Welcome to the wild! 10 Essentials is a fun, fast-paced card game that is based on the experience of backcountry hiking and the Boy Scout Principle of Being Prepared. While playing you will learn the basic 10 Essentials you need to survive in the wild and the dangers they negate. Have fun playing Dangers on opponents, protecting yourself with Essential Items and accumulating Miles, Scenic and Wildlife cards.
Dangers lurk throughout the card game! You have the ability to place dangers on your opponents and stagnate their progress. They include things like Hypothermia, Dehydration and Dark.
You can negate danger placed by opponents with the Essential Item needed. Water protects you from Dehydration. You need a Shelter if someone places a storm on you. Be prepared for the dangers!
Points can be gained by playing Wildlife Cards (like Bears or Wolves), Playing Miles (3-10 miles) or Scenic Points. The first one to gain 50 points wins!
This simple game will fuel friendly competition and learning in families, hiking friends and scouts!
Enjoy the trail!
Available now at Family Fun Hobbies!
Katrina and Rob tried this game out at ASTRA back in May 2017 and were quickly impressed. It’s face-paced, fun for the whole family and reminded them both of their scouting days. Rob reached Eagle Scout and Katrina earned her Silver Leader award and both loved camping, so this game caught their eye immediately. Even if you aren’t an outdoor lover, you will love this quick 30 minute game for 2-4 players, ages 6+!
Family Fun Hobbies is gearing up for the Holidays and you don’t want to miss out!
It’s time to pull out your calendar (paper or app) and mark some important dates down. Go ahead, go get them, we’ll wait.
1. Starting today, you and your loved ones can each fill out a Holiday Wish List for us to keep on file. You can do this by filling one out in the store or printing this one out and bringing it in. You will provide us a list of people who would like to come in and shop for you. We’ll contact them, and when they shop at Family Fun Hobbies from December 1 – 12, 2017 they’ll get 15% off everything listed on your Wish List! Seriously, this couldn’t be any easier. You are picking out what you want, you are encouraging friends and family to #shopsmall this season, and they can get it all done in one spot. It’s a win-win!
2. Our World Famous Holiday Gift Envelopes are returning! We’ve done them every year since we opened, and you ask for them every year. Never fear, they are back again!
3. We are closed for Thanksgiving.
4. Black Friday we have normal hours, but keep your eye out for something special. You just never know, frankly we don’t know, but hey, it’s Black Friday.
5. Small Business Saturday is November 25th. Come #shopsmall at your favorite hobby store, visit with Santa from 6 to 8 pm for free pictures, join in our Board Game night that night and take advantage of our extra staff on hand to get help filling out your Holiday Wish List.
6. We are once again proud to be a Toys for Tots drop off location. Our box is already at the front of the store and is filling quickly. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy or buy something here and we’ll give you 20% on that item. Or round up your purchase at the register and we’ll buy/donate directly to Toys for Tots. Last year we donated 6 boxes of toys and over $680! We can do even better this year!
7. Holiday Vendor Boutique – Sunday November 26th Family Fun Hobbies is staying open late! From 7 to 9 PM come get some extra shopping done with us along with six Vendors, Christmas Music and more!
8. More things are coming, but the Holidays are all about surprises and gifts right? We aren’t going to spoil them all yet. Don’t go hunting for our “secret hiding spot” either, we don’t have one. It’s all locked in a vault which only we and Santa know the combination to, so save your energy and just keep checking back for more information to come!
Finally, and most importantly, November 27th we are celebrating our 8th anniversary all thanks to each of you! Each day we are grateful for what we do and for the smiles you bring to our faces and hearts. Thank you for joining us on this amazing journey.
According to the Haba website, Haba defines themselves as “We are a wood manufacturing company known for our high-quality baby and children’s toys, as well as our children’s games and block sets. We view ourselves as a “single source supplier” for children. We are expanding our product portfolio beyond wood products using the same high quality standards for which we are known. Thus, HABA also offers plush toys, games and textiles, for example. Our play “inventors” and designers put great care and thought into the creation of our products. Parents themselves, they are sensitive to the needs of our children. Their ideas are transformed by the use of materials which undergo continuous controls and careful inspection. Naturally, our toys comply and often exceed safety standards! HABA products may be found in well-stocked toy stores around the globe.”
Family Fun Hobbies is now carrying some of Haba’s best selling Children’s Games! We are also proud to carry their new “Euro-Style” Board Games which have been taking the gaming world by storm in the last few years!
We believe that play is crucial to a child’s development, but we also believe adults need to continue to play to relieve stress, be social and add fun to their lives. Haba fits this philosophy perfectly!
We talked in length to the Haba representatives and play some of the games in order to make a great opening order for our customers. We made sure to cover ages 2 and up and we picked games which teach dexterity, processing, matching and more!
Who can help Kiki Cuckoo build a nest for her eggs? Be careful! As soon as a few suitable twigs are on the nest you must gently rest a cuckoo egg on top; the fragile eggs may tumble down a half-built nest! It takes finesse and a little luck to be the first to place all of your wooden eggs safely in the nest. But that‘s not all; the winner will be the one who can then securely place the wooden Kiki Cuckoo bird on top of the nest of twigs! A wobbly nest-building game for 2 to 5 players ages between 4 and 99 years. Contents: 1 nesting site (= bottom part of can), 1 Kiki Cuckoo, 70 wooden sticks, 20 cuckoo eggs, 1 set of game instructions. Ages 4+! Watch is great demo video!
Everyone we talked to, told us that we MUST stock Rhino Hero…so now we do!
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super Rhino! No building too high, no street too dangerous for this caped crusader, as he scales buildings and patrols the city protecting the citizens. On his quest for safety, he must use caution as even the most solid buildings may start to sway and wobble. Can you help Super Rhino accomplish the challenge to build a skyscraper as tall and solid as can be? A heroic 3D card-stacking game for 2-5 players ages 5+! Watch to learn more!
Do you love Unicorns?
In a land, far, far away lived four unicorns who were the best of friends. They enjoyed galloping across the soft, billowing clouds, sliding down rainbows and playing with cloud crystals. One day, they noticed a terrible thunderstorm approaching. They thought it would be best to head directly for the sun, and collect as many cloud crystals as possible along the way to keep them safe from the storm. Players start by choosing a colored unicorn and placing their piece on the big blue rain cloud. The player who reaches the sun cloud with the most cloud crystals is the winner. A sparkling die competition for 2-4 players ages 3-99.
For the older set…
Meduris – The Call of the Gods
Following the call of the gods, your people strike out to settle at the foot of Mount Meduris. The mountain is dedicated to the most important of the Celtic gods and has fertile soil and plenty of raw material awaiting brave settlers. The fields are full of juicy grass for your sheep, and there are quarries, mines, and dense forests. The area at the foot of the mountain is divided into nine districts, whose rune stones indicate the worship of various gods. As the four chosen ones, it is your task to develop the settlements and delight the gods. Your workers obtain the materials for constructing huts and temples on the high plains of the mountain. Only a player who obtains enough materials, cleverly selects the site of their huts and temples, and gains the mercy of the gods by making offerings to the druid will be selected as leader of the tribe.
-A medieval-inspired challenge for 2-4 players ages 10-99 with an approximate play duration of 75 minutes.
-Exciting right up to the grand finale
-High Quality components
-From the award-winning illustrator Miguel Coimbra (“7 Wonders”)
Finally! After a long boat trip, the treasure hunters have reached the island of Karuba and can go on the hunt for hidden treasures. Who will lead their expedition team along the smartest route through the jungle trails, pay attention to the other players and keep an eye out for gold and crystals along the way? The most important thing is to start running in time! Hurry up and be the first to reach the temples to collect the most valuable treasures. But be careful! Many paths have dead ends- so you need to be patient and attentive in order to discover the best way through the jungle. The expedition team with the most valuable treasures wins the game. An addictive tile-based puzzle game for 2-4 treasure hunters ages 8-99. Game length: Approx 40 minutes. Designed and written by Rudiger Dorn and Illustrated by Claus Stephan. Karuba was nominated for a 2016 Spiel des Jahres award.
…And these are just a few of what we ordered! As always, if there’s something from Haba you want, and we don’t have it in stock, we can order for you at no extra cost!
Are you staying home this summer instead of travelling? Family Fun Hobbies can help!
First things first, set the mood at home. Turn off your phones, maybe check social media and email just once or twice during your stay-cation. Turn on that “out of office message”, it really does work! Skip the paper, stop your mail…you might not be out of town, but you are ON VACATION! Act that way!
Now set the stage, what do you want to do during your stay-cation? Do you want to travel to local attractions you’ve never visited? Check out some websites, ask questions, figure out the best days to visit. Do youwant to sit by the pool? Make sure you have a new pool toy or two. How about checking out the many parks and trails provided nearby? You can could pick up
a kite or model rocket at Family Fun Hobbies to use on your adventure!
Are you feeling creative? Take a painting class, hit the art museum or try out a craft kit from the store. Shrinky Dinks anyone? Yes, they do exist and yes…we carry them!
Oh no, it’s raining on your stay-cation? Don’t worry we carry puzzles, games and science kits to keep you and your family occupied! Even better, get your family talking and learning all while having fun with Word Teasers!
Feeling nostalgic? How about slinky or marbles or jacks? We can help you there too!
Staying home doesn’t have to be boring. Enjoy your time at home just as if you were 1,000 miles away. Act like you are on vacation. Stop by Family Fun Hobbies and ask one of our Sales Associates for even more ideas to help make your stay cation the best it can be!
Turn Dinner time into Conversation Time “WordTeasers®”
It’s a conversation dilemma that almost every parent has faced: How was school today? Fine. What did you do? Nothing. Getting more than a “yes,” “no,” or “fine” from a teenager at dinnertime can often be a challenge. But now there’s a solution. It’s called WordTeasers—a series of clever, table-top word games that get parents and their kids talking, laughing, and thinking—and learning something new at the same time.
For example, there’s WordTeasers: Funny Sayings—an amusing word game that challenges kids, their friends, and parents to answer funny or thought-provoking questions using well-known idioms (expressions whose meaning can’t be determined by the words themselves). Questions or commands—like, “Tell about something you do once in a blue moon”; “Who among your friends loves being in the limelight”; “Tell about a time you had egg on your face”—are designed not only to help upper elementary grade students learn these idiomatic expressions, but also to help fire up great conversations among kids and their bffs, their parents, their grandparents or just about anybody else who likes to laugh out loud.
The idea for this game came about one raining Saturday when Susan Flora, president and co-founder of the new educational game company, mentioned to her then 9-year-old that it was “raining cats and dogs.” Her son laughed, but then asked, “Did you just make that up?” Flora and her business partner realized that young kids simply didn’t know these strange expressions. “We decided there had to be a fun way to help kids learn these idioms while at the same time getting kids and their parents engaged in thoughtful conversations,” Flora said. Each WordTeasers: Funny Sayings Challenge Card includes a challenging question or statement on the front of the card, such as, “When was the last time you had to eat humble pie.” The back of the card includes the meaning of the idiomatic expression, as well as its often fascinating origin. For example, who would have guessed that “eat humble pie” came from the 15th century word umbles, which referred to the heart, liver, and other parts of animals? “Umbles were often used as ingredients for ‘pot pies,’” says Flora. “But this type of pie wasn’t the best food to serve to guests and so was often served with an apology. I’m sorry, sire, I only have umble pie to serve you.”
The game comes with numerous suggestions for play. Number of players? “The more the merrier,” says Flora. “Simply put the colorful and compact WordTeasers box on the dinner table or kitchen counter and draw out a few cards each night. You’ll be surprised how quickly the cards generate a lively discussion on a whole variety of topics.” Other products in the WordTeasers line include WordTeasers: SAT Vocabulary (for high school students studying for the SAT or ACT), WordTeasers: Junior (conversation starters with words students should know by the end of the 6th grade), WordTeasers: World Geography (a game of fascinating and little-known facts about countries and cultures around the world), and WordTeasers: American Heroes & Legends (a deck of conversation starters based on quotes from famous Americans). Each game comes in a colorful box that is compact and easily portable for family!
WordTeasers are now available at Family Fun Hobbies! We even have a few boxes open for you to try out!
You saw our Facebook Post the other day that we are now carrying Fidget Spinners and that they were selling like crazy. Are you left wondering, “What are they?”
The goal of a fidget toy is to fiddle with it. Just spin it silently instead of clicking a pen or flipping a lighter and irritating your surroundings. Some people even say that fiddling can help you concentrate.
If you find your fingers are generally a mess due to your boredom-induced nail-biting, or you’re driving your cubicle neighbors insane from your desk-drumming and pen-clicking, fidget toys might be the cure for your nervous or bored energy. Stress balls and desk toys have been around forever, but a recent trend in fidget toys adds a collectible, high quality flair to finding a place to fidget your excitement away.
Thanks to its surprisingly successful Kickstarter campaign, you might’ve heard of Antsy Lab’s Fidget Cube, which raised $6.4 million after setting a relatively meager $15,000 funding goal, Fidget Spinners have quickly become the latest fad.
We currently carry #TopTrenz Spinner Squad, but will likely be expanding our line. We’ve already put in an order for solid colors!
We know what it’s like, being snowed-in can get monotonous, but have no fear Family Fun Hobbies is here!
With the impending storm, we wanted to give you some ideas to preemptively stop boredom beforeit starts with Seven Snowed-In Suggestions to keep you and yours sane.
1. Mad Libs – You remember how much fun you had, share it with your family. We have tons of different books in stock for every interest.
2. Forbidden Island/Forbidden Desert – In this 2-4 Player BoardGame, teams go on missions to claim four sacred treasures. The game stresses problem solving, strategic thinking and cooperation. Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise. Your team will have to work together and make some pulse-pounding maneuvers, as the island will sink beneath every step! Race to collect the treasures and make a triumphant escape before you are swallowed into the watery abyss!For a quick video teaser click here. 30 minutes play time. Ages 10+
3. Dixit (and expansions) – There is an old saying that every picture tells a story. Live the truth of that saying in the game Dixit, in which lovingly crafted pictures shape stories that you tell. Winner of the 2010 Spiel des Jahres award for Game of the Year, Dixit can be played with three to six players, and is suitable for adults and children, family and friends, and anyone with whom you share a common language.
In this game of imagination and creative guesswork, players take turns playing the storyteller, telling a brief story based on a picture card. As the storyteller, you select a card from your hand, play it facedown, and speak a word, phrase, or sentence represented by the picture. The others play facedown the picture card fromtheir own hand which best represents, to them, what you’ve said. The cards are shuffled and revealed, and each player votes for the image that they think inspired the storyteller’s brief tale.
If all players correctly guess the storyteller’s card, everyone but the storyteller earns two points. If only a few players guess it, then they and the storyteller earn three points. In thatcase, every player, including the storyteller, earns a pointper vote that their card received so that the most imaginative matches between pictures and words are rewarded no matter who made them. 3-6 Players, Ages 8+.
4. Puzzles – We have them for all age ranges and all interests! Puzzles are an excellent activity for keeping your brain sharp. They challenge your dexterity, spatial reasoning, and logic. Even better, they work both sides of your brain simultaneously, something few other activities do. The creative side works to see the finished product, while the logical side works to fit the pieces. Plus, Puzzles are interactive. Your entire family can work on one puzzle together, creating valuable social interaction! Even better, puzzles don’t require electricity if the power goes out during the storm!
5. Happy Salmon – Who doesn’t love a card game which involves fish, high fives and fist bumps? Click here for a quick demo! Happy Salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with high-fivin’, fin-flappin’ fun. Actions including the classic “High 5”, the unifying “Pound It”, the frantic “Switcheroo”, and the delightful “Happy Salmon” will leave players doubled over in laughter. With so many mini-celebrations built into the play, it’s the happiest game ever!
How to Play:
Everyone calls out the action shown on their top card.
When two players have a match, they celebrate by
performing that action together, then discard their top card.
The first player to match all of the cards in their deck wins!
6. AdultColoring Books – “In a very short time, coloring has proven surprisingly addictive for America’s stressed, anxious, and overworked. Therapeutic without being therapy, meditative without being meditation, creative without being creation, artsy without being art, the supposedly soothing activity has also become a big business—in 2015 alone, US sales of coloring books shot up from 1 to 12 million units.” – qz.com
We have a huge selection of coloring books in store to keep you occupied while the kids run amuck in the snow. Coloring also helps to reduce stress and anxiety! Who doesn’t love that?
7. Science Kits – Family Fun Hobbies has a huge selection of science kits from the short to the involved to cover many interests and age ranges. Kits are a great help for parents who teach their children at home by themselves and want to make the topics interesting or just to fill some time in an educational way. Science kits make use of real life investigations that help kids to think about what they have learnt and how to apply it when they go outside to discover, or while they are in the classroom. Overall, educational science kits will teach a child science concepts that they can apply to the world around them, and help them think outside the box. Teachers and parents find these kits very useful in educating their children because these kits help teach both the in-depth principles of science and the hand-on learning of science.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our Seven Snowed-In Suggestions for Family Fun!
So you, or your child, has been tasked with picking a Science Fair Project. Now what?
First things first. Do Not Panic! Family Fun Hobbies is here to help! Now clarify with the teacher exactly what their expectations are for the project. What topic should it cover? Does it have a length requirement?
Five types of science projects
There are five basic types of science projects. You should pick from these types to help narrow things down.
Descriptive: This is basically a science report that describes an existing situation — global climate change, for example — with maybe a visual aid requirement. This type of project is usually required in elementary or middle school rather than high school.
Collection: Collecting leaves or insects is a common project for elementary or middle school. Most high school teachers require more than a simple collection.
Demonstration: This type of project is a demonstration of a known science principle or phenomenon, such as floating a needle to demonstrate water tension. You aren’t really learning anything new. Check with your instructor to see if this type of project is allowed.
Engineering: This type of project involves designing, analyzing and improving a device, material or technology. An engineering project involves building a prototype or developing a simulation to test the effectiveness of design changes or differing materials.
Experimentation: This is the type of project most commonly required at the high school level. Students are expected to use what they have learned about science processes to develop and carry out a “fair test” experiment and to report findings.
Now choose a topic
Once you are clear on the type of project required, it is time to move on to selecting the actual project. There are hundreds of books and online resources available with suggestions. How do you choose the topic that is right for you?
You will be spending quite a bit of time working on your project, so you want to choose a topic that truly interests you. One way to start is by making a mind web or mind map. Start with a big blank sheet of paper, draw a circle in the middle and label it with a word representing one of your interests. Draw several lines, or spokes, radiating from the central circle and free associate other words that you think of when you think about the central topic.
For example, if you choose “sports” as your central idea you might label the spokes “basketball, football, baseball, running, golf.” Next, draw several more lines from each of these spokes and write several questions for each of the topics. The best science questions usually begin with one of the following words: what, when, which, who, why, where or how. Try to write at least two questions for each of your spokes.
Eliminate irrelevant questions. Deciding what is “best” often means that you would be basing your results on your opinion instead of evidence. This is called “bias” and is not appropriate for science. Find the questions that have both an independent and a dependent variable. The independent variable is a factor that you can change in order to test the effects of the change. A dependent variable is something you can measure which shows the effect of the change that you made.
For example one of your questions might be: “When is the best time to work out?” This question has an independent variable — you can choose to work out at different times, but it lacks a way to measure which time is “best.” You need a dependent variable. The easiest dependent variables to measure include numbers such as changes in size, time, speed, ordistance. Some experimental questions have changes that cannot be measured with numbers and must be characteristics that can be easily described such as a change in color. Running at different times of the day would be your independent variable.
“Does running in the morning increase my heart rate more than running in the evening?” has both an independent variable (different workout times) and a dependent variable (heart rate — you are measuring the speed at which the heart beats.) Notice the wording change — we have narrowed “working out” to “running.” We also have only three possible outcomes: heart rate can increase more in the morning, it can increase more in the evening, or it can be the same in the morning and evening.
Next you have to design a “fair test.” In the example, you would have to make sure you did the same workout under the same conditions at different times of day. After all, if you ran a mile uphill in the morning and only a quarter-mile on level ground in the evening before measuring heart rate the test would hardly be fair! You also want to control as many other factors as possible. For example, you might find a place to run indoors so that weather would not change. The best experiments have only one factor that is changed – the independent variable. You also want to include several trials of the experiment, usually at least seven, to make sure any changes observed in the dependent variable were caused by changing the independent variable, not by chance. The more trials you do, the more certain your results will be.
Now you have the basis of a science project that is possible to do:
Question: “Does running in the morning increase my heart rate more than running in the evening?”
Independent variable: Different times of day
Dependent variable: Heart rate
Fair test: I am going to run the same distance under the same conditions twice a day every day for two weeks. I will take my pulse before I run and after I run and calculate the difference in heart rate. I will record the changes in heart rate and determine if the average difference is greater in the morning or the evening or if there is no difference.Remember that the best experiments always suggest further experiments or questions. For example, if your average heart rate increases when you run in the morning does the same thing happen to other people? (Remember if you use others in your experiment you will need written permission from their parents if they are under 18.)
Still stumped…stop by Family Fun Hobbies. We have many science kits available to start your project off right. For example:
4M Green Science Dynamo Torch
Build your own emergency flashlight that doesn’t need batteries! This kit contains all the pieces needed to build a small generator that converts hand power to electricity that powers a light bulb. Your child will learn about green energy sources that minimize the negative impact to the environment. The flashlight can be attached to a clean, used bottle to demonstrate recycling opportunities.
The 4M Dynamo Torch includes all the pieces necessary to build a functional, crank-powered flashlight. You provide screwdriver.
4M Solar Mechanics
Experiment with solar cells by building a solar powered robot or fan
This green science kit is environmentally friendly
Solar spinner and more
This kit uses re-purposed materials
Experiment with solar cells by building a solar powered robot, fan, solar spinner and more
This green science kit is environmentally friendly
With the Solar Mechanic kit, you can learn about alternative energy using solar panels and hand cranks. Assemble a unique solar motorized module powered by a solar cell – using clean energy from the sun. Use it as an engine of a vibrating robot that slides across the floor. A cooling fan that functions automatically under the sun. An illusion spinner that turns the sun’s rays and colors to sparkling visual wonders. And more. No batteries are required. The fun and the power are unlimited.
4M Potato Clock
Be a scientist as you discover how to power this digital clock using potatoes.
Experiment to find out what other substances will power the clock and create many unusual batteries with apples, tomatoes, soft drinks and more.
digital clock with wires
copper and zinc strips
Potato is not included in kit.
Recommended for ages 8 and over.
All of these kits, and many more, are available in store now. We also have parts to help build motors, bridges and more!
Family Fun Hobbies is once again heading to the New York Toy Fair! So what does that mean?
114th North American International Toy Fair™ #TFNY is the largest toy, game, and youth product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere!
OWNER: Toy Industry Association
SHOW DATES: Saturday, February 18 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday and Monday, February 19 and 20 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. New York, NY
PARTICIPATION: 1,126 total exhibitors from 31 countries
(Pre-registered as of February 2, 2017) 103 first-time exhibitors
11,000 registered buyers representing more than 4,000 of unique retail outlets
21 of the top 25 Toy Sellers representing the $26 billion domestic U.S. toy
This year, Toy Fair will attract more than 30,000 registrants (including nearly 13,000 retailers, wholesalers, importers, buying groups, and trade guests) from more than 100 countries.
EXHIBIT SPACE: 443,000 net square feet on-site at the Javits Convention Center
NYC is a playground this week! At the Javits Convention Center and across the city, more than 1,100 toy companies are showcasing the products that will be under the tree this Christmas to retailers only, it’s not open to the public!
As the largest toy show in the Western Hemisphere, Toy Fair is a massive celebration of play.
This year’s marketplace is bigger than ever. The show is the equivalent to more than seven football fields filled with creative, innovative, and skill-building toys and games!
Who comes to Toy Fair? There are more than 30,000 attendees from over 100 countries. That’s toy inventors and designers, manufacturers, toy buyers from retailers of all sizes, wholesalers, importers, entertainment executives, and more. If someone is connected to the toy industry, they are probably in town this week!
Toy Fair has a dedicated area for new exhibitors called the “Launch Pad.” It is a great place to see new up-and-coming toy inventors as well as international companies looking to expand their product to the U.S. Located in Hall 1E of the Javits Center, Toy Fair first-timers represent 17 countries including Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, and Poland.
Toy Fair is important because play is important. Toys – which are the tools of play – promote the development of children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and fine and gross motor skills.
U.S. toy and game sales rose by 5 percent in 2016, according to NPD. This speaks to the innovation and creativity of the industry. Collectibles were a top contributor to the industry’s growth. Sales jumped 33 percent and represented 9 percent of the industry’s total dollars. Additionally, games and puzzles, dolls, and outdoor sports and toys were the top three performing super-categories, each posting double-digit sales growth in 2016 compared to 2015.
From board games and dolls to outdoor toys and e-connected playthings, the toy industry is churning out an incredibly diverse array of products for kids to play with!
A well-rounded day of play is important for families. There is room for both traditional toys and digital playthings to help round out the play experience.
Based on data provided by The NPD Group and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce
In the United States:
o The average price of a toy is around $10.
o The estimated three billion units sold across the nation each year generate approximately $26 billion in direct toy sales.
o 2016 ended with a 5 percent increase in overall U.S. toy sales, according to The NPD Group. Growth categories included: games and puzzles (+18%), dolls (+10%), outdoor and sports toys (+10%), plush (+6%), infant and toddler preschool toys (+3%), youth electronics (+3%), and vehicles (+1%).
o Interesting to note: Collectibles were a top contributor to the industry’s 2016 growth, with sales growing 33 percent to reach $1.8 billion. Collectibles represented 9 percent of total toy industry dollars. Among NPD super-categories, outdoor sports and toys had the largest dollar amount increase at $328 million.
What does this all mean to you, our customers?
It’s pretty simple really. It means that when you shop with Family Fun Hobbies, you are helping to grow this amazing industry of toys and games. You are helping a small, local business and you are part of a growing trend! To get you involved Katrina and Rob will be posting pictures, updates, videos, surveys….whatever they have time for, to our Facebook and Twitter accounts! We NEED your input so that we are focusing the store in the direction you want it go. As a reward for your help, we will give away all of the #TFNY SWAG we get via random drawing. You just have to interact with us to be entered!
As another reward, we are making room on our shelves for all of the new products. Keep an eye out for in-store sales. Right now all 4M Science and Craft Kits are Buy 2, Get 1 FREE!!!