There’s no denying that kids love to create! So it’s not a surprise that toy companies are catering to these needs. From stop-motion technology and videography sets to food and baking sets to jewelry making and building sets, creating was a huge trend at Toy Fair 2016.
These toys and crafts teach children to skillfully cook, design, build, grow, and create physical and digital masterpieces that they can proudly share with family and friends. Many will teach techniques and skills that can be applied throughout life, including videography, sewing, laser cutting, embroidery, and more.
Toy Fair 2016 Trends: Ultimate Creator
Wonderhood Toys is the producer of open-ended building systems to engage girls in STEM with two building sets. The Grand Hotel (seen above) is a deluxe building set complete with a working elevator system, two sets of stairs and beautifully illustrated design panels. The Corner Shops set allows girls to create their own storefront shops using the themed design panels, a set of stairs and one figurine. All of the modular parts are interchangeable across sets, allowing users to create even larger structures. The first two Wonderhood building sets will hit stores in Summer, 2016.
ThingMaker is a $300 3D Printer that enables children to print their own toys at home by using a 3D printing app. Kids can make an entire doll or action figure (which takes about 11 hours to create) or smaller items like a bracelet or helmet (which takes about 30 minutes). Coming Fall 2016.
Stik Bots are the world’s first social media sharing toy, with the capacity to shape your imagination into endless possibilities. With StikBot’s ability to mimic human motion, StikBot can be whatever you want; from the mischievous little critter that loves to steal your candy, to the break-dancing phenomenon who can’t help but bust a move—The creativity starts with YOU.
TMNT Pizza Oven
For the first time ever, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ Pizza Oven from Wicked Cool Toys lets you create and bake your own Pizza, just like your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™! The TMNT Pizza Oven oven isn’t just a real working oven – It’s one of the best kid’s ovens in the marketplace! You can actually SEE the pizza baking with a real window. Kids can control the pizza in and out of the heating element with a kid-controlled slider. Preheats 4x faster than leading toy ovens. Make real pizza in just 15 minutes! The TMNT Pizza Oven comes with a mix to create awesome cheese pizza, a spatula, baking pan, and a measuring tool. Cowabunga!
The new MasterChef Junior Cooking Sets empower children of all cooking levels to improve their cooking skills and have fun in the kitchen with kid-safe cooking products! All 5 sets include REAL cooking tools with kid-safe, non-slip silicone grips, 3 unique recipe cards for all levels of experience (line cook, sous chef, and master chef), plus 1 blank recipe card to write your own recipe! Available exclusively at Walmart.
The Secret Life of Pets Crafts
Alex Brands has partnered with Universal Studios for the July 2016 animated movie release, The Secret Life of Pets®, which tells the adventures of two NYC dogs lost in the city. An array of crafts activities and novelty products will embody the movie’s characters, including Slinky Pets, Scra-fitti and Knot-a Pillow Max.
Kinetic Sand Build
Kinetic Sand Build is an all–new formula that holds its shape while kids play so they can mold and shape detailed end results. Kits include Bakery Boutique and Crash ‘Em Cars. Kinetic Sand Build will be available Spring 2016.