The TV series “Art Attack” took the UK by storm in 1990, eventually landing on American screens via Disney in 2011. “Art Attack” is a non-stop ad for fun, exciting art projects. But it’s also doing double duty for its viewers: research has shown that crafting and art are vital to children’s brain development. Creative activities not only provide a fun, artistic outlet, but also influence the development of hand-eye coordination and the perception of the world. Arm your customers with the provisions for their very own Art Attacks at home. Stock quality supplies from crafty companies, including ALEX Toys, eco-kids, Colorbök, and Creativity for Kids.
Parents of toddlers know this generation is more tech-savvy than any other. Most kids can work a flat screen and program an iPod before they learn to tie their shoes. For these techie tots, Beary Happi is the perfect hybrid of toy and smartphone app. A lovable teddy bear friend that plays on little one’s fascination with touch screens and the cuddliness of plush, Beary Happi is the perfect interactive companion. All parents have to do is put their iPhone or iPod touch inside a HappiTaps cover, download the free app, and voilà: the 21st century Teddy. Hopefully it also offers a few minutes of peace and quiet.
Research shows that helping children develop emotional literacy before kindergarten sets them up for success in life. Enter acclaimed multi-media guru, The Mother Company. Known primarily for its award-winning series “Ruby’s Studio: The Feelings Show,” The Mother Company has launched its first line of children’s books aimed at providing social and emotional learning for kids. A Little Book About Feelings gives kids a simple explanation of varying emotions and what they mean. Its basic words and beautifully bright pictures will help children understand their own feelings and the feelings of others.
Who says that learning to communicate well has to be an exercise in tedium? The folks at Fundex Games have figured out a great way to help everyone, from students on up, to practice their communication skills in an exciting new game. Billed as “The Game of Construction by Instruction”, InStructures goes well beyond architecture: it actually has enjoyable learning down to a science.The developer of such popular games as Jarts and Gnip Gnop, Fundex has been bringing quality fun to families for over 25 years.
Who can forget Louis Armstrong’s powerful ballad, “What a Wonderful World”? The song reminds us all to take a look at our surroundings and really appreciate the true beauty and splendor that is everywhere we turn. He sang about the colors of the rainbows, trees of green, skies of blue and clouds of white in a way that vividly creates images in our minds of the colors of our beautiful world. Bestselling picture book author and illustrator, Ashley Wolff’s newly released hardcover edition, Baby Bear Sees Blue, celebrates these beautiful colors in a tale of discovery and wonder.
It’s that time of year again. March Madness. No, I’m not talking about college hoops. I’m referring to the high-stakes arena of fashion magazines. Second only to the September issues, March scores the most advertising revenue each year, as design houses drop huge sums for the chance to showcase their spring lineups. In the ad game, money doesn’t decide the winner. Your publicity machine — be it print ads, paid blogger sponsorships or television spots — can only put points on the board if it reinforces your brand and pre-sells your goods. In advertising, ROI, or return on investment — both the tangible and intangible kind — is the ultimate goal.
Quick: picture a daydreamer hard at work. Can’t do it? Daydreamers aren’t usually associated with go-getters. Typically thought of as laid-back and passive, daydreamers are actually anything but lazy. Research scientists Kalina Christoff of UBC and Jonathan Schooler of UCSB monitored subjects with wandering attention, and have drawn the same conclusion that other studies have shown: daydreaming is not for slackers. The real question has nothing to do with whether daydreaming is beneficial, but rather how this brain power can be tapped and turned into the concrete. The answer? Daydream Toys.
By Insights Discovered - Wednesday, March 7th 2012
First one discovers an unmet need. Next follows the ambition to start a business. Driving this initial momentum is the passion to contribute to the market place, the dream of business success and of course, hope for financial independence. However, once the honeymoon is over and the realities of owning a business become apparent, it can be challenging to maintain that initial momentum and enthusiasm that launched the company. Well, don’t lose F.A.I.T.H. –– Focused tasks , Attainable goals, Individual responsibility, Traceable efforts and Heart-felt support. Keep these in mind to help reignite the enthusiasm that once propelled your business.
Toy Fair -
New York City, New York (2/12/12 - 2/15/12)
New York City played host to nearly 27,000 industry professionals from more than 100 countries when the four-day 109th American International Toy Fair showed off more than 100,000 products at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. “Toy Fair has evolved into one of the greatest shows on earth, attracting powerful players from the $83 billion global toy industry,” said Carter Keithley, TIA President. “Our show is proven to be a critical stop on the global toy circuit and a magical, exciting experience for all who come.” Here are a few of the showstoppers discovered by The Giggle Guide’s Leesa Valentino at the latest Toy Fair: Greenzys, Follow Me Fairies, Joi Dolls and Dazzu.
Go! Go! Sports Girls of Dream Big Toy Company Founder Jodi Norgaard knew as a mother and a coach of girls’ sports that there was need for a girl’s doll that would be age appropriate, proportioned properly and send a positive message about a healthy lifestyle through sports. Jodi spent two years launching the product, from a rough sketch to the fall 2008 debut of the tennis girl doll at the U.S. Open in New York. Jodi believes the point of her business is to send a message to girls to dream big and go for it, which is her personal mantra.
ABC Kids Expo attendees and exhibitors at the 10th Annual ABC Kids Expo® are in for a treat. The Kentucky Exposition Center and its partners are investing over $1.2 million in improvements in time for the tradeshow being held at the facility on October 14-17, 2012.
Returning visitors will notice a much broader sampling of Louisville’s spectacular cuisine at the convention center, such as:
• Additional healthy option menus and kosher options;
• More concession and specialty coffee locations throughout the hall;
• New look and menu of food and beverage offerings;
I love nothing better than a procedural television show. Whether it’s a real-life murder mystery on Dateline or a fictional CSI case, I like trying to solve a whodunit. In everyday life, I also enjoy making connections between things I hear and see through conversations and observations — putting together the pieces of the puzzle to get a full picture. So it’s no wonder that one bit of wisdom I heard recently jumped out at me. During a speech, an apparel executive said, “Whether you’re a retailer or a wholesaler, your job is to find the balance between listening to and leading your customer.”