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Toy Fair trends: DIY and STEAM toys will be big in 2016

With Stikbot Studio Pro from Zing, kids and

With Stikbot Studio Pro from Zing, kids and adults can make stop-action videos with their smartphones. Photo Credit: Zing

Pinterest hasn’t just inspired craftsmaking among adults — kids are following suit, leading to a trend of more cooking, jewelry and arts and crafts toys at the 113th annual North American International Toy Fair kicking off Saturday in Manhattan.

“Everyone can go home and DIY [Do It Yourself],” says Adrienne Appell, a toy trend specialist with the Toy Industry Association, host of the four-day event during which companies introduce toys debuting in the coming year.

New toys encourage kids to make fancy necklaces, film stop-motion videos on their phones, and bake and decorate cupcakes.

STEAM toys that delve into Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics, are also a continuing trend, Appell says. “While it’s not brand-new, you’re seeing the growth in it,” she says. “It’s come a long way from the science set I had as a kid.”

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