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Top-10 Most-Wanted Activity Kits and Play Sets
From arts & crafts to science projects, activity kits are some of the best toys for kids...


Helping Boys and Girls Set and Measure Goals with Games Workshop
Specialty toy store owners are always looking for products that are more than just toys. The ideal item isn't just fun - it also helps kids develop a variety of skills that will help them succeed later in life...


Top-10 Most-Wanted Activity Kits and Play Sets
Arts & crafts toys are the hottest products in the activity kit category, according to specialty retailers interviewed by TDmonthly in May 2014...


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


August Staff Picks
This month's Staff Picks focuses on new, high-quality arts & crafts products and hands-on kits that could be a good fit for your store...


Top-10 Most-Wanted Activity Kits and Play Sets
TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers in May 2013 to find out about their most popular Activity Toys and Play Sets...


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


Top-10 Most-Wanted Activity Kits and Playsets
When TDmonthly Magazine surveyed retailers in May 2012 about their best selling activity kits and play sets, six of the 13 named arts & crafts items as their top sellers...


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


Toy Fair Preview 2012 - Games, Kits, and Activity Sets
The (potential) hits keep coming with TDmonthly Magazine's Toy Fair Preview...


Top-10 Most-Wanted Activity Kits and Playsets
In a survey of twelve retailers in late Spring 2011, TDmonthly found that Calico Critters was the best-selling brand of playset for a third of respondents...


Holiday Preview: Preschool
Preschoolers will get down to playing and learning with Lilly Bean felt food sets, Grasshopper prep kits, and projects full of shape and texture from 1-2-3 Preschool Projects. Get to know plush friends, playsets and more in TDmonthly’s Holiday Preview of Preschool items.For products that interest you, click "Add to...


Roundtable Reviewers Find Easy Daysies Instills Confidence and Routine
TDmonthly Magazine’s Grade School Roundtable got organized with Easy Daysies Magnetic Daily Schedules Starter Kit, Chores & Rewards Kit, and Special Times & Clocks Kit...


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...


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...


My Best Sellers: Club Tabby
At Club Tabby in Lake Charles, La., tween girls can be a princess for a day … and shop to their heart’s content. Co-owner Natalie Comeaux told TDmonthly Magazine what little princesses (and their parents) are buying up...


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...


Postcards Talk and Letters Roll in October's Videos
Want to mail a special note to that special someone? Challenge a friend to a race of words? Or sculpt the cutest little penguin out of wool? Watch these videos...


Top-10 Most-Wanted Science & Nature Toys
It’s becoming easier and easier for toy stores to bring “life” to science lessons, with butterfly homes, frog-filled aquariums, multiple ant farms and all sorts of robotic creatures...


TDmonthly's Fall 2009 Classic Award Winner
See the complete list of TDmonthly Magazine's Fall 2009 award winners...


My Best Sellers: Twirl Toystore & Playspace
Fun, impulse toys are staples at Twirl Toystore & Playspace in Taos, N.M. Following are the items Operations Manager Molly McMullin told TDmonthly Magazine are best sellers at her store...


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...


In This Issue
Know what? TDmonthly Magazine wants you to have a good year!...


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:...


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


Children Don Clothes of the Future
Let’s face it: Kids are just a bunch of wanna-be grown-ups...


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...


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...


New and Notable Toys: Kits
Check out these noteworthy toys...


TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Alternative Building Kits
Many retail toy stores surveyed by TDmonthly concentrate on finding more unusual construction toys that appeal to both boys and girls...


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...


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...


New Play Sets for 2004
These play sets keep kids entertained for hours and are full-participation activities that are so fun, even adults will want to play...


Activity Kits Worth Digging Into
Youngsters want to express themselves; parents want to keep kids entertained. The solution: A variety of new activity kits guaranteed to beat boredom...


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."...


Fun After It´s Done
With today’s arts and crafts and activity kits the fun doesn’t end when the project is completed. Instead of hanging a finished creation on the living room wall, children might play with it, eat it, or even wash with it...


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...


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...


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...


Color Fun The Magic Color Kit from Color Fun is great for any classroom or at home with friends. The Magic Color Kit comes in 6 different designs: Dinosaurs, ABC and Numbers, Clowns, Sports, USA Map, and Zoo Animals. This fun group activity encourages creativity, sharing and cooperation. After...


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