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Build a Bouquet
By: Green Toys
Budding florists can create multiple floral arrangements. Made in the USA from 100 percent recycled plastic milk jugs, this set contains 44 brightly colored pieces to play with. Kids can stack the vibrant lilies, petunias, and daisies in the assorted stems to reveal colorful bouquet creations.
Alphabet Zoo Rock and Stack Pull Toy
By: skip hop
Three ways to play! Elastic connects the two wheels; simply pull out, move up and release to convert rolling car into a rocking boat. Stack and match the six different animal parts or mix to create new ones.
Flying Super Grover 2.0
This motion-activated Super Grover 2.0 character comes to life when kids pick him up and help him fly around the room. His arms will rise as if he’s flying and he will let children know whether he’s “Going up” or “Going down!” Complete with soaring sounds and silly phrases.
Oh, la la! Plug in the colorful and fun LALALOOPSY™ Headphones into your MP3 player and enter the whimsical world of LALALOOPSY! The super soft and super stylish cushioned over-ear headphones feature a giant pink button on each ear, as well as a faux fur adjustable headband.
Fortune Cookie Maker
The Fortune Cookie Maker Set lets children write, create and decorate fortune cookies right at home! Children just write down their fortune, combine the included mix with water, heat in the microwave for a few seconds, knead and roll out their dough and then place it in the Fortune Cookie Maker. With the push of a button, their fortune is deliciously sealed and is ready to decorate and eat within 10 minutes!
Empire State Building 3-D Puzzle
216 piece plastic 3D shaped jigsaw puzzle
Completed in 1931, the construction of this New York City emblem took only
14 months. In record time, 102 floors, 60,000 tons of steel and 10 million bricks were processed and 3480 miles of telephone cable and 60 miles of water pipes were installed.
By: The Bridge Direct
GloGlo Inkoos bring your designs to life - even in the dark! Like all inkoos, you can draw and decorate on them with the included washable markers. But when the lights go out, their cool glow-in-the-dark patterns are revealed! Then you can draw even more glowing designs with the special light pen
Until We Hug Again Bunny
Now your love is only a squeeze away. Record your voice for up to 30 seconds, and your child will be able to hear your words every time this cuddly bunny is hugged. With Hallmark's Voice-Save technology, messages are safe—even if the batteries begin to fade.
Piccolo Carousel Bells
Dance to your own music. Play your own song. Ring it out from C to chiming C! Song sheet included with 7 play-along songs
Melissa & Doug My Own Mailbox
By: Melissa & Doug
Ages 4 & up
Everyone likes getting letters! Sending and receiving "mail" is even more fun with this toy mailbox, complete with a bright red flag. The sturdy wooden box comes with letter and number stickers so kids can decorate it with their name, address or a special message. The hinged door opens to make room for two postcards and a ruled letter and envelope, all reusable with the wipe-clean crayons that come with the set.