Exhibitor Kits

Bolded companies have or will have press kit content.

- 3Doodler

- Abrim Enterprises, Inc.

- Actev Motors

- AE Dreams

- Aeromax

- A Girl for All Time

- Alex Brands

- Aliquantum International Inc.

- All Things Media

- Alpha Group US, LLC

- American Plastic Toys

- Ann Williams Group

- Arinsco Optics

- Asa Products, Inc./Mobo Cruiser

- Aurora World, Inc.

- B&B Games Studio

- Baby Banana

- Baby Tooth Album, Inc.

- BBtoo

- Be Amazing! Toys

- Bachmann Trains

- Bananagrams

- Bandai America

- Battat

- Bears for Humanity

- Becker Associates LLC

- Befuddled Games, LLC

- BeginAgain

- Bevery Hills Teddy Bear Co.

- Bif Bang Pow!

- Big Time Toys, LLC

- Bigjigs Toys

- BigMouth Inc

- Bixbee

- BKOM Studios

- Blue Orange Games

- Blue Rabbit Play LLC

- Bonkers Toys

- Boy Story

- Brackitz

- Brain Games

- BrickStix LLC

- Brightz, Ltd.

- Bruder Toys

- Brush Buddies

- Buffalo Games Inc.

- Build or BOOM

- Bumkins

- BUTTERFLYMACHINE

- Calliope Games

- Ceaco / Gamewright

- CHARM IT! by High IntenCity

- Circuit Cubes

- Circuit Scribe

- Cloud b

- CogniToys

- Comfy Critters

- Connects by Fathom Company

- COOP Sports

- Corolle

- Crayola

- crazeeHeads inc.

- Cre8tive Minds

- Creative Education of Canada

- Creative Zone, LLC

- Cryptozoic Entertainment

- Cuddle Barn

- Dark Horse

- Decalcomania

- Delta Trade

- DGL GROUP

- Diggin Active Inc.

- Direct Global Deals

- Discraft Disc Sports

- Dowdle Puzzles

- Dreamland Fairy

- Dreams USA, Inc.

- DuneCraft, Inc.

- eco eggs®

- EDC Publishing

- Educational Insights

- Edushape

- ELENCO ELECTRONICS

- elope, Inc.

- Empire Group

- Endless Games

- Entertainment Earth, Inc.

- Enviro-Mental Toy Co. Inc.

- EQtainment

- Faber-Castell USA

- Factory Entertainment

- Feel Flux Kft.

- FEWW Education

- Fibre-Craft

- Filo Import Inc.

- Fin Fun Mermaid

- FlyCatcher Inc.

- Folkmanis® Puppets

- Fort Boards

- Forum Novelties Inc.

- Fox Chapel Publishing

- FoxMind

- Fun Central / Cool Glow Novelties

- Fun Eating Devices

- Funnybone Toys

- Funology Innovations, LLC

- Funrise

- Fuzion - Nextsport

- Gallo & Spence Toys LLC

- Game Night In A Can

- Game Revenant Ltd

- Games by BRIGHT of Sweden

- Gann Memorials Custom Plush Toys

- GELLI ARTS®

- GeoCentral

- Geomagworld USA

- Geospace International

- Getta1Games

- Globber Scooters

- Goblies

- Golden Bell Studios

- GoldieBlox

- Gorilla Gym

- Greater Than Games, LLC

- Green Toys

- Griddly Games, Inc.

- Guidecraft

- GUND

- HABA USA

- Helio Productions

- HEXBUG

- High Roller USA

- HQ Kites & Designs USA

- Hunter Products / Shibajuku Girls

- IAmElemental

- IdentiToy Inc

- Identity Games

- Imagine by Rubie's

- Imperial Toy

- Indigo Jamm

- InLightz

- Innovative Designs

- InRoad Toys

- International Playthings

- Iwako Co., Ltd.

- JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

- Jazwares LLC

- Just Play

- Kaskey Kids

- KD KIDZ DELIGHT INTERACTIVE LLC

- Kenson Kids, Inc.

- KidSource

- Kiss Naturals / Fundamentals Toys

- Klutz

- Konami Digital Entertainment

- K'NEX Brands

- Laavva

- Laessig GmbH

- Laser Pegs

- Lay-n-Go

- Learning Resources

- LEGO Systems Inc

- Lionel

- Little Poland Gallery

- Looney Labs

- Loot Crate

- Magformers, LLC

- Magical Microbes

- Magicforest

- Magworld Toys

- Maikii - Tribe

- Make It Real

- Manhattan Toy

- Marbotic

- Marshmallow Fun Company

- MasterPieces Inc.

- Mattel, Inc.

- Maya Toys

- Mayfair Games

- McFarlane Toys

- MegaFun USA

- Mentari Massen Int'l

- Mezco Toyz

- MGA Entertainment

- Millennium Baby, Corp

- Mindtwister USA

- MindWare

- Möbi Games Inc.

- Monogram International Inc.

- Moose Toys

- Morpx Inc.

- MOTA GROUP INC

- Mr. Snowman Maker

- Mudpuppy

- Munch Baby Inc. (Malarkey Kids)

- Musical Storytales

- N & J Publishing

- National Sporting Goods

- Natural Earth Paint

- Neat-Oh!

- NECA

- New Bright

- North Star Games

- Odyssey Toys

- OgoSport, LLC

- OOLY

- OWI Inc.

- P.F. Shaggy

- Pacific Play Tents

- Pai Technology

- Palmetto Puzzle Works

- Pangea Brands LLC

- Panlad Trinidad & Tobago Ltd

- Paper Punk

- PARA'KITO

- Parklon Play Mats

- PART TIME RENEGADE, LLC

- PATRIX

- Peaceable Kingdom

- Petit Collage

- PhatMojo, Inc.

- Piggy Paint, LLC

- Pillow Pets

- Pixl Toys

- PlaSmart Inc.

- Plastwood Italia srl

- Platports.com

- Playmates Toys

- PLAYMOBIL

- PlayMonster

- Play Visions Inc.

- Plush Me by Shinedown Productions

- POWERUP

- Prime Time Toys

- Primo Toys

- Princess Paradise

Printers Row Publishing Group

- Prodotto

- Product Launchers

- PunkinFutz

- Quantum Mechanix Inc.

- R&R Games, Inc.

- Raffie's B.V. / Little Concepts B.V.

- Ravensburger, The Wonder Forge & Brio Brands

- Razor USA

- RedwoodVentures

- Reeves International

- Replogle Globes Partners

- Robotics Unlimited Inc

- ROBOTIS INC

- Rollplay

- Romanoff Products Inc

- RoomMates Division of York Wallcoverings

- Rubbabu

- Rubie's

- Rubie's Pet Shop Boutique

- Sago Sago Toys

- Sailing (U.S.) International Corp.

- SAM Labs

- Schleich USA Inc.

- SCHOOL-RITE

- School Zone Publishing Co., Inc.

- Schylling Toys

- SCS Direct Inc.

- Seaich Corporation

- Seedling USA, Inc.

- SENSEsational Alphabet

- Sensible Object

- Sentosphere USA

- Set Enterprises, Inc.

- Showaflops

- Silverlit Toys

- Skillofun

- Skip Hop

- Skullduggery

- Skyrocket Toys

- Slackline Industries

- Slida

- Smakaball

- Smart Play, LLC

- Smart Toys and Games

- SmartGurlz

- Snaptoys

- Soaring Hyena

- Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)

- Sophia's

- Sound of Fun LLC

- SpaceScooter Inc.

- Spikeball

- Spinballs, LLC

- Spin Master Corp.

- Squire Boone Village

- Star Group Sports Inc./Star Sports Backpack

- Starpath Dolls

- Steamforged Games

- STOR, S.L.

- Strawbees

- Style Me UP! by Pure & Co Ltd.

- Sunny Days Entertainment, LLC

- Sunny Spain Imports Inc

- Sunny Toys Inc.

- Sun-Staches

- Super7

- Sweets Kendamas

- SwimWays

- Super Happy Fun Fun

- Super Impulse Ltd.

- SUPERMAG TOYS

- Symbolic Frolic Refrigerator Magnets

- Tactic Games

- Teach My

- Tech 4 Kids

- Teddykompaniet

- Thames & Kosmos

- The Bridge Direct

- The Button Nose Kidz, LLC

- The CHILLAFISH Company

- The Dunk Collection

- The Goldberger Company

- The Irish Fairy Door Company

- The Koalition

- The Master Theorem Games

- The Learning Journey

- The Original Toy Company

- The Piggy Story

- The Queen's Treasures

- The Simplay3 Company

- The Singing Machine Company INC

- The United States Playing Card Company

- The Weirds

- The Young Scientists Club

- ThinkFun

- TILT

- Tinkerbots / Kinematics GmbH

- Tinkineer

- Titan Merchandise

- TMI Toymarketing Intl, Inc.

- TOMY International

- Toysmith

- TPF Toys

- Tucker Toys

- TUV Rheinland of North America Retail Management

- Übertüb

- UBM/Licensing Expo

- UL

- Uncle Milton

- Unitec Laboratory Services Ltd.

- USAopoly

- Valtech LLC

- Vandor

- Virginia Toy & Novelty

- Vitamin-i Factory

- VOLKS USA, INC.

- Volten s.r.o.

- VTech & LeapFrog

- Vuforia/PTC

- W.S. Game Company

- Wacky Links

- WAFF World Gifts

- Warner Bros. Consumer Products

- WASTE IS MORE

- Wattsalpoag

- WhatNot Toys

- Whiffer Sniffers

- Wicked Cool Toys

- Wild Republic

- Winning Moves Games USA

- WIZHEAD

- Wonderhood Toys

- Woobo Inc

- WowWee

- WREBBIT PUZZLES INC

- WV Games

- Xtraordin Air Toys

- Yookidoo

- YOTTOY Productions

- You Are a Princess

- Yulu

- Yvolution

- Zazu Kids

- Zing

- ZoZbot

- ZURU

News Releases

American Parents Have Homework To Do: New Expert Panel Report Says U.S. Scores Low Marks In Play

NEW YORK, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Most kids score an "A" in play – just watch them on the playground to see how easily they adapt to virtually any situation. But parents don't get high grades when it comes to understanding the actual value of play, according to a panel of respected parenting experts and educators convened by The Genius of Play™ at The Children's Museum of Manhattan. The panel's findings are included in a new report now available to the public: "The State of Play in America," A Special Report by The Genius of Play. The panel report offers guidance on key issues of concern to today's parents and educators, including the growing role of tech in kids' lives, safety concerns that may limit children's independence, and the importance of recess or play breaks in aiding and encouraging learning.

According to panel moderator, parenting journalist Dana Points, play is more than fun and games – it's essential. "Through play, children develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills they will use throughout life," she says.  "Yet the time kids spend playing has decreased due to overly structured schedules, increased screen time, and diminished recess in schools. Parents need to recognize how crucial play is – and how they can help their children learn, explore, create, and evolve through play."

The experts' consensus: parents are faced with dozens of decisions every day, from monitoring their kids' health, education, and safety to deciding how best to teach them skills they will need as adults. They often forget about carving out time for play – or, they erroneously dismiss play as "empty time." However, The Genius of Play, along with many other child-focused organizations and educators, has evidence that play is one of the most essential elements of learning.

INSIGHTS FROM THE PANEL:

  • There's no "right way" to play.
    Kids learn through all play, but not all play must be structured and not all play is the same. Kids may take part in active, cooperative, creative, and even solitary play in a single afternoon, with and without actual toys.
  • Play is a strategy for learning.
    Enrolling children in a program to learn a particular skill is not the same as just letting kids play. The pressure parents feel to make sure their kids are getting the best training can be counterproductive to the positive emotional, social, and skill-based learning they get through play.
  • Recess is not empty time.
    Recess can actually help kids learn. Research shows that children, particularly boys, are much more attentive after recess, and children are less attentive when there are longer periods before recess.
  • Kids today are safer than ever.
    While parents have a natural concern for their children's safety, statistics show kids today are safer than ever. Parents need to teach their kids problem-solving skills to help them make better decisions and then set certain parameters in terms of knowing where they are, giving them space, and trusting their judgment. That's how kids learn to be independent and confident, which prepares them for success in life.
  • Technology can be a great teaching tool, but parents need to guide the process.
    Parents should give kids time to explore virtual worlds and tech-based play, but set limits, just as they do with everything else. Parents can also be role models in how to use technology in a responsible way.
  • Let kids lead play – it's their agenda, not yours.
    We learn much more from our children when we interact and play with them on their terms. Just being present plays a significant role. It's important to have a caring and consistent adult in a child's life.

"Play, in all its forms, from a simple game of catch to creating an imaginary world with dolls, has been shown to help build skills that create happier, healthier, and more successful children," notes panelist Leslie Bushara of the Children's Museum of Manhattan.  "Play is truly the 'work of childhood,' and play is a strategy for teaching children how to adapt to new situations, interact with others, and solve problems which prepares them for success in school and life."  

Moderated by veteran journalist Dana Points, former editor-in-chief of Parents and Fit Pregnancy and Baby, the panel included: Nancy Schulman, head of the Early Learning Center at Avenues: The World School; Kim McCall, New York/New Jersey executive director of Playworks; Dr. Erik Fisher, author and emotional dynamics expert; and Leslie Bushara, a key member of the Children's Museum of Manhattan's education team.

"The State of Play in America," A Special Report by The Genius of Play can be downloaded at TheGeniusOfPlay.org.

About The Genius of Play ™     www.TheGeniusofPlay.org
The Genius of Play is a national movement to raise awareness of play's vital role in child development, spearheaded by The Toy Association. Deeply rooted in research and facts, The Genius of Play is a leading resource on the physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits of play that serve children throughout their lives. The Genius of Play enables today's busy parents and caretakers to use the power of play to help raise a happier, healthier, and more productive next generation. Visit www.TheGeniusOfPlay.org for easily accessible play ideas and tips, expert advice and other play resources. It's More Than Play!

SOURCE The Genius of Play

For further information: Michelle Goldstein, 908-347-9530, Mgolds.work@verizon.net