March 1, 2017 Newsletter

 

The Learning Tree toy stores 913-385-1234

What’s Trending In Toys?

Believe it or not, the Pantone Color Institute selects a color of the year based on the trend spotting information collected by their world traveling team. If their prediction is correct, you’ll see the color pop up all over the design world.

Greenery, Pantone color of the year 2017

We’re not sure yet if Pantone 15-0343 “Greenery,” the 2017 color of the year, had much influence on the new toys and games we’ll bring to you this year, but we did a bit of our own research last week at the North American International Toy Fair in NYC and noticed quite a few trends to share with you!

Our 22nd visit to this annual toy extravaganza was spent walking miles of aisles touching and playing with toys and games and carefully selecting a great new mix from the hundreds of thousands of products exhibited. Take a peek at what we found!

Toy Fair Finds

Unicorn Poop

Oh, oh, oh, it’s Magic!

Unicorn poop, wands, costumes and galloping wind-up toys confirmed this magical creature’s continued popularity in the toy world. The show of fairies, trolls and super-hero themes spotlighted imagination and play.

Baby Simon Sloth

Slow Down! You move too fast!

Bumping aside the popularity of forest animals including foxes, owls and hedgehogs, the slow-moving, sleepy sloth could be called this year’s “it” animal.

Baby Simon Sloth from Douglas Plush is in a hurry – in his own way – to get a snuggle with you!

STEM Structures buildings and bridges

DIY Kits and Problem Solving

Craft and science kits are adding lots of hands-on thinking and creativity to the process, heavily influenced by the DIY, maker, STEM, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) movements.

There is so much to choose from and we can’t wait to share all these kits with you.

We joined toy sellers on the hunt for “fidget” toys like Fidget Cubes and Spinners, and found some great new additions to this category including the Sweets Jammer – an addictive, energy channeling trick toy, inspired by an ancient Japanese game.

 

Sweets Jammer

Colorforms

Classic Toys

If you’re reading this and wondering…”Hey! What happened to the good ol’ toys I grew up with?”…you’re in luck!
Look for Colorforms, Latch kits, Spirograph, and Shrinkie Dinks – many in their original nostalgic packaging.

Golden Legacy, The story of Golden Books

Adding to the nostalgic trend, we’re bringing back Golden Books for their 75th anniversary celebration!

Look for classic Golden Book favorites like The Pokey Little Puppy, The Saggy, Baggy Elephant, The Shy Little Kitten, The Lone Ranger, and LIttle Toot, a sweet story about a tugboat.

Lucas and Lila lambs

We also saw some fantastic NEW toys that look like they’ve been around for 75 years. They have a sweet, retro lullaby look. Lucas and Lila, the simply adorable lambs, join the Meiya and Alvin baby toy collection, made from natural, sustainable materials.

New toys and games will start popping up on our shelves in the next few weeks and the best part? We get to share the best of the trend setting toys and classic favorites with YOU!

Catch some of the Toy Fair magic in our Facebook posts from our trip, then watch for new product features as we introduce new toys and games to you in our stores.

New Class! MusicTime Mondays with Miss Pam

We’re adding on to our weekly fun with 10:30am MusicTime Mondays at Park Place!

Our own Miss Pam, along with her puppet friend Octave-ia, will gather friends for casual music exploration and fun. Using her extensive experience as a preschool teacher, and musical talent (not to mention 21 years as a Toy Expert at the Learning Tree), Miss Pam will present music basics using her guitar, autoharp and kid-sized instruments so everyone can join in the music making.

“Music is a wonderful way for young children to express themselves and learn language skills through rhyme, rhythm, and repetition!” – Pam Farrell

Come work with us at the Learning Tree!

We’ve started scouting out candidates for spring and summer positions at the Learning Tree.

Do you know someone who would be a great addition to our team? We are always looking for enthusiastic candidates to join our talented retail staff of toy and playtime experts. We’re currently interviewing for seasonal, full, and part-time openings.

Click here for an application or stop by to pick one up.

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Weekly Schedule of Learning Tree Fun:

Mondays 10:30am: MusicTime Mondays with Miss Pam at Park Place
Tuesdays 10:30am: Storytime with Miss Beth at Corinth Square
Wednesdays 10:30am: Storytime at Park Place
Thursday 10:30: Music and Movement with Jenny at Corinth Square, Drop In/$5
*Jenny will take a Spring break recess Thursday March 2nd and March 16th

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