Arbor Cube’s iBuku Pets turns any iPhone or iPod touch into an interactive toy for kids. In addition to the easy to hold cuddly case, the educational iBuku Pets’ App and their cast of playful characters infuse an amazing balance of fun, learning, and entertainment into what is normally mindless touchscreen button pressing. Available on Kickstarter, iBuku Pets will ship to customers in December. [Read more...]
Meijer has announced the winners of the Meijer Next Great Toymaker contest. Wagon of Blocks by Circa Toys in Franklin, N.C., was named the winning toy for the 1 to 3 years age group and Stack & Stick Cozy Cabin by Peters’ Group in Goshen, Ind., for the 4 to 8 years age group. The toys will be available exclusively on Meijer.com this holiday season.
The contest was open to small toy companies and entrepreneurs in the United States with 50 employees or less. The winners were determined by a panel of Meijer judges and scored on uniqueness, educational relevance, creativity, and quality. Winning toys will be available on Meijer.com for at least six months, beginning Nov. 15.
- Wagon of Blocks is an all-wood, heirloom-quality toy wagon with 40 building blocks and pieces that inspire creative stacking and building on a pull-along cart. The design was inspired by a toy Circa Toys’ founder, Gary Murphy, received as a birthday gift in 1942.
- Stack & Stick Cozy Cabin is a 41-piece starter building set with that includes all the pieces first-time builders need to create their first home with solid wood blocks including a base, roof slats, gable ends, and a chimney block, along with a canvas bag for easy storage.
For more information on the winning toys and the Meijer Next Great Toymaker Contest, visit www.meijer.com/toycontest.
New from Delta Children’s Products, the Sesame Street Activity Table and Chair set is solid wood and built to last. With its bold colors, design, and perfect size, this table and chair set will be the place to sit for little ones.
It also features a large, easy-to-clean table surface and two chairs perfect for homework, art projects, and snack time. The set is currently being sold at Toys “R” Us.
Parents seeking a birthday adventure for their children soon will be able to grab their backpacks and head to The Little Gym. Nickelodeon and The Little Gym International have announced a partnership that will bring Dora the Explorer-themed birthday parties to the more than 210 The Little Gym locations in the United States.
The Little Gym, the leading experiential learning and child physical development center for ages four months through 12 years, will become the exclusive host of Dora the Explorer-themed birthday parties during its 2012-2013 season. The company has worked with Nickelodeon to create a special birthday party curriculum that includes a storyline and music from the Emmy award-winning animated preschool series. The Little Gym’s trained instructors will lead children through a Dora adventure featuring encounters with Backpack, Map, and other characters from Dora’s world.
The Little Gym expects to also add Go, Diego, Go!-themed parties later in the 2012-2013 season.
To locate the nearest The Little Gym location, please visit www.thelittlegym.com.
Munchkin, Inc., has announced its “Help Me Babyproof” Facebook campaign, a month-long contest encouraging fans to share stories and photos to describe why they need help baby-proofing, for a chance to win Munchkin’s new line of safety accessories.
Munchkin’s new safety accessories offer contemporary features that are new or improved in the marketplace, such as smooth, no-grip plug covers to prevent a child from tampering while also offering a camouflage look for the home, and drawer and cabinet latches that are more child resistant than other single-latch designs. Many of the new childproofing tools are also customizable, to help conceal potential safety threats specific to a parent’s needs.
New baby-proofing accessories include the Childproofing Kit and a range of XtraGuard products, such as the Dual Purpose Door Stopper, Dual Locking Drawer Latches, Dual Locking Angle Latch, Dual Locking Multi-Use Latches, Safety Lock Plug Covers, and many more.
From now until December 5, parents and grandparents are invited to visit the Munchkin Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/Munchkin to participate in the “Help Me Babyproof” social media campaign and learn more about the new line of baby-proofing accessories for their homes. Munchkin will award the full line of safety accessories to the best submissions on a weekly basis.
Munchkin’s safety accessories are now available at retailers nationwide. For more information or for a list of retailers near you, visit www.Munchkin.com.
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. has partnered with Walt Disney Records and Mattel, Inc., to bring a variety of new content to its educational entertainment platforms, accessible through the LeapFrog App Center.
Beginning in November, Barbie videos will be available for purchase in the “Just for Fun” section of the LeapFrog App Center. Even more Barbie brand releases on the LeapFrog platform will be available in December and early next year.
Videos including Barbie in A Mermaid Tale, Barbie The Princess and the Pauper, Barbie in The Nutcracker, Barbie in A Christmas Carol, and Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses will be available. These videos empower girls through popular and classic children’s storylines.
Beginning in early December, select titles from Walt Disney Records, including Disney Princess: Fairy Tale Songs, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Baby Einstein Lullaby Classics, and They Might Be Giants’ Here Come the ABCs, will be available for purchase through the LeapFrog App Center.
The albums will join the library of hundreds of educational games, eBooks, videos, music, and more. The LeapFrog App Center can be accessed through the LeapFrog Connect Application for LeapPad1, LeapPad2, and LeapsterGS. For more information on LeapPad1, LeapPad2, Leapster Explorer, LeapsterGS , and other LeapFrog products, visit www.leapfrog.com.
Within the U.S., retailers continued to see explosive growth with Lalaloopsy, a global toy powerhouse driven by robust product, entertainment, and licensing programs. Interest in the brand continues to develop as seen with the strong sales of Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Star: Harmony B Sharp, the first-ever talking, singing, and dancing Lalaloopsy doll.
This summer, MGA debuted Bratzillaz and Novi Stars. Bratzillaz takes girls’ imagination on a supernatural flight of imagination to reveal their own special powers. Novi Stars combines cosmic adventure with cutting edge toy features never before seen in doll play.
Outside of girls’ toys, broader support for Little Tikes helped drive sales. Little Tikes hottest retail sellers include Little Tikes Pillow Racers and iTikes, a new line of pre-school toys that can be enhanced through the technology of Apple iDevices.
Barney and his friends discover that the sky is not the limit when you use your imagination in the all-new release Barney: Let’s Go To The Moon, arriving on DVD, digital download, and on demand January 8 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment.
Also from Lionsgate and HIT, Angelina Ballerina: Dance Around the World is slated for release on January 8 as well. Angeling Ballerina is a mouseling who knows how to celebrate the great big world of dance in this new five-episode collection.
New from Delta Children’s Products, the Disney Mickey Mouse Toddler Tent Bed features a high-quality plastic and metal frame. This lightweight yet sturdy bed will provide for strength and durability that will last for even the most rambunctious of toddlers. The bed is built low to the ground for easy child access and comes with side rails for safe and secure sleeping.
The bed uses a standard crib mattress, which is sold separately, and is recommended for use up to 50 pounds. Complements other Mickey Mouse items sold separately online by Delta Children’s Products. Currently sold at Toys “R” Us stores.
For more info, visit www.deltaenterprise.com.