6/26/2010 - For Immediate Release

Teach+Play Tiles Selected For Honors

Maple Landmark's Newest Product Line Selected by Creative Child Magazine as Kids Product of the Year

Middlebury, VT—Creative Child Magazine has pre-announced the winners of their 2010 Creative Child Awards. While not making the official announcements until November, the principals of Creative Child have notified Maple Landmark Woodcraft that their Teach+Play tiles have been selected, out of hundreds of entries, as the Kids Product of the Year.

Hundreds of guest reviewers (parents, educators, and psychologists) were given the opportunity to review and evaluate all of the 2010 entries, at a 2-day seminar held in Henderson, Nevada, in May, arranged by Creative Child Magazine. The review forms included evaluation scores based on specific product category criteria and an opportunity for written comments. The review forms are compiled and products are selected to be finalists for their category. From the finalists, one product per category is chosen as the category winner.

The Kids Product of the Year winner, in the Wooden Educational Products category, Maple Landmark's Teach+Play Tiles blend fun graphics with conceptual thinking. Teach and Play Tiles come in 4 themed sets—shapes and colors, numbers and fractions, animal and vegetable, and building and vehicle. The sets can be used for matching and sorting, comparing and contrasting, counting and adding, or even storytelling. The tiles are designed to grow with the developing child. A younger child will be introduced to the basic concepts of colors, shapes and numbers and an older child can take the same tile and create a more complex understanding of the concept. For example, the number 12 converts into a dozen eggs or the numbers on a clock face and then one egg or one hour becomes 1/12th.

Helping the child easily move from the concrete to the conceptual in a fun and exploratory manner is what the Teach and Play Tiles are all about.

Each set of 12 wooden tiles measures 2-1/4" wide by 3-1/2" tall. Sets are printed with one theme on each side. Instructional tips and suggestions for teaching and playing are included in the shrink wrapped package as well as cloth pouch for storage after use. Tiles are cut from birch plywood.

"We're excited to have our newest product line recognized by Creative Child Magazine," comment Jill Stackhouse, sales manager, "we knew the Teach and Play tiles had excellent educational and play value but to have that belief endorsed by an independent group of moms, teachers and other professionals really confirms that belief, which we hope will translate into back to school and fall sales."

Creative Child will officially announce the winners in their November issue of Creative Child Magazine and on their website at www.creativechild.com.

For more information on Creative Child's award program please visit http://www.creativechild.com/toyfinder.html. To learn more about Maple Landmark's award-winning products, please visit the website at www.maplelandmark.com.

Images from our retail website:

Teach+Play Tiles—Colors and Shapes

Teach+Play—Numbers and Fractions

Contact: Barbara Rainville • 800-421-4223
Images available for download, please contact us.

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