Spring is bursting forth, bringing with it excited children eagerly anticipating one of its most glorious outdoor activities — the Easter egg hunt! From the White House lawn to the tiniest backyard, the Easter Bunny will soon be distributing his colorful eggs filled with goodies. Only one cloud is darkening this bright day… what exactly is in those eggs? The unfortunate truth about those pastel ovals is that a great many of them are plastic, which is not eco-appropriate. Happily, an environmentally friendly alternative is now hopping down the bunny trail to stores everywhere: Eco Eggs!
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.
Since 1998, Under the Nile has been a leader in the organic industry, producing the softest and most durable cotton apparel, toys and accessories for infants and children. All of our products are made from 100% handpicked organic Egyptian cotton, without the use of pesticides or chemicals throughout the entire production process.
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.
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.
The Zoobies team has worked hard to bring the lovable Storytime Pals to life. Among these playful friends is Margret and H.A. Rey’s classic Curious George. Curious George, along with Olivia, Spot, Paddington Bear, Goodnight Moon Bunny, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, are 3 in 1 plush pals. Each soft toy folds out into a pillow with a uniquely printed coral fleece blanket zipped inside. Storytime pals are great for snuggling while reading the character’s story.
Thousands of NEW showroom square feet opened their doors for the first time in Chicago, offering buyers even more NEW product with exceptional show deals and incentives.
“January was such an uplifting show in sales and everyone’s moods. Customers were ready to buy and bought more lines to try out. I think there was good synergy between the mart events and marketing and the customer. People noticed and commented on all the little details.”
– Blanch Nastovski, Sarm & Nastovski