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Toy story: parents' tips and quips about holiday gifting

500 parents tell all on the best and worst toys for the holidays.

How to find family volunteer opportunities

Taking time to help others this holiday season can teach children how to contribute to their communities and give families valuable time together.

Great learning gifts you won't see on TV

From a rainbow maker to games that stretch the mind, these learning gifts will provide hours of fun while boosting your child's brain.

Keeping it merry

A mother of a child with autism has the lowdown on surviving the holidays.

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."

What is STEM - and why should you care?

Key things parents can do to give their children an edge in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Toys that teach: Golden Apple Awards 2010

We've sorted the gold from the gravel to offer you great learning toys for every age.

Golden Apple Awards 2011

Check out our selection of this year’s best new learning and STEM toys.

Unconventional gifts for boys

Check out these eight ideas for the outside-the-box thinkers on your list.

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).