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April 2009 | Vol. VIII - No. 4


Video Lessons From Educational Toys

Learn More About Learning Toys

By Alison Marek
April 2009

TDmonthly went to Toy Fair 2009 and brought back videos of learning toys so you could learn more about them before you order. From books to kits, these products help kids expand their horizons.

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Mini Zillio by ZILLIO

Zillio has 12 colorful staircases based upon multiplication tables. The visual and tactile relationships between steps enable kids to discover and master difficult math concepts as they learn and play with 10 essential math skills.  Mini Zillio handles numbers up to 36, and measures 18" x 18" x 8", compared to Mega Zillio's 27" x 27" x 12.5". For up to 4 players at a time.
Awards: 2010 Tillywig Brain Child (Watch the Mini Zillio Video Watch Video) 9/10/2008 (MSRP: $99.95; Age: 4 to 94)


Charge Large Board Game by HASBRO INC.

Charge Large Board Game by HASBRO INC.Charge Large comes along just in time to provide society with an educational and entertaining board game about credit cards. The goal of Charge Large is to increase competition among players as they battle against each other to be become part of an elite class of Black Card Members.  Players begin with their entry level Gold Credit Card and Cash to set forth on their journey to purchase companies, stocks, buildings and most importantly to Charge Smart while Charging Large. Ultimately, Charge Large teaches players not to fear credit cards, but simply learn how to leverage themselves wisely. It is therefore time for society to practice how to Charge Large Responsibly! (Watch the Charge Large Board Game Video Watch Video) 12/12/2008


Exploracise Gymathtics™ by EXPLORAMANIA

Exploracise Gymathtics™ by EXPLORAMANIAThis DVD program features a full exercise routine coupled with mathematical concepts from lines to numbers. The exercise program is for kids of all ages, with math concepts ranging from 2nd to 5th grade. It was named 2009 DVD of the Year by Creative Child Magazine and one of Dr. Toy's 2009 Best Vacation Children's Products.
Awards: Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products - 2010 (Watch the Exploracise Gymathtics™ Video Watch Video) 2/11/2009


Poingo by PUBLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL LTD.

Poingo by PUBLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL LTD.The set consists of a pen and two books. When children touch images in the book using the pen, audio content will sound. Additional books are available for purchase separately. Launch date: August 2008. (Watch the Poingo Video Watch Video) 3/10/2008 (MSRP: $34.99; Age: 4 to 7)


The Dangerous Book for Boys: Classic Chemistry by THAMES & KOSMOS

The Dangerous Book for Boys: Electronics presents information on electronics every child should know through fun, engaging, and impressive experiments and activities. Children ages eight and up learn how to construct simple electronic toys, such as a joy buzzer and insect. It comes with a 32-page, full-color experiment manual and retails for $35.95. Awards: Parent's Choice Award 2010. Launch date: Fall 2009. (Watch the The Dangerous Book for Boys: Classic Chemistry Video Watch Video) 2/6/2009 (MSRP: $35.95; Age: 8 and Up)


Hydro Power by THAMES & KOSMOS

Hydropower has been used for hundreds of years in watermills and is now commonly used to generate electricity in applications such as hydroelectric dams and tidal power plants. Explore the power of water by building models and conducting experiments with them. Learn about how different devices are used to extract useful energy from moving water — from a waterwheel in a small stream to a giant turbine in a tidal power station. Build a waterwheel, a sawmill, and a hammer mill to harness the energy of moving water to do different types of physical work. (Watch the Hydro Power Video Watch Video) 3/18/2009 (MSRP: $49.95; Age: 8 and Up)


The Dangerous Book for Boys: Electronics by THAMES & KOSMOS

The Dangerous Book for Boys: Electronics by THAMES & KOSMOSThe Dangerous Book for Boys: Electronics presents information on electronics every child should know through fun, engaging, and impressive experiments and activities. Children ages eight and up learn how to construct simple electronic toys, such as a joy buzzer and insect.  It comes with a 32-page, full-color experiment manual and retails for $35.95. Launch date: Fall 2009. (Watch the The Dangerous Book for Boys: Electronics Video Watch Video) 3/31/2009 (MSRP: $35.95; Age: 8 and Up)


Global Warming by THAMES & KOSMOS

Global warming — the steady increase in Earth’s air and ocean temperatures since the mid-20th century — is one of the most discussed and studied topics in the scientific community today. This kit introduces you to Earth’s climate and the issue of global warming with 23 hands-on experiments. This kit gives you the basic knowledge you need to understand the climate, why it changes, and how our actions affect it.
— “Science and robotics are extremely popular,” said Dean Nelson, owner of Wizard Kids Toys in Toledo, Ohio, who told TDmonthly in June 2009 that Thames & Kosmos is one of his top-selling lines for boys.
— Two of 47 storeowners said Thames & Kosmos account for their top sales in boys' items during a summer 2009 survey. (Watch the Global Warming Video Watch Video) 3/18/2009 (MSRP: $34.95; Age: 10 and Up)


"Around The Clock" Survival Board by BEANSTALK EXPRESS LLC

When combined with "Survival Decks" (sold separately), the "Around the Clock" Survival Board allows for parents to set in place for their children certain times of the day for certain activities. Available decks include the Snack Time Survival Deck and the Screen Time Survival Deck. “The Snack Time Survival Deck” presents a variety of snack cards separated into 3 color categories based on their nutritional value. Each card in the “Screen Time Survival Deck” contains pictures of different physical, educational and creative activities, as well as a variety of household responsibilities, or “chores”.

Past Videos: Toy Fair 2009 1/12/2009


Wood Vehicles and CD by VAMOS KIDS

Wood Vehicles and CD by VAMOS KIDSPart of a collection designed to introduce children to Spanish in a fun way, this set of five vehicles (car, truck, airplane, boat and bus) bearing their names in Spanish as well as the phonetic pronunciation. It also comes with a CD that has the pronunciation and activity phrases. Launch date: 2009. (Watch the Wood Vehicles and CD Video Watch Video) 2/16/2009 (MSRP: $38.95)


The Breadheads Personalized Learning Cartoon by KID HIP PERSONALIZED LEARNING LLC

The Breadheads, Personalized Learning Cartoon is a personalized learning cartoon where a child's name will be heard 50 times throughout the educational DVD cartoon. Designed to have children sitting and dancing in front of the TV, learning and hearing their own name (Watch the The Breadheads Personalized Learning Cartoon Video Watch Video) 2/9/2009 (MSRP: $19.95; Age: 1 and Up)


Videography by Alison Marek and Amanda Wilder. Edited by Alison Marek.





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