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May 2014 | Vol. XIII - No. 5
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Looking for new specialty toys for your store? You're in luck! This month, TDmonthly has selected 9 of our favorite new top-quality toys to share in our Staff Picks. Learn about these products below, then decide if any are right for your store.



Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Play Sets
Kits
General Toys



Snow Time Any Time is the only product on the market that allows kids to have wintry snowy fun anytime they want, even on hot August days! These specially designed snowballs are light and fluffy and feel like a real snowball. Soft and safe, they even crunch with you squeeze them! Item# 7500 count suggested retail $30.00. Item#7501 15 count suggested retail $20.00.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36718      (added 4/29/2014)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
STEM Skills
Kits



Build an energetic bouncing robot that uses an electric motor and a springloaded mechanism to jump forward in a continuous motion. Watch the robot crouch down, compress its coil spring, and store up energy. Then see how it instantly extends its legs and releases the stored energy all at once, launching itself upward and forward. Experiment with the metal coil spring to discover how the robot’s jumping mechanism works. See if the robot can jump over objects in an obstacle course you design for it. Learn about elasticity, potential and kinetic energy, the spring constant, cams, and linkages. Build seven other functional models using the same mechanical components — the spring, cams, and motor — to perform other tasks and demonstrate physical science principles firsthand. Construct a car that moves forward on spiral-shaped wheels. Build a crab that moves sideways, a kicking machine that uses the spring-loaded mechanism to propel an object away, a pitching machine, and a grappler claw. Assemble a fun amusement park ride that spins around using the electric motor. Learn about the physics of force, mass, and weight by making and experimenting with a spring scale. The full-color, 24-page instruction manual provides step-by-step illustrated assembly instructions.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36716      (added 4/29/2014)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
General Games
Family Games



It's easy to fill up the donkey's backpack. The trick is to unload without knocking it down! Lay Muuli flat inside the box to load the rings in the stringed circle. Then use the box to help it stand up. Remove the box to play.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36703      (added 4/28/2014)
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MSRP: $11.95
Age Range: 6 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: STEM Skills
Puzzles & Skill
American-Made



MSRP: $11.95

Fractiles - a Real STEM toy!

This set includes 48 brilliantly colored flexible MAGNETIC tiles and a color-Illustrated cardboard CD-style package to store the tiles. Board not included. Fridge Fractiles make great stocking stuffers and can be used on a fridge or filing cabinet. They are made in the USA.

"For the past several years, my wife and I have featured Fractiles in workshops we do with public school students. We have been following the currently popular STEM philosophy of combining Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to get kids interested in how to teach themselves and learn independently, with really promising results. Fractiles is ideally suited to this kind of program and extremely popular with our students as it encourages creativity and innovation. We wish there were other materials of a similarly versatile and compelling nature." - Professor John L. Hall; University of Colorado, Boulder; Nobel Prize for Physics, 2005

"It is a perfect 'STEM' toy that teaches math while kids play.  In fact, it plays into 'STEAM' because it has a strong art component, too! Fractiles was way ahead of its time, and now is perfectly positioned to become a hot seller for all the families who are looking to enhance education through play!" - Sallie Kashiwa, owner/president of Timbuck Toys in Colorado

"We have carried Fractiles for several years and, on top of being a great selling toy, they have become one of our personal favorites. They are educational, reasonably priced, and made in America by a reputable company. It's very rare for a toy line to meet all of those qualifications. " - Kristine Reed from Whispering Winds in Mr. Dora, Fla.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36694      (added 4/28/2014)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Robotics
Electronics



Kinematics is a modular robotic construction kit, consisting of kinetic modules and adaptor blocks, which can be connected freely and without the use of cables. Kinematics is suitable for children from the age of 5 years and upwards, and with no computer skills being necessary, they may build interactive robots which have the ability to move. Exploring and playing with the Kinematic Blocks introduces children to the world of mechanics, sensors and renewable energy. The construction kit is a highly entertaining and useful teaching tool with an intuitive interface. The adaptor blocks enable Kinematics to be connected to other leading construction kits.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36686      (added 4/10/2014)
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Age Range: 2 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Eco-Friendly
Preschool



An apple a day makes everyone play! With Pure Play Toys' Wooden Apple Ball Roller, kids love watching the large wooden balls meander along the “worm tracks” and through holes in the brilliantly colored apple. This toy's large size makes it a perfect center piece for retailers, homes and preschools. Unlike most marble or ball run toys, Pure Play Toys' Wooden Apple Ball Roller has been engineered to be safe for children under 3 years old. Comes with three 1-1/2” diameter wooden balls - too large to pose a choking hazard. Measures 24"H x 20"W x 8-1/2"D. Safe for ages 18 months and up.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36681      (added 4/7/2014)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Play Houses
Outdoor Fun
Creative Activities



Let your little ones imagination run wild with our New “Striation Pink Tee Pee” Playhouse. This enormous almost 5 foot tall by almost 4- foot square Tee Pee is large enough for the entire tribe. Made of durable 100% Cotton Canvas, the easy to set-up TeePee can be used indoors. The bright walls feature interesting designs and there is an easy access opening as well as a mesh window for ventilation purposes. The “Striation Pink TeePee” playhouse features a Cotton Canvas floor for extra comfort and wooden poles for easy assembly and extra durability. Tie back dual front doors and mesh window add to the hours of fun your little Striation Pinks.  The Tee Pee comes in its very own carry bag for easy storage.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36653      (added 3/31/2014)
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MSRP: $29.99
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Sporting Goods & Accessories
Puzzles & Skill
General Toys



Marbles are back for a limited time! This tama features our classic marble paint style with a purple, yellow, and seafoam combo. Coated with our high-gloss Pro Clear. Every Sweets Kendama comes with an extra string, bead, instructional book and stickers.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36646      (added 3/27/2014)
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