Learning Express Reveals Its 2011 Top Toy List

Educational Toy Specialists Highlight Their Choices for This Year's "Hot" Toys

DEVENS, MA--(Marketwire - Oct 19, 2011) - The holiday shopping season will soon be here, and that means it's time for the annual Learning Express Top Toy List. In keeping with tradition, this year's list offers shoppers an eclectic selection of toys and games from award-winning manufacturers chosen for both their educational and play value. These toys and games represent the top picks from Learning Express owners throughout the country and are sure to be in high demand this year. As such, savvy shoppers will need to make their selections early.

"When we nominated the toys and games for the 2011 Top Toy List, we made sure to include choices for all ages and interests," said Sharon DiMinico, founder and CEO of Learning Express. "We think this year's list represents the best of the current crop of high-quality toys and games designed to engage, amuse, inspire and inform the children on your shopping list."

Spooner Boards
Children can replicate all their favorite board sports in any location and on any surface... safely! The Spooner Board is a virtually indestructible balance board that spins, flips, wobbles, and more. Simulate skateboard or surfing tricks, and brush up on snowboarding techniques in the off season. Designed with children and floor safety in mind.
Ages 4+ (24" Freestyle Spooner Board $39.99 each, 28" Pro Spooner Board $49.99 each)

Wamazo Boxing Game
Knock out! Kids can keep their friends and family on the ropes with these fabulously fun, enormous inflatable boxing gloves. Two pairs allow children to spar with anyone, any size. An uproarious good time!
Ages 5+ ($24.99)

Remote Control Speed Boat Racers
Lagoon launch! Two tiny remote control boats race wildly around the inflatable track, avoiding the island and the volcano. Quick to recharge, and great for tearing around the tub. Hours of racing romps. Requires two 9-volt, and six AAA batteries, not included.
Ages 6+ ($49.99)

Nano Blocks Building Sets
Pixel perfect! Micro-sized blocks allow for an unbelievable amount of detail, making realistic 3D creations that fit in the palm of a child's hand. Ideal for aspiring designers and architects. Styles may vary by store.
Ages 8+ ($16.99 each set)

Sparkling Hair Accessory Kit
Hip headbands, rocking ribbon, and fun feathers! Young fashionistas can mix, match, and make an array of artistic accessories for their hair. Everything a child needs for a creative coif.
Ages 5+ ($19.99)

Bling Block Jewelry Kit
Children can build on their own beauty with the irrepressible style of the six dot block! Intermingle blocks, beads, and gems on stain cord or elastic string to make unique and colorful creations. Available only at Learning Express!
Ages 8+ ($16.99)

Tile Jewelry Kit
Don't be square! Children begin with a simple wooden tile, layer on stickers and then embellish with beads, pearls, and more to make unique and personal jewelry. Ribbon, chain, elastic, and twenty findings give young designers complete creative control. Available only at Learning Express!
Ages 7+ ($14.99)

All Duct Out Kit
It's indestructible! Children can make dozens of fashion accessories that will stick with them! Tear, stick, and wear belts, headbands, glasses, jewelry, and more. Eight colors of high style duct tape and simple-to-follow templates. Available only at Learning Express!
Ages 7+ ($24.99)

Spaceship Adventure Set
Houston, we have a problem! There's so much detail in this three-dimensional wooden rocket that kids could explore for light years. Aspiring astronauts navigate through space and through the multiple levels of their spacecraft. Top of craft comes off to serve as landing module. Stands nearly 2.5 feet tall!
Ages 3+ (Regular Price $129.99 Special Price $99.99)

Fastrack Game
This high-action wooden coffee table game challenges players to be the first to get all of their wooden discs over to the opponent's side. To do this, players use the elastic cord to shoot the star-topped disks across the board and through the opening in the barrier. First player to get rid of their disks wins! Includes 1 wooden track, 10 wooden discs and illustrated rules. For 2 players. 10-minute game time.
Ages 5 + ($19.99)

yBike Pewi
Innovation station! Infants use this colorful and sleek walker to pull themselves up and walk, either pushing or pulling. Older kids can climb aboard the sturdy structure and scoot on the multi-directional rubber wheels. Incredibly fun and great for balance and spatial awareness. Color selection may vary by store.
Ages 9 months+ ($54.99)

Pic N' Pop
Pedestrian popper! Little ones walk behind this clever roller, then click the handle button to pop balls out of the front chute. Simply roll back over them to pick up. Use indoors or out.
Ages 18 months+ ($29.99)

Angry Bird Plush
Straight from the bestselling cell phone app comes the Angry Birds Plush collection! Whether your child chooses to reenact the Angry Birds game with their plush loot, or simply display and admire their favorite characters, the Angry Birds plush collection is ready for squeezing, hugging, or tossing (gently of course). Colors and styles vary by store.
Ages 4 + ($9.99-$59.99)

Treetop Friends Activity Gym
Adorable aerie! From tummy time to rolling over, babies will bat and swing their way to developing motor skills and coordination on this charming woodland-themed gym. Features hidden mirror, gentle noise makers, and wooden teether. Seventeen developmental activities in all! Measures 36" wide.
Ages Birth+ ($74.99)

Boogie Monster Kit
Tickle monster has a new friend! Slip into these furry leggings, put on the CD of irresistible dance music, and transform into the Boogie Monster! This interactive kit features a book that tells the story of the Boogie Monster. Introduce the joy of movement to your child.
Ages 3+ ($39.95)

Spot It Game
There is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any two cards in this party game. Spot it and you win! A sharp eye and a little bit of speed is all it takes to become a Spot it! champ. 2 to 8 Players.
Ages 6+ ($12.99)

"Thoughtfully-designed toys and games combine a high fun factor with an educational focus," said DiMinico. "We believe that the toys on this year's list represent the best of today's toy trends. They rank high for play value but they also develop creativity and important life skills such as strategy, cooperation, and collaboration."

Learning Express stores carry a wide range of toys for a variety of age groups with a focus on educational toys that promote learning and the importance of play.

For more information about the Learning Express 2011 Top Toy List, please visit www.learningexpress.com.

The following photos are available for this release:

  • The Spooner Freestyle Board is an awesome play board that helps kids practice balance, coordination & motor skills. http://www2.enr-corp.com/ht/strumpf03/1120668/SpoonerFreestyleBoard.jpg
  • The All Duct Out Kit comes with the supplies and inspiration needed to create your own unique duct tape fashions! http://www2.enr-corp.com/ht/strumpf03/1120668/AllDuctOutKit.jpg
  • The Fastrack Game is a high-action wooden coffee table game that will have the whole family laughing... and improving their hand eye coordination! http://www2.enr-corp.com/ht/strumpf03/1120668/fasttrack.jpg

For additional photos, please contact Kathryn Blanchflower, Communications Director and Marketing Manager for Learning Express, at (978) 889-1087 or kathryn@learningexpress.com.

About Learning Express

Learning Express is the nation's leading franchisor of educational toy stores with more than 150 locations across the country. Each store is proud to be counted amongst the family of homegrown local businesses in its community. Learning Express storeowners go to work each day to provide their neighbors with a warm, friendly environment in which to shop, meet, and learn. Whether shopping for a birthday gift on the go, that extra-special cherish-forever Christmas present, or the latest must-have collectible, Learning Express will always have the perfect toy. The Learning Express product mix is the crème de la crème of the industry, carefully evaluated for safety, child-tested for fun, and guaranteed to help parents raise smart, healthy kids. Perks such as expert advice, a "Birthday Box" (a tactile gift registry) for making birthday wishes, free gift-wrapping, free personalization, civic fundraising, and customer VIP programs set the Learning Express toy shops apart from other retailers. To learn more about Learning Express, franchise opportunities, or a store near you, visit www.learningexpress.com.

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