A child will never have to hop alone again. Using this tandem hopper increases kids' agility and copperative skills. Plus, they get exercise without even noticing. Awards: 2010 National Parenting Center Riding/Exercise Toys award
Dinosaur fans can dig up their favorite bones using a plastic chisel and hammer. After assembling the pieces, they'll have a museum-quality display piece. Awards: 2010 National Parenting Center Toys That Teach award
Kids use a plastic chisel and hammer to unearth the bones of extinct animals, then assemble the pieces into a skeleton. The finished piece can be used as a display. Awards: 2010 National Parenting Center Toys That Teach award
Crystal Growing Trees is a fun educational activity for children of all ages. The kit is very affordable and the experiment is easy enough to complete that even young children can enjoy it. The kit comes with materials for growing five trees full of crystals (the two inch trees are made of paper and the crystals develop from a small liquid substance provided). The crystals start to grow in a few hours and by the next day the tree is full of crystals. The directions are simple and the activity is easy to clean up. Awards: Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff Award.
The new and clever Strength Ball will give your child’s muscles a revolutionary workout. Spin the gyroscope that’s inside the ball and watch it rotate. Spinning the ball in your hands increases the rotation. A digital counter measures the speed of the gyroscope and displays its rotations per minute. Challenge yourself and your friends. Awards: Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products - 2010
This novel item is nutrient-rich animal dung from an elephant, reindeer or rhino. From the Natural History Museum, the Poo in a Box begins at a British zoo or safari park and is treated to be germ and odor free. Kids and adults simply sow the seeds, water the cardboard box and watch the plants grow. Awards: Dr. Toy Best Green Toy Award 2010
Science Putty can be molded into a multitude of shapes, then it melts and forms a pool over a long period of time. With its range of unique properties, this product is designed for stress relief and educational play.
Made from heat-attracting "Absorba" plastic, this giant solar airship needs only a small amount of sunlight to cause the air inside to expand and thus lift the airship into the sky. It measures 26' long. Awards: Tillywig Toy Awards Sterling Fun Winner
An inflatable base holds the bubble liquid around the perimeter, allowing people to stand inside while the bubble wand is moved up over their heads. This product aims to teach the physics behind bubbles. Full instructions for use, plus instructions on how to make bubble solution, are included. Awards: Tillywig Toy Awards Sterling Fun Winner
Kids can touch the wire to hear a buzz, and if unlucky, a very loud bang. Patented gearing means the balloon could burst on the first or 21st contact with the wire. Awards: Tillywig Toy Awards Sterling Fun Winner
This microscope lets users view objects in intricate detail with brightness and clarity. It features a 20x - 40x zoom magnification with LED illuminator and comes complete with slides, cover slips and a lens cleaning cloth. Awards: 2011 Teachers' Choice Award; Creative Child Magazine Toy Award 2010; Fall 2010 Parents’ Choice Recommended.
Designed as a realistic replica of the Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake, this serpent's moves can be dictated by the remote. It flicks its tongue and rattles its tail while on the move. The product requires 4 AA and a 9V battery (not included). Awards: Creative Child Magazine Toy of the Year 2010
This Emperor Penguin chick moves according to the shake of the egg, which functions as a remote control. The user simply shakes the egg up, down, left or right to make the penguin move forward, backward or to either side. It requires four AG13 batteries (included). Launch date: June 2010.
These African dwarf frogs are sold individually, to be added to a self-sustaining Wild Creations eco-aquarium. — The eco-aquariums were top sellers at the end of 2009 at RoundTable Toys in Winterville, N.C., according to David Davis, owner.
Part of the Wild Creations eco-aquarium line, the Bamboo Water Garden comes with a 12" spiral bamboo, two frogs, a snail, and choice of base. This balanced ecosystem offers a low-maintenance way for children or adults to enjoy an aquarium environment. — Two of 40 specialty retailers cited Eco-Aquariums as a June 2010 best seller. The same month, David Campbell, owner of Amazing Toys in Great Falls, Mont., told TDmonthlyhis store sells about 15 Eco-Aquariums each month.
Part of the Wild Creations eco-aquarium line, this balanced ecosystem offers a low-maintenance way for children or adults to enjoy an aquarium environment. This starter kit comes with the Jewel Water Garden, a snail, two little frogs, food and care pack, and choice of base. — Nine percent of 43 specialty retailers told TDmonthlyWild Creations’ Eco-Aquarium was a best seller in late spring 2010.
This balanced ecosystem offers a low-maintenance way for children or adults to enjoy an aquarium environment. It comes complete with water, a snail, two little frogs, food and care pack. The water in the aquarium only has to be changed every five or six months. — ''We sold about 660 during the year,” Marc Holcomb, owner of Toys & Co. in Greensboro, S.C., said in autumn 2010. Dave Campbell of Amazing Toys in Great Falls, Mont., sells approximately 12 per month. — "I brought in 20, and in two weeks it sold out. I brought in 20 more and it sold out," Gage Brownell, manager of Belmont Toys in Belmont, Mass., told TDmonthly in March 2009 about the EcoAquariums he discovered at Toy Fair the month before. Molly McMullin of Twirl in Taos, N.M., reported sales of about 70 a month in March 2009. — "Everyone was excited about them," Jeanne McCullough, owner of Children's Store Inc., said following ASTRA Marketplace in June 2009. — In late summer/early fall 2009, three of 38 retailers named EcoAquariums as a best-selling science and nature product, noting sales of 18 to 60 a month. “We were hesitant to bring them in. We didn’t want to be a pet store. But it’s a neat idea. It’s low maintenance. It’s something the parents and kids can agree on,” Gary Green of Toy Box of Asheville in Asheville, N.C., told TDmonthly. Awards: 2010 Tillywig Top Fun; Parent's Choice Award 2010 Past Videos: Toy Fair 2009