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.
Hasbro’s line of NERF toys has grown over the years, but still maintains it’s cool design and has even stepped into the 21st century with NERF apps, videos, games, and online content. Here is a beginner’s guide to NERF toys.
A Beginner’s Guide To NERF Toys
NERF Toys For Older Children
Nerf Super Soaker Breach BlastNerf Sports Dude Perfect Signature Bow
Super Soakers: These aren’t just squirt guns that shoot a drizzle of water, these really do get you super soaked! These started out as water guns with a large reservoir and hand pump action that made the stream come out faster and reach longer distances. Now, these battery powered guns come with separate water clips and you never have to worry about pumping or losing pressure.
NERF Guns/Bows And Arrows: The NERF gun collection has something for everyone. They have pistol sized guns that shoot foam darts, discs or balls, bazooka-sized guns and every size in between. You can also buy extra ammo and ammo holders in the form of vests, clips, slings bags and boxes. For more accuracy, targets are also sold separately. NERF also has a small line of archery sets, complete with NERF arrows.
NERF Toys For Younger Kids
Nerf Pro Shop Mini Sports PackNerf Sports Aero Howler Football, GreenNerf Sports Nerfoop Jump Shot
NERF Sports: Younger children always want to join the “big kids” when playing sports. Fortunately, NERF footballs and basketballs are made of a softer material that is easier to catch and a lot less painful when receiving a throw to the face.
Nerf Modulus Stealth Ops Upgrade KitKids Tactical Waist Bag and Dart Wrister Kit for Nerf Guns N-strike Elite Series Blaster200 Nerf N Strike Blaster Compatible dart bullets
Nerf Modulus Stealth Ops Upgrade Kit: Upgrade your blaster for covert operations with the Stealth Ops Upgrade Kit! The kit includes a Red Dot Sight and a Proximity Barrel for precision targeting and a Pivot Grip for a steadier shot. For the ultimate in undercover accuracy, you’ll want to upgrade stat with the Stealth Ops Upgrade Kit!
Kids Tactical Waist Bag and Dart Wrister Kit: This waist-bag and wrister guns pack features the look of a common waist pack, able to safely hold your toy gun when you are on the move.
Extra Dart Bullets: You can never have too many dart bullets on hand!
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.
Beat Boredom with Indoor Play Essentials
Learning Resources Let’s Go Code! Activity Set, 50 Pieces
Learning Resources Let’s Go Code! Activity Set
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.
Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Space Explorers Building Set, 77 Pieces
Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears!® Space Explorers Building Set
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.
InRoad Toys PlayTape – Classic Road Series 4
InRoad Toys’ PlayTape Classic Road Series
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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InRoad Toys PlayTape – Classic Road Series 4Learning Resources Let’s Go Code! Activity Set, 50 PiecesLearning Resources Let’s Go Code! Activity Set, 50 Pieces
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!
BigMouth Inc Gigantic Donut Pool Float, Funny Inflatable Vinyl Summer Pool or Beach Toy, Patch Kit IncludedSwimline Giant Pretzel Swim Fun Inflatable Floating SeatKangaroo Pool Floats; 53
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.
The Original Stream Machine Water Gun (One Pair) (Colors May Vary)Nerf Super Soaker Breach BlastStar Wars Episode VII Nerf Super Soaker Han Solo Blaster
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.
Intex Surf ‘N Slide Inflatable Play Center, 174Sportspower Battle Ridge Inflatable Water SlideBanzai Speed Curve Water Slide
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!
Floating Playing Cards
Swimline Game Station Set with Waterproof Playing CardsWaterproof Playing Cards for Scuba diversSplash Cards: Splash Jack
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.
Diving Toy for Pool Use Gliding Shark Throwing Torpedo Underwater 4PCS/LotSwimways Toypedo BanditsSwimWays Fish Styx, 3 Pack
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.
Kids can now get a second dose of gross with Series 2 – now grosser than ever before! The Grossery Gang Series 2 is being dumped into store and they’re grosser than ever before! With over 150 all new characters to collect, this sick series comes in packs of all new gross kinds.
With new teams like Fungus Fruits, Lost ‘N Found and Gooey Breakfasts and all new finishes including glow-inthe-dark and awesome color change Grosseries, there’s a whole bag full of festy fun to find, squish and swap. The fun times (and fragrant fumes) never stop when the Grossery Gang’s involved! Kids will love to roll into mischief with the all-new Horrid Hot Dog Playset. Come on down to the Yucky Mart to hang with the grossest of gangs – and see if you can collect them all.
THE GROSSERY GANG SERIES YUCK BAR SURPRISE PACK
The Grossery Gang Series 2 Surprise Pack – Blind PackBUY NOW!
Way more gross than most, this Yuck Bar pack contains two mystery Grosseries! The fun times (and fragrant fumes) never stop when the Grossery Gang’s involved! So come on down to the Yucky Mart to hang with the grossest of gangs and try to collect them all!
THE GROSSERY GANG SERIES 2 ROTTEN SODA 4-PACK
Grossery Gang Series 2 Rotten Soda set of 4 Surprise Grossery’s includes Storage CanBUY NOW!
Kids can gross up their day with more decay with the new Series 2 Rotten Soda pack! Made from the finest sewer juice, this pack contains 4 Grosseries including 1 mystery character. Could it be one of the ultra rare Limited Edition Lost ‘N Found? The fun times (and fragrant fumes) never stop when the Grossery Gang’s involved! So come on down to the Yucky Mart to hang with the grossest of gangs and try to collect them all!
THE GROSSERY GANG SERIES 2 MOLDY CHIP 10-PACK
Grossery Gang Season 2 Large PackBUY NOW!
If it’s chewy, gooey with guaranteed spewy, then kids likely have their hands on a Grossery Gang Series 2 Moldy Chip Pack! They will love ripping one open and seeing what they find inside! The fun times (and fragrant fumes) never stop when the Grossery Gang’s involved! So come on down to the Yucky Mart to hang with the grossest of gangs and try to collect them all!
THE GROSSERY GANG HORRID HOT DOG PLAYSET
Grossery Gang Season 2 Horrid Hot Dog PlaysetBUY NOW!
A whole new section of the Yucky Mart has opened, revealing the super sick and horribly horrid Hotdog Machine! Now open for business, this Horrid Hotdog Playset has a ton of festy features for The Grossery Gang. The fun times (and fragrant fumes) never stop when the Grossery Gang’s involved! So come on down to the Yucky Mart to hang with the grossest of gangs and try to collect them all!
THE GROSSERY GANG SUPER SIZED PACK
Grossery Gang Season 2 Super Sized Pack ToyBUY NOW!
Kids will love grossing up their day with more decay with the new Series 2 Super Sized Pack! Made from the ickiest ingredients, this pack contains 16 Grosseries, including 2 exclusive “frozen stiff” characters. The fun times (and fragrant fumes) never stop when the Grossery Gang’s involved! So come on down to the Yucky Mart to hang with the grossest of gangs – and try to collect them all!
Do you have a kiddo that fights you to go to bed because they don’t want to miss a thing? Me too. But there’s something that can help us all out. Put their minds at ease with the Zoonicorn friends, who will meet them in dreamland for all kinds of fun. Zoonicorns come as loveable stuffed animals that your child can play with, and with their free app, your child can be connected into their land with even more adventures.
Make Bedtime Easier With Zoonicorns
Send your little one straight to sleep with the magical world of Zoonicorns. In this dream-filled digital app, your kiddo can connect with the mystical Zoonicorn – part zebra, part unicorn – to go on countless adventures where they learn valuable lessons in friendship, kindness and compassion. Then, when it’s time for their head to hit the pillow, they can snuggle with their Zoonicorn stuffy and know they’re off to dreamland to meet the Zoonicorn friends.
Zoonicorn began with the idea to create a unique, plush toy for children that would be educational for kids and entertaining for adults. With a collection of four adorable characters, the Zoonicorns have expanded their universe through interactive journeys in their new, FREE app. With these enchanting creatures, your imaginative child can feel connected to a whole new set of loveable, unique best friends.
Explore the unlimited escapades your little one can experience:
- Aliel’s Hidden Object: Help Aliel find all the hidden objects located within the picture in a race against the clock! This fun, exciting game is great for all ages.
- Valeo’s Adventure: Valeo needs your help! Adventure through the world of dreams while collecting stars and avoiding dangerous creatures in this creative, challenging romp for players of every skill level.
- The Tag Along: Come along on another exciting interactive story with the Zoonicorns! After being left by her brother, Mia the fisher befriends the magical pals and goes on the journey of a lifetime. Together, they learn to face their fears and how to deal with growing up and developing relationships.
- Friends Through the Storm: In this fun feat, the Zoonicorns meet Jomi, a red panda who is terrified of an upcoming thunderstorm. Watch as your kiddo learns to conquer his or her own fears through the educational journey in this adventurous app.
Promithea ZoonicornAliel ZoonicornValeo ZoonicornEne Zoonicorn
What are you waiting for? Zoonicorn helps your child to get some shut eye by making bedtime fun! Instead of fighting sleep, they’ll look forward to meeting their new Zoonicorn friends in dreamland.
Zoonicorns kid-friendly apps can be used on both Android and IOS and are available through the Apple App Store and Google Play. The plush Zoonicorn animals are available through Amazon, as well as www.zoonicorn.com.