s Day is a time to remind the one you love just how much they mean to you. As tradition may have it, couples young and old often find themselves buying flowers, chocolates or even taking their “sweet-heart” out to dinner.   But how are traditions born? Somewhere along the way, someone must have decided that going out to dinner, or surprising your loved one with a dozen roses was the best way to show your love.   But, what if you want to include your children in your Valentine’s Day celebrations? Whether you’re first time parents, or a family of five looking to start a new tradition, we’ve got five family-friendly Valentine’s Day ideas for you!
1.) Throw a Valentine Inspired Party
This year, February 14 falls on a Saturday.…

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Setup a Grinch Christmas Kid’s Table For Christmas Dinner!


Tonya Coleman here from Soiree Event Design and I am so excited to be guest posting today!  Christmas is fast approaching and I know we are all finishing up our last minute shopping!  In my house, I host Christmas dinner with my family every year and each year, I LOVE to setup a really cool themed table for the kids to eat at.  Remember those days when you were a kid and had to have your Christmas table at the dreaded “kids table”!

Well, this is a kids’ table your kids will LOVE to eat at!  This year I was inspired by the fabulous Dr. Seuss Grinch Collection at The Manhattan Toy Company and knew right away this would be the theme for this year’s kids’ table.  …

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Our Tree Top Adventure Is Up for a TOTY Award!


We’re very proud and excited that our Tree Top Adventure is up for a Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award this year in the Infant/Toddler category.  This is one of the most prestigious toy awards to be nominated for, and better yet win, during each year.  All nominated toys have gone through thorough testing with the Toy Industry Association, and now all nominated toys are up for public opinion.  It’s all up to your vote!  We would be honored if you would fill out a ballot and vote for our Tree Top Adventure.  Fill out your own ballot by clicking here.  We promise it won’t take long!  Go ahead and vote for the other categories too!  Voting closes Sunday, January 11th.…

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Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas from Manhattan Toy


The holidays are a favorite time of year around Manhattan Toy, and they are fast approaching.  Our elves have been busy to make sure everything is ready to go for the shopping season and of course Santa’s delivery!
We have a lot of delightful options when looking for the perfect gifts for the special kid in your life (and adult) that enjoys true, traditional play and values what that entails: creativity, imagination, movement and critical thinking.  However, for this holiday season we really broke down our product line to a top 10 list just to make things easier.  List is in no particular order.…

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Baby’s First Christmas

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Your child’s first holiday season is special and brings with it a whole host of new firsts.  It is the first time your littlest love will be included in family traditions and celebrations.  The first time the newest member of your family sees the wonder of holiday displays and lights the first time he will hear age-old holiday songs.   Depending on how old your baby will be during the holidays, it will be the first time she tastes traditional holiday foods and meets Santa. For some, the holidays may be the first time extended family meets your baby.    It’s important to slow down and take the time to enjoy all of these firsts with your baby.…

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Manhattan Toy Gives… you a chance to win big this holiday!


The holiday season is all about giving and we just love it – especially seeing how it makes those receiving feel!  Today, our holiday shopping contest begins! Enter now, November 14th through Wednesday December 10th for a chance to win $350 to!  The winner will get their prize just in time for the holidays!  Enter Now by clicking here.…

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The Educational Perks of Having a Plush Pal


We take great pride in creating some of the very best plush critters on the market because we know many times a baby’s first toy is a teddy bear or another soft animal creature.  When shopping for a cuddly toy to gift (or maybe even yourself!) you may think it’s just a cute, sweet item, but actually there are a lot of educational benefits little ones can learn from a plush friend.  In honor of Plush Animal Day yesterday, here are 5 benefits of stuffed animal toys.

Touch:  Babies and toddlers love to touch the surfaces of stuffed toys, feeling their fabrics, fur or hard eyes.  This helps children make connections about what they feel and practice grabbing and holding onto things.…

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Neighborhood Toy Store Day: Nov. 8, 2014


It’s almost that time again!  Every year, members of the “ASTRA” (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association) participate in Neighborhood Toy Store Day.  Saturday, November 8th, is the date of this year’s Neighborhood Toy Store Day.  ASTRA retailers across the nation will be hosting special events to mark this annual shopping day.   From entertainment and crafts to scavenger hunts, ASTRA retailers will have a plethora of fun activities and events taking place this November.…

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How to Encourage Imaginative Play


Imaginative play is essential for children and their key to engaging and making sense of the world, because children learn best from experience: from what happens around them, what they see, hear, smell, taste and touch.  To truly absorb these skills they need to act out various experiences they may have had or something that is of some interest to them, so they can experiment with decision making on how to behave and practice their social skills.  Often adults under value imaginative play, and with Halloween almost here the holiday to truly imagine yourself as anything else and role play at all ages, we’re here to help and give you some suggestions on how to encourage and inspire imaginative play in your home.…

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