The industry strikes the right balance between fashion and fun with models that are made from scratch, and can be played with while worn.
The Jewelbots watch teaches users the basics of coding. Source: Jewelbots
The latest trend in fashion centers in on fun with pieces that have vibrant colors and quirky features. This includes novelty bags shaped like robots or animals, Rubik cube earrings and a maze-style diamond-studded ring. The toy industry is set on doing the same, or maybe the opposite, with models that can be worn during or after play. For instance, Lego's buildable watch has a superhero toy on its brick band. Jambanz also offers a snap-on bracelet that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker.
Most of these wearable toys feature a DIY approach, which further help nurture a child's imagination and creativity. Jewelry- and accessory-making kits remain popular, with manufacturers continuously adopting the latest technologies in their models to provide stand-out options. Ann Williams, for example, offers sets for crafting pom poms, dream catchers, jewelries, and crochet and paper art.
Educational and tech toys have also turned fashion-forward and wearable with customizable units such as the Jewelbots, a bracelet that teaches children to code. Another example is the Gemio, a musical bracelet that allows users to communicate with each other via a sequence of lights.
Models designed to be enjoyed by people from different age groups and both genders are also in demand. Crayola's Jewel Maker is targeted to teenage girls, while the Cobra Bands from Alex Toys are geared towards boys.