Many parents are looking to avoid foreign made toys for not only patriotic reasons but also safety reasons. But finding toys Made-In-The-USA can be a challenge. While at Toy Fair 2016, I made note of several quality toys that are proudly Made-In-The-USA.
The Best of Made-In-The-USA at Toy Fair 2016
‘NEX is introducing five new building sets to its hugely popular Thrill Rides line available Fall 2016. Sure to spark creativity, these K’NEX sets offer imaginative fun for builders ages 7+, and include American made rods and connectors. K’NEX Thrill Rides building sets have been a favorite among fans since the line was introduced in 1992, and appeals to builders of all ages.
YOXO®, the wildly innovative and recyclable company that inspires kids to build their own toys, released their new Revolution collection of creative construction kits. Families can build their favorite classic characters, dinosaurs and robots, using Y, O and X-shaped links that connect in endless ways. These new Revolution kits, which retail between $9.99 and $29.99, feature YOXO mini links, which are half the size of original YOXO links that consumers have come to love. The mini links provide new shapes, movable parts and collectible trading cards.
Buffalo Games launched a new line of board games based on the Emmy®-nominated National Geographic Channel series, “Brain Games.” The first game to launch, “Brain Games: The Game,” is available now and takes players through a series of challenges that put both their mind and body to the test! Players go head-to-head to test their logic, vision, language skills and physical coordination. The first player to successfully complete challenges in all four categories wins!
Kan Jam is the fastest growing sport across North America and Europe! Take Kan Jam to the next level with Kan Jam MINI, Kan Jam SPLASH, Kan Jam GLIDERS, Flying Discs, and Outdoor and Indoor interactive Disc Sports! These exciting, fast paced Sport Games and Accessories are all Made in the USA!
In 2016, LINCOLN LOGS turns 100 and K’NEX celebrates the centennial with this nostalgic set! Inspired by an original LINCOLN LOGS building idea, the 100th Anniversary Tin is just like you remember! Set includes 111 real wood logs, is 100% made in the USA, and captures the true essence of the LINCOLN LOGS brand. Suggested retail price is $44.99. Ages 3+.
BeginAgain‘s John Deere Eco-Rigs—a Front Loader and a Dump Truck—have working scoop and dump features to encourage active, creative play. Made from plants in John Deere’s signature green and yellow, the Eco-Rigs will retail for$24.99 and are recommended for ages 3 and up.
K’NEX Brands, the US construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love® , is excited to announce 5 new additions to its incredibly popular K-FORCE Build and Blast line; the first line of blasters that you build then blast. The K-FORCE Build and Blast line invites kids ages 8+ to construct customized blasters, big or small, single or multishot, with endless possibilities — the only limit is your imagination!
The Crayola Air Marker Sprayer turns Crayola markers into spray art – just like a real artist’s airbrush but without the mess of paint! The electric-powered Air Marker Sprayer allows kids to create realistic-looking airbrush art for craft projects, school projects and more. The set contains one airbrush sprayer, Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers, paper and stencil sheets. For children ages 8 and up; suggested retail price is $29.99.
esigned for ultimate throwing ability, the new POOF Tunnel Ball is ergonomically designed to go the maximum distance, while the Fling Flyer will have children launching the foam rocket from the palm of their hand.
There is a fun summer promotion from kid-favorite, Skullduggery! From now until 8/30/17, if you purchase a Max Traxxx Tracer Racer Set (Double Loop, Infinity Loop and Police Chase), you will receive an extra RC Tracer Racer Set for free ($30 value).
Your kids will love Max Traxxx Tracer Racer! Racers utilize Light Trail Technology as they blaze streaks of light on Skullduggery patented Glow-in-the-Dark track. Each Tracer Racer beams down purple light rays from its undercarriage onto track specially engineered to emit glow remnants long after the racer has passed. Choose your track, racers and loops, take into a dimly lit room and your kids will be ready to set the darkness ablaze. These racing sets are perfect for both beginning and advanced race fans as variable speed remote control cars and adjustable track heights allow racers to control course difficulty. Four Tracer Racers RC Cars available. Includes one Tracer Racers, RC Car and one Controller.
Summertime is one of the worst times to be stuck inside with the kids! They want to play and need to be occupied. With the endless chants of “I’m bored”, you need something to rescue you! The following fun games and toys will beat summer (or winter) boredom and get their minds going with some creative indoor play.
There’s no better way to beat boredom than having fun while building gross motor skills by stepping, hopping and turning. Learning Resources’ Let’s Go Code!™ Activity Set introduces children to early coding and programming ideas without electronics. The full-color guide includes sample mazes and coding overview. This develops the following skill development: Critical thinking, Sequential thought, Problem solving, Gross motor skills, Directional sense, and Following directions.
Beat boredom with the perfect toy! With Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears!® Space Explorers Building Set, design your own universe—there are so many possibilities! Perfect for young space enthusiasts or any child who likes to build. Place the handle into any gear to make all the pieces move. Fosters imagination and provides opportunities to design and build structures while experimenting with simple mechanics and science. Supports STEM by introducing children to sorting, grouping, counting, design, and construction. This set of 80 pieces includes astronauts, planets, sun, spaceship, flag, colorful stickers, and more! Also works with all Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears!® sets.
Printed to look like a road, InRoad Toys’ PlayTape Classic Road Series is a roll of removable tape that’s perfect for playing with die-cast toy and model cars like HotWheels® and Matchbox®. PlayTape is the fastest way to create roads for imaginative play, display, or decoration. Make instant roads, anytime, anywhere! PlayTape has been specifically designed to bring hours of imaginative entertainment at minimal cost and maximal convenience. With a single roll of PlayTape Classic Road Series, you can create a road or a whole city. Use the toy cars you already have to drive on PlayTape. Use the blocks and toy buildings you already have to build a town through which PlayTape traffic flows. Create places real or imaginary. The possibilities are as endless as a desert highway!
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The weather is getting warmer and when that happens, it’s time for fun in the pool! Kids especially tend to naturally take to water during warmer days, but they don’t have to limit themselves to just plain old swimming when they get into the pool. If you get them one (or more than one) of the fun pool toys below, your kids will look forward to jumping into the pool even more!
We’ve all seen those movie scenes with characters lying on a floating lounger while enjoying a margarita or a glass of champagne. Minus the drink (of course!), your kids can emulate this too especially on days where they just want to bask in the sun and laze around. There are also floats in the shapes of animals and cartoon characters if you want to make floats a more appealing toy to your younger kids.
Especially popular among little (and sometimes, not-so-little) boys, water guns are a great addition to any pool-day. Kids can have fun pretending the pool is a battlefield in a safe and pain-free manner with this excellent pool toy. However, be sure to get the types that can float – if the water gun constantly sinks to the bottom of the pool, it could endanger your child when they try to get it.
Water slides are no longer an attraction to be enjoyed just at theme parks; you can buy one for your own pool too! Blow-up kiddy water slides are easy to purchase these days, and the fact that they are soft adds a safety factor when your kids are using it during water playtime. Your kids will definitely be very excited when they see this pool accessory next to your pool when they are getting ready to go for a swim!
If your kids want a mellower way to have fun, or have started to get tired of jumping around and swimming on a day out at the pool, waterproof floating playing cards are a great pool toy to give to them. There are a variety of card games you can choose from, so you can buy several packs if you are afraid your kids will get bored fast.
You can’t go wrong with this exciting and super-fun pool toy! Underwater toy torpedoes zip through the water and are fun to swim after and catch, and even more fun to tap people with. Hours of fun are guaranteed with this simple but a masterpiece of a pool toy.
Toca Boca, the No. 1 mobile-first kids brand in the App Store, released the latest in its award-winning Toca Life app series, Toca Life: Hospital!
Whether kids are welcoming a new sibling, visiting a grandparent, know a friend or classmate who is sick, or have to go to a doctor’s appointment with their parents, hospitals are part of everyday life. True to Toca Boca’s mission of empowering kids with realistic, open-ended play experiences, Toca Life: Hospital puts kids in control of every aspect of the hospital experience and introduces these important concepts in a positive and fun way.
They’ll get to explore the operating room, visit the maternity unit, discover the secret lab, stop by the waiting room, or grab a snack at the café. Toca Life: Hospital gives kids unlimited space to discover the happenings of a busy medical center at their own pace, helping to increase their comfort level around hospitals. Most importantly, the app provides an opportunity for parents to have an open conversation with their kids surrounding similar experiences.
Some other highlights of Toca Life: Hospital include:
Using tools you’d find in a real-life hospital: gurneys, bandages, crutches, hospital beds, wheelchairs and more
Moving characters from floor to floor in the big elevator
Checking surgery patients’ vitals on the medical monitor
Encountering medicine to cure sick children
Ultrasound, CAT scan and X-ray machines to diagnose patients
A doctor who can help treat your patient
A farewell room where loved ones peacefully pass
An array of music selections that kids can choose from to set the tone of their own hospital stories
As with all Toca Boca apps, Toca Life: Hospital features a kid-friendly interface with no in-app purchases or third-party advertising, free of rules, levels or high scores. Toca Life: Hospital is available for $2.99 on the App Store, Google Play and Amazon.