July 2012 | Vol. XI - No. 7
Wiffle Bat and Ball by THE WIFFLE BALL INC
This is the official Wiffle Ball brand 32 inch bat in classic yellow with a 12 inch softball. This is the same ball, made by the same family that started the whole thing way back in 1952.
— In a March 2012 survey, Donna Frederick, owner of The Play House Toy Store in Durham, N.C., told TDmonthly that her best selling outdoor toy is the original Wiffle Ball and Bat. “It's all retro, and it's under $10. It's made in the USA, and it's a good outdoor family toy,” she said. They sell "A dozen a month, easily, not including extra balls people buy." 3/8/2012 (MSRP: $5.99)
Dora the Explorerô 3in1 Book by LEE PUBLICATIONS
Play and learn with your favorite Dora the Explorer™ characters. The activities include Magic Pen® Painting, Invisible Ink and Sticker Puzzles. The Special Pen reveals the invisibly printed pictures. The Special Pen also produces a rainbow of colors instantly. Unscramble the stickers to create a surprise picture.
Book 1: Each book includes 24 pages of fun and a special pen.
Book 2: Each book includes 24 pages of fun, a special pen and 2 jumbled sticker puzzles. 6/25/2012 (MSRP: $3.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Creatures - The Card Game by CREATURES GAMES
Creatures is a creative, strategic card game that blends friendly competition with a good laugh. Gameplay occurs as players mix and match 'FRONT', 'MIDDLE', and 'BACK' cards in their hand to create entirely new creatures, and stage attacks against the creatures in other players' hands. The illustrated portions of each card align to create an image of the new creature with a zany new fun fact. A creature which conquers all other players in a single turn becomes a 'Champion'. "With over 22,000 possible creature combinations, no two games are alike," Tyler Panian, owner of Creatures Games, told TDmonthly. Launch date: November 2011. 3/16/2012 (MSRP: $11.99; Age: 5 and Up)
Fancies and Frills by PIGGY PAINT LLC
New Gift set with our new colors. Gift set includes: Angel Kisses (not new), Pocketful of Posies and Glitter Bug. Launch date: January 2011.
Awards: Parent Tested Parent Approved Award 2011 3/5/2012 (MSRP: $8.99; Age: All Ages)
Life As I Live It, Love to Be Me, and BFF Book of Lists by ISCREAM
It's all about you in this 96-page, fun-filled activity book. Covers flip from one colorful image to another. "Along with the lenticular covers these activity books are creative and hip," Jennifer Kamen, general manager of Iscream, told TDmonthly. Launch date: January 2012. 3/5/2012 (MSRP: $7.00; Age: 4 to 15)
Fishing Camp the Game by EDUCATION OUTDOORS
Fishing Camp is a game where both children & adults can play & learn fun facts about Fishing. The game is designed to grow with the player, starting at level one questions, which are primarily identification of fish and fishing tackle. As the players increase in their knowledge about Fishing, they grow into the higher level questions. A fun & educational game where parents & children can play to see who catches the first fish and gets back to the docks. Game includes: 1 game board, 200 game cards(400 questions, and 100 fun facts), 1 decoder, 8 game characters, 1 die, 16 level cards, and 1 GPS card. Launch date: 2012. ( Watch Video) 2/15/2012 (MSRP: $24.99; Age: 4 and Up)
COLORS: Children's Music and Movement Activity Kit by ARTS EDUCATION IDEAS
This exciting activity kit includes the Sing Along Sing Alone COLORS Song book that includes music and activities. Twelve 27" square nylon IDEAScarves, one of each of the following colors: red, royal blue, orange, yellow, pink, kelly green, black, white, medium blue, grey, purple and sunset lavender swirl. Colors Music CD and Data CD (with all songs and activities ready to print), crayola crayons to color the music pages and an instructional/informational insert. Launch date: July 2011. 5/11/2012 (MSRP: $29.99; Age: 3 to 9)
Forest Animal-opoly by LATE FOR THE SKY PRODUCTION
In Forest Animal-opoly, players buy their favorite animals and learn to be caretakers of the forest by providing food and water for their animals. Whether it’s a huge bison or a tiny weasel, all the animals in the forest are important to the natural cycle of life, therefore, fines are enforced for littering and polluting their habitat. On the reverse side of each property deed find cool facts & unique characteristics for each forest animal. "Forest Animal-opoly is made in the USA, printed with vegetable based inks and made using recycled paper," Carla Miller from Late for the Sky Production Co., told TDmonthly. Launch date: April 2012. 4/27/2012 (MSRP: $24.95; Age: 8 and Up)
Scooter & Me Yoga Story DVD series by MOVE WITH ME ACTION ADVENTURES
Follow-along yoga story classes on DVD for ages 3 - 7 that enhance fitness, focus and coordination while also teaching self-regulation techniques called Adventure Skills. Launch date: November 2010.
Awards: 2010 Telly Award; 2011 Creative Child Magazine Exercise DVD of the Year; 2011 NAPPA Gold; 2011 Parents Choice; 2011 Mom's Choice 5/11/2012 (MSRP: $129.95; Age: 3 to 7)
What? Where? Whoo? Paint-by-Number Chalkboard Mural by ELEPHANTS ON THE WALL
This whimsical chalkboard is actually a Paint-by-number wall mural. This chalkboard is "made" of four branches and three cute owls. The center of the mural is painted with chalkboard paint to make any kids' to-do list more fun. It is almost 4' x 4'. Simply TAPE, TRACE & PAINT. Launch date: January 2012. 4/27/2012 (MSRP: $24.95; Age: 4 and Up)
Marble Copter by SKULLDUGGERY
Marble Copter is a brand new outdoor light up helicopter toy. Fling the Marble Copter up to 50 feet in the air using the launching wand, and watch as the copter lights up, glows in the dark, the light reflects off the hologram wings, and helicopters to the ground. Great nighttime fun for kids 8 and up. Launch date: May 2012. 4/24/2012 (MSRP: $6.99; Age: 8 and Up)
Bailey's Box of Double Castles by BAILEY'S TOY STORE
This fun sand mold features two towers connected by a castle wall. Castles are made in the USA. Includes 80 Double Castles and 80 Shovels. 4/18/2012
Charles Wysocki Hawkriver Hollow Puzzle - 1000 pcs by BUFFALO GAMES INC.
For more than 40 years Charles Wysocki enjoyed his love affair with life and Americana, and through his imaginative and colorful artwork touched the hearts of millions worldwide."Chuck" felt a special kinship with puzzlers, who share in the creative process by building his paintings one piece at a time. This 1000 piece puzzle has a finished size of 26 3/4 x 19 3/4". Puzzle includes an 18 x 11 3/4" BONUS POSTER of the image. These puzzles are made here in the USA with 100% recycled paperboard at their factory in Buffalo NY. 3/19/2012 (MSRP: $14.95)
Teeny Track by IDL MOTORS
TeenyTrack Nano Kit is Worldwide smallest moving train set that recommended for dedicated enthusiasts, who are striving to build stuff by themselves. Fits the Dole Houses. The kit includes: 1. Fully integrated Unit, does not require any assembly. 2. Set of Silver Nano Express Train (one locomotive and three passenger cars) 3. Power adapter for 110 V - 250 V. Proudly Made in the USA. "The smallest moving Track with the train on it," Ed Lopatinsky, President of IDL Motors, told TDmonthly. Launch date: June 2012. 6/25/2012 (MSRP: $49.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Messy Baby Bib - Ocean by MIMI THE SARDINE
Keep kids clean with our messy baby bibs, which feature the crumb-catching pocket our bibs have made famous and long sleeves. They tie at the neck to guarantee generous spill protection and double as an art smock for the expressive toddler artist. Our organic acrylic-coated cotton is machine-washable and wipeable, like oilcloth or vinyl - but are non-toxic. Our products are designed in Sweden, and all our products are American made. Launch date: January 2011. 4/24/2012 (MSRP: $25.95; Age: 1 to 3)