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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/

25 Years In Business

Pacific Play Tents has been designing imaginative children’s products since 1993, making 2018 their 25th anniversary! A lot has changed since those early days so they thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and give you a peek into their creative evolution.

After 25 years of growing and evolving to suit customers’ needs, they are proud to be recognized as the unsurpassed standard for quality play tents and tunnels. From the all-encompassing core line to the elaborate high end line, Pacific Play Tents aims to invoke joy into the hearts of children everywhere.

Cheers to 25 years! May our imaginations stay forever limitless!

Read more here.

Bring your imagination to life with the future of educational gaming

Teaching children about the natural world around them including sea life and extinct animals can be a little daunting. How cool would it be if their learning was experienced in the 3D realm? Imagine the added value of combining modern gaming technology and education. Gone are the days where kids simply read a book or color flat pages, arrived are the days where the pages come to life for today’s tech savvy youth.

Odyssey Toys presents ARIA’s Adventures, the new wave of children’s education and play. Utilizing augmented reality, ARIA’s Adventures offers several interactive and exciting options. Simply use your smart device or the included VR headset and allow Aria to take you on a virtual journey through the jungle. 

ARIA's Augmented Reality Flash Cards come in 4 categories: Sea Life, Animals, Extinct Animals, and The Birds. Each set has 24 cards which are also translated into English and Spanish. Players can simply flash the card behind your device's back camera and watch the selected animal come to life on their device! Learn valuable facts or listen to the animal’s roar, adding a stimulating educational element to the game. Don’t forget to take a selfie with your 3D pet!

ARIA’s 3D Coloring Books come in 3 categories: Animals, Seal Life, and Dinosaurs. 3D coloring is a mesmerizing experience- watch as wild animals fill in and transform from flat white drawings to exciting, colorfully interactive characters. Each book comes with 10 unique 3D coloring pages and 10 augmented reality learning activities which range from “matching” to “what comes next” to “complete the square” type activities played on your smart device in 3D! 

This interactive game takes advantage of modern technology, allowing children to learn in an innovative, fun, and engaging way. Aria's Adventures utilizes augmented reality (commonly known as AR to techies), the latest gaming phenomenon that causes physical objects in the real-world environment to appear augmented. ARIA’s Adventures is a single or multi-player interactive experience recommended for ages 4+.

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

Turn Your Ordinary Bike into a Pony

Our Story
At Pony Pals Ranch we love ponies. We love fast ponies and slow ponies, young ponies and old ponies, big ponies and small ponies. But what we love most of all is seeing the smiles on the faces of the children riding the ponies. Unfortunately most children will never get a chance to experience this thrill. That is why we created our pony bike kits.

A Work of Art
To help us create our pony bike kits we worked with one of the world's most talented artist. The life-like pony head was created by Lado Goudjabidze. Lado is an award winning, internationally renowned sculptor and painter born in the Republic of Georgia. His numerous works include the bust of Mahatma Gandhi which is displayed at the United Nations headquarters in New York City and a portrait of John F. Kennedy which hangs at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Special Features
Our pony bike kits are designed to fit sidewalk bicycles with 12, 14 or 16 inch wheels. The life-like pony head is made of LLDPE, a lightweight yet highly durable material that can withstand the realities of children's play. The mane is made of synthetic hair and can be braided and groomed. The pony tail is designed to "bob" up and down, much like an Arabian horse"s tail, when the bike is ridden. 

www.ponypalsranch.com
ponybikes@aol.com
760-200-5729

Beautiful Dolls that Engage and Inspire

Meet Maru and Friends®, a beautiful doll collection, storybooks and accessories that are the creation of Maru, Maritza Gutierrez, the founder of this company. She too is an adult collector and wanted to create a beautiful doll that would look so real, that girls of all ages could associate with and be inspired.

The idea flourished and she developed Maru and Friends®, a doll line with storybooks that would chronicle the life of a young Hispanic girl that comes to America in search of a better life.

Maritza’s professional background is in marketing; she has managed her own advertising
and public relations agency for more than thirtyfive years. Her agency, Creative Ideas Advertising, Inc., is an award-winning firm, known for producing some of the most successful political and public service campaigns.

Maritza still finds time to give back to her community as a civic volunteer at MDX, the expressway authority in Miami-Dade County. She was the first woman to chair this organization.

About the Artist

The Maru and Friends® original five dolls, and now all new mini pals, were sculpted by the
award-winning, American artist, Dianna Effner. Dianna has been making collectible porcelain
dolls for more than 35 years. She is a master doll artist that has perfected her craft, capturing the tender features of a child’s face in her beautiful doll creations. Her unique style and perfection of lifelike fine collectible dolls are only available at Maru and Friends®.

Thanks to their loyal friends from around the world, expect a lot more special surprises from
Maru™! They put a lot of love and passion into making their beautiful doll collection and designer outfits and they thank you for loving them too.

maruandfriends.com

Creativity Has Its Base

Strictly Briks encourages kids to be creative, dream amazing things and build imagination into reality! We understand the importance of making learning fun and setting aside time for kids to play away from tv, video games, and other digital media. It’s our mission to encourage creative play and to impact kids by developing innovative toys that provide opportunities for children to enhance educational skills while having fun.

Winner of an incredible 30 industry awards in 2017 alone, creativity has its base with Strictly Briks. Kids’ imagine then build upon stackable baseplates that grow to whatever is conceived at the moment. At the same time youngsters amass STEM knowledge from engineering to architecture -- just by playing.

The family-owned company – Brian & Carina with kids Sonja & Erik – thought leading brands of building sets only allowed kids to mimic the picture on the box and then gave little incentive to build again. So they created their own! Unlike other brands, this unique base plate has a bottom that is designed to be stacked then combined with existing bricks for tons of different construction possibilities. When children open a bag of Strictly Briks, they are encouraged to use the set however they want!  Parents, teachers, retailers and wholesalers have discovered Strictly Briks toys and games at strictlybriks.com and Amazon.com.

www.strictlybriks.com

info@strictlybriks.com

608-687-7572

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