April 17, 2021

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ASTRA's Best Toys For Kids Nominees - Constructive Play

By TDmonthly Staff

Take a closer look at ASTRA's Best Toys For Kids Nominees in the Constructive Play category.

Don't forget to check out the nominees in the other categories:

Scientific Play Active Play

Creative Arts Play Early Play

Game Play - 3-7 yrs
Game Play - 8 yrs+

Game Play - Brainteasers Pretend - Doll Play

Pretend - Fantasy Play
Pretend - Role Play

Classic Play - 0-7 yrs
Classic Play - 8 yrs+

Master Workbench by HAPE

Master Workbench by HAPELittle builders with big ideas can work right at this professional-looking station. Shelves and storage keep all the tools and supplies in the 38 piece set within easy reach. Includes an "adjustable height counter that grows with a child," Robin Lehnert, Marketing Manager for Hape North America, told TDmonthly. Launch date: January 2012.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval 3/13/2012 (MSRP: $120.00; Age: 3 to 7)

The ZOOB Challenge by INFINITOY

The ZOOB Challenge by INFINITOYHow can kids move a ball into a target with 2 high walls from 2 feet away? Build a ramp? A catapult? A trampoline? A zip-line? There are no right answers and we provide no solutions--it's up to kids to use ZOOB pieces (and other materials that they choose) to build contraptions that solve the challenges. The ZOOB Challenge features 175 ZOOB pieces, string, wheels, a ball, rubber bands, a foam play pad, and 25 challenges based on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) skills-skills that educators have targeted as essential to helping the US compete successfully in the 21st century. 5/25/2012 (MSRP: $32.00)


OGOBILD Nexus by OGOSPORT, LLCWith over 90 different attachments the Nexus offers maximum play value. With attachments like wheels, a scoop, hands, feet, wings, springs and more, the possibilities for creations are endless. Build a flying Martian, a hovering robot, or objects that fly, drive, and spin. The Nexus includes 4 flexible OGOBILD balls for hours of fun, and increased variety. 5/25/2012 (MSRP: $34.00; Age: 6 and Up)

nanoblock musical series assortment by OHIO ART CO.

nanoblock musical series assortment by OHIO ART CO.The nanoblock ‘Miniature Collection’ includes a wide range of musical instruments. Form a miniature band with the Drum Set and Electric Guitar or perform a piccolo concerto on the Grand Piano or violin. nanoblocks are all about the creative construction process with rewarding sculptural results – the perfect three-dimensional puzzle. The miniature blocks connect securely to create extremely detailed objects of varying size and complexity. Challenging three-dimensional puzzle with amazingly small sized building blocks. 5/25/2012

SmartMax Basic Stunt by SMART TOYS AND GAMES INC

SmartMax Basic Stunt by SMART TOYS AND GAMES INCWith a simple click, wheels, cockpits, wings and panels attach to the magnetic bars. 48 magnetic pieces provide building variation and fun that reaches the finish. 18 medium bars, four long bars, two cockpits, four pairs of wheels, ten metal balls, two ramps, two containers, and four panels. Giant, non-swallowable 1.8 inch diameter metal balls. 5/25/2012 (MSRP: $79.99; Age: 3 and Up)

See more products in our 2012 ASTRA Preview: 28 Toy Makers Share Products for SpecialtyPrepare for ASTRA with our 11 Retailing Tips on Making the Most of Your Time at Trade Shows

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