Preschool Toys & Products
Catherine Armitage In the cut-throat world of children's toys, gender-based marketing is the most divisive issue of all. But does it matter if we buy pink toys for girls and blue toys for boys?
Megan Levy IKEA has launched a safety awareness campaign in Australia following the deaths of two toddlers in the US who were crushed by falling chests that had not been properly secured to the wall.
Kerri Sackville It is always disappointing when a toy turns out not to deliver what it promises. Perhaps more so when it teaches your child to swear.
Ariane Beeston Last night, I dreamt in Lego. My life has officially been taken over by tiny, multicoloured bricks.
Kristina Wright Do your children's favourite stuffed comfort toys look like chewed up, faded, versions of their former, once glorious selves?
Livia Gamble Crayola has issued an apology after their Facebook page was hacked over the weekend.
Nicola Yelland Being a child in the 21st century is very different, and some would say more complex, than in previous times. What remains constant is that children love playing and that play is regarded as the most effective way of learning in childhood.
Shaza Barbar As children wait for their presents this Christmas, one little girl is asking for a lifetime of Christmas cards for herself and her two sisters.
Danielle Colley This simple gift is bringing comfort and joy to children with a parent who is suffering from cancer this Christmas.
Some very dangerous and down right scary products have been allowed onto the market in the last 60 years. Here are some of the scariest.
Amber Robinson It's one of the hottest gifts for this Christmas and last, Kinetic Sand is mostly sand, but with a 2% binding agent which makes it a whole lot more fun than regular sand.
Katie Carlin Fashion retailer Zara has pulled a striped shirt for children featuring a yellow star from sale after complaints that the shirt resembled the prison uniform worn by concentration camps during the Second World War.
Are you living in brick landmine madness? Here are some creative and useful Lego storage solutions that you could use in your home.
We have collected the best of the best animal movies for parents of kids who just can't get enough of our furry, feathered, slimy, creepy-crawly, ocean-dwelling friends.
Alison Bradshaw Craftholic Cuddle Buddies are a series of large as life cuddly characters which are not only being played with and loved by children across the world, but are also being used to soothe children with transition issues, anxiety and autism.
Margarida Fantini There is a range of 'Giggle and Hoot' products available for little fans of the show and this one is about to help us transition our firstborn into a big boys bed.
We love the range of Giggle and Hoot products at the ABC Shop - here are four of our favourites.
Catherine Rodie When Mark Chenery, father to four year-old Sophia, first set eyes on the Winx Club dolls at his local Myer he was horrified.
Rachel Clun Four-year-old Ryker Wixom has become an Instagram sensation in just five months, with almost 100,000 people following his mum’s Ministylehacker account to check out his latest threads.
4-year-old Ryker Wixom models versions of model outfits, at a fraction of the price. You can find out what brands he wears on his mother Collette's blog, www.ministylehacker.com.
Artist Hoang Tran creates beautiful carvings of popular characters from cartoons and television shows out of crayons, and posts his creations on his blog Wax Nostalgic.
Catherine Rodie Has your child brought home the class 'mascot'? The pressure of showing this mascot the time of its life is reducing some parents to tears.
Did you miss the Twitter hashtag that ruined children's books? Here are 20 of the funniest.
Kathleen Lee Joe The eight-piece capsule collection is themed around Disney’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, the movie about the iconic villainess from Sleeping Beauty that’s due out later this year.
Karen Tay The marketing of gender-specific children's books must be stopped because it's so insidious, argues this writer.
Katie Carlin When American Rick Skalski decided it was time to propose to his childhood pen pal he knew he had to include one other very special person in the proposal – his stepson Evan – and the idea for a superhero proposal storybook was born.
When American Rick Skalski decided it was time to propose to his childhood pen pal he knew he had to include one other very special person in the proposal - his stepson Evan - and the idea for a superhero proposal storybook was born. Here is a look inside the book by talented illustrator Yoni Limor.
Katie Carlin Four-year-old Aila Wang, the adorable niece of fashion designer Alexander Wang, stole the show when she arrived at New York Fashion Week last weekend dressed in a miniature version of her uncle’s latest designer tee.
This four-year-old child is better dressed than most adults in the fashion industry and her name is Aila Wang - the niece of fashion designer Alexander Wang.
If you are after adorable, affordable and durable clothes for kids aged between 6 months to 4 years look no further than the brand new junior range from Jeanswest - Jeanswest Jnr. Priced from only $14.99 to $39.99. Available in selected stores, throughout Australia and New Zealand and online from 10th September. For your first look at the range, visit www.jeanswest.com.au.
Amber Robinson From dates to catalogues and the best picks on offer: all the info on Australia's biggest toy sales.
Emma Charlton With firefighter kits for girls and baby dolls for boys, toys are breaking out of the gender ghetto this Christmas thanks to retailers willing to brush aside some hard-to-shift stereotypes.
The count down for Christmas has bugun, so here is a list of gift ideas for kids aged four and five to help out with any last minute shopping.
As the tablet wars heat up, Toys R Us has announced it is launching its rival to the market-leading iPad, with "kid safe" content.
Staff writers Toilet training? Why not enlist the help of this farting doll from South Korea?
Gap Kids and DVF (Diane von Furstenberg) have joined creative forces to create a stunning line of kids clothes this season. Essential Kids has a sneak peek at the exclusive and limited range only available in Gap Sydney Westfield & Melbourne Chadstone Stores as of 15th March 2012.
Sick of age-inappropriate outfits for their youngsters, many parents are turning to vintage-style labels and classic designs, writes Emily Dunn.