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Article Archive: Pretend Play
Q & A with Halie Fulton, creator of Dream Frenz®
We reached out to Halie Fulton, president of MAF Industries, LLC and creator of the Dream Frenz, to learn more about the journey of bringing a toy to market...

1/1/2015



STICKMAN STEW® Sticks It to Bullies (But Kindly!)
Bullies, your time has passed! Vampires and other beasts, you may be immortal, but you're irrelevant now. There's a new wave of compassion sweeping the toy industry, and it's being led by a three-dimensional and quite compassionate stick figure...

7/1/2014



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



Q&A With Mary Beth Minton, CEO of Zylie the Bear
Mary Beth Minton had one child who loved dolls, and another who preferred to dress up her teddy bears as dolls. After searching for, and not finding, a bear designed to be dressed up and played with as a doll, Mary Beth and her son Matt set out to create their own...

1/1/2013



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



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

6/1/2012



Pretend Play
Check out these recently added mass market and specialty pretend play toys!...

2/1/2012



Pretend Play
See these recently added specialty and mass-market Pretend Play toys...

9/1/2011



Noodle Head's Purr-fect Plush Gifts Will Bow-Wow Your Customers
Noodle Head Inc's popular Pawparazzi sets will be available just in time for the holidays in a new value line, perfect for customers who've had to pinch their pennies in the recent tough economy...

7/1/2011



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

6/1/2011



Toy Fair Coverage 2011
Visit our Blog for Exclusive Daily Videos and Pictures of the Hottest Toys of Toy Fair...

3/1/2011



Top-10 Toys at Toy Fair 2011
Out of the thousands of toys presented by more than 1,000 exhibitors at the American International Toy Fair in New York, several hotly anticipated toys have emerged into the media spotlight...

3/1/2011



Top-10 Girls Toys at Toy Fair 2011
Over 1,000 exhibitors showed their products at the American International Toy Fair in New York this week- these toys for girls were the standouts...

3/1/2011



Top-10 Boy Toys at Toy Fair 2011
One of the most prevalent trends this year at the American International Toy Fair in New York was the huge amount of movie-tie ins. This seemed to be especially true of the most talked about boys' toys...

3/1/2011



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



Top-10 Most-Wanted Kids' Costumes and Apparel
In a recent TDmonthly Magazine survey of 37 specialty retailers in the United States, storeowners touted the detail and durability of favorite dress-up lines Creative Education of Canada and Little Adventures...

4/1/2010



My Best Sellers: RoundTable Toys Brick-and-Mortar Store
At RoundTable Toys in Winterville, N.C., customer experience is the key to success, Owner David Davis told TDmonthly Magazine...

2/1/2010



2010: Year of the Dinosaur?
Faithful readers of TDmonthly Magazine will be cheered to know that Michael Maddi of Puppetoys, one of the toymakers whose debut we chronicled at Toy Fair 2008, is finally watching his glove-puppet dinosaurs stomp out into the marketplace faster than he can ship them...

12/1/2009



TDmonthly's September Staff Picks
Little kids can don a high-quality cape to become a big hero, toss a golden coin to solve sibling conflict, or paint their nails with polish that's as "natural as mud."...

9/1/2009



My Best Sellers: The Tutoring Toy
At The Tutoring Toy in Salt Lake City, Utah, Owners Diane and Bill Sartain believe that “play is the work of children...

9/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Furniture and Play Houses
In May 2009, TDmonthly Magazine conducted a survey of sales in furniture and children's play house items...

7/1/2009



Video Review: Watch Kids Build a House
The four Flamenco brothers spent a Sunday afternoon constructing a playhouse with the Zinkotek building system. Aided by their foreperson, Aunt Elba, the boys astounded themselves...

5/1/2009



Holiday Preview - Apparel, Costumes & Accessories
There’s always room for play in a child’s wardrobe, right? With princess gowns, fairy wings, pirate gear and adorable little socks for infants, there should be no shortage of opportunities for fashion flair and creative play this Christmas...

5/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Costumes and Apparel
In February 2009, TDmonthly Magazine spoke with 52 specialty retailers around the country about their sales of dress up, costumes and children's apparel...

4/1/2009



PlayTown Mats™ Map the Way to Fun
When Sam R. Harkreader was told his line of PlayTown Mats™ couldn’t be made in the United States, he saw a challenge. As he works to keep his cost margins down, he told TDmonthly Magazine, he’s “almost ready to jump up and down and claim victory.”...

4/1/2009



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



Top-10 Most-Wanted Halloween Items
About 30 percent of 52 specialty retailers who spoke with TDmonthly Magazine in fall 2008 said they don’t carry specific stock for Halloween in their stores...

1/1/2009



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted Activity Kits and Playsets
A TDmonthly Magazine survey of 50 specialty retailers revealed that while best-selling playsets are typically gender-neutral.....

6/1/2008



Halloween: Tattoos for "Boos"
It's one thing to wear a Frankenstein mask, but how much better to flaunt fake scars over real kid skin...

1/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Wow Toys
As retailers gear up for the holiday season, they’re stocking their shelves with items that are sure to wow their customers. Among 58 retailers who spoke with TDmonthly Magazine, 16 mentioned play kitchens as their ultimate consumer attention-grabber...

12/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Play Houses and Furniture
Dollhouses, tents, tables and stoves are selling in the play houses and furniture categories...

8/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Playsets
The Playmobil Pirate Micro World rules the high seas of the playset world...

6/1/2007



Make Halloween Hip
While children are searching for witches and ghosts in the uniquely interactive Spooky Night book from InnovativeKids, Positive Spin Press has given a new face to the eerie holiday:...

1/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Costumes
Pirates are big, but Princesses are bigger, 67 specialty toy retailers told TDmonthly Magazine...

10/1/2006



Kids Get Cooking With Toy Food
When it comes to pizza, tiny tots prefer theirs wooden, retailers told TDmonthly Magazine...

6/1/2006



Preschool Roundtable: Preschoolers Love to Picnic
Preschoolers tested Huggy Buggy Monster Truck by Hooray!, The Picnic Game by eeBoo Corp. and Crunch Art by HandsOn Toys Inc. this month...

5/1/2006



April Toys in the Hand: TDmonthly’s Expert Mom
Maryam Seyedhosseini shares her impressions of new toys with TDmonthly Magazine...

4/1/2006



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Playsets
Retailers pick what they think will be top selling playsets in 2006...

3/1/2006



From Backyard Birthday Party to Toy Store
Three unrelated facts resulted in the birth of the Box Train Express, a pretend play toy company...

1/1/2006



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Dinner Sets
This month, TDmonthly Magazine contacted 46 retailers to find their best-selling toy-themed dinnerware...

1/1/2006



Are Educational Toys Educational?
Just how effective are educational toys? Some argue that children learn more during pretend-play time than with structured educational products...

11/1/2005



Get This Boy a Hat
My search for “dress-up” hats for my son has led me, rather reluctantly, to the Internet. Sadly, 2 year olds can´t get enthusiastic about choosing a new hat from photos the size of postage stamps on a computer screen...

10/1/2005



TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Spy Toys!
Playing spy never goes out of style; each generation discovering a new icon. But the toys we play with get more and more sophisticated...

10/1/2005



New & Notable Toys: Pretend Play
Check out these new and noteworthy toys...

7/1/2005



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Interactive Plush Products
Twenty years after Teddy Ruxpin first hit the market, plush producers are still at it, developing cuddly buddies with increasingly advanced levels of artificial intelligence...

6/1/2005



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Plush Baby Toys
Cuddly stuffed bears have been a hit with children since they first appeared in the 1890s...

6/1/2005



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Action Figures
This summer is chock-full of potential blockbusters with action figure tie-ins...

5/1/2005



High Fashion Haunting with InCharacter Costumes
In 2004, Chuck Martinez and Bob Pickens, two men with already long careers in the thriving Halloween industry, teamed up to launch InCharacter Costumes...

3/1/2005



Picky Eaters? No Problem!
As pretend play food products become more unique than ever before, picky eaters may be a thing of the past - at least during play time...

3/1/2005



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Boys´ Pretend Play Apparel
In the world of toys, dress up and pretend play pushes children into the active realm...

3/1/2005



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Girls’ Pretend Play Apparel
Dress up is reaching an all-time high among little girls...

3/1/2005



The Dramatic Power of Pretend Play Activities & Accessories
Activities and accessories for dramatic play provide an essential, empowering experience for growing children. Through open-ended creative play, children develop symbolic thinking, try out adult roles, explore various points of view, improve their language skills and practice crucial social skills. Pretend play props have long-lasting play value as "bridge" toys—usable...

1/1/2005



Marvin´s Magic: Treasure For Wizards of All Ages
Article Synopsis: Son of a magician, Marvin Bergas originally had designed individual tricks to be sold by an in-store demonstrator...

12/1/2004



TDmonthly´s Top 10 Most Wanted Pop Culture Action Figures
Watching I Love the 80s, reading People magazine religiously and playing with a Pet Rock are not the only gateways to today’s pop culture icons...

11/1/2004



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



Hayes Specialty Corporation: Hot Fun in the Summertime, Wintertime or Anytime
Whether it’s a felt hat shaped like a beer mug, a set of casino chips, a Mardi Gras bracelet and matching tiara or a crucifix night light, Hayes Specialty Corporation is a novelty business mainstay and a players’ paradise, no matter what your game is...

10/1/2004



Costumes
A Wish Come True Make your little ballerina shine during a recital when she wears the Sparkle Princess Dress by A Wish Come True. This beautiful costume is made of aqua velour with sequin lace over a satin front bodice and marabou trim. It comes with an iridescent, glitter...

10/1/2004



PRETEND PLAY
ETA Cuisenaire The Pretend & Play® Calculator Cash Register is a fun-filled way to teach children how to handle money! Introduce children to this real-world skill with a jumbo-sized cash register that has a cash drawer big enough to hold the life-sized money that comes with it. The total...

8/1/2004



PRETEND PLAY
Beka, Inc. Beka Inc. offers 24” wide by 47” high theatres that are perfect for creating imaginative play. These theatres can be quickly transformed to stores, post offices, libraries and various other stages. Large art surfaces allow even more room for creativity as they can be custom decorated to correspond...

7/1/2004



New Children´s Beauty Products Combine Functionality with Creativity
Today´s kids have many choices when it comes to play cosmetics and jewelry...

4/1/2004



Customers Set Trends for Costume Play
Whether costume manufacturers provide the tools necessary for children to become fairies or the President of the United States...

4/1/2004



Adult Halloween Costumes: What´s New for 2004
Politicians, celebrities, monsters, and horror...

3/1/2004



PRETEND PLAY
Company Knows What Kids Want What Kids Want (ToyDirectory) has launched a series of toys that span all key categories for both boys and girls. New products include Disney Sidewalk Toys, featuring a selection of jump ropes, yo-yos and paddle balls featuring famous Disney characters; and Princess Hopscotch Foam Play...

3/1/2004



Expressive Readers: Puppet Play Helps Kids Read
Perhaps it was her memory of childhood that led graphic designer and illustrator Lisa LeLeu to connect kids with reading using creativity...

12/1/2003




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