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June 2012 | Vol. XI - No. 6
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Kits, Play Sets, and Creative Activities for Kids

Get kids away from the TV with these activity toys


Check out these recently added specialty and mass-market kits, play sets, and creative activity toys



MSRP: $19.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
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Relate rocks to the history of the planet. Uses exciting eruptive experiments to foster comprehension. Mold and slice open a model of the earth, Create a lava fountain to explore density, Spew a volcano, Make pyroclastic eruptions, Discover which rocks will float and which will burn, Identify, break & display volcanic rocks, Sediment sedimentary rocks, Acid test rocks, Explore metamorphic rocks, and Form fossils.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval
— John Blair, owner of Science Safari in Cary, N.C., told TDmonthly in a late Summer 2012 survey that Norman & Globus products "are perennial. I continuously do well with these."
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34106      (added 4/18/2012)
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MSRP: $9.95
Age Range: 13 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: Japan
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Designer Toys
Creative Activities
Kits



PLAY-DECO is a unique craft for home decor that combines wooden "bone" with paper "skin." Users can either use the skin as is or create their own original works. "You can also download new 'skins' and accessories from the website as well as templates to design your own," Shinya Fujimoto, CEO of Magnote, told TDmonthly. Launch date: January 2012.
Awards: 2011 Good Design Award
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33553      (added 2/3/2012)
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MSRP: $33.00
Age Range: 4 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Play Sets
Pretend Play
Action Figures



Complete with secret hiding place for storing buried treasure, the Super Set Pirates Cove is the perfect set for young swashbucklers looking for the next adventure. Set includes two figures, a fortress with secret compartment, a working cannon, dinghy and oars, and additional accessories.
— In an April 2012 survey, Ming Yang co-owner of Richard's Variety Store in Atlanta, Ga., told TDmonthly that Playmobil is "always a stable item" in the construction category.
— In a Summer 2012 survey, Cynthia Phillips Strinich, owner of Phillip's Toy Mart in Nashville, Tenn., told TDmonthly that Playmobil was an overall bestselling brand at her store.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34082      (added 4/11/2012)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys
Category: Travel
Action Figures
Play Sets



This ZipBin® Dinosaur Explorer Day Tote Playset has an has an earthy tone to it with beautiful artwork and prehistoric creatures all over. With softs sides and a handle on top, the tote is convenient to carry anywhere. It is ideal for exploring like an archeologist and for storing favorite collection of dinosaurs. It also holds lunches or school supplies and is great for field trips or camp. When unzipped it becomes a Playmat or placemat that can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Weighs less than one pound. Includes 2 dinosaurs.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33994      (added 3/26/2012)
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MSRP: $44.99
Age Range: 1 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Girls
Category: Construction
Play Sets
Preschool



This is the first line of construction toys designed for preschool girls ages 1 and up. Features sparkly translucent blocks,  princesses with sparkling tiaras, ponies, and more. This tub includes sparkly and regular blocks, two princesses, and a little pony. Launch date: Fall 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33698      (added 2/15/2012)
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MSRP: $12.00
Age Range: 5 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China; Taiwan.
SKU or Item #: 30108-11
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities
Gifts



Sets of essential art materials for on-the-go artists. High-quality Thin Markers, Colored Pencils, Watercolor Pencils, and Oil Pastels in clear durable cases. Inner trays neatly hold materials. Expandable handle and snap closure. Descriptive label. AP Non-Toxic. Launch date: January 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34163      (added 4/27/2012)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Pretend Play
Creative Activities
General Toys



A rolling pin, cookie cutters, and felt "dough" make baking seem real. Flip the shapes over and they're already decorated. Made of Wood, Water based paint, Felt, Aluminium alloy.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34004      (added 3/26/2012)
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