EXPERT ADVICE

Each month, ToyInfo’s trends team invites an expert in a play-related field to share his/her thoughts about different aspects of play, as well as some useful tips for parents and caregivers. Get in-the-know — see what they had to say!

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6 Ways to Play With Your Family
ToyInfo’s trend team asked Jill Greenlaw, the editorial manager of Mom It Forward, a popular blog and online community dedicated to enhancing the lives of women and their families, to share some tips on how families can connect through play.
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How to Play While You’re Away: Staying in Touch with Your Littlest Loved Ones
ToyInfo’s trend team asked Carly Shuler, co-founder of the Kindoma video chat app that lets families read storybooks together remotely, to share some advice on how families can engage in play and stay connected when parents and caregivers are apart from their children.
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How to be an Active Advocate for Play
ToyInfo’s trend team asked Darell Hammond, founder and CEO of a nonprofit dedicating to creating play spaces for kids, to share some advice on how families can help encourage play in their homes and in neighborhoods everywhere.
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Spring Break Travel Fun … Before You Get to Your Destination
ToyInfo’s trend team asked Serena Norr, the managing editor of the popular blog MomTrends, to share some tried-and-true play tips for keeping the kids engaged and entertained during your next family adventure.
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Physical Play and Your Child’s Health: Be Active, Be Happy, Be Healthy
ToyInfo’s trend team invited Dr. Shelly Glick Gryfe, a psychologist and research consultant specializing in children’s products and health care, to share some thoughts about the importance of physical play and how it helps children be active, happy and healthy.
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Why You Should Schedule Playdates and How to Survive Them
Meryl Neiman, co-founder and CEO of Playdate Planet, shares her thoughts on the importance of playdates and a few tips on how to make sure your kids’ playdates go smoothly.
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Trends in Traditional Toys and Digital Playthings
ToyInfo’s trend team recently sat down with Dr. Michael Cohen, a developmental psychologist, market researcher and expert in the field of children and play, to talk about the value of traditional toys and digital playthings, and how they’re evolving.
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