Two new publications carried by Kaplan Toys have been awarded the Parent Tested, Parent Approved™ Seal of Approval from PTPA Media, Inc. for excellence in family products.
The Budding Chef (ISBN: 978-0-87659-372-1) and The Budding Gardener (ISBN: 978-0-87659-373-8 ) were among many entries from across North America competing to win the Parent Tested Parent Approved™ Seal for spring 2011. Because independent parent volunteers evaluate these products in their own homes, PTPA winners are chosen based on merit and consumer experiences – not on commercial considerations. As a result, the Parent Tested Parent Approved™ Seal has quickly gained recognition as an international leader in certifying consumer products for quality, effectiveness and value.
“At PTPA Media, we are proud to play a role in certifying innovative new products that families can trust,” says Sharon Vinderine, president and founder of PTPA Media Inc. “It’s win-win. By improving communication between manufacturers and consumers, we are helping companies serve their market better, and helping families identify products that have been tested and recommended by their peers.”
An introduction to cooking and baking edited by Kate Kuhn, The Budding Chef ($9.95, Gryphon House, Inc., March 2011) is an idea book filled with 50 (mostly) healthy kitchen adventures written by teachers and professionals from the field of early childhood education. As curious kids experiment making soft pretzels, whipping up some real butter, and having a winter picnic, they have hands-on opportunities to practice developing math, science and reading skills – as well as an important life skill.
With a little dirt, some water and a few tools, the activities in The Budding Gardener ($9.95, Gryphon House, Inc., March 2011) bring adults and children together to share magical outdoor moments. An introduction to gardening edited by Mary B. Rein, this idea book shows parents and kids how to plant a seed and watch it grow, create garden markets, grow a spider web with sweet peas and bamboo stakes, and beautify the garden with a stone path or rock tower. The 50 fun-in-the-dirt activities, written by teachers and professionals from the field of early childhood education, feature easy-to-follow instructions and use easy-to-find materials.