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Le Château Frontenac 3D Puzzle A fabulous Canadian landmark to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a true Canadian invention!

Le Château Frontenac is a historichotel situated in Old Quebec City overlooking the Saint Lawrence River. It was anatural choice to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a true Canadian invention toselect such an iconic Canadian landmark. It is one of Canada’s grand railwayhotels opened in 1893 and built by the Canadian Pacific Railway. Its châteauesque architectural style was partly inspired by medieval castles found inFrance’s Loire Valley and is rendered here in all its splendor in 865 jigsaw puzzlepieces.

30 years ago, Montrealer Paul E. Gallant came up with the idea to bringthe 3rd dimension to the puzzling experience. To achieve his vision, hedeveloped the foam-backed puzzle pieces combined with the use of mortise &t enon joints for a sturdy 3D assembly of different puzzle sections... Brilliant!

To commercialize his new concept, he founded Wrebbit, a name inspired by thesound of the frog’s croak. The success was instantaneous and phenomenal.Since then, millions of three-dimensional puzzles have been sold worldwideevery year. The term “3D puzzle” is now part of the toy industry vocabulary, but no other brands have achieved Wrebbit’s quality standards.

This year, Wrebbit is celebrating 30 years of this Canadian made product by continuing to expand and develop this unparalleled foam backed pieces technology that allows us, even after all these years, to be the only one delivering THE REAL 3D PUZZLE EXPERIENCE.

For more information on Wrebbit3D’s history and spectacular marketing stunts email sales@wrebbit3d.com

 

Play That is More Than a Game

The English language is considered a complex language to read, pronounce, and write. It is crucial that children have a strong foundation in phonemic awareness, segmenting, and decoding for reading success. If not, parents may encounter their children memorizing words while reading, eventually discovering that they are ineffectual readers as early as second grade.

Children know when their reading ability does not advance and they quickly lose confidence. Carrie Chapie, Owner of Darling LLC and Creator of WORD WITT, found that this situation was not uncommon. This motivated her to research the science and mechanics behind reading. Children need fun ways to elevate their confidence and foundational reading skills. EVERYONE Learns when they are having fun.

WORD WITT is not Boggle, and it’s not Scrabble… it is it’s own fresh new format. A fast, FUN, and competitive game for building foundational reading skills in school age children all while keeping word-loving children and adults engaged and thinking.

Roll the dice. Flip a card, Race to create the most words in a minute. A wonderful way to ignite laughter, connection, and the urge to play over and over again to beat your score and theirs!

Created by a parent and supported by educators. WORD WITT has won the Oppenheim Gold Seal Award, PALS Top 10 Award, PALS Award, Creative Child 2021 Game of the Year Award, and endorsed by University of Michigan’s Dyslexia Help.

Darling LLC is proud to announce they have been able to shift 90% of their next round of manufacturing of WORD WITT to Michigan/USA. Although Covid had made connecting with retailers challenging, Darling LLC is looking forward to continuing to partner with community, and educationally engaged toy and speciality stores.

www.WordWitt.com
News@WordWitt.com

Mio Reggio LLC is an educational company that provides eco-friendly play materials for children ages 3 and up.

Mio Reggio LLC is an educational company that provides eco-friendly play materials for children ages 3 and up. Their mission is to connect children to sustainability and creativity through open-ended play. Mio Reggio products support sensory development, spatial awareness, and a connection to nature.  

Research has shown that the intrinsic bond we have with nature, called biophilia, has many benefits for children.  Benefits can include less stress, enhanced attention, improved social interaction as well as a deeper appreciation for our natural environment.

Mio Reggio products are 100% natural, hypoallergenic and biodegradable.  Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time.  Sustainable play supports a sustainable future for the next generation. No trees are cut down in the process of extracting cork. Cork is obtained from the outer layer of the cork oak. A cork oak, whose bark is regularly harvested (every 9 years, a lifetime of the oak tree is 200-300 years) binds more than three times as much oxygen as an unused cork oak.  Cork material is soft and soothing for children, providing them with a unique sensory experience.  Sensory play is important to brain development because it can strengthen sensory-related synapses and functions.  Cork's unique texture also allows children to build at an angle and create leaning structures, supporting more imaginative play and deeper spatial awareness.  

In 2022, Mio Reggio and National Day Calendar collaborated to create National Green City Day. The day promotes the progress cities are making to become more sustainable and eco-friendly.  Mio Reggio believes in the children’s role as global citizens and their ability to give shape to the green movement. 

Their Green City Block Set was awarded the 2021 Good Housekeeping Sustainable Innovation Award.  It empowers future green architects by providing young children with an age-appropriate introduction to sustainable concepts and green building.  Good Housekeeping listed Mio Reggio as one of 25 green companies to know about. 

E-Blox is an emerging leader in educational electronic toys and products

E-Blox is an emerging leader in educational electronic toys and products that engage children to Learn by BuildingTM.  Based in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, E-Blox was launched in 2016 by Art Seymour and his sons James and Joseph after more than 90+ years of combined experience as entrepreneurs, inventors, and designers in the educational toys and wireless industries.  E-Blox’s founders are now leading the way to a whole new generation of educational toys that give children of all ages the building blocks of a STEM/STEAM education through the joy of play and discovery. With E-Blox’s plug-together bricks and modules, kids can build endless toys and games that light up, make sounds and create motion. With E-Blox, a child can easily build a robot with flashing red eyes, a Bubble Making Machine, a Burp ‘N Fart Machine, an FM radio or DJ Set.  Most anything kids can imagine, they can build with E-Blox.  E-Blox Circuit Blox BYO DJ Set comes with 3 original DJ songs written by SOLI (USA) and 15 cool DJ sounds.  Or you can play your own music through Bluetooth and insert DJ sounds to your own music.  Kids learn about STEM by building the DJ set circuit, then enjoy hours upon hours of fun being their own DJ, listening to cool dance songs and inserting air horns, scratch sounds and a bunch of other cool DJ sound effects!  E-Blox toys are designed to stimulate a child’s imagination and creativity, and teach every child to investigate our world through interactive storytelling, creative reasoning, and systematic building of objects that will provide endless hours of fun and learning.

Discover The World’s Friendliest DoughTM!

A world leader and innovative company in creative play, Crazy Aaron’s has been making genuine Thinking Putty® since 1998.

Founder, Crazy Aaron, has continued to trailblaze within the toy industry by establishing new product lines and brands to inspire curiosity and wonder for people of all ages! Known for creating the best putty on earth, Crazy Aaron’s has also reinvented a childhood classic with Land of Dough®.

Land of Dough® is play dough reimagined! Handcrafted from natural ingredients and considered the most sustainable play dough product on the planet. All Crazy Aaron’s products are made with safe, nontoxic, top- quality materials and ingredients right on Main Street, USA in Norristown, PA.

Mission: We make Thinking Putty® and other creative, innovative products to inspire curiosity and wonder and to educate and delight our customers all over the world.

Building Brighter Futures

Since opening its doors in 1995, The Learning Journey’s mission has remained unchanged – to provide products of the highest quality for parents and educators around the world that are both fun and affordable. In an effort to maintain the standards of today’s rapidly changing technology, toy manufacturers need to be agile and creative while also not losing sight of the true core values established in traditional play.  

More than ever, parents are searching for educational toys that are both stimulating and effective for their young children. The Learning Journey strives to ensure all its products satisfy these needs, with each toy, puzzle and game designed to build the skills necessary to have a head start in school and in life! Additionally, a wide range of Learning Journey products have been designed specifically to enhance the development of STEM/STEAM standards in young children, encouraging hands-on learning with real-world applications.

Effective educational toys promote learning, introduce new ideas and concepts, and encourage self-confidence! When parents provide these toys for their children, they’re providing significant opportunity for early mental and physical growth while also keeping their little ones entertained! In an effort to encompass the learning experience at all developmental stages, The Learning Journey has produced a variety of educational products ranging from 5 different categories of play. These product categories include Puzzles, Games, Active Play, Construction, and Electronic Learning, with countless awards received in all 5 categories! Some of our recent 2022 awards won include: Mom’s Choice Awards, Creative Child Awards, PAL Awards, Academics Choice, National Parenting Product Association, and many more!

The Learning Journey is looking forward to the next 25+ years as we expand our ever-growing product and customer base while staying true to our core directive of providing children with products that help them reach their full potential and beyond! With The Learning Journey’s complete range of interactive products, children can have fun while learning and parents and educators can know they have the right quality educational products for their children!

tlji.com, info@tlji.com, (602) 787-1115

The Learning Journey Dissects The Fundamentals of Learning

The Learning Journey opened its doors in 1995 and has since been busy producing high quality, award-winning educational children’s products – including a large range of bilingual toys, puzzles, and games! Today more than ever, parents are searching for educational toys that are fun, affordable, and effective for their children. Learning Journey products satisfy all of these needs, with each product designed to build skills that are important for kids to learn in order to have a head start in school. Additionally, a wide range of products have been designed specifically to enhance the development of both STEM and STEAM in young children.

Effective educational toys will promote learning, introduce new ideas and concepts, and encourage self-confidence! When parents provide these toys for their children, they’re simultaneously providing significant opportunity for mental and physical growth all while keeping their little ones entertained! In effort to encompass the learning experience at all developmental stages, The Learning Journey has produced a variety of educational products ranging from 5 different categories of play. These product categories include Puzzles, Games, Active Play, Construction, and Electronic Learning, with countless awards received in all 5 categories! Some of our recent awards won include: Mom’s Choice Awards 2022, Creative Child Awards 2022, PAL Awards 2022, Academics Choice 2022, National Parenting Product Association 2022, and many more!

The Learning Journey is looking forward to the next 25+ years as we expand our ever-growing product and customer base while staying true to our core directive of providing children with products that help them reach their full potential and beyond! With The Learning Journey's complete range of interactive products, children can have fun while learning and parents and educators can know they have the right quality educational products for their children!

www.tlji.com
info@tlji.com
(602) 787-1115

Made to inspire greatness at any age

Made to inspire greatness at any age, each one of our products encompasses innovation and style that turns heads at every corner.

Posh Baby and Kids is the proud bring some of the best baby and toddler gear in the world to the North American market. We strive to inspire greatness at any age, each one of our products encompasses innovation and style that turns heads at every corner.

Our collection of products include trikes, balance bikes, and scooters that are designed in collaboration with, and officially licensed by the Bentley Motor Company and McLaren Automotive. Our products are designed meticulously to pay homage to the names they carry and features luxurious and innovative features that were clearly lacking in the market.

The Bentley Trike was designed to make your everyday strolls unbelievably stylish; these trikes were modeled after the world-famous design of the Bentley Continental GT and follow in the footsteps of a true icon!

The luxury elements such as the cross stitched seats, replica continental GT wheels on air filled rubber tires, and soft leatherette touch points truly make this the Bentley of toddler trikes and unlike anything else available today. However, we didn’t just stop at this. The Bentley trike’s innovative transforming capabilities also make it versatile and your toddler’s favorite ride from 6 months to 5 years old!

The McLaren Scooters and Balance Bike were designed to inspire great performance at a young age in a true homage to McLaren Automotive. The balance bike frame is made entirely out of carbon fibre for the ultimate lightweight riding experience, while the scooters feature some of the best handling and sturdy decks available for kids 3 years to 16+.

Find out more about these and other amazing product at poshbabyandkids.com.

Introduce your household to Echidna Shuffle

Introduce your household to Echidna Shuffle, a family-friendly game of picking up cute bugs and delivering them to their stumps. Roll a die and move the twelve adorable echidnas who carry the bugs on their backs. Keep to the paths and get your bugs home. But watch out, other players may derail you. Deliver all three of your bugs and win!

The game has big, beautifully crafted echidnas that kids love, and six different kinds of bugs in bright colors with matching stumps. There is also a unique two-sided board to keep things fresh and exciting. Echidna Shuffle is also designed with smaller hands in mind so the whole family can enjoy playing together!

With its addictively cute pieces, sturdy construction and intuitive game play, Echidna Shuffle has already won several awards, including the Origins Award: Fan Favorite Family Game of the Year (2019), Mom's Choice Awards Gold Award: Family-Friendly Game (2022) and the Creative Child Award: Game of the Year for Family Games (2022).

Echidna Shuffle is for two to six players, ages six and up, and an average game takes only ten to twenty-minutes to play. The game has been a huge hit with groups of all ages from around the world.  So, hop on an echidna and join the shuffle. Isn't it time to find out what you've been missing?

www.wattsalpoag.com
Questions@wattsalpoag.com

Raising Environmental Awareness Through Play

More and more parents believe taking care of the planet is an important value to share with their kids. What better way to do it than through gameplay? Adventerra Games is the only company in the world with a game catalog entirely dedicated to environmental topics!

Eco-education Experts

Each of the company’s games and puzzles addresses a critical issue like recycling, water conservation, energy use, endangered species, and more. With di erent lines speci cally designed for toddlers, preschoolers, elementary and middle-schoolers, kids have a blast while building STEM skills and learning how to protect the planet!

Award-Winning STEM Toys

In addition to being STEM.org authenticated, Adventerra Games has won more than 90 awards to date, including seals of approval from recognized parenting institutions like the Mom’s Choice Awards and e National Parenting Center, and endorsements from popular media outlets such as the Good Housekeeping’s 2021 Top Toy Award.

Planet-friendly & Sustainable

Adventerra Games walks the talk: all of their games are 100% plastic- free, both recycled and recyclable, made in North America. ey use vegetable inks, sugar cane shrink wraps, compostable cardboards, and wood certi ed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

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