The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) unveiled its 2015 Best Toys for Kids award winners. This year’s list includes 18 winning toys in 14 categories.
The company will adapt its existing titles to feature Disney properties, enhancing ways that children can interact with favorite Disney characters.
The line will feature educational content from existing games Spot it! and Tell Tale. It will highlight popular Disney characters and movies such as Frozen, Disney Planes, and Disney television shows Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
Blue Orange Games has added eight new games to its collection of more than40 products that will premiere at the American International Toy Fair from February 16 to 19. The new games will be available for purchase online and in specialty stores across the U.S. and Canada in late spring.
Doodle Quest is a drawing game where kids must avoid obstacles using their memory and the power of a pen. Wuzzits is a matching game in which cards combine and morph into different monsters. Aztack allows players to build a temple using unique rules. Players can make rival herds of livestock go head-to-head in Battle Sheep. Spot it! Freeze pits players against an electric timer, while Spot it! Splash is a waterproof version of the family favorite. Set in Imperial Japan, Niya makes its players use strategy skills to control the important clan garden. BraveRats is a strategy game for two players that is filled with plenty of suspense.
It’s that spooky time of year again! Stores are setting up Halloween-themed displays, such as Toys “R” Us‘ Trick “R” Treat Boo-tiques in store and online, which are stocked with Halloween must-haves to help parents and their little ones prepare for the spooky season. The seasonal costume stores are popping up again all over the city—and I could not be more excited. With a flair for the dramatic, Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. It’s full of fun disguises and costume, elaborate makeup and wigs, and, of course, candy.
Another great thing about the Halloween season though are themed toys, music, and other products that help kids celebrate the season in more ways than just trick-or-treating.
Spot it! Halloween, from Blue Orange Games, is part of the company’s popular Spot it! line. The game is a card game featuring 55 circular cards packaged in a collectible tin canister that’s easy to travel with. There are dozens of spooky symbols, and each card features 8 of them. There are five different games you can play with Spot it!, but in every variation the goal is the same: be the first to spot matching symbols between two cards. The Jack-o-lanterns, cobwebs, ghouls, zombies, and more put players in the Halloween spirit. [Read more...]
On rainy days, classic favorites such as Scrabble and Monopoly are perfect to entertain kids. But some busy families might not have hours to devote to board games. There are great new games on the market that take only a few minutes to play, but will keep kids entertained when they are in the mood for a game or two.
In Flash!, from Blue Orange Games, players race to complete eight challenges of dice combinations as they try to rack up the most points. Combinations include six of a kind, a straight, all odd numbers, all even numbers, and two sets of three. The first player to complete the challenge picks up the chip worth the most points. Players continue rolling until all players earn a chip. Straight-forward and easy to learn, game play only takes about 10 minutes. There are enough sets of brightly-colored dice for up to six players ages 7 and up. [Read more...]
Blue Orange Games has four new games to help get kids into to gear for the new school year and reinforce learning long after term begins. Whether preschool or elementary, language arts or math, Blue Orange’s games are teacher-approved and age-appropriate to build brain power through play.
Check out their newest offerings below:
20 Express is a bingo-style game that calls for logical thinking, figuring probabilities, and a dose of luck. Each player has a train of 20 cars to fill with numbers. The goal is to make long series of ascending numbers. With every draw, players must decide the best train car to assign the number. Some numbers may be pulled twice, and a wild tile can save a series. The longer the series, the more points it earns. 20 Express stretches kids’ mental math abilities and is for unlimited players ages 8 and up. [Read more...]
Blue Orange Games is soaring into new territory and will debut their new line of wooden construction toys, called Engenius, at the American International Toy Fair.
The Engenius collection includes the helicopter (28 pieces),airplane (40 pieces), and spaceship (29 pieces) aviation sets. With each set, little builders age 4 and up can create the dozens of models shown on the included design sheet. There are no step-by-step instructions, so kids discover how to assemble the models through playful experimentation, which develops convergent and divergent thinking skills. Builders are sure to invent their own as they are not limited to the designs on the sheet. [Read more...]