Parents at Play: New for 2019
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Parents at Play: New for 2019

  • TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

    Huggers are soft, cuddly 8” slap bracelets that will grab onto your hand, arm, leg or just about anything else.

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    Fingerlings Hugs are made to be tossed, tickled, scratched, rocked, shaken, patted, hung upside down, kissed, and, of course, hugged.

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    The Auggie Pullman Plush and Storytime Buddy.

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Here are a few new characters in town that we think you should meet.

FINGERLINGS HUGS

WowWee

Made by WowWee, the company that brought us the amazing MiP, Chippies and Robosapien, Fingerlings Hugs are surprisingly low-tech — but no less entertaining.

These adorable monkeys are made to be tossed, tickled, scratched, rocked, shaken, patted, hung upside down, kissed and, of course, hugged.

Everything you do produces a different response, ranging from squeals of delight to burps and farts. Hugs also record short messages whispered in their ear.

About $24. fingerlings.com

AUGGIE PULLMAN PLUSH

Yottoy

Auggie is the hero from the R.J. Palacio’s mega-selling “Wonder” series. And this 12-inch plush version is the perfect way to bring a little kindness into your family’s post-holiday life.

As Augie says, “I know I can’t change the way I look. But maybe, just maybe, people can change the way they see.”

The plush ($23) can be purchased with “We’re All Wonders” ($19), which makes Auggie’s message accessible to younger readers. yottoy.com

STORYTIME BUDDY

Leapfrog

Buddy, a friendly puppy with a cowlick, comes with five books, each of which introduces a different theme, including shapes, colors, letters, emotions and opposites.

He also plays Brahms’ lullaby and doubles as a colorful nightlight.

Batteries required. For ages 2-5. Under $42. leapfrog.com

HUGGERS

Wild Republic

Looking for something huggable but, perhaps, a little smaller? These soft, cuddly, 8-inch slap bracelets will grab onto your hand, arm, leg, or just about anything else.

Chose from chimp, panda, reindeer, penguin, black cat (with glow-in-the-dark eyes), bat, bald eagle, shark and dozens more.

$ 7.99 each. wildrepublic.com

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