KidTribe’s Hoopersize Kit Hits Retail

HoopersizeThe battle over childhood obesity, now declared a disease by the American Medical Association, has a new ally in fitness guru and TED Talks alum Kellee McQuinn. In 2002 she founded KidTribe, and has since evoked a new paradigm of physical education, especially with her Hoopersize hula hoops.

Hoopersize is a retail fitness kit designed to keep children active. The kit includes a full sized Pro-Hoop that’s designed to be a bit thicker, heavier, and a lot sturdier than typical hoops. It also includes two DVDs featuring instructional music videos that teach tricks, lead dynamic routines, and entertain while providing nutritional tips. The kit is packed with 12 instructional games and the Hoopersize CD with music to hula hoop along to.

KidTribe’s routines take the form of fitness concerts known as Hoopapalooza, which has grown to be a popular and award-winning school assembly program seen by more than 3.5 million kids and teachers. Hoopapalooza has garnered so much popularity that it has been a staple at the White House Easter Egg Roll since 2010. The energy of Hoopapalooza can now be captured at home with Hoopersize.

VTech’s InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet Awards Parents’ Choice Award

VTECH ELECTRONICS NORTH AMERICA, LLC LEARNING APPVTech, a world leader in age-appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children, announced that its InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet, one of the first children’s learning based tablets with Wi-Fi, has been selected as a 2013 Parents’ Choice Award winner by Parents’ Choice Foundation.

VTech’s InnoTab range offers children their own tablet that opens up a world of age-appropriate educational content across the widest variety of curriculums, from downloads to software cartridges, combining innovative technology with a developmental learning tool that grows with a child and makes learning fun.

The InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet features a secure wireless connection to VTech’s comprehensive app store, the Learning Lodge, where children can explore more than 350 educational games, e-books, videos, music, and more; pick their favorites; create a wish list; and send the list right to their parents’ e-mail. Parents can then approve the wish list, which sends the purchases wirelessly, directly to the InnoTab 2S.

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Haba Lauded in Four Toy Contests

German toy company Haba won six prizes in four different spring toy competitions, the company announced this week. Five games and toys — a dump truck, a card game, a board game, building blocks, and beginner dominoes — won praise from reviewers, including judges from Parents’ Choice Foundation, Father’s Day 2012 Mr. Dad & Great Dad Recommends, Creative Child, and Tillywig.

Rhino Hero, a game for ages 5 and up, where players work together to build a tower of cards, earned lauds in the elementary school category in the Father’s Day 2012 Mr. Dad & Great Dad Recommends competition.

Haba’s Moover Dump Truck, for ages 1 and up, earned a Parents’ Choice Foundation Award.

Haba’s Tactile Domino Arranging Game, for ages 4 and up, won a 2012 Game of the Year award in the kids memory games category in the Creative Child Award competition. The game also earned a Best Family Fun Award in the Tillywig Awards.

The Haba Building Blocks Habaland Train, for ages 1 and up, won a Top Fun Award in the Tillywig Toy Awards.

The Haba Treetop Trouble Game, for ages 6 and up, won a Best Family Fun Award in the Tillywig Awards.

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