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DuneCraft Introduces Boxed Science Kits

SlimeKitDuneCraft has created boxed mini science kits to make science fun for kids. All of the kits work by adding some water. Slick Sand stays dry even when it is submerged, which teaches erosion control, conservation of mass, and osmosis. Users can decide what color, texture, and thickness the slime will be. The Super Slippery Bouncy Balls look like marbles, but when water is added to them, they expand hundreds of times in size. When they are dried out, they can be stored in a sealed bag for reuse.

The Unreal Upchuck contains a starling skeleton that can be reconstructed. The starling, a common menu item in the barn owl’s diet, can be constructed into the Starling Unreal Upchuck pellet. Super Snow expands to over 100 times its size and lasts for weeks without re-wetting. Lastly, the Make Your Own Snowman Kit comes with everything needed to create life-like snow, a snowman, snowballs, fort, and igloo. All the materials are reusable.

DuneCraft Relocates to New Jungle-Themed Offices

DuneCraft has relocated to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Included in the new building are the extensive ponds, an art gallery, a tropical jungle-themed office, a retail store, and more.  The facility also houses SteelStage, a dashboard driven ERP ASP that was designed by Dunecraft CEO Grant Cleveland and is currently in use.

DuneCraft, who is now going into its 12th year in business, has moved into a 170,000 square foot building with 12,000 square feet of office space. The River Gallery, the exclusive art gallery in the new facility, will feature Cleveland’s paintings and will also feature other artists in the upcoming year. The out of the box retail store will be opening in January and will feature new product introductions for 2014 and other select products.

The grand opening is on January 25, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at DuneCraft’s headquarters.

Fort Bliss Military Families Receive Thousands of New Toys from Toy Industry Foundation

FortBliss1Nearly 3,000 children living with their families on military base Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas were treated to a special toy giveaway on April 17 hosted by the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and national partner Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Military Services.

Families stationed at Fort Bliss, as well as resident members of the Air Force, Marines, National Reserves, and others, enjoyed a “Day of Play” that included bouncy houses and games, music and entertainment, and a pizza party.  Children of all ages received brand new toys, games, and stuffed animals donated by generous toy manufacturers. Gifts distributed at this event were generously donated by Alex, DuneCraft, Ganz, Gibout Toys, Hasbro, Lee Magic Pen, Lego, Look Out World, Mattel, MindWare, RBI Toys, Reeves International, Safari Ltd., and TMI Toy Marketing International.

The event was held as part of the joint TIF /BGCA Play Comforts program – the first-ever national toy distribution initiative to serve every branch of the U.S. military.  Through Play Comforts, toys and games donated by caring toy companies are delivered on an annual basis to families on dozens of U.S. military installations at home and abroad. Now in its fourth year of operation, the program has provided more than $3.5 million in toys for children of military families.


Dunecraft’s Grant Cleveland Opens New Art Show

Grant Cleveland, CEO of DuneCraft, who had his first art opening at the Dick Kleinman Fine Art Gallery, is having another opening at Fairmount Center for the Arts. The opening will be on April 27, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with an Artist’s Dialogue at 7:00 p.m.

Dick Kleinman, a massive proponent of Cleveland’s paintings, coined him the father of abstract symbolism, in which a story is told through symbols in the abstract form, colors take on meanings, patterns signify something, and it is possible to learn the language to some degree. Cleveland has just released an e-book, which features his paintings and the stories behind each one. The published version is now for sale and will be at the opening at Fairmount Center for the Arts.

Cleveland’s style is recognizable from the color, broad strokes, compelling subjects, and unique style and energy. Cleveland is an artist and serial entrepreneur. His current business enterprise is DuneCraft, which was started 11 years ago. DuneCraft creates themed terrariums, sprouting kits, and science novelties.

Military Families in San Diego Receive Toys and Games from Toy Industry Foundation

Nearly 1,000 children of military personnel stationed in San Diego, Calif., were treated to a toy giveaway on March 2 by the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and national partner Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Military Services

Families stationed at Naval Base Coronado were joined by marine families from nearby Camp Pendleton for a fun-filled day of play, crafts, entertainment, and food. The children were gifted with brand new toys and games donated by toy manufacturers from across the nation.

The event was the first of many toy giveaways to be held on military bases this year as part of the joint TIF/BGCA Play Comforts program–the first-ever national toy distribution program to serve every branch of the military. Now in its fourth year of operation, the program has provided more than $3.5 million in toys for children residing on U.S. military bases.

Gifts distributed at this event were donated by Barb-a-Mel Books, Cartamundi, Cloud B, DuneCraft, Elenco, GANZ, Gibout Toys, Hasbro, Kidz Toys, Lee Magic Pen, LEGO, Look Out World, Mattel, MindWare, RBI Toys, Squishable, TMI Toy Marketing International, and Wonder Forge.

COMMENTARY: DuneCraft’s Whimsical Growing Kits Get Kids Enthusiastic About Plants

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With spring right around the corner, garden centers, hardware stores, and nurseries have already begun stocking seeds, supplies, and everything necessary for those with a green thumb to plant a garden. As an avid gardener and plant enthusiast, I’ve already joined the ranks and gathered enough seeds to plant a small farm in my back yard.

So it was no surprise that I was looking forward to visiting the DuneCraft booth at the recent American International Toy Fair. DuneCraft makes more than 350 different growing kits for kids. Kits are themed. The Sensory Dome includes five types of plants, one for each of the senses; the Carnivorous Creatures kit features the infamous Venus Fly Trap and sundews—the list goes on. Not only do the kits let kids grow cool plants or foods, the packaging is whimsical and fun, similar to the idea behind Sea Monkeys. [Read more...]

RECALL: Dunecraft Recalls Water Balz, Skulls, Orbs and Flower Toys Due to Serious Ingestion Hazard

Dunecraft has recalled its Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H2O Orbs “Despicable Me,” and Fabulous Flowers toys. When the marble-sized toy is ingested, it expands up to 400 times its original size inside the body and causes a blockage in the small intestine, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, and dehydration. These injuries could be life threatening. The toys do not show up on an x-ray and require surgery to be removed from the body.

For questions regarding this recall, contact Dunecraft at (800) 306-4168, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.dunecraft.com and click on the recall tab for more information. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is also interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Tell them about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

Toy Industry Foundation Brings Holiday Cheer to Families on Hawaii Military Bases

More than 3,000 boys and girls living with their parents on Hawaii’s Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter U.S. Army bases were treated to two days of toy giveaways on December 4 and 6,respectively. The events were hosted by the Toy Industry Foundation in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Military Services, who brought the spirit of the season to military families complete with gifts, holiday carolers, and the lighting of two of the largest Christmas trees in the country.   [Read more...]

DuneCraft CEO’s Paintings on Display at The Dick Kleinman Fine Art Gallery

Grant Cleveland, CEO of DuneCraft, is having his paintings shown at the Dick Kleinman Fine Art Gallery in Woodmere, Ohio. Cleveland is an artist and entrepreneur. His current business enterprise is DuneCraft, which was started 10 years ago. DuneCraft creates themed terrariums, sprouting kits, and science novelties. DuneCraft’s creations can be found at Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, CVS, Amazon, Fat Brain Toys, Urban Outfitters, and more.

To see more of Cleveland’s paintings, visit the Dick Kleinman Fine Art Gallery.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

DuneCraft Announces Growing Contest

 

DuneCraft will hold its second growing contest from August 1 to December 31 this year. DuneCraft’s goal is to create fun, exciting terrariums grown from seeds that will last for years and to further interest in plants and nature. Prizes include $150 of free DuneCraft products if 200 entries are submitted, and $150 of DuneCraft products and $300 to your choice of selected retailers if 500 entries are submitted. If more than 1,500 entries are submitted, prizes include the above and an all-expense-paid, three-day trip for two to visit DuneCraft and local attractions, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Science Center, the Botanical Gardens, and Cedar Point. Select retailers participating include Michael’s, Toys “R” Us, Hobby Lobby, ThinkGeek, Meijer, and Shopko. All details will be available on the DuneCraft website.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.