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Slime isn’t just a toy: it’s the embodiment of the times we’re in
Neither solid nor liquid, it’s unpleasant and yet strangely moreish, no wonder slime as a children’s toy is a topical reflection of the world we live in, says Eva Wiseman

Eva Wiseman

15, May, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Platinum jubilee Queen Barbie sells out in three seconds
Now online traders are asking for at least twice the original £95 asking price of the special commemorative doll

Zoe Wood Consumer affairs correspondent

13, May, 2022 @9:59 PM

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When ewe were young: what can cute baby animals teach us about ageing?
From a teacup piglet to a hoary pig, from a menacing owlet to a magnificent bird – Gerrard Gethings’ animal portraits show there’s grace at every age

Cal Flyn

16, Apr, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Covid lockdowns fuel surge in Lego profits
Danish toymaker reports 27% rise in profit and increased global market share but warns growth will slow

Sarah Butler

08, Mar, 2022 @9:58 AM

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Ringing up baby: why rotary dial toys survived the rise of smartphones
Though real rotary phones have largely vanished from our lives, they live on through children’s play

Kelly Eng

06, Mar, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Lego offers £100m to find innovations tackling ‘global childhood crisis’
Exclusive: Competition seeks entries supporting children’s play, health and education in wake of Covid pandemic

Helen Russell in Billund, Denmark

16, Feb, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Five Great Reads: a mercenary’s tale, Emma Thompson’s family life and the loss of a treasured toy
Guardian Australia’s final weekday wrap of good writing and compelling stories

Alyx Gorman

10, Feb, 2022 @11:30 PM

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Teddy was a central figure in our family, and always found his way home. Until the day he didn’t | Kelly Eng
He looked, as my partner cruelly observed, like a rag with a head. But my daughter adored him and that made him priceless

Kelly Eng

10, Feb, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Playing with dolls helps children talk about how others feel, says study
Research suggests playing imaginary games can aid development of social skills and empathy

Hannah Devlin Science Correspondent

06, Feb, 2022 @12:53 PM

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Playing to win: are Mattel movies about to take over Hollywood?
The toy company has recruited Lena Dunham, Greta Gerwig and Tom Hanks to help usher in a new slate of films based on kids’ favourites

Stuart Heritage

01, Feb, 2022 @7:06 AM

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Squishmallows: cuddly toys fuel an obsession – and a price-gouging crisis
Young fans draw big TikTok followings with their collections, but they say resales are ruining the fun

Kari Paul

31, Jan, 2022 @3:29 AM

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Lego sued over leather jacket worn by toy Antoni in Queer Eye set
Artist James Concannon claims in lawsuit that toy company made a ‘blatant copy’ of a jacket he made for Queer Eye cast member Antoni Porowski

Sian Cain

17, Jan, 2022 @3:44 AM

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