By Jenn Bergin
Chris Carroll from Green Elephant Toys in Ipswich, Massachusetts
“Eco-Bricks (1) from Once Kids are brand-new construction bricks made from sustainable wood. They can be customized with paint and markers and are compatible with LEGOs and other plastic bricks. The large 145-piece set sells the best in our store.
“We discovered Spinballs (2) at Toy Fair and they’re so cool – just hit the button and they light up! The introductory kit is pretty sweet and comes with a DVD to get you started and a carrying bag. We’ve already placed multiple orders!
“The Donald Talking Pen (3) from Play Visions is selling to supporters and non-supporters alike! Press his hair to hear different sayings in Trump’s actual voice. It’s a fun novelty item.
“The Zoku Triple Quick Pop Maker (4) will be a hit for summer. It makes ice pops in just seven minutes and you can get really creative with it. They also have a Slush & Shake Maker that came out of nowhere and is a huge hit.
“We carry many craft lines, but Craft Crush Kits from Anne Williams are the most popular. The Stencil Scarf Kit (5) and Tassel Necklace Kit (6) are modern and hip – great for older kids who are notoriously hard to buy for.
“Craft-tastic’s I Love Fairies Kit (7) is great, too. It includes a lot of different projects, so it’s a good value and kids can get really creative with it.
Claudia Towles from aMuse Toys in Baltimore, Maryland
“Kamigami (8) from Dash Robotics are fun to build, and then function as a great remote-controlled bug. Users can also learn some basic coding using the free bluetooth-controlled iOS app. The robots are very durable and will stand up to younger users.
“Blue Plate Scramble (9) from Peaceable Kingdom is a cooperative game that’s been an immediate hit with customers of all ages.
“INSIDE3 Puzzle Cubes (10) are blind labyrinth-style maze puzzles in a box. They are made in France and fun (if a bit difficult) to solve. The most advanced cubes can be quite challenging.
“Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls (11) from Timbuktu Labs is a book that we can’t keep in stock! It features inspiring stories about incredible women and the illustrations are fantastic.
“Happy Atoms (12) from Thames and Kosmos is one of the more expensive science items we sell but well worth the price. It’s an innovative way to introduce the world of atoms and elements to even the youngest budding science fan.