Tag Archives: Coronavirus

Opinion | History in the making… and playing: How the pandemic has shaped toy trends of the future

From hand-washing and mask-wearing within role-play and the renewed focus on child wellbeing through play, to the spike in the kidult market and the evolution of the STEAM and arts and crafts market, there’s not a category within the toy space that hasn’t been touched or influenced by the coronavirus …

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Spielwarenmesse Summer Edition cancelled over prolonged pandemic problems

Organisers of the Nuremberg toy fair, Spielwarenmesse have confirmed the cancellation of the show’s first Summer Edition, a postponed edition of this year’s show that was scheduled to take place this July. The fair had been moved from its traditional January slot in order to beat the restrictions in place …

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VTech teams with Save the Children for worldwide campaigns and donation scheme

The electronic learning products and pre-school specialist, VTech has partnered with Save the Children to organise a slate of events across multiple countries in order to support vulnerable children in need and those most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Using its worldwide resources, VTech has organised a worldwide toy donation …

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Mary Portas appeals to government to launch Shop Out to Help Out scheme for independent retailers

The High Street hero, Mary Portas has issued a plea to the government to support family-run stores with a Shop Out to Help Out scheme upon the lifting of restrictions on non essential retailers this April 12th. Portas has joined major high street names in fashion and beauty, Henry Holland …

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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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Wentworth Puzzles raises £12,000 for local coronavirus charity through exclusive jigsaw puzzle

Wentworth Wooden Puzzles, a Wiltshire-based puzzles specialist, has raised over £12,000 for its local charity, the Wiltshire Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Response Fund, four times its initial target when it launched its exclusive jigsaw puzzle last year. Designed a means of saying thank you to NHS Staff and all the other …

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It’s Great Outdoors | Plum Play talks nature, wellness, and the nation’s rediscovery of play

While the likelihood of a summer of Great British staycations is fueling current demand in the outdoor play space, it is the emerging trends in children’s wellness combined and the rediscovery of play within the home and nature, that will help it to a thriving future. For the outdoor play …

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Toymaster May Show 2021 cancelled as Government restrictions hamper this year’s plans

Toymaster has confirmed that its annual Harrogate May show will not take place this year, but instead return for 2022 when it will take up its usual residence at the Majestic Hotel from May 17th to 19th. The buying group has said that following the recent Government announcement setting out …

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Children’s charity London Play searches for retailers for its Play 52 fund-raising card game

The children’s charity, London Play is calling on stockists and retailers to help get its range of Play 52 playing cards into the hands of consumers and raise money to support disadvantaged children around London. Over the last six months, the UK charity has developed and launched a range of …

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Non-essential retailers can order free Covid-19 tests for employees until end of June

Non-essential retailers across England will be able to order free Covid-19 tests for employees until the end of June, the Department for Health and Social Care has confirmed this week. Businesses of all sizes, including smaller operations with fewer than 50 employees, will now be able to register to order …

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