Author: Cynthia Ghazali

Pully Palz to Launch in 2013

Pully Palz, a pacifier retriever toy, will launch early next year. Pully Palz is a pully system that holds a pacifier on each arm, so when a baby pulls one side, the other side goes up. This allows the baby to never lose his or her pacifier. Pully Palz does not come with pacifiers but holds most major brands. Parents can choose from three different plush toys: a cow, monkey, or frog. The toy attaches to most car seats, strollers, and bouncy seats. The pacifier retriever will be sold at Babies “R” Us, Bye Bye Baby, The Baby Depot, and Amazon.com. For more information,...

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The Franklin Institute Announces The Great Putty Drop 2012

The Great Putty Drop of 2012 will take place at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia on December 8. Together with their official putty partner, Crazy Aaron’s Puttyworld, the Franklin Institute will drop 50 pounds of Thinking Putty from the ceiling of the museum’s Atrium. This experiment follows the Scientific Method and will reveal answers to questions such as what will happen when the putty hits the ground? Will it drip, stretch, bounce or shatter? The experiment is free with museum admission. The audience will receive tins of Thinking Putty as a souvenir. Puttyworld’s founder “Crazy” Aaron will provide an interactive 30-minute demonstration of putty science. Activities will include lessons on chemistry, mass, polymers, and more. For more information on Puttyworld, visit www.puttyworld.com. To purchase tickets, click...

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Zynga Partners with Toys for Tots for Giving Campaign

Zynga kicks off the Oh, What Fun! giving campaign just in time for the holiday season. The in-game charitable drive will benefit the Toys for Tots program that will bring toys and games to less fortunate children across the U.S. Players will be able to contribute directly through in-game purchases within participating games until December 31. 100 percent of the purchase price will go directly to Toys for Tots. Seven of Zynga’s games, including Words With Friends, FarmVille, CityVille, CastleVille, Draw Something, Bubble Safari, and Pioneer Trail, will allow players to purchase certain items, complete quests, and send text message donations to benefit the fundraiser. For more information, visit toysfortots.org...

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Hallmark Adds New Style to Text Bands Collection

Hallmark adds new kid-friendly style bands featuring popular characters, shows, and singers. Australian teen singer and songwriter, Cody Simpson, will be featured on a style band at participating Hallmark Gold Crown stores. Disney show Shake It Up! will also be featured on the new style bands. The bands allow kids to trade messages by bumping fists or  shaking hands. Kids can also showcase their own style by changing their band to match their outfits, moods, and interests. To check out the full collection of style bands, watch Text Bands in action, and view Text Bands celebrity videos and photos, visit...

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Activision Publishing Announces Two New Games

Skylanders Lost Islands and Skylanders Battlegrounds are two new games available from Activision Publishing, subsidiary of Activision Blizzard Inc. Skylanders Lost Islands is available as a physical starter pack at retail and as a standalone iOS App. Skylanders Lost Islands, developed by Vicarious Visions Mobile, is an innovative character and resource management game. Players can play with their Skylanders by going off on quests and adventures. Players can also help Mabu rebuild their homeland in the sky. Skylanders Battleground is available for download exclusively on the App Store. It features team-up game-play in which a player can control two Skylanders at the same time. The Starter Pack includes platinum treasure chest that automatically unlocks of in-game loot including a coin and XP multiplier, health potions, and bombs among other...

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Nick Jr. To Premiere “Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale”

On December 14, Nickelodeon will premiere a brand new primetime holiday special. A re-imagining of Beatrix Potter children’s book, Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale, will be told with humor. Peter Rabbit is produced in conjunction with Silvergate Media and animated by Brown Bag Films. Peter Rabbit and his friend Benjamin Bunny take over for Mr. Bouncer when he gets sick and can’t make the holiday supply delivery. The two friends embark on delivering gifts and supplies to the residents of Lake District by braving a blizzard and a sneaky fox, Mr. Tod. The adventure of Peter Rabbit will encourage pre-schoolers to learn problem-solving skills, self-efficacy, and resilience. Nick Jr. offers a sneak peak of the holiday special, Peter Rabbit coloring pages, stickers, and mazes. With “Presents from Peter,” users can go online everyday to unlock a new special gift from Peter Rabbit, such as holiday ornaments, holiday cards, activity packs, and...

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The Mother Company Launches Second Children’s Program

The Mother Company launches the latest episode in its children’s program, Ruby’s Studio:The Friendship Show. The new episode features the live-action host, Ruby, who leads viewers ages 2 to 7 on an adventure through animations, art projects, and music. Ruby’s Studio: The Friendship Show is part of an independent series for release on DVD and for download over the next two years. The show is geared towards helping kids resolve conflict and show empathy, kindness, and loyalty towards others. Upcoming episodes to be released next year include Ruby’s Studio: The Safety Show and Ruby’s Studio: The Siblings Show. To purchase the DVD, visit...

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Hasbro To Donate Toys For Holiday Campaign

Hasbro and generationON have partnered for a holiday giving campaign. The third annual campaign, Be a Joy Maker, asks kids and teens to help children in need by completing an act of service. Through December 18, for each act of service completed and logged on the Be a Joy Maker website, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots, up to 100,000...

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MVP Group International Delivers Donations To Charities

Monkeez Makes a Difference, MVP International’s charitable program, has delivered its first round of donations to three charities: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Samaritan’s Purse, and Best Friends Animal Society received a total of $15,437.33. Developed by Chrysti Propes, the Monkeez Make a Difference program teaches children the importance of helping others through kid-friendly tools, such as the Genuine Monkeez and Friends plush characters, online games, and Do Good challenge trading cards. By purchasing one of more than 90 plush characters or one of five packs of the Do Good Card set, a donation of 10 percent of the wholesale price is made to one of the three charities the child chooses. For more information or to order, visit www.mwcbk.com or call (800)...

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