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June 2003 | Vol. II - No. 6

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Snazzy Snail Mail

Create your own card line with Color Fantasy’s Color Your Own Card Collection (ToyFairPreview) ($7.95), which includes two nature designs and 5”x7” matching envelopes to decorate. Send your friends birds, flowers and animals that shine at night, crafted with Alex ToysGlow in the Dark Origami Paper (ToyFairPreview). For $2.50, you get 18, 6/6 sheets. Jazz up the mail even more by making personalized stamps from art, text or photos with Speedball Art Products’ Speedy Stamp Kit (ToyFairPreview) ($26.49). The kit includes a flexible rubber carving block that picks up toner and ink (just like Silly Putty), a brayer and stamp pad.

Mold It Kit

Perfect Copy

Make a seamless mold of anything you own with Skullduggery Inc.’s Eyewitness Mold It Kit (ToyFairPreview) ($12.95). The kit lets you make permanent casts from a reusable mold. Cement a friendship for all time with Precious Impression’s Best Friends Keepsake Kit (ToyFairPreview) ($16.95), with molding bucket, 1 lb. of Precious Gel, 2.5 lb. Precious Stones, and assorted best friend charms. Likewise, Art Molds Sculpture Studio (ToyFairPreview) brings us Art Molds lifecasting kits, supplies and finishing kits such as the Face Mask Kit ($45.95) for beginners or the Head Portrait Kit ($115.95) for intermediate-to-advanced artists. Also, check out the EZ Torso-Belly Mask Kit ($59.95)-- a great gift for an expecting mom or big brother or sister to be!

Squizzers Safety Scissors

Rain or shine

Little hands ages 2 and up will appreciate Squizzers Safety Scissors ($2.49), by Hygloss Products Inc. (ToyFairPreview.) The scissors are operated with an easy-to-use squeezing action that makes cutting a breeze. From Alex Toys (ToyFairPreview) comes a variety of award-winning craft kits that will keep kids busy during the summer doldrums. Items such as the up-beat Splash N Sparkle Umbrella Painting Kit ($15.00), for ages 7 and up, and the Dress Up Bear Kit ($20.00 for ages 7 and up), with everything you need to design and sew a colorful teddy bear outfit. Older kids will enjoy decorating an original way to carry their favorite CDs with Alex’s CD Case ($13.00).


Writer's Bio: Karen Mendez Smith has been involved in children's media for over twenty years as a literary agent, writer, and creator of animated television and film. Co-founder of Satori Organics and M/Path Press, she is a parent to eight children and five incredible grandchildren (and counting).

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