Toy Fair, the largest toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere, features 1,500 manufacturers, distributors, importers, and sales agents from 30 countries.
Chicco Turbo Touch
Chicco makes toys geared to toddlers and has done well with some basic, durable remote control cars. The Turbo Touch is a truck that holds a set of cars and folds open to make a roadway. Children can make the cars zip through through the truck. The Turbo Touch is set to launch this Spring.
After an appearance this fall on the Letterman Show, the $25 Zyclone became a hot Christmas toy. The soft ring shoots across the room (or up in the air) with remarkable accuracy and is easily catchable.
Fresh off an appearance on Good Morning America, Gelli Baff, which is already out in the U.K., is exactly what it sounds like: a jelly-like concoction that children can play in--whether it's in an actual bathtub or a kiddie pool. Comes in a few different colors and allegedly moisturizes your skin.
Dune Craft introduces youngsters to hydroponics at an early age with its Hydro-Dome. You get to grow lettuce without any soil, only water and mineral nutrients. In case you're wondering, you can't smoke the finished product, but you can eat it.
This plant is apparently older than dinosaurs. It comes packaged dry (and looks dead), but add water, and within a day it's green and very much alive. Leave it out of the water and it goes back to its dry state.
The Glide comes with different colored stones (yes, the pucks are made out of stone) so up to four people can play. Barnes and Noble will carry a deluxe version this spring that costs less than $30. It folds up for portability.
There's nothing like a good marble drop to keep the children entertained for hours--or until your two-year-old comes along and knocks the whole thing over.
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