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June 2010 | Vol. IX - No. 6
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New Company Educates With a Twist


Kids can practice fine-motor skills while exercising the brain with Twisterz Toys' line of ring-turning tubes that build words, tell stories and match letters to colorful images. Also in TDmonthly Magazine's roundup of newer specialty toys this month: Sandtastik's molding plaster to make bright sand animals, plus a classic, U.S.-made locomotive engine from Maple Landmark Woodcraft.



Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Developmental Toys



Alphabet Matcher challenges children to choose a letter and find the five corresponding images that begin with that letter. For example, select the letter “F” and find Fish, Foot, Frog, Flower and Flag. An answer guide is included. Alphabet Matcher engages skills ranging from logic to spelling. It contains three extra sets of rings, covering 24 letters and 120 images.
Awards: Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products - 2010; 2011 PAL (Play Advances Language) Award.
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MSRP: $7.99
Age Range: 0 to 2
Target Age Range: 0 to 2
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 202341
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Developmental Toys
Eco-Friendly
Plush



Organic, BPA and PVC free, this plush animal with teething rings entertains baby. The plush animal is made from organic cotton terry with organic cotton fill, and the EVA teething rings can be chilled in the refrigerator for a soothing effect.
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities



Sandtastik supplies safe non-toxic colored PlasterMix in 8 different colors including white, yellow, blue, purple, red, brown, orange and green molding PlasterMix. PlasterMix is perfect to use with Plaster Molds, for creating exciting craft projects like handprints or animal paw prints and can even be used as chalk when dried. Available in 1 kg bags, 10 kg bags, and 5 lb bags. Custom Packaging also available.
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MSRP: $5.70
Age Range: 2 to 6
Launch Date: March 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: American-Made
Rail Roads & Trains
Wooden Toys



From the My Little Scoot collection, Train Engine Scoot is the perfect size for play mats, crafted from pine and approximately 4" long. This Scoot Train is modeled after the great locomotives of years past. Non-toxic clear finish and inks are used. Barbara Rainville, Marketing Manager at Maple Landmark Woodcraft, told TDmonthly, "The Scoot Train is made in the USA." Launch date: March 2010.
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MSRP: $14.00
Age Range: 0 to 4
Target Age Range: 0 to 2
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: Duckies
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: American-Made
Eco-Friendly
Infant & Toddler



Available in size 0-6 months, these gender-neutral socks feature little yellow ducklings waddling over a bright white background. Soy-based, non-skid grips make this American-made product eco-friendly.
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 3 to 11
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Educational



This wooden shoe is designed to teach kids how to lace and tie their shoes. The loops are cloth and it comes with a lace.
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MSRP: $9.95
Age Range: 4 and up
Target Age Range: 6 to 8
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: 133-2
Launch Date: July 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Eco-Friendly
American-Made



Eco Stars are 100-percent recycled, star-shaped crayons collected from children across the country by the National Crayon Recycle Program. This set of 10 Eco Stars comes in environmentally friendly packaging made from renewable resources.
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MSRP: $3.50
Age Range: 4 and up
Target Age Range: 9 to 12
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: Ask for Popsicles by
Launch Date: July 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Tween
Eco-Friendly
Fashion & Accessories



These popsicle-colored bracelets come in glittery and translucent shades, including Lime, Cherry, Grape and Blue Hawaiian. As with other bracelets by Shainsware, kids can change out the elements (letters, symbols, etc.) to personalize the band.
— In a September 2010 survey, nine percent of 44 retailers named Shainsware a best-selling jewelry brand. “I did really well with their Popsicles,” Martha Burrows of Timeless Toys in Chicago, Ill., told TDmonthly. “They just hit that market between make-your-own and a quick fix.”
— In an October 2011 survey, Katie Rook, manager of Be Beep Toys in Columbia, S.C., told TDmonthly that Shains bracelets are her best selling jewelry.
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 4 and up
Target Age Range: 6 to 8
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: Glue stick made in Korea, Scissors made in China, United States
SKU or Item #: 0410-902
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities
Stickers



This 18-piece Thanksgiving set includes eight Adorable Kinders Paper Dolls (four boys and four girls) and eight outfits (two Pilgrim Boy, two Pilgrim Girl, two Indian Boy and two Indian Girl), a glue stick and blunt-tip scissors. The dolls are made of durable, UV-coated card stock and come with a foot stand. They are perforated for easy removal and assembly.
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MSRP: $87.50
Age Range: All Ages
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: 2061JC
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Pretend Play
Furniture & Decor
American-Made



This set includes a corn broom, push broom, whisk broom, dust pan, and two wet mops. The unit is 11" x 11" x 18" and features an ultra-violet KYDZTuff finish that "is as tough as a gym floor and allows marks from common items to be simply wiped away," Jonti-Craft Marketing Associate Melissa Gustafson told TDmonthly.
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MSRP: $35.00
Age Range: All Ages
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: BFLY-M
Launch Date: January 1991
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: American-Made
Furniture & Decor
Animal Figures



Skyflight's whimsical mobile is designed to entertain infants with its constant motion. The mobile is made in the United States from archival art board, and is printed in lead-free, non-toxic colors. An informative fact sheet is included.
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MSRP: $60.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Target Age Range: 3 to 5
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: Hong Kong
SKU or Item #: Ty0805071
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Designer Toys
Dolls - Accessories
Interactive



These doll-sized toy buggies are styled in varying fabrics with true-to-life details and functionality. The toys are suitable for a doll sized 15" to 19."
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28640      (added 5/25/2010)
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MSRP: $49.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: October 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Adult Games
Wooden Toys



In the game of Cornerstone, players build and climb towers in a race to reach the top. Each turn, players build by strategically placing blocks, gaining a better vantage point for their climber, or blocking an opponent as the towers grow taller and more unstable. Matt Mette, Co-Founder of Good Company Games, told TDmonthly, "This game is universally appealing." Awards: 2009 Mensa Select; Parents' Choice Silver Honor. Launch date: October 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28462      (added 5/10/2010)
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Julie L. JonesWriter's Bio: Julie L. Jones has written articles for both newspapers and magazines. Before joining the staff of TDmonthly Magazine, she worked as a communications writer and provided editorial support for a market research company. Read more articles by this author

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