COMMENTARY: Endangered Species Toys Can Help Raise Environmental Awareness

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Endangered species stuffed animals, from Gund and Cuipo

Animal-themed toys are nothing new, but in recent months, I’ve been noticing a focus on endangered species. Shortly after Toy Fair 2014, BeginAgain released its Balance Boat: Endangered Animal Edition, a stacking toy featuring rubberwood versions of the panda, rhinoceros, tortoise, and more. Meanwhile, Green Tones by Hohner put out Endangered Animal Shakers, beautifully carved rubberwood musical toys that depict an owl, leopard, and turtle.

And on the plush front, Wild Republic has added vulnerable species such as the Siberian Tiger to its Cuddlekins line. Last but not least, Gund and Cuipo have collaborated on stuffed animals based on the endangered sun bear, emperor monkey, and three-toed sloth, among others. [Read more...]

Games & Puzzles: Wild Republic’s Nature-Themed Games

Wild Republic is launching new children’s nature-themed games that put a “natural twist” on the classics. Games include the Chess Board Game, which uses animal pieces; a double-sided board game called Dino Ludo & Ladders; the new Flippin Frogs and Butterflies games; and Wild Card Games, featuring original artwork of different animals.

For more games & puzzles, read The Toy Book‘s July/August issue. Click here to read!