Pop! Pop! Piano and Chain Letters: nominated for the most prestigious award in the toy and game industry!



Lisa Wuennemann                       
Patch Products, Inc.
(800) 524-4263, ext. 275

BELOIT, Wis.— Patch’s new Mirari® preschool toy Pop! Pop! Piano® and family game Chain Letters® are making waves in the toy and game industry! Both have been nominated for a Toy of The Year (TOTY) Award by the Toy Industry Association – perhaps one of the most sought-after accolades in the industry.

Pop! Pop! Piano, part of the delightful new Mirari preschool line, is a fun and innovative musical toy! When children press a key on the piano, they not only hear a sound, they see stars pop up! The clear arch guides the popped stars onto a different pipe so when another note is played, they’ll pop some more! Adults can remove the arch to allow the stars to land on the floor, for more active fun catching the stars. For ages 12 months and up.

Chain Letters is a family game that puts an action-oriented spin on the tried-and-true word game. Remember the fun of linking monkeys and hooking them together to form as long of a chain as possible? Now, the linkable play pieces are letters! Find the letters you need to make your chosen word and hook them together without dropping your chain! This game is for ages 8 and up.

Cast your votes now for Pop! Pop! Piano in the infant/toddler toy category, and for Chain Letters in the game category by going to toyawards.org. Winners will be announced in February at American International Toy Fair in New York.

A TIA nomination committee consisting of toy experts, journalists, retail buyers and professionals (such as developmental psychologists) reviewed dozens of new products before naming their picks. Now, voting is in the hands of the public!

Pop! Pop! Piano and Chain Letters are available at specialty toy retailers nationwide.

Patch Products is a family-owned company, leading the toy industry in design, manufacturing and marketing of games, children’s puzzles, preschool toys, creative activities and teaching tools. Top-selling brands include 5 Second Rule®, Perplexus™ Don’t Rock the Boat™, Farkle, The Game of THINGS…®, Mirari®, Buzzword®, What’s Yours Like?®, Lauri® and Wooly Willy®. Patch focuses on innovation through building brands and creating new categories.