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Mar 03, 2009

Tuesday Play Days

It's as tall as me!It's as tall as me!

Our first Play Day of 2009 was a huge success as you can see by the HUGE tower Getting biggerGetting biggerbuilt by some of our new friends.  Today we had big buckets full of Keva blocks (made in the USA) and Wedgits ( one of the most intriguing construction sets we've ever offered ). Every Tuesday from 10am -12pm we bring out a few of our favorite playthings, spread them out on the rug and build.  

Keva Blocks are all the same size, shaped like small planks and are made of smooth maple.  You build structures simply by stacking the planks in any number of ways, creating various geometric shapes but also, suprisingly, structures with curves and rounded edges.  Our Play Day visitors all knew what to do with these cool blocks right away without much direction.Keva spiralKeva spiral

 

Check out the world record Keva tower.

Stop by and give them a try!

 

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Feb 24, 2009

The Touch

Hands On!

One of the best things about going to Toy Fair is being able to see the toys up close and in action. Most companies are demonstating their products, and encouraging you to jump right in and play! The Touch "The Touch" is a geat new game for kids ages 5 and up. It's "hands on" in the true sense of the word! Players use their sensory,memory and matching skills to locate objects. It can be played competitively or cooperatively! This multi-award winning game will sure to be one of our new favorites!

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Feb 23, 2009

"Gather 'Round Dinner Game" by Family Time Fun

Let the conversations begin!

Some of our favorite products come from the conversations we have with our customers. This is definitely a great recommendation! "Gather 'Round Dinner Game" is a new game is from a company called Family Time Fun. We had the wonderful opportunity to meet the owners of this MassachDinner GameDinner Gameusetts based business! They have added a new game with each new year of their growing business, and we thought we'd give this one a try! "Spice" up the dinner family meals with this inventive conversation starter! This great new game should be on our shelves in no time!

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 23, 2009

Green Toys

Green Toys Recycling TruckGreen Toys Recycling TruckGreenToys!

One of our priorities at Toy Fair was to look for Eco-Friendly Toys. "Going Green" has been a positive trend in the toy indusrty, and many companies are finding creative and resourceful ways to make new product lines that are good for kids and good for the Earth.
Green Toys is one of our most exciting discoveries at Toy Fair this year. Their Plan, Product and Packaging are all "Green", and they are also made int the USA!
Green Toys uses recycled milk bottles to create an ever-growing line of products. You will be seeing almost all of their products on our shelves, adding to our ever-growing collection of innovative toys that are "Eco-Friendly"
Green Toys Tea SetGreen Toys Tea Set

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Feb 23, 2009

Toy Fair '09!

Toy Fair '09!Toy Fair '09! Running a toy store takes a lot of hard work and a lot of hard play! Sometimes our work and our play look a lot alike!

One of the fun things we get to do for our work as toy store owners is to visit NYC each year to take part in the New York Toy Fair! The New York Toy Fair is held at the Javitt's Center, and over 100,000 products from over 1200 exhibitors are on display! Talk about sensory overload! It took us 2-1/2 days to walk the aisles, and we could have used even more time!

One of the most exciting parts of the Toy Fair is meeting the people who develop the toys we carry on our shelves. We get to hear how they came up with such great ideas, and how they took their ideas and made them into reality! Their stories are fascinating and inspiring!

 

Our next couple of blogs will give you a glimpse at some of the cool new toys that we found on our visit to the New York Toy Fair!

 

If you want to see some live coverage of the Toy Fair from the Toy Fair TV, Click Here!

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