Kids Toys & Products
Mary Ward Ever walked down the doll aisle at a toy store and wondered: where are the dolls that look like little girls?
Zali Yager Launched in 1959, named after the inventor’s daughter Barbara, and owned by 99% of 3-10 year old girls in the USA, Barbie has been a popular request on young girls’ Christmas wish lists for 55 years.
Shan Li For decades, toy makers believed the industry gospel: Boys want to build things; girls want to play princess.
Kim Toffoletti Instead of dismissing Barbie as a bad role model for girls, researchers have suggested children can play with her in ways that don’t conform to gender expectations.
The dismissive reaction to the No Gender December toy campaign is predictable and understandable.
Victoria Birch You can't go wrong with gift giving if you look for presents that appeal to kids’ sense of adventure, play and imagination.
Judith Ireland Greens Senator, Larissa Waters, has urged parents to steer clear of gender marketed toys for kids this Christmas but not everyone agrees with her.
Jillian Kumagai Most of us probably can't remember what gifts we got for the holidays last year, much less 10 years ago, but we can remember the most iconic presents: the ones we wanted because everyone else did, too.
Tim Chester, London Tesco has removed a sign next to a superhero alarm clock reading "fun gifts for boys" from its stores after a social media backlash inspired by a seven-year-old girl.
Matt Townsend Frozen merchandise is the most coveted toy for girls this holiday season, knocking Barbie from the No. 1 position for the first time, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation.
Eitan Levine The future looks stuffed with promise for lost teddy bears in Britain.
Livia Gamble A 40-year-old letter to parents from Lego has resurfaced after a man posted it online.
This first appeared on Mashable. First Great Western, a U.K.-based travel and leisure company, set up the Teddy Rescue program to reconnect lost stuffed animals with their families. The company posts mugshots of forgotten dolls from the lost and founds of train stations in the U.K., and they're heartbreakingly sad, but also totally adorable.
Andrea Romano While most girls are used to seeing zits and body art in real life, it's not something they often see on their Barbie dolls — until now.
Not only does Lammily emulate an average 19-year-old American woman, she also comes with accessories that give her acne, cellulite, freckles, stretch marks, broken bones and much more.
If your child loves to draw and cuddle stuffed animals then this will be a match made in heaven. Budsies takes your kids drawings and turns them into one-of-a-kind plush toys.
Christine Erickson If this sounds like the perfect holiday gift for a child you know the clock is ticking.
Amber Robinson Brace yourselves parents: Woolworths has just released a new range of collectible animal cards, and these ones MAKE NOISE.
This first appeared on Mashable. Forget writing your novel or growing out your beard in November. Instead, just take pictures of adorable, tiny dinosaurs. The month-long tradition of Dinovember is back for the third year in a row. Started in 2012 by husband-and-wife team Refe and Susan Tuma, the project stages plastic, toy dinosaurs in various vignettes for the Internet's enjoyment. If you're planning on getting in on the fun, you better hurry before Dinovember goes extinct.
Laura Vitto The clip is a promotion for GoldieBlox's new "action figure for girls," which the ad claims will "break the mold."
Deborah Gough Toys 'R' Us has been forced to remove from its shelves drug dealer action figures based on the hit TV show Breaking Bad.
Amber Robinson If your child is already a fan of the Skylander games they will love Trap Team. The family-friendly video game is available on multiple platforms, making it a serious contender this Christmas.
Kerri Sackville If your daughter told you that Barbie murdered her parents would you be amused or seriously concerned? Kerri Sackville shares how playing with Barbie took a hilariously scary turn for the worst.
They're not due for release until November, but Russian Lego store franchise Mir Kubikov has prematurely released photos on their online store.
Sarah Halzack Nearly every holiday shopping season has a must-have toy that parents scramble to get under the Christmas tree. This year, forecasters expect the hottest holiday toy to be one based on the silver screen.
Livia Gamble Starring in his own YouTube channel, Evan, with the help of his dad, reviews the latest toys and games for kids.
Beau Donelly Swedish furniture giant Ikea has issued an urgent recall for a defective children's swing that may break and cause serious injury, its fourth product safety recall of a dangerous children's product this year.
Nick Truebridge Do you remember playing with marbles or hula hoops as a child? Are your kids still playing with loom bands? Check out some of the top kid crazes .
Barbie has had more than 150 careers but now the icon has joined Instagram as a fashion blogger for Fashion Week.
Livia Gamble Barbie has had more than 150 careers but now the icon has joined Instagram as a fashion blogger for Fashion Week.
Livia Gamble Toys can provide so many benefits for children but fast-food restaurants are using them to attract children in all the wrong ways.
Glenda Cooper Complaints about Disney characters being oversexualised aren't new but how much of this image influences their young, adoring fans?
Australian Lego enthusiast, Jay Ong, has recreated four of his favourite Robin Williams movie characters out of Lego in honour of the late actor.
Katie Carlin An Australian Robin Williams fan and Lego enthusiast has recreated scenes from the late actor’s most memorable films out of Lego in his honour.
Rachel Clun 'Guardians of the Galaxy' fan creates what every other fan is crying out for - a dancing baby Groot - complete with Facebook instructions on how to make your own.
Livia Gamble Dolls have a bit of a bad reputation for being unrealistic, but one toy has caused a stir for being too lifelike.
Amanda Sheehan The recent mid-year toy sales have resulted in a variety of toy catalogues finding their way into our letterbox. My children have been poring over the catalogues for weeks, circling toys they dream of having, and making copious lists for upcoming birthdays.
Lucy Cormack Countless pieces of Lego are still washing up on English beaches after a 1997 container spill.
Judith Woods A mother and her 12-year-old daughter from Wales have sold a dress they had made from 20, 000 loom bands on eBay for £170,000.
Amber Robinson My four-year-old daughter has a fine head of hair, or perhaps that should read a head of fine hair. We’ve tried all sorts of hair brushes and spray-in-conditioners but pain-free brushing remains a challenge.
Livia Gamble Mattel has announced it will continue to make their chemotherapy doll, "Ella" for children with cancer.
IAmElemental have created a range of action figures, designed to inspire girls to play differently. These superheroes have powers based on the different elements of courage.
Rachel Clun Two American mothers use Kickstarter to launch a line of female action figures for girls that will empower them to believe they can be powerful heroes too.
Mattel partnered with a power team of real female leaders — otherwise known as Barbie's "chief inspiration officers," or CIOs, who shared these tips for achieving your goals.
The doll has dabbled in more than 150 careers, but now, with her smartphone and tablet in hand, Entrepreneur Barbie is leaning in.
Laura Vitto Lego celebrates women who love to learn with a minifigure series of female scientists and their lab tools.
Esther Han Parents Australia-wide have been left frustrated by the shortage of 'Frozen' merchandise as supplies continue to fail to meet demand.
British mother-of-two Grace creates fun, whimsical lunch boxes for her 6-year-old and shares them on her blog, Eats Amazing.
Kerri Sackville - Essential Kids Why parents losing it over the shortage of Disney's Frozen merchandise need a reality check.
Haylie Bonser is one lucky little girl. Her mum Angela makes mini versions of Disney princess outfits which Haylie then gets to wear to Disneyland. These photos taken by mum Angela show the different costumes worn by Haylie over four-years-worth of Disneyland visits.
First photos of the 16 additional Simpsons Lego minifigures have been released and they are incredibly adorable, well Maggie is, Mr Burns, not so much. The series will launch May 1 to coincide with a Lego-themed episode of 'The Simpsons' and will retail for $3.99 each.
As a building toy, Lego sets are meant to inspire. As for these minifigures, they will inspire you to grow your hair out, get a tattoo and pick that guitar you always wanted to learn to play.
Lego minifigure hobbyist Adly Syairi Ramly decided it was high time rock stars got their building block debut. Ramly used his iPhone 5S and a few camera apps to imagine what legendary bands from The Beatles to The Smiths would look like in classic minifig form.
This article first appeared on Mashable.
We have found a handful of amazing creations with Lego. Some creativly useful, some delicious looking builds, some paying respectful homage to popular culture icons, and some just plain spectacular.
While kids hurting themselves is no laughing matter, watching them exercise their underdeveloped motor skills as they trip and fall is unfortunately hilarious.
Amber Robinson Woolworths is trying its luck with the third set of collector cards, this time featuring Dreamworks characters but will kids and parents get on board once again?
Andrea Romano Pictures of 'normal Barbie' swept the web last year and now her designer is crowdsourcing funds to make her a reality.
In the lead up to the release of 'The Lego Movie' we have discovered 14 other films that were based on popular toys. But were the films flops or winners?
Samantha Murphy Kelly Tamagotchi, the company behind the 90s handheld virtual pet toy of the same name, is launching a new device that wants to be your e-best friend.
If your child is playing with Strawberry Shortcake you might be at a loss to find the similarities between it and the one you played with yourself as a child. Here are some of your favourite toys who have had major makeovers.