Insect Lore introduces a new, limited-edition Butterfly Farm to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Kids ages 4 and up can watch all four stages of metamorphosis as real caterpillars turn into butterflies. The farm includes a pop-up habitat, a butterfly feeder, sugar packets, and more. There is also a prepaid voucher for five baby caterpillars for kids to raise in the habitat and then release as butterflies. The Life Cycle Figures 24 Piece Set is an educational set that teaches kids ages 4 and up about the life cycles of butterflies, ladybugs, honey bees, praying mantises, ants, and frogs. The figures are oversized for small hands and come with a carrying case. Kids ages 2 and up can learn about the four stages of metamorphosis — egg on leaf, caterpillar, cocoon, and butterfly — with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Life Cycle Figures. The figures are inspired by The World of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Foam Alive, from Play Visions, comes alive when kids ages 5 and up squeeze it. Kids can press the compound into any shape — including a ball, a mountain, or a square — then it slowly separates. Splashlings An Ocean Full of Friends is a world of collectible characters, filled with tiny mermaids and sea creatures. With the new line of Splashlings Princesses, kids collect princess mermaids and their ocean friends. The complete line of Crayola Dough and Slyme is now available in Ice Cream Cones, Fast Food Fun, My Dough Play Center, and Dino Island play sets. Both the Dough and Slyme are designed for kids ages 3 and up. When kids ages 8 and up squeeze Bubble Balls,, the squishy ball pops through holes in the netting and changes colors. With the Mega Marbles Solar System Net,, kids ages 8 and up can learn the order — and other features — of the planets. There are 10 assorted colored marbles to represent the planets and the sun.
Starry Sea Star
Steiff’s Starry Sea Star is a soft toy that’s also a puppet. Kids ages 3 and up can put their hand inside this coral-colored, embroidered starfish. Starry features stitched eyes, a smiling mouth, and bean bags in its lowest legs for weight and stability. The Jimmy Teddy Bear is a plush pal designed for kids of all ages. The character is part of the modern generation of Steiff plush, which features contemporary designs and ultra-soft fabrics. Bubble Ball
THE TOY BOOK | MAY/JUNE 2019 | toybook.com