The time for spring cleaning is here! For many families, each year brings a new heap of toys, gadgets, books, and puzzles. When it comes to organizing children’s items, storage containers need to be easy to use, yet strong enough to stand up to piles of heavy, oddly shaped items. Whether parents are looking to round up an ever-growing collection of stuffed animals, or need a central place for all those Legos and crayons, The Giggle Guide® likes these neat solutions from 3 Sprouts, Resource International, Jonti-Craft and Little Zookeepers that are durable, kid-friendly, and fit beautifully into any home décor.
Choose Your Own Adventure, a successful book series first published in the 1980s and then re-released with updated elements, captures the attention and imagination of even the most reluctant young reader. Incredibly popular, the secret to the series’ success lies in letting the reader play the leading role as the main character in each story, choosing from many possible outcomes at different points along the way. Making choices empowers readers to become involved and encourages ownership of the tales, through decision-making fun!
Produced four times a year, the ENK International Children’s Club in NYC in early March was a great success and positive spirits ran high. Both Stanley Kaye, Show Director for the Children’s Club, and Elyse Kroll, chairwoman and founder of ENK International, took it as a sign that the market is “bouncing back.” Floor traffic was steady and the variety of sellers both nationally and globally offered a lot to consider. March’s event included a runway fashion show sponsored by Vogue Bambini, with the models sporting back-to-school trends. The show introduced many newer players including: Malibu Sugar, Babysoy, Knitoes & Co., and Tuff Cookie.
All over the world, companies create products that make children’s lives more convenient, enriching, and fun. When companies come together in one place to display their best, they create a symbiotic buying experience for children’s retailers. Playtime New York is a trade show that presents a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere where buyers can get up close and personal with mainly European-based or inspired apparel, gifts and accessories. In March, Playtime New York unveiled unique and useful offerings from both established and emerging stars including jack & salma, kicokids, Sono Vaso, Noel France S.A.S. and Easy Peasy Shoes.
The children’s industry today moves at a feverish pace. Our endeavor to stay on top of all the latest trends keeps The Giggle Guide® in perpetual motion. Maybe that’s why we’re finding the new lines for autumn so refreshing! After attending recent trade events across the country, it appears that Fall 2011 fashions are reminiscent of a simpler time. Retailers have welcomed back-to-basics for back-to-school, with traditional clothing and quality construction made to last. Organic fabrics satisfy the desire for sustainability without sacrificing style, and beautifully muted tones provide a warm color palette. Fall for new fashions from Pale Cloud, Little Esop, Blu Pony Vintage, and Kiwi Industries.
Who hasn’t longed for an adorable pet at some time in their life? Maybe a cuddly puppy or soft kitten to snuggle with — or even a scream-inducing lizard to frighten an older sister! The draw of pet ownership goes beyond youthful yearnings for something cute or cuddly. It speaks to the innermost nature of man, for whom sometimes the best companion is one of a different species. Peter Brown’s latest book, Children Make Terrible Pets, offers amusing and enlightening insight into pet ownership for children 3 to 8 years old, told through the eyes of an endearing and charming bear named Lucy.
Tweens change their clothing almost as often as their minds! Their love-hate relationships span from Justin Bieber and The Jonas Brothers to belted dresses and skinny jeans. Spinning up trend-setting fashions capable of grabbing the attention of this fickle bunch — while also snaring parental approval — is a sticky design challenge. Charlotte Tarantola skillfully meets this task and has successfully captured the spirit of young girls with her distinctive fashion collections.
Toy Fair -
New York City, New York (2/13/11 - 2/16/11)
Step right up, don’t be shy! Take your pick from all these fabulous toys and prizes! The Giggle Guide® had a blast taking in all the sights and sounds at recent trade shows in NYC, and we discovered plenty of goodies to cheer about at Toy Fair 2011. We grinned with childhood delight at Nowstalgictoys’ Squirmles. Creative products from Center Enterprises won our stamp of approval, and we felt like kids again as we “test drove” ride-alongs from Playsam’s. Our Geeky nature was fed too, with ThinkGeek’s joystick for iPad and interactive guitar t-shirts. Want to play? Add these exciting knickknacks, games and action-packed products to your store’s toy aisle and let the good times roll!
Parents of children with allergies, or sensitivities to certain foods or substances, must stay vigilant. They have to read labels, eliminate triggering products, inform teachers and caregivers, and find acceptable alternatives whenever possible. Unfortunately, allergy triggers can sometimes show up in unexpected places. For example, some parents are dismayed to find that the formula for the leading children’s modeling dough is wheat-based. A new find is Soy-Yer Dough, a wheat-free modeling dough that more kids can enjoy!
International Children’s Charity Appoints AAFA President and CEO Kevin Burke
New York, NY – March 17, 2011 – Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.), the internationally renowned children’s charity, today announced that it has named American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) President and CEO Kevin Burke as its new Chairman of the Board, effective immediately.
Kids have a mind-boggling array of choices when it comes to electronic entertainment. Between high-end gaming systems, online interaction, handheld games, and TV on demand, most youngsters have more than enough to keep them glued to an audio-video set of some kind. Still, there’s something about traditional, creative, real-time forms of fun that can capture a child’s attention and interactive imagination in a way that pixels simply cannot.