THE HAYWIRE GROUP The Haywire Group will bring back its card game, Jukem Football, and expand the line to include Basketball and Soccer. Designed for kids ages 8 and up, each game will offer a unique play experience that utilizes the plays and actions of each of the three individual sports. With Action Princesses, a cooperative game designed for kids ages 5 and up, kids can perform fun and silly actions in order to make their way down the stone path to the castle. Kids may find themselves quacking like a duck or kicking like a ninja to defeat the dragon. The Haywire Group gives cardboard some play value with Calafant, the cardboard building kits that encourage and support children’s creativity. Kids first construct the kit, color it, and then play with it using their existing toys and imaginations. Calafant
LEARNING RESOURCES Learning Resources introduces the STEM Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set, designed for kids ages 5 and up. This set lets kids build a maze and use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for the 4-inch programmable robot mouse. Once they program the sequence of the steps, they can watch as the mouse races to find the cheese. The deluxe set includes 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, a cheese wedge, and an activity guide to provide a hands-on introduction to coding concepts. With 16 maze grids, 22 maze walls, and three tunnels, kids can create endless maze paths. Learning Resources also offers the Mental Blox 360° 3-D Building Game, a puzzle-solving game made for kids ages ages 5 and up. This game challenges players to build 3-D puzzles from different visual perspectives. It includes 40 double-sided cards that feature the puzzle on the front and the solution on the back. Three levels of play sharpen spatial visualization, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Learning Resources’ New Sprouts line features colorful, easy-to-grip, and durable products with a real-life look to encourage toddlers’ imaginative play. The line also encourages toddlers to build their vocabulary and reinforces good nutrition while providing hours of entertainment. New Sprouts Puppy Play! encourages role play and teaches children about the responsibility that comes with owning a pet. The Puppy Play set includes a plush puppy, a dog bed, a dog bowl, a bone, a brush, and a can of dog food. New Spouts Grow It! lets little ones plant and grow with gardening essentials that include a watering can, a shovel, and three pots. The colorful mix-and-match flowers and veggies encourage role play and create an appreciation for nature. Both the New Sprouts Puppy Play! and New Sprouts Grow It! are made for toddlers ages 2 and up. Learning Resources has a variety of creative hands-on learning tools to help children develop essential early skills to help them connect lessons from the classroom to their everyday lives. A to Z Alphabet Groceries, designed for ages 3 and up, features 26 groceries, each with its own letter, word, and picture. The colorful, realistic groceries provide a fun way to introduce language skills and inspire hours of imaginative play. New Sprouts Grow It!
42 THE TOY BOOK | MAY/JUNE 2016 | TOYBOOK.COM
Many of us are traveling to Denver for the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association’s (ASTRA’s) Marketplace & Academy trade show, and in...