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Toy Fair Dallas 2019

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PLAY MATTERS!

We know and YOU know that collectively we can’t emphasize enough the importance of play in childhood development. PLAY MATTERS!  

One of the best ways to encourage play is to provide a toy that is fun, and easy enough to use that it’s immediately engaging. And that describes our product, Wikki Stix One-of-a-Kind Creatables.

We are proud that our unique product is also known for its amazing contribution to cognitive development, as well as stimulating imagination and creativity while also providing a tool for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills! All while PLAYING!  

Helping parents find the right products for engaging play can be a challenge. Here are some of our suggestions for preschoolers:  Activity Set (84 Wikki Stix, cute idea booklet and playboard); The Adventures Across America Book, as well as the Book of Wiggles, Squiggles and Curlicues (colorful interactive board books for preschoolers); and the new Wikki Stix Activity Book, designed with a first grade teacher to provide preschool readiness skills... all during fun, engaging PLAY!

And, of course, our Traveler and Lil’ Traveler...for hands-on play on the go!

Because we feel so strongly that kids need this kind of fun and constructive PLAY, we have launched National Unplugged Play Day...to get kids away from passively staring at screens. Last year, the event enjoyed the participation of over 115 stores nationwide.

This year, National Unplugged Play Day will be held on September 28th, and we hope you will participate by hosting an unplugged play day in your store. Let’s all shout it loud and clear,...that kids need to Unplug it!  Turn it Off!  Take a Break!  Be a Kid!

info@wikkistix.com
800-869-4554

Looney Labs: Changing the Way You Play

Looney Labs is a woman-owned and -operated business celebrating its 23rd year in business. Our products are made in Battle Creek, Michigan, with minimal packaging and boxes made from recycled paper. A portion of all proceeds from Nature Fluxx are donated to ecological charities.

Our mission is to create fun. To do our small part to improve the world by spreading peace, love, happiness, and fun through our signature style of games; and to do so in a way that builds community, contributes to social equality, and is environmentally responsible. To learn more, please watch our video at: https://tinyurl.com/LLabsMission

All of our games are family friendly and sized to be easy to take with you. They have won many awards, including Mensa Select, Games 100, Origins Awards, GeekDad Approved, Dice Tower Gold Seal, Creative Child Game of the Year, and Dr. Toy's 10 Best Educational Products.

Please give our games a try and let us know what you think!
www.looneylabs.com
301-441-1019
thelab@looneylabs.com

National Unplugged Play Day - September 28, 2019

The 2nd Annual National Unplugged Play Day, sponsored by the Wikki Stix Company, will be held on September 28th, 2019...encouraging kids to…Unplug it! Turn it off! Take a Break! Be a Kid!

National Unplugged Play Day, in its inaugural year, enjoyed the participation of over 115 stores nationwide, from large urban toy stores to office supply stores, to small specialty arts and craft stores. Additionally, over 1,500 moms purchased the “in-home play day kit” to participate with their children at home.

Kem Clark, president of Omnicor Inc., explained, “We all have concerns today over kids’ constant attachment to electronics, where they sit and passively stare at screens.  They have lost the art of playing.  They watch, rather than DO! Play is important to stimulate imagination and creativity and help develop cognitive thinking skills. We felt our product, along with many others, might take the lead in offering a break from screens with hands-on, engaged play.”

As part of the National Unplugged Play Day, Wikki Stix is offering a $5 Play Day Kit (with free shipping). The kit is only available to residents in the Continental USA and is limited to one kit per household…limited to the first 500 orders. The Wikki Stix Play Day Kit (enough for 4 children), includes: 

  • Over 200 Wikki Stix
  • 4 clown face cutouts to decorate and embellish
  • 4 Wikkidoodle sheets... a fun doodle to use as a creative starting point
  • Flyer for making Wikki people
  • Flyer for making Wikki Wacky glasses
  • Do-Wikki Game (a fun, timed game activity)
  • 4 Unplugged stickers to wear

Wikki Stix, wholly Made in the USA, are made of hand-knitting yarn and a microcrystalline food-grade, non-toxic wax. They work without paste or glue, so there is no mess – simply press down with light fingertip pressure.  Soft and pliable, they are easy for young fingers to use for creative play, as well as learning letters, numbers, shapes and more! Wikki Stix are safe, gluten free and non-toxic. Ideal for ages 3 and up.

About Omnicor Inc.
Omnicor Inc. is far better known simply as the Wikki Stix Co. and has been manufacturing the product in Phoenix AZ for over 29 years.  For more information, please visit the Wikki Stix website at: https://www.wikkistix.com/uplugged

GOTTA GETTA PAIR! 


From the creators of TENZI comes another super-simple, super-fast game. It’s called PAIRZI, and it’s all about speed!  Be the first to find five pairs of Critter Cards, but first you have to roll a pair with your dice.  

So, the fast and frantic pace of the game is roll a pair, find a pair, roll a pair, find a pair!  The more players there are, the crazier PAIRZI gets.

Gotta stop by BOOTH 2127 at ASTRA to play PAIRZI.


Steve@ilovetenzi.com
203-622-8117

Odyssey Expands Auto Moto Collection 


Remote-controlled technology is appreciated by toy fans of all ages. Odyssey’s Auto Moto Collection puts all the power in your hands. Let’s face it - a toy robot is very cool. But one that can transform into a sporty race car, a blazing fire engine, or a pair of battling robots at the simple push of a button is even cooler!

Nothing beats the amazing feeling of gripping a remote control and dictating the movements of a sturdy vehicle all over different types of terrain. Not only do you get to dictate every movement of these mean-looking cars and truck, you’ll also get to watch it transform into a commanding robot that walks and listens to your voice directions!  

For 2019, Odyssey is adding two impressive trucks to its series that will quickly become fan favorites to the Auto Moto Collection. First is the Diggin’ Moto, a powerful bulldozer truck. Watch this beastly vehicle prowl all over the ground and run over just about anything in its way. This truck is by far the biggest Moto yet! As with our entire Auto Moto series, there’s an added bonus – with one push of a button, that bulldozer truck transforms into a sleek robot!

Next up is the Dumpin’ Moto, an all-terrain garbage truck in a sturdy green and white plastic frame which reveals itself to be a towering robot at your command. Send the Dumpin’ Moto to do your bidding across the ground in all directions. With the addition of these two new trucks, the Auto Moto Collection is a great, powerful, and colorful toy series you don’t want to miss!

www.odysseytoys.com
305-933-4480
sales@odysseytoys.com

There's Strength In Their Future

My First Workout® is an award winning, mom-founded company on a mission to build stronger family connections and instill a habit of fitness from the earliest age possible in every person. The key to a healthier tomorrow is getting kids involved today. This super smart kids-fitness program that focuses on fun and ease of use has quickly become one of the most innovative and critically essential new products to hit the market in 2019!

Certified Personal Trainer and Founder of My First Workout®, Michelle Miller, has over 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry including a degree in exercise science and fitness has developed this program just for kids age 5 to 10 years old.  The My First Workout® program is packaged neatly in a kit that comes with 8 pieces of exercise equipment that are kid size and age appropriate to complete a child's very own home gym. All the equipment needed to complete the poster of program 1 demonstrating 13 of the very best exercises for children to enhance performance in their sport, help prevent injuries and strengthen all the major muscle groups of the body in addition to improving coordination, balance, flexibility and stamina are included.  A "how-to" video of program 1 with Michelle and children properly demonstrating each exercise is also included to help parents confidently teach the exercises to their children.

Kids are loving this step-by-step program that builds confidence along with an understanding of the fundamentals of exercise. When program 1 is mastered, there are 11 more programs in the series and 3 additional pieces of more advanced equipment that all build from the first program. The My First Workout® program was thoughtfully designed taking all skill levels into mind so children can progress at their own pace.  

Named the 2019 National Parenting product award winner, My First Workout® welcomes each and every child to the wonderful world of exercise that does not discriminate in any way, shape or form.  Whatever body a child was born with, whatever interests they have in life, exercise simply improves individual quality of life for a lifetime.  Let's take a few moments out of everyday to get kids UNPLUGGED and STRONGER inside and out!

myfirstworkout.com
info@myfirstworkout.com
800-665-0360

Tips to Maximize Your Trade Show Experience

Every year, a new crop of tradeshows appears on our newsletters and calendars, and retailers must weigh the costs and benefits of attending, deciding which shows and exhibits are must-sees and which ones they can afford to skip. Each tradeshow varies in scope and target demographic, so it’s important to know what you want to get out of any given trade show before deciding to attend.

There are several other factors—like budgeting for your hotel and transportation expenses and managing your store while you’re away, for example—to consider leading up to the event. While preparing for large industry events might be stressful, we’ve gathered a few tips from trade show veterans to help attendees maximize their time at upcoming industry events.

  1. Make travel and hotel reservations early to maximize on discounted rates. Many shows have event dates posted and registration open almost a year in advance.
  2. Determine your primary, secondary, and tertiary goals you want to achieve by attending an event. Are you going to the trade show to learn more about marketing, to make contacts, or to check out latest trends for your inventory?
  3. Develop a list of “must see” and “want to see” exhibitors, speakers, and events. At a big show, you won’t be able to interact with everyone, so find out which vendors and industry contacts are most important for you to meet.
  4. If you are travelling with colleagues, split sessions to maximize data gathering.
  5. Make appointments with exhibitors with whom you really want to network.
  6. Pack for comfort. Have comfortable shoes and clothing. Veteran trade show attendees have measured that they walk an average of 10-12 miles at major shows in Atlanta, Orlando, and Las Vegas.
  7. Bring your own “carry-all” bag for materials you’ll accumulate at the convention center. Complimentary plastic bags are often uncomfortable, as they cut into your hands and make them sweat. If you’re networking, you’ll be shaking lots of hands, and nobody likes a clammy hand for a first impression.
  8. If available to you, bring your own branded gear. While people expect tradeshow booths to give away swag, you can advertise your brand with a branded shirt, custom pens, or other promotional products.
  9. Tell exhibitors you are on a tight schedule to avoid small talk and get straight to business.

10. Look for networking opportunities. Introduce yourself to people around you—at workshops, receptions, wherever—hand and collect plenty of business cards and social media contacts.

11. Be prepared to push for answers to questions that exhibitors are not prepared to answer.

12. Skip overly crowded booths and plan to come at the end of the day when traffic is slower.

After the show, set out a plan for implementing the information you’ve gathered. Organize and keep in touch with the contacts you’ve gathered, whether it means following up with a manufacturer to buy their products for your store or liking them on Facebook to stay in contact. Of course, these are only guidelines for preparation. Of course, these are only guidelines. Be sure to create your own checklist, tailored specifically to what your need company needs.

Get Creative and Express Yourself with Bobbi-Toads

What little girl doesn’t love to paint her nails? Now she can decorate her shoes to match! 

Bobbi-Toads Paintables are the first-ever sneakers that feature little “toes” embossed into the rubber cap, which can be painted with nail polish, over & over again (just like your real nails)! 
Bobbi-Toads Paintables work with any nail polish, but Bobbi-Polish is recommended because it’s non-toxic, eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, all-natural, and works on your real nails as well! 

Bobbi-Toads Light-Ups shoes feature 5 LEDs with either “toes” or side-panels that light up and can be decorated with nail stickers, encouraging people to get creative and express themselves! 
All of Bobbi-Toads’ shoes are made with vegan leather, and while the sturdy shoeboxes are encouraged for reuse, they are also 100% recyclable!

Bobbi-Toads was founded, quite-literally, from a dream. One Chicago man, Bob Stanley, had a dream in which he was told to invent these paintable sneakers for kids, what to call them, and to give back to a specific charity with the profits. Having been a printer his entire life, this dream was obscure to say the least. 

However, right after having the dream upon returning to work at the print shop, he saw they were working on a job for a new customer: the charity from in his dream, one that he’d never heard of before that. At that moment, it was clear he was to turn his dream into a reality.

www.bobbitoads.com

Helio Children's Educational Nightlight Projector

Helio Base Station emits LED light through specially designed discs whose content is projected onto the ceiling in a soothing contrast of shadow and light. Instead of seeing stars and moon projected onto the ceiling, kids are treated to a wealth of knowledge as they happily lie back and absorb entertaining educational facts and images that inspire lively interactions and enlightening discussions. Swapping out the discs changes the subject matter. The Base Station comes with 5 discs whose content ranges from exploring the cosmos to more earthbound matters such as the speed and sleeping habits of a wide variety of creatures. A number of exciting expansion packs are in the works, with learning curriculums encompassing subjects ranging from nursery rhymes and mathematics to phonics, sight words and past presidents. It's a fun and relaxing way for children to play and learn, both solo and with the entire family!


www.heliosite.com
info@helioproductionsinc.com

Little Moppet™: Branded for Fun

Little Moppet™ sets the standard for top quality products with a high fun factor, proving that not all children’s product lines on the market are created equal.

From wooden puzzles and toys (18 months+) to real gardening tools, exercise gear, tea sets, cookware, bathtub toys, and a line of imaginative and expandable play sets, the common denominator behind the entire Little Moppet™  brand is found in one word: FUN. Not only do they stimulate a child’s imagination, they also enhance a child’s cognitive and developmental skills, instill a healthy dose of  positive STEAM play value, and encourage “Learning through Laughter”.

Since the company launched in 1987, F.G.A. Inc, the Montreal-based company responsible for the Little Moppet™ brand, has continued to exercise its strong commitment to manufacturing smart, mindful games and puzzles and to manufacturing in a responsible manner. Made from eco-responsible wood, canvas, sturdy plastic, rubber, and/or metal, every Little Moppet™  product is designed for durability, longevity, and to fit smaller hands.

As it is increasingly recognized that continuous computer screen use can be harmful for younger brains, putting something in their hands and evoking a wide smile on their face, is sure to be a change for the good.

To place an order:
familygamesamerica.com
orders@familygamesamerica.com
Phone: 514 485-1834

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