Tag Archives: arts and crafts

Kangaru Toys paints partnership with the National Gallery for drawing, painting, and activity sets

Kangaru Toys has landed a new licensing partnership with The National Gallery to develop and launch a series of drawing, painting, and activity sets. Under the deal, the new range will be specially developed for the National Gallery, bringing together Kangaru’s expertise in the arts, crafts, and activity sector, and …

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Arts, Crafts, and YouTube Stars | Canal Toys on a record last year and why it’s expanding beyond the booming arts & crafts market

The explosion of the arts & crafts sector over the course of the UK’s lockdown periods this past year has helped the internationally-reaching toy maker, Canal Toys achieve not only significant growth, but a record year of sales for the business. Fuelled by consumer demand for products to keep children …

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Trends UK launches creative campaign for kids to say ‘thank you’ with Little Brian Paint Sticks

Trends UK has kicked off a new campaign to help kids get creative with their ‘thank you’ messages to mothers, teachers, and home-schooling parents through the use of the Little Brian Paint Sticks range. The spring campaign began with TV and social media support in February and continues this month …

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Build Your Own to follow first-year success with Mini Builds range launch this year

The award-winning STEM arts and crafts specialist, Build Your Own is expanding its range of eco-friendly activity kits with the planned launch of its Mini Builds range later this year. Scheduled for release this summer, the new range has been designed to compliment the firm’s current collection of Build Your …

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Homegrown | Rex London and the processes of “achieving something great”

The latest in a series of articles exploring and celebrating the homegrown British toy design and production scene across all stages of its development, ToyNews catches up with the internationally reaching gifting, toy, and craft specialist, Rex London to talk about the successes of 2020 and how a healthy retailer …

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The Classics | The world in Colour – Crayola’s 120 years of arts and crafts innovation

Vivid Goliath’s EMEA brand director of the Crayola division, Leon Jarmolowicz will tell you that last year, the brand – one synonymous with the arts and crafts sector had a year so good that it placed the firm ‘comfortably within the top ten suppliers in the UK and Eire.’ Not …

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Cra-Z-Art owner LaRose Industries acquires Mattel’s Arts, Crafts and Stationery business

LaRose Industries, the owners of the Cra-Z-Art brand a globally revered name in the classic toy, arts and crafts, and puzzles space has acquired the Arts, Crafts, Stationery (AST) business from Mattel. The deal includes the popular RoseArt and Rose Moon brands as well as the rights to produce and …

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Tech firm BitOGenius turns kids’ art into playable video games with Pixicade

The tech company, BitOGenius is looking to revolutionise the STEAM toys category with the launch of Pixicade, a new system that turns children’s artwork into original, playable video games. Created by a team of game design experts and educators at the US-based business, Pixicade turns artwork into playable video games …

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Homegrown | One man’s JUNKO and a transatlantic sales story

The next in a series of articles exploring and celebrating the homegrown British toy design and production scene across all stages of its development, this week, ToyNews catches up with the toy inventor, Peter Rope to learn about the international expansion of his flagship JUNKO brand – a popular attraction …

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Whirli learning: Selling toys the Whirligig way – inside the UK’s independent ‘make and do’ retailer

A former teacher-turned-coffee shop owner-turned-managing director of the UK’s biggest independent toy retailer outside of a buying group, Whirligig Toys’ Peter Allinson is a champion of the ‘things to make and do’ toy space. ToyNews takes a look at the working parts to find out what makes this toy retailer …

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