K’NEX Hosts Hands-on STEM Workshop for Local Teachers

knexstemOn January 7, K’NEX will host a Forces, Energy & Motion STEM Workshop for 25 teachers from Bucks and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania. The workshop is aimed at providing teachers with the tools they need to get students excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). K’NEX Education will help teachers prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s STEM jobs, as our country faces a critical shortage of qualified STEM workers.

During the workshop, teachers will progress through a series of meaningful and rigorous science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities designed to guide their learning and challenge them to use critical thinking and problem solving skills, much like their students would in the classroom.

The K’NEX Education workshop will take place at K’NEX headquarters in Hatfield, Pa. from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on January 7.

 

Ninth Luca Lashes Book Helps Kids Conquer Fear of Flying

lucaslashesLuca Lashes LLC’s latest multilingual e-book and app, Luca Lashes and His First Airplane Ride, helps make a kid’s first flying experience more comfortable for everyone by introducing and describing the experience of preparing for and taking a first flight, along with helpful tips for parents new to flying with children.

The Luca Lashes stories turn “fearful firsts” into educational experiences using eye-catching illustrations that help tell a story of a young boy named Luca whose magical eyelashes help make him brave. The ninth book in the series, Luca Lashes and His First Airplane Ride addresses concerns that both children and parents may have when flying. During the story, Luca travels with his mom and dad to the airport for his first flight. Luca’s story puts young reader’s fear of flying at ease as they read about his successful first airplane ride. Through deliberate cadence and rhyming, listeners are engaged as Luca learns to combat the dreaded ear popping, fear of takeoff and landing, and other stresses that often occur during airplane rides. [Read more...]

Kids Preferred Offers New Buildex Ride-Ons

tractorGiving kids their very first ride of their own, Buildex Riding Toys offer innovation in children’s toys. With cool suspension and steering, these easy-to-build, no-tools-required wooden toys, Buildex Riding Toys, from Kids Preferred, introduces many new wooden construction toys in a new product category.

Developed in conjunction with toy designers at Chelona Wooden World, Buildex toys are ideal for your little explorers looking to take their first independent ride. This new generation of real-wood toys with water based stains was designed for kids (and kids at heart) with an appreciation for movement and design. The collection utilizes Grid-Lock and Safe-Lock, unique construction systems that allow strong and safe assembly without the need for glue and tools. [Read more...]

Cardinal Industries Turns 70

cardinalIn 1944, a young Les Berger, the founder of Cardinal Industries, started the company in Brooklyn. With his knowledge of plastics, Berger began manufacturing dominoes poker chip racks, hula hoops, and Mah Jongg sets.

Seventy years later, Cardinal has grown to become one of America’s top signature board game and puzzle companies offering more than 400 items including traditional games such as dominoes, checkers, and poker sets, as well as an extensive line of licensed games and lenticular, wood, and basic puzzles. With a worldwide reach Cardinal products can be found throughout North America, Europe, and Austraila. Cardinal has excelled in the licensed puzzle and game arena working with Disney, Marvel, Nickelodeon, Sanrio, Twentieth Century Fox, NBS, Warner Bros, Sesame Street, HIT Entertainment, Lucas, Mattel, and Hasbro, among others.

Rubie’s Has Costumes for Your Little Dog, Too

rubielogoRubie’s Pet Shop Boutique will introduce new pet costumes into The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Costume Collection. The collection, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, features iconic characters from the film.

The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Costume Collection is available in a variety of pet sizes, ranging from small to extra-large. Characters include Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, the Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the Good Witch, and the Winged Monkey. “At Rubie’s Pet Shop Boutique, it is our goal to capture the spirit of these beloved characters and create costumes for the entire family to enjoy, including their pets!” said Erin Breig, Rubie’s Sales and Product Development.

The complete Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Costume Collection includes costumes, accessories, wigs, and masks and décor. It is available both online and in retail locations worldwide.

DuneCraft Relocates to New Jungle-Themed Offices

DuneCraft has relocated to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Included in the new building are the extensive ponds, an art gallery, a tropical jungle-themed office, a retail store, and more.  The facility also houses SteelStage, a dashboard driven ERP ASP that was designed by Dunecraft CEO Grant Cleveland and is currently in use.

DuneCraft, who is now going into its 12th year in business, has moved into a 170,000 square foot building with 12,000 square feet of office space. The River Gallery, the exclusive art gallery in the new facility, will feature Cleveland’s paintings and will also feature other artists in the upcoming year. The out of the box retail store will be opening in January and will feature new product introductions for 2014 and other select products.

The grand opening is on January 25, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at DuneCraft’s headquarters.

Hasbro Survey Finds 78 Percent of Americans Partying at Home on NYE

For the second year in a row, when the clock strikes Twelve on New Year’s Eve, the majority of Americans plan to ring in the New Year at home instead of out on the town, according to a new survey by Hasbro. Seventy-nine percent of women and 76 percent of men, up from 70 percent last year, will opt for a more low-key celebration. To make the most of a festive night at home, Hasbro recommends some friendly game night competition to get the good times rolling on December 31.

And while most (56 percent) seem to want to keep the competition light and friendly, 81 percent of people ages 18 to 24 admit to “bending the rules” in order to win when playing games. If you’re spending the night in on New Year’s with some family-friendly competition, be sure to upload pictures of your party to the Hasbro Game Night Facebook page or tweet @HasbroGameNight, #HasbroHolidays.

Kids Preferred Expands Buildex Wooden Line with Rescue Vehicles

carKids Preferred, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of plush toys and gifts, will showcase the expansion of its Buildex wooden construction toy offerings. The new emergency rescue vehicles, in particular, each offer to build vehicles in two different ways from the same high-quality parts. Each vehicle in the set has two different options for building, creating, and playing.

This new generation of toys was designed to encourage children to develop 3-D thinking and an appreciation for construction, movement, and design. The collection utilizes Grid-Lock, a unique construction system which allows strong and safe assembly without the need for glue and tools. [Read more...]

JumpStart Releases School of Dragons for Mobile Devices

dragonJumpStart has launched School of Dragons on mobile, featuring simultaneous, 3-D cross-platform multiplayer gameplay. The mobile game, based on the company’s massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) School of Dragons, provides fans of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon franchise a way to immerse themselves in the brand through seamless online browser and mobile gameplay. School of Dragons mobile is now available in the iTunes store for iPad 2, 3, 4, iPad mini, and iPad Air.

Since its free-to-play web browser launch in July, School of Dragons has garnered a wide fan base. Now, the game is adding a mobile app component, allowing players to dive into a 3-D MMORPG world seamlessly either through their mobile device, Facebook, or web browser. This interactive technology is one of the first of its kind in the educational MMORPG space.

As the How to Train Your Dragon world develops, so does School of Dragons. JumpStart plans for the game to integrate this popular animated franchise into various features, such as the educational and adventurous quests. The unique element to School of Dragons’ gameplay is its successful integration of education and a popular entertainment franchise. Players learn skills in Earth, Life, and Physical sciences, and other educational concepts while interacting with the characters they love, such as Hiccup, his dragon Toothless, and others.

Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Selects Brooklyn Teenager As Hometown Heroes Winner

imageFans of the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. brand have selected 17-year-old Francesca Chaney and her non-profit Girls Advocating and Innovating the Nation (G.A.I.N.) organization as the winner of the latest edition of its bi-monthly Hometown Heroes program.

For receiving the largest amount of votes in the latest competition, Bandai Co. Ltd. and Sync Beatz Entertainment are awarding a $5,000 contribution to Ms. Chaney and the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based group she launched in 2011. With its roots as a mentoring program to help younger girls facing self-esteem issues, the G.A.I.N. mission took on a more ambitious agenda when recognizing the need to address more issues in local communities. As a result, they provide young women with the tools and resources to speak up and allow their voices to be heard on topics of their concern and address issues together, empower each other, and positively innovate their society. Their motto is “Every Girl Must Gain.” Through weekly discussions, community outreach, and empowerment workshops for youth, G.A.I.N. has positively impacted the lives of thousands of youth. [Read more...]