October 2011 | Vol. X - No. 10
Obstacles - A Game of Imaginative Solutions by eeBoo corp.
Obstacles is a journey along a path of hazards and barriers which are overcome by the collective cleverness of its players. Armed with an unlikely set of tools, imagination, and some silliness, players "cooperate" creatively to innovate solutions that let them get home together. "Obstacles is eeBoo's first "cooperative" game. It teaches the useful skill of creative collaboration and makes for a play experience that is positive and constructive as it promotes good feelings amongst players. It is a perfect game for parents, children, and siblings to be silly and imaginative together," Regina Gelin, sales and marketing associate at eeBoo, told TDmonthly. Launch date: July 2011.
Awards: 2011 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award - Platinum 9/8/2011 (MSRP: $17.00; Age: 5 and Up)
Hexacus by POPULAR PLAYTHINGS
HEXACUS is an exploration in creativity and fun for the entire family. Just sort by size and color, then stack, nest, and balance to create a wide variety of patterns and shapes. Our Idea Booklet shows over 100 examples of easy to challenging patterns and shapes to build. Ages: 2+ CONTENTS: 12 Hexagonal Pieces – 3 Red, 3 Orange, 2 Yellow, 2 Green, 1 Light Blue, 1 Dark Blue, Idea Booklet. "Due to it's unique and geometrically accurate shape, children are able to nest and stack HEXACUS pieces in a wide variety of ways using horizontal, vertical and diagonal planes," Jason Cheung, general manager of Huntar Company, Inc., told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2012. 9/8/2011 (MSRP: $20.00; Age: 2 and Up)
Flashwordz by U.S. GAMES SYSTEMS, INC.
This exciting new word game requires a quick hand and a keen eye. Players create words by combining letters from their own racks with letters from another player's rack. With double-sided letter cards, everything can change in a flash. When the timer goes off it becomes a free-for-all FlashRound. Game includes 100 two-sided letter cards, 4 card racks, FlashWordz Timer, and FlashRound Token. Launch date: July 2011.
Awards: 2011 Creative Child Preferred Choice Award. 9/8/2011 (MSRP: $19.95; Age: 8 and Up)
Master Kitz - The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh by KIDZAW INC
The Starry Night would have been just another landscape if it were not for van Gogh’s swirling layered brush strokes that make the painting come alive. The Starry Night Master Kitz includes all the tools your child needs to create their own Starry Night masterpiece and learning materials to deepen their understanding of the original painting. Each Starry Night Master Kitz includes:A sturdy, re-usable art tool box with magnetic closures, 3 Custom Acrylic Paints (child friendly), 5 Custom Oil Pastels (child friendly), 1 van Gogh Roller specially designed to , replicate van Gogh’s active stroke, 1 re-usable Starry Night Cyprus Stencil, 1 standard paint roller, 2 pieces deluxe art paper, 1 low tack “Mesmerizing Stars” sticker sheet, Fun, easy-to-understand van Gogh learning materials, Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt and Water Lilies by Claude Monet kits are also available. Fifteen percent of Kidzaw’s profits are donated to programs that fund art for disadvantaged public schools in urban areas.
Awards: TDmonthly Top Toy Award, January 2012
— Why it won: This fun kit introduces kids to one of the most famous pieces of art in the world. Including educational materials about van Gogh, the kit also provides paint, stickers, and the tools necessary for kids to recreate, or re-imagine, the Starry Night painting. 9/8/2011 (MSRP: $29.99)
Toobalink by METRE IDEAS AND DESIGN LLC
Toobalink is the only construction toy that uses paper towel tubes and toilet tissue tubes as a main building element. A Toobalink set comes with all the pieces necessary to build a wide variety of connectors, which are then used to hold the tubes together to build large scale structures. Each Toobalink kit comes with 39 pieces, including brand new tubes so that kids can get building right away. Kids love it because they can collect more tubes to build bigger, better structures and parents love it because the extra building material is FREE. Made in the USA. Launch date: June 2012. 9/8/2011 (MSRP: $34.99; Age: 5 and Up)
Silver - Dancing Scarves with Magically Inspired Music by ARTS EDUCATION IDEAS
This NY Times Bestselling Book and Multi-Award Winning Activity Kit is an educational tool with a thousand uses. These bright colorful scarves stimulate the senses, encourage movement and teach and reinforce color recognition. Parents can use this book to encourage imagination and solo and choral reading. Dance to the music or use for dress up. These scarves are an open-ended tool, limited only by the users imagination. Launch date: June 2011.
Awards: 2011 Winner of Creative Child's Book of the Year and Media of the Year Awards 9/8/2011 (MSRP: $29.99; Age: 3 to 9)
ZAFARI Animal Alphabet Puzzle by SMART PLAY LLC
Zafari is a puzzle game that teaches the alphabet and animal names in English & Spanish. 27 Brightly colored puzzle cards have unique die-cut openings to help children complete the puzzle and identify beginning sounds in English & Spanish. On the other side of the card, it has a realistic photo of the animal and its name in English/Spanish. Sturdy puzzle cards are self correcting and easy for a child to play with. Launch date: July 2011.
Awards: 2011 Creative Child Puzzle of the Year. 9/8/2011 (MSRP: $9.99; Age: 3 to 9)
Shrinky Dinks Halloween Fun by CREATIVITY FOR KIDS
This quick and easy craft makes a spook-tacular Halloween decoration. Includes genuine Shrinky Dinks®, 11" x 8" sturdy black velvet tree, colored pencils, sharpener, mini hole punch and all the extras needed for decoration and display. 9/7/2011 (MSRP: $17.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Ideal Solid Wood Memory Animal Puzzle by POOF-SLINKY INC.
Memory Animal Puzzle. Find the correct "coat" for each animal. Each includes 12 animals and 24 all -wood pieces. Heirloom quality, solid wood puzzles with detailed, European hand-crafted designs. Precision cut pieces make for a perfect fit. Launch date: 2010. 9/2/2011 (MSRP: $12.00; Age: 2 to 6)