July 16, 2019

With a continuing debate over physical and digital preference, I once again look at how it might all work...or not

October 15, 2018

With licensing, comes a conundrum. At least for me.

We are currently in the midst of all the new consumer licensing and toy trade show season. Happens every year; with all sorts of creators, marketers, salesmen and companies across a vast array of goods, venturing out a...

July 28, 2017

We just recently passed mid-summer, and the end is on the horizon! But let's stop and remember what summer is often about; memories; especially childhood memories. We all have them. Sure, they vary from generation to generation, but they usually are remembered as warm...

May 11, 2017

So, spinners huh? What happened to all the talk about screen toys and the demise of the traditional toy business? Well, you see it's the kids. They are what they are, kids! Influenced by others but not forced into anything.

Children like what amuses them; be that techno...

March 29, 2017

Life is certainly a lot different for young children today. Exposure to the unpredictable world around them creates emotions that aren't really understood. Technology has permeated their everyday lives. Overhearing conversations or passing a device with news about viol...

September 29, 2016

I have blogged several times about toys that make you think. A lot of companies makes claims their products do that. Easy to say. Makes them seem so on top of education. The truth is, designing product for 21st Century skills takes a lot of thought and a lot of underst...

June 19, 2016

Today I'm on my way to the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, and I started to think about all those licensed characters that are fighting for our attention, especially our children's attention. They are everywhere. On clothing, shoes, toys, toothbrushes, kid's meals; the li...

June 6, 2016

"Doom and gloom"; analysts love writing about the demise of the Toy Industry. They like to proclaim their expertise knows that the digital device has taken over the plastic toy as the most important plaything for children. Yet, "According to the NPD Group's Retail Trac...

May 20, 2016

Have you ever watched a child play; a young child? Of course you have.

But have you listened to how they play?

 

Most educators will tell you that the stages of play vary and advance as they move from parallel play to playing with others to solitary play. Of course a chil...

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