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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!

2017 Holiday Buying Guide

17 Nov

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Happy Holidays from Kaplan Toys! It’s the season of giving and the holidays are just around the corner! With all the hustle and bustle of the season, it can be stressful trying to scout out gifts for family and friends. That is why we have created this awesome guide with great gift ideas for your children and family.

Arts & Crafts

Let your child’s creativity shine with fun arts and crafts! If your child enjoys drawing or painting, treat them to a gift that expresses their creativity and serves as a memorable token of their childhood. We recommend the Hide & Seek Rock Painting Kit. Give life to an ordinary rock by painting and decorating it into something special. Another ideal gift for crafty kids is “do it yourself” craft sets. The Craft-tastic® Idea Box makes a great gift for kids that enjoy making lots crafts using their own creativity and imagination.

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Active Play

Encourage an active and healthy lifestyle for your child with fun and imaginative toys for indoor and outdoor play! Your little one can ride in style this holiday season with fun and safe ride-ons and push-along toys. The Red Mercedes Benz Riding Car is a great way to get your child active while having some fun cruising around. Don’t let the cold weather halt playtime fun during the winter months. Bring active play indoors with fun play tents and play houses that make a great gift idea for kids. The Glow N’ The Dark Firefly House Tent is an easy-to-assemble play tent that comes alive with beautiful streams and illustrated jars of glow-in-the-dark fireflies and a glow-in-the-dark crescent moon.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Kids can discover the power of their mind with fun and exciting toys that promote STEM concepts! Your child can unbox a great gift of popular robotic and programmable toys. The Kamigami Robot combines paper origami and robotics engineering. Assemble your robot then program it to perform new tricks, behaviors, games, and battle other Kamigami Robots using the included app on compatible tablets and smartphones. Introduce your child to coding this holiday season with the Robot Races & Cube Stackers Set. You become the robot trying to solve each coding challenge in the Robot Races. Use code to stack the cardboard cubes and create your own cool cube creatures with the Cube Stackers.

Baby & Toddler

Surprise your little one with fun gifts designed for baby play time fun that will help them learn and grow! Toys that they can touch, grasp, push, stack, sort, rattle, and squeak make great gift options that will help them develop their sensory and motor skills. The Oball™ Collection features four balls full of finger holes that make them easy for babies to hold, throw, and catch. Two of the Oballs™ in the collection feature fun rattles for added fun during play time. Another great gift idea for the kiddos is activity walkers, joggers, or push and pull toys. Get your little one up and moving this holiday season with the Light ‘n Go 3-in-1 Activity Walker™ that features three play modes: The Walker Mode, The Activity Mode, and The Sit and Play Mode with different color lights, words, music, and sounds.

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Fun & Games

Create a whirlwind of excitement during the holidays for the whole family with gifts full of fun and games! The gift giving options are endless because there are so many toys and games to choose from. We have a few ideas that make wonderful gift options. Everything old is new again and your child and your own inner child will enjoy a blast from the past with gifts like the Atari® Plug & Play Joystick, Frogger Hand Held Game, or The Original Stretch Armstrong. You can also create fun and lasting family memories with fun board games and card games like The Soggy Doggy Game. The Soggy Doggy Game is an anticipation-filled board game that involves trying to give a rambunctious pup a bath before he tries to shake himself dry. Will you be the one that gets wet? Play it and see!

Now that you have some great ideas let your holiday shopping begin! Stock up on the latest and greatest toys that are sure to bring joy and excitement your child this holiday season and beyond!

Ways to Teach your Child to be Thankful

10 Nov

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What are you thankful for? Thankfulness is an important attribute for kids to obtain as they learn and grow. Create a positive outlook of life by being grateful for what you have each and every day. We have provided some ways to teach your child the values of gratitude!

Share your Thankfulness

Get the family involved by having each person say something they are thankful for and why. This is a great activity that can take place during family meals, car rides, family gatherings and more! Children can gain a better understanding of thankfulness from various perspectives because everyone has different things they are thankful for.

 

Gratitude Journal

Your child can write down everything they are thankful for on each page of their very own gratitude journal. Kids can get creative and crafty by decorating it however they wish. They can keep adding things everyday as they think of more things to be thankful for. This is an activity your child can do during the holidays or year round. Check out our last blog post on how to create one.

 

Read a book about Thankfulness

Sit down with your child for story time by reading them a book about celebrating all of the things children are grateful for. Encourage your child to express what they are thankful for and why after reading your book. This is a great time for a new learning experience and bonding time.

 

Play Gratitude Games

Add a twist of thankfulness to your child’s favorite games! Create a new rule to your game like saying something you are thankful for before each turn. Turn the “Share your Thankfulness” activity into an exciting game. Each person playing says something they are thankful but in alphabetical order.

Helping Those in Need

An excellent way to teach kids to be thankful is to help others in need! Introduce children to the positive act of giving. A way for your child to give back is to donate toys they do not play with anymore to another child in need that would love to have a new toy. Invite your child to accompany you to local charitable events or charitable organizations and get involved donating their time and service to those who need it most. This is an activity your child can get involved in as they grow and understand the importance of gratitude.

Source: Simple & Fun Ways to Teach Kids About Gratitude

Building an Indoor Garden

27 Oct

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Grab your gardening tools and gloves! We have provided some ideas to get you started building your very own kid friendly indoor garden! An indoor garden is a fantastic way to teach your children about the concept of gardening, responsibility, and patience. Kids can join in on the fun with their own gardening tools, watering can, and gloves made for little hands.

  1. Brainstorm the type of garden you would like to create. The possibilities are endless!
  2. Choose a pot, planter, jar or container. You can even recycle old newspaper to create a pot for your seedling with the Seedling Pot Maker. Make sure your plant has enough room to grow!
  3. Pick the type of seed you would like to plant. Encourage a healthy lifestyle by planting yummy fruits, vegetables, and herbs to include in your meals that come directly from your very own garden. You can even plant a colorful oasis of vibrant flowers or succulents and watch them grow and blossom right before your eyes.
  4. Choose the type of soil you will need. We recommend using a multi-purpose potting mix but an organic, multi-purpose potting mix is ideal for edible plants.
  5. Go ahead and fill your pot with the necessary amount of soil and plant your seeds!
  6. Watering your plants is a very important step when taking care of an indoor garden! Remember to water your plants at least twice a week or when the surface of the soil is dry.
  7. Make sure your garden is an area with plenty of sunlight! You can place your garden close to a window for natural lighting or use a grow light.
  8. Now you are ready to watch your plant grow and thrive!

Helpful Tip: To prevent messes, place down newspaper before you start your indoor gardening project for an easy clean up.

We offer fun, kid-friendly kits that introduce kids to gardening and can be used in an indoor setting. Kids can get crafty with the Flower Garden Kit. It comes with everything you need to cast and paint a garden pot and grow flowers. The Odd Pods Cactus Garden comes everything you need along with easy instructions to grow over 25 different varieties of cacti in a space-age capsule. Create a whimsical indoor garden with the My Fairy Garden™ Willow’s Tree Hollow.

Get inspired to create a one-of-a-kind indoor garden that you can enjoy year round!

Source: https://growagoodlife.com/indoor-garden/

Making Family Memories on Halloween

20 Oct

shutterstock_488743432.jpgHalloween is just around the corner and it’s time for tricks and treats! A special treat this Halloween is creating family memories that last a lifetime! Get into the Halloween spirit by going on spooky adventures and enjoy activities with the whole family! We came up with some “spook-tastic” ideas to encourage family bonding time this Halloween.

  • Partake in a family pumpkin carving session! Create a classic Jack-O-Lantern or carve your own design. An alternative for carving pumpkins is to simply paint them and add fun accessories to create your own one-of-a-kind pumpkin masterpiece. We suggest using an acrylic paint as it features opaque colors and permanent coverage. Be sure to show off your finished pumpkin so everyone can see it!
  • Get together with family and friends for a fun-filled outing with Halloween festivities! Attend a local Halloween event that offers activities for all ages. Enter a costume contest, go on a hay ride, play some games, or many other activities your family and kids will enjoy!
  • Have the family join in on the costume fun! Dress as your own unique character or coordinate your costumes as a family. Show off your fabulous costumes while trick-or-treating or attending your Halloween events! We offer various costumes for different ages ranging from super heroes to animals. Check out our previous blog post for fun and friendly Halloween costume ideas for kids!
  • Gather around the kitchen to create festive treats! Bake Halloween themed cookies, cupcakes, or anything you desire and share them with your family. Even the kiddos can contribute in the kitchen by assisting the grown-ups with their own cooking utensils made for little hands. They can use kid-friendly stainless steel kitchen utensils to help with mixing and measuring.

There is so much to do this Halloween and spending the day with family makes the day far more memorable. Don’t forget to take lots of fun photos and videos as they can be cherished for a lifetime and a treasure to reflect on in the future! Have fun, stay safe, and create lasting memories this Halloween!