Devens, MA—Nov. 2, 2015: When customers step into a Learning Express Toys store, they’ll see not only shelves piled high with products, but toys available at kid level to touch, feel and test. They’ll meet Toy Experts who can hit a bullseye with Doinkit Darts, braid a bracelet from Strand Bands and dazzle shoppers with a trick from the 100 Magic Trick Suitcase—and explain how to do it. These spotlight items are among this holiday season’s Top Toys—products selected for their quality, demonstration value and universal appeal.
Each season, Learning Express Toys names a selection of products as Top Toys to help families identify the go-to gifts for any kid (or kid at heart) on their list. The following were named as Learning Express Toys’ Holiday Top Toys for 2015:
Spirograph, the beloved drawing toy from the 1960s, is back and better than ever! Choose from design kits featuring Spiro-putty, travel cases, Cyclex frames and more. Ages 5 +, starting at $14.99.
Sands Alive! is a unique sensory play material you can mold, scoop or run through your hands! Use ice cream and cupcake molds or make sand castles all year round with the Sweet Shoppe playset and exclusive Castle playset. Ages 3 +, starting at $29.99.
STRAND BANDS DELUXE DESIGNER SET
Designers of all ages can make stunning friendship bracelets and trendy jewelry from the innovative, irresistibly tactile Strand Bands material. The set includes materials for 30 bracelets. Find tutorials at https://learningexpress.com/strand-bands-headquarters. Ages 8 +, $29.99.
PlushCraft kits—including the exclusive football, 3D koala and reindeer ornament—let children create plush pillows, 3D furry critters, or furry holiday ornaments with no cutting or sewing involved! Ages 5 +, starting at $7.99.
REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF MY DOG HAS TAUGHT ME
A gift for any dog lover, the book Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me features beautiful photography and lessons on compassion, perseverance and more from man’s best friend. Ages 6 +, $12.95.
Doinkit Darts is a magnetic dart set with powerful earth magnets that stick to the board every time. It’s a perfect addition to any kid’s room or man cave! Ages 6 +, $29.99.
ULTRAGLOW AIR POWER SOCCER DISK
Play air hockey on the floor—with your feet! The UltraGlow Air Power Soccer Disk hovers over flat surfaces on a cushion of air. The foam bumper means your walls and furniture stay safe. It even lights up for nighttime play. Ages 6 +, $19.99.
Sit, stand, swing, or surf? The Swurfer is an innovative surfboard-shaped backyard swing, designed to emulate the feeling of surfing the waves. Ages 5 +, $129.99.
TENZI DICE GAME
Choose a color, roll the dice, and keep rolling until all ten of your dice show the same number. Tenzi is an easy-to-learn, versatile game, perfect for family holiday get-togethers. Learn variations with the book 77 Ways to Play Tenzi! Ages 4 +, $14.99.
It’s a natural fit for the holidays, but this game is fun all year round. Players try to collect 10 bells of the same color with a magnetic wand while avoiding the other colors. Ages 6 +, $19.99.
Squigz is the suction-cup construction toy that’s fun to pop! Stick ‘em to the walls, windows, or table and build away. Choose from the Squigz Deluxe Set, Mini Squigz, or pipSquigz for infants, which feature various sensory textures. Ages 6 months +, starting at $19.99.
MIRARI INFANT TOYS
Mirari makes engaging toys to stimulate and delight babies and toddlers. Choose from the myPhone, myPad, or Pop! Pop! Piano—each teaches baby cause-and-effect and encourages fine motor skills. Ages 6 months +, starting at $19.99.
Design and build anything you can imagine using magnetic shapes. Choose from a variety of kits, from classic shapes to walking robots and moving cars! Ages 3 +, starting at $24.99.
TEACHING CASH REGISTER
Teach money and math skills the hands-on way! The Teaching Cash Register is an interactive, talking toy register that rewards transactions with lights and sounds. Use the included play money or practice with real cash and coins—it’s up to you. Ages 3 +, $49.99.
CRAZY AARON’S THINKING PUTTY
Mold, stretch and tear to your heart’s delight with the mesmerizing texture and colors of Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty. The exclusive Red, Light and Blue putty changes magically from red to blue using the included blacklight. The Mixed by Me Kit lets kids mix their own color concoctions! Ages 3 +, starting at $14.99.
Design and build working electronic circuits using snap-together pieces! Kids can build hundreds of different electronics projects, from a doorbell to a simple video game. Choose from the Original, Junior, Light, Arcade or Motion sets. Ages 8 +, starting at $34.99.
MAGIC TRICK KITS
Let the kids entertain the adults with the Ryan Oakes Collapsible Magic Hat Set and the 100 Trick Magic Suitcase. Children can learn hours of amazing tricks, build confidence, and wow everyone in the family! Ages 8 +, starting at $16.99.
TWO BROS BOWS AND ARROWS
Bring the movies to life with imaginative archery play! The kid-invented Two Bros Bows and Arrows feature lightweight, child-sized bows and arrows with round foam tips for safety. Choose from a variety of fun colors and patterns! Ages 6 +, $19.99.
GIGANTIC STEP & PLAY PIANO
Combine music and active play with this 6-foot-long vinyl keyboard mat! Kids can roll, stomp or dance to create their own tunes. Ages 3 +, specially priced at $49.99.
Practice sight word, number, and picture recognition with Zingo: Bingo with a Zing! Match the tiles in play to the images and words on your card—and shout out the word if you have a match. Fill your card to win! Ages 4+, $19.99.
About Learning Express Toys
Learning Express Toys is the nation’s leading franchisor of educational toy stores with more than 130 locations across the country, each one locally owned and operated. Providing an extraordinary shopping experience, Learning Express Toys is known for its knowledgeable sales staff that offers expert advice on choosing the perfect toy, for every child, for every occasion. The Learning Express Toys product mix is carefully selected from manufacturers around the world, and each toy has exceptional play value. A birthday gift registry, free gift wrapping, free personalization, and civic fundraising make each Learning Express Toys store an integral part of its community.
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