Manhattan Toy Notebook

My Fourth of July Adventure
By Manhattan Toy Editors The Fourth of July is next week already, so we’re feeling all sorts of silly!   We’ve cooked up a Fourth of July themed Mad Lib for the whole family. Ready for to have a _______ (Adjective)...
Why Playtime with Dad is so Important
When our daughter, Avery, was born, I instantly transformed into a new man. Not that I was a bad one to begin with, but now I was “Dad”; small word with an enormous meaning! I was ready to start playing...
Father's Day Cards
June is here and that means Father's Day is a week from Sunday: June 15th in fact! What are you and your kiddos going to do to make the important men in your life feel the most loved? We've got...
Newark Now Baby Shower
Many new expecting moms are busy with prenatal care doctor appointments, antenatal classes, shopping for new: baby clothes, room decor and gadgets, and attending baby showers. By the time of the baby's arrival they all set and really the baby...
Play This Memorial Day Weekend!
By Manhattan Toy Editors The official kick-off to Summer is almost here, Memorial Day weekend. It appears that most of the US will have beautiful weather, for at least part of the holiday weekend, so make sure you and your family...
Playtime with Baby: A Simple and Beautiful Pleasure
I admit: I love baby things.  Consider baby clothes, baby essentials, and baby toys my new obsession. (Gosh, how things have changed since being head-over-heels about stilettos.) However, I'm a mom now, and I'm proud to say my life now revolves...
How To Teach Children to Be Honest
Today is National Honesty Day!  When kids are little, honesty is usually not a problem.  The word 'blunt' comes to mind. It's as children enter the teenage years that the truth sometimes becomes more elusive.  Here are our 5 tips to help steer...
Retailer of the Month Feature: Five Little Monkeys
The History and Magic Behind the locally-owned, family run, green certified, San Francisco Bay Area toy store Owner Stephanie Sala opened the first Five Little Monkeys location in Albany, CA in 2001.  Opening her own toy store, was not part of...
Boosting Self Esteem Through Pretend Play
When I was pregnant with my first child and learned I would be having a daughter, I made a few very important promises to both myself and my unborn little girl. I first vowed to teach her how to become...
How to Keep Little Hands Busy on Rainy Days
By Guest Blogger Becca at Southern Mom Mess We all know that Spring brings rain, and rain means finding fun and educational activities to keep our kids engaged while inside. Not always an easy task! As a teacher, I really...
Three Must-Haves on Your Next Family Vacation
Keep the Kids Busy with These Great Suggestions As the snow melts away and the brown grass slowly starts to peek through the white blanket of slush and ice, vacationing to a warmer climate starts to sound like a fantastic...
Think Spring!
Spring starts tomorrow – and then Easter is just one month away!  We love the light pretty patterns and soft pastel colors that this season brings and the fresh smells of the Earth in bloom. This spring, whether planning Easter...
Celebrate Plant a Flower Day!
It may be too cold in your area to actually start your garden, but whether you're planting outside or inside using a pots - get going! For most of us in the US, especially us in Minnesota, starting seeds indoors is...
Today is National Salesperson Day!
We would like to take a moment and thank all of the Sales Groups, Sales Representatives and Retailers that promote and sell our toys and gifts.  We greatly appreciate the efforts from all of our Road Warriors!  Each one of you is...
Love can have a small budget
You don't need to spend a hundred dollars on gifts to impress the ones you love on Valentine's  Day.  Really, this time of year (and in our hard economy) it really is about the thought and just remembering those who...
Retailer of the Month Feature: Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's
Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's is a sweet family owned and operated store in The Glebe, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Our partnership started a long time ago, because of our mutual love for Whoozit, and it's blossomed ever since. Specializing in quality...
Adventures with Manhattan Toy
Guest Blog Post: Grace at The Daily Obsession Cabin Fever is a term my husband uses to dramatically announce that he is delirious from being trapped our apartment for too long. With the winter temperatures and all that white stuff on the...
Embrace the Cold and Get Outside!
Don't let the blustery weather keep you inside all winter long.  Just bundle up and prepare for the outdoors the right way.  Here's our tips great for little ones and adults alike! Fuel up.  Whether off to school or going out to...
National Bubble Bath Day
Incase you didn't remember, it's National Bubble Bath Day today! What does that mean? Slow down, relax and take a little more time cleaning up yourself instead of just showering quick.  It's a really nice way to distress after a long...
Holiday Cake Mix Cookies
Do you have your shopping done, holiday cards out and festive decorations up?  How about the wrapping have you had anytime to bake???  The holidays are a crazy busy time of year... but oh so wonderful.  Take some of the stress...
A Walk Down Memory Lane
As a toy company, we strive to create toys that kids will love and enjoy for years to come. On a day-to-day basis we are constantly reminded, by our customers, how toys have the remarkable ability to leave a lasting impression. ...