SOURCE: Uncle Skunkle Toys, Inc.

Uncle Skunkle Toys, Inc.

September 27, 2010 11:00 ET

Uncle Skunkle Toys Receives Accolades From the Educational Toy Community

Rapid 4® Featured in Education.com's 2010 Holiday Gift Guide; The Old Schoolhouse Publishes Favorable Reviews of Rapid 4® More and Bambooga®

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - September 27, 2010) -  Families, educators and toy industry groups have come to recognize Uncle Skunkle Toys, Inc. (UST) for its educational games that not only look good in your living room, but also bring both fun and enjoyment to the entire family. Adding to its growing list of accolades from the toy industry and educational community, Uncle Skunkle today announced that Rapid 4® was chosen by Education.com for their prestigious 2010 Holiday Gift Guide, and that Rapid 4® More and Bambooga® have received favorable reviews by The Old Schoolhouse, a magazine for homeschooling families.

"We are honored that Education.com chose to include Rapid 4 among the well-made educational gifts it is showcasing this year," said David Schreiber, President, Uncle Skunkle Toys, Inc. "This recognition, along with the product reviews featured in The Old Schoolhouse, are proof of our ability to develop high quality products that spark creative, educational and stimulating fun."

Rapid 4 is a fast action strategic connection game that uses a bit of chance to keep play exciting and unpredictable. The beautiful, fold-up wood design makes Rapid 4 attractive when left out in a den and a snap to pack up and take on vacation. To view Rapid 4 in Education.com's 2010 Holiday Gift Guide, visit http://www.education.com/gift-guide/.

Rapid 4 More is a next-generation game that enables more players to enjoy the game together, and brings a whole new dimension to connection games by adding a second board and playing tray. Player engagement reaches new heights when players must choose to block their opponents at the request of other players, establish a play of their own, or make a nothing move so that others cannot win. When reviewing Rapid 4 More for The Old Schoolhouse, the reviewer stated that the game did "a great job of teaching problem solving and spatial thinking in a fun way...This game was entertaining for our entire family to play and a great asset to our homeschooling game collection."

Bambooga is a human puzzle game where players use color wristbands to bind their hands and feet to one another, leading to a sticky mess of people. The goal of the game is to crawl, walk, scoot or jump one's way towards the finish line, all the while maintaining the connections that are determined by a shake of the Bambooga Shaker. After playing Bambooga with her family, the reviewer for The Old Schoolhouse wrote, "We got a lot of laughs out of it, and the children found it very entertaining. It's a great game for tactile children...it's also good for working on coordination and balance."

Bambooga is part of a social entrepreneurship project sponsored by Kids Ark Foundation of Thailand. A portion of the proceeds from the manufacturing of Bambooga will be used by Kids Ark to fund projects that support education and improve standards of living. Additionally, Bambooga is safe and eco-friendly, adhering to "green" manufacturing practices with second-generation cloth material and sustainable bamboo construction. Even the packaging is part of the game.

Other industry accolades received by Uncle Skunkle Toys include the 2009 "Parents with Style Top Pick" award (Rapid 4 Wood); "Dr. Toy's 100 Best Picks Children's Products for 2009" (Bambooga); Parents Magazine Top Toy of the Year (Rapid 4 Plastic); and the 2007 "Top Toy Rating" by Dr. Toy (Rapid 4 Wood); "Holiday 2008 Seal of Approval" by The National Parenting Center (Rapid 4 More); Creative Child Magazine and Major FUN (Destruct 3©); and, the 2007-2008 "Informal Education Products Award" (Destruct 3).

About Uncle Skunkle Toys, Inc.

Uncle Skunkle Toys (UST) was founded in 1996 by J. David Schreiber and Rod Boutin in order to bring to life a thesis project that David had prepared while earning his master's degree at City University of Seattle. Today, UST is a high-performance based contractor organization that is directly responsible for all distribution, marketing and sales of its products in the U.S. Its family of award-winning products include Rapid 4® and Destruct 3© games.

UST strives to be a socially responsible organization, and manufactures its games using second-generation materials. The company also uses minimal packaging, and every effort is taken to reduce waste during the manufacturing process. UST's team members spend hundreds of volunteer hours every year focusing on building up social entrepreneurship in the regions where they do business. One such program is Kids Ark in Thailand, an organization whose mission is to find a solution to the AIDS epidemic in Thailand, by offering employment opportunities in local villages.

For more information on Uncle Skunkle Toys, visit www.uncleskunkletoys.com

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