Laurie Schacht

Laurie Schacht, aka The Toy Insider Mom, scours the toy aisles to find the best and hottest toys out there for kids. She is also CTO (Chief Toy Officer) of Adventure Publishing (The Toy Insider, The Toy Book, The Licensing Book and The Big Toy Book).

8 best toys to send grandkids at camp

Kids have plenty to do at camp, but they also have lots of time to be creative on their own. Our toy expert shares her top picks for camp packages.

June 12, 2014

6 best games for family game night

If there's one thing that can bring generations to a table -- family game night! The Toy Insider brings us her favorite picks of 2013.

August 27, 2013

9 toys that make travel more fun

What’s better than spending vacation time with the grandkids? Probably nothing — so make it even more fun with these great toys and gear.

July 25, 2013

12 Retro Toys That Are Making a Comeback

Retro toys are celebrating some grand anniversaries with re-released versions that are better than ever, including Lincoln Logs, EasyBake Ovens, and more.

June 6, 2013

14 Best New Toys for Spring

Looking for the best toys right now? Get the grandkids prepared for spring fun with these top picks from our Toy Insider.

April 17, 2013