Author: Erika Graham

Kooky Klickers Creator Is Back With New PopCharmz

Tooo Company, based out of Hong Kong, has named Brent Reese and his company, SpotMode, LLC, as the exclusive North American distributor of PopCharmz. The new charms are soft, embroidered pieces that combine plush and collectibility, and are geared towards children and tween girls. PopCharmz come in trendy pop-culture shapes that can be attached to nearly anything—a wrist, a book bag, a locker—and are designed to be collected, traded, worn, and displayed. PopCharmz will be distributed in unique collections throughout the year. Brent Reese is the creator of the popular Kooky...

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New Study Says Elmo Helps Toddlers’ Early Learning Skills

New research shows that children’s character Elmo is more effective in helping toddlers learn basic skills than if the toddlers were taught by unrecognizable faces. Researchers from the Children’s Digital Media Center at Georgetown University conducted an experiment using three groups of 21-month-old toddlers. The first group watched a video of an Elmo puppet placing nesting cups inside one another, the second group saw the same task being performed by an unknown character puppet with the same Elmo-like voice, and the third group did not watch a video. When applying what they had learned to their own nesting cups, the first group was able to complete the task significantly better than both the second and third groups. The first group was also more likely to smile and say the character’s name. This research provides  information about the way that toddlers process information in the early developmental stages. The toddlers were more receptive to the ideas being presented by a trusted identity. The children were also not required to use valuable working memory to process an unfamiliar face, leaving more memory to be devoted to the task at hand. For more information on the Children’s Digital Media Center, visit http://cdmc.georgetown.edu/. Image Credit:...

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Lego Group Awarded License To Create Lego DC Universe Super Heroes

Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment have extended their partnership with The Lego Group, giving Lego complete access to its vast library of DC Comics characters and stories in order to create toys inspired by the world of DC Comics. Thirteen iconic superheroes will be featured in mini figure form, including Superman, Lex Luthor, and Wonder Woman. Buildable characters will include Batman, The Joker, and Green Lantern. The construction sets, mini figures, and buildable characters and creatures will be launching in...

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Break The Pacifier Habit With The Binky Fairy

Thumbuddy To Love has introduced a gentle answer to breaking pacifier attachment with its new product, the Binky Fairy. Complete with an interactive children’s book and finger puppet, the Binky Fairy comes during the night to replace a child’s pacifier, creating calmness and peace in their hands or under their pillow as they sleep. The story chronicles the history of the Binky Fairy and how, with the help of her siblings Ballerina Sue and Fireman Fred, she helps children everywhere to willingly give up their pacifiers. The Binky Fairy retails for $19.99 and can be found on the Thumbuddy website and...

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The Not-Its! Release New CD

Children’s recording artists The Not-Its! have just released their third studio CD, Tag, You’re It!. Dubbed a “kindie” band due to lead singer Sarah Shannon’s indie-pop-rock roots mixed with their kid-friendly lyrics, The Not-Its! appeal to children and adults alike with their catchy tunes and positive messages. The new Little Loopy Records album features tracks like “Freeze Tag,” “Mathematics,” and “Gotta Keep On Tryin'” to keep kids active and focused on growing academically and emotionally. The CD is available at multiple online retailers for a suggested retail of $14.99. It is distributed by Burnside Distribution...

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