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August 2014 | Vol. XIII - No. 8
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The average toy store customer is getting younger and younger, especially with the continuing explosion of personal electronic devices, Apps, and electronic games. But! You can still entice older kids and Tweens into your store by stocking high quality, engaging toys. Games, arts & crafts, construction kits and other toys that require kids' full attention are great items for Tweens who are used to being fully immersed in video games and online worlds.

Check out some of the top-notch kits, games and arts & crafts toys below. Maybe some of them could help bring Tweens back to your store!




MSRP: $57.75
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys
Category: General Games
Kits
Hobby Goods



In the darkest depths of the most sinister forests, even Giants and Cygors can fall prey to the colossal Arachnarok Spider. Towering over houses and settlements alike, this gargantuan creature can be goaded into battle by Forest Goblins who worship it as a living god. Bedecked with shanty towers, altars to the Spider-god or even crude catapults, the Arachnarok Spider will terrorise the Warhammer world. This 95-piece, all-plastic kit comes complete with all the options available to make your Arachnarok Spider truly unique, including a Flinger and a Catchweb Spidershrine. There are also eight Forest Goblin crew for the howdah, many tiny spiders to adorn the base and a Goblin Great Shaman if you choose to use the Arachnarok Spider as a monstrous mount.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36871      (added 7/31/2014)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
SKU or Item #: TZ202
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Tween
Fashion & Accessories



Make a fashion statement with a new take on a traditional craft.  Hook a stylish Beanie using a Threadz all-plastic re-useable loom in the latest yarns and coolest colors. Step-by-step instructions included or watch a demonstration video at www.PlaSmartToys.com. Add a Make-a-Scarf kit or a Make-a-Purse kit for a fashion ensemble.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36857      (added 7/17/2014)
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Age Range: 7 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Family Games
Developmental Toys



Face to Face™ conversation games strengthen the critical life skill of effective "Face to Face" communication. The games help kids, teens, and adults start great conversations on real-life issues, in real time, with friends and family. The games also reinforce the importance of building character through principle-based decision making.  Three versions:  Face to Face™ Kids Edition (ages 7 and up), Face to Face™ Teen Edition (ages 13 and up), and Face to Face™ Dinner Party Edition (ages 18 and up)

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36456      (added 1/9/2014)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Interactive
General Toys



The brightest creepy crawlers you’ve ever seen exist in this incredible 12 in 1 Spider kit from Laser Pegs! Build your favorite insects like the Grasshopper, Scorpion, Praying Mantis, Ant, and many more.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36872      (added 7/31/2014)
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MSRP: $18.00
Age Range: 14 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Outdoor Fun



Giant-sized solar science fun! This 50 foot long balloon soars high in the sky powered by the sun. Demonstrates buoyancy, convection, thermodynamics and solar power. Teaches Bernoullis Principle and Pascals Principle. Great for science classes and the perfect start to a science project. Bright direct sunlight on a calm, cool day has the Solar Balloon soaring in just minutes. Includes one 50 foot long by 29" diameter Solar Balloon, 400 feet of string, complete instructions and science learning guide. Made in USA.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36873      (added 7/31/2014)
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MSRP: $34.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Kits



Build this Strandbeest kit yourself! It has a very interesting mechanism: blowing into the fan makes the animal start walking against the wind. The wind power is conveyed to the legs by 2 gears. The 28-page science guide gives you the history of the real Strandbeest that Theo Jansen started building in1990. The guide also includes easy-to-follow assembly instructions.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36874      (added 7/31/2014)
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MSRP: $29.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
SKU or Item #: 689076180481
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Kits
Creative Activities



Bend high-quality copper wire into fun shapes and adorn with beads and marbles to construct two beautiful, sturdy wands. Perfect for blowing giant bubbles and casting magic spells! With simple tips and lots of examples for inspiration, create 2 unique wands and 4 fabulous art pieces to brighten a garden or add whimsy to a potted plant.  Two bonus projects in every kit! Turn the box into a mailbox, birdhouse or special treasure box. The inner tray is perfect for framing your art. Ages 8 and up.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36764      (added 5/8/2014)
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MSRP: $70.00
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Science & Nature
Kits



Build, Create and Animate! OGOBILD is a line of creative construction toys created to promote open-ended play and stimulate a child's imagination. This kit contains Animate It! Express software, which was developed with the Aardman Animations studio (the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run) and is the premier UK education stop-motion animation software. Teaches the basics of stop motion animation. Allows kids to make their own animated movies with Animate It! Express. Takes advantage of the OGOBILD System's Versatility. Share finished films with family, friends, and the world!
Awards: 2014 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Award
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36875      (added 7/31/2014)
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MSRP: $16.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2013)
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities
Fashion & Accessories



Create a Plush rainbow pillow. Follow a simple numbered legend and use the stylus to punch glittering fabric – no sewing required. This fabric-by-number kit contains special glittering fabric pieces, meaning your rainbow design is certain to shine.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36046      (added 2/4/2013)
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MSRP: $18.00
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Tween
General Toys



A comfy and trendy way to carry this bag with the adjustable, long strap is over the shoulder and across to the other side. The fashionable, designer fabrics work beautifully with the original dog artwork or with the profusion of sparkles to create a trendy icon, such a butterfly, horseshoe, lollipop, or flower. The jeweled designs make the bag literally brighten! There are 4 dog-art bags and 4 bejeweled bags in the new collection. ...one of 8 styles. SRP $18

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36618      (added 3/5/2014)
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Justina HuddlestonWriter's Bio: Justina Huddleston graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College with a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing in 2009. After graduating she was the on-site director of the Boston Children's Museum gift store for a year, selling educational, developmental, and creative activity toys that tied in with the museum's exhibits. Justina also interned at children's book publisher Candlewick Press before moving from Boston to Los Angeles, where she is now Editorial Director of TDmonthly Magazine. Read more articles by this author

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