Toy Fair 2013 PlaymobilAccording to the official Toy Fair site the countdown says 19 days until the Toy Fair! Everyone is excited to see all the new products revealed at the largest toy trade event ever held in North America. Toy Fair is the size of 7 football fields (no wonder my feet hurt at the end of the day) with exhibitors showing over 150,000 innovative toys, games and youth entertainment products. I can’t wait.

I’ve  had a sneak preview from some of my favorite companies on Facebook and through press releases. I’m excited to meet Folkmanis puppets’ “Perched Eagle Puppet.” He looks Folkmanis eagle puppetso real I may need one of those special falconer’s gloves. We’ve got some exciting appointments set up to see old friends and meet new companies. Science kits, cooperative games, wooden toys, and laser pegs are on the schedule so stay tuned for my round-up of current toys trends and “Look Who’s Listening to Children with Special Needs.” In the several years that I have been attending the fair, I see an increased awareness by companies to reach out and market and label their products with the learning embedded by skill. Let’s hope that trend continues to grow!