The Best of Made-In-The-USA at Toy Fair 2016

The Best of Made-In-The-USA at Toy Fair 2016

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.

A Beginner’s Guide To NERF Toys

A Beginner’s Guide To NERF Toys

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

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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

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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 Accessories

Nerf Modulus Stealth Ops Upgrade KitNerf Modulus Stealth Ops Upgrade KitKids Tactical Waist Bag and Dart Wrister Kit for Nerf Guns N-strike Elite Series BlasterKids Tactical Waist Bag and Dart Wrister Kit for Nerf Guns N-strike Elite Series Blaster200 Nerf N Strike Blaster Compatible dart bullets200 Nerf N Strike Blaster Compatible dart bullets

Nerf Modulus Stealth Ops Upgrade KitUpgrade 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 KitThis 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!

5 Top Pool Toys For Kids

5 Top Pool Toys For Kids

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!

Pool Floats

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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.

Water Guns

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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

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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

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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.

Underwater Torpedoes

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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.


Hatchimals – Who Will You Hatch in 2017?

Hatchimals – Who Will You Hatch in 2017?

It came as no surprise that Hatchimals won Innovative Toy of the Year at this year’s TOTY Awards! You couldn’t find them anywhere during the holidays and kids are still begging for their very own Hatchimal!

And they are going to be asking for more once they see the new Hatchimals coming this year!

What are Hatchimals?

Hatchimals are magical and interactive creatures that embody the wonder of surprise. Children are the key to releasing the magic and it’s through their curiosity, care and nurturing touch that Hatchimals are brought to life. While the hatch is one special moment in time, the fun continues as children raise their Hatchimal from baby to toddler to full-grown Hatchimal, teaching it to walk, talk, play games and more.

What’s New for 2017?

Hatchimals Glitter

Who’s inside? It’s a surprise! Sparkly Pengualas and Shimmering Draggles are getting ready to hatch in homes this summer.Hailing from Glittering Garden, the newest Hatchimals are nestled inside speckled eggs that shimmer and feature twinkling wings and soft, sparkling fur. New sounds, songs and games are there for the hatching with HatchimalsTM Glitter!

Age: 5+
MSRP: $59.99 USD
Release Date: Summer 2017



Hatchimals Colleggtibles

Introducing Hatchimals Colleggtibles Hold! Hatch! Play! These adorable Hatchimals come inside small, speckled eggs and they need a child’s touch to hatch. Hold the egg, rub the heart and when it changes color from purple to pink, it’s ready to hatch. Gently crack the egg to discover the Hatchimal inside, each with a set of magical, glittery wings.

With over 70 Hatchimals Colleggtibles to collect in season one, finding the ultra-rare species is half the fun. A beautiful collector’s map introduces kids to their home with landmarks like the Giggle Grove, Lilac Lake, Fabula Forest and more. There’s so much to explore!

Hatchimals Colleggtibles 1 Pack
Age: 5+
MSRP: $2.99 USD
Release Date: Spring 2017




Hatchimals Colleggtibles 2 Pack + Nest
Age: 5+
MSRP: $4.99 USD
Release Date: Spring 2017






Hatchimals Colleggtibles 4 Pack + Bonus
Age: 5+
MSRP: $9.99 USD
Release Date: Spring 2017

Beat the Winter Blues with Nintendo

Beat the Winter Blues with Nintendo

Ready to beat the winter blues with Nintendo? Grab all of your gaming essentials on Amazon NOW!

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With winter in full force, there is plenty of time to enjoy some indoor family fun with Nintendo. Nintendo 3DS offers a wide variety of games for the whole family to enjoy, so why not use this time as an excuse to cuddle up at home and really connect with your family and favorite Nintendo characters. Plus, you don’t have to wait until the Nintendo Switch launch on March 3 to get in on the action.

Check out the latest and greatest games you and your family can enjoy playing together this winter season.

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Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are perfect for the new Pokémon fan that loves playing Pokémon Go. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon allow kids to embark on a new adventure as a Pokémon Trainer and catch, battle and trade new Pokémon on the tropical islands of the Alola Region. Discover Z-Moves and unleash these intense attacks in battle. Call upon Pokémon with Poké Ride to discover new areas across the region and take on the Island Challenge Trials to become the Pokémon Champion. Each game features three new partner Pokémon to accompany players on their adventures. Which partner Pokémon will be your favorite?


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Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS will now let Nintendo 3DS owners have access to a near-unlimited wealth of Super Mario courses to play. Players can also create courses with nearly all the tools available in the original Wii U version, along with interactive lessons. In a feature unique to the Nintendo 3DS version, friends who each have their own game and system can collaborate on level designs by sharing them with one another locally before they’re complete.


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Mario Party Star Rush is a great family game available for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Mario Party Star Rush encourages families to play together, with new features that make it possible for up to four people to play together simultaneously. This fast-paced, portable multiplayer game offers something for everyone, and can be played for a quick session or a full afternoon of fun. No more waiting your turn or determining who goes next!


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All of these games can be played on the ever-popular New Nintendo 3DS XL system, which just saw its most successful quarter of software sales in history. The system comes with a 3D screen, 3D camera, motion sensor and gyro sensor, SD memory card, amiibo functionality, free software and more fun features.


Top Family Game Night Games for 2016

Top Family Game Night Games for 2016

While the holidays can be stressful with all the events, celebrations, and get togethers, they don’t have to be! We love this time of year because of the traditions that we get to carry on with our family, whether it’s our Elf on the Shelf visiting or a fun family game night.

Sometimes it doesn’t have to be about the pressure of checking activities off the list and instead can just be some good old fashioned fun. Get back to basics, break out the board games and start laughing. It will be the memories of the time shared during the season that will outlast any of the gifts.

Need some suggestions for great games for the whole family? We’ve compiled this tested and approved list for your easy reference. There are so many different board and card games out this season that we’ve had a blast trying with our family! 

Hedbanz Electronic Card GameHedbanz Electronic Card GameTop That! Speed Stacking GameTop That! Speed Stacking GameRavensburger Buggaloop Board GameRavensburger Buggaloop Board GameNEW Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Made-Up Movies (Family / Party Board Game for Kids, Teens, Adults - Boys & Girls Ages 8 & Up)NEW Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Made-Up Movies (Family / Party Board Game for Kids, Teens, Adults – Boys & Girls Ages 8 & Up)Escape the Room Stargazer's Manor Board GameEscape the Room Stargazer’s Manor Board GameHasbro Pie Face GameHasbro Pie Face GameThumbs Up! Dexterity GameThumbs Up! Dexterity GameChrono Bomb Action GameChrono Bomb Action GameHasbro Speak Out GameHasbro Speak Out GamePeaceable Kingdom The Memory Palace Cooperative Game for KidsPeaceable Kingdom The Memory Palace Cooperative Game for KidsDisney The Lion Guard Protect the Pride Lands GameDisney The Lion Guard Protect the Pride Lands GameHappy Salmon GameHappy Salmon GamePass The Big Pigs Action GamePass The Big Pigs Action GameMoose Caboose The Fun Filled Animal Train GameMoose Caboose The Fun Filled Animal Train GameTaco Takeover Board GameTaco Takeover Board GameYoga Spinner GameYoga Spinner GameCircuit Maze Board GameCircuit Maze Board GameJourney Through Time Eye Found It! Card GameJourney Through Time Eye Found It! Card Game


Top Family Game Night Games for 2016

Pick the perfect game for your next family game night!


Hedbanz Electronic by Spin Master Games

Bring home the fast-paced, team-based electronic version of Hedbanz! There's 3 ways to guess and give clues to figure out what's in your headband: ask "yes" or "no" questions, have your teammates tell you about it, or have your teammates act it out!

Top That! Speed Stacking Game

Put on your hat, break out your props, and hide your rabbits in this magical match up! Do you have what it takes to master your magic in this grand stack ‘em up finale?

Ravensburger Buggaloop Board Game

Quick, can you cross the yard before the HEXBUG takes you out? Fast paced, action packed fun for Family Game Night!

Survive the Quake Engineering Kit at Lakeshore Learning

Put your building skills to the ultimate test…the earthquake test! Our earthquake simulator creates quakes in 5 levels of intensity…and comes with 30 plastic building bricks in a variety of shapes & sizes—so you can test tons of different structures to see if they topple or stand strong! Kit includes an activity book that gives kids a look into the world of earthquakes and engineering. 10" earthquake simulator requires 4 “AA” batteries (not included).

Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Made-Up Movies

Win trophies for making up funny movie titles in this hilarious family game! Roll the Genre Die and flip two Premise Cards to determine what the Schmovie is about.

Escape the Room: Stargazer's Manor Board Game

Spend an evening working with your guests to solve puzzles, unlock hidden clues, and unravel the mystery of the Stargazer’s Manor. Will you and your guests be able to solve the mystery and save the astronomer before time runs out?

Hasbro Pie Face Game

The exciting Pie Face game is filled with fun and suspense, and somebody’s bound to get splatted! Just put some delicious whipped cream from home or the wet sponge on the “hand” of this hilarious game unit and start turning the handles. It could go off at any time, so keep your fingers crossed and hope you’re not the one who gets a splat in the face! You score a point for every time you turn the handle without getting pie-faced, and the one who scores 25 points wins. Take some risks and hope for the best in this hilarious Pie Face game!

Thumbs Up!

Race to scoop the loops! The goal is to be the first to stack different colored rings on your thumb, based on the order shown on a challenge card. This is not as easy as you think! The challenge cards will require each player to focus on the order of numbers and match their colors. Different variations of play make this a must have party game that is as fun for little ones as it is for the big ones!

Chrono Bomb

Chrono Bomb, a top-selling game in France, is a super secret spy mission where kids use the included clamps and 27.5-ft. string to create a "laser" field to crawl through. At the end of the maze is the bomb, counting down. Tick, tick, tick! So, you have to hurry, carefully, and make it to the end to defuse the bomb and be the hero! Play over and over again, building new courses each time or trying to beat your or your friend's time! Includes free app for more play value!

5-Minute Dungeon

Adrenaline-fueled to create a jolt of excitement for casual and advanced players alike, 5-Minute Dungeon is a game in which players have a short five minutes to conquer a dungeon. Its humor-filled fantasy world is home to creatures like “A Cactus That Wants a Hug,” “The Grime Reaper” and “A Shark With Legs.” In the game, two to five players join together and choose up to five heroes to battle monsters, overcome obstacles, and defeat the dungeon boss. There are five dungeons to defeat, each more challenging than the last, with the final dungeon requiring precise skill, speed, and strategy to defeat. With no time to form a carefully-considered plan, and no predicting what dangers lie ahead, communication and teamwork are the name of the game, crucial to surviving the 5-Minute Dungeon. This game seriously provides snack-size entertainment and an opportunity for family fun packed laughs for casual gamers of all ages!

Speak Out by Hasbro

This hilarious game dares you not to get tongue-tied. Players put in a mouthpiece, draw a card, and try to speak phrases while team members try to guess as many as possible.

Peaceable Kingdom The Memory Palace Cooperative Game for Kids

In the latest cooperative game from the award-winning designers at Peaceable Kingdom, players explore their imaginations and test their memories while creating silly stories about 27 different animal tokens. Players share whacky stories as they place their tokens face down in one of the rooms in the palace. But be careful - there are Memory Monsters lurking in the palace trying to confuse everyone! Successfully remember where each animal is on the board without turning over a Memory Monster and everyone wins! Game includes 16 palace tiles, 27 animal tokens, 3 Memory Monster tokens and instructions for game play.

Disney The Lion Guard Protect the Pride Lands Game

Stand together to protect the Pride Lands! Fearsome foes from the shadowy outlands are closing in and you must work as a team to fend them off! Race to get Kion to the top of Pride Rock so he can unleash the power of the roar and save the day!.

Happy Salmon Game

Happy salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with high-flying', fin-flappin' fun. Actions including the classic "high 5", the unifying "pound it", the frantic "Switcheroo", and the delightful "happy salmon" will leave players doubled over in laughter. With so many mini-celebrations built into the play, it's the happiest game ever! how to play 1. Everyone calls out the action shown on their top card. 2. When two players have a match, they celebrate performing that action together, then discard their top card. 3. The first player to match all of the cards in their deck wins!.

Pass The Big Pigs Action Game

The fabulous oversized foam swine's can hit all the pig poses that their little pig dice cousins do! Set includes (2) oversized foam pig dice, (1) oversized score pad, (1) drawstring pig storage pouch, (1) pencil, illustrated instructions and Pass the Pigs history.

Moose Caboose The Fun Filled Animal Train Game

The Moose is loose and he is riding in a Caboose! Four trains full of happy animals are chugging off on an adventure. The player who collects the most animal cards, by matching colors, wins the game! Players can add a train car to any engine that matches their cards color. The four trains you build upon will grow bigger and bigger during the game. Whenever a Moose Caboose card is placed at the end of a train, you get to collect all of the cards (up to the engine) in that train. The longer the train, the more cards you score.

Taco Takeover Board Game

Ready, set, TACO! Take an order ticket, grab a taco shell and be the first to STUFF IT with all the correct toppings! It's FAST, FUN and NACHO average game! So don't just TACO 'bout it - PLAY IT! Players race against each other to see who can correctly fill their taco orders first. But be careful! If you draw a "La Cucaracha" card, or are dealt an "Antacid" by an opponent, you'll need to dump your taco and start over! Taco Takeoverâ„¢ is a chaotic, free for all for the entire family - so let's not taco 'bout it any longer, let's play!

Yoga Spinner Game

Yoga Spinner is a delightful introduction to yoga that encourages teamwork and healthy physical activity. Give the spinner a whirl and perform the pose on the corresponding Yoga Pose Card. If you can hold the pose for 10 seconds, you keep the card, and the first player to collect a card in each color wins! You'll need a little luck and teamwork, and a bit more flexibility and balance to win this entertaining yoga game.

Circuit Maze Board Game

Your logic skills and sequential reasoning will light up with Circuit Maze! Your goal is to arrange tokens and create a real circuit to light up the Beacons. Circuit building while solving challenges provides a boost of brainpower and a fun education in electronics. With 60 challenges, ranging in difficulty, this logic game will provide budding electrical engineers with hours of electrifying fun and intense learning.

Journey Through Time Eye Found It! Game

Work together as a team of historians, scientists, and adventurers solving the world’s greatest mysteries! Venture forth and find hidden objects throughout time from the Prehistoric Era to the Present Day. Race to the end of the giant 6-foot game board before your Timecraft runs out of fuel! But be careful not to go too far and end up in The Future!

Wet Head Game

Wet Head is a water roulette game. Fill Wet Head with cold water, strap on the water filled Wet Head, spin the spinner and follow the instructions on the spinner based on where the arrow lands. spin the top and pull out any one of the rods. If you stay dry, pass Wet Head to the next player.