TOY NEWS
With the upcoming school year just around the corner, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) has pulled together a fun crop of educational toys and games that will help bring young minds back into focus after summer vacation.
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It’s not surprising that many of today’s professionals – from engineers and chefs to architects and entrepreneurs – took inspiration for their careers from the toys and games they played with as kids.
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Recognizing the growing demand for custom playthings, some toy companies are taking the trend one step further by encouraging consumers to submit their own ideas and designs for unique toys — be it virtual game worlds or physical products — that can be downloaded or purchased by others around the world.
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In honor of Canada Day (July 1st) and Independence Day (July 4th), TIA rounded up a few of the many American- and Canadian-made playthings currently on the market.
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Toy lovers across the country are encouraged to nominate their favorite classic toy or game for induction into The Strong museum’s National Toy Hall of Fame in 2014. Submissions are being accepted now through Thursday, July 31st.
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For the next month, soccer fans around the globe will be glued to the 2014 FIFA World Cup taking place in Brazil (June 12 to July 13), as 32 national teams compete for the championship. Kids can get in on the action and emulate their favorite soccer stars in their own backyards, thanks to a variety of toys and games perfect for boys and girls of all ages.
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Playthings that teach kids about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Math (STEAM) keep young brains engaged during play and expose children to new ideas and concepts – which is especially crucial during the summer months between school terms.
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ToyInfo.org provides movie fans of all ages with a few examples of this summer’s hottest movies and related product – as well as a sneak peek at what’s in store for 2015.
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Today’s toy inventors trying to get their novel creations into children’s hands face a very different marketplace than in decades past, which has created fresh challenges — and opportunities — for the dreamers and makers of imaginative playthings. This is the fourth and final article in TIA’s National Inventors Month series.
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3D printing is an evolving technology that many believe will revolutionize how toys can be made and empower toy inventors and designers to bring their ideas to life more quickly, affordably and independently. This is the third article in TIA’s National Inventor Month series that examines industry opportunities and challenges facing today’s toy inventors.
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With the unofficial start of summer just a few days away, families are gearing up for a season of sun-splashed days, action-packed getaways and weekend barbecues. Toymakers are doing their part to ensure that families have plenty of options when heading outside to play, offering a wide range of active and creative toys for kids of all ages.
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The practice of crowdfunding has gained swift popularity among tech startups, music bands, filmmakers and — increasingly— toymakers. How are they leveraging the power of the crowd? This is the second article in TIA’s National Inventor Month series that examines industry opportunities and challenges facing today’s toy inventors.
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Every year, three billion toys are sold in the United States. It’s a jaw-dropping number. Just how do toy inventors and designers concoct so many imaginative creations? This is the first article in TIA’s National Inventor Month series that examines industry opportunities and challenges facing today’s toy inventors.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA) has put together a list of toys that kids will love – both on National Superhero Day and throughout the year.
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From outdoor games to cuddly plush animals, play experts at the Toy Industry Association (TIA) have uncovered a range of spring-related playthings that will make “egg-cellent” gifts for kids of all ages this Easter weekend.
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