Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Play You've Been Sentenced online and you could win a trip to Punta Cana!

Our friends at McNeil Designs (a Delaware toy company!) have just started up an online version of one of our favorite games - You've Been Sentenced. You can play it on the WDEL website. Daily winners win a copy of the board game, and one lucky winner will win a trip to Punta Cana! Students can even win a whiteboard copy for their classroom! Complete details are on the WDEL website.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Award Winning Toys take Over!

Well, it's that time of year again. Yes, it's the pre-holiday toy award giving season and they've been out in full force. Our pal Stephanie Oppenheim was on the Today show last week showing off some of the Oppenheim Award winning toys. Family Fun Magazine announced their winners on Regis & Kelly a couple weeks ago. Finally, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) - of which we are a member - announced our list of Best Toys For Kids.

Piles of toys that we already carry were honored - a couple games from Blue Orange Games won awards (Chickyboom & Yamslam are two of our favorites), Lego got lots of awards for many different sets (including the uber-cool Mindstorm, which allows you to program your Lego creations from your computer), the Playmobil Pyramid won lots of awards (Playmobil is pretty sure they are going to sell out of these soon!), Sprig's Eco Trucks were honored as was the Tea Set from Green Toys - both items underscore the move towards eco-friendly toys.

To set these award-winning toys apart, we've started marking them with little signs under the toys identifying which awards they were given. It's an easy way to let our customers know which toys were honored this year.