New & Notable Toys: Educational
Check out these new and noteworthy toys.
Sound Collector Kit by ARTEC EDUCATIONAL
Faint or distant sounds will seem louder. Have fun listening to many different sounds all around you. 5/16/2013 (Price: $15.99; Age: 8 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Avalanche Fruit Stand by LEARNING RESOURCES INC.
Avalanche Fruit Stand. Steady...don't spill the fruit. Spin the wheel, then use the jumbo tweezers to pick or place fruit. Develops fine motor skills, especially the all-important pincer grasp that prepares children for handwriting. Also reinforces color and fruit vocabulary. Perfect for teachers, specialists and occupational therapists. Includes 40 fruit counters (5 different fruits), 2 tweezers (6"), picture spinner, Guide printed inside box, and adjustable cardboard stand measuring 6"L x 9 1/2"W x 13 3/4"H.
— As of 1/17/2013 this product had 4.4 out of 5 stars from 11 reviews on Amazon.com. 1/18/2013 (Price: $19.99; Age: 3 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Smart Play Pad by SMART PLAY LLC
Make early learning fun & exciting with the brand new electronic portable Smart play Pad. Little ones will love the cool looking tablet that’s easy to use and can play anywhere. More than 30 touch sensor keys teach language and pronunciation skills to help prepare your child for kindergarten. Four game modes are full of fun ways to discover letters, phonics, numbers, music and more. Bonus - Bilingual feature helps kids learn the alphabet and numbers in English and Spanish. Requires 3 AAA batteries (included). Launch date: February 2013. 1/8/2013 (Price: $24.99; Age: 2 to 8) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Smarty Pants - 3rd Grade Card Set by MELISSA & DOUG
Smarty Pants Third Grade cards let kids test their smarts and load up on new facts and funny trivia. Designed for independent use (so a child can play alone or with a parent or friend), the cards are colorful, creative and packed with illustrated activities, including trivia quizzes, problem-solving puzzles, rebus puzzles, fun facts, creative story-building games and much more. Each educational card set is thoughtfully developed to suit the learning style and curriculum standards of each age range...then spiced up with fresh, lively design and an infusion of humor (including a whimsical pants-shaped case!) to keep kids giggling, engaged and excited about learning. 1/4/2013 (Price: $12.99; Age: 8 and up)
Globe 4 Kids 10" by REPLOGLE GLOBES
The Globe 4 Kids Globe by Replogle is a 10-inch Illustrated, illuminated globe that is perfect for kids of all ages. With its vividly displayed political diagrams and relief map it is an excellent tool to help teach children about various regions and their significance in the world. It also features pictures of a mixture of animals, landmarks, and even people to help teach where some historical figures are from. 1/4/2013 (Price: $74.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Mathological Liar Games by EDUPRESS
Students will love becoming math detectives. Players earn points for solving math mysteries in this entertaining and educational game. In each round, players read about a crime committed and each player receives a suspect’s alibi. Players must determine whether the math in their suspect’s alibi is correct or not. If the math is correct, the suspect is innocent; if the math is incorrect, the suspect is guilty of the crime. Each game requires players to use multiple grade-level math skills. Includes 40 math mysteries. The game can be played with 2-4 players and includes ideas for turning the game into a quick-and-easy math center. Set contains 200 cards and directions. Available in grades 2-6.
Awards: 2012 Dr.Toy Best 20 for $20 12/14/2012 (Price: $11.99; Age: 8 to 12)
Usborne Wipe Clean Activity Books by USBORNE PUBLISHING
These reusable books introduce the alphabet, letters and first writing skills. Wipe-clean pages and pen offer lots of opportunities for practice.
— In a Winter 2012 survey, Teresa Derry, owner of Annie's Toy Chest in Cocoa, Fla., told TDmonthly that they sell 20 of this item each month. 12/4/2012 (Price: $7.99; Age: 4 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Marie's Words Vocabulary Flash Cards by MARIE'S WORDS INC.
Marie's Words is a work of 550 original, full-color, hand-drawn vocabulary flash cards. It allows kids to learn word definitions in a visual and meaningful way. The illustrations are unique, and many use historical, geographical, scientific, cultural and generational references as a mnemonic tool for easy learning. Marie's Words harnesses the "Power of Pictures." 11/19/2012 (Price: $29.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Gemstone Necklace Excavation Kit by GEOCENTRAL
A great item for today's adventuresome girls. Each kit contains a gypsum block with 7 different embedded gemstones and a spiral pendant. Once the stones have been excavated, she can choose a favorite stone to wear in the necklace. Stones can be changed to coordinate with her outfit or her mood. Launch date: August 2012. 11/14/2012 (Price: $11.99; Age: 5 to 12) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Visual Display - Class Calendar by MINILAND EDUCATIONAL CORP
Class Calendar presents a visually complete representation of the day, month, year, today’s weather, and the season in 4” x 4” frames. It includes images of the seasons, weather, months, day, date, and storage basket. It is provided in both English and Spanish. Launch date: January 2013. 11/14/2012 (Price: $76.99; Age: 3 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
New Sprouts™ Ring It Up! My very own cash register by LEARNING ENCOUNTERS
Cash in on curiosity with this modern cash register that makes playing shop irresistible. Features a fun coin slide and pop-open cash drawer. Includes chunky buttons and 5 number coins. Ages 2+. Launch date: January 2013. 11/14/2012 (Price: $29.99; Age: 2 to 4) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Boikido Wooden ABC Cubes 28 Pc Set by BOIKIDO
There is no better way to learn alphabets, numbers, colors, and shapes than by playing with these 28 colorful wooden Boikido cubes. These cubes are also building blocks that stimulate imagination. Develops motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem solving skills. Launch date: February 2013. 11/14/2012 (Price: $29.99; Age: 1 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Hot Dots® Pen by EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS INC.
The Hot Dots pen works with dozens of Hot Dots card sets, providing instantaneous visual and audio feedback. Simply press the pen to choose an answer on any Hot Dots or Hot Dots Jr. card for an immediate response—cool, kid-friendly phrases for correct answers and gentle redirection for incorrect responses. 11/7/2012 (Price: $10.99; Age: 5 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Homework Helper Workbook - First Grade Activities by CARSON-DELLOSA PUBLISHING
First Grade Activities Homework Helper provides children in first grade with extra help in learning important skills. Packed full of fun-to-do activities and appealing art, children will have fun completing the reproducible pages while learning first grade skills at the same time. Answer keys are also included where needed. These workbooks provide help for students who need extra practice with basic skills, for the accelerated student who enjoys an extra challenge, and for the young learner who is developing basic concepts and readiness skills. They also help boost self-confidence and reinforce basic skills with activities that are geared to the specific grade level.
— Gregory Sahagian, owner of Learning Express of Beverly in Beverly, Mass., told TDmonthly in a Fall 2012 survey that they sell 4-5 dozen Kumon Homework Helpers each month, making them a top-2 best selling educational products. 11/7/2012 (Price: $2.99; Age: 6 to 7)
Classic Set by CUBICITI COMPANY LLC
The Classic set consists of 36 varieties of maple blocks. Painted with non-toxic water based acrylic paints and sealed with organic beewax.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval 11/2/2012 (Price: $79.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Big Words Flashcards by KNOCK KNOCK
Kids (and grown-ups) love to learn and say silly-sounding words—not to mention impressing others with them—so we’ve created Big Word Flashcards, featuring some of the coolest multisyllabic terms in the dictionary. With fun definitions, child-friendly phonetic pronunciations, and playful illustrations, these cards will introduce youngsters of all ages to the joys of loquacity. Launch date: January 2012. 10/25/2012 (Price: $12.00; Age: 6 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Word Snag by PRESSMAN TOY CORP.
Players must turn over a category card then roll the letter dice. Everyone tries to match the letters with something related to the category. If they’re looking for “Vehicles” — take the “T” and yell out “Truck!”, then keep on looking for more. The first player to get 20 points wins. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up. Contents: 7 dice, dice cup, 30 category cards, score pad, rules. Launch date: June 2012.
Awards: 2012 Family Fun Toy of the Year T.O.Y. Award 10/25/2012 (Price: $12.00; Age: 8 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Triple Talk Vocab Cards by SUPER DUPER PUBLICATIONS
Triple Talk is a fast-paced card game for improving vocabulary, comprehension, and reasoning skills by presenting students with words that may have different meanings based on their context. For example, one can swim in a pool, play a game of pool, or pool one's resources. Each of the 60 Word Cards in Triple Talk has three different corresponding Photo-Definition Cards (180 Cards). There are three levels of Photo-Definition Cards. Level 1 Cards have a definition most familiar to students. Levels 2 and 3 gradually increase in difficulty by using the words in contexts that may not be as familiar to students. The definitions present the words as simple nouns, verbs, and adjectives. 10/22/2012 (Price: $34.95)
Lexibook Junior Tablet by LEXIBOOK
Developed especially for kids, Lexibook® Junior Tablet combine educational, multimedia and interactive activities, empowering children to play and learn using their very own tablet. The double injection molded plastic casing is solidly constructed to hold up to kids at play -- even in the hands of its youngest users. The easy-to-use interface can be intuitively navigated by all ages. The scrolling menu makes it easy for kids to access a treasure trove of apps, games, music, videos, cartoons and books. Launch date: October 2012. 10/19/2012 (Price: $150; Age: 3 to 7) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Spanish And English La Granja - The Farm. By Ms Blanca in DVD by LITTLE XAVIER COMPANY
A high-energy educational Spanish & English class in DVD that will stimulate kid's musical & language development and captivate their imaginations. We believe that children's interest will peak after watching this special video. Children from 3 years old and up learn the name of many farm animals in the "Repeat After Me" segment. Includes "Numbers 1-30", "Sentences", "Opposites", "What Color It Is?", "Insects", "Puzzle Time" and "Time To Eat". The show ends in a fancy gelato shop learning the ice cream flavors. Songs, music, illustrations, and real farm animals are part of this wonderful video. Launch date: January 2012.
Awards: 2012 Best of Show Dealer Favorites; A “must have” item from the 2012 NSSEA Organization Ed Expo recently held on March 23rd in Baltimore, MD 10/16/2012 (Price: $22.99; Age: 3 to 8) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Ultimate Volcano Science Kit by DISCOVER WITH DR. COOL
Discover with Dr. Cool turned this classic science experiment into the ultimate hands-on volcano experience. First you'll decorate the 7" ceramic volcano with the brush and paints included in the kit. Then kids'll make the volcano erupt over and over with the eruption powder and red lava coloring also included. Plus they'll get to examine 3 genuine volcanic specimens including: a real geode, an obsidian arrowhead, and a floating piece of volcanic rock called pumice. The information guide will teach kids all about their specimens as well as how volcanoes form and why they erupt. Also included is an activity booklet with 10 fun games, puzzles, and challenges to complete. Because everything is included in the kit, kids won't need to run to the store for additional supplies. If they're doing this project for the science fair, they'll love how nice the ceramic volcano looks-it's way better than the paper mache volcanoes. This is the perfect science kit for anyone interested in geology, earth science, or volcanoes. Launch date: August 2012.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval, 2012 Kids Product of the Year, Creative Child Magazine; 2012 Gold Award, Family Review Center;2012 Seal of Approval, Family Review Center. 10/16/2012 (Price: $19.95; Age: 6 to 12) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
The Global Game Changers by PIXEL ENTERTAINMENT
Winner of Dr. Toys 100 Best Childrens Products of 2012 and 10 Best High-Tech Products of 2012, as well as a Preferred Choice Award by Creative Child Magazine, this new children's book is built around The Global Game Changers, a fictional team of superheroes whose leader, Global Girl, and her sidekick, Little Big-Heart, and their trust dog Pixel, recruit real-life kids to help change the world for the better by doing good things for others without expecting anything in return. At the end of The Global Game Changers book there is a call to action for the reader to be inspired to join the Alliance by visiting The Global Game Changers interactive web community where they can share their Ignite Good! stories, learn how to utilize their talents to affect things they are passionate about, have fun, and be empowered to help make a difference in the world. Launch date: July 15, 2012. 10/9/2012 (Price: $16.99; Age: All Ages) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
International Moneybox by MOONJAR
In celebration of our tenth anniversary, Moonjar has created a brand new Moneybox with a global twist. Each metallic section is wrapped in the words, "Save, Spend and Share" in languages from around the world. The boxes are gold, silver and copper colors to appeal to the tween set as well as their parents. 10/5/2012 (Price: $28.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Brilli the Imagination Ball by VTECH
Little ones will love Brilli the Imagination Ball, an educational toy from VTech. There are 5 different modes of play, including games with counting, natural sounds, rhymes and silly sounds. The firm surface provides an easy grip for small hands, and the included motion sensor offers a wide variety of feedback responses for each game played. 9/24/2012 (Price: $17.99; Age: 0 to 4)
Spot it! Alphabet by BLUE ORANGE GAMES
There is always one, and only one, matching letter between any two cards. Spot it to win. As they search for matches, preschoolers will learn to identify letters and colors, building essential skills for preschool and beyond. There are 3 ways to play with different challenge levels. The rule booklet includes advanced play tips for little learners ready to explore alphabetic order and basic spelling. Launch date: September 2012. 9/12/2012 (Price: $9.99; Age: 2 to 5) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Exploracise® Multiplication Football by EXPLORAMANIA
Turn one of the most difficult math topics into the most FUN. The NEW Multiplication football is more fun than flash cards for learning these important math facts. Help kids learn the multiplication tables through engaging active play to increase retention and recall for higher test scores. Take along this soft stuffed ball to review the multiplication tables outdoors, indoors and even in the car. It is a colorful picture dictionary on an oversized ball making it easier to catch and throw.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy 100 Best Toys 9/11/2012 (Price: $22.50; Age: 8 to 10) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Flash Cards by eeBoo corp.
A simple call and response activity. Beautiful pictures introduce children to letter sounds and simple phonics. Flash card topics include: Division, Multiplication, Subtraction, Addition, Rhyming, and Opposites. 8/23/2012 (Age: 3 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Wash Your Paws Poster by BARKER CREEK PUBLISHING
We partnered with the researchers at National Geographic's Stock Photo Library to find a great image that would remind us all to "wash our paws!" Hang this big 17" x 22" chart "as is" or put it in a frame - either way, it is a beautiful and affordable way to add an important message along with a bit of humor to your home, classroom, office, workplace...anyplace where healthy habits and clean hands are encouraged. Launch date: 2012. 7/30/2012 (Price: $3.99; Age: All Ages) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Muscle Movers Lower Case Activity Kit by FUNDANOODLE
A fun and easy activity parents and children can do together. Kids will be delighted with colorful cards that promote gross motor development and alphabet recognition. Each card has a lower case letter on one side and adorable animal and action on the other. Players can have fun as they "Crawl like an inchworm" or "Roar like a lion." Children will practice letter recognition while improving flexibility and strengthening muscles. Trace the letter on the back of the card for reinforcement and handwriting practice. Launch date: 2011. 7/26/2012 (Price: $14.99; Age: 6 to 8) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Early Lingo German 6 DVD Box Set by EARLY LINGO INC
The Early Lingo German Edition Box Set is the latest language release in our series. The award-winning Early Lingo DVD Series gives children ages 6 months to 9 years a solid foundation in a second language through an animated and live-action adventure series. We currently offer the first 6 DVDs of the Series in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin and German with more titles and languages to follow. Launch date: June 2012. 7/10/2012 (Price: $99.99; Age: 0 to 9) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Play Clay Gift Pack by PLAY CLAY FACTORY
The Play Clay Gift Pack includes 6 wonderfully scented Play Clay rolls in Blueberry Blast, Cherryberry, Pineapple Punch, Orange Sherbet, Grape Bubblegum, & Sour Green Apple. Made from organic ingredients, Play Clay is the dough that moms love because there's no crumbly mess or staining. Approx. 2 lbs.
Award: 2012 Creative Child Preferred Choice Award 7/5/2012 (Price: $12.95; Age: 2 to 12) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Flag Frenzy by GEOTOYS LLC
Flag Frenzy is a fast-paced card game where players race to match flags from countries around the world. 49 cards have 8 flags each, and every card has one flag in common with every other card. The goal is to find the matching flags before the opponents do, and be the first to match all the cards. Continent cards add to the fun, as players must match a flag to one of four continents (Europe, Asia, Americas, and Africa). And a bonus world map is included, showing all flags and where the countries are located. Contents: 49 flag cards, 8 continent cards, rules, world map. Inventor: Martin Nedergaard Anderson. ( Watch Video) 6/25/2012 (Price: $17.95; Age: 6 and up)
Twitch, The Monster of Frustration by THE MONSTERS IN MY HEAD LLC
Say Hello to Twitch, the adorable curly horned Monster of Frustration.Twitch tries hard to do everything right, but when something doesn't go his way he stomps, yells and quickly gives up. If only Twitch could see that giving up is not the answer. Maybe kids can offer Twitch some positive ways to deal with his frustration. Launch date: October 2012. 6/25/2012 (Price: $21.50; Age: 3 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Buzzlewords® The Spelling Bee Game Level 4 - 7th & 8th grade by THE SPELLING BEE GAME INC.
BUZZLEWORDS® - The Spelling Bee Game is the most fun that children and adults can have while learning spelling, reading and vocabulary. Because the spelling words are taken from actual school word lists, children will master all of the spelling words for his or her grade level just by playing the game. In addition, by reading the words to the speller and by looking up the meanings of words for the speller, children will improve his or her reading and vocabulary skills while having fun, without even realizing it. Includes Game Board, Tri-Colored Die, 6 Bee Playing Pieces, 300 BUZZLEWORD Cards, 50 BUZZLEBEE Cards. 6/22/2012 (Price: $14.95; Age: 12 to 14) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Moving through Math: Meadow Count by MISSARMIA PRODUCTIONS LLC
Moving Through Math: Reading and Moving Books invite children to embody their understanding of mathematics. Brain research shows that young students quickly grasp complex academic content when movement and the imagination are integrated with learning. Meadow Count explores one-to-one correspondence and counting. 6/6/2012 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Brainetics Kit by BRAINETICS
Brainetics teaches how to MASTER all the vitally important learning SKILLS (focus, concentration, problem solving, thinking outside the box, organizational, increased mental capacity and memory) that are rarely taught in schools and people lack throughout their lives. Brainetics TRAINS two different parts of the MIND to work simultaneously yet independently of each other. One part memorizes information while another part is sorting and processing new information. The mind will begin to work much more efficiently and be more powerful giving Brainetics kids a huge advantage throughout their academic lives and beyond. Brainetics can either be learned alone, or entire families can learn together. Package includes 5 DVDs, Parents Manual, Playbook with practices and exercises, flash cards, and playing cards.
Awards: Parents Choice Gold Award; Dr. Toy's Best Classic Toys 2012. 5/11/2012 (Price: $149.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
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