2021 | New Toys & Games Abacus Brands Explore the Universe and Space with Bill Nye! Bill Nye’s VR Space Lab (available holiday 2021) is an immersive activity kit designed to thrill and excite children as they are introduced to STEAM learning activities in a new way. With cutting edge Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies, the virtual Bill Nye The Science Guy literally pops out of the page to guide kids through the fun kit, engaging them with physical projects while fostering learning through immersive experimentation and play. The colorful lesson book comes to life, with the brilliant Bill Nye leading the way through each page. With a “Learn, Play, Experience” play pattern, the interactive kit teleports the kids into Bill’s lab with the VR goggles and immerses them into multiple layers of mixed reality. Kids can experience the depths of the universe, from black holes to the cosmos in this 85-piece interactive space science kit. Young foodies can jump into the kitchen with the stars of Masterchef Junior and discover the wonderful world of food science while making their own meals and snacks. VR Masterchef (available fall 2021) takes them into the Masterchef kitchen in virtual reality to learn different recipes, cooking techniques, plating, knife skills, and more. Watch as the step by step instructions within the book turn into live action videos in augmented reality. Former Masterchef contestants will empower children to be their own chefs with 30 delicious recipes and culinary skills that they’ll retain for life. Travel the globe with Professor Maxwell and discover facts about every country in the world. Professor Maxwell’s VR Atlas shows kids the natural beauty and human achievement in our world! Become a globetrotter and learn about different cultures through hands-on projects and experiments. Then, watch as the step-by-step images within the book turn into live-action videos in augmented reality. Travelers will join Professor Maxwell in exploring landmarks, points of interest, man-made and natural wonders, cultures, languages, and even food from around the world. This interactive activity kit includes a 148-page book that comes alive in augmented and virtual reality, along with materials to engage in physical projects and activities. Adventerra Games Adventerra Games, the STEM.org-certified boardgame maker, launches a captivating line of environmental games for today’s toddlers. Saving Water, Respect the Earth, and Animals at Risk! require no reading, just curiosity through play. Children adore baby animals and Animals at Risk! introduces them to mother and child polar bears, pandas, and eagles. Boys and girls who may not even be in preschool yet can understand and absorb the concepts through matching a set of 32 cards with a baby being paired with its mother. The game boosts visual memory and features large cards for chunky little fingers to grasp. Puzzles are a perfect activity for toddlers. Saving Water and Respect the Earth each offer 12 mini puzzles. The former features marine animals showing toddlers how to conserve our world’s water, while the latter’s cartoon characters model good behaviors that can help save our planet every day. Both puzzles encourage a child’s hand-eye coordination, right-wrong logical association, and observation skills.
Authentic Agility Games What’s Wrong With Grown-Ups? is a new card game from Authentic Agility Games that can help bridge the gap between fun and real conversation. This engaging card game creates an open dialogue that allows players to truly connect with each other. It may even cause kids to think their parents are cool for a few minutes! With 500 questions the game is designed to include players ages 6-106. Players will find endless conversations ensue, and often draw surprising and unique answers. 38 tfe February 2021
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