MARKETPLACE Monarch Life Cycle puppet
FOLKMANIS Kids can experience the beauty of life and metamorphosis with Folkmanis’ Monarch Life Cycle puppet. This puppet changes from a plush caterpillar, to a chrysalis, to an adult monarch butterfly. Kids can use the zippers on the chrysalis pouch to tuck and reveal one stage to the next. Once the transformation is complete, kids can insert their hands into the monarch wings for storytelling and role-play fun. The Great Blue Heron puppet is based on the shorebird and features realistic details and movement in the head and wings. The Mini Sea Otter is a travel-friendly finger puppet that is small and portable.
PLAYMONSTER My Fairy Garden, from PlayMonster, is a play set that’s also a real, live garden that lets kids interact with nature and use their imaginations. Kids plant the quick-germinating seeds and care for their garden, all while setting up and playing with fairies, woodland friends, and accessories. Designed for kids ages 4 and up, My Fairy Garden comes in three versions: Willow’s Tree Hollow, Calla’s Lily Pond, and Freya’s Magical Cottage. All of the sets include potting soil and quick-germinating seeds to get the gardens started. PlayMonster partnered with Tinkineer for its Marbleocity line of laser-cut wooden STEM kits made in the U.S. The designs of each module fit together to form a weaving and winding marble machine. The Marbleocity line features four different models, including Mini Coaster, Dragon Coaster, Mini Skate Park, and Skate Park, with more planned. All of the sets are made of laser-cut Baltic Birch and do not require batteries. PlayMonster will also introduce a smaller line of Perplexus 3-D maze games called Perplexus Micro. Each Perplexus Micro features a different shape and theme, and both have the signature inner maze and marble. Designed for kids ages 8 and up, Q-Bot is a cube with an inner robot that makes up the shifting, tricky maze, while Drakko is an egg shape with a dragon as its maze. PlayMonster expands into STEM learning with the acquisition of Roominate. Roominate currently consists of 12 sets, some designed for kids ages 6 and up, and others for kids ages 8 and up. With Roominate, kids can build interactive sets, such as a school bus and an amusement park that incorporate motors and lights. The interactive app allows kids to remotely control the motors and lights and get design ideas from fellow builders. The Lauri line of peg sets will get an upgrade this year with Action-Stackers. With new connectors that allow children to build in all directions and wheels that allow movement, these sets are both fun and educational, and don’t require batteries. Action-Stackers will debut with two separate sets. Both sets include an activity guide featuring tips and suggestions, and all pieces work with existing Lauri product. PlayMonster adds two new products to its Mirari and OK to Wake! lines. The OK to Wake! Owl with Night-Light & Music acts as a night-light by emitting a soft glow that changes color to let children know when it’s OK to get out of bed. The 6-inch Roominate Carnival owl also speaks to children and plays soothing lullabies. Mirari Glow to Sleep helps calm baby with music and sounds. Parents can also customize Glow to Sleep with their own songs, stories, and messages using a Bluetooth-compatible device or SD card. The gentle LED lights also help soothe baby, and can be turned off to create a dark room as well. With PlayMonster’s Celebrity Name Game, players get the names of celebrities, characters, famous places, and more, and make up clues to get their team to guess the names. Designed for four or more players ages 13 and up, it’s a race against the clock to see how many points you can get.
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