It's not easy to get kids excited about brushing their teeth. But Brushtime Bunny is sure trying. Brushtime Products, a Maryland company that designs and manufactures children's dental items, has just introduced Brushtime Bunny (pictured, $29.95), a 12-inch-high cartoon-like figure that comes with toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, rinse cup, mirror and coin bank. And he even entertains, playing a three-minute song while kids brush away.
Also available are the terrycloth bathrobe ($32.95) and the backpack ($16.95-$19.95).
Brushtime Bunny products are available by calling 866-508-7400 or by visiting www.brushtimebunny.com or the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore.
For sticky problems
Glue has come a long way, baby. While Elmer's Glue used to solve all your problems as a kid, and Crazy Glue worked its magic for more permanent attachments, today's glues are even more versatile.
The new Perfect Glue by Liquid Nails may be among the smarter glues on the market. Its three versions (Perfect Glue 1, 2 and 3) are each formulated to work on specific substances (vinyl, Styrofoam, glass, concrete, etc.) and can be used for a variety of repairs and tasks, from fixing a broken pan handle to creating a science-fair project to repairing shoes.
Perfect Glue retails for $3.99 and is available at Home Depot, Ace and other retailers. Call 866-321-GLUE or visit www.perfectglue.com for information.
The best by mail
Each year, the Mailorder Gardening Association recognizes outstanding new gardening products, available by mail or online. The 2003 MGA Green Thumb Award winners were selected by an independent panel of garden writers and editors.
Winners in the plants and seeds division were:
* Echinacea purpurea 'Vintage Wine' from J.W. Jung Seed Co. (www.jungseed. com)
* Penstemon tubaeflorus from High Country Gardens (www.highcountry gardens.com)
* Magnolia 'Vulcan' from Wayside Gardens (www.waysidegardens.com)
* Coreopsis 'Limerock Ruby' from Wayside Gardens (www.wayside gardens.com)
* The RPM System for fruit-tree root development from Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co. (www.starkbros.com)
Winners in the tools, supplies and accessories division were:
* Levelease Water Tower Garden Sprinkler from Simple Gardening (www.simplegardening.com)
* PlantOasis Pump Protector from Brite-Lite Group (www.hydroponix.com)
* Spacesaver Pyramid Composter from Gardener's Supply Co. (www. gardeners.com)
* Biotec 30 Filter from Lilypons Water Gardens (www.lilypons.com)
* The 4-Way Analyzer from J.W. Jung Seed Co. (www.jungseed.com)
For more information, visit www. mailordergardening.com or call 410-540-9830.
* It's all about boxes at the group show Everything Boxes, noon-4 p.m. today at Clay Orbit, 10918 York Road, Cockeysville. You'll see polymer clay boxes by Jean Cohen, porcelain ones by Peggy Fowler and Jane G. Miller, earthenware by Mary Cloonan (right), stoneware by Matt Hyleck and glass boxes by Dina Alexander. Call 410-329-1440.
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