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5 Unique Games for Family Game Night

2 Feb

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Games not only bring out fun and friendly competition but it’s a great opportunity to spend quality time with family! This is also a great way for kids to exercise their critical thinking, problem solving, and fine motor skills. Need some new game ideas? Us here at Kaplan Toys got you covered with these five unique games that are sure to be a hit for your family game night festivities!

Soggy Doggy Board Game

Enjoy a kid-friendly, anticipation-filled game that will leave you on the edge of your seat! The Soggy Doggy Board Game is perfect as you move your players around the board and take turns giving the pup a bath but be careful. He loves to shake himself dry! At any moment, Soggy Doggy will shake all over you. Just wipe yourself dry and go back to the start. The first player around the board wins!

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Exit Games

Become a team and work together as a family by playing exciting strategy games! You and up to five other players must race to beat the clock and try to escape the locked room before its too late with Exit Games: Secret Lab, Pharaoh’s Tomb, and Abandoned Cabin or Exit Games: Polar Station, Forbidden Castle, and Forgotten Island. Use a series of clues, riddles, and codes to navigate through the imaginary trap scenarios and discover the exit before time runs out!

Are You Dumber Than A Box of Rocks™ Trivia Game

Put your smarts to the test with trivia games! Do you think you can outsmart a box of rocks? Find out by playing the hilarious, fast-paced trivia game: Are You Dumber Than A Box of Rocks™. You will compete against three rocks that are numbered 0, 1, and 2. The answer to every included trivia question will always be one of these numbers. Just draw a card, pick a category, shake the box and open the top, and see if you or the rocks have the correct answer.  Win the game by being the first person to outsmart the rocks and get the correct answer three times!

The Parent Quiz

Have a good laugh during game to encourage family bonding! Kids can put their parents, grandparents, or guardians on the spot with The Parent Quiz® After Dinner Trivia Game. The parents, grandparents, or guardian picks a card and reads a series of multiple choice questions about themselves to reveal a funny fact. For every answer correct, receive a point and keep the card. Try to collect five cards first to win the game!

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Yeti in My Spaghetti®

Add a new fun game to your collection for family game night! Yeti in My Spaghetti® is an exciting and wacky game that is fun for the whole family. Simply lay the noodles across the bowl and then sit the Yeti on top of the noodles. Challenge yourself by removing the noodles one by without letting the Yeti drop into the bowl. If the Yeti falls into the bowl, you lose!

DIY Valentine Gifts from Kids

26 Jan

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Valentine’s Day is approaching and it’s a great opportunity to teach your child the concept of kindness and gratitude to express how much the special people in their life mean to them. Kids can show their loved ones how much they care with these fun do-it-yourself gifts that are straight from the heart!

Valentine’s Finger Paint Picture Frame

Your child can design a one-of-a-kind gift with their own fingerprints! This project is great for the little ones that want to join in on all of the Valentine’s Day fun and festivities!

What you will need:

  • Red, Pink, and White Washable Finger Paint
  • White Picture Frame
  • Optional: Use stencils, glitter, or other embellishments

To Do:

  • Your child can simply dip their thumb into the paint and go to town adding their fingerprints all around the frame.
  • Let the paint dry and add your embellishments as needed.
  • Your gift is ready for giving!

Source: 75 East Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids by Personal Creations

Chalk Stencil Heart Collage

This Valentine’s gift is so fun to create yet so simple! Kids of all ages can really get creative with this project! Make this project into a card or frame it. The possibilities are endless!

What you will need:

  • Black Construction Paper
  • Chalk in the colors of your choosing (Red, Pink, and White are the perfect Valentine’s colors)
  • Cotton balls
  • Heart stencil (You can make your own stencil using cardstock paper or purchase your own)

To Do:

  • Use the stencil to draw hearts on the paper.
  • Once you have all of your hearts drawn, take a cotton ball and brush the chalk outwards creating a fading affect.
  • Now your gift is ready to brighten someone’s day!

Source: 75 East Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids by Personal Creations

Valentine Salt Dough Hearts

Share the love this Valentine’s day with salt dough hearts! This recipe is super easy to make and a great gift for that special someone. You can create fun ornaments, garland, décor, magnets and more.

What you will need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • Up to 1 up of water
  • Acrylic paint
  • Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters

To Do:

  • Mix the flour and salt together and add the water gradually (You do not want to the dough to be sticky)
  • Roll out the dough about 5mm
  • Cut out the shapes using the cookie cutter (Use chopsticks to make a hole if you want to hang the heart)
  • Place the dough hearts into the oven and bake for 100°C/212°F for 3 to 4 hours (Be sure to turn dough 2-3 times and re-puncture holes to ensure the holes do not bake shut)
  • When your dough is completely dry and cooled off, the dough heart is ready for painting
  • Let dry for at least another 2 to 3 days to be sure your creation is fully dry and in tip top shape!

Source: Salt Dough Recipe: Valentine’s Decorations by Red Ted Art

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

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!