Retailers looking for new and innovative children’s products will find our latest recommendations allow children to grow physically, cognitively and even artistically. They are excellent products to market to parents who take a keen interest in their children’s education and development. From a food cutter which makes nutrition more fun for picky eaters to a finger puppet that helps children navigate touchscreen technology; from rolling stamps for the creation of art projects to backpacks and trolleys for the busy child on the go, these products help make the process of growing up more fun: FunBites, DigiPuppets, Funnybone Toys, and Juratoys.
Thoughtful companies put as much time and effort into packaging as they do into their products. Why? Because the package is the first engagement with the customer. Good packaging draws shoppers’ attention by making items stand out. That’s the start of a sale. Each of these companies — Nawi Kids, Baby Essentials, ToeBlooms and Apple Park — employs well-thought-out packaging that engages customers. These companies offer terrific wares; the addition of creative packaging reflects each brand’s quality and image. Stock goods from these vendors and watch your customers channel their attention.
Today’s kids are practically born attached to an electronic product. As they grow, there are several electronic devices in use as tots watch movies on tablets, listen to music on their MP3 players, and do homework on a computer. To make these activities work, the key ingredient is earbuds which, like socks in the wash, are always MIA. Thanks to Education Outdoors, there is a solution. It’s Pet Pods: cute little stuffed animals that arrive with a set of earbuds tucked into the back of each animal and secured with a Velcro closure. Pet Pods come in woodland animal designs, including a bald eagle, black bear, beaver, buck, fawn and moose.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Wednesday, December 3rd 2014
It’s tough to navigate feelings at any age, but especially when you’re little and can’t truly verbalize them. And there’s nothing worse than feeling misunderstood. Just ask the puffin. “Look at the funny little penguin!” and “What a silly-looking penguin!” Hearing this all day long is enough to make any little bird angry, especially when he is decidedly NOT a penguin. The Angry Little Puffin by Timothy Young is the story of a puffin who is upset that he’s constantly mistaken for a penguin. Even the zoo has placed him with his flightless brethren, with only a small sign to distinguish the two. And nobody reads the sign.
It wasn’t too long ago when children’s television and family sitcoms were full of teachable moments. Nearly every episode featured the characters encountering a situation that required them to make a moral or ethical decision of some kind. Soon, those lessons cloaked in humor faded out and “very special episodes” became a trope associated with the past. The new generations of kids were thought to be too savvy to be preached to; they wanted sarcasm, attitude, and chaotic comedy. But is that what kids really need? The Principles of Our World is a book series designed to help children develop a strong sense of character and ethics.
As long as there are little girls there will be dolls for their enjoyment. For the ultimate in handcrafted beauties that work as collectables, keepsakes or just treasured toys, show off the ultimate in high-end dolls from Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossom Lane. Everything about these dolls says luxury, starting with the Certificate of Authenticity that accompanies every one of these petite charmers and continuing with exquisite attire. Dolls from Miss Kiki are all handmade, embroidered with care and love by a small team of artisans and filled with sustainable corn fiber.
Budding entrepreneurs and the grown-ups who help nurture hands-on business skills will make a “shark” frenzy about these activity kits from Bizainy. Not strictly toys, these creative kits offer a way for kids to learn useful life experiences about business and money management. The three activity kits include projects for hands-on learning-as-fun, including DIY banners, books, decorate-your-own money boxes, stickers, sales pads, postcards and more.
Toys don’t always have to be large, noisy, expensive or digital. Some of the most entertaining options are right at your fingertips… in this case, quite literally. With Finger Puppets Inc., this notion is all too true. Kids will love the creative designs of these unique Peruvian puppets. Parents will appreciate teaching their kids about different places around the world and enhancing their social skills. Crafted in the high plains of Peru by local families, these puppets are a tribute to the ancient ways of entertainment. Lessons can be learned and remembered through fun stories.
In today’s world, many daily interactions are quick-paced and short-lived. As electronics and screen time take over lives, occasionally kids forget the most basic, natural part of childhood: play. Germany takes us back to the basics with wonderful, traditional toys that rely on brains, not batteries. HABA has branched out from its classic wooden toys to create modern versions with heirloom quality. sigikid takes its cue from children’s need for cuddling, and creates developmentally appropriate toys. Ravensburger produces puzzles that will forever change how people think of putting pieces together. Hape Toys focuses on wood toys made from natural materials.
Given today’s educational climate, many shoppers want a fun way to encourage kids’ interest in science, but so many games on the market are ultra-complicated and few appeal to all ages and generations. There’s a new brand, na2ure, bringing games that are gorgeous to behold, PhD-vetted and eco-conscious –– a triple positive whammy. The na2ure library includes three beautifully designed games that will fascinate your customers: the Ani-gram-it board game, Ani-gram-it To Go and ferret.
Cindy Cohn understands how much one meaningful gift can affect someone’s life. When she was 11 years old, Cindy received a gift of a shirt with her name spelled out in cute, colorful characters across the front. It quickly became one of her favorite possessions. Decades later, she still owns that shirt, and cites it as the inspiration for her company, Poseys People in Poses. The company, casually known as Poseys, offers a wide selection of keepsake apparel and accessories with unique, personalized touches. These t-shirts, pullover shirts, pillow cases and canvas bags are meant to reflect the hobbies and interests of the owner.
By Laura Vaillancourt - Friday, September 26th 2014
A few years ago, Majorie Labrèque Lepage was asked to sew a stuffed toy for a friend’s new arrival. At once, she received copious praise from everyone for her furry creation. She soon realized the joy she felt for creating these unique creatures. As a daughter of an entrepreneur, she could not help but start her own business –– Velvet Moustache. The brand has a number of lines, including cushions, soft toys and fashion. The cushions are square-shaped animal and people-like characters with wide eyes and over-sized ears. Their furry fabric makes them a great accessory for beds and playrooms.