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SMART gifts are trending!

STEM, STEAM, science kits, reading and more....as parents we are all interested in instilling that lifelong love of learning and we want to give our children creative play opportunities.  With each child that journey as a parent and child is different so whether your child loves to read or needs some sort of motivational help MARK-MY-TIME bookmarks and booklights are there to help.

We have been growing our line since we started in 2004 to now include bookmarks, booklights, and metronomes. This year we have partnered with Disney to expand our 3D fashion lines featuring your favorite characters and our all new Mickey Mouse products just in time for Mickey's 90th celebration on November 4th.

Parents, grandparents, kids and teens all know that a book is a wonderful gift to give and when you partner it with cool mark-my-time digital bookmark with a clock, countdown timer/alarm, cumulative timer and reading light you've got a gift with that WOW factor!  Now available in 36 award winning styles--collect them all!

All our product line features a time of day clock, programmable countdown session timer with alarm, cumulative timer that stores up to 100 hours of reading minutes, and a 60 second fluency timer.  The booklights additionally feature an adjustable arm with 3 bright LED reading lightbulbs, separate batteries for the light feature and an auto shutoff for the light when using the countdown timer.  Our product prices range from $8.95-$17.95 making them perfect for stocking stuffers, party favors and gifts.  

 Created by a Mom Inventor we are family owned and operated for over 14 years.  Check out our full line of products www.mark-my-time.com.

www.mark-my-time.com
sales@readingtimegifts.com
888-685-0257

Supplying America Quality Products since 1883.

What we have learned about kids in our 135 year history.


Children learn by imitating their parents. So what better way to shape their life skills than to give them their own products that mimic your home and family products.

A favorite in many families, the BeachBaby® line features chairs and pop-up tents great for the beach, backyard, park and more. Pop-Up Shade Domes in various sizes add instant shade anywhere. Kids love taking their very own chair to the beach, camping, picnics and family outings. That is why our BeachBaby line includes a folding chair with an umbrella, a folding camp chair, and a lounger.  All in a variety of colors.

Fun & Fitness for Kids® equipment keeps children moving with healthy activity based recreation. Brightly-colored workout equipment inspire children to have an active lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle choices benefit children for a lifetime. Our toddler-sized equipment is "just their size", durable and safe.

Introducing the Pack and Stay colorful organizers excellent for kids’ rooms, closets, garages and play areas. Even when full and stacked the wide-mouth opening allows for easy access to contents for that quick clean-up. Slide-out buttons easily enable several organizers to be stacked on top of each other.

Redmon also offers a large variety of Pop-Up hampers from the Bongo Buddy Collection designed to fit any child's personality. From fun animals to a "Free Throw" hamper with a backdrop for slam dunking items from laundry to toys while practicing hoops. Bongo Bags are made of durable nylon that easily wipes clean with a damp cloth and fold flat for storage when not in use.

For 135 years the Redmon Company has been supplying American retailers with quality products for the home and family. "Our longevity, however, is no wonder because our business philosophy has been to strive always for magnanimity of purpose. We have refused to sacrifice principles of morality, honesty, ethics, and just plain manners because the bottom line then becomes nothing more than dross. To this end, we treat our employees, customers, suppliers and yes even our competitors alike." says Peter Redmon, CEO of W.C. Redmon Company. "We have a great staff of key people to serve you."

www.redmonusa.com
info@wcredmon.com
765-473-6683 

Kids As Young As Three Can Already Start STEM Learning With The Little Lab Microscope.

These days, we want to start our kids on STEM learning early on. Preschool is a time when kids have endless curiosity and they’re eager to learn about what’s going on around them. Kids may already start forming ideas about gender roles and what they want to be when they grow up. Let’s introduce them to science now and see where they take it.

The Little Lab Microscope from Kidzlane gives kids the chance to see everyday objects through its 8x magnification lens. They can switch on the light and turn the focus wheels to they can see those tiny details in anything they may find: a leaf, dandelion, twig, clementine wedge... The set comes with pretend lizard and spider specimens kids can examine under the lens, along with a petri dish, forceps and a scalpel. Also included is a Guide and Activity Book full of research ideas and science facts like: a ladybug can eat up to 5,000 bugs in its lifetime. How rude!

Kidzlane is excited to receive three awards from Creative Child: The Little Lab Microscope won Educational Toy of the Year and our Kids Doctor Kit won Creative Toy of the Year and the Preferred Choice award. We work hard creating top-quality toys that will educate and engage toddlers to tweens and it’s paid off.

@kidzlane
cs@kidzlane.com
Kidzlane.com

ASWEETS, Helping Kids Learn and Develop Through Creative Play.

Expand their Horizons through Play.

ASweets, we manufacture a wide selection of products for infants and kids worldwide. We believe that our product line provides babies and kids with the proper tools to engage in open-ended creativity. We have developed a series of products that can create a unique play space for children.

www.ASweets.com
asweetsamerica@zhaos.com
626.333.4222, 

Showroom 8400

IMAGINE BY RUBIE'S, WHERE IT'S PLAY TIME, ALL THE TIME!

Imagine by Rubie’s, is the toy division of Rubie’s Costume Company, Inc. offering a full line of licensed and non-licensed dress-up costumes and accessories for children. They are presented as separates and in beautifully designed box sets for gift giving and year-round play!

As one of the fastest growing categories in the toy industry, Imagine is taking the dress-up market by storm! Our award winning high-quality designs are developed to appeal to parents and children alike and include many popular licenses such as Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Justice League, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Transformers, Hot Wheels, Aquaman, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy. In 2019, we will debut new licensed products from Captain Marvel, WWE, Shazam and Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors.

Kid tested - parent approved, Imagine products are designed to fit children ages 3 to 6 with some additional sizes available.  Our products are distributed online as well as at national retailers such as Walmart, Target and independently owned toy stores throughout the United States and Canada.

Each and every unique ensemble provides kids the opportunity to dress up as their favorite character 365 days of the year! It’s our philosophy to encourage kids to dream, believe and achieve through the art of imagination. With new styles and new characters, every child can be whomever they want to be with Imagine by Rubie’s!

Phone: 516-577-9400
Email: info@imaginebyrubies.com
www.imaginebyrubies.com

A Game of the Future - Today!

NuBrix brings focus to build and connect in 3D

NuBrix is a 'high touch' technology offering organic intervention outside the digital space. Yeah! It's not electronic!

The 3D element of Nubrix energizes motor skills and creates a natural spatial orientation environment to develop and encourage eye to hand coordination.   

This brick connecting game engages the cognitive process with three basic concepts for the brain to identify - shapes, color, and numbers.

The basic concepts of play of connecting shapes, matching colors and simple math guides the brain into a mindful focus and allows the imagination to create and have fun. 

NuBrix Games helps with perfecting the three different types of attention for focus and concentration:

1. Selective Attention - focusing on one thing while disregarding others.

2. Sustained Attention - staying focused on something for a long time.   

3. Divided Attention - processing multiple sources of information at the same time.

 Explore www.nubrixgames.com and shop at our website. 

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PACK TO SCHOOL

The world is dynamic and your backpack should be no different. Your pack should scream fast and fresh, funky and where did you get that? MadPax is for you! From top to bottom, inside and out, all the way around. Grab it, ground it and rock it! But what are MadPax? (for those who ask that is...) 

MadPax represents the evolution of the backpack. We rock 3D backpacks and power-packcessories that are two parts funk, a pound of punk and a dash of double dare. So take a bite! 

MadPax are for kids of ALL ages, yes that means you. It’s time... Express yourself with the perfect fusion of fashion and funk-tionality. Our unique packs have all the pouches, pockets and zippered capacity that make no concession to utility. 

We make a positively progressive pack and roll it into the accessory of your choice...Size, surfaces and colours that any- one would crave. So dig in! 

Welcome to the fun factory. We’ve been waiting for you.

Fine motor skills means using more than your thumbs !!!!

Bring on the Wikki Stix! It’s time to unplug kids from screens and help them experience the fun of DOING, not watching. 

Because they are so unique, Wikki Stix will fascinate, intrigue, inspire and engage kids, encouraging them to use their creativity and imagination. 

Simply made of wax and yarn... yes, that simple... Wikki Stix twist, bend and STICK... with just fingertip pressure.  Kids can press them onto paper for flat designs and pictures, and peel them up easily to make changes orcorrections.  They are much cleaner than finger paint and offer more fun than crayons. Kids can make fridge-worthy art in a flash !

And speaking of fridge-worthy art... Wikki Stix can be used to stick the paper right onto the fridge... or make a design directly on the fridge! Talk about refrigerator art !

The brand new Wikki Stix Activity Book is a great starting point for younger kids, having been created with the input of a 30-year kindergarten teacher. The book helps children learn color recognition, visual discrimination, plus number and literacy awareness and more ... all with the use of fine motor skills.

Winner of the Creative Child Magazine 2018 Book of the Year Award, the Activity Book is the only activity book with Wikki Stix.... 72 to be exact. Included are matching activities, dot-to-dot designs, shapes and letters, story activities, 3-D creativity... and so much more.

Moving from simple connect-the-dot activities to independent creative designs...is just a twist, bend and stick ! 

So, as part of the movement to disconnect kids from constant electronics, Wikki Stix offer a clean, fun and innovative solution.  Parents can encourage kids to be creative, listen for the happy sound of , “Look what I made!” and ....respond the way the TV commercial does, “ to the fridge!”

Maple Landmark Woodcraft

For 39 years, Maple Landmark has been making toys, games, and gifts the right way. Using local talent, sustainable materials and efficient processes, the passionate crew of 45 employees works hard every day to manufacture and deliver safe products to happy consumers, young and old alike.


One day in the 1970s, Michael Rainville, 11 years old at the time, had finished his chores and homework so his mother, Pat, decided to keep him busy. Supplied with a coping saw and sand block, Rainville set about cutting wood pieces and experimenting with different techniques in his parents’ basement. The first products made, spools and bobbin holders among other items, were sold at local craft fairs. Rainville made his first wholesale sale in 1979.


The fledgling business grew in the ensuing three decades, becoming a robust wooden toy manufacturer, weathering economic storms, and expanding facilities several times. With a building addition completed in 2015, the current factory in Middlebury, VT totals 28,000 square feet. Over these years, Maple Landmark acquired several other woodworking businesses including Montgomery Schoolhouse of Montgomery, VT in 2001.


Maple Landmark boasts a variety of capabilities, from lasers, to computer-controlled routers, to full-color digital printers. Through optimization of modern manufacturing techniques, Rainville’s childhood hobby has grown to over 1000 unique products. These include the popular NameTrains Wooden Railway System and the Schoolhouse Naturals baby and toddler toy line. Each day is different at the shop, though, including custom products for other companies.
Despite this growth and modernization, Maple Landmark has stuck to its roots. Still at the helm, Rainville has employed five other family members including his mother (yes, the one who got him started in the 70s!), wife, Jill, sister, Barbara, and two sons, Adam & Andrew.

With an unwavering commitment to American manufacturing and a strong passion for sustainable wood products, the Rainvilles and Maple Landmark forge on into the next decade of craftsmanship.


www.maplelandmark.com
thefolks@maplelandmark.com
800-421-4223

ASTRA Members Elect New Representatives

Members of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) elected three specialty toy industry leaders to its Executive Committee and four to its Board of Directors at ASTRA’s Marketplace Academy today in New Orleans, LA. The new representatives are:

Chair-elect
Christine Blumberg, CPE, Roberts Blumberg Giacobbe, Guilford, CT

Treasurer
Kevin McGrath, The Original Toy Company, Milford, CT

Secretary
Amy Saldanha, CMR, CPE, kiddywampus, Hopkins, MN

Directors
Melissa Beese, CPE, Little Pnuts Toy Shoppe, New Orleans, LA
Betty Skoke Burns, Angellina's Toy Boutique, Whitehorse, YT CANADA
Jacqueline Killian, Beyond the Blackboard, Aurora, CO
Nick Tarzia, Stamford Toys, Stamford, CT

Dee Farrell, CPE, of Ann Williams Group of Bloomfield Hills, MI assumed the role of Chair of the ASTRA Board of Directors. She has served as Chair-elect for the past year.

“ASTRA is so fortunate to have committed professionals who volunteer their time to lead this important organization and generate innovative ways to help members grow their toy businesses,” said ASTRA President Kimberly Mosley. “ASTRA has always been member- driven, and our creative, engaged Board of Directors has always been one of our great strengths.”

www.astratoy.org/

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