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August 2009 Notable Toys — Arts & Crafts





Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: 08836
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Candy & Food
Party Goods



Kids can whip up a variety of fun, imaginative cupcakes as artful configurations or intriguing singles. It features custom-designed tools and skill-building techniques. In "Sweet!," author Jenna Land Free and expert Leslie Miller focus on how to make single cupcakes as well as splendid configurations. This fully illustrated, 24-page book comes with recipes, techniques and tips on how to create one-of-a kind works of edible art using creamy frosting, simple fondant and elegant ganache. Classic decorating tricks are broken down into simple step-by-step directions. The kit includes a froster designed with little hands in mind; three frosting tips: flat, star, and round; a frosting spreader (mini offset spatula); a stencil holder with four pre-cut stencils: sand dollar, snowflake, dragon face and bow; mini cutters in three shapes: circle, flower and shell; tweezers; a cake comb; and a rolling pin with raised edges for evenly rolled fondant. The pack is 10" W x 10" H x 2" D with e-flute packout. Launch date: August 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25189      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 4 to 9
SKU or Item #: R82050
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Arts & Crafts
Party Goods



This kit comes with 450 self-locking paper links. There's no need for tape or glue. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25147      (added 8/27/2009)
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Age Range: 9 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Cosmetics



This ultimate nail set includes a nail dryer, pedicure slippers, toe separators, 2 press-on French manicure sets, self-adhesive nail art, nail buffer and file, cotton balls, glitter, and 6 bottles of real nail polish in a rainbow array of colors. Items can be stored inside the bonus spa bag.
— Sisters Kids in Springfield, Mass., sells about a dozen Creativity for Kids pedicure and manicure sets monthly, Co-owner Diana Gisolfu told TDmonthly in fall 2009.
— Seven of 39 specialty retailers named Creativity for Kids kits as a best-selling item for tween girls in fall 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25116      (added 8/26/2009)
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Age Range: 6 to 12
SKU or Item #: TLE3052
Gender: Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Arts & Crafts
General Toys



This kit contains everything needle to make two cute stuffed owls, right down to the stuffing, scissors and needle. The owl pattern is printed onto unbleached cotton fabric, making it easy to cut out and simple to sew together the owls. The box is printed on the inside to cut it out and recycle it into glasses for your owl. Launch date: January 2, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25053      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 6 and up
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Gifts
Science & Nature
Arts & Crafts



This 7/8"- square glass pendant comes with a 24" color-coordinated ball chain, a silver-plated bail, paper, acrylic sealer, a cello hanging bag, and a color-coordinated card with interpretive information on the back. Water resistant only. Launch date: August 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25016      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 00013
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Kits
Creative Activities



Each kit comes with an undecorated leash and a set of permanent fabric markers for drawing patterns, designs and doodles. Kids can write their pet's name, their phone number, or anything else as they create a leash for special occasions, outings and walks. The leash measures 4' L x 5/8" W and is constructed of sturdy webbing and metal hardware. Launch date: August 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25013      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities
Gifts



Kids can use their imagination and creativity to design a one-of-a-kind collar for their dog. Each kit comes with an adjustable collar made with high-quality nylon webbing and ribbon and featuring a quick-release buckle and sturdy metal "D" ring, plus a set of permanent fabric markers for drawing patterns, designs and doodles. Children can write their pal's name, their phone number or anything else they can think of. Launch date: August 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25012      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 00009
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Gifts
Award Winners



Kids can personalize a lovable fabric dog with this kit that includes a stuffed dog (measures 8" from paw to the top of his head and 12" from his snout to the tip of his tail) and a set of permanent fabric markers. Children can use their creativity to create a one-of-a-kind work of art and treasured keepsake, featuring messages, autographs and designs to commemorate a special event, sleepover or graduation. It could even be used as a "guest book" at a party. Launch date: September 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25011      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 7 to 12
SKU or Item #: 1571
Launch Date: December 2008
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities
Furniture & Decor



Girls can make a special place to store their jewelry with the Mosaic Jewelry Box, using more than 300 colorful acrylic tiles and glitter grout to decorate a plain white jewelry box and transform it into a sparkling masterpiece. This product received a 2009 iParenting Media Outstanding Product Award. Launch date: December 3, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24995      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 6 to 11
SKU or Item #: 1967
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities
Aircraft



Kids can create 10 paper airplanes with the Sky Diver Paper Airplanes set, following simple folding techniques to turn sheets of paper with awesome patterns into slick airplanes. Kids can add sticker accents, then try to land their planes on punch-out runways. A bonus sky diver with parachute is included. "The thoughtfulness that goes into our product development process — selecting appropriate and engaging materials and providing detailed instructions for a quality creative experience" sets these kits apart," Lisa Brody, PR manager for Creativity for Kids, told TDmonthly. This product received a 2009 iParenting Media Outstanding Product Award and a 2009 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award. Launch date: January 13, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24994      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 3 to 12
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities
General Toys



These reusable building sticks are made from colored string coated with a special wax. Flexible Bendaroos building sticks are designed to adhere to virtually every household surface, and are easily removed to be used again and again. "Bendaroos' durability sets it apart from competitors. Bendaroos reusable materials allow kids to play for hours. Also, since Bendaroos do not break or wear, parents need not worry about buying replacement sets," Lindsay Durr, account coordinator at 360 Public Relations, told TDmonthly on behalf of Bendaroos. Launch date: August 2009. This product received a 2009 Outstanding Product iParenting Media Award.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24993      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: SHU101
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Eco-Friendly
American-Made



The Recyclable "Over 100 Projects" kit contains materials that can be used to make more than 100 projects. The Show Box contains 120 Feet of Plastic Lacing, Craft Foam, EZ Gimper TM, 50 Poms (Assorted sizes and colors), 20 Craft Straws, 120 Plastic Beads and many other items. It also comes with an instruction/idea booklet plus a bonus Wacky Whirly. The box measures 13.5" Long x 6.5" Wide x 5.5". It's made in the USA.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24902      (added 8/6/2009)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities



Designed to encourage open-ended, creative play, colorful Smooshies plush feature mix-and-match parts — arms, legs, facial features, horns and more — that can be connected using the product's hook-n-loop tabs. Smooshies have received the following awards: 2009 Top Toy of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine and 2009 Dr. Toy Best Vacation Children's Products Award.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24858      (added 8/5/2009)
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Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities



This deluxe set includes a colorful Paperoni cutter that allows kids to create their own lengths for designs, 600, 0.5" Paperoni pieces, 32, 9.5" Paperoni pieces, one 2-D template, one 3-D template, one 2-D self-adhesive template, one tweezer, eight gems and assorted embellishments.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24854      (added 8/5/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 370W
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts



 Kids can learn to knit and design a wardrobe for 12" (30cm) tall Molly Dolly. Everything is included to knit a coat, skirt, dress, scarf, leg warmers and more. There is enough yarn to make 12 fashions. The kit includes colored yarns, ribbons, buttons, floss, wooden knitting needles, sewing needles and full color instruction book. Launch date: 2009.
— Two of 40 specialty retailers referenced art products by Alex when asked about best-selling hobby products in fall 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24846      (added 8/4/2009)
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The Art Table includes two paper cutters to hold and then tear art paper off; a handy storage tray in natural wood; and a paper roll holder (paper roll sold separately). The Art Table features a 24" x 24" white markerboard art surface. Assembled tables are 22"H. Some assembly is required using a Phillips screwdriver. Weights is 14 lbs.  Adult assembly is required. 
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24841      (added 8/4/2009)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts



The top-mounted paper holder included with this easel positions a roll of art paper above the art surfaces, where it is very accessible. This feature allows paper to stay in place even when the easel is folded for storage. The easel measures 47-1/2" high and weighs 20 lbs. The paper roll is sold separately. Adult assembly is required. 
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24840      (added 8/4/2009)
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The paintdots collection of totes and pen cases allows individuals to decorate their product with the included markers based on dot-color instructions generated from an image uploaded to the paintdots Simulator program. The tote has three pockets on the exterior and there are two sizes of pen cases available.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24796      (added 7/30/2009)
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Age Range: 9 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts



Starting with the base of three different couture style dresses in shiny satin, young designers can decorate, accessorize, and embellish to their heart's content. Included rhinestones, ribbon, flowers, lace, glitter and trims offer plenty of possibilities for kids to get creative and bring their fashion designs to life. The gowns are sized to fit most 9” to 12” dolls.
―  “We sell a lot of craft kits for girls, especially the fashion kits from Creativity for Kids,” said Janet Gregory, owner of Over the Rainbow Toy Store in Anchorage, Alaska, in June 2009. “Those are usually a sure-fire sell when people come in shopping for little girls.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24762      (added 7/24/2009)
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Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts



With the supplies included in the Sticky Mosaics Mermaids set from Orb Factory, kids can create four magical underwater scenes exploring the adventures of mermaids. Creative and accessible with more than 2,600 adhesive foam and glittering jewel pieces, four sparkling designs will come to life as children make their own tile-like mosaics.
― “Orb's Sticky Mosaics continue to sell well, even in slow months,” Joe Berardoni, owner of Pun's Toy Shop in Bryn Mawr, Pa., told TDmonthly during a June 2009 survey of best-selling gifts for girls.
―  Three of 47 retailers said Sticky Mosaics are a best-selling item for girls, reporting sales of between 50 and 100 pieces per month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24758      (added 7/24/2009)
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Age Range: 6 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts



Encouraging equal portions of creativity and pampering, Alex's Spiffy Spa kit contains ingredients for an opulent afternoon pedicure. Including three bottles of kid-friendly nail polish in assorted colors, two toe separators, a nail file and more than 100 nail stickers, young girls have plenty of options to match their toes to any summer fashion they might fancy. Also in the kit, a pair of super-soft slippers awaits accessorizing with 30 pre-cut felt shapes that slip over already-applied buttons. Spiffy Spa is available with two different sizes of slippers. The small is suitable for ages 6 to 8; the large is suitable for ages 8 to 10.  
― “Right now, it's one called the Spiffy Spa, from Alex,” Steve Banducci, owner of Games Unlimited in Danville, Calif., told TDmonthly of his best-selling gift for girls in June 2009.
― “Spa kits by Alex do well,” said Donna Schwedler, manager of Treasured Child in La Grange, Ky., said in summer 2009.
― In June 2009, six of 47 retailers named Alex craft kits as a best seller for girls.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24754      (added 7/24/2009)
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Age Range: 5 to 12
SKU or Item #: 557ES
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Travel
Arts & Crafts
Educational



Eco-Snoopers Fun Activity Travel Book contains an array of puzzles, mazes, Q&A's, and activities specifically designed to entertain and educate children on the merits of being environmentally green. The book can be carried anywhere and contains quizzes and challenges created to keep kids occupied for hours. The Eco-Snoopers Fun Activity Travel Book is part of a larger selection of Eco Snoopers stationery and backpack products. Launch date: May 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24644      (added 7/17/2009)
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This great little kit is not only simple to assemble, but practical too. Every kid needs a pouch to keep his or her “treasures!” Corps of Re-Discovery Coin Pouch Kits include soft pre-punched leather with snap, plastic lace and illustrated instructions. The finished coin pouch is 4" x 3", perfect for holding your child's "loot!" Assorted earth tone colors.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24605      (added 7/16/2009)
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Because pioneers and colonists had limited materials, they were happy to find ways for their children to play. Iroquois Indians taught early American children to make cornhusk dolls. These Cornhusk Doll kits from Corps of Re-Discovery include everything you need to make and dress your own cornhusk doll. This is a great craft activity for children of all ages. The dolls also make unique and lively decorations. While the Cornhusk Girl Doll Kits are most popular, the Cornhusk Boy Doll Kits encourage multiple purchases. Fabric selections vary.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24604      (added 7/16/2009)
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Writing with a quill pen holds a special authenticity and uniqueness for historical re-enactors and romantics! Many children are excited to write like the early Americans and artists prefer the variations they can achieve with the flexible tip! Your customers will have fun making and using Corps of Re-Discovery’s Quill Pen. This kit includes two sanitized goose flight feathers, non-toxic ink powder, an ink jar, plus two recipes to make ink at home.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24603      (added 7/16/2009)
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