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Toobers & Zots

Toobers

Hands On Toys – Toobers & Zots Bright colored foam tubes from 2 to 4 feet long are easily bendable. Assorted shapes fit on the tubes like beads. Children will create to their hearts content. They will make head pieces, animals, or anything else young artists wants to create. This product offers many, fun tactile [...]


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 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 [...]