We were so impressed with these brand new toys.
Sometimes, this job has perks: The team at Good Housekeeping and the Good Housekeeping Institute got to attend Toy Fair New York, where hundreds of toymakers previewed all of the good things coming out in the next year or so. And, after playing with interactive toys, squishing compounds, styling pretend hair, and marveling over Baby Yoda, we’ve named our Best of Toy Fair Winners — the toys, games, and other playthings that gave off the best first impression.
What toy trends are in store for this year? Squishy, stretchy, sticky compounds are still hot, and everyone has a new something-or-other for kids to stick their hands in. The unboxing phenomenon is not going away soon, and blind bags, surprise toys, and collectibles are still going to be hot in 2020. STEM is also still a focus, with lots of toys that sneak in a science lesson alongside play. And sustainability is a big buzzword among companies, with new toys coming out made of plant-based plastic, or wrapped up in recyclable packaging.
But one thing that’s true of this year’s Toy Fair (and is a lesson we re-learn every year): Kids today are very, very lucky.
Leland: It's not going to be "easy" for anyone right now. We all have to do our best to follow the guidelines established. It is the only way we are going to get back to our normal way of life we had weeks ago. Everyone needs to adhere to them and do the best they can. The President is only one man, and he is not a medical expert. He has to follow and listen to those that are like Dr. Fauci and Birx. If they tell him we cannot "open" our Country and get back to business by April 30th, then he will make that decision when it comes. Until April 30th, we need to shelter in place. We can do this America. The Americans that lived through the Flu Epidemic in 1918 did not have the technology and medicine we do now. They suffered and got through it. We will, too. I am optimistic we will beat this and get back to a normal life. Stay safe everyone.