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January 2008 | Vol. VII - No. 1




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Gourmet Toys Make Kids Think About Food

New Approaches to Fine Dining for Folks of All Ages


Kids who shovel food in their mouths can be literal about it with a utensil set from Constructive Eating. The following products get kids (and parents) thinking about what they eat, how they eat and with whom they may want to eat. From candy to parties, these new products cover it all like a gingham cloth.



MSRP: $19.95
SKU or Item #: 81500
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Gifts



This set, designed to “feed kids creatively,” includes one Fork-Lift Fork, one Front-Loader Spoon and one Bull-Dozer Pusher.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16025      (added 11/5/2007)
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SKU or Item #: 882100
Launch Date: September 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Pretend Play
Creative Activities
Furniture & Decor



The diner, designed in a classic 1950s retro style, includes all the amenities of a real diner. A large, metallic divider window divides the diner into two sides: one side features an oven, grill, fryer and sink, while the other side features two benches, a tabletop, a jukebox and a condiment, napkin and menu holder. The set comes complete with play food. Launch date: Fall 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16673      (added 12/19/2007)
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MSRP: $0.99
Age Range: 8 to 12
SKU or Item #: 180001
Launch Date: August 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Candy & Food
Award Winners



This product won a 2007 iParenting Media Award, is USDA-certified organic and comes in a fun rope shapes in four flavors: Strawberry, Mixed Berry, Sour Apple and Tropical Twist. Launch date: August 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16740      (added 12/26/2007)
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MSRP: $2.00
Age Range: Adult
Gender: Girls
Category: Candy & Food
Gifts



Designed to satisfy the nutritional needs of women who are pregnant or nursing, these bars contain high amounts of DHA and iron, including 14 essential vitamins and minerals. Flavors include Chocolate Peanut Butter, Frosted White Raspberry and Frosted White Lemon.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16262      (added 11/27/2007)
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MSRP: $24.00
Gender: Girls
Category: Gifts
Candy & Food



These vintage-inspired lunch bags are foam-layered, lined with vinyl (for waterproofing), and come complete with a pocket for stashing an icepack, napkin or note from Mom and Dad. The charming totes measure 6" deep by 6" round and will keep little ones dining in style. There are seven delightfully retro patterns available.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16173      (added 11/15/2007)
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MSRP: $1.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Candy & Food



The jelly beans come in 20 flavors: 10 weird flavors and 10 wild flavors, with each weird flavor appearing almost identical to a wild flavor. Kids can dare to tell the difference between booger and juicy pear, toothpaste and berry blue, and much more. The back of the box features clues to distinguishing the flavors. Launch date: January 2, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15453      (added 9/27/2007)
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MSRP: $12.99
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Candy & Food
School Supplies



This school-approved, diluted juice alternative for kids contains fewer calories, sugars, carbohydrates and sodium than other fruit juice drinks. Additionally, it contains 100-percent vitamin C and comes in an easy-to-grip, spill-resistant bottle. The 8-oz. bottles come in case packs of 12 and are available in apple, white grape and wild berry flavors.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15451      (added 9/27/2007)
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MSRP: $44.00
Age Range: 0 to 3
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler



This soft and comfy high chair cover will protect children from germs and messes. It fits easily onto standard wooden restaurant high chairs and even comes with a safety strap to secure a child. The reversible and machine-washable cover is available in four pre-quilted fabrics. The covers are intended for children over the age of 6 months.
— “Our covers simply slide over the high chair with no Velcro to attach,” Ann vonBehrens of Carseat Couture Inc. told TDmonthly. Additionally, the covers are made in the United States.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16779      (added 12/28/2007)
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MSRP: $17.99
Age Range: 0 to 1
Launch Date: February 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler



The Baby Rhys Lunch Wrap is essential for busy parents on the go. It is a baby lunch bag with pockets for everything one needs at lunchtime — bib, spoon, tissue and baby food jar. It has a distinctive wrap design to keep everything in place and organized. It is made of 100-percent tight-weave cotton and is machine washable. This product is intended for children over the age of 5 months. Launch date: February 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16843      (added 12/28/2007)
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MSRP: $18.95
Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: PP201
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Kits
Books



This clever party planner helps kids learn how to be creative, organized and socially skilled. It is designed for parents to use with younger children, or for older children to use on their own. The kit includes five tear-out, party-planning lists and a CD-ROM of party activities. Launch date: January 2008.
— The kit “includes a CD-ROM of party lists so kids and parents can use them over and over again,” Playful Life CEO and Founder Lisa Ligon told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16832      (added 12/28/2007)
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MSRP: $1.99
Age Range: 6 to 16
SKU or Item #: 0-89894-81730-7
Launch Date: October 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Candy & Food
Novelties
Gifts



Each 30-count bag contains an assortment of ultra-sour Green Apple, Blue Raspberry and Cherry miniature chew bars. All packaging contains recycled materials. Launch date: October 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16817      (added 12/28/2007)
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