Author: Christine Duhaime

Wicked Cool Toys to Introduce Girl Scouts Cookie Oven

Wicked Cool Toys introduces a delicious baking experience with the first Girl Scouts Cookie Oven, as well as a line of role-play products inspired by the girls’ leadership organization. The Girl Scouts Cookie Oven will feature mixes inspired by Girl Scout Cookies, such as Thin Mints and Trefoils, as well as the Girl Scouts On-the-Go Wagon and Cookie Stand. The Wicked Cool Toys Girl Scouts line is expected to hit mass market retailers nationwide this fall. The Girl Scouts Cookie Oven lets aspiring bakers make their own Girl Scout cookies. The working oven comes with tools and mixes that allow girls to make cookies that look and taste like the real thing. The viewing window lets bakers see the cookies bake, and a warming station heats and melts cookie coatings and frostings. The Girl Scouts Cookie Oven comes with a mix to create Thin Mints, a spatula, a baking pan, and a measuring tool. Kids can choose from Thin Mints, PB Sandwich, Trefoils, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Sugar, and Oatmeal Refill Packs. Deluxe Refill Packs offer kids several flavors. The Girl Scouts On-the-Go Wagon has a wooden base with height-adjustable metal mesh framed walls with a Trefoil pattern and holds lots of Girl Scout Cookies, toys, sports gear, and more. It includes a removable cookie stand, a chalkboard, and a clipboard. The Girl Scout Cookie Stand...

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Disney Introduces First Latina Princess

Disney has introduced its first Latina Princess: Elena of Avalor, a 16-year-old character inspired by “diverse Latin cultures and folklore.” Disney describes Elena as a “bold, caring, funny and clever ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor.” Elena will debut on Disney Junior‘s animated show Sofia the First next year, followed by a spinoff series, Elena of Avalor, which will premiere next year on Disney Junior and Disney Junior’s programming block on the Disney Channel. The series will be presented in 25 languages in 154 countries worldwide. The show’s estimated daily reach will be more than 207 million households. Princess Elena’s journey begins when her parents and kingdom were taken by the evil sorceress, Shuriki. Elena faced the sorceress to protect her little sister, Princess Isabel, and grandparents. In the process, her magical amulet pulled her inside its enchanted jewel, which saved her life but imprisons her. Years later, Princess Sofia discovers the truth about the amulet she has worn since joining her royal family and sets out to restore Elena to her human form and help her return to...

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COMMENTARY: This Holiday Season, Let’s Not Forget the Value of Games

Just this weekend, I attended a party at a friend’s house—a “FriendsGiving” gathering hosted by her and her husband. After a delicious pre-holiday feast of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and veggies, we decided to let the food settle while playing a game of celebrity Charades. Our game was spontaneous, so we worked with what was at hand: post-it notes, a pen, and a salad bowl. We tore up the post-its, wrote the names of celebrities, and tossed them into the bowl before breaking into teams and doing our best Michael Jackson, George Washington, and Vanna White impressions. This reminded...

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Q&A with Toca Boca on Artist Play Series, Toca Ink Tattoos for Kids

This month, Toca Boca launched the Artist Play Series, a new project that invites international artists to celebrate the synergies of play and art by creating tools for play. The result is a series of toys that encourage imagination and self-expression. The line kicked off earlier this month with Toca Ink, a set of six temporary tattoos by Brooklyn-based tattoo artist Virginia Elwood. The Toy Book chatted with Toca Boca about the new line. The Toy Book (TTB): Is this Toca Boca’s first licensed product line in the U.S.? Toca Boca (TB): Toca Ink, the first product from the...

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Gryphon House Teaches Kids About Science

Science—Not Just for Scientists!, from Gryphon House Inc., teaches kids about the world of scientific discovery. The book features more than 40 pages of hands-on activities, reproducible handouts, and colorful photos that empower children to question, experiment, and develop abstract reasoning skills. With the help of step-by-step instructions and lists of easy-to-find materials, children ages 3 to 6 will explore the water cycle, simple machines, energy paths, and...

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