For kids who want to stand out in a crowd with a fun, interactive product, Make Your Case is the perfect DIY kit. Kids can create the ultimate personalized cell phone cover that can be changed any time (every day if desired). Simple to use, each kit offers a variety of stickers and jewels to suit many different preferences. Created by the Maya Group, this innovative item helps children explore their crafty side with a safe, continuously fun product. The silicon phone covers are easy to make, with no added toxins. Parents and children will love these kits for birthdays, the holidays, or even for a rainy day inside.
Safety is a major concern of anyone involved with kids. They need to be visible out on bikes and scooters, in storms and any time decreased visibility could cause a problem. i Rock the Block brings stylish rain jackets that combine fashion, function and safety. Jackets are comfy to wear, hooded and well-fitted with a soft-touch waterproof shell that keeps the kid inside snug and dry. The fully-lined interior adds an extra touch of warmth. Add to it high-visibility safety trims that can be seen for up to 600 feet away.
Babies do lots of things well –– among them is growing fast. Blink and the baby who fit that outfit perfectly has totally grown out of it. The answer is adjustable clothes which comes to fruition via Posheez by American Posh. The line is the brainchild of Denisa Dragu who was unable to find a quality one-piece that would fit her long, slim newborn. Before you could say “perfect fit,” she came up with premium quality clothes that can be tweaked so body and outfit actually come together perfectly.
By Laura Vaillancourt - Thursday, February 26th 2015
In 2006, Artterro founder and CEO Forrest Voedisch was shopping for a craft kit for her young sons. She noticed lots of uninspiring projects, cheap materials and wasteful packaging. She decided to make high-quality, eco-friendly, engaging art kits so that parents would have a convenient way to bring art into the home. Voedisch states, “With the help of my business partner, Jennifer Conn, and the rest of our team in Madison, Wisconsin, the Artterro line now includes 12 kits that make it easy to explore needle felting, decoupage, art journaling and more.” Popular kits include Wire & Bead Art, Bookmaking, Art Dolls, and Wool Felt Jewelry.
Toy Fair -
New York City, New York (2/14/15 - 2/17/15)
Valentine’s Day is all about love, and when you’re a kid, there are few things you love more than your toys. Considering this, it makes sense that that the 2015 New York Toy Fair kicked off its opening day on February 14 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Toy Fair brings together hundreds of exhibitors from far and wide. The whopping 422,000 net square feet of exhibition space was divided into convenient product zones, making it easy for visitors to find the types of products and companies they were looking for. Manhattan Toy, Lil’ Orphan Nannies, Le Toy Van and OgoSport all felt the love in their respective product zones.
It’s almost spring break, which leads to summer road trips. Despite what it looks like outside, in most of the U.S., we’ll all be on the road soon. And that means trying to offer the best in road trip entertainment. Parents will love you for offering something small, super portable, and with zero noise. Offer them a mini respite from the beeps of modern life with MiniLou. A children’s product company dedicated to bringing creative and portable products to families, MiniLou offers illustrated coloring books, paper pals and bookmarks for trips both short and long.
While most companies are now making the switch to more eco-friendly products, Babysoy has been environmentally conscious since its inception. Their entire newborn clothing line is made from soybean pulp, adding very minimal impact to the environment when processed. The fabric that’s produced is incredibly soft, breathable, and completely free of chemicals. This isn’t your average all-natural clothing line; it’s the ultimate in sustainable living.
It can be difficult to sell a line of plain baby carriers, but thanks to Cuddleroo, it doesn’t matter what the carriers look like. These adorable animal-themed covers are the perfect way for one to stand out among the rest. They work with most soft structured carriers (ones worn as a backpack or on the chest), and help protect baby from the elements too. Great as gifts for parties, baby showers, or themed events. There are plenty of options to choose from; your store could offer the whole zoo!
By Hannah Driscoll - Wednesday, February 18th 2015
While a lot of toys are used to simply keep babies distracted, Tiny Love offers products that support a child’s growth and development. Mobiles, gyms, and carriers are all made with the thought of how to make these first years a great beginning in a child’s life. These products are more than just a baby item, they stimulate an engaging and interactive experience. Multiple awards in best innovation and development show how instrumental parents will view Tiny Love products as educational choices for their babies.
The gold standard in toys for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, European-based HABA USA celebrates its 35th year in North America – and the 10th anniversary of smash hit, award-winning, preschool stacking game Animal Upon Animal – with the release of dozens of brand new toys and games designed to delight a whole new generation of children. With hundreds of products spanning dozens of categories, HABA USA is the high-quality, high-design choice for millions of parents around the world. In addition to products manufactured in the German headquarters, HABA USA also distributes several innovative, European brands throughout the North American market.
Thames & Kosmos continues to lead the charge in energizing young minds with a passion for STEM-related subjects. The award-winning company is set to release 26 new science kits including the Kids First Series, which introduces science to children as young as three, and a new collection of space-theme kits, which captures the spirit of the latest efforts from around the world to pursue space travel and exploration. In addition, the company will announce its expansion into the board game category starting with a carefully curated series of six, high-quality, German-style board games from the internationally renowned publishing powerhouse, Kosmos.
By Laura Vaillancourt - Friday, February 13th 2015
ZipIt is the brainchild of Israeli Industrial Design student Ishay Halmut. The products range from pencil cases to backpacks to women’s bags. Each bag is unique, playful and practical. ZipIt aims to ignite creativity and inspire its customers to think differently in order to unlock their potential. These products are for the young, and young at heart, who want to enjoy clever design at accessible prices.