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Best Toys and Catalog Ever!

Posted by Lisa

Mindwareonline.com is my favorite toy buying resource. They help you select toys for children based on age, as do many sites, but this catalog/site also tells you what toys won which awards (Mensa, Mensa Select, Parent’s Choice, Parent’s Choice Gold, Dr. Toy, Games Magazine, Major Fun, National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval, Creative Child Magazine, Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Oppenheim Platinum, etc.). Many toys list multiple awards. I like to stick with those and have had great success.

We’re a board game family. Here are some of the award winners we love and actually play: Blokus, Quoridor, Sequence and DaVinci Challenge. We still enjoy the classics like MasterMind, Clue, Battleship, Jenga, and of course… Monopoly!

  1. Audra Krell Said,

    This the second time I’ve heard of Blokus, I’ll definitely have to check it out.

  2. The Messy Mom Said,

    I love board games too! Sometimes I think about venturing out and trying some new ones, but I have encountered some real duds. It helps to know about the awards. Thanks.

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