Chicago Toy & Game Group


Chicago Toy & Game Group Spotlights Fast Growing Segment of Cooperative Games for Kids


SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 (Chicago, IL):


Inventors of five trendsetting board games for pre-school aged kids will visit local retailers to meet and greet teachers, parents and fans; and to play their games with kids. “Skills Builder games are hugely popular for pre-school and kindergarten kids,” says Mary Couzin, president and founder of the Chicago Toy & Game Group. “And for parents and teachers who see close-up how much kids love and are enriched by these games, the inventors of the games are like rock stars!”



Peggy Brown, inventor of:

-          Snug as a Bug in a Rug (2012 Dr. Toy 10 Best Educational Products)

-          Count Your Chickens (2011 Creative Child Game of the Year)

-          Willy’s Wiggly Web (2012 Oppenheim Gold Award)

Gina Manola, inventor of:

-          Feed the Woozle (2012 Oppenheim Gold Award)

-          Race to the Treasure (2012 Oppenheim Platinum Award )

“So many parents want educational games for their kids, but the kids just want fun games,” says Donna Jaffe, president of Peaceable Kingdom. “What Gina and Peggy have created are fun, colorful, easy-to-play games that challenge kids to work together cooperatively.”


Saturday, September 15th

10AM-NOON: Cat and Mouse

12:30-2:30: Building Blocks

3PM-5PM: Sweetivo

Every shopper to purchase one of Brown or Manola’s Peaceable Kingdom games will receive a Weekend Family Pass to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair at Navy Pier, November 17th and 18th ($60 value).


ABOUT THE CHICAGO TOY & GAME GROUP The Chicago Toy & Game Group, Inc. is a family of toy industry initiatives designed to encourage and promote the power of play and invention in social, educational, and professional environments.  The Chicago Toy & Game Group consists of the Chicago Toy & Game Fair; the International Toy & Game Inventor and Industry Conference; the Social Media @Play Conference; the International Summit for Professional Inventors; the Toy & Game Inventor Awards; Games for Educators; and Discover Games.  For more information visit, become a fan or follow the fun on Twitter@ChicagoToyNGame.



Girl Talk, Outburst, and Pretty Pretty Princess are just a few of the hit games associated with Peggy Brown. Peggy’s clients include Hasbro, Mattel, Fisher Price, Playmates, and Random House. She has created hundreds of games and authored numerous creative activity books. As regular guest on The Rachael Ray Show, Peggy has produced segments on playful topics. She holds a Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design, and has written over 30,000 game clues and trivia questions herself. Ask her anything!



Gina Manola is an inventor and the owner of CALICO, an award-winning design studio located in Urbana, IL. She has developed successful products working with the leading children’s book illustrators, museums and licensed brands in the world. Her work has been honored by “100 Best Children’s Products” and “10 Best Socially Responsible Products.” Gina received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a member of Women in Toys and actively involved in promoting the Young Inventor Challenge program by working with kids to help them bring their own toy or game concepts to life.



Peaceable Kingdom was founded in 1983 with a single product – a children’s poster based on the artwork from the classic children’s book Goodnight Moon. Twenty-eight years and more than 5,000 SKUs later, the company has grown to be a leader in juvenile stickers and greeting cards and forsees its future in cooperative games.  Peaceable Kingdom’s philosophy – come into the kingdom and join the fun!


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