Author: Jill Feigelman

GUEST BLOG: Five Toys to Teach Kids About Money by Mallory Loren

The following is a guest blog written by Mallory Loren who is a digital strategist and contributor for BCF Wealth Strategies. The company acts as a personal CFO that specializes in small business owners, self-employers, and retirees. Your little one is a long way off from balancing checkbooks and managing mortgages, but teaching him or her about responsible spending starting at a young age is an extremely important skill. Children often find lessons about money to be tedious, so we have some toys to make it exciting. Check out these five educational aids and toys to help your wee one become enthusiastic about learning the value of a dollar: Fisher-Price Fun 2 Imagine Cash Register (2-4 years) The Cash Register is a classic and handy tool to introduce your child to the concept of money. The Fisher-Price Fun 2 Imagine Cash Register is brightly colored, comes with sortable numbered coins, makes noises, and features popping and spinning rolling action that will keep your little one entertained while learning. Perfect Solutions Digital Coin-Counting Piggy Bank (8+ years) This toy takes the classic piggy bank to the next level. The Digital Coin-Counting Piggy Bank is useful for all ages. Even adults may find it helpful to keep track of loose change, but it is designed for kids because it allows to see them how much money they have accumulated and keeps...

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The Toy Book Attends K’nex Mario Kart Wii Building Set Launch Event

Last week, The Toy Book saw a sneak peek of the new K’nex Mario Kart Wii Building Set collection at the Nintendo World Store in New York City. At the launch event, there were tons of building activities, plus a special opportunity to take a photo with Mario and Luigi! The K’nex Mario Kart Wii Building Sets include characters, buildable and interconnecting tracks, vehicles, and obstacles from the Mario Kart Wii game. The more sets that a child collects, the bigger and more complex tracks he or she can build for Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi. The Mario, Yoshi, and Luigi Standard Kart Building Sets allow children to build standard karts from the game. Once the creation is completed, the karts feature a pull-back motor allowing them to race off. Accessories, such as the mushroom from the game, are included as well. The Mario and Luigi Standard Bike Building Set has 31 pieces, including either a Mario or Luigi figure. The wedge-styled package also doubles as a ramp. The Mario and Luigi Starting Line Building Set brings Bowser’s Castle to life. The set includes items from the games, such as a star, and 16 pieces of interconnecting track. Rounding out the line is the Mario vs. Thwomps Building Set, which allows children to build Mario in his Wild Wing Kart and race him past a moving Thwomps obstacle. The Mario...

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Recall: Little People Builders’ Load ‘n Go Wagon

Fisher-Price, in cooperation with The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, has issued a voluntary recall of the Little People Builders’ Load ‘n Go Wagon due to a laceration hazard. The wagon’s handle has a molded-in reinforcement, which adds stiffness and if a child falls on it, it can cause lacerations. CPSC advises consumers to take the recalled toy away from children and contact Fisher-Price for information on how to get a free repair kit. The recalled wagons have the model number P8977 that can be found on the bottom of the product. The wagons are red with a yellow handle, and include multi-colored plastic blocks and a dog figure. Approximately 208,000 of the wagons were sold in the U.S. and in Canada between June 2009 and July 2011 for around $25. CPSC and Fisher-Price are aware of seven reports of injuries, including five reports of children requiring surgical glue or stitches. Consumers with incident or injuries reports are asked to contact the CPSC by visiting...

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Video Game Releases

Don’t worry Harry Potter fans, the film’s magic is not over yet. Fans can now step into their favorite character’s shoes and face Voldemort for a final time, thanks to the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 video game by Electronic Arts Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive. The game allows fans to experience what they saw on screens in the final movie installment. For the first time, players can assume the role of their favorite wizard heroes—such as Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Seamus, Neville, Molly Weasley, and Professor McGonagall—in the final battle of Hogwarts. The player’s mission in the game is to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes to defeat Voldemort. The enhanced game play features an all-new spell casting mechanic and intuitive cover system, which makes dueling seem even more realistic for players. Players also have the chance to break into the high security vaults of Gringotts Bank, escape Fiendfyre in the Room of Requirement, and battle Voldemort’s allies as they defend Hogwarts. The game is available now for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Windows...

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