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Smart cookies

Teach preschoolers or kindergartners about the origin of spices by baking fragrant goodies.

How to pick the perfect learning toy

Here’s our insider’s guide to the tricks of the learning toy trade. Hint: Electronic and trendy doesn't necessarily mean "educational."

Best learning toys ages 3 to 5

Designed especially for the youngest set, these 2011 Golden Apple Award winners excel in teaching early reading, writing, and drawing.

Hot board and card games for the holidays

Check out this crop of games that help with critical thinking, strategy, and, of course, a heavy dose of fun to go along with all that learning.

Golden Apple Awards 2010 (ages 6-8)

From a talking pen to a futuristic ant farm, these toys are made for kids' learning (and fun).

Golden Apple Awards 2010 (ages 8-10)

Whether your kid likes DIY perfume kits or division drills, these toys are sure to please.

Golden Apple Awards 2010 (ages 3-5)

Designed for the youngest learners, these toys are anything but basic.

Top ten gifts for budding artists

Unleash your child's creative spirit with these inventive art tools for kids.

Quick writing tips for every age

Turn your child into an unstoppable scribe with this grade-by-grade advice.

Best new books for young kids

Turn your preschooler through second grader onto this season's top new page turners.

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