PlayMonster’s redesigned Mirari brand speaks to today’s parents with its wood materials and updated packaging. The most popular toys in the line including Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano, myPhone, and Comeback Koala feature a distinct wood look and new closed packaging. myStorymaker (pictured) is a new Mirari toy for ages 1 and up that has the familiar shape and size of a child’s tablet, but stimulates the imagination. Pressing a colorful button from each section as it lights up allows children to create a story. As prompted, they choose a hero, adventure, and happy ending that plays for them using sounds and voices. Pressing the Mirari button activates a giggle and the narrator. Parents can also record the child’s name so that the story playback will announce who made the story. The front panel is made of sustainable wood. KID O Origami Color-Changing Boats provide a secret surprise at bath time. In warm water, the hulls transform into bright new hues. This colorful ﬂeet is both a surprising science experiment and a vibrant visual cue to water temperature for ages 12 months and up. Moluk’s Nigi, Nagi and Nogi tactile teething rings soothe baby’s gums and feature different designs for visual stimulation. They are easy for small hands to hold, offer essential tactile and visual stimulation, and are made of food-grade silicone rubber. These are dishwasher- and freezer-safe for birth and up. Oibo are elastic, stackable, rolling sensory toys for babies and children of all ages. It merges a sphere with a three-inch cube, combining the action of a ball with the educational beneﬁts of a building block. t’s a grasping and teething toy for babies, a bouncing and rolling toy for toddlers, and stacking and throwing toy for children. Oibo collapses if stepped on, and pops right back into shape. Designed for birth and up, it’s made of food-grade silicone rubber and is dishwasher-safe. In Full Circle, creating a word on your turn that’s worth a lot of points will not guarantee a win in this game for ages 8 and up. Players take turns using letters to create words around the outer edge. Each letter you use is worth one point and the score is kept using the pegging ring.
Playtime Engineering debuts the Blipblox, which is a fully functional synthesizer designed to promote creativity and audio exploration. The unique physical design is easyto-use and safe for kids as young as 3. The Blipblox offers a completely new way for kids (and adults) to explore electronic music. Colorful buttons, knobs, and levers encourage creative play, while spacey sounds and ﬂashing lights keep kids engaged in STEAM learning. There is no need to connect a phone and no software is required to play. Just turn it on and start having fun. The Blipblox also has its own built-in speaker and a .25-inch audio-out port to connect to an external device. Because it is a real synthesizer with a MIDI-in port, it can also connect to a professional studio setup. This includes connecting to MIDI keyboards, drum machines, and other controllers as well as music production software.
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