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April 2009 | Vol. VIII - No. 4




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Video Lessons From Educational Toys

Learn More About Learning Toys


TDmonthly went to Toy Fair 2009 and brought back videos of learning toys so you could learn more about them before you order. From books to kits, these products help kids expand their horizons.

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MSRP: $99.95
Age Range: 4 to 94
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
General Games
Board Games



Zillio has 12 colorful staircases based upon multiplication tables. The visual and tactile relationships between steps enable kids to discover and master difficult math concepts as they learn and play with 10 essential math skills.  Mini Zillio handles numbers up to 36, and measures 18" x 18" x 8", compared to Mega Zillio's 27" x 27" x 12.5". For up to 4 players at a time.
Awards: 2010 Tillywig Brain Child
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20441      (added 9/10/2008)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games



Charge Large comes along just in time to provide society with an educational and entertaining board game about credit cards. The goal of Charge Large is to increase competition among players as they battle against each other to be become part of an elite class of Black Card Members.  Players begin with their entry level Gold Credit Card and Cash to set forth on their journey to purchase companies, stocks, buildings and most importantly to Charge Smart while Charging Large. Ultimately, Charge Large teaches players not to fear credit cards, but simply learn how to leverage themselves wisely. It is therefore time for society to practice how to Charge Large Responsibly!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21730      (added 12/12/2008)
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This DVD program features a full exercise routine coupled with mathematical concepts from lines to numbers. The exercise program is for kids of all ages, with math concepts ranging from 2nd to 5th grade. It was named 2009 DVD of the Year by Creative Child Magazine and one of Dr. Toy's 2009 Best Vacation Children's Products.
Awards: Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products - 2010
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22455      (added 2/11/2009)
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MSRP: $34.99
Age Range: 4 to 7
Launch Date: August 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Books
Interactive



The set consists of a pen and two books. When children touch images in the book using the pen, audio content will sound. Additional books are available for purchase separately. Launch date: August 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17876      (added 3/10/2008)
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MSRP: $35.95
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 600001
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Kits



The Dangerous Book for Boys: Electronics presents information on electronics every child should know through fun, engaging, and impressive experiments and activities. Children ages eight and up learn how to construct simple electronic toys, such as a joy buzzer and insect. It comes with a 32-page, full-color experiment manual and retails for $35.95. Awards: Parent's Choice Award 2010. Launch date: Fall 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22411      (added 2/6/2009)
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MSRP: $49.95
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 624811
Launch Date: July 1905
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



Hydropower has been used for hundreds of years in watermills and is now commonly used to generate electricity in applications such as hydroelectric dams and tidal power plants. Explore the power of water by building models and conducting experiments with them. Learn about how different devices are used to extract useful energy from moving water — from a waterwheel in a small stream to a giant turbine in a tidal power station. Build a waterwheel, a sawmill, and a hammer mill to harness the energy of moving water to do different types of physical work.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22835      (added 3/18/2009)
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MSRP: $35.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



The Dangerous Book for Boys: Electronics presents information on electronics every child should know through fun, engaging, and impressive experiments and activities. Children ages eight and up learn how to construct simple electronic toys, such as a joy buzzer and insect.  It comes with a 32-page, full-color experiment manual and retails for $35.95. Launch date: Fall 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23130      (added 3/31/2009)
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MSRP: $34.95
Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: 663513
Launch Date: July 1905
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



Global warming — the steady increase in Earth’s air and ocean temperatures since the mid-20th century — is one of the most discussed and studied topics in the scientific community today. This kit introduces you to Earth’s climate and the issue of global warming with 23 hands-on experiments. This kit gives you the basic knowledge you need to understand the climate, why it changes, and how our actions affect it.
— “Science and robotics are extremely popular,” said Dean Nelson, owner of Wizard Kids Toys in Toledo, Ohio, who told TDmonthly in June 2009 that Thames & Kosmos is one of his top-selling lines for boys.
— Two of 47 storeowners said Thames & Kosmos account for their top sales in boys' items during a summer 2009 survey.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22836      (added 3/18/2009)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational



When combined with "Survival Decks" (sold separately), the "Around the Clock" Survival Board allows for parents to set in place for their children certain times of the day for certain activities. Available decks include the Snack Time Survival Deck and the Screen Time Survival Deck. “The Snack Time Survival Deck” presents a variety of snack cards separated into 3 color categories based on their nutritional value. Each card in the “Screen Time Survival Deck” contains pictures of different physical, educational and creative activities, as well as a variety of household responsibilities, or “chores”.

Past Videos: Toy Fair 2009
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22081      (added 1/12/2009)
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MSRP: $38.95
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Wooden Toys
American-Made



Part of a collection designed to introduce children to Spanish in a fun way, this set of five vehicles (car, truck, airplane, boat and bus) bearing their names in Spanish as well as the phonetic pronunciation. It also comes with a CD that has the pronunciation and activity phrases. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22479      (added 2/16/2009)
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MSRP: $19.95
Age Range: 1 and up
Launch Date: February 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Personalized
Educational
Videos & DVDs



The Breadheads, Personalized Learning Cartoon is a personalized learning cartoon where a child's name will be heard 50 times throughout the educational DVD cartoon. Designed to have children sitting and dancing in front of the TV, learning and hearing their own name
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22424      (added 2/9/2009)
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Videography by Alison Marek and Amanda Wilder. Edited by Alison Marek.



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Alison MarekWriter's Bio: ALISON MAREK is an award-winning writer, director and cartoonist whose work has been published by Fairchild Publications and DC Comics (Piranha Press), broadcast on Showtime and other cable networks, and viewed worldwide in film festivals. See her short films and print work on www.alisonmarek.com. Watch her nefarious villains in the web series www.MuggsMovers.com. Get inspired by her cartoons "Daily ARFFirmations to Unleash Your Inner Fido" at www.ARFFirmations.com. Phew! And then ...  Read more articles by this author

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