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June 2010 | Vol. IX - No. 6


Crafts Put Hands to Work on Video

Kids Can Decorate Everything from Cupcakes to Shuttles

By Julie L. Jones
June 2010

Creativity for Kids puts art into dessert, while the Orb Factory wows with new bangle bracelets. Watch these and other creative crafts, including sizeable play spaces from Kidscraft Playhouses, from early 2010 trade shows.

Beach Buddies Shell Crafts by CREATIVITY FOR KIDS

Beach Buddies Shell Crafts by CREATIVITY FOR KIDSTurn 25+ real sea shells into a crew of creative crustaceans. This complete set includes a tropical pallet of paint, glitter-glue, wiggly eyes, craft glue, dimensional paint and ocean inspired felt accents.
— Kate Tanner, owner of Kidstop Toys, informed TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010 of how she was impressed by this kit's use of real sea shells. (Watch the Beach Buddies Shell Crafts Video Watch Video) 2/18/2010 (MSRP: $16.99)


"Make Your Own Barn" Kit by ArtrevelationsKids.com

Child can learn about construction with this fabric covered foam product. Easy assembly using color-coded Velcro. Children 2 and up can enjoy learning to build this barn and play farm games with it. There are 15 sections to put in place with picture steps provided. A self-confidence building product with creative play value. (Watch the "Make Your Own Barn" Kit Video Watch Video) 3/8/2010


The Shuttle Imagination Playhouse by CRAFTY KIDS PLAYHOUSES

The Shuttle Imagination Playhouse by CRAFTY KIDS PLAYHOUSESMade in the USA using 100-percent recycled cardboard material, the Shuttle Imagination is designed to take a child on a new adventure every day. It allows for a sturdy drawing surface and encourages creative play. Measurements (assembled): 39" L x 34" W x 72" H. Fin attachments are 12" in length. Launch date: February 22, 2010.
Awards: 2010 Tillywig Top Fun; Spring 2010 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval (Watch the The Shuttle Imagination Playhouse Video Watch Video) 3/15/2010 (MSRP: $69.95; Age: 3 and Up)


Crayon Rubbings by CREATIVITY FOR KIDS

Crayon Rubbings by CREATIVITY FOR KIDSThis coloring tray features five dimensional rubbing plates and markers. The set includes 20 printed sheets, 20 blank sheets of paper and 15 break-resistant jumbo crayons. (Watch the Crayon Rubbings Video Watch Video) 4/16/2010 (MSRP: $19.99; Age: 3 and Up)


Sticky Mosaics® Pretty Cards by THE ORB FACTORY LIMITED

Sticky Mosaics® Pretty Cards by THE ORB FACTORY LIMITEDKids follow the numbered pattern to create sparkling greeting cards to send to friends and family. They can be used for birthdays, holidays or just to make someone feel special. "To make the Pretty Cards even prettier, we die-cut the front of the card, so tiles placed on the inside pop out of the front when the card is closed!" Damien Crocker, U.S. Specialty Sales Manager, The Orb Factory Limited, told TDmonthly. Launch date: March 15, 2010. (Watch the Sticky Mosaics® Pretty Cards Video Watch Video) 2/11/2010 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 5 and Up)


SQUIGGLE Style by RANDOMLINE INC.

SQUIGGLE Style by RANDOMLINE INC.Created for the budding fashion designer, this activity comes with a dry-erase board and wipe-off markers to allow the young designer to come up with several combinations of wild and wacky outfits. On one wheel, the designer will spin to choose the type of bottom (i.e. pants, skirt, etc.) and top (i.e. sweater, tank-top, etc.). On the other wheel, the designer will spin to choose the footwear and an accessory. Then, the designer goes to work with the different colors to create an outfit on the pre-modeled body. "SQUIGGLE Style is not about only creating a hip and fashionable outfit; it’s about being creative and engaging children’s imagination," John Kiely, president of RandomLine, told TDmonthly. Launch date: July 15, 2009. (Watch the SQUIGGLE Style Video Watch Video) 6/29/2009 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 7 and Up)


Whatever Comes to Mind by ArtrevelationsKids.com

Whatever Comes to Mind by ArtrevelationsKids.comArt Revelations introduces Innovation in coil. The modular sculpture product that lets you create a sculpture of "whatever comes to mind" in minutes without tools. Just expand the coil, shape and connect the ends. Available in eight colors and three sizes. (Watch the Whatever Comes to Mind Video Watch Video) 3/24/2010


Rainbow Colors Dough Set by GREAT WHITE BOTTLING

A container of dough for each color in the rainbow-red (cherry), yellow (lemon), orange (orange), green (green apple), blue (blueberry) and purple (grape). You have an entire world of possibilities in one box. Zoos, aquariums, gardens, jewelry, even cities are waiting to be created. You and your child will have hours of fun molding, building and learning with our Rainbow Colors Set. Because one color just isn't enough! Available in Scented and Unscented Sets of dough. 10 per case. (Watch the Rainbow Colors Dough Set Video Watch Video) 1/20/2009 (Age: 2 and Up)


My First Scissors Kit by CREATIVITY FOR KIDS

My First Scissors Kit by CREATIVITY FOR KIDSLeft or right handed - these safe and simple scissors are ergonomically designed with little hands in mind. Kids can practice fine motor skills on simple paper patterns and use the glue stick and wiggly eyes to turn these clever cut-outs into abstract art or amazing animals. Display boards and hanging yarn are included. (Watch the My First Scissors Kit Video Watch Video) 4/16/2010 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 4 and Up)


American Girl Crafts™ Starter Scrapbook Kit by E K SUCCESS

American Girl Crafts™ Starter Scrapbook Kit by E K SUCCESSThis starter kit introduces young girls to the art of scrapbooking. The kit includes an album, die cuts, stickers, templates, decorative embellishments, & easy to follow instructions. Launch date: 2010. (Watch the American Girl Crafts™ Starter Scrapbook Kit Video Watch Video) 3/26/2010 (Age: 8 to 12)


The Creation Cottage Playhouse by CRAFTY KIDS PLAYHOUSES

The Creation Cottage Playhouse by CRAFTY KIDS PLAYHOUSESThe Creation Cottage is made from 100% recycled cardboard material. The unique design allows for a sturdy drawing surface for child. The white exterior is a blank canvas that child will be able to design on their own. Measurements (Assembled): 42.25"L x 39.5"W x 54"H (Watch the The Creation Cottage Playhouse Video Watch Video) 3/26/2010 (Age: 3 and Up)


Sticky Mosaics® Heart Box by THE ORB FACTORY LIMITED

Sticky Mosaics® Heart Box by THE ORB FACTORY LIMITEDThis kit contains more than 500 shimmering jewels, and the box itself is felt lined, with a mirror on the inside cover. Girls follow the pattern for perfect results every time. Launch date: March 15, 2010.
— In early 2011, Kazoodles in Vancouver, Wash. continues to do well with Sticky Mosaics, particulary Heart Box. (Watch the Sticky Mosaics® Heart Box Video Watch Video) 2/4/2010 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 5 and Up)


My First Sticky Mosaics® Tea Party by THE ORB FACTORY LIMITED

My First Sticky Mosaics® Tea Party by THE ORB FACTORY LIMITEDGirls can create their own Tea Party with this preschool kit that has larger tiles. "These kits use a shape and color matching system, and large tiles, to make sure any preschooler can achieve great results!" Damien Crocker, U.S. Specialty Sales Manager, The Orb Factory Limited, told TDmonthly. Launch date: March 15, 2010. (Watch the My First Sticky Mosaics® Tea Party Video Watch Video) 2/11/2010 (MSRP: $9.99; Age: 3 and Up)


American Girl Crafts™ Owls Sew & Stuff Kit by E K SUCCESS

American Girl Crafts™ Owls Sew & Stuff Kit by E K SUCCESSSew & Stuff craft kits teach young girls how to sew & create their own hand-stitched crafts. Kits come with felt, stuffing, sequins, full-color step-by-step instructions, and everything needed to make a stuffed toy. Assorted kits available. Launch date: 2010. (Watch the American Girl Crafts™ Owls Sew & Stuff Kit Video Watch Video) 3/26/2010 (Age: 8 to 12)


Stick 'N Style™ Rainbow Bangles by THE ORB FACTORY LIMITED

Stick With Stick 'N Style craft kits, girls just follow the numbered pattern to create stunning bracelets every time. "Make-your-own jewelry kits are prevalent in the market right now, but no one has been able to successfully bring the concept to a 5 year old. Our kit allows a 5 year old the ability to create stunning results, with no parental supervision. They must simply follow the numbered pattern for stunning results every time!" Damien Crocker, U.S. Specialty Sales Manager, The Orb Factory Limited, told TDmonthly. Launch date: March 15, 2010. (Watch the Stick 'N Style™ Rainbow Bangles Video Watch Video) 2/4/2010 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 5 and Up)


Sticky Mosaics® Butterflies by THE ORB FACTORY LIMITED

Sticky Mosaics® Butterflies by THE ORB FACTORY LIMITEDGirls can create four fabulous butterflies by following the numbered pattern. The kit includes four shaped templates, four plastic hangers, and more than 1,900 foam and jewel pieces. Launch date: March 15, 2010.
— Sticky Mosaics have been consistent best sellers at Jillie Beans Toys & More in Westminster, Colo., since the store started carrying them in fall 2009. “These are just fun,” said Owner Valerie Elsea in April 2010. “Parents say that their kids are so engaged when they are doing this craft. Any and all are great!” (Watch the Sticky Mosaics® Butterflies Video Watch Video) 2/11/2010 (MSRP: $16.99; Age: 5 and Up)


Dainty Desserts by CREATIVITY FOR KIDS

Dainty Desserts by CREATIVITY FOR KIDSDecorate six sturdy boxes with icing inspired trims and colorful felt accents such as cherry pom poms, glitter pain and a sprinkle of beads. The Dainty Desserts set comes with colorful felt, felt confetti, six colorful trinket boxes, chenille yarn, glitter gel, craft glue, scissors and assorted trims. The set includes a bonus 4.5" tiered dessert tray. (Watch the Dainty Desserts Video Watch Video) 4/16/2010 (MSRP: $17.99; Age: 7 and Up)


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