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Below, I'll offer toy recommendations, describe games that are fun and educational, and suggest children's books and quality TV shows.

Toy Recommendations

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Toy Name: The Gymini
Age: 3 - 9 months
Manufacturer: Tiny Love
Description: An easy-to-stow, easy-to-use play mat for babies. It consists of a cushioned floor mat with overhead arches that accommodate hanging toys.
Comments: You can buy additional hanging toys for the Gymini, making for continued interest and entertainment. Overall, this is a great product.

Rainy Day Projects

Need some suggestions on how to handle those rainy-day blues? Here are some activities that might help.

* Kids love stickers. Buy some stickers and paper, and have your child place the stickers on the paper.

* Blocks are the best! Oversized blocks can keep your toddler entertained for hours.

Books and Movies

Book Recommendation: "Ogres, Ogres, Ogres" by Nicholas Heller, Jos. A. Smith (illustrator).
Comments: Tongue-twisting rhymes and wonderful illustrations make learning the alphabet fun.

Video Recommendation: Winnie the Pooh Series
Comments: Try to find the originals, rather than the more recent knock-offs. Our son swears by "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day" and "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree"!
Monsters, Inc. 
Comments:  This is a great movie that everyone in the family will enjoy!

Recall notice!



U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

November 21, 2002
Release # 03-035
Disney Consumer Recall Hotline: (800) 566-3161
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Nychelle Fleming, (301) 504-7063
Disney Press Contact: Maria Gladowski, (818) 567-5389

CPSC, Disney Store Announce Recall of Monsters, Inc. Character Plush Dolls

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Disney Store, Inc., headquartered in Glendale, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 14,500 Sulley with Boo plush dolls sold exclusively at The Disney Store nationwide. The recalled 12- inch doll is a blue monster named Sulley that is holding a 6-inch girl doll, named Boo. Both are characters in the 2001 animated film, Monsters, Inc. The Boo doll's hair has ponytail holders that could detach, posing a choking hazard for young children.

The Disney Store has not received any reports of injuries or incidents involving these dolls and is voluntarily recalling them to prevent future incidents.

The recall includes only the 12-inch Sulley with Boo plush dolls. The Sulley doll is a blue monster with purple spots, a tail and horns. Sulley is holding a Boo doll in his right arm. Boo is a little girl with dark hair and small pink ball ponytail holders and rubber bands. Labels on the Sulley doll read, "Disney Store," "SULLEY W/BOO 12"," and "Made in China."

The Disney Stores nationwide exclusively sold these plush dolls from July 2002 through October 2002 for about $20.

Consumers should immediately remove and discard the two pink ponytail holders and two rubber bands from the Boo doll's hair, or return the item to any Disney Store for a full refund. For more information, call Disney at (800) 566-3161 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit their web site at

This recall involves only the Sulley with Boo dolls sold exclusively at The Disney Store and does not reflect items sold through the Disney catalog or at other retail outlets. Additionally, the battery-operated talking version of the Sulley with Boo doll is not part of this recall.

Total Recall Center U.S. Government