by Tina Manzer
Christine Osborne from Wonder Works in Charleston, South Carolina
“We’re loving the new plush and book set (1) from MVP Plush, a local Charleston company. These pals are super soft and snuggly. Each one features a star on its heart to remind kids, ‘You are a star!’
“Each of the Soft’n Slo Squishie Designerz Search & Squish (2) from ORB has six hidden images for kids to find.
“The new SCENTsory Putty line (3) from Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty is great for strengthening fine motor skills and developing tactile perception. Each one has a unique scent and texture.
“Plus-Plus, one of our favorite building brands, is back with Super Tubes (4), a plus-sized version of their classic tubes. They hold more than 500 pieces! With the new Plus-Plus Saturn V Rocket Set (5), kids can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. NASA developed the original rocket to support human exploration of the Moon.
“Everyone knows that ‘Baby Shark’ is HOT right now, and there’s no better way to capitalize on that trend than with matching plush. When you squeeze the Pinkfong Baby Shark Plush (6) from California Creations, the mommy, daddy and baby shark sing the popular song. They’re irresistible!”
Lisa LeStrange from Lucky Duck Toys in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
“The Rubber Ducks from Wild Republic are so much fun for kids and adults! There are many different characters in addition to the T-Rex (7) and Triceratops (8) – from a pirate to a unicorn and even a zombie! They remain mold-free because they don’t have a hole in the bottom.
“We like Kozo (9) from Winning Moves because it’s versatile. The Asian-inspired stacking game can be played alone, with two or more people, or with teams. It’s a great family game for all ages.
“We made a video of Toysmith’s Wobbocados (10) one snowy day when the store was slow. We had a bunch wobbling and wiggling on Facebook. I don’t know why, but people just love it. The same with Cha-Cha the Prancing Puppy (11) from Fashion Angels and Gund’s bunny Flora (12) who sings ‘Do Your Ears Hang Low.’ We’re planning a video right now that stars both of them.”