LIVE IN UNITY, GIVE BACK, ACCEPT DIVERSITY, BE AWARE, TRUTH, FORGIVE: They’re noble thoughts, each and every one, and worthy to be written across the sky in letters. They’re just as meritorious doodled on a kid’s notebook, displayed as bumper stickers on the family car, or even selectively tattooed on the breast of the person who embraces the concepts and cares enough to wear one permanently over the heart! The good people at Good Work(s) Make a Difference choose to render them in more-versatile media: beautifully inscribed leather bracelets to grace the wrist of man, woman, or child.
Kids lead on-the-go lives that zip from one activity to the next. When you offer well-designed clothes that keep little ones looking good, shoppers perk up and take notice. In addition to plenty of style, customers also warm to easy- care fabrics that withstand repeated laundering while holding their flash and dash. Each child is unique, so their clothes need to reflect originality to help them stand out in the crowd. Take note of these companies that feature threads for tots high in both pizzazz and practicality: Persnickety, Mooncakes, and ZAZA couture.
The tractor-beam draw of collectibles has been an enduring part of human nature since the first man started collecting brightly colored stones. Just about any item can be considered a collectible, but there is a strong focus on the smaller, easily accessible items that provide instant gratification and long-term pleasure. While collectibles can be part of an investment strategy, they also provide diligent collectors with a sense of order and achievement. Collectible brands, like Peaceable Kingdom, Iwako, Stink Factory and Momiji offer aficionados an ever-growing fascination with tiny and colorful treasures.
Playtime New York, the international trade show dedicated to all things relating to children, junior and maternity, held a very successful third show from July 30 to August 1, 2011. Buyers and other visitors were very positive and gave big thumbs up to the creative, imaginative space and merchandise. Attendees included many vendors from previous shows as well as some outstanding new collections. Among the standouts were Wovenplay,Tala Bee Kids, and Mini & Maximus.
Henderson, NV (August 8, 2011) - The pediped® Fall/Winter 2011 collection introduces more than 80 new styles and color combinations across pediped® footwear’s three signature lines: Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. The collection includes larger size offerings in the Flex® line, new school shoe styles and an expanded Adventure Line, pediped’s innovative outdoor shoe. Inspired by the latest trends in athletics and fashion, new Fall/Winter 2011 offerings feature pediped’s signature comfortable fit along with a broadened mix of textures including metallic glitter, patent leather and suede.
Cloud9World focuses on values and virtues by offering products that reinforce integrity, humility, compassion, kindness and perseverance. With violence and bullying making news, parents and teachers are interested in helping students stand up to abuse. Children are inundated with media technology that can steal from spending quality time with family and learning social skills. Cloud9World products bridge the generation gap and draw on the shared experiences of using animals as a teaching method to help children develop social and emotional skills. Through the animals’ behavior, children can grow into happier kids and well-adjusted adults.
Move over tigers and bears and make room for the Anamalz, a wild and wonderful menagerie in the world of fun and fantasy play. In 2009, these bendable critter charmers won Australia’s prestigious Design Award for innovative use of materials and were also given three stars — the highest award — by The Canadian Toy Testing Council for excellence in function, design, durability and play value. A unique gift and story spinner, as well as a way for youngsters to meet many animal species, Anamalz come in a variety of figures finely crafted from sustainable maple with appealing fabric touches.
pediped® will participate in the VH1 Save the Music Foundation's Family Day in October
New York, NY (July 12, 2011) — On July 12th pediped® footwear announced a $15,000 grant donation to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation in support of instrumental music education. pediped® footwear’s goal is to give back to children in need and their generous donation to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation will bring the organization one step closer to achieving their goal of ensuring that no child be deprived of the opportunity to experience a complete education that includes music.
“Made in the U.S.A.” is a declaration that epitomizes American manufacturing, ingenuity, quality and pride. From diverse backgrounds, including foreign cultures, we weave our heritage into great ideas and goods that fill America with a dynamic tradition that has a rich past and present, as well as a future! Among the many manufacturers who can claim, “Made in the U.S.A.,” are the four that The Giggle Guide® showcases today: Winter Water Factory hailing from Brooklyn; Yumy, creating fine children’s clothing in Dallas; and SpiritHoods Kids and little society — both from sunny Los Angeles.
A childhood without doodles is like a childhood without creativity, imagination and laughter. What child hasn’t imagined their drawings coming to life, and what parent doesn’t proudly display a child’s doodles on the fridge? The book Doodleday by Ross Collins is perfect for art-loving kids, and makes an ideal gift when accompanied by a sketch pad and crayons. Doodleday stars Harvey, a young lad whose mother is leaving him for the afternoon. Little Harvey has only two instructions: do not disturb your father and do not, whatever you do, do NOT draw on Doodleday!
Shouts can be sounds of praise or anger. In this edition of “High Five,” picture me standing on my invisible soapbox. High Fives to good work, and fewer digits for retailers’ endless sales. Plus a raised fist for those that don’t consider promotion as important as the light bill. What makes your “High Five” list?
When it comes to creative and imaginative toys, Hape is producing miles of smiles! There is nothing Hape loves better than to watch children laughing, sharing, and enjoying the toys they have created. Products range from educational puzzles and mazes to a complete line of eco-friendly doll houses and furnishings. All Hape toys are created with a child’s development in mind. Each toy is constructed of eco-friendly, high quality materials so that children can be children and play with their toys for years to come, and then hand them down to younger children to enjoy.