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Dog/Cats & Rugrats: Nickelodeon Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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We know you haven’t had a chance to even think about a Halloween costume yet — ok, maybe not true for some – be honest, you were ready way before the Back to School sales started. No judgments here, but let’s face it, holiday gifting season is right around the corner. Not for me of course, I do my shopping in a blind panic the night before Christmas, like some deranged lunatic football player on the field dodging other equally deranged last-minute shoppers. This is NOT recommended, but I digress… as I often do…

It’s never too early to know what Old Saint Nick could be dropping down your chimney this year and what your family is desperately hoping to see when they tear off the wrapping paper. Forewarned is forearmed. To that end, Pete and I will be reporting on the newest and best-reviewed items we encounter at events like today’s Holiday of Play held by the play mavens at The Toy Insider.

First, let’s begin with a look at a special preview held by Nickelodeon that had us knee deep in new goodies.
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Fab Gear: Toy Insider Names Best in Play for 2016

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Adventure Publication’s Laurie Schacht and the Toy Insider team gave Holiday of Play attendees the lowdown on the latest & greatest modes of play.

Andy and Pete Say…
Once again it was our pleasure to join The Toy Insider team for the annual reveal of their choices for best toys for the holiday season lists. The HoliDAY of Play event highlights products in three categories, Hot 20 Toys, 12 Best Tech Toys, and 10 Best S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Toys.

You probably know “Toy Insider Mom” Laurie Schacht from her numerous television appearances demonstrating the operation of those products. The Toy Insider 2016 Catalog can be found nested inside the current issue of Family Circle Magazine, and you can get comprehensive details on each item at the Toy Insider Website link above.

Things to Make and Do….
There is probably no greater satisfaction for youngsters, really for anyone, than building something that works. That appeared to be the major theme this year at The HoliDAY of Play event. As we’ve seen in the past, from Lincoln Logs to LEGOS, the honing of dexterity skills, deciphering of instructions, assimilation of concepts, peaking of imagination and recovering from missteps, all make the final product a very personal thrill. The accomplishment makes the object all the more valuable to the builder.
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