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Article Archive: Outdoor Fun
Toys to Talk About: Sports
Get kids active with these sporting goods and outdoor toys...

1/1/2016



5 Backyard Toys That Are Totally Worth The Money
Many parents wish that their kids would spend more time outdoors and less time in front of a screen of some sort...

8/1/2015



Top-10 Most-Wanted Outdoor Toys
Spring has finally sprung, and with it comes the return of outdoor fun...

4/1/2015



Top-10 Most-Wanted Ride-On Toys
With additional reporting by Chris Lundy and Brenda RuggieroWarm weather is finally here, and it's time for kids to get outside and get moving!We asked specialty retailers to share with us their best-selling ride-on toys. Check out the most popular below and see which would be a good fit for...

4/1/2015



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

5/1/2014



Top-10 Most-Wanted Outdoor Toys
Spring has technically sprung, and though snow and chilly temperatures may be lingering in some parts of the country, it's time to start thinking about outdoor toys...

4/1/2014



Top-10 Most-Wanted Ride-On Toys
With warmer weather right around the corner, ride-on toys are a great option for your customers...

4/1/2014



Retailers Share Anticipated Summer Hits
There's still time to stock up on hot new summer toys, so TDmonthly asked retailers to share which products they think will be best-sellers this season...

5/1/2013



Top-10 Most-Wanted Outdoor Toys
Spring has sprung, so TDmonthly Magazine asked retailers which outdoor toys are their best sellers...

4/1/2013



Top-10 Most-Wanted Ride-On Toys
The Plasmacar from PLASMART was still driving big sales when TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers about their best selling ride-on toys in a March 2013 survey...

4/1/2013



April Staff Picks
This month's "Staff Picks" focuses on outdoor toys, now that warmer weather is making its way across the country. But, for those rainy Spring days, we've also included a couple of unique toys that will entertain indoors...

4/1/2013



Retailing Tips for Boosting Springtime Sales
Now that the holidays are over, what's the best way to keep customers coming in your doors? We asked a few seasoned retailers to share their top tips for boosting springtime sales...

3/1/2013



NoodleBlox Builds Brighter Future for Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation
When searching for a metaphor that would elucidate the groundbreaking research being conducted by the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation, filmmaker and TDmonthly Director of Videography Alison Marek remembered a unique building system she'd shot at the 2011 Western Toy & Hobby Retailers Association meeting: Noodle Blox...

11/1/2012



Regulatory Compliance of Aquatic Toys and Aquatic Equipment
Aquatic toys, life preservers and aquatic equipment are all designed for use in or on the water. To ensure regulatory compliance and thereby consumer safety, manufacturers need to make sure to define their products accordingly...

8/1/2012



14 Summer Toys for Sunny Days
The sun is shining, children are home from school, and your frazzled customers are looking for things to do outside with kids — anything to keep them entertained and occupied...

6/1/2012



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

6/1/2012



Summer Lovin’: Outdoor Toys that Fuel Fitness and Creativity
With the unofficial start of summer just a few weeks away, families are gearing up for a long season off from school filled with sun-splashed days, action-packed getaways and weekend barbecues in backyards across the country...

5/1/2012



Outdoor Fun - New Toys for Spring
The weather is warming, and that means one thing - it's time to find new toys for Spring!...

4/1/2012



Top-10 Most-Wanted Outdoor Toys
Spring is finally here, which means it's time to start selling toys that will get kids outside...

4/1/2012



Top-10 Most-Wanted Aircraft and Flying Toys
When TDmonthly interviewed retailers in November of 2011 about their top selling flying toys and aircraft, the answers varied from simple balsa wood gliders to the explosive Stomp Rocket...

12/1/2011



Outdoor Fun — Get Out While You Still Can!
See these recently added Outdoor products...

9/1/2011



ASTRA Preview: Outdoor Fun and Action Toys
These toys from companies who are exhibiting at the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy encourage kids to exercise their bodies and minds...

6/1/2011



Let's Get Physical
Some speculated that the number of toys encouraging movement and outdoor fun were a result of Michelle Obama's “Let's Move” campaign...

4/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Outdoor Toys
When TDmonthly Magazine quizzed 15 specialty retailers about their best-selling outdoor toys, the results were clear...

4/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Ride-on Toys
On your marks, get set, ride on! Here's what's propelling kids forward in Spring 2011...

4/1/2011



Top-10 Most-Wanted Flying Toys
The Wright Brothers pinned their hopes for flight on a wooden biplane. Kids, though, will launch anything from a rocket to a monkey...

12/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (12/13/10 - 12/17/10)
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...

12/1/2010



Top-10 Most-Wanted Gifts for Boys
In June 2010, TDmonthly Magazine asked 40 retailers to name their top-selling gifts for boys ages 4 to 12...

8/1/2010



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (8/1/2010 - 8/6/2010)
Week 1's Videos of the Day feature a variety of outdoor sports toys for two-player fun, including the Uberdart from A&J Suppliers, Zing Air Zartz from Zing, and the OgoSport Super Sports disc set...

8/1/2010



My Best Sellers: Dancing Bear Toys Ltd.
At Dancing Bear Toys Ltd. in North Carolina’s Asheville and Hendersonville, the Evers family imagines that customers are guests in their living room...

7/1/2010



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys: July 2010
According to a June 2010 TDmonthly Magazine survey of 40 specialty retailers, outdoor and water toys have seen massive sales increases with the onset of summer...

7/1/2010



Holiday Preview: Sporting Goods & Outdoor Toys
Saturnian 1 Sport and Monkey Business Sports will give kids workouts large and small with soccer this holiday season, while Can You Imagine makes a big boom with its new rocket. See more of TDmonthly’s Holiday Preview of Sporting Goods and Outdoor Toys in the list below.For products that interest...

6/1/2010



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys: June 2010
Kids (and their parents) continue flocking to perennial favorites like kites, puzzles and LEGO, but a more recent and fad-crazy release, Silly Bandz from BCP Imports, tops this month’s list of best-selling toys...

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



Videos: Outdoor Toys Fire, Fly, Scoot and Bounce
Beware of shooting marshmallows, streams of water and freshly filled water balloons! TDmonthly Magazine's videos of outdoor toys from early 2010 exhibitions show creatively engineered flying toys...

5/1/2010



Top-10 Most-Wanted Sports & Outdoor Toys
With spring around the corner all over the country, TDmonthly Magazine set out to find what specialty retailers are selling most as families prepare to go outside and play...

4/1/2010



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...

3/1/2010



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...

3/1/2010



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



Video Interview: Toy Fair Trends Get All "A's"
The main trends to watch for this year ... are Active Toys that stimulate both body and mind, Affordable playthings that feature low cost and multiple uses, Accessible items that let kids access their favorite brands via a variety of media and products, and Aspirational products...

3/1/2010



Toy Videos of the Day: 2-25-10
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 specialty products...

2/1/2010



Toy Fair Preview 2010: Active Play & Outdoor Toys
Preview Toy Fair 2010 exhibitors in the active play and outdoor toys category:Back to main article...

1/1/2010



Reviewers Stitch, Snap and Shovel for Fun
TDmonthly Magazine reviewers have given their opinions on everything from fish-hunting penguins to recycled bracelets with a customizable message. What do these six products have in common?...

12/1/2009



Ride-ons, Sporting Goods & Outdoor Fun
Go back to main article: "Award-Winning Toys for a Hassle-Free Holiday"...

12/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys for Tween Boys
Notoriously difficult to select products for, boys in their pre and early teens may not be so fixated on electronics and video games after all...

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



TDmonthly's Fall 2009 Innovations Award Winners
See the complete list of TDmonthly Magazine's Fall 2009 award winners...

9/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Gifts for Boys
In June 2009, TDmonthly Magazine surveyed 47 specialty toy retailers about what's selling best for boys in their stores...

8/1/2009



TDmonthly Goes Inside … Three Cheeky Monkeys, Los Angeles
Wallace Harvey bought Three Cheeky Monkeys in Los Angeles from the original owner seven years ago, after having worked as an employee in the store, he told TDmonthly Magazine...

8/1/2009



Holiday Preview - Ride-on Toys
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7/1/2009



Holiday Preview - Sporting Goods
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7/1/2009



Holiday Preview - Science & Nature
Science doesn’t have to be boring, especially this year when kids can pick up a solar-powered robot dog, adopt some frogs, hug a plush tummy, and play archaeologists as they search pyramids for mummies. See these and other science toys and kits below...

5/1/2009



Fairies and Classic Water Toys Hit the Back Yard
A day at the beach is wonderful, but not always practical or affordable, which is why toy manufacturers this year are especially focused on bringing the amenities of a warm vacation to people’s own back yards...

5/1/2009



Mashoonga! Creates New Sport for Teens and Tweens
Advertising executive Jim Bogner was at a crossroads in his career in the fall of 2006 when he noticed his 13-year-old son, Luke, and friends playing the same “sword game” daily...

5/1/2009



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Sports and Outdoor Toys
Stomp Rockets by D&L Company continue to be favorites in the category of sports and outdoor toys, a recent TDmonthly Magazine survey of 60 specialty retailers revealed...

4/1/2009



Unscooter Yields Great Workout, Incites Envy
I was very excited to try out the new and bigger Slider since I'd had the pleasure of trying out the smaller version earlier. My coworkers and I were meeting for Happy Hour after work and since my car was out of the way to drop off the unit, so I decided to Unscoot myself to the bar...

4/1/2009



My Best Sellers: Kazoo & Company
At Kazoo & Company in Denver, a well-built team and outstanding customer service are the store’s key elements of success...

3/1/2009



Retailer Spotlight: Kazoo & Company
With a background in Fortune 500 companies, Diana Nelson had a lot going for her when it came time for a fresh start. In 1998, she was facing a divorce and needed to support her sons, a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old...

3/1/2009



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Science and Nature Toys
Parents were grateful for the opportunity to turn kids out of the house for active play during summer, but opportunities to bring the outside in topped sales numbers for the year so far...

10/1/2008



Retailer Spotlight: The Gifted Child
For the first 17 years of her business, Owner Randy Austin of The Gifted Child in Lenox, Mass., lived in New York City and was only at her store — three hours away — on the weekends...

10/1/2008



Sport Technology Goes with the Flow
Want to snowboard in the summer? Ten years ago the answer would have been, “Yes, but…” Now, the answer is the Flowboard...

5/1/2008



Hybrids Lure Kids Outdoors
When is a lawn dart not a lawn dart? When it's also a shuttlecock...

4/1/2008



Sand-Goh! Offers Better Way to Build
Watching his children build sand castles with buckets and shovels during a 2006 vacation in Anguilla, real estate attorney Jerry Taufield figured there had to be a better way.....

3/1/2008



Million-Dollar Contracts
Future Derek Jeters and Maria Sharapovas will appreciate the chance to flex their muscles...

6/1/2007



TDmonthly's Psychologist Mom
Dr. Wright doesn't just look at toys; she analyzes them. This month, TDmonthly Magazine’s Psychologist Mom Tangoes to go, improves her Volangulary, and more...

5/1/2007



How to Move Outdoor Toys Out
With just a few months to sell outdoor toys, they’ve got to move quickly, 18 specialty toy-store owners told TDmonthly Magazine...

4/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Outdoor Toys
TDmonthly Magazine asked retailers what toys are hot when the weather is, too...

4/1/2007



Yackle Ball Gets Folks Moving Again
Wanna Yackle? It's not quite a household name yet...

2/1/2007



Xtra Fielder Teaches Kids to Play for Real
Mark Gibson is a baseball person. He enjoys the game, and played it in college...

1/1/2007



Outdoor Toys Soar in Off-Season
Launchable rockets are soaring this winter, with more than 25 percent of retailers hailing airborne toys as the No. 1 item to watch...

12/1/2006



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Fitness Toys
Classic Hop Ball sales are still hopping, as are stomping toys and textured balls, 67 retailers told TDmonthly Magazine...

10/1/2006



A Great Ride for All Ages
When John Simpson headed out for sushi in 2000, he had no idea that a chance meeting would change the course of his life .....

9/1/2006



Get Up and Go!
With the Christmas buying season in swing, how does a manufacturer of outdoor toys deal with the fourth quarter shelf-space melee?...

7/1/2006



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Water Toys
Traditional water toys, such as sprinklers, diving toys and water guns, have been given a boost by new technologies, transforming the mundane into mondo cool...

7/1/2006



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Flying Toys
Eighteen store owners told TDmonthly Magazine which toys flew off their shelves last month...

7/1/2006



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Outdoor Toys
Outdoor toys are moving in new ways, helping to create a less sedentary lifestyle for many energetic youths...

5/1/2006



Water on the Runway
The most difficult hurdle water toy (i.e., beach, pool and snow) producers face is the short selling season...

4/1/2006



Outdoor Fun With Oomph
Electronic and motorized toys for the outdoors add a little extra zing...

4/1/2006



Here Today, Gone to Maui
Brian Kessler, founder and president of Maui Toys, seemed born for playthings...

2/1/2006



Outdooors Products
The following products are from manufacturers you won't find at the 2006 Toy Fair...

1/1/2006



Take It Outside for the Holidays
TDmonthly Magazine talked to over 20 retailers to find out what’s hot in this cold month for outdoor toys...

12/1/2005



Xtra Fielder: A Safe Way to Learn Baseball
For parents and educators tired of seeing kids injured by baseballs while squabbling over a referee's calls, the Xtra Fielder Backyard Net System from Xtra Fielder LLC brings fun back to outdoor play...

11/1/2005



New & Notable Toys: Outdoor Fun
Check out these new and noteworthy toys...

7/1/2005



Top 10 Most Wanted Traditional Sporting Toys
Who can forget playing Frisbee or tossing a Nerf football when they were a kid?...

5/1/2005



Gardening Gear Grows Little Green Thumbs
For many a lifelong gardener, the adult passion began in the early stages of life, as a child accompanying his or her parents in the home yard...

4/1/2005



Blowing Up Sales: Inflatable Party Equipment Goes Licensed
The inflatable equipment rental business is an ever-expanding market, as parents scramble to create memorable experiences for their children's birthdays...

4/1/2005



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Extreme Sports Toys
Extreme sports have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years and have become a growing element of youth culture...

4/1/2005



Outdoor Toys For All Seasons
This season, kids will have more reason than ever before to venture outdoors. Whether they head to the backyard, local pool or distant mountains, they’ll have good reason to run and play. Even adults can get in on the fun...

4/1/2005



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Sand Toys
Sand play helps to develop physical, social, and mental skills. While any beachgoer will admit that the sand itself can attract a child’s attention for many hours, adding accessories will only increase the “fun-factor” and learning opportunities...

4/1/2005



Outdoor Fun Leads Kids On Adventure
This year, outdoor toys are going to lure children into their own backyards and beyond. Showing kids that getting decent exercise is as important as learning about mother nature, these toys will excite young adventurers. Check out the following wild products...

1/1/2005



Outdoor Fun--Sales of $2.4 Billion
With sales of $2.4 billion last year reported by NPD group and this year’s launch of the first annual American International Outdoor Fun Showcase (formerly the American International Outdoor Toy Show), outdoor toys show promise of continued growth...

12/1/2004



Playground Kids Forever
In 1999, three toy professionals who had worked together previously in developing and selling toys targeted at mass-market accounts, decided they were disillusioned with the direction of the toy industry, so they decided to alter it. Jeff Alward, Susan McDonnell and Jim Fink are the creators of Playground Enterprises...

10/1/2004



Bubble and Set
Strombecker Corp. Never get your hands sticky again by blowing bubbles when you use Endless Bubbles by Strombecker Corp. Forget about dipping the bubble wand or wasting your breath blowing bubbles. This spill-proof bubble toy blows out streams of perfect bubbles for your children to enjoy! It comes in assorted...

9/1/2004



OUTDOOR TOYS
Extex The Razor Airgo pogo stick is for fun-loving active kids and adults! It will support 60 to 220 pounds without springs, but adjustable air compression. It features aircraft-grade aluminum construction and TIG welding for extreme durability. It is lightweight and folds to 8” x 22” for easy storage...

8/1/2004



OUTDOOR TOYS
Basic Fun Basic Fun has a Spider-man Squirtz™ that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. Spider-man Squirtz™ can shoot dozens of shots to 20 feet with only one fill-up. The conveniently small size is perfect for pouncing on and surprising your enemies! Ages 6 and up. ($4.99)...

7/1/2004



Toys To Bark For
If Andy Warhol would have designed a line of dog toys...

4/1/2004



OUTDOOR TOYS
A Corvette for Little Speedsters Dorel Juvenile Group is going to be making wee car lovers very happy with their new line of battery powered Ride Ons, including the Corvette C5-R ($279.99, ages 3 and up). Among the C5-R´s features are a working FM radio; a two-speed transmission; reverse capability;...

3/1/2004




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