Author: Sierra McCleary-Harris

eeBoo’s Paper Novas Will Have Kids Seeing Stars

eeBoo‘s new Paper Novas are inspired by one of the universe’s most impressive phenomena: supernovas. The new Paper Novas take that sense of wonder and replicate it on a smaller scale, reimaging the supernova as a craft activity. Each Nova comes with 200 strips of crepe paper in vibrant colors and a length of Baker’s string. Following simple instructions, strips are pinched in the middle and joined with other strips to create bundles. After four or five bundles have been made, they are all tied together with the string. Strips are gently pulled apart until the Paper Nova puffs up or “explodes” into a big, colorful ball with a 10-inch diameter. Once finished, Paper Novas can be suspended with the string to add color to any space. Each style of Paper Nova is named after one of the brightest stars visible from earth, such as Betelgeuse, Alpha Centauri, Vega, and Arcturus. For more info on Paper Novas and other eeBoo products, visit...

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Hasbro to Present Global Consumer Insights at PlayCon

The Toy Industry Association has announced that Katy Giffault, vice president of global consumer insights at Hasbro, will share the company’s case study on entering and achieving success in the Chinese market during this year’s PlayCon. Attendees will hear firsthand the demographic and socio-economic data used, as well as the consumer insight work done internally to determine Hasbro’s strategic entry into the emerging global market. PlayCon will be held from May 6 through 8 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Galney Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz. For up-to-the-minute Show information, visit...

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The Sky’s the Limit with Artzooka! Craft Kits from Wooky Entertainment

From craft kits to activity books and more, Wooky Entertainment’s Artzooka! line of imagination-stimulating offerings empowers kids to create a range of artful and practical playthings and decorative accessories for hours of creative fun. Based on the energetic and ever-artistic Artzooka! TV series for school-age kids from CCI Entertainment, the new Artzooka! collection provides more inventive opportunities for kids to express themselves in clever and resourceful ways. Check out these new additions! Surprise Match Boxes: Kids can create their own mini puppets that double as secret compartments for tiny treasures–and then entertain their friends and family with plays featuring their new characters. The kit includes two “Match” boxes, a sticker sheet, and cardboard accessories. Cupcake Creations: A whole new reason to love cupcakes (as if anyone needed one)! This kit lets kids turn cupcake holders into the main ingredient for creating super-cool animals for hours of play. Includes 20 cupcake molds, cardboard accessories, and a glue container. Recycle Sticker Creations: The theme of this creative kit is to transform the odds-and-ends in the recycling bin into brand-new and useful products. The kit includes eight sticker pages and 17 design ideas to get kids started. Beach Jewelry: Objects found at the beach don’t have to be confined to a box anymore; now, they can be transformed into wearable, beach-inspired jewelry. The kit contains two wax cords, 70 colorful wooden beads,...

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Bleeker Hits National Robotics Week

For the third year in a row, cartoonist Jonathan Mahood is devoting a weeklong comic series of his famed strip, Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog, to National Robotics Week. Distributed by King Features and created in 2007 for tech-savvy, cartoon-loving comics fans, the strip follows the adventures of Bleeker, a pet robot, and his friends. In seven consecutive strips, Bleeker follows his friend Karl, who may remind you of a household robot that has gained in popularity with consumers in the last few years, as he reunites with a fellow robot friend and old love interest. Fans can follow the weeklong series at www.bleekercomics.com. National Robotics Week is a series of regional events and activities aimed at increasing public awareness of the growing importance of “robo-technology” and the tremendous social and cultural impact that it will have on the future of how people will live, work, and play worldwide. For more information about National Robotics Week, visit...

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K’nex Introduces K’nexMen Mystery Figures

K’nex, the U.S. construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love, introduces its first series of two K’nexMen Mystery Figures. The new figures feature jointed elbows and knees and swivel waists and necks. The Mystery Figure packs feature 16 different figures in this first series. Young building fans will love collecting and building the figures across many themes including pirates, astronauts, pilots, race car drivers, and zombies. Some figures are more elusive than others, so you never know who you might get!  Compatible with all leading building sets, these new figures are available on knex.com and at toy retailers...

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