Brilliant Sky Toy List Keeps Kids Learning This Summer

Specialty toy retailer suggests alternatives to traditional summer fun

July 20, 2011 // Franchising.com // OKEMOS, Mich. – Brilliant Sky Toys & Books wants children to keep their brains sharp through the summer months. Whether rain is pouring from the sky, it's too hot outside to bear, or your child has just grown weary of the water gun, suggest a toy from the list below. The following products will not only keep your kids entertained, but most importantly, they will facilitate the development of key cognitive skills.

Rush Hour (ThinkFun): Rush Hour, designed to challenge your sequential-thinking and problem solving skills, is the mind-challenging game of pure bumper-to-bumper fun! Players set up the cars and trucks on a game grid to match one of forty color-coded challenge cards, and then try to maneuver the red car to escape the gridlock.

Bananagrams (Bananagrams): In this unique word game, players use tiles to create words crossword-style. The first player to use all their tiles is the winner. With multiple ways to play, this game is perfect for beginning spellers as well as more advanced players. No pencil, paper or board required.

Scrambled States of America (Gamewright): Make geography fun. Based on the book by Laurie Teller, this game provides a fun way to enrich basic knowledge of U.S. geography. Players learn the names, capitals, nicknames, shapes and positions of the states through a myriad of visual teasers, language riddles and geography challenges.

Stone Soup (Peaceable Kingdom): From the classic tale of cooperation comes this simple game where players work together to "cook" a soup by making matches of ingredients. In a cooperative game, players work together as a team against a common obstacle, not against each other. Cooperative games emphasize play, not competition.

Rory's Story Cubes (Gamewright): This pocket-sized creative story generator provides hours of imaginative fun for all ages. The Story Cubes are nine dice with a different icon on each side. Roll the cubes and use the images to create a story. There are no wrong answers; the only limit is your imagination!

Boom Boom Cards-Family Edition (Boom Boom Revolution): Here's a great summer project for your family! You get 26 cards, each of which contains a random act of kindness. Once you have completed the task, post the story of what happened on the website, then pass the card on for someone else to do. Each card's unique ID enables your family to follow the family deck cards you do on the website's map and see where they end up! Included discussion cards inspire conversation about the whole experience with your children. Teach the values of compassion, kindness and community and have fun doing it!

Double Shutter (Blue Orange): This game takes moments to learn and a lifetime to master. Roll two dice, add the dots and find the best combination of numbers to shut two rows of nine tiles. Very few can shut all the tiles and close the super box. Even less can stop playing this addicting game, so always remember to play in moderation!

Colorama (Ravensburger): This game for children 3 and up teaches both colors and shapes. Roll the dice and find the pieces that match.

Make 'n' Break Jr. (Ravensburger): With Make 'n' Break you've got 10 wooden building blocks, a timer ticking per the number you rolled and a card showing you what to build in that time. You'll need a good eye and dexterous fingers as you race to create as many wacky structures as you can in the time allowed.

Sandwich Stacking Game (M&D): Here are ten good reasons to play with your food! These unique activities use four bread-shaped gloves, which can self-stick to 14 sandwich filling layers, and 20 sandwich cards. Inspiring children to burn calories while improving memory and matching skills as well as gross motor and hand-eye coordination.

About Brilliant Sky Toys & Books

Brilliant Sky Toys & Books is a specialty toy store franchise that focuses on providing interactive, educational and developmentally-sound environments for children and families. The company, founded by Brent and Sonia Taylor in 2002, is based on the belief that the right playthings give children a gateway to physical, emotional and cognitive development. Brilliant Sky Toys & Books offers more than 10,000 high-quality products from more than 500 specialty brands and is one of the fastest growing retail concepts in the country. With 11 locations currently open, the toy store franchise has agreements in place calling for at least 22 additional locations over the next few years. The company also recently launched an online store featuring a selection of merchandise available to customers nationwide. For more information, visit www.brilliantskytoys.com.

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