Ben 10 Omniverse

 

Ben 10Beginning in a few months (September), The Cartoon Network will roll out another season of Ben 10, called Ben 10 Omniverse. This is the fourth installment of the Ben 10 series. In this series, Ben is a more mature 16-year-old. He actually travels back in time to assist himself as a 10-year-old boy. Both of them will be traveling side by side in the series.

Derrick J. Wyatt, who animated Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Transformers: Animated, designed the concept art and characters for Ben 10: Omniverse. The new cartoon style looks more like an anime character, as Ben 10’s body appears a little bit taller and thinner. This design was first unveiled at 2012 UK Toy Fair.

Ben 10 started from scratch and its popularity has grown over these past 7 years, surpassing the likes of Cartoon Network staples, including Green Lantern, Teen Titans, and Batman. Studios have been struggling for some time to reinvent these other comic book stories. However, Ben 10 is now the network’s hottest franchise, selling billion of dollars worth of merchandise and setting record ratings.

So what’s the plot line for this new series? No one knows exactly for sure, but what we do know is that Ben is able to transform into 10 aliens now. He can also drive, date, and stay out late, so parents: Watch out! He seeks to explore a secret alien city with his Grandpa Max, but must fight aliens from the past. A new enemy seeks to destroy him….and the list goes on. One question remains: Are you ready for it?

In case you missed it, a sneak peak at the new Ben 10 series aired during Ben 10 Week (March 19, 2012 – March 24, 2012)!

Wubbzy helps children deal with the unknown

Wow Wow Wubbzy is a gem of a show that was created by Bob Boyle using Toon Boom and Adobe Flash Software.  The show has good intentions and funny story lines.  It teaches preschoolers important social skills.  The show also teaches children about sharing, responsibility, and self-awareness.

In one episode Wubbzy and his friends are preparing for a dance party at the Wubb Club. Madame Zabinga asks if Wubbzy has a band coming to play for the dance party. Wubbzy hadn’t thought about hiring a band. With only hours to spare, Wubbzy, Widget, and Walden form a band.  Widget plays the drums, and Walden plays the Horn.  No one thinks that Wubbzy is a good singer at first but then Wubbzy takes a risk and just sings. He actually turns out to be a pretty good singer.  They name the band the Wuzzles.

Bob Boyle knew that things don’t always turn out how we plan them.  He also knew that sometimes things turn out for the better, although we can’t always see that at first.  One of the reasons that he created Wow, Wow, Wubbzy was to help children cope with circumstances that are beyond their control, helping them understand that things may turn out for the better.  In other words, as Bob humorously puts it, “I want kids to know what to do when a robotic chicken is running amok!” If you are a fan of the show, check out our great selection of Wow Wow Wubbzy toys.

Dora Discovers a New App

Dora is that classic Latina cartoon that has been around since 1999.  Dora is a very adventurous little girl with a heart of gold. She loves to go out and explore real places with the help of a map and her buddy, Boots the monkey.  In every episode you learn Spanish words and phrases. Also, she does not hold grudges, even when the mischievous fox, Swiper, tries to steal things from her.

I am so impressed with Dora that I recently stumbled upon an awesome website that I’m sure you will want to share with your kids.  On Nick Jr.’s website, they teach you everything from how to make a Dora cake, to playing games with Dora, to printing out coloring pages for kids.  There is even a new Dora app for your smartphone, which is the third learning adventure in the Nickelodeon Literacy Suite.  This app will teach your children early reading and phonics skills.  They will be ready to leap into phonics!

Dora is never afraid to explore, nor should you be.  Check out our awesome website for an impressive selection of Dora toys. From rompers to bubbles and more, I dare you to try to find something that we don’t have!

 

Maya & Miguel: Double Delight or Double Trouble?

Scholastic Entertainment has created yet another awesome show that spans across cultures. “Maya and Miguel” does an excellent job of portraying Latino culture.  Maya and Miguel Santos are two young fraternal twins that love to have adventures in their community and at school.

For instance, in one episode, Maya encourages her friend Maggie to run for class president.  Maggie wanted to place pink puff balls on the tops of pencils and change all of the white paper in the school to pink paper.  However, upon further examination of her motives, Maggie realized that she was not good at the things that truly matter, like paying attention to other people’s problems.  One she realized this she gladly stopped running for class president and gave the nomination to Simon, a fellow classmate.

The show does an excellent job of teaching about diversity.  It also places emphasis on serving the family and community, which is a great message for any child to hear. Click here more fun and interactive games with Maya and Miguel.

For even more cool stuff, why not try kids backpacks? We also have clothing, birthday invitations, and more, all of which you can personalize.  In the words of Maya,  “¡Éso es!” (That’s it!).

Caillou Holds the Character Card

With most of the holidays behind us, it is a good time to reflect on friends, family, and more.  If you have good friends, most likely your friends have great character.  Many people are drawn to those with great character.

Caillou was a character that was created in 1990 by French author Christine L’Heureux and illustrator Hélène Desputeaux.  Christine wanted to encourage children to develop their own unique characteristics while growing in peace with others and the world around them.  She also wanted to depart from the normal practice of using animals in children’s books, and instead used a more identifiable component- humans themselves.  Her reasoning was that children could better relate to the stories that she was telling with a human, instead of an animal. Was she right? How does your little one relate to Caillou?  Feel free to leave your comments below.

Caillou encourages your children to explore the world around them, to use their imagination, and to have adventures.  There’s nothing like using your imagination to solve a problem as opposed to playing hours of shoot ‘em up video games.  Which way would you rather have your child spend his or her time?  Click here to check out fun games and how to build with Caillou.

Last but not least, for cool Caillou stuff, check out the items on our website. All of the clothing can be personalized. It’s pretty much just awesome.