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AirBlox

AirBlox

GreenHouse International AirBlox Inflatable block building and construction toy unique life sized construction toy allows children to build an almost unlimited number of structures easily, quickly and safely with clips. Ideal for both boys and girls geometrically shaped panels inflate in seconds, large yet lightweight, and safe with no sharp edges. Macro valve allows for [...]


Tekton™ Tower, A Girder & Panel® Building Set

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Bridge Street Toys Tekton™ Tower, A Girder & Panel® Building Set Educational building set for design and construction of buildings. The pieces encourage architectural designs. Young builders can create many different kinds of buildings. The Girder and panel sets were originally introduced in the 1950’s by Kenner. 250 pieces with carrying case and full color [...]


Uncle Goose Toys

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ABC Blocks The alphabet blocks are made from basewood as a 1-3/4 inch square. They come in a basic unit in a wagon or in a box. Other variations include Braille and Braille math blocks. There is a version of nursery rhyme blocks as well. They are used by the child’s imagination. Uncle Goose was [...]


Moving Along In the Toy Industry

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by Celia Bechtel Bechtel Executive Search The toy industry, as with all the other industries, is moving along in a time of uncertainty and hesitation. Even the healthiest of companies are being very careful in all aspects of their business. The economy is forcing manufacturers to focus on the bottom line. They are being very [...]


Dado Cubes

Dado Cubes

Fat Brain Toy Dado Cubes Combine art and science as creatorexplores architectural principles including proportion, balance,structure and color. A new twist on classic building blocks, Dado engages imagination as slits on each cube are interlocked to create anunlimited number of three-dimensional structures. Constructed horizontally, vertically or nested together, Dado invites visual spatial development and problem [...]


United Federation of Doll Clubs Convention – 2009

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by Virginia Davis, Doll Reader   The sweltering temperatures nearing the 100 degree mark and the humidity did not wilt the enthusiasm of over 1200 members attending the 60th annual convention of The United Federation of Doll Clubs in Atlanta, Georgia July 12-17th. Members of the United Federation of Doll Clubs are united by their [...]


Dr. Toy Parents Magazine Interview

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  There's no magical toy that will turn your tot into a genius. But you can pick playthings that boost your baby's development at every stage. Dr. Toy Interview: Parents Magazine, May 2009. Download [PDF - opens in Acrobat]  


Working With A Licensing Agent

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by Andrew Berton Excel Development Group, Inc. Why Do I Need A Licensing Agent? No one willingly shares their potential royalties with someone else but many toy executives don’t have the time to work with new designers. Instead they look at these ideas through an inventor representative, e.g., a bona fide toy licensing agent. How [...]


Raggedy Ann Lives On!

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Virginia Davis, Doll Reader It is with sadness that we learned in June of 2009, about the closing of the Raggedy Ann Doll Museum in Arcola, Illinois. Another tribute to history has felt the axe of the struggling economy. When I talked with Joni Wannamaker in 2002, she was very excited about opening a museum [...]


Toy History

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by John Skakel Faire Tyme Toys Have you ever wondered about the first toy? How it came to be? What it was? Many people have often wondered about just that: I have seen numerous posts and been asked about those very questions many times. Take a moment here to relax gently and close your eyes [...]


The Reading Game: Developing Literacy Through Play

The Reading Game has just launched it’s 2nd, Enhanced Edition. The multiple-award winning learn to read game, The Reading Game, has just launched its 2nd, enhanced edition. Using play to teach need-to-know words and helping children build confidence and enjoyment with their first independent reading experience is what has made the game so successful. The [...]


The Right Toys for Toddlers

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  by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. – “Dr. Toy” Toddlers actively explore their world and want to touch, smell and taste everything. Watch carefully and “child proof” your home and the child’s playspace. This is a great time for lots of good, safe toys that offer varied play experiences. The right toys help your toddler learn [...]


Picking Perfect Toys for Children of Any Age

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Dr. Toy has assembled a series of articles, re-posted from the Huffington Post, to help you decide what to get your little loved ones. Picking Perfect Baby Gifts The Right Toys for Toddlers Best Toys for Preschoolers Best Toys for Children in Primary Grades Best Toys for Older Children


Best Toys for Older Children

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  by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. – “Dr. Toy” Parents want to know more about play for children between age 9 and 12. During this period of development, children experience rapid social maturation and physical growth. They are in transition. No longer so young, their interests grow more sophisticated. Despite the many changes, they still benefit [...]


Best Toys for Children in Primary Grades

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  by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. – “Dr. Toy” Children enrolled in the primary grades are actively involved in friendships, interested in learning, happily engaged in outdoor play, rapidly gaining skills, and expanding a wide variety of interests. Peers are very important as are their activities and a range of toys, especially the products their friends [...]


Best Toys for Preschoolers

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  by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. – “Dr. Toy” Preschool children are curious, inquisitive and have a lot of energy. Everything around them is of interest. Their vocabulary, self-expression and imagination is rapidly expanding. Their play is dramatic, creative and active. Preschool is an important, fun, learning opportunity where your child expands social skills and practices [...]


Picking Perfect Baby Gifts

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  by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. – “Dr. Toy” Anytime of the year is the right time to find a great gift for a child, or for an adult who enjoys “the child within.” How do you go about finding that special gift of a toy, plaything or game? Children and adults love bears, stuffed animals, [...]


The Reading Game’s Inspiring Literacy Campaign: Get A Game – Give A Game

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To publish the 2nd edition of their award-winning learn to read program, “The Reading Game,” a San Diego based father/daughter business came up with an innovative way to raise funds for printing costs AND help children in need through a national literacy non-profit. Partnering with First Book, the “Give the Gift of Early Literacy” campaign [...]


10 Tips for Selecting Great Games

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  by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. – “Dr. Toy” Playing games is a perfect way for your child to learn and have fun. Games offer many benefits including challenge, communication, and creativity. Games are enjoyed with friends, siblings, parents, and grandparents. Many games are useful and adaptable for a wide range of ages and abilities. I [...]


Folkmanis Puppets: 35 Years and Going Strong!

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Folkmanis® Puppets believes imagination is the key to a healthy childhood, encouraging play and discovery to develop the skills necessary in life. The company has been making the most innovative and engaging specialty puppets in the world since 1976, delighting imaginations and winning nearly every industry, child development, and kid-tested award, many repeatedly. 35 Years [...]