Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, a beloved toy store with 17 locations around the country, has once again, for the fifth year in a row, come up with a list of it’s top 10 toys! They call them the Brilliance Awards and this year old 10 picks are low tech! These 10 toys are perfect for any gift giving occasion! “The Brilliant Sky chain chooses its Brilliance Award Winners upon quality, the value of open-ended play and the simple beauty of a child’s fascination and delight. With the huge variety of toy buying occasions coming up, there’s truly something for everyone represented in this great group of toys. From finger puppets, arts & crafts kits, dolls and building bricks, it’s evident that childhood playtime really hasn’t changed that much!”
The top 10 toys are as follows:
. Squigz Starter Set (24 pieces):
As seen on NBC-TV’s The Today Show, Squigz are fun little suckers. Apply pressure to two Squigz and watch as air rushes out and the fun rushes in! Connecting to each other and to any solid, non-porous surface – Squigz are a species altheir own. They are flexible fellows and committed joiners. Squigz and fellow Squigz
have one chief enterprise – creating things. Willingly, they assemble to become rockets, vehicles,
a cushion for the cat, jewelry… they thrill in uniting as a ginormous octopus or squid. Squigz are scientific sorts – always up for playful experimentation and defying gravity – sticking to bathtubs, windows, school lockers, tabletops (and yes, even office desktops).
· Plus-Plus Mini-Basic (480 pieces)
Picture two plus (+) signs joined together and you “get” this simple shape with endless possibilities. Plus–Plus building bricks allow kids as young as 3 to create mosaics or 3–D designs.This new Plus–Plus Mini–Basic set contains 480 bricks as well as instructions to make 3 specific models. A great way to get kids started with the Plus–Plus product line. The toy line is designed and manufactured in Denmark.
· Lottie Dolls
Designed in Britain and winner of 10 toy awards, Lottie is a new, innovative fashion doll who stands for positive contemporary values. Her bright, vibrant clothes, silky hair, and creative accessories are tailored to reflect a young girl who is happy, brave, imaginative, and bright – the most positive role model possible. And she stands on her own two feet — figuratively and literally. At 7″, she’s the easiest size for girls ages 3 – 9 to clasp, and thanks to bendable joints, she can stand and assume different poses.
· Doodle Quest
Dive below the deep blue sea where there’s fish to gobble, treasure to discover and divers to save! You will complete each quest with the power of your pen, drawing your way through underwater scenes on the quest cards. But it’s not that easy! Players draw on separate transparent sheets and must trust their eyes in order to meet targets and avoid obstacles. This unique drawing game includes 36 illustrations and two levels to master. The bait of the challenge hooks kids for hours of fun! Ideal for 1 to 4 players. Expect to play each game for about20 minutes!
· Create Your Own Storybook
Imagine holding a real book, written and illustrated by your own child. Kids’ minds are alive with imagination. Their stories are so unique and amusing. They love to draw, create and write. Just think how they’ll respond when you tell them to write a story and it’ll actually become a book — bound and printed. This kit includes everything — it only lacks a child’s fantastic creativity. Blank sheets, with a border frame to draw in and lines to write on, are waiting to be filled. (The finished book will hold 12 pages, but 18 template sheets are given in case an elbow gets bumped or the storyline changes.) Create a separate sheet for every page; draw a picture on the cover sheet. Fill in the info sheet with the child’s name, book title, and dedication. Place all the completed pages into the postage paid envelope and drop in the mail! Creatively Ever After will ship back the final product in 4 to 6 weeks.
· Super Stadium Baseball Game
Create a realistic ball park where you get to strike out your opponent with fast balls and curve balls. Throw a variety of breaking balls at different speeds. Your opponent won’t be able to predict the pitch you will throw! A unique magnetized infield creates ball movement when the pitches are thrown. There is a spring–loaded bat, counter for balls, strikes and outs. Hit singles, doubles, triples, foul balls and home runs! Choose to bat right or left–handed. Strategically position fielders. The only thing missing are the Cracker Jacks!
Weaving just got faster and even more fun! Loopdeloom is the new sister of the popular Loopdedoo. Simply stated, it’s an ingenious new loom design with spinning pegs to make weaving effortless. Say goodbye to traditional looms as LoopDeLoom puts a new spin on weaving. Make purses, cuff bracelets, headbands, cell phone and tablet cases, potholders and more. Move up to making clothing and decorator items like scarves, wraps, pillow covers and throws. Weave items any length, and up to 7”wide using one loom. It’s a great gift for tweens and teens. Kit includes spinning peg loom, 120 yards of yarn and detailed instructions.
· Sew Cute Sets
Get sewing with the My Studio Girl Sew–Your–Own Sew Cute Kits. Girls will love stitching up tiny, adorable animals and dolls with these easy to do kits. The 8–piece set includes easy–to–follow instructions, pre–cut felt pieces, stuffing, child–safe needle, and thread. The finished project will be approximately 6” – 9” tall.The My Studio Girl collection was developed for the creative side of every girl — inspiring creativity, self–expression and empowerment.
· Illustrated Adventure Stories and Illustrated Fairy Tales
Take your pick — end the day with a bedtime story that’s as fascinating to look at as it is to read! Adventure: This collection contains five rip-roaring classics of daring, revenge and chivalry, all brilliantly retold for easier reading. The thrilling adventures included are: The Count of Monte Cristo, The Prisoner of
Zenda, Don Quixote, The Three Musketeers and The 39 Steps. Fairy Tale — Open these pages and enter an enchanted realm of proud emperors, pretty princesses, helpful fairies and magical animals. This charming
collection contains ten classic fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and others. Stories include: Sleeping Beauty, The
Emperor and the Nightingale, Beauty and the Beast, The Dragon Painter, The Frog Prince, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, The Swan Princess and The Emperor’s New Clothes.
· Paint Your Own Porcelain Bowls
This is one-of-a-kind art that’s both fun and functional! Kids can paint and oven-bake their creations for a glossy, permanent finished product (non food-safe). The Porcelain Bowl Set includes 3 bowls (each 4 ½ inches in diameter), 12 colors of porcelain paint, a paint brush and illustrated instructions.
If it seems there are as many toy buying occasions (good report card, tooth fairy surprise, birthday, every other kid’s birthday and so on!) as there are
toys, then it’s a good thing to have expert service from a specialty toy store like Brilliant Sky Toys & Books. The staff truly believesevery child can find a toy to cherish. It’s their mission to do everything they can to make that a reality.
ABOUT BRILLIANT SKY TOYS & BOOKS
The first Brilliant Sky Toys & Books® was founded in 2002 in Lansing, Michigan with the singular goal of being the finest upscale specialty toy store in America. Based on the belief that the right playthings give children a gateway to physical, emotional and cognitive development Brilliant Sky Toys & Books provides the highest quality products in an atmosphere that is both active and interactive. Its unique aesthetic approach is vibrant yet warm, exciting yet comforting and exploratory yet safe. From rich colors and woods to low sightlines and custom fixtures the Brilliant Sky sensory experience is unlike any other. Now based in Brentwood, Tennessee and featuring more than 10,000 high-quality specialty products, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books is truly the place where everyone can find their way to play. Visit them at www.brilliantskytoys.com.
My children recently got the chance to try out 3 of the 10 award winning products:
They received the Snow Queen Lottie Doll (which my daughter just adores), Squiqz, and Plus Plus. These toys are fantastic! They kept my kids occupied for hours and I love that there is no tech involved! I even found myself playing with the Squigz and the Plus Plus toys! I think that Brilliant Sky Toys & Books nailed it with their choices!
Win It: One lucky reader will win their choice of one of the 10 items I mentioned above!