Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Some ASTRA Toy Award Winners

2018 ASTRA (Association of Specialty Toy Retailers Award) Best Toys for Kids Award, as many of the best toys and games for kids (which is the only award in the US where winners are selected by specialty toy store buyers), are a great fit for all the needs we have.
Here are some ASTRA winner suggestions for fall...

Back to School

Back-to-School time is a great time to blend school with family life and keep active learning relevant at home, so children don’t just see it as something they do at school. Toys and games that encourage every subject…from scientific thought to art to music to fine motor skills to musical experimentation, such as the following products are a perfect addition to a home that’s heading back-to-school:

·         Category Won: Pretend Play | Role
·         Encourage imaginative and independent play with this Playmobil Take Along Zoo and Aquarium set
·         Age: 5 and up; MRSP: $59.99 

·         Category Won: Creative Play Under 7 | Role
·         Art, adventure, science and fun all combined for the perfect STEAM experience. Bring 3 dinosaurs to life by molding and covering them with colorful clay.
·         Age: 5-95; MSRP: $14.95    

·         Category Won: Early Play (Toddler) | Role
·         This Kullerbu set features an awesome construction site section. In which a loader can push the ball along the track, thanks to a momentum motor, and down the construction site into the waiting dump truck. 
·         Age: N/A; MSRP: $64.99   

·         Category Won: Game Strategy | Role
·         The green strategy board game! Plant and shape the ever-changing forest as you cultivate your seeds and your strategy.
·         Age: 8 and up; MSRP: $44.99   

·         Category Won: Creative Pay 7+ | Role
·         Flexible Roll-Up Color Coded Electric Drum Kit, Easy Learning & Play for Beginners! 
·         Age: N/A; MSRP: N/A
·         Category Won: Scientific Play | Role
·         Kids can use their imagination to combine SNAP CIRCUITS® with ordinary building bricks and make endless combinations of construction and circuitry.
·         Age: 8 and up; MSRP: $44.95
·         Category Won: Classic Play 7+ | Role
·         This liquid-solid Thinking Putty will flow completely into a puddle on its own. It's clear in the tin, cloudy when played with, and offers a window into your own creativity.
·         Age: N/A; MSRP: $14.00
·         Category Won: Logic | Role
·         Revolutionary new game where players build marble-powered computers to solve logic puzzles
·         Age: N/A; MSRP: $69.95


If one is looking for a toy to replace candy for a young family member this Halloween, or a costume that has been deemed one of the best toys for kids by retailers across the country, consider the following:

·         Category Won: Pretend Play | Role
·         A wonderful soft toy for playing peek-a-boo puppet offers the engages little ones in playful activity with this beautifully detailed classic toy.
·         Age: N/A ; MSRP: $19.99
·         Category Won: Pretend Play | Role
·         The perfect skirt and wing set for transforming any little girl into a real, live fairy!
·         Age: 3-6 ; MSRP: $19.99

Cooler Weather Family Get Togethers – Thanksgiving

As you’re bring family fun indoors for colder weather family time and big family get togethers like Thanksgiving, consider adding the following to your home:

·         Category Won: Classic Play Under 7 | Role
·         Includes 3 bullet train pcs, a mountain tunnel, 12 curved wood track pcs, 2 straight track pcs, 2 ramp track pcs, a change track sign, 3 bending figures, a suitcase and a bench.
·         Age: 3 and up ; MSRP: $49.99

·         Category Won: Early Play (Infant) | Role
·         Sensory adventure toy for infants and babies
·         Age: 10 mos. and up ; MSRP: $12.95
·         Category Won: Game Play Under 7 | Role
·         Using strategy, cooperation and quick thinking, players employ their trusty gnomes to retrieve the treasures before time runs out!
·         Age: 6 and up; MSRP: $19.95
·         Category Won: Constructive Play | Role
·         GraviTrax interactive track system, you can design and build your own marble runs and experiment with gravity, magnetism, and kinetics to propel your marble to the finish
·         Age: 3 and up; MSRP: $59.99
·         Category Won: Game Night | Role
·         Game of quickly answering questions using only the provided letters
·         Age: 8-98; MSRP: $19.95

Reviews coming soon!
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