Mattel’s First-Ever Gender Neutral Doll

Mattel’s new “Creatable World” Doll kit is a gender-fluid doll that can be feminine-presenting, masculine-presenting, both or neither. The doll represents an important shift and is evidence of how the company is helping to usher in acceptance and understanding. “I think if we could have a hand in creating the idea that a boy can play with a perceived girl toy and a girl can …

Loog Guitars’ Electric Instruments For All Ages

More than a toy but a range of instructional tools with an AR app, games and built-in amplifier

Instruments can be particularly difficult to master at an older age—especially without previous experience from earlier formative years. Loog Guitars, having recognized this, designs guitars for kids—age 3+ to 12+—that are entertaining, easy to learn and good-looking. Their newest line of  electric guitars with built-in amplifiers is available to back on Kickstarter now. “We started out making three-string guitars, so for us innovation was never about …

Notes: Hiking The Catskills With Six-Year-Olds

From gear to snacks, a guide to getting kids into nature

Taking off my hiking boots and Smartwool socks, I step barefoot into the rushing water, telling my six-year-old son to climb up on my back. The river is cold and swift, and there’s simply no easy way to ford it. We are in a wild section of the Catskill mountains in upstate New York, and the only viable camping spot is on the other side …