CONTACT: KidStuff Public Relations Lisa Orman • 608-767-1102 firstname.lastname@example.org "Power Paul" Mask, Cape & Belt; Doorway Theatre, Floral Wreath Tent Role Play Toys crafted By German Artisans On Display At Booth 431 Skaneateles, NY - Everyone recognizes the benefits of educational toys but how about applauding those that enhance social and emotional skills? Putting on a puppet show or prancing around the house in a cape and mask allow children to role play. When it comes to pretend play accessories, HABA gets to be first in line at role call. Visitors to their American International Toy Fair Booth 431 will be enchanted by a Floral Wreath Play Tent, detailed Doorway Theatre and masked crusader Power Paul costume. Pretend play builds a child's understanding of the people and things around them. While it might look simple, there’s actually quite a lot happening when children use their imaginations. With a prop like HABA's Princess Rosalina Play Tent, kids can create their own scenario, uses different voices to become someone else or act out a situation that may have concerned them earlier in the day. Problem solving, skill building, language development are all taking root as kids are having fun. Parents can look to HABA for quality role playing pieces that are not only beautiful but encourage a child's storytelling and social play. It also develops empathy for others from rescuing a teddy bear from danger (wearing a superhero costume) to hosting naptime with Fluffy or Fido (inside play tent). Look for these pretend toys and other games and activities online here at www.HABAusa.com or on store shelves by March 2013. Floral Wreath Play Tent • All Ages • $210 Pretty as a flower, this circular tent is a feast for the eyes. Enter through a veiled pink door that can be tied back with flowered ribbons. Invite imaginary friends or little sisters for a tea party, a sleepover or a Monday morning adventure. Little imaginations are stimulated by the pastel colors, roomy design and ample height of the attractive indoor tent. Princess Rosalina Play Tent • All Ages • $90 While "peasants" may hang a blanket across the coffee table, a "princess" can reign over her subjects in this beautifully detailed rectangular play tent. HABA toymakers have added little surprises like doors and windows that roll up, colorful scenery on all sides and a pretty red brick-like roof. When play time is done, parents can fold the whole tent flat and store away for another day. Doorway Theatre • Ages 3+ • $50 German engineering and artistry come together for this clever design of a fabric screen (think of a flag strung across a horizontal pole) hung in a doorway using the enclosed tension rod (like a shower rod). Draw back the red curtains and tie with a bow. The home audience will be charmed with the regal setting as the puppet show begins. HABA introduces a host of new hand puppets to play along, each sold separately. Superhero Power Paul Disguise Set • $25 • Ages 3+ HABA introduces a new caped crusader with this adorable disguise that includes a black and green cape with a velcro closure and colorful insignia. Add the power belt and lighting bolt-enhanced sleeves for a full superhero look. The feel is soft against tender young skin. Best of all, the whole outfit is washable. Superhero Power Paul Mask • $7.50 • Ages 3+ Keep the incognito image with this eye mask required for all superheroes. Easy on and off soft mask comes with a stretchy band for a perfect fit. Superhero Power Paul Shooter with Holster • $19.50 • Ages 3+ To protect and serve, every superhero needs a holster and shooter. This plush two-piece accessory has rich details and is shaped perfectly for small hands. Find these beautifully crafted play things at specialty stores near home. Or browse and shop online right here!