These endangered, highly social, warm water sea mammals enjoy playing follow the leader, body surfing and nuzzling one another. Long ago, sailors mistook manatees as the mermaids of legends. UNSCRAMBLE the nine 4” x 4” square pieces by perfectly matching the beautiful illustrations on the squares’ edges, while forming a 12” x 12” square. Award winning Scramble Squares® brain teaser puzzles are Easy To Play, But Hard To Solve!® for children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens of all ages.
“MANATEES” SCRAMBLE SQUARES® PUZZLE HONORED AMONG” DR. TOY’S 10 BEST SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTS” FOR 2005 BY THE INSTITUTE FOR CHILDHOOD RESOURCES
REDONDO BEACH, CA…September 20, 2005… b. dazzle, inc. of Redondo Beach, California,has announced that its “MANATEES” Scramble Squares® 9-piece brainteaser puzzle has been honored by The Institute for Childhood Resources in San Francisco as among “Dr. Toy’s 10 BEST SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTS” FOR2005 and as one of “Dr. Toy’s 100 BEST CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS” FOR 2005.
The 14th Annual report of “Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products 2004” awards,announced on September 12, is now available to parents, teachers and others in the online magazine, Dr. Toy’s Guide, at http://www.drtoy.com. The free report is available by sending an SASE #10 envelope to Dr. Toy.
“Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products Awards Program 2005” was developed by noted child development authority Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Toy) as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally oriented and stimulating toys and products for children.
“As a childhood specialist for over 35 years,” says Dr. Toy, Director of the Institute for Childhood Resources, founded in San Francisco in 1975, “I have seen the continuous, essential need for more year-round resources for consumers to identify and choose the most appropriate, safe and engaging learning and developmental products for all children.”
Dr. Toy reports that in the years the innovative on-line magazine, Dr. Toy’s Guide, has been available, “thousands of visitors daily from around the world have accessed its information.” The site was the first on-line to evaluate toys and children’s products.
The report, “Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products for 2005,” is being released, according to Dr. Toy, to “encourage parents and teachers to focus on the value of play as essential to the learning process.”
She adds, “The smart play products selected from 100 companies across the U.S., Canada and from other countries will provide children with exciting new learning tools that help them to do better in school, and also provide constructive activities to do after school.” The winning products include innovative toys, games, books, videos, audiotapes, software/CDs, crafts, socially responsible and other children’s products.
Dr. Auerbach believes “parents and grandparents need help to get a head start locating new, diversified products that children will enjoy using while they increase learning skills, enhance instruction and expand creativity.” The products are balanced from among large and small companies and range from low to high tech for “hours of constructive, educational and stimulating fun.”
“Children learn best from play,” says Dr. Auerbach, “and these smart products encourage children to maximize their potentials.”
Exquisite, award-winning Scramble Squares® brain teaser puzzles for ages 4 to 104 are at least as popular with adults, seniors, teenagers and college students as they are with children. Although each Scramble Squares® puzzle has only nine 4” x 4” pieces, Scramble Squares® puzzles are Perhaps the World’s Most Challenging Puzzle®! At under $10.00 retail, Scramble Squares® puzzles make inexpensive, but highly entertaining and valued gifts for both men and women alike… for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, Halloween, birthdays, get well, graduation, travel and holidays. Scramble Squares® puzzles are Easy To Play, But Hard To Solve!® Over 120 exquisite styles of colorful original art are available on nature, sports, history, culture, geography, science, technology, occupations, gourmet, fantasy, hobbies and activities, and more new styles are added every six months. b. dazzle, inc. store displays come complete with the unique Scramble Squares® “5-Minute Challenge®” in-store free puzzle giveaway promotion for consumers who solve a Scramble Squares® demonstration puzzle within five minutes!
Each Scramble Squares® puzzle package includes a panel of fascinating factual information on the subject of the puzzle, as well as a trivia question and hidden answer, all packaged in a unique and handy heavy duty 101/2″ long x 53/4″ wide x 3/8″ deep resealable vinyl travel pouch, which may be collected and stored easily in a standard 3-ring binder. The vinyl pouch is crystal clear, enabling the consumer to see the extraordinary beauty of the puzzles’ realistic original art, while achieving a very high amount of retail value per square foot of store space for the merchant.
Scramble Squares® teaches:
o Critical Thinking/Problem Solving Skills
o Statistical Probabilities
o Cooperative and Solitary Productivity
Scramble Squares® also helps maintain mental agility, sharpness and memory in seniors and adults, while providing hours of quiet and stimulating entertainment.
b. dazzle provides a free 24″ x 36″ full color “WIN A FREE PUZZLE” promotional poster to any store offering its customers the Scramble Squares® “5–MINUTE CHALLENGE®. ” Retailers can give a free Scramble Squares® puzzle to any customer who accepts the challenge and successfully solves the 9-piece Scramble Squares® demonstration puzzle within five minutes. b. dazzle promptly replaces the stores’ puzzles awarded to consumers at no cost to the merchants. b. dazzle’s permanent wood counter, floor and slat wall displays each feature a demonstration puzzle on an interactive playing surface with an electronic timer to time consumers in the 5–MINUTE CHALLENGE®. b. dazzle also offers a free, very compact, corrugated counter spinner display, including the timer and poster, with the purchase of any 72 Scramble Squares® puzzles in any quantity per style.
“We are very pleased, honored and extremely gratified that our newest Scramble Squares® puzzles have maintained the very high standards that Dr. Toy upholds as her criteria for the annual “DR. TOY’S 100 BEST PRODUCTS” awards,” says b. dazzle founder, puzzle designer, president & CEO, Kathie Gavin. “ We are humbled to be honored as among the 10 Best Socially Responsible Products, ” she adds. “Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products” awards program is the standard by which we measure our design and production success. We are proud to have again achieved that success,” Gavin adds.
b. dazzle, inc. is an official member of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition of the Josephson Institute of Ethics in Los Angeles: (800-711-2670; 310-846-4800). The purpose of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition is to fortify the lives of America’s young people with consensus ethical values called the “Six Pillars of Character.” These six key character values, which transcend divisions of race, creed, politics, gender and wealth, are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Because our society places such a high value on material success, there is the tendency in human nature to pursue success by any means, whether fairly or unfairly, honestly or dishonestly. We strongly believe that with our success comes a duty for us to contribute to our society. We wish to do so by advancing the principles of good character and ethical behavior, not only by operating our business in accordance with ethical standards, but also by advancing and promoting the importance of ethical business practices and ethical behavior throughout our industry and our society at large. The “CHARACTER COUNTS!” Coalition has become the nation’s leading character education system, now reaching five million youngsters through a widespread partnership of schools and youth-serving organizations. Two United States’ Presidents, the Congress, most states and countless municipalities have endorsed the Coalition’s approach and declared the third week in October “National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week.”