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!
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.
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?
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!
MSRP: $59.99 USD
Release Date: Summer 2017
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
MSRP: $2.99 USD
Release Date: Spring 2017
Hatchimals Colleggtibles 2 Pack + Nest
MSRP: $4.99 USD
Release Date: Spring 2017
Hatchimals Colleggtibles 4 Pack + Bonus
MSRP: $9.99 USD
Release Date: Spring 2017
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New Nintendo 3DS XL BlackPokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Steelbook Dual PackSuper Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS – Nintendo 3DSMario Party Star Rush – Nintendo 3DS
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.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Steelbook Dual Pack
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?
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS – Nintendo 3DS
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.
Mario Party Star Rush – Nintendo 3DS
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!
New Nintendo 3DS XL Black
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.
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 GameTop That! Speed Stacking 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)Escape the Room Stargazer’s Manor Board GameHasbro Pie Face GameThumbs Up! Dexterity GameChrono Bomb Action GameHasbro Speak Out GamePeaceable Kingdom The Memory Palace Cooperative Game for KidsDisney The Lion Guard Protect the Pride Lands GameHappy Salmon GamePass The Big Pigs Action GameMoose Caboose The Fun Filled Animal Train GameTaco Takeover Board GameYoga Spinner GameCircuit Maze Board GameJourney Through Time Eye Found It! Card Game