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Creativity For Kids® Partners with Spark!Lab™ Smithsonian, Launches New Category of Products: Inventive Creativity™

Spark!Lab™ Smithsonian Inventive Creativity™ Kits are designed to provide children with the same hands-on experience at home as they would enjoy when visiting the Draper Spark!Lab™ at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C..

Think It! Explore It! Sketch It! Create It! Try It! Tweak It! Sell It! This new line introduces kids to the process of invention, the same process used by real inventors, and helps them develop 21st Century skills such as critical thinking and creativity in a fun, open-ended way.

Necessity is often the spark of invention, so each Spark!Lab™ Smithsonian activity presents kids with a unique obstacle to overcome from building a bridge to visit a friend on an island to creating a board game after all the electronic game systems short circuit. With the scenario in front of them and the materials provided as points of inspiration, kids use the Spark!Lab™ invention process to create their own unique solutions.

Watch as their ideas come to life! Spark!Lab™ Smithsonian Inventive Creativity™ Kits show children that they too can be inventors and that the invention process can be fun and exciting even when it is challenging. This product line inspires both analytical and creative thought to show children they can do anything they set their mind to – igniting the spark of invention.

CreativityforKids.com

Make Friends With Woolpets

All of the sheep in the pasture have been sheared. Mountains of their wool has been washed and carded into luxurious roving and the faint smell of lanolin remains in the fiber. Some of the wool is dyed into vibrant and earthy colors and some wool is left natural, shades of gray and white. Now it's time to felt these fibers back into the likeness of a sheep, a miniature sculpture of the wooly animal the beautiful wool roving came from.

Woolpets craft kits are perfect for learning the basics of sculptural needle felting. Turn a fluff of wool to a fuzzy, felted friend in just an hour or two. Woolpets brings the art of needle felting to life and the kits are perfect for children 10 and up, teens, and adults. Make a plethora of penguins for a party, a magical unicorn for a lucky friend, and a flock of bird ornaments to hang around the house.

Needle felting, or dry felting, is a process that uses a special tool, a barbed felting needle, to tangle and bind fibers together. The technique is very easy to learn. Create felted shapes by repeatedly poking wool roving with a single felting needle. Combine the felted shapes together with the same needle to build wooly sculptures.

Woolpets has been dreaming up needle felting patterns since 2007 and the collection includes 42 patterns that are rated by difficulty. “Easy” and “Starter” kits are great for beginners and those new to the craft. Achieving good results is simple. “Intermediate” kits are a bit more challenging and will take more time to complete.

The process is the same but there are more steps involved and finer details to accomplish. The wool roving comes from sheep living the high life across New Zealand and the United States. All kits contain a generous helping of soft wool roving, two felting needles, and easy to follow, step-by-step photo instructions. Starter kits include a firm, foam pad needed as a work surface.

With a bit of poking and a little patience, learning this unique hand craft and creating an adorable sculpture is surprisingly simple and undeniably rewarding. Kits are packaged in an attractive, frosted, take-out style box and are assembled in the USA.

Visit Woolpets at the ASTRA Marketplace, June 6-7, 2016 in Denver, Colorado in Booth #736.

www.woolpets.com
info@woolpets.com
888-966-5738

ChiTag - Welcome to Chicago Toy & Game Week!

Every November, ChiTag consists of four days packed with events that celebrate play, and the entrepreneurs who make toys and games! The only organization to bring together the public with play innovators and the media, ChiTag is in its 12th year.

Register for one or more events to reach media, consumers and trade just before the holidays – when you want the most coverage, connections and engagement.

ChiTAG brings together consumers, families, inventors, manufacturers, retailers, educators, hobbyists, and the media, at the start of the holiday season, to play, celebrate, discover, support, and promote the creation of toys and games.

STATS:

  • Over 300,000,000 media impressions in 2014 and will be over 600,000,000 in 2015 – regional, national and international. 
  • Over 2,500 bloggers via email, over 400 at Fair, over 300 up-close and personal at a special Fair Opening Event. 
  • Over 30,000 influential consumers, 33% under 4 feet tall.

If people are taking the time and money to attend an event showcasing the hottest toys and games for the holidays, you know they will be telling their friends and family about them! 

With over 2,000 trade attendees looking for new products, ChiTag is bound to be a great event!

Visit them at http://www.chitag.com/us/about/ to learn more and to register!

Come Out and Play on November 19th - 22nd, 2015!

Get Social and Follow ChiTag here:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoToyAndGameFair

Twitter -https://twitter.com/chicagotoyngame

Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/marycouzin/

Contact Information:
email: info@chitag.com
phone: (847) 677-8277

 

 

 

 

Toymarketing International Inc.

Celebrating 30 years of the Rody Horse!

We have been in business since 1984, and we work with Ledraplastic spa, Italy (Gymnic Line), importing and distributing its superior line of Rody Horses, Hop Balls, Fitness, Therapy and Wellness products for balance and coordination development for children and adults. Their products are made of heavy duty, latex-free, and phthalate free vinyl.

The Gymnic Line’s Rody Horse, Racin’ Rody Horse, Gyffy the Giraffe and Raffy the Rabbit are a favorite with children to learn balancing and coordination while hopping on them. Used for therapy with special needs children due to its softness and ride-on qualities. Base is available for transforming to a Rocking Rody.

The Gymnic Line’s Rody Jr. is a favorite with children for imaginative and creative play, and is also a good friend for your 18” doll. Rody Jr. is available in 3 colors (Light Yellow, Light Pink and Light Blue)! For ages 3 years and up, with adult supervision.

The Gymnic Line’s Rody Max is the same as the popular Rody Horse and it is for children 6 years and up with adult supervision. Available in 3 colors.

The Gymnic Line’s Hop Balls are the very best quality in hopping balls! Made of super strong, yet soft latex-free vinyl, for long lasting use and durability. Great exercise product for indoors and smooth safe outdoor surfaces. Promotes children’s body coordination, balance, lymph circulation and provides a fun workout while hopping on the ball.

We also carry top quality wooden sports products by Lucio Londero, Italy.

Build Your Own Roads with PlayTape®

Fun that Sticks!™

Printed to look like a road, PlayTape is a roll of removable tape that’s perfect for playing with die-cast toy and model cars. PlayTape is the fastest way to create roads for imaginative play, display, or decoration.

PlayTape, by InRoad Toys, has been specifically designed to bring hours of imaginative entertainment at minimal cost and maximal convenience. With a single roll of PlayTape, you can create a road or a whole city. Use the toy cars you already have to drive on PlayTape. Use the blocks and toy buildings you already have to build a town through which PlayTape traffic flows. Create places real or imaginary. The possibilities are as endless as a desert highway. 

PlayTape is:

  • Ideal for building roads for toy cars, trains, etc.
  • Sticks to any flat surface
  • Easy-tear, made of paper (no scissors or parent required!)
  • Repositionable – mistake proof!
  • Easy removal, leaves no residue
  • Ideal for children of all ages 3+, including adult hobbyists
  • Imagination-centric, with no batteries, no electronics, and no screens
  • Easily stored and transported. Take fun everywhere!
  • The first CPSIA-compliant paper tape approved for use as a child’s toy
  • Toxin-free, disposable, and recyclable
  • Made in the USA
  • U.S. Patent Pending

 

 

Retailers! PlayTape is:

  • A consumable toy, designed for frequent repeat sales
  • A perfect POS purchase
  • Complementary to, and a sales boost for toys you already sell – cars, trains, etc.
  • New and on-trend
  • Timeless, destined to be a staple in every store
  • Continually fresh, with new designs every quarter
  • Inexpensive, with the child’s allowance in mind, and priced far lower than any alternative
    product for making roads.
  • Perfect for toy and hobby/craft stores and all manner of specialty retailers

 

Everyone loves tape. Now you can legitimately play with it. Drive on!

ORDER PLAYTAPE TODAY!
888-311-7165  |  orders@InRoadToys.com  |  www.InRoadToys.com

Cubbyhole Toys

Personalized stools and puzzles to grow with

 

Cubbyhole Toys specializes in safe, personalized, durable toys for your children to enjoy for years to come.  Our personalized wood toys, puzzles, coat racks are all carefully hand-crafted with each child in mind so they can stand up to rough play-time while capturing the imagination with bright, beautiful colors
 
We are a family owned and operated business that has enjoyed making wood toys for children for over 25 years. After a water skiing accident Steve needed something to fill some time so he started making wooden toys in the basement for our son who was 1 year old at the time . I was doing some local arts and craft shows so I started taking some of the toys with me to sell. They were a hit so we started doing more and adding some larger craft shows to the list, so we moved from the basement to the garage.  Within a few years we were making a full line of wooden cars and trucks and planes, along with some animal jig saw puzzles.
 
We traveled a 5 state area doing arts and craft shows on weekends and moved out of the garage and  opened a gift shop in town upstairs from our work shop.
 
With both of us working full time jobs during the week and doing craft shows on the weekends it was hard to find time to make the items to sell.  That was when we decided to go full time into the wooden toys business,  as years went on the wooden cars and trucks and puzzles faded out and the personalized stools and name puzzles took over.
 
We have enjoyed the changing trends in the "name" game over the years. That's what nice about having your very own custom made stool, or puzzle or coat rack.  It is your name and yours to keep for many years. We have been making our items long enough now that we get calls for orders from parents who had a personalized stool when they were kids and now what one for their child.
 
Each toy is carved from  wood with a finish perfect for little hands and then colorfully painted with each child’s name and favorite symbols.  Custom wood toys are a classic staple of playtime each child cherishes as their very own special spot. Along with a great toy the stools and name puzzles are a learning tool too, by teaching color recognition and eye hand coordination not to mention learning to spell their name.
 
Each puzzle,and stool is cut and painted by hand, so they are truly one-of-a-kind.  Children love the bright colors and individual ownership of customized toys and parents love knowing their children are safe with superior craftsmanship and completely non-toxic paint and sealers.  We take great pride on providing you with a safe and durable product to last you for many, many years.

www.cubbyholetoys.com

 

 

Toyfest West

Toyfest West Will Continue Its Winning Streak In Vegas for its Second Year, Mar. 9 - 12, 2014
WTHRA will be holding its annual West Coast Toy Trade Show for its second year at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada, a locale with extensive offerings. With room rates well below East Coast and Southern California locations, on-site world class restaurants, shuttles to the strip, and numerous amenities, everybody wins. Sweetening the deal, attendees receive Monday night FREE when they book to stay Saturday and Sunday night (3/8 & 3/9). This lucky offer is limited to the first 300 rooms booked.

WTHRA’s 2014 ToyFest West Show, the largest toy show in the West, will feature over 600 manufacturers, serving as the West Coast premiere for their new 2014 products. In addition to toys, other represented categories include infant and toddler, gift, educational, museum, hobby and costume. Traditionally a manufacturers’ representative show, the move to Las Vegas saw an increase in vendor attendance, which will continue in 2014. Retailers who play their cards right by attending, cash in on numerous first quarter specials, unique industry events all in the laid back, friendly environment for which the WTHRA show is known.

Newly appointed WTHRA Chairman of the Board of Directors, Blake Goldenberg, says it is all about the camaraderie. “Those of you that have joined us at our annual trade show know exactly what I’m referring to, a sense of family. At ToyFest West you’re treated as a real person, not just a number; almost as if you’ve just come home. The show is set up in an open environment with open booths, welcoming buyers to browse. The manufacturers & sales representatives are there to help and spend time with you. You won’t feel rushed; instead you’ll feel relaxed and more productive than other trade shows. Since 1961, WTHRA has been producing an outstanding show; isn’t it about time you come see what all the buzz is about? I look forward to seeing you there!”

For more information on ToyFest West, the manufacturers and representatives who will be present, the special room rate and the 2014 program, please visit www.toyfestwest.com or call (909) 899-3753. Check back often for our 2015 dates!

Harvest Time Partners

Conversation games that build and strengthen character!

 Our world continues to grow in complexity and uncertainty.  In addition, as our world has become more connected with the internet, smart phones, and social media, today’s “online chatter” has actually caused our families to become more disconnected and we are losing the critical life-skill of effective face to face communication. 

Harvest Time Partners created a series of conversation games called Abundant Harvest® and Face to FaceTM to help parents open the door to more effective communication, encourage decision making based on principles such as honesty, loyalty, and commitment with the intent of reinforcing the Law of the Harvest, simply, “you reap what you sow.” 

These award winning and patented* conversation games were created by David Esposito who was inspired by his experiences as a combat veteran, business executive, husband, and father of four to create resources to help families get connected on real-life issues and strengthen their character through decision making based on principles.  The games reinforce that Character Creates Opportunity® to improve relationships and achieve our hopes and dreams. 

Abundant Harvest® has been “revised and updated” based on customer feedback over the last 5 years and is available in 2 versions:  Abundant Harvest® for Kids (ages 7 and up) and Abundant Harvest® for Teens & Adults (ages 13 to Adult).  Retail price is $24.99 

Face to FaceTM Face to Face has 3 versions: Face to FaceTM Kids Edition (ages 7 and up), Face to FaceTM Teen Edition (ages 13 to Adult) and Face to FaceTM Dinner Party (ages 18 and up).  Retail price is $9.99 

Abundant Harvest® and Face to FaceTM conversation games create “teachable moments” and provide quality time for parents and families who desire to get reconnected and strengthen their character, a critical skill for dealing with today’s uncertain world.  

 Harvest Time Partners’ products help families by Building Character One Conversation At A TimeTM with its award winning and patented* conversation games.  For more information visit www.harvesttimepartners.com or email David Esposito at david@harvesttimepartners.com

 

*US Patent 7,073,792

AirPogo

Is it a pogo stick? Or a swing?  How about an imaginary flying machine?

Bouncing, Swinging, Twisting, Twirling, Flying, Floating, Jumping, Springing — all are possible with Air Pogo ®, the original swing with a spring.  The award winning Air Pogo has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.  Parents Magazine called it “One of the Best Summer Toys.”  Air Pogo makes a great holiday gift!

Air Pogo is for children 5 to 10 years old weighing up to 90 pounds.  Air Pogo bounces up to 2½ feet, is easily assembled by an adult, and comes with a manufacturer’s warranty.  Air Pogos have an attractive retail price point and are sold in 4-pack master cartons.  Orders are immediately shipped via UPS (2-4 days transit time to most areas).  Become an Air Pogo dealer today and order your holiday stock now!

To learn more visit www.AirPogo.com/retail or call (800) 880-POGO (7646)

Easy Daysies Ltd.

The Perfect Family Tool... Not Just For Back To School!

Easy Daysies® was created by parent-demand by a school teacher who is a mom of three. As seen on Canada's popular TV show Dragons' Den (aka Shark Tank in the USA), where Easy Daysies incited a bidding war between all five investors!
Easy Daysies® visual daily routines and organizers are ideal for the busy family looking for a solution to getting their kids organized and into routine! A proven tool recommended by child psychologists and occupational therapists for children with special needs or learning challenges. These multiple award winning Easy Daysies® Magnetic Daily Schedule Kits show kids the “shape of the day”. Use these great magnets for a single routine, like bed time or morning routine, or plan the whole day!

This mom/teacher-created product, made with 70% recycled materials, helps children become more co-operative, independent & less anxious all because they feel confident knowing what is happening next! Wonderful for helping kids of any age, and children with special needs, with event transition. 
Retailers love how versatile Easy Daysies is as customers return to buy add-on kits to their Starter Kit. Customers love that they can mix & match add-on kits onto the Best Seller Easy Daysies Every Day Starter Kit to customize their own family's routine. Easy Daysies allows families to change with their changing lifestyles. There are also Teacher Classroom Routine Kits for Pre-school/Kindergarten, up to Grade 7! Also created by parent demand are the Easy Daysies ReStickables, organizer labels to held kids put toys and clothes where they belong! Moms and educators are LOVING Easy Daysies. It is no wonder that these mom/teacher created products continue to win multiple awards!

 

www.EasyDaysies.com

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