COMMENTARY: Dough Play: Letting Kids Be Gross

Spending time with my niece (age 8) and nephew (age 4) has taught me many things: patience, kindness, compassion, etc. However, one particular lesson has stood out to me as of late: kids are gross. They are adorable and awesome and hilariously uninhibited, which, in turn, often makes them gross. They just want to stomp in the mud, pick their noses, and enjoy all the luxuries of gooey, mushy substances. However, this grossness can easily be turned into something productive, cute, and brightly colored through dough play.

Play-Doh PlusPlay-Doh, from Hasbro, has been around for decades. I loved molding the clay-like substance when I was young, spending hours at the kitchen table with multiple containers worth spilling out onto sheets of wax paper. I loved squishing a big ball of Play-Doh in my hands and feeling the smushy compound ooze between my fingers. It was gross, awesome, and most importantly, wildly entertaining. In addition to Play-Doh and the new Play-Doh Plus compound, which is a fluffier version that allows for easier molding, there are other great new options on the shelves that allow kids to be creative while channeling their passion for mush and grossness.

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The Big Toy Book Hosts Biggest Day of Holiday Play

The Big Toy Book’s holiday toy showcase, the Biggest Day of Holiday Play, took place December 8 at the ultra-chic Yotel, hosting more than 100 bloggers and their children. Participants had the opportunity to visit eight cabin spaces sponsored by various toy companies, including Hasbro, The Bridge Direct, Innovation First, Delta Children’s Products, Poof-Slinky, Play Hut, among many others. Stations exhibiting the hottest holiday toys were set up throughout the Yotel lounge space. [Read more...]

Fashion Angels Creates Haute Trend for Tweens

Fashion Angels Enterprises has created an affordable and exciting hair coloring kit for children ages 8 and up. The new Color Rox Hair Chox, which comes in five different colors, is a great alternative to permanent and messy hair dyes. Tweens can enjoy an easy application and removal of the product. The dye easily comes out by shampooing the hair.

The kit comes with purple, pink, blue, orange, and green Chox stems. It also comes with applicator grips, 24 beads, 24 rubber bands, and a bead threader for more decorative fun.  The color Chox are also sold separately.

Fashion Angels recently participated in The Big Toy Book Sweet Suite event in New York City, which more than 300 bloggers attended to see the latest toys.

This post was originally written by Cynthia Ghazali and published by For more news, visit, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

The Toy Book’s Toy Report 11/24/09


Catch up on last week’s news! Read The Toy Book Toy Report for 11/24/09.

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The Big Toy Book Premieres as Online Shopping Destination


A new online shopping destination for consumers,, has debuted. Shoppers can go to the website and find the best current deals on toys and games sold at mass, specialty, online, and independent toy retailers. On the website, consumers can shop for products by type, brand, age group, company, and “what’s hot.” Products are also grouped by gender and then by various age ranges, including babies ages 0-24 months, preschoolers ages 3-5, older kids ages 6-8, tweens ages 8-12, and teens. 

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