Great Books for Cozy Nights In

19 Jan

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Grab a good book, bundle up, and get ready for a cozy night in! When the cover of a book is opened, the imagination is unleashed to capture the wonders written inside. Books are a valuable source that enriches the lives of children all with the turn of the page. We chose some definite must-reads for kids they will love and want to read again and again!

  • Bedtime is a great opportunity for kids to settle down with a good book! Snuggle up and read along to Good Night Owl. Your child can enjoy the story of this adorable owl as he gets ready for bed just like them. Another great story for bedtime reading is Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. The book tells the story of hardworking trucks as it’s time to say goodnight after finishing a long day of work so they will be ready to go for another day of rough and tough construction play. This book can definitely relate to kids as they wind down from a fun day of play and get rested up for the next day.
  • During those cozy nights in, kids can bridge the gap between reality and fantasy with a book that captures their imagination! Young readers can improve their literacy skills with some great easy-to-read chapter books including: Cam Jansen, Judy Moody, Magic Tree House, Junie B. Jones, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. These titles are also featured in book series so kids can continue enjoying what these amazing stories have to offer. Your child can chose from many different genres like mystery, humor, fairytales, adventure, and much more.
  • Infants and toddlers can discover the exciting concept of reading that is made just for them! Spend quality time with your little one by introducing them to plush, cloth books. These books are great for touch-and-feel sensory play. Some fun plush books include Taggies™ Buddy Dog Cloth Book, The Wonderful World of Peek-a-Boo Cloth Book, and What Should I Wear Cloth Book. These are great books for infants and toddlers as they can learn to use their imagination and begin to love reading.

Toys for Indoor Winter Play

11 Jan

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Brrrr! A cold winter day calls for fun indoor play! There is no limit to how much fun kids can have inside without having to brace the cold, frigid weather outdoors. Put down that heavy winter coat and check out these toys that are great for indoor winter play!

  • Bring joy to your child with a new plush and cuddly friend! The 14” Limited Edition Piccoli Classic Horse makes the perfect companion for your little one. This cuddly horse provides kids a reason to get up and moving. Just pair their special horse with the Free Piccoli Zoo App, find out its name by registering its unique code online, and jump into a variety of interactive activities made just for them. On those cold winter days, kids can get active using the app and show off how much they learn. When kids are not participating in dynamic play, they can bundle up with a cozy blanket and stay warm with their loveable Piccoli Horse.
  • Kids can grab their smart device and engage in exciting video game play! Bloxels® Build Your Own Video Game – Star Wars™ is great for older kids to express their creativity and enjoy playing a video game they created themselves using their imagination. Arrange the Bloxels cubes on the galactic game board to build Star Wars™ characters, special items, or landscapes. Bring the custom video game to life by downloading the compatible app on smart devices. How does it work? The application picks up on the different Bloxels cubes and imports your design so you can animate it or put it together with other designs you have imported. Turn screen time into an educational opportunity with hours of fun creating a custom video game.
  • Playing sports and outdoor activities is an exciting part of the summer season but during the winter, you can bring those sports and activities inside! Mini golf is a fun kid-friendly activity but venturing out to play may be a no go during the wintertime so why not build your very own mini-golf course right in your home with the Noochie Golf™ Mini Golf Set. The course features a green, obstacle, dogleg, fairway piece, putter and two game balls. Course track pieces are easy to put together so kids can arrange the layout of the course however they wish and create different challenges as they play. When winter time boredom kicks in, your child can set up their course and try to score a hole in one.
  • Encourage your little one to engage in hands-on learning and imaginative pretend play to keep them busy while having so much fun! Your child can build their own vehicles and watch them come to life with the Little Tikes® Construct n’ Learn Smart Workbench™. This workbench features interactive power tools with realistic sound effects and different accessories that help construct three different vehicles. Learn to build the vehicles step-by-step by simply downloading the Construct n’ Learn app that connects to your tablet via Bluetooth®. This is a great indoor activity to teach kids how to build their own vehicle toy while having lots of fun.

If your child is combating winter time boredom, check out our previous blog post for more ideas of different activities your child can do indoors or outdoors to make the this winter season even more fun and exciting!

Guide to Curing Winter Break Boredom

22 Dec

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Combat winter time blues with this helpful guide to cure winter break boredom! If your child has nothing to do when school is not in session or even snow days, check out these boredom busters to bring excitement and entertainment on those cold winter days!

Winter wonderland snow fun!

Winter time can call for a beautiful, snowy wonderland (depending on the climate) so grab your coat and snow boots. There are so many fun activities to do on a snow day! Build a snowman, create snow angels, or have a snowball fight. The possibilities are endless! Create snow at any time, in any climate with the Super Snow Bucket. For even more snowy fun, create your own colorful rainbow snow with Gelli Snow: Magical Rainbow Snow Powder. After a fun time out in the snow, get back inside and bundle up with some hot coco!

Open the door to imagination with pretend play!

Encourage your child to engage in interactive pretend play. Your child can open their own pretend restaurant or store, go on adventures, become their favorite characters, role play in various careers, venture to their play house, build a blanket fort, and more. They can even come to the rescue and become a little hero with the Fire Chief Truck Playhouse & Dress Up Set.

Playtime will be “oozing” with gooey fun!

Slime has definitely made its mark on 2017 and it is sure to be entertaining way to combat winter time boredom. Kids can be as creative as they wish when it comes to slime. Create fluffy slime, galaxy slime, oozing slime, or anything you wish. If you decide to jump on the slime trend, Gelli Baff and Ooze Baff slime and gelli are great slime kits for endless fun and excitement. You can even turn your bath water into slime or gelli!

Bring the magic of summer nights indoors!

Winter nights are shorter and can be too cold for long periods of outdoor active play compared to the summer season. Why not bring the warm atmosphere, magical fireflies, and the glowing moon of the summer season inside? The Glow N’ The Dark Firefly House Tent makes a great space for kids during pretend play, story time, and more! Your child can even make their own DIY Mason Jar Fairy Lights to get that summertime feel. Grab a mason jar and glow-in-the-dark paint. Then paint small dots along the inside of the mason and let dry.

Source: DIY Joy

Let your child’s creativity shine!

During those boring winter days, spark the creativeness in your child. Kids can color, paint, create play dough masterpieces, and much more! Grab some art supplies or arts and craft kits and let the creativity run wild! Your child can create winter themed do-it-yourself projects or anything they want.

It’s game time!

There are so many indoor games and activities that are perfect for getting your child active and entertained during a cold winter day. An idea is to simply blow up a balloon and kids can play a variety of games like balloon balance, balloon paddle ball, balloon volleyball, balloon hockey, and more. You can even challenge your child to the Obstacle Maze by taping crepe paper or streamers to the walls of a hallway. Be sure to tape the streamers in different angles and height levels so your child can navigate through the course by stepping over or crawling without touching the paper. There are so many options when it comes to games! Choose a fun board game, card game, or come up with your own game. There is no limit to the possibilities! Get the family involved for an enjoyable time!

Source: What Moms Love

Last Minute Gift Ideas

15 Dec

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As the holidays get closer, the aisles in stores get emptier and emptier! Most everyone ventured out early to get their shopping done when shelves were full and gifts were easy to come by. However, if that ‘most everyone’ was not you, never fear; There is still hope for those who procrastinate! We came up with a few last minute gift ideas to help you complete your last minute shopping!

  • Show off your DIY skills and make your own custom gifts! Take a trip to your local craft store and grab some supplies to make your gift. You can make your child slime, playdough, room décor, bags, outfits and accessories for everyday wear or dress up play, and much more! The possibilities are endless to what you can create!
  • When it doubt, you can always give your child a gift card or gift certificate to their favorite toy stores, arcades, play places, restaurants, or anywhere your child will enjoy. These are great if you are not sure what to get your child this year or if a certain item on your child’s wish list flew off the shelves before you had the chance to get it. Gift cards are a great option for older kids as well. This way your child can pick out their own gift without the stress of finding a gift at the last minute!
  • Get creative and put together custom holiday gift baskets, bags, or stockings for your child! You can make these for any child at any age. Fill your gift with goodies your child will enjoy. Another idea is to come up with a theme and put together gifts that revolve around your desired theme.

Here are some examples:

– Movie Night: Fill your gift baskets with movies your child will love along with some yummy popcorn and candy.

– D.I.Y: Put together some art and crafts supplies or kits for your child to create fun Do-It-Yourself projects.

– Yummy Treats: Create a gift filled with ingredients and a recipe for easy-to-make delicious treats that they can do themselves or with the help of a parent or you can even give your child pre-made treats.

Since the holidays are just around the corner, it may be too late to purchase some of your gift ideas online. But you can always embark on an adventure to the store and scout out items on your child’s holiday wish list. But beware of the potential chaos that might occur because the stores may be jam packed with other last minute shoppers. Don’t stress over the hustle and bustle of shopping halt the enjoyment of your holiday festivities. We are certain you will find the upmost greatest gifts that your family and friends will love!

All of us here at Kaplan Toys wish you a safe and happy holiday and we hope you create lasting memories that will be cherished for a lifetime!

Top 5 Gifts for Girls

5 Dec

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The holidays are sneaking right up on us! Before we know it, it will soon be time to open all of those extravagant gifts! Have you started your shopping yet? We want to share our top five gifts for girls so you can find the perfect gift for your child!

  • Girls will love a gift that calls for fun night of pampering! Create sweet, fruit-smelling manicures with the Nun Noms™ Polish Maker Kit! This kit features everything needed for your one-of-a-kind nail designs. Choose a scented color, add glitter, mix it up, and then place your polish mixture into the special tubes. Place your mixture in the Num Nom character containers and you will have your nail polish ready to use any time you wish.
  • Do-It-Yourself projects full of fashion and fun will make perfect gifts for those girlie girls! You can create beautiful gel silkscreened designs with the Gel-a-Peel™ Fashion Maker Kit. Follow the designer tips and use the Gel-a-Peel tools to create your very own unique designs on shirts, accessories, and more!146588b.jpg
  • Bring out the inner chemist in your child with gifts that combine beauty and science! The Creative Cosmetics Lab allows your child to conduct real chemistry experiments focusing on the science of skin care, body care, and beauty products. Create your very own bath bombs, body scrubs, soap, and bath jellies while learning about various chemical properties behind your creations.
  • Give your child a new best friend over the holidays with adorable dolls and accessories! The Everyday Princess® Convertible Car with Doll is a unique set that your child can take with them on any adventure and cruise around like royalty for endless pretend play fun. The Everyday Princess® Dolls feature long, beautiful hair that is perfect for styling and brushing along with a cute outfit that matches their personality.146503e.jpg
  • Empower every girl to be strong and courageous just like their favorite super heroes and heroines! Wonder Woman is a popular role model for girls of all ages and they can save the day just like her with the DC Wonder Woman Set and the Deluxe Set! These dress-up sets are perfect gifts to inspire them to be the best they can be and bring out their inner Wonder Woman!

Stocking Stuffer Ideas:

  • Your child can show off their favorite LEGO® Mini Figures with the LEGO® LED Lighted Minifigure Keychain Display Case – Blue! These are great to attach to your child’s bag so they can have their favorite figures tag along with them wherever they go.
  • The Kwik Stix Tempera Paint Packs are great gifts to slide into those stockings especially for kids that enjoy arts and crafts! This paint features fast-drying formula and works on many different surfaces like paper, posters, wood, and more!
  • Surprise your child with play dough in their stocking that they can squish, smash, and create their own colorful dough masterpieces!

Top 5 Gifts for Boys

1 Dec

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The holidays are just around the corner so start off your shopping on the right foot with toys your child will enjoy! Check out our top five gift ideas for boys to help you find the perfect gifts for your family and friends!

  • Your child can put their minds to the test with toys that are challenging yet exciting! The Spinos™ Mega Trax Challenge describes that perfectly. Guide the Spinos Magnetosphere throughout the course the magnetic Power Ring without sending it flying of the edge. The course features challenging obstacles, sharp curves, tricks and more!
  • Treat your older to kids to fun remote control vehicles they can drive or fly! The Sky Runner Quadcopter Aerocraft can fly, roll, climb, and spin around in indoor and outdoor spaces. The Quadcopter is easy to fly and features six axis gyro technologies along with a crash protection cage.146062h.jpg
  • Your child will be excited to unbox fun games this holiday season! The Djubi® Classic Game combines the game of catch with the thrill of a slingshot. The Djubi SlingBall features a stretchy, elastic loop attached to one side that secures to the shooting hook on the racket. Just pull back the SlingBall and release to send it flying over 100 feet! Catch the ball in the center net and continue playing for endless fun!
  • Sports and fitness gifts are the perfect way promote an active and healthy lifestyle for kids! The Slackers 36’ NinjaLine Pro Combo Kit with 9 Obstacles provides a unique challenge for its participants inspired by a popular television series. Simply hang the NinjaLine between two trees to create a ninja training obstacle course.145424b.jpg
  • Your little one can race to the finish line with fun remote control car designed for little hands! The Little Tikes – RC Bumper Cars are easy to use and features a toy figure that launches into the air when one of the wheels are bumped.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas:

  • Gifts that will definitely be a homerun this holiday season are Stikballs! They look like a regular baseball but feature a sticky surface and a moldable middle. You can squish them in your hand and watch them splat and stick when you throw them at flat surface.
  • Your child can discover the power of magnetism in their stocking with the Spinos™ Magnetosphere Solo! Guide and manipulate the magnetosphere without touching using the Power Ring that feature different magnetic poles to send the sphere spinning and speeding across solid surfaces.
  • Introduce children to classic card games! A deck of playing cards make excellent stocking stuffers for hours of fun not just for kids but the whole family!

Top 5 Gifts for Preschoolers

29 Nov

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Shop the latest and greatest toys this holiday season! There are so many gift options to choose from so we have picked some that your preschooler will love. Check out our top five gifts that are sure to bring joy and excitement to your little one!

1. Peppy Pupp – Mutt

This gift is great for all of the little animal lovers! The Peppy Pupp – Mutt makes the “paw-fect” companion to take along for any adventure! This pup is kid-powered with built in springs that interacts, walks, and runs like a real pet. No batteries required! Playful pups and other plush and cuddly animals are fabulous gift ideas and best friends for kids!146534b

2. Crayola® Fairy Ponyland & Multipack Dough Set

Let your child’s creativity shine bright by creating their own dough masterpieces! Create a magical land full of Fairies, magical Unicorns, and Pegasus friends with the Crayola® Fairy Ponyland & Multipack Dough Set or venture back in time with the Crayola® Dino Island & Multipack Dough Set. Each set features easy-to-mold dough along with molds, modeling tools, and fun coloring pages. When you are finished with your creations, place them on the coloring pages to set the scene of your masterpiece. Play dough is a great way for kids to get creative while encouraging sensory play. Individual packs also make wonderful stocking stuffers!

3. Paw Patrol™ My Size Lookout

Your child can be on the lookout for trouble and help save the day with their favorite Paw Patrol characters! Scope out Adventure Bay with the Paw Patrol™ My Size Lookout Tower. Use the rotating periscope to scout out the bay and press the buttons to activate authentic lights and sounds. The Lookout Tower features a speedy slide, working elevator, rotating vehicle launcher and much more! Paw Patrol has captured the attention of all of those little kiddos this year and they will definitely be excited to unbox a gift with their favorite characters!

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4. Mindscope LED Twister Tracks™

Vroom! Vroom! Your child can start the engine to their imagination with fun vehicle play! The Mindscope LED Twister Tracks™ are a flexible and easy-to-build LED track system that is sure to keep your child entertained for hours. Shape the track in a circle, figure eight, or however you want because the possibilities are endless!

5.  5” Lil’ Cutsies Mini Dolls Nursery Set

Your little one will love taking care of their little baby dolls! We chose the 5” Lil’ Cutsies Mini Dolls Nursery Set as one of our top gifts because they are perfect for little hands and your child can take care of them or take them on lil’ adventures. The poseable dolls feature adorable interchangeable outfits, stroller, tricycle, and a bathtub. Dolls and dollhouses are great for encouraging imaginative play!

Stocking Stuffer Ideas:

  • Introduce your child to the classic drawing toy, the Etch-a-Sketch® but pocket size! The Pocket Etch-a-Sketch® brings your child’s masterpieces to life all with the turn of a knob!
  • Bath time will be blast with your child’s favorite Paw Patrol pals! The Paw Patrol Bath Squirters™ will make water play fun and exciting by squeezing them underwater to fill them up and then they are ready to spray water.
  • Your child can ring in the New Year with Smencils®! Kids will not want to put down this set of 10 pencils that feature awesome scents and will make writing more enjoyable!