Summer is finally here! And we’re ready to get the fun started. Check out our latest Summer Fun & Travel Guide filled with amazing products for you and your kids to enjoy. It includes over 90 NAPPA Award winning products that have been tested and evaluated. It features water toys for fun in the sun, games and puzzles to challenge your mind, books for summer reading, music for a rockin’ playlist and travel gear for comfort on the go. Check it out for everything you need this summer!
Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Birthday or just because, we’re always on the look out for the perfect gift that will bring a smile to your child’s face. And these 2020 NAPPA Award winners will not disappoint.
SVOLTA “Ace” 2-in-1 Sit and Stand Scooter
This gender-neutral scooter allows kids still trying to find their balance a way to scoot around. Convert to a stable 3-wheel scooter by snapping the seat in the front holders. Ages 1-5, $108.00, svoltaride.com
Chalk of the Town Unicorn Chalkboard T-shirt Kit
Let your child’s creative juices flow. This T-shirt kit includes a cotton shirt, a unicorn stencil, three chalk markers and an erasing cloth that allow your child to freely design as many times as they like. Ages 4+, $29.95, chalk-of-the-town.com
Hue Animation Studio
Everything you need to create your own stop motion animation videos. Whether you are making a LEGO® brick film; animating in claymation or capturing a flower bloom using time-lapse photography, you can bring anything to life in minutes with the easy-to-use software. A great gift for kids who love to use their imagination. Ages K-12th grade, $69.95, huehd.com
A fun family game designed for 2+ players featuring the national flags of countries throughout the world. The first player to collect the required number of country cards from each continent wins the game. Ages 7+, $29.99, byronsgames.com
Eat2explore Explorer’s Box
An educational food and culture explorer box inspiring families to cook, taste and discover different world’s cuisines and cultures. Each box includes unique country recipes, essential spice/sauce mixes, educational materials, shopping lists, cooking tools and fun collectibles. $24.95, eat2explore.com
Children on Parade
Does your child love to sing or dance? Children’s on Parade has a variety of musical styles, including folk, R&B, blues, reggae, rock and country — great for the whole family. Ages 4-10, $9.95, Keenanliteracy.com
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Looking for last minute gifts that will bring a big smile? Check out these NAPPA Award winners!
Portable North Pole
An enchanting collection of Do-Good Deeds toys and gifts that come with a personalized video from Santa. Price varies, www.portablenorthpole.com
I Can Do That! Stickers: Super Simple (and Smart!) Sticker Activity Book
Features 350 reusable stickers plus 43 fun-first learning activities for endless hours of fun. $9.99, 3+, www.amazon.com
Fuzzy Wubble Babies
Soft and squishy mini Fuzzy Wubbles on the inside and cute stuffed animals on the outside. $9.99, 4+, www.wubbleball.com
The Imaginary Aquarium Stackable Crayon Activity Book
Meet the mash-ups of land and sea animals: a Bunnyguin, a Kittyshark, a Jellybear, an Octopiggy… and lots more creative creatures. $12.99, 3+, www.amazon.com
The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales
Hilarious and heartwarming tale of animal misfits. $24.97, 8+, www.shoutfactory.com
Twisty Petz Cuddlez
Transform your animal by pulling the head and tail and now you have a wearable and fashionable boa. $12.99, 4+, www.twistypetz.com
Squishy, squashy Wubble Ball filled with gooey green slime, colorful Magic Marbles, shiny snowflakes or shimmering sparkles. $7.99-$14.99, 6+, www.wubbleball.com
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Looking for a holiday gift that will bring fun and fitness together, check out these award-winners.
Primo Foldable Lights
New dual-color, wide deck design and extra-large, wide integrated brakes. $79.99, 3+, www.globber.com
A new take on the classic game with erratic bounces and rolls. $19.99, www.funsparks.com
Crazy Cart Shift
Features a simplified drift system, small, light frame and a speed control switch. $199.99, 6+, www.razor.com
Kid Trax CAT Shovel and Sift Dump Truck Activity Ride-0n
Push or ride this dump truck with realistic construction sounds. $35.99, 1-3, www.kidtraxtoys.com
Electric-powered mini bike. Compact and portable, perfect for rolling and trolling the neighborhood. $159.99, 8+, www.razor.com
The Globber One K E-Motion – E10
A fast electric scooter for urban explorers and a fun ride for teens and adults. $299.99, 14+, www.globber.com
Ezyroller Drifter X
Once you’ve mastered how to curve your way, back wheel design lets you “drift” on corners. $119, 6+, www.ezyroller.com
Free Wheelin’ Rider Sport Convertible Balance Bike
Start off as a 3-wheel push bike, then convert into a 2-wheel balance bike. $59.99, 1+, www.playmonster.com
Fold & Go Rally Racer
Parent-powered and folds in 3 easy steps. $59.99, 1.5- 4, www.simplay3.com
Dino and Unicorn kick scooters designed to help new riders learn to balance and build motor skills. $34.99, 30+ months, www.razor.com
Kids can plow through rocks, dirt, wood, snow and toys. $59.99, 6+, www.jakks.com
Turbo A Black Label
Kick your ride into high gear with this Razor electric scooter hitting speeds of up to 10 mph with up to 25 minutes of continuous riding. $129.99, 8+, www.walmart.com
Colorful bounce balls with a spiky texture. $8.99, 6+, www.kess.co
EzyRoller Drifter Pro X
Curve your way longer with X-series seat, accessories and drifting mechanism. $139, 10+, www.ezyroller.com
Kid Trax Rideamals Dino
Tot-sized triceratops featuring multiple types of interactive play: feed, pet, walk and ride. With a maximum speed of 1.5 MPH. $129, 18 months – 30 months, www.walmart.com
My First Workout
Kit comes with 8 essential pieces of exercise equipment to create your own home gym, along with educational videos to build skills. $149.95, 5-10, www.myfirstworkout.com
Teach My Yoga Mat Set – Hop and Learn
Encourage active learning through hopscotch and yoga. $9.99, 3+, www.teachmy.com
Ezyroller Pro X
Designed to carry more adult weight and allow for longer legs. $129, 10+, www.ezyroller.com
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All we want for Christmas is…joy, love, family and fun. Our annual Jingle Holiday Gift Guide is here to bring the fun your way. Page after page of award-winning products for moms and kids. We have toys that mix fun and learning, we have creative gifts, we have books, CDs, games, dolls, surprise collectibles, bikes, scooters, yoga mats, wacky toys and so much more. Turn the pages, circle the ones you love and start making your list for Santa.
Summer is here and that means pool parties, barbecues, picnic at the park and beach days. To get the party started, we have these terrific portable speakers and NAPPA Award winners that are great for anytime, anywhere. Great for travel too. Dance party anyone?
My Audio Pet Splash
My Audio Pet Splash are adorable, portable and waterproof bluetooth speakers with a powerful 5 watt driver. Features a ridiculously long-lasting 1000 mAH rechargeable battery (up to 8 hours of play time), a selfie remote and True Wireless Stereo (TWS) Technology. The Hide & Speak App – The Crazy Fun Family Friendly App is included with purchase. $39.99
Let the musical fun begin with Jooki! An adorable and smart player that lets kids choose and listen to music and stories with ToyTouch™ Technology. Kids are in control to listen, dance, imagine while music or stories play. Uploaded from a phone using the Jooki app or drag-and-drop from iTunes on a laptop. You can also choose Spotify to create the playlist. Link the Jooki characters, who will play to the playlist when placed on the Jooki speaker. $199
JBL JR POP
Kid-proof durability combined with epic sound. The JBL JR POP will be an instant favorite with kids and parents alike. With five hours of playtime, a waterproof design and JBL’s Signature Sound, the JR POP will have kids rocking out to their favorite “parent-approved” playlists from the school bus all the way through after-school activities. The best part is that this speaker is made just for kids – small enough to fit in their hands with a built-in strap for on-the-go listening. $29.95
The Lullabuddy is a lullaby player & speaker that comes pre-loaded with 2 hours of Mae Robertson’s award winning lullabies and love songs — music that both parents and babies will enjoy. The super compact music player comes with a shuffle button, a one-hour timer and a mini USB cable for charging. When fully charged, it will play for up to 18 hours. The music was remastered specifically for the Lullabuddy with wonderful sound quality. The speaker is also Bluetooth enabled so that other music can be played from a mobile device. $60.
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YULU is a winner of multiple NAPPA Awards and an up-and-coming family and kids entertainment company that burst onto the international toy scene less than 4 years ago. Since then, their success has been spectacular.
In 2017, only a few years after attending University in The Netherlands, YULU partners Jochem van Rijn and Thijmen de Schipper arrived at the International Toy Fair with their own main floor Javits Center booth — a great start for two not-even-30-something-year-olds. We enjoyed learning more about YULU and co-founder Thijmen de Shipper.
Congratulations on the success of YULU. What would you say is the guiding mission of YULU?
We have a very simple mission: “More Play, More Fun!” But at the core of what we do is storytelling with all of our kids and entertainment properties. It’s all about making fresh, innovative toys and games that deliver creative, imaginative and active play experiences that recognize how today’s kids play and communicate. Bringing smiles to kids of all ages is always our top priority!
We would like our readers to get to know you better. Tell us a little about yourself growing up. What were your favorite activities as a child? What did you enjoy playing the most?
When I was very young I actually played a lot with Playmobil toys. I specifically remember going into the woods with my playset that had a teepee and covering it in mulch to hide it from the cowboy cart that was racing by with six horses and some nasty gunslingers! I loved creating my own stories; I even wrote them down in a little booklet that I still have to this day.
Actually thinking about it, a lot of my experiences when I was younger have had an influence on the toys we create today at YULU. My partner Jochem and I first met when we were in University in the Netherlands. During those days, we bought a huge world map, sand stripped the table and glued it on top of our coffee table as a massive Risk board. A weekly battlefield was organized! Looking back, it really was a start of my fascination with and love of games.
I’ve also loved all things James Bond and I’ve been watching those movies for years as a kid. These spy-themed films have been a great source of inspiration for our brand of Spy Code games. And our first outdoor item was a product called Helix, which was based on a game I played while I was as an exchange student in China.
It was also at University that Jochem and I became entrepreneurs as we developed an app for the rules of soccer, which was sold to the Dutch government just before the London Olympics. That definitely opened several doors for us with many people supporting and encouraging us to start something new. And YULU was born!
What do you hope kids experience when they are playing with a YULU toy?
We want our toys and games to really nurture creativity in kids, ultimately encouraging them to become more inquisitive about their surroundings and as a result, more interactive with people around them. We’re passionate about trying to create new play experiences that people have never seen before. One of our newest introductions, our #SNAPSTAR fashion doll brand of “social influencer” dolls, does just that by connecting with ‘tween girls in a way they can relate to in today’s world of YouTube and social engagement. We’re really proud of this brand.
Where do you envision YULU in the next five years?
Our growth over the last few years since we launched the company has been almost unbelievable.
This year, in addition to taking a giant leap into the world of fashion dolls with #SNAPSTAR, we’re launching a really fun line called Pop Pop Pets and Pop Pop Snotz, which combine the hottest trends in toys – collectibles, slime and fun reveals! New games include King of the Ring, an ice crème-themed stacking game called Oops Scoops, and our new Survival Skillz brand which includes both an obstacle course game called Torch Run and an action game Fish For Fish. New in our YULU Sports category is Double Juggle, in which we put a fresh spin on the traditional game of paddle ball.
Today, we’re an international creator and maker of a full line toy and games in over 40 countries. Pretty exciting. As we continue our journey, we hope to be able to expand the breath of our toys into new areas and new entertainment, and continuing having fun.
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We have new award-winning apps that bring fun and learning together!
KidloLand Educational App
KidloLand is a comprehensive learning program for kids. Discover 1000+ songs, nursery rhymes, games, stories, and activities focusing on early learning, English, Math, coding, arts and more. The app also helps develop skills such as logical thinking, fine motor skills and creativity. KidloLand is regularly updated with new content and is also completely ad-free. $4.99/monthly, $39.99/annually, ages 1-7.
Tynker: Coding Games for Kids
Get creative and learn about coding with Tynker’s innovative computing platform. A great way to help children develop computational thinking and programming skills in a fun and intuitive way. As they’re guided through interactive game-based courses, children quickly learn fundamental programming concepts. With Tynker, a child can apply their coding skills as they build games, tell stories, mod Minecraft, create apps, control drones and robots, and more. Parents can follow their child’s success and share their creations through a parent dashboard. $20/monthly, $120/annually, $240/lifetime, ages 5-15.
Dr. Panda Learn & Play
Dr. Panda & Toto are back in the brand new learning app “Dr. Panda Learn & Play”! Kids can play and learn numbers, letters, phonics and more through playing 30+ activities along with Dr. Panda, with more added all the time! Beyond games, books and videos, kids will also explore Dr. Panda & Toto’s world, play dress up, unlock new costumes, and discover all sorts of hidden activities around Dr. Panda’s home. $4.99/monthly, $29.99/annually, ages 2-5.
Toca Kitchen Sushi
With Toca Kitchen Sushi, your child becomes the chef of a busy seaside restaurant. Slice up squid, asparagus, and candy canes, and roll it all up into a cone of seaweed! Or make stars and hearts of watermelon and mix them with fish and hot peppers! Want to make the roundest rice ball? You’ve got great tools for that right at your fingertips. Then see what your customers think. $3.99, ages 6-9.
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Watching babies discover and explore new sounds and textures is so rewarding. These NAPPA-Award winning toys are perfect for enhancing your babies development and they are super fun!
Lights & Stripes Zebra
Dance all day with the Lights & Stripes Zebra™. Upbeat music and playful sing-along songs encourage your baby to move and groove. This zippy plush zebra features bold black and white stripes, colorful patterned fabric and a variety of textures to enhance tactile awareness. The friendly zebra’s tummy plays endearing phrases and introduces colors through catchy songs while glowing in five different colors. The plush zebra has a washable surface with removable electronics. This snuggly striped sidekick is perfectly sized for your little one to hug and bring on-the-go! $14.99, ages birth+
My First Farm
My First Farm is a farm set for toddlers, which playfully introduces them into the BRIO wooden railway system. This frustration-free play set will give small children hours of fun and help teach them about farmyard animals. The five wooden animals fit into the animal wagon ready to be transported by train to the farm. Each animal also comes with three distinct sounds, which are activated automatically when placed in the farm meadow. Learning about animals has never been so much fun! $59.99, ages 18 + months
Butterfly Counting Pal
Enjoy a flutter of color with the Butterfly Counting Pal™ plush learning toy. Five colorful number buttons play a variety of songs to teach colors and numbers. A kaleidoscope of color, Butterfly’s light-up wing shows the colors of the rainbow. She also helps your baby fall asleep with soft, classical melodies. Each segment of this on-the-go toy features a dangling toy that rattles, squeaks, turns or crinkles to help develop fine motor skills. Learn at home or on the fly by using the included straps to secure the butterfly to infant carriers and strollers. $17.99, ages birth+
Lalaboom Educational Beads
Lalaboom Educational Beads are designed for exploration and learning. Featuring vivid colors, unisex patters and soft texture. These beads are designed to guide children through their developmental learning curve based on the Montessori educational approach. Children will be able to explore five developmental functions by manipulating the beads at their own pace. All beads can be easily washed and cleaned.
10-15 months: Explore Colors, textures & shapes with basic POP IT action.
15-18 months: TWIST IT.
18-24 month: MIX IT.
24-36+: STACK IT!
36+: LACE IT! $5.99 to 29.99, ages 10 to 36+ months
Whimsical Wheel High Chair Toy
Capture baby’s attention with the spinning wheels, cascading beads and bright colors of the Whimsical Wheel! The spinning wheels encourage baby to reach, tug, and bat, strengthening hand-eye coordination. Trapped within the clear structure are colorful beads, which help baby connect the sound to sight. One wheel features a mirror, which is perfect for self-discovery. Plus, the suction cup base attaches to flat surfaces such as high chairs and table tops for frustration-free play. $9.99, ages 6+ months
My Peek-a-Boo LapPup
Learning is important business with My Peek-a-Boo LapPup™! Open the toy laptop and say hello to Scout or Violet before getting to work on learning about rhymes, shapes, colors and numbers. Press Scout’s or Violet’s name tag button to move their paws in front of their eyes and hear cute peek-a-boo phrases. Five crayon buttons light up while playing phrases and songs about colors. Shape buttons play rhymes about shapes, colors and numbers. Slide the clicking mouse up and down for additional imitative play. Close the lid and say goodbye! Available in Scout or Violet. $14.99, ages 6+ months
Do-Re-Mi Textured Tunes
Dance along to three fun melodies on the Do-Re-Mi Musical Toy, teaching baby cause-and-effect by pushing the buttons to hear each song. At the bottom are soft, textured surfaces that encourage mouthing, aiding in the development of communication skills. The easy-to-grasp handle has a black & white pattern and click-clack rings to stimulate baby’s vision and auditory awareness. A great toy for playtime on-the-go! $9.99, ages Birth- 24 months
Scout’s Learning Lights Remote Deluxe
Learning is on every channel with Scout’s Learning Lights Remote™ role-play toy. Explore all 17 buttons on the learning remote to hear more than 100 phrases, sounds and music while building fine motor skills. Flip between modes for role-play excitement or learning activities that introduce numbers and letters. Silly pretend channels inspire imaginative play. Switch to the Spanish channel to hear common Spanish phrases, listen and dance to three different music styles on the music channel and hear rain, snow and wind sound effects on the weather channel.$12.99, ages 6+ months
Spin & Chew Ring Rattle
Whether at home or on-the-go, keep your little one entertained with the Sassy Spin & Chew Flexible Ring Rattle. Perfectly-sized for little hands, this rattle is easy to grab and features a spinning ring and ball to stimulate senses. $6.99For Ages: Birth to 24 months
Bend & Twist Rattle
Sassy Baby’s Bend & Twist Rattle is soft and squishy — perfect for baby. The bright colors, different materials and variety of surfaces help stimulate baby. Rattle beads and click-clack rings stimulate baby’s developing vision and awaken auditory awareness. The soft, squishy material is perfect for baby’s environment. Dishwasher safe. $6.99, ages birth-24 months.
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