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Article Archive: Creative Activities
Toys to Talk About: Creative Activities
Inspire creativity in your customers with these creative activity toys...

10/1/2015



Schoenhut Is Electrifying!
Schoenhut Piano Company could easily rest on its well-earned laurels; since 1872 it's been producing high-quality toy pianos that last for generations. But Len and Renee Trinca, owners since 1996, know that being great isn't enough...

6/1/2014



TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award Winners: Arts & Crafts
The following outstanding toys have been nominated for Top Toy Debut Awards based on editorial review and retailer feedback...

5/1/2014



Why Schoenhut® Piano Company Teamed Up With Raggs
At the most recent annual American International Toy Fair in New York City, Schoenhut Piano Company announced that a recent partnership with Raggs had resulted in the creation of a unique new product line, Twinkle Tunes Pianos with Songbooks...

5/1/2014



Top-10 Most-Wanted Arts & Crafts Toys
TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers in a January 2014 survey and learned that the Rainbow Loom was still leader of the pack in the arts & crafts category...

2/1/2014



TDmonthly Seal of Approval - Pretend Play/Creative Activities
See the TDmonthly Seal of Approval winners for the Pretend Play / Creative Activities category...

1/1/2013



PlaSmart Inc. Signed as Exclusive North American Distributor for DoodleArt
PlaSmart Inc., a global toy company specializing in fun, innovative and engaging toys that bring families together, has been signed as the exclusive North American distributor for mass and specialty retailers for the well-known colour-it-yourself poster kit brand The Original DoodleArt...

8/1/2012



Kits, Play Sets, and Creative Activities for Kids
Check out these recently added specialty and mass-market kits, play sets, and creative activity toys...

6/1/2012



ASTRA's Best Toys For Kids Nominees - Creative Arts Play
Take a closer look at ASTRA's Best Toys For Kids Nominees in the Creative Arts Play category...

6/1/2012



ASTRA's Best Toys For Kids Nominees - Pretend - Fantasy Play
Take a closer look at ASTRA's Best Toys For Kids Nominees in the Pretend - Fantasy Play category...

6/1/2012



Q & A With Mia Galison, President of eeBoo Corp.
Mia Galison, President & Creative Director of eeBoo Corporation, launched her first product while mothering three infants and working a full time publishing job, taking on freelance work at night to raise the capital for her first products...

5/1/2012



Q & A With Steven Kay, President of The Orb Factory
Steven Kay, President of The Orb Factory Limited, created his first product to raise money so he could visit his long-distance girlfriend. Rising from those humble beginnings, The Orb Factory now produces award-winning products that are sold in more than 50 countries worldwide...

5/1/2012



Q & A With Betty Morris, Creator of Shrinky Dinks
Betty Morris was a housewife and mother of three when she and her Cub Scout troop co-leader (Kate Bloomberg) came up with a fun arts & crafts activity for their troop...

9/1/2011



ASTRA Preview: Creative Activities
These products from companies who are exhibiting at the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy encourage imaginative and creative play...

6/1/2011



Schoenhut Toy Pianos: History in Music
Founded in 1872 by Albert Schoenhut, the award-winning Schoenhut Toy Piano Company has moved into the 21st century with finesse...

5/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Wooden Toys
In early 2011, TDmonthly Magazine's regional correspondents spoke with 12 specialty toy retailers from around the country about their best-selling wooden products...

3/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Arts & Crafts
TDmonthly Magazine interviewed 14 specialty retailers who carried Arts & Crafts products in their store about some of the best-selling Arts & Crafts items that go through their doors...

2/1/2011



How to Make Money Without Really Trying
What would you say if someone invented an inexpensive, braintwisting puzzle that came in a multitude of designs that appeal to players from 4 to 104...

12/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (11/22/10 - 11/30/10)
We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store! Check this space every weekday to see brief video clips of new and specialty products...

11/1/2010



Roundtable Reviewers Paint Positive Reviews of Young Picasso Kit
TDmonthly Magazine’s Grade School Roundtable created masterpieces with Noodle Head Inc.’s Young Picasso Art Kit...

8/1/2010



Top-10 Most-Wanted Gifts for Girls
From Klutz manicure kits to Orb Factory Sticky Mosaic sets, girls simply cannot get enough of creative toys, a TDmonthly Magazine survey of 40 retailers revealed in June 2010...

8/1/2010



Kids Play House With KidKraft and Melissa & Doug
Children's furnishings and playhouses can enrich a play environment, but cost and size prohibit many specialty stores from carrying them, 21 of 43 retailers indicated in a recent TDmonthly Magazine survey...

7/1/2010



Holiday Preview: Arts & Crafts
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7/1/2010



Craft Retailers Get Unexpected Reprieve
Craft retailers in the United States have been struggling pretty much all decade. Declining demand for craft products has meant that for some retailers to survive, others had to go to the wall...

6/1/2010



Top-10 Most-Wanted Activity Kits and Playsets
In April 2010, TDmonthly Magazine interviewed 43 specialty toy stores about what's selling best among activity kits and playsets...

6/1/2010



Crafts Put Hands to Work on Video
Creativity for Kids puts art into dessert, while the Orb Factory wows with new bangle bracelets. Watch these and other creative crafts...

6/1/2010



Summary of Online Toy Reviews
TDmonthly Magazine’s Review Scout scours the Web weekly for reviews of new and hot products so you don’t have to spend your time searching. Check this space for briefs on reviews and ratings from across the nation and even the globe...

5/1/2010



April's Toy Videos Build on Fun
This month, TDmonthly Magazine brings you videos from some of the leaders in the specialty toy industry...

4/1/2010



Summary of Online Toy Reviews: Earth Day Edition
TDmonthly Magazine’s Review Scout celebrates Earth Day this month with reviews of eco-friendly and environmentally conscious products...

4/1/2010



TDmonthly's Top-10 Toys from Toy Fair 2010
Toy Fair unfailingly has an overwhelming selection of new toys and games every year, which is one reason TDmonthly Magazine brought you daily updates on our favorite toys and specialty retailers' recommended items...

3/1/2010



TIA President Predicts Surge of Creativity in Toys
The fourth quarter of 2009 took the toy industry by surprise as customers swept clean the shelves of toy stores across the nation. The lead-paint and safety scares of 2007 had mostly faded from memory, and even recession fears began to recede...

3/1/2010



Top-10 Most-Wanted Arts & Crafts Toys
In January, TDmonthly Magazine interviewed 47 specialty retailers around the country (plus one in Canada) to find out the latest trends in arts and crafts for kids...

2/1/2010



TDmonthly’s Psychologist Mom
TDmonthly Magazine’s Psychologist Mom recently got her tween- and teenaged sons excited about doing their chores, played a strategic pattern game for hours, and enjoyed some historical reenactments with educational paper dolls...

1/1/2010



X-Ball’s Magnetic Pieces Attract Creative Teens
TDmonthly Magazine's Teen Roundtable families had a blast with the X-Ball from Creative Whack Company...

12/1/2009



An App a Day Keeps Boredom Away
Any one of us has probably seen the following scene unfold: Someone is in line at the coffee shop, or bored in a waiting room, so out pops the iPhone...

12/1/2009



Arts & Creative Activities
Go back to main article: "Award-Winning Toys for a Hassle-Free Holiday"...

12/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Jewelry and Accessories
A fun piece of jewelry or a cute accessory is a great way for a kid to make a statement, especially if they’ve made it themselves...

11/1/2009



My Best Sellers: Golden Apple Learning Store
Originally founded as a teacher supply store, the Golden Apple Learning Store in Pleasanton, Calif., has developed over three decades into a toy store that also caters strongly to educators...

10/1/2009



Holiday Preview - Arts & Crafts
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5/1/2009



Followup: Toy Space at Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently denied “new plans to reduce allocated shelf space for toys companywide” as a statement of response to a TDmonthly Magazine article, “Wal-Mart Cuts Toys and Crafts in Clean-Up Campaign,” written by TDmonthly contributor Lutz Muller...

5/1/2009



In This Issue
You’ve nearly made it through the first quarter of a year burdened by recession and challenged by the implementation of new safety standards … so keep trekking!...

3/1/2009



TDmonthly’s Psychologist Mom
TDmonthly Magazine’s Psychologist Mom recently found a tree full of creative play possibilities, practiced logic with colorful cubes, brushed up on spelling, and Bingo’d her way to a nutritious lifestyle...

3/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Arts and Crafts
In late fall 2008, TDmonthly Magazine polled 44 specialty retailers on their sales of arts and crafts items. In this staple category, sales underscored the wild popularity of Orb Factory's Sticky Mosaics...

2/1/2009



Playful Chef Whips Up Panel’s Enthusiasm
TDmonthly Magazine’s Grade School Roundtable delighted in cooking with Playful Life’s Playful Chef set...

10/1/2008



Families Say Pop-Up Cards Are Worth the Postage
TDmonthly’s Grade School Roundtable recently created cards with Play Odyssey’s Pop-Up Pen Pal Cards Kit...

8/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Travel Toys
TDmonthly Magazine spoke with 40 specialty retailers to find out which items are on their must-have list when it comes to travel items...

5/1/2008



My Best Sellers: Creative Kids Toy Shop
At Creative Kids Toy Shop in Columbia, S.C., the Lee Middleton Newborn Doll Nursery is a main attraction, according to Owner Melodie Ingwersen.....

5/1/2008



Retailer Spotlight: Creative Kids Toy Shop
Although Melodie Ingwersen has childhood memories of playing “toy store” with her sisters, she didn’t aspire to be a toy-store owner, she told TDmonthly Magazine...

5/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Arts & Crafts
TDmonthly spoke with 62 retailers about their success with arts and crafts products. While the amount of each particular product sold varied, one thing was consistent:...

2/1/2008



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Painting Toys
Hands down, painting easels are the best-selling art toys, 45 retailers told TDmonthly Magazine...

9/1/2006



Noodle Head Thinks Beyond Activity Kits
Today, Noodle Head expands beyond travel accessories and activity kits into celebrity-themed plush products and pretend play items...

5/1/2006



TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Sing-Along Toys
TDmonthly Magazine talked to over 30 retailers, manufacturers and parents who were all “singing” the praises of the latest sing-along products...

5/1/2006



The Bead Shop Changes Name to Fashion Angels
It’s now official: the tween-crafts and -fashion company known to specialty retailers as The Bead Shop has changed its name to Fashion Angels Enterprises...

5/1/2006



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Clothes-Making Kits
Knitting, crochet and flip-flop kits top sales charts at a number of retailers surveyed by TDmonthly...

4/1/2006



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Slumber Party Stuff
Roll out the sleeping bag and roll up the hair. It’s slumber-party time and girls just gotta have fun...

2/1/2006



New & Notable Toys: Creative Activities
Check out these new and noteworthy toys...

7/1/2005



Noodle Head Keeps Kids Creating
Brothers Eric and Chris Ryan were tired of the unimaginative plastic toys on the market. They decided to put their noodles together to come up with a unique concept for a toy company. So was born Noodle Head Inc., a company dedicated to making toys that inspire creativity and encourage kids to get out and play...

4/1/2005



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Bead Kits
Beading has spread like wildfire and the beading supply industry is at its peak. The popularity of beading has led to a veritable explosion in beading kits, giving the market a multitude of quality options...

4/1/2005



Newspaper, Glue and Memories
After my daughter’s birthday party this year we lugged home gift bags stuffed with the latest dolls, videos and electronic games. The next day the pestering began...

2/1/2005



TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Girls Arts and Crafts
According to Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D./Dr. Toy “Children learn best through play.” Whether they are playing a game, drawing, reading, running or building they are learning by experiencing the world around them. Some manufacturers are even working to incorporate the ever-changing world by adding electronic interaction and digital activities to arts and crafts projects...

12/1/2004



Fairy Dust and Fairy Wings Bring Sparkles and Glitter to Everything
Kids can transform into a fairy by making wings, a tiara and a sparkling wand. Little artists can create a magical, fantasy land on paper or on their bedroom wall...

10/1/2004



Valtech: Magna-Tiles and the Triangle of Learning
Valenta came home, bought the product rights, re-packaged the toy and renamed it Magna-Tiles. Its slogan is: "where math, science and creativity meet."...

10/1/2004



Magnets
Lee Publications (Gift Guide) Going on vacation with your kids? Need a quiet time activity? With Magnetic “Mini” Paper Doll Cowgirls by Lee Publications, your child will have fun dressing up these cowgirl dolls in different outfits and accessories. And when cleaning up, the clothes fit neatly back into...

10/1/2004



I Made This Introduction: Top 10 Arts & Crafts
The hottest new arts and crafts products on the toy aisle are positioned to appeal to both kids and parents...

9/1/2004



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted - Arts & Crafts for the Holiday Season
This book lets kids leave their mark and is simple for mom – all the necessary materials are included...

9/1/2004



Stickers
Top That! Publishing PLC The new exciting series, Sticker Timeline by Top That! Publishing PLC , educate children about dinosaurs, moving machines, and explorers and their discoveries. On one side, there is a colorfully illustrated timeline of events, and on the back , there is more educational information on...

9/1/2004



ACTIVITY KITS
Huntar Company, Inc. Let There Be Light! The Electricity Kit is designed to take the child on an adventure to understanding how electricity/electrical current affects and relates to our basic surroundings, for example, light from a bulb, breeze from a fan and sound from a speaker. Included is a how-to-guide...

8/1/2004



The Peace Rug Stops Fights…Really!
School yard fights, unruly bullies and verbal taunts. Each year, these age-old problems are dealt with by "traditional" methods...

5/1/2004



Spooky Marble Fun
From the creative minds at Mega Marbles comes the ultimate in low-tech fun...

3/1/2004



Molding Kits Create a Lasting Impression
You wouldn’t think that a company run by a brother and sister team from a home-office in American Fork, Utah would be invited to hobnob with celebrities in Hollywood...

2/1/2004




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