New York Toy Fair – Unplugged

By Julie Kertes

I made my annual trek to New York in February to attend the Toy Industry of America’s Toy Fair, a trade show that features hundreds of thousands of new toys, games and novelties from more than 1,200 exhibitors. It was worth braving the record-low temps and snow flurries of Manhattan for a sneak peek at the products hitting stores this spring or fall.

Drones, robots and toys with integrated apps remain the hottest trends, but as I traversed miles of aisles of toys and games that were zooming, buzzing, whirling and flashing, I was drawn to those that required no screens or batteries. Here are a few of my favorites – unplugged play at its finest, developing cognitive skills, piquing curiosity and nurturing imaginations.

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