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Article Archive: Science & Nature
Top-10 Most-Wanted Science and Nature Toys
Science education is more important than ever in today's tech-dependent world...

2/1/2016



Top-10 Most-Wanted STEM Toys
These STEM toys will set kids up for success in their science, technology, engineering and math curriculum...

1/1/2016



Top-10 Most-Wanted Science and Nature Toys
With additional reporting by Brenda RuggieroToys are the perfect way to keep kids engaged in the learning process. With these best-selling science and nature toys, kids can build their knowledge and STEM skills while having fun. *No manufacturer paid to be included in this list. All products listed were designated...

10/1/2015



Toys to Talk About: Science & Nature Toys
These Science & Nature toys are worth a second look...

10/1/2015



Toys to Talk About: Science & Nature Toys
These Science & Nature toys are worth a second look...

10/1/2015



Toys to Talk About: Science & Nature Toys
These Science & Nature toys are worth a second look...

10/1/2015



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...

6/1/2015



Top-10 Most-Wanted STEM Toys
We love the current focus on STEM toys in the specialty market, and it looks like your customers like STEM toys too!...

2/1/2015



Top-10 Most-Wanted Educational Toys
Long days snowed-in at home are the perfect time to take out one of the fun educational toys below...

12/1/2014



Top-10 Most-Wanted Science and Nature Toys
Science & nature toys aren't just great for back-to-school — they make excellent holiday gifts too...

10/1/2014



2014 Holiday Preview: Games, Puzzles, Science, Music
The Back-to-School countdown has begun, which means one thing to retailers - the holidays are right around the corner too!...

8/1/2014



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...

5/1/2014



Travel Fractiles Bend Time
Travel Size Fractiles-7 – a magnetic tiling toy from Fractiles Inc. – is a sneaky way to keep kids learning about math, science, engineering and technology (STEM) even as they ride in the car to grandma's or hang out on the beach...

5/1/2014



Yamie Chess Makes April Fool-Proof
Math phobias plague both kids and adults, and can even trigger areas of the brain associated with physical pain and instinctive risk reduction, according to a study from the University of Chicago...

4/1/2014



Top-10 Most-Wanted Science and Nature Toys
For most retailers TDmonthly surveyed in September 2013 about their best-selling science and nature toys, listing their top-sellers was a snap...

10/1/2013



Card Games and More
These Toys to Talk About were all named as best-sellers by at least one store TDmonthly interviewed...

10/1/2013



Q&A with Debbie Sterling, creator of GoldieBlox
Stanford University-educated engineer Debbie Sterling was frustrated by how few women pursued careers in engineering. In a toy store, when she noticed a glaring lack of science and math-based toys made for girls, she knew it was a gap in the toy industry she was destined to fill...

2/1/2013



TDmonthly Seal of Approval - Educational / Science
See the TDmonthly Seal of Approval winners for the Educational / Science Toys category...

1/1/2013



Q&A With Deborah Schimberg of Verve, Inc.
Deborah Schimberg, president of Verve, Inc., invented Glee Gum after 10 long years of trial and error in her own kitchen...

11/1/2012



Toys to Talk About: Science and Nature
Check out these recently added specialty and mass-market science and nature toys...

10/1/2012



Top-10 Most-Wanted Science & Nature Toys
When TDmonthly interviewed retailers in late Summer 2012 about their best selling Science and Nature Toys, the top toys they mentioned were the 4M Tin Can Robot from TOYSMITH...

10/1/2012



Safari Ltd.® Let Imaginations Swim
This year, Safari Ltd.® joined TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" promotion and gave away 50 Wild Safari Sealife Flippers, Fins & Fun gift sets and 50 Frontier Land Safari River Ranch gift sets to three winning specialty toy retailers, who then donated them to their local charities...

6/1/2012



Scholastic Media Launches the Magic School Bus®: Oceans LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game
Scholastic Media, a division of Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced a new addition to its global children’s science franchise, The Magic School Bus®, with the release of THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS: OCEANS for LeapFrog’s award-winning LeapPad™ and Leapster Explorer™...

6/1/2012



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...

6/1/2012



Science and Nature
Stock up for Spring with these recently added mass market and specialty science and nature toys!...

2/1/2012



Educational Toys
See these recently added specialty and mass market Educational toys...

1/1/2012



Top-10 Most-Wanted Science & Nature Toys
These educational toys encourage kids to exercise their minds while having fun...

10/1/2011



Zometool Warns: It’s Education or Obsolescence
Paul Hildebrandt from Zometool is adamant that in today’s high-tech world, Zometool and other toys are only as valuable as they are educational...

6/1/2011



ASTRA Preview: Educational and Developmental Toys
View Educational and Developmental toys from companies who will be attending the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy...

6/1/2011



Watch Toy Videos of the Day (12/6/10 - 12/10/10)
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 Toys for Tweens
For tween-aged kids, it's all about making a statement, with accessories, gadgets and décor...

11/1/2010



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Science & Nature Toys
Science is becoming hipper and hipper thanks to electronic innovations and the “green” trend, according to an August 2010 survey of 43 specialty retailers...

10/1/2010



WATCH VIDEOS: TDmonthly Goes Inside ... Aunt Jean's Toys & Treats
When Jeanette Lature opened Aunt Jean's Toys and Treats in 2007, she looked for toys that she'd want to play with herself and those that allowed kids to bring their imaginations to the game...

7/1/2010



Holiday Preview: Science & Nature
Elenco’s Solar Kit has worked up some fine sales, and wind energy is the focus of new kits from Thames & Kosmos and Perisphere & Trylon. Check out additional launches from Tedco and The Young Scientists Club in TDmonthly’s Holiday Preview of Science & Nature gifts below.For products that interest...

6/1/2010



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...

4/1/2010



Toy Fair Preview 2010: Science & Nature
Preview Toy Fair 2010 exhibitors in the science and nature category:Back to main article...

1/1/2010



Toy Fair Preview: The Toys YOU Want to See
There’s a LOT to see at Toy Fair, so we’re giving you the chance to preview vendors in some of the most popular categories now...

1/1/2010



Eco-Aquariums Struggle, But Kids Still Enjoy Frogs
TDmonthly Magazine’s Roundtable Families reviewed Wild Creations’ Classic Water Garden Starter Kit Eco-Aquarium for the September 2009 issue of TDmonthly. Five months later, the reviewers lowered their collective rating...

1/1/2010



Top-10 Most-Wanted School Supplies & Educational Toys
A recent TDmonthly Magazine survey of 40 specialty retailers revealed that few carry traditional school supplies...

12/1/2009



TDmonthly Goes Inside ... Star Toys, Los Angeles
Leonard Lieberman may be 72 years old, but that doesn’t keep him from flipping his (R/C) car on its back whenever he can...

12/1/2009



Science, Books & Educational Toys
Go back to main article: "Award-Winning Toys for a Hassle-Free Holiday"...

12/1/2009



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...

10/1/2009



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

9/1/2009



Families Flip Over Wild Creations Frogs
TDmonthly Magazine’s Roundtable participants recently adopted new pets and created an eco-system with Wild Creations’ Classic Water Garden Starter Kit Eco-Aquarium...

9/1/2009



Are Wild Creations Frogs Worth the Leap?
There's been a bit of a frenzy over Wild Creations' Eco-Aquariums kits that house African dwarf frogs since their big introduction to the specialty toy world in February...

8/1/2009



Out With Electronics, In With Classics
In a world of gadgets and technology, many specialty toy-store owners stick to non-electronic products to stock their shelves and please their customers...

8/1/2009



Top-10 Toys from ASTRA 2009
From pet fish in self-sustaining aquariums to tiaras with all the twinkle a little girl could want, specialty toy-store owners at the 2009 ASTRA Marketplace & Academy found plenty of fun products...

7/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Activity Kits and Playsets
In April 2009, TDmonthly Magazine surveyed 49 retailers around the country about their sales of activity kits and playsets...

6/1/2009



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



TDmonthly's May Staff Picks
From fascinating art sets, to eco-friendly dolls and plush, to creative games and science kits, there are plenty of new product launches to consider for fourth quarter...

5/1/2009



TDmonthly's March Staff Picks
Tired of sifting through catalogs and order forms? Take a break to glance at some of the latest toys that have impressed TDmonthly Magazine's editorial crew...

3/1/2009



Turning Electronic Appeals Into Specialty Deals
Despite constant advances in the technology market with gadgets, games and computers, as well as electronic toys for children, many specialty toy stores consciously keep their product selection founded in more traditional toys...

12/1/2008



My Best Sellers: Pun’s Toy Store
Pun’s Toy Store is a family business that offers unusual products and exceptional customer service to the surrounding community of Bryn Mawr, Pa...

12/1/2008



In This Issue
Halloween's here, the smells of Thanksgiving will soon be wafting through the air, and Christmas — no doubt a season you're already planning for — is just around the corner...

10/1/2008



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



Innovations of 2009
In the January issue of TDmonthly Magazine, check in to see which toys will be turning heads throughout 2009...

10/1/2008



TDmonthly Top Toy 2008 Awards
It's not easy deciding which toys deserve the most prestigious of TDmonthly Magazine's awards...

8/1/2008



In This Issue
If it feels like summer is flying by and holiday orders will soon be upon us, well ... that sounds about right!...

8/1/2008



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

6/1/2008



TDmonthly's May Staff Picks
Sunny summer days are just around the bend, and with kids on break from school, there's lots of extra time to play...

5/1/2008



In This Issue
TDmonthly Magazine's May Issue is full of marketing tips, product reviews and trend coverage of baby products, travel toys and bath items.....

5/1/2008



Nature Grabs Tween Boys
Tween boys are on the go, but these toys should get them to stop in your shop...

11/1/2007



Insects Intrigue While Science Kits Fade
In the universe of science and nature toys, bug-related item are consistent sellers, ranging from simple butterfly nets to futuristic magnifying glasses, 32 toy-store owners told TDmonthly Magazine...

10/1/2007



ToyOps Excels With Toys That Teach
Dr. Eugene Hull turned raising funds for medical research into educational child’s play...

10/1/2007



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Science and Nature Toys
Elenco still snaps up the top prize for best sellers with its Snap Circuits, but Insect Lore and Little Kids Inc. are hovering close by with their butterfly and bug projector offerings, respectively...

10/1/2007



Homeschoolers: Hands-On Science
TDmonthly Magazine’s Homeschool Roundtable experimented with hands-on kits this month, growing a desert from the ground up...

8/1/2007



Toy Sleuth — Inner Eye to Outer Limits
June’s Toy Sleuth takes you from the smallest particle/wave of light to the biggest thing there is: the cosmos...

6/1/2007



Bring Outer Space Indoors
Kids who want to star gaze without a telescope or grow their own aromatherapy plants will get a hand with these new kits...

6/1/2007



Wild Republic Gives Back
A love of nature and children gave Wild Republic its beginning after founder G.B. Pillai noticed that gift stores at zoos, aquariums and museums could do better at offering merchandise that reflected the visitor experience...

3/1/2007



Bubble Gum Turns Kids to Chemists
Science products from Scientific Explorer, Tedco and others rank as educational best sellers, six of 18 retailers told TDmonthly...

2/1/2007



Science & Education: Toy Boots Pluto
Great Explorations’ glow-in-the-dark 3-D Solar System stays up-to-date by banning Pluto...

2/1/2007



Kids Love Candy and Chemistry
Kids don't have to be chemistry whizzes or little Einsteins to benefit from today’s science kits...

1/1/2007



Expect Experimental Kits to Sell
Science was on the brains of 11 retailers...

12/1/2006



How to Get Boys Buying
Action is as action does...

11/1/2006



Electrify Kids With Science Kits
Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Michael Faraday: Giants in the toy industry...

10/1/2006



Why Test Tube Toys Turn Profits
It all starts with wanting to blow up the world...

10/1/2006



How to Pick a Great Science Toy
What makes a good science and nature toy?...

10/1/2006



This Is No Toy
The dream of hydrogen-powered cars and fuel-cell technology is one of clean air and cheap energy...

9/1/2006



Kids Go Wild for AC/DC
Electronic science kits used to be a relatively snoozy staple in toy stores, but recently they’ve “exploded in popularity,” retailers reported to TDmonthly Magazine...

9/1/2006



August Toys in Hand: TDmonthly's Expert Mom
Emilie Hill has taught kids of all ages everything from swimming to physics for more than 15 years...

8/1/2006



The Science of Xmas
Science toys. Do the makers and purveyors have any scientific ideas about them? Were they “eggheads” themselves? Teachers?...

7/1/2006



EarthBall Continually Reinvents the Globe
In 1984, the earth moved for Eric Morris, owner of globe manufacturer, Orbis Company...

5/1/2006



Steve Spangler Science Has the Magic Touch
Steve Spangler, Emmy Award-winning television personality, “teacher’s teacher” and authority on “inquiry-based learning” (not to mention toy maker) came upon his love of science via … magic?...

3/1/2006



The World of Fascinations
Fascinations, a manufacturer of high-tech novelty gifts and toys, has adapted to a constantly changing industry...

3/1/2006



Santa Gets Smarter
This December, young scientists will be ripping open their presents and discovering the coolest toys about the natural world...

12/1/2005



Homescholing Moms and Kids Rate Science Toys
TDmonthly Magazine continues its homeschooling coverage in next month's issue...

11/1/2005



Second Nature: Science Toys Are Smart Sells
Nature and learning toys were the fastest growing toy market in 2004 according to the Toy Industry Association. Should you stock your store with nature items, and if so, how can you maximize sales?...

9/1/2005



Copernicus Toys Makes Kits for Kids With Vision
During a tight period of the business cycle in the early ‘80s, natural food store owners Ellen and Harris Tobias diversified their store´s offerings to include made-in-China tin wind-up cars. Thirty years later, the Tobiases are focused on toys, heading Copernicus Toys...

9/1/2005



Underwater War! The Battle Between Sea-Monkeys and Triops
Sea-Monkeys have been an industry standard for 45 years. Enter Triops: bigger, meaner and newer to the market. It’s a battle for retailer shelf-space. Who do you choose?...

9/1/2005



Where Is Samoa? These Geography Toys Will Help
The word "geography" often conjures up images of pull-down world maps, rubber-tipped pointers and blank map quizzes. It doesn’t bring to mind innovative, educational play things. Some manufacturers are trying to change that...

9/1/2005



Creepy, Squirmy, Crawly Fun
Sea-Monkeys, butterflies and ants — oh, my! Kids and creepy crawly things; every budding scientist starts somewhere, and live-animal kits have been perennial sellers for almost 50 years, starting when Uncle Milton introduced the Ant Farm...

9/1/2005



Science and Nature Kits Roundtable
Compared with most other toy categories, the science and nature toy market has been booming. Do companies in this lucrative field know something other toy companies don’t? TDmonthly Magazine recently interviewed several successful science kit manufacturers to find out...

9/1/2005



Budding Scientists Eager to Learn
Whether building robots, collecting critters or mixing chemicals, today’s kids are eager to explore the world around them. According to a recent survey conducted by Funosophy Inc., kids are showing untapped interest in a variety of science and nature activity kits...

9/1/2005



New & Notable Toys: Science & Nature
Check out these new and noteworthy toys...

7/1/2005



Science + Fun = Great Chemistry!
Starting in 2007, national science competancy tests will be administered across grades three through eight for the first time...

6/1/2005



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



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



Mom´s Perspective: Weird Science
I have a friend who used to think her son was a prodigy. "You don´t have to get smashed over the head with a beaker to realize that Ralphie is going to get the Nobel Prize in Science someday," she´d brag. It all began when Ralphie was just a wee lad. In an effort to "see the pichers inside de telebishion," he dismantled his mother´s computer monitor. Ralphie´s father was appalled...

12/1/2004



Science and Nature Toys Inspire Kids to Get Smart
From Erector and chemistry sets to microscopes and sea monkeys, buying a child a science-based toy opens them up to a whole new world. Through these products, children can learn the disciplines of scientific methods, appreciate the value of observation, and realize that good results are predicated on following directions...

12/1/2004



Five Science Books to Captivate a Child
With the educational and science-related book category enjoying increased visibility and sales success, TDmonthly magazine takes a look this month at five all-ages titles that will entrance young readers with surprising perspectives, compelling narratives and timeless themes. The unifying thread, of course, is science...

12/1/2004



Science and Nature: Not Just For Geeks
For the child or teen that loves an intellectual challenge, many Toy and Hobby manufacturers have created products that will challenge and entertain the science-oriented young mind...

12/1/2004



Thriving Fat Brain Toys is a Family Affair
Call it magnetic attraction. Or, you could say they were “drawn” to the toy business. But one thing is certain: a magnetic construction toy led Mark and Karen Carson to found Fat Brain Toys in 2002. The Elkhorn, Nebraska, company boasts five specialty online toy stores and a burgeoning toy distribution business. And it all began with GeoMag, an Italian toy given to their son, Adam, for his 10th birthday...

12/1/2004



Chaos: A World of Motion
Jim Rothbarth, designer of the Chaos kinetics system, has been an entrepreneur and inventor since college. Rothbarth learned from development and marketing that nothing is more important than quality. Flaws and reliability issues are never tolerated...

10/1/2004



Science
James Industry, Inc. Sub Poof Products Learn everything about earthquakes with Our Amazing Earthquakes by James Industry, Inc (ToyDirectory). With this kit, you can simulate your own earthquakes using the landscape base, landmasses, and lever arm. Measure your earthquake with the included energy meter. It also comes with...

9/1/2004



ACTIVITY KITS
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...

7/1/2004




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