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How BUILDZI was built

For the past several years, Kevin and Steve have had a blast selling their growing family of simple, fast games: TENZI, SLAPZI, ITZI and PAIRZI. It's been a whirlwind of laughs and fun.

Yet behind the scenes, there was another story playing out. Kevin’s son, Collin (who had invented SLAPZI), had another idea for a game. He told his father, “When kids play with blocks, they're usually slow and deliberate. Why don’t we take regular building blocks and turn them into a speed game?” Kevin liked where Collin was headed and suggested he make a prototype.

A few weeks later, Collin pitched the idea to Kevin and Steve. Steve also liked the concept of a speed building game, but he didn’t like using regular old blocks. So off and on over the next three years the guys would meet and, bit-by-bit, improve the game, which they had started calling BUILDZI. But those old block shapes continued to bother Steve...so when he stumbled upon the cool pentomino shapes you see in the game now, well things just fell into place!

Of all the games that Kevin and Steve have created, BUILDZI has taken the longest, by far. But, as they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

We hope you enjoy!

Steve@ilovetenzi.com

Home Learning Made Fun!

Home learning doesn’t have to be boring. Take teaching into your own hands and make it interactive, by having fun and playing games whilst homeschooling. Our educational Top Trumps range is a great way to engage and motivate children with their learning during the pandemic. These packs are designed to guide children through some challenging subjects such as Science, Geography and History.

toptrump.us
customerservice@toptrumps.cpom
833-396-2127

Festival fun! Sand Art Party Kit

Oh so colorful, classic and creative! Sandtastik offers sand art party kits in various sizes to suit your home, school, and/or fundraiser needs. Kids love to layer color-after-color of the naturally sparkling sand to ultimately create a memorable artistic masterpiece. Incredible fun, party-in-a-box!

Sandtastik’s kits come with everything needed including colorful bags of sand, clear bottles and twist-on caps, mini sand funnels, and instructions with some design tips and tricks. Sandtastik® Sand Art Activity Kit, Makes 8 Bottles #SAAK8 Sandtastik® Sand Art Activity Kit, Party Pack, Makes 25 Bottles #PRTYPK

Interested in customizing your nextsand art party? In addition to the all-in-one kits, Sandtastik also carries:

• Over 45 colors of sand,

• Avariety of clear bottle shapes and caps

• Mini funnels

You will undoubtedly find the bag that suits your needs!

Are you often on the road? Do you like to dine at a restaurant? Do you like day trips? And are you doing all of this with the kids? Childhome has everything you need from Backpacks to Kids Lunchboxes. 

With the My Lunch bag your child will enjoy the most delicious lunch every day. This trendy bag with zipper has an aluminum inner lining to keep everything cool and is ideal for taking to school or on a day trip.

The ABC backpack is the ideal school bag to start primary school. After all, the school backpack is small, compact and easy to carry.

The My First Bag comes in handy when your little one is ready to go to the day-care center or preschool. They can easily store their lunch box and a favorite toy in their own little backpack.

WWW.JILLANDJULIE.NET

STORYTELLIN' TIME is all the time!

Products for Early Childhood curriculums

Mary Jo Huff is an Early Childhood Educator, retired after working with 115 children each year at the Pre-School she founded in Indiana.  She has presented to adults and children in 47 states. Mary Jo has a passion for literacy and how children connect through stories, music, and puppets.  Research documents the power of storytelling and how it affects our youngest children.  

These products are original and filled with creative, easy to use ideas.  The STORY DRUM produces a sound that captures children’s attention and they are ready for a good time.
Mary Jo’s unique approach of combining story play, movement and song invites everyone to snap, clap wiggle and giggle to the power of language. This is a one-of-a-kind project.
The CD and accompanying booklet introduce music, storytelling, extension activities, complementary books, and a vocabulary boost.  Snap, Clap, Wiggle & Giggle has music for math, action, nature, science, language and social emotional.  Mary Jo is a master storyteller and always adds her special touch to every story and song.

Storytelling with Puppets, Props, and Playful Tales introduces ECE into the world of using props and puppets in story time.  Puppet Play reinforces the wonderful world of puppets, how and why to use them.  Children develop imagination and create communication that stimulate their thinking skills.

When a story comes to “The End” it should not be the end.  Instead continue the learning with activities and experiences that promote conversation and inquiry.  Storytelling is a powerful tool that is sure to light a fire in every child’s imagination.
Excite children with a renewed interest in STORYTELLING and how to use PUPPETS, MUSIC, and PROPS to extend their world of being a CHILD.

MARY JO HUFF
STORYTELLIN' TIME
maryjoi@storytellin.com
812-455-1558

Give Thanks For Family Fun!

In today’s modern world, kids spend way too much time on their screens and not enough with their families. Games like Cards Against Humanity are just not suitable for kids and yet kids are tired of games like Apples to Apples.

So what do you do? Kids Against Maturity was created to fill in the gap with age-appropriate humor for the whole family.
 
The best game for both worlds, age-appropriate toilet humor for the kids, with hilarious layered innuendos for the adults.  Family game night is back with tons of question and answer cards that will have all of you rolling with laughter.   
 
kidsagainstmaturity.com
sales@sullivansdistribution.com
845-218-0400

 

 

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!

www.imaginebyrubies.com
info@imaginebyrubies.com

Japanese Eco-Friendly Puzzle Eraser by BCmini IWAKO

BCmini has over 500 unique IWAKO eco-friendly puzzle eraser models of animals, food, toys and more! Each color is a separate puzzle piece for fun customization. Not only are they adorable and fun but are actual quality erasers. The miniature size makes this product perfect for stocking stuffers, decorations, models, and games.

All puzzle erasers are designed and produced in Japan, where traditional craftsmanship and quality are unmatched. It uses only nontoxic and eco-friendly materials and recycles all unused materials into more fun erasers.

Each puzzle eraser is $0.50 wholesale with a suggested retail of $1.00 each. Perfect for customers to leave the store with a colorful collection with each visit. Available in themed Blister Card sets or assorted theme boxes with each eraser individually wrapped in a colorful hangable package.

With constant new releases of animals, food, and toy erasers this product is perfect for collectors and keeps customers coming back for more! Recent additions are new cats & dogs, marine animals, colorful deserts, and the Unicorn & Pegasus models!  Discover the endless variety of adorable Japanese Puzzle Erasers.

BCmini is the Official USA Distributor for all IWAKO Japanese Puzzle Erasers.  BCmini is an American wholesale company that specializes in unique Japanese toys and stationary products since 1977. Visit bcmini.com to view all categories of products and to see multiple images of all IWAKO Eco-Friendly Puzzle Erasers or call toll-free, 800-592-9000; Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

BCmini.com
800-592-9000
mac@bcmini.com
101 Quint Street, San Francisco, CA 94124

The Wikki Stix Co.

Trying to Make a Difference.

In an upside down, totally insane world...what can each of us do that will help?  What can any of us offer that might make a difference?  What are the strengths we can bring to the table?

For us, after lots and lots of consideration, it was to reach out to beleaguered parents who have just spent months attempting to homeschool. We know how hard it’s been as we have heard from so many!

Knowing their next challenge was a summer without summer camp, we set about brainstorming ideas we could offer that might be helpful. Our idea became...Wikki Stix Online Summer Camp...a new experience not only for the parents and kids...
but for us as well!!

So, Online Summer Camp with Wikki Stix...came into being...offering weekly activities emailed directly to the family each week, for five weeks...on Wednesday...cleverly (or so we thought) called Wikki Wednesdays. Sign-up was free. We hoped we might have a good response...250 signups or so...and were overwhelmed when that number topped 2,000!

The number of moving parts to the program was astonishing. We were massaging ideas and rewriting copy daily...right up to eblast time! Most activities were indoor ones, as you might imagine, but we also offered several for outdoor Wikki fun as well.

By the time you read this, our idea has gone out into the universe and we hope it has provided lots of fun for lots and lots of families...AND maybe given you some new and innovative ways to present our product.  I also hope all of us in Wikkiland have recovered!

www.wikkistix.com
info@wikkistix.com
800-869-4554

Odyssey Toys' New Lineup!

As always, Odyssey Toys delights with a wide variety of toys and games that will entertain the whole clan and 2020 is no different.

Introducing a 3-piece package from our Lit Sports line, which focuses on light up sport balls. It is not always easy to pry your little ones away from their tablets and phones and force them to go outside and get into sports.  This set includes an LED basketball, LED football and LED soccer ball, all of which shine brightly to keep you and/or your kids entertained for hours on end, in the day and night!

Next up are two additions to our exceedingly popular Creepy Critter Collection. You might be startled at first by how real they look, but once you realize they are just more brilliant critters made by Odyssey Toys, you will breathe a sigh of relief!

Check out the Angry Anaconda, which is twice the size of the popular Slithering Snake. This specimen contorts it’s body and flicks it’s tongue as you control it via remote control. Witness it slither over various surfaces, from carpet and tile to pavement. The Meddling Mouse resemble and mimics its real-lifelike counterpart! It might even catch the attention of any cats that happen to be lurking nearby! These large and furry critters will keep you mesmerized and entertained for hours on end.

Finally, Odyssey Toys brings a new line of fun and easy to use Stunt Cars.  Featured here is the Tank Twister, a remote-controlled monster tank that methodically plods and twists all over any surface. Its ability to take on just about anything in its way, rotate 180 degrees and flip over and crawl on walls will keep anyone who controls it entertained for hours! You’ll be amazed at how smoothly this toy moves for being such a burly, intimidating machine.

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

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