ToyDirectory® - Desk to Easel Art Cart from GUIDECRAFT INC.,
MSRP: $199.99Age Range: 3 and upSpecialty: Yes (as of 2012)Gender: Boys And Girls
Children as young as three can explore their creativity with this classic, versatile arts and crafts unit, which can be positioned as an angled easel or folded down into a flat workspace. Features easy-to-clean laminate surfaces, a write-on/wipe-off surface, a chalkboard and plenty of storage space.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34480 (added 6/22/2012)
Other Products by GUIDECRAFT INC.
MSRP: $49.95Age Range: 2 and upSpecialty: Yes (as of 2012)SKU or Item #: G8300Gender: Boys And Girls
Discover the all new Magneatos Better Builder Series. With super strong magnetic force, unique rod and ball configurations and myriad design possibilities, Magneatos Better Builders are a wonderfully inventive way to help children discover principles of science, construction, and engineering while developing their creativity skills. Includes handy storage bin and deluxe 22-page Activity Guide which explores magnet science and provides sample building models for all ages. Magnets are safely and securely embedded in the over sized rods. Metal balls ensure a quick and strong connection. Tested to ages 18 months plus. For ages 2+.Awards:
Oppeheim Platinum Best Toy Award Winner
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35474 (added 11/9/2012)
MSRP: $220.00Age Range: 3 and upSpecialty: Yes (as of 2012)Gender: Boys And Girls
A best-selling concept — children's dramatic play kitchens — just took a great leap forward with the addition of the Hideaway Playtime and Country Kitchens. In a few simple steps, the Hideaway Kitchen compacts to a depth of 6", allowing it to be efficiently stored when not in use. Offers plenty of features including a sink, a stove; an oven; a dishwasher; functioning knobs, clock and more. Adult assembly required. 30"W x 15.25"D x 38"H
— In a May 2012 survey, Maryalice Miner, co-owner of Miner's Doll & Toy Store
in Ocean Springs, Miss., told TDmonthly
that she sells 3-4 of this high-ticket item each year.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34390 (added 6/7/2012)
MSRP: $50.00Age Range: 3 and upSpecialty: Yes (as of 2011)Gender: Boys
Block Mates build upon the foundation of unit blocks by providing children with a themed exploration set, designed to enhance the original principles of block—building. All Block Mates are designed to fit standard unit blocks and can be built in their natural form or mixed and matched with others in the set to create new, imaginative vehicles or creatures. Patented gasket design ensures a snug fit. Set of 4 construction vehicles: Dump Truck, Sanitation Truck, Back Hoe and Cement Mixer. Features rugged sure—grip wheels with steel axles. Blocks not included.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33246 (added 12/1/2011)
MSRP: $25.00Age Range: 3 and upGender: Boys And Girls
The Guidecraft Feel & Find mixes visual and tactile stimuli via 20 printed tiles and wooden shapes. The set challenges kids to match the shapes, building their sensory skills.
— Nicole of Tired, Need Sleep
reported that her son “was very, very excited about playing the game and eager to get everything perfect. However, with 20 fairly unfamiliar shapes in the bag, it was a pretty challenging game for him (which is a good thing, since it means we will get a lot of use out of this as his skills develop!).” She adored the bright, well-constructed pieces and the limitless possibilities for play and learning they offer.
— Renee of What Mommies Need
called Feel and Find “a great learning tool for children.” After a few rounds, her son “learned to take his time and find what he was looking for” and “how to feel for a specific shape.” Renee noted that the $25 MSRP “is a great price for an all-wood product.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30673 (added 9/24/2010)
MSRP: $200.00Age Range: 3 to 7SKU or Item #: G97249Launch Date: February 2010Gender: Boys And Girls
The All in One Play Kitchen is a canvas for little cooks to practice pretend-play skills. It is full of details that are designed to enhance play value and lead to hours of fun, including a refrigerator, a sink, a microwave, an oven, a dishwasher, a clock with moveable hands and a wall phone. "This product is manufactured to withstand years of enjoyment," Guidecraft designer Dave Ruddock told TDmonthly
— In a May 2012 survey, Sherry Grisham, owner of Today's Dolls and Toys
in Corinth, Miss., told TDmonthly
that this is her best selling furniture item.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 29727 (added 7/26/2010)
MSRP: $160.00Age Range: 2 to 6SKU or Item #: G97325Launch Date: June 2008Gender: Boys And Girls
Lightweight and easy to move, fold and store, the Kitchen Helper safely and securely elevates children to countertop height. It easily adjusts to three platform heights and is available in two designs, Natural and Dollhouse. Natural features fun cutouts, wipe-off marker board and chalkboard. Dollhouse is a play item in addition to its functionality as a kitchen aid. The item ships fully assembled and safely supports up to 125 lbs.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 29725 (added 7/26/2010)
MSRP: $160.00Age Range: 3 and upGender: Boys And Girls
With crisp, elegant lines, durable construction, and a clean white paint job, this kids' room basic goes easily from play to crafts to snacks and back. The 28”-square table is 21” high, and the two chairs have 12” high seats to accommodate little ones but not be so short that an older child will be uncomfortable.
― Of 48 retailers who participated in a May 2010 survey, two named GuideCraft as their top-selling furniture brand for kids.
— In a May 2012 survey about furniture and playhouses, three of 11 retailers told TDmonthly
that Guidecraft was their best selling brand in the category.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 29026 (added 6/22/2010)
MSRP: $110.00Age Range: 3 and upGender: Boys And Girls
Available in red and blue, Guidecraft’s Kiddie Rockers and Table Set includes two comfortable birch plywood chairs that are sized for kids. The accompanying table provides a place to put snacks, books or toys while kids read, relax, or watch television from their chairs. Adult assembly is required.
reviewers gave the Kiddie Rocker and Table Set 5 stars and noted that the chair covers were easily removed for washing.
— Experimental Mommy
commended the Kiddie Rockers and Table Set for giving her daughters “a personal space to call their own.” Bridgette reported that the set was a perfect way for the girls to enjoy family movie night.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28864 (added 6/14/2010)
MSRP: $25.00Age Range: 3 to 6SKU or Item #: G7603Launch Date: October 2008Gender: Boys And Girls
Block Mates build upon the foundation of unit blocks by providing children with a themed exploration set. All Block Mates are designed to fit standard unit blocks and can be built in their natural form or mixed and matched with others in the set to create new, imaginative creatures. The patented gasket design is created for a snug fit. There are five characters per set. The Safari set includes Gorilla, Rhinoceros, Elephant, Alligator and Lion. Blocks not included. There is not a toy in any market like Block Mates™. "They bring new life to a store's unit block sales and they are not marketed in big-box stores. They can be sold as an educational toy or a creative toy," Dave Ruddock, digital imaging and design for Guidecraft, told TDmonthly.
This product received a Best of 2008 Instructor Teacher's Pick award and a 2008 and 2009 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award. Launch date: October 20, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24287 (added 6/29/2009)
MSRP: $40.00Age Range: 2 and upLaunch Date: April 2008Gender: Boys And Girls
Simply slide four sections of a Block Mates character onto a traditional-sized unit block, and the character comes alive. Each piece slides on easily and securely with a patented “gripping” system. Kids will enhance their fine motor and color matching skills. Additionally, the character pieces can be mixed and matched. Other varieties include Farm Animals and Safari Animals. Launch date: Spring 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17817 (added 3/3/2008)
MSRP: $240.00Gender: Boys And Girls
The Unit Blocks from Guidecraft are a premium product in the wooden blocks toy category. The 100-piece set comes with 28 different shapes. Each piece is finely sanded and rounded, is splinter-free to protect young hands, is resistant to dents and dings, and is guaranteed for life. The Unit Blocks are the winner of the Oppenheim Toy Award No. 1 Pick for 2006 and provide kids with a limitless world of fun, constructive, and imaginative play. The entire set weighs 49 lbs.
— "Traditional wooden blocks: Unit Blocks by Guidecraft," was the response regarding best-sellers given to TDmonthly
by Tom England, owner of Dancing Bear Toys & Gifts in Frederick, Md.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11462 (added 2/19/2007)
MSRP: $30.00Age Range: 3 and upGender: Boys And Girls
Magneatos is a jumbo-sized magnetic construction set similar in concept to popular sets made for older kids, but designed for small hands with huge imaginations. The distinctive extra-large size and bright colors of Magneatos make them ideal for little builders. Available in 36-, 72- and 144-piece sets, Magneatos construction sets can be combined with one another. The suggested retail prices for the sets are $30, $50 and $100, respectively. Baby builders can reach for the sky with this popular toy. Its steady sales have earned it a TDmonthly Top Seller 2007 award.
— TDmonthly posted a video of Guidecraft Inc.'s Magneatos in November 2007, in which a demonstrator commented on the "not so sturdy" nature of the product, potentially portraying the design or strength of the magnets as a weakness. TDmonthly did mention positive traits of the toy, but upon further review and observance of children playing the set, discovered even more: Magneatos encourage children to work together, communicate (as they find certain colors of pieces, for example), and compete, since the larger sets, especially, contain enough pieces for children to work on their own projects. Also, the power of the magnets forces children to put more thought into the foundation of their structures, reinforcing principles of balance. Per these findings, the video was removed.
Where to Buy: Rocking Horse Toy Store; Really Great Toys; Berkira
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4455 (added 9/7/2005)