Articles About Kids

HIGHLIGHTS: ChiTAG 2013 (Settlers of Catan)

One of the big draws of the 2013 Chicago Toy & Game Fair was the inclusion of a game tournament for “Settlers of Catan”.  Hosted by Mayfair Games and billed as a “Settlers of Catan Worldwide Championship (CWC) USA Pre- ...
HIGHLIGHTS: BlogHer 2013 (Spirograph)

HIGHLIGHTS: BlogHer 2013 (Spirograph)

Some things are too much fun to share with the kiddos. Case in point:  Spirograph. One of my favorites as a kid, the updated versions are SOOO much easier to use. The kits come with everything you need to begin – two different colored ...

HIGHLIGHTS: ChiTAG 2013 (Marusenko Sphere)

We LOVE puzzle games.  My brother and I grew up in the era of Rubik’s Cube and we both have always enjoyed trying out harder and harder ones.  At the Chicago Toy & Game Expo this year I came across something I had never seen befor ...
Wear Your Emotions

Wear Your Emotions

Do you ever have something happen and at the time you don’t realize how significant it is? In the early 1990s, I had one of those experiences. As we sat huddled around a computer surfing on CompuServe, we were amazed at the ability to ...
HIGHLIGHTS: ChiTAG 2013 (Drop Shot)

HIGHLIGHTS: ChiTAG 2013 (Drop Shot)

Right at the front of the expo hall you couldn’t help but run into the large display from PlaSmart. We even had the opportunity to interview the inventor of their featured game “Squashed”, Nick Metzler. Also on display was ...
Pan for Gold in Your Kitchen

Pan for Gold in Your Kitchen

We take pride in exposing our kids to a wealth of learning activities and information, and have done so for their entire lives.  A little over five years ago we took a winter vacation to the Wisconsin Dells for some swimming and general  ...

HIGHLIGHTS: ChiTAG 2013 (Spot It!)

We’ve all played some type of card-matching game with our kids.  CSE Games showed a modified version of this classic with their new “Spot It!” series of card games.  They recently obtained NHL licensing and will undoubtedl ...
From Frizz to Perfectly Fabulous

From Frizz to Perfectly Fabulous

  For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a problem with frizzy hair. While I wish I could attribute it to coloring my hair, I can’t. It has been a problem going back much further than that. When I was younger and had disposable ...
HIGHLIGHTS: ChiTAG 2013 (Oversight)

HIGHLIGHTS: ChiTAG 2013 (Oversight)

Returning to the 2013 Chicago Toy & Game Fair was Griddly Games, makers of Oversight, Wise Alec, Words of the Wise and many others.  Last year we received an autographed copy of Oversight directly from the President and Founder, Reisa S ...
A World First:  Sushi Corn Dogs!

A World First: Sushi Corn Dogs!

I think we mentioned before about how we got our kids to enjoy eating fish (well, salmon) very early in life by calling it “orange chicken”.  Since they love Chinese food it was an easy sell.  Fortunately now that they’re ...