SET ENTERPRISES SET Enterprises offers on-the-go fun with its line of Mini Rounds, which are miniature versions of its games that are small enough to fit in a purse, backpack, beach bag, and more and can be played anywhere. Designed for kids ages 8 and up, these games feature shorter, faster versions of SET, Quiddler, Five Crowns, and Karma. Players can play SET Mini Round solo or with as many people as they please. During each round, players try to be the first one to complete sets with patterns featuring colors, shapes, or numbers. Quiddler Mini Round is a fast-paced word game for two to four players. The challenge is to arrange your entire hand of cards into words. Players try to make the biggest words they can without getting stuck with any cards left in their hands at the end. In Five Crowns Mini Round, the goal is combine all cards into books and runs, be the first player to go out, and then watch opponents scramble as they get one last chance to cut their losses. With each round, the number of cards increases and the wild card changes to keep players on their toes. This fast-paced game lets two to four players complete five rounds in just 15 minutes. Karma Mini Round is a grab-and-go version of the fast-paced elimination game where everyone wins—except for the last player holding cards. During each turn, players are challenged to play a card of equal or higher value to avoid picking up the entire discard pile.
EDUSHAPE Edushape’s Gummyball Teether is easy for a baby to grasp, hold, and chew. The teether comes with nine nubs to nibble, each with a different texture for each teething phase, which ranges from infancy to 33 months. It’s durable, safe, and sturdy enough for infants to twist, roll, and toss. The Rainbow Soft Ball is a transparent ball that allows children to see colorful mini balls that move around its inner core. The 7-inch ball helps to stimulate young minds. Dr. Pooch is a veterinary pup with features that demonstrate how to get dressed. The ears button, the shoes tie, the stethoscope giggles, and the belt buckle and jacket snap to help kids develop dexterity skills. Dr. Pooch’s jacket, floppy ears, and squeezable arms and legs are soft to touch and cuddle. Young Brix are big, chubby, easy to hold, and made for small hands. Young Brix promote creative thinking for beginner architects, and have nine different flexible and soft-to-touch shapes, including triangles, circles, trapezoids, and more. The pieces easily snap together and attach from almost every side so that kids can build houses, forts, furniture, and more. The soft and easy-to-grasp Look & Feel Baby Book can attach to beds and unfolds to reveal shapes on one side and animals on the other side. Perfect for babies who respond to high-contrast black and white shapes, each animal has special features for babies to explore, such as crinkles, ribbons, felt, strings, and squeakers.
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