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September 2015 | Vol. XIV - No. 9
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September Staff Picks


School is back in session, and the holidays are right around the corner. Here at TDmonthly, we're paying special attention to educational toys, and products that could be holiday hits. You can see some of our favorite finds in our staff picks, below.



Age Range: 6 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Christmas
Kits



Decorate 3 child-safe, plastic snow globes with 3 winter/ holiday themed resin figures and create your own winter wonderland! Use the included clay and tools to create additional fun, festive accessories and decorations; add your own tap water, top them off with glitter (also included) and give them a shake to watch your winter scenes come to life.
Snow globes measure approximately 2 7/8” w x 3 5/8” h x 2 3/4" d
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37376      (added 8/11/2015)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Tween
Dolls



Aurora’s® popular Sea Sparkles™ line features seventy trend-setting styles of enchanting and trend-forward mermaid dolls and sea-friend plush that make a splash with families wherever they go. Their newest collection of 6 mermaids called Sea Shimmers™ have long-flowing doll hair infused with shimmering mylar, sparkling crowns and new outfits.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37379      (added 8/25/2015)
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MSRP: $40.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: STEM Skills
Educational
Science & Nature



A Classic EcoAquarium with a pretty new look... a Castle on a Hill, a fierce Dragon, a handsome Knight, plus a lovely Princess, with her favorite pet.
The durable color-fast background & tank border is design that would do any Princess proud. Includes 4x4x5 tank, with 2 Frogs or 1 Betta Fish, Lucky Bamboo Plant, Decorative rock, Living Gravel, your choice of Colored Gravel.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37381      (added 8/26/2015)
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MSRP: $13.99
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
General Toys



Can you make a paperclip float? What are magnetic fields? How does a compass work? These astonishing activities will reveal the fascinating world of magnetism. Success is guaranteed as you discover the power of this invisible force. Contents: 2 Ring Magnets, 1 Bar Magnet, 1 Packet of String, 1 Compass, 1 Washer, 1 Galaxy Map, 1 Fizz Token, Detailed Instruction Manual.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37385      (added 8/31/2015)
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MSRP: $25.95
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Kits



National Geographic Archaeology Kit: Egyptian Pyramid, The Secret of the Pyramid. Play the role of archaeologist as you explore this pyramid model and the treasures buried within. After using hieroglyphics to decipher the secret to unlocking the pyramid, use tools and techniques similar to those of a real archaeologist to carefully excavate a sarcophagus, death mask, and four canopic urns from inside. Open the sarcophagus and you will discover a model mummy preserved within. As you uncover the artifacts in the pyramid, you will learn about archaeological science, including excavation, conservation, dating, and remote sensing. You will also learn about ancient Egyptian customs, hieroglyphics, mummification, and pyramid construction. Investigate the layout of the pyramid, its various chambers, hidden passageways, and security devices by constructing a three-dimensional cross section. Full-color, 16-page experiment manual.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37386      (added 8/31/2015)
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MSRP: $44.99
Age Range: 12 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Educational
General Toys



Build and display these authentic, well-loved birds! LEGO Ideas brings you 3 incredibly detailed models of iconic birds from around the globe-the Blue Jay, Hummingbird and Robin. Put down your binoculars and get closer to nature with these intricate LEGO models of well-known birds! Created by keen gardener and bird enthusiast Thomas Poulsom and selected by LEGO Ideas members, each replica bird hails from a different continent: the Robin from Europe; the Blue Jay from North America; and the Hummingbird from South America. These beautiful and detailed models come with their own presentation stands showing their scientific names, so that you can display your birds for all to enjoy or detach and play as you wish. This set also includes 3 booklets containing lots more information about each of these fascinating species as well as the creator of these amazing models. Features 3 models: a Blue Jay, Hummingbird with flower, and a Robin.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37387      (added 8/31/2015)
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MSRP: $14.99
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities
Kits



Make a fabulous Flower. Use the stylus and follow a numbered legend, adding pretty fabric pieces to create a wonderful wall hook.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37388      (added 8/31/2015)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Kits



First, mix the PerfectCast mold mix in the 'mix and pour' bag and pour it into the molds. While it sets enjoy the fun, games and learning in the activity book! Unmold your creation, paint the parts and set them onto the display background - now it's ready to show off on the easel! Children will have a hands on learning adventure they can share with everyone! The Smithsonian Museum Craft Kits by Skullduggery combine creativity, discovery, and learning in one exciting artistic journey. Each kit includes everything needed to create an educational masterpiece.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37389      (added 8/31/2015)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles
General Games
Animal Figures



Critter babies love riding the merry-go-round! Merry-go-round spins as you turn the handle. Fish seats can detach from the carousel. Also features water spray & slide. Merry-go-round measures 6" x 4.5" x 6.5".
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37390      (added 8/31/2015)
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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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