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November 2007 New Toys — Creative Activities



The DrawBasket™ by IDEAON LLC
The DrawBasket™ by IDEAON LLC

This double-walled wastebasket accepts three standard, letter-size sheets in the slots between its walls. The sheets wrap around its exterior, decorating it with drawings, printouts, photos, magazine covers and more. To display artwork, one simply pulls up the top ring, removes any existing sheets, and inserts three 8.5" x 11" sheets into the slots. Four colors are available. “Every child needs a wastebasket, and the DrawBasket is by far the most appealing one,” Guy Zilberman of Ideaon LLC told TDmonthly. Launch date: August 2007. 11/30/2007 (Price: $24.99)

Signature Pitch by SKULLDUGGERY
Signature Pitch by SKULLDUGGERY

Children and parents can make an extraordinary mold of a little leaguer’s throwing grip and cast it permanently in Perfect Cast. This Little League licensed gift comes with a molding compound, Perfect Cast, a molding and casting bucket, base mold, detailed instructions and a genuine baseball. This product is made in the United States. (Watch the Signature Pitch Video Watch Video) 11/30/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Chalk Factory by SKULLDUGGERY
Chalk Factory by SKULLDUGGERY

Using this kit, kids can create colorful sidewalk chalk in six iconic shapes: moon, heart, four-leaf clover, star, circle and triangle. Mix the chalk powder with water, add one or more colors as desired, pour into the shape molds and then draw away. Launch date: Spring 2008. 11/30/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Bead Factory – Hearts by SKULLDUGGERY
Bead Factory – Hearts by SKULLDUGGERY

The Bead Factory Kits come with high quality molds, paint, necklace and bracelet ties and enough Perfect Cast to create 50 beads. The kit allows kids to create their own personalized beads from scratch. Launch date: Spring 2008. 11/30/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Baby Spoons by METAL MORPHOSIS INC.
Baby Spoons by METAL MORPHOSIS INC.

Each baby spoon design is whimsically sweet and engraved with enchanting phrases such as “Bambino,” “Butterfly Kisses” and “Cutie-Pie,” and is offset by a coordinating feature. The “Choo Choo” phrase, for example, features a coordinating train. Babies can dine in style with these heirloom quality baby spoons. Launch date: November 2007. 11/30/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

The Great Gonzo by DISNEY
The Great Gonzo by DISNEY

The authentic, fully poseable Gonzo “photo” puppet features wire armatures instead of hand openings. He also comes with mouth expression capability and full articulation in his neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles and fingers. A custom display stand and numbered plaque are included. Production of this edition is limited to 2,500 pieces. Launch date: Spring 2008. 11/30/2007 (Price: $299.00)

Family Night! by FAMILYSTORIES
Family Night! by FAMILYSTORIES

Family Stories and Sterling Publishing introduce this “playbook” for busy families. The book includes games for every developmental stage, along with stories from families who know how to plan game nights, get a game going and lure reluctant players. “Family Night! is more than just a book. It contains great materials to engage family hearts, minds and spirits in the memorable fun of playing games together,” Lisa Hamm of FamilyStories told TDmonthly. Launch date: November 1, 2007. 11/30/2007 (Price: $17.95)

Hopscotch by Learning Carpets, Inc.
Hopscotch by Learning Carpets, Inc.

The classic hopping game never goes out of style. Toss a stone, coin or bean bag and hop your way through the numerical maze. 11/28/2007 (Price: $39.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

City by Learning Carpets, Inc.
City by Learning Carpets, Inc.

There’s always lots to see and do in the city—and plenty of opportunities for young imaginations to enjoy creative play. 11/28/2007 (Price: $49.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

SnackerTracker™ Nutritional Tracking System by SNACKERTRACKER
SnackerTracker™ Nutritional Tracking System by SNACKERTRACKER

The SnackerTracker Nutritional Tracking System is a large colorful magnet that sticks to refrigerators or any magnetic surface. Each day, the child or parent can cross items off the tracker as the child eats the appropriate servings of food and performs some physical activity. "We are the only nutritional tracking system that starts at age two, when critical eating habits are being formed," Gina Luttrell of SnackerTracker told TDmonthly. Launch date: December 2007. (Watch the SnackerTracker™ Nutritional Tracking System Video Watch Video) 11/28/2007 (Price: $19.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

The Two Tuba Switch by TOYS 'N TAYLS
The Two Tuba Switch by TOYS 'N TAYLS

The delightful tale of self-acceptance revolves around the hero Mitch, a boy who transforms into objects whenever he becomes shy. In this story, he switches into a tuba. The book and toy combination includes many hidden activities such as find Mitch, quizzes, write-your-own-chapter and more. The set includes a picture book and character toys. Launch date: October 2007. 11/27/2007 (Price: $24.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Kookle Nesting Dolls by KOOKLE GIFT COMPANY
Kookle Nesting Dolls by KOOKLE GIFT COMPANY

Kookle Nesting Dolls are a set of fun and meaningful paint-it-yourself dolls from Russia. This kit allows children to create a momentous object of their own creativity. Children can develop coordination and artistic expression while creating a lasting piece of art to commemorate their childhood. Adults can create a distinctive sentimental gift for their loved ones with their own theme, meaning, and personality. Kookle Nesting Dolls kit includes a set of primary acrylic colors, two paint brushes, a handy color-mixed chart, and a set of five stackable dolls (tallest is 6"). Launch date: September 14, 2007. 11/27/2007 (Price: $27.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

FeltTales™ Let's Go to the Ballet Storyboard by BABALU INC.
FeltTales™ Let's Go to the Ballet Storyboard by BABALU INC.

These ballerinas practiced so hard in class, learning a beautiful dance, and now they can't wait to perform for their friends and families. This 15" x 13" feltboard includes more than 20 themed felt pieces. It received a 2008 iParenting Media Award. 11/21/2007 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

FeltTales™ Noah's Ark Storyboard by BABALU INC.
FeltTales™ Noah's Ark Storyboard by BABALU INC.

God told Noah to build an ark, to protect his loved ones from a powerful storm. So Noah built the ark for his family and herds, and mad it big and strong. And now it's time to load the animals onboard! Can you help Noah and his wife?

15 x 13-inch feltboard with a collection of over 20 themed felt pieces. 11/21/2007 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

FeltTales™ Princess at the Grand Ball Storyboard by BABALU INC.
FeltTales™ Princess at the Grand Ball Storyboard by BABALU INC.

The Grand Ball will take place at the palace tonight! It's the social event of the season, and the Prince and Princess will be there! Sound the trumpets...your assitance and been requested! All eyes will be on the Prince and Princess. Can you help them dress for tonight's magnificent event?

15 x 13-inch feltboard with a collection of over 20 themed felt pieces. 11/21/2007 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

FeltTales™ Pirates at Shipwreck Cove Storyboard by BABALU INC.
FeltTales™ Pirates at Shipwreck Cove Storyboard by BABALU INC.

Ahoy, Matey! The pirates have gathered at Shipwreck Cove. They seek a chest of jewels and a bag of gold...a buried threasure left long ago!

15 x 13-inch feltboard with a collection of over 20 themed felt pieces. 11/21/2007 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Fully Woolly by KIDS CAN PRESS
Fully Woolly by KIDS CAN PRESS

This book in the Planet Girl series includes three project levels and instructions on knitting, crocheting and felting. It is written by Ellen Warwick and illustrated by Bernice Lum. 11/14/2007 (Price: $12.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Computer Game Maker-Lite by WINDMILL WORKS
Computer Game Maker-Lite by WINDMILL WORKS

This program allows students or teachers to create games by inputting questions and answers, importing graphics — even importing voice — and then letting the software create the ever-popular memory square game with content of the user's own choice: ESL language learning, math, science, social studies and more. It’s an “amazingly simple interface that allows text, picture and sound customization of the classic memory game in minutes,” Billie Pagliolo, president of Windmill Works, told TDmonthly. Launch date: October 1, 2007. 11/9/2007 (Price: $39.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Computer Game Maker by WINDMILL WORKS
Computer Game Maker by WINDMILL WORKS

Touching on subjects of language arts, math, science, art and more, this program allows students or teachers to create games by inputting eight questions and answers, importing graphics, and then letting the software do the rest. President Billie Pagliolo of Windmill Works told TDmonthly is provides “the ability to customize classic computer games to content relevant to every classroom topic and specific to a student or students' IEP or individual needs.” 11/9/2007 (Price: $29.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Magnetic Chalkboard and Dry Erase Board by MELISSA & DOUG
Magnetic Chalkboard and Dry Erase Board by MELISSA & DOUG

This two-sided board allows kids to release their artistic expressions either on a chalkboard or dry-erase surface. It comes with colored chalk, a dry-erase marker, and 36 magnetic letters and numbers. The board measures 16” x 12” x 0.75”.
— As of fall 2007, new art supplies by Melissa & Doug rank as a top seller at Brain Station and Tree Town Toys in Ann Arbor, Mich., said Owners Hans and Tricia Masing.
— “Melissa & Doug has some cute new travel games they just came out [with], and we are selling one or more a day,” Andre Truso, a longtime salesperson at The World of Mirth in Richmond, Va., told TDmonthly in March 2008.
— “New travel games by Melissa & Doug…We just got them in, but they are selling pretty fast,” Mary Fortier, a longtime salesperson at The Toy Palace in Jackson, Miss., told TDmonthly in March 2008. 11/5/2007

ZipBin® Small Town Playscape® Play, Zip, Go! by NEAT-OH! INTERNATIONAL LLC
ZipBin® Small Town Playscape® Play, Zip, Go! by NEAT-OH! INTERNATIONAL LLC

The playset features a colorful, durable and wipe-clean surface that accommodates cars, trucks, planes, trains and construction equipment. There is even a special “parking lot” where kids lift the lid and can store small cars underneath. The set itself collapses flat for easy storing, stacking and transport. Sturdy, heavy-duty zippers and lid fasteners keep the set’s contents safe during travels. (Watch the ZipBin® Small Town Playscape® Play, Zip, Go! Video Watch Video) 11/5/2007 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Sticktak 3D Rubber Stickers by mY DESIGN
Sticktak 3D Rubber Stickers by mY DESIGN

The 3-D rubber stickers are specially designed to fit My Design’s Paintable Boots. The stickers are weatherproof and can be removed at any time. Kids can personalize their boots with eight different varieties. 11/5/2007 (Price: $10.50) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Sticking Stencils by mY DESIGN
Sticking Stencils by mY DESIGN

The stencils are specially made for sticking on My Design Paintable Boots. Kids can paint a variety of beautiful figures with these stencils. 11/5/2007 (Price: $9.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Two's Company Press ‘n Dress Set by POCKETS OF LEARNING LLC
Two's Company Press ‘n Dress Set by POCKETS OF LEARNING LLC

Suitable for children aged 18 months and up, this colorful set includes two Press ‘n Dress dolls and four outfits that attach with Velcro. The products feature soft, elegant fabrics with embroidered edging. 10/31/2007

Good Manners Flash Cards by eeBoo corp.
Good Manners Flash Cards by eeBoo corp.

On these 48 cards, polite pink pigs demonstrate good behavior in familiar situations. Two parent cards are included. "The vibrant artwork and great design coupled with quality material make our products a family favorite," Roisin Ross of eeBoo told TDmonthly.
— Lisa LeStrange owner of Lucky Duck Toys in Wayne, Pa., told TDmonthly in a November 2011 survey that as far as educational products go, "Lately, we have been selling a lot of the Eeboo Flashcards...We have sold maybe 10 this month so far." 10/31/2007 (Price: $12.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

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