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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!

Kid Halloween Costume Ideas

17 Oct

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Happy Halloween! It’s that time of the year for tricks and treats! Not sure as to what your child wants to dress up as? We provided some ideas can help you out on your search for the perfect costume for your child! These fun and friendly costumes are sure to be a “spook-tacular” hit this Halloween!

Super Heroes: Kids can dress as their favorite super heroes or create a one-of-kind hero of their own. Add a cape, mask, or other accessories and they are ready to save the day.

Suggestions: Girl Hero Bat CapeAmerican Hero Cape & MaskPretend Play Adventure Capes (Set of 4)

Careers: Inspire your child to be anything they wish with costumes featuring their dream career. Become a firefighter, police officer, doctor, nurse, astronaut, pilot, and more.

Suggestions: Aeromax Jr. Physician Lab Coat and Scrub Set, Toddler Pretend Play Police Officer Vest & HatAirline Pilot Outfit

Animals: From adorable dogs to majestic leopards, your little animal lover can dress as their favorite animal this Halloween.

Suggestions: Cow & Snow Leopard Reversible VestAnimal Dress-Up – Cow

When you find the right costume, add some fun accessories such as a hat, wand, feather boa, or anything you desire.

Complete any costume with face paint! Use the new kid-friendly Grim Tout Face Paint Sticks or Palette to create fun designs. These face paints are easy to apply and easy to clean making Halloween a little easier for parents and kids. For more detailed designs, use the Grim Tout Face Paint Stencil Set.

The possibilities are endless when creating a trick-or-treat ready costume for your child! Have fun, stay safe, and create lasting memories this Halloween!

The Benefits of Plushy Friends

25 Aug

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Just about every child owns some type of a stuffed, furry companion. From classic teddy bears to exotic animals dressed up in sneakers and bowties, plush toys have been an essential part of children’s play for decades. Explore why stuff animals are important for your child to own and see our suggestions for some new snuggle buddies to add to your little one’s toy collection.

Comfort

Plush toys provide a huggable friend that is always there for your child. Whether they are happy, sleepy, scared, or sad, stuffed animals allow children of all ages to learn self-regulation skills. Huggers Plush Sloth, Wolf, and Panda provide snuggly, friendly hugs, anytime. You simply spread their arms open wide, give a little squeeze, and their arms instantly wrap to give you a hug. Whether your toddler is seeking comfort at bedtime or your preschooler is hugging their soft friend after scraping their knee, it is amazing what a simple hug or cuddle can do for your child’s mood.

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Imaginative Play

Perfect companions for pretend play, stuff animals are great for encouraging your child to engage with his or her imagination. Stuffed animals can bring to life characters from your child’s favorite movies and books extending their stories into bedroom and backyard playtime! The Watermelon Seed with Kroc Set is the perfect example of pairing literacy learning with a fun character plushy. Have the Kroc take a bite of watermelon with every page turn! From tea parties to backyard safaris, stuffed animals are the perfect playtime sidekicks.

Exploration

Children of all ages use toys to discover how the world around them works. Younger children use soft toys to explore their own senses by chewing, touching, crunching, and squeezing their cuddly friends. Older children collect unique animals on zoo trips and museums visits, learning about their behaviors and habits along the way. The Baberoo Sea Turtle Plush provides both soft cuddles and education about endangered species. These furry friends do more than just take up space in your child’s toy bin, they are a reliable, educational playmate!

Stuffed animals are an important part of your child’s playtime, be sure to invest in quality, plushy friends to spark discovery and imaginative exploration in your child!

Encouraging Your Child’s Love of Animals

20 Apr

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Have you noticed that your little one has a particular fondness for furry friends? Whether they just love the family pet or all creatures, the love of animals is a great trait to have and support. Including this passion for animals into everyday activities can be a fantastic learning opportunity for teaching subjects likes responsibility, kindness, and even natural science! From learning about animals to actual animal care, their attachment to pets and wildlife can easily be supported and creates an excellent opportunity for family fun.

Positives of Pet Ownership

It doesn’t matter if they own a fish, a house full of furry friends, or a just collection stuffed animals; pet ownership can positively influence your little animal lover’s development. Taking care of a pet obviously teaches your child about responsibility, but it also teaches them how to nurture. Pets are often a source of unconditional love with provides your child with a “safe” friend to talk to and love. Pets also encourage children to be more active and social. From running with the dog in the backyard to playing with a friend’s hamster, animals require activities that are healthy to both the pet and owner. Perhaps due to space or family allergies, your child can’t own a pet. No worries! Maybe your child can visit pets of friends and neighbors; they can demonstrate to them how they take care of the pet and maybe let them join in for some activities. Consider adopting or sponsoring a pet at a local zoo! Your child can even help raise the money to cover the cost of the support. A trip to visit “their” animal is sure to be a blast!

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Ideas for Motivating Their Passion

From chasing lighting bugs outside to taking care of their favorite stuffed cat each night, your child will naturally find ways to explore their love of pets. Of course, spending time doing family activities is always important. Consider these ideas on how to combine your child’s love of animals with your family fun time. These activities are sure to entertain as well as educate and create extraordinary family memories for both you and your child.

  • Visit a zoo, farm, aquarium, nature preserve or local science center
  • Consider owning alternative pets like an ant farm or sea monkeys.
  • Pet-sit (a great way to trial run before adopting a pet of your own)
  • Let your child be a vet with the Nici® Wonderland Doll: Veterinarian Set
  • Take a nature walk while bird watching
  • Watch a live stream of an animal from a zoo
  • Visit animals at the pet store
  • Visit a dog park (with or without a dog. Just asking before petting!)
  • Create adorable pets with the Magnutto™ Junior Make a Pet™ Magnetic Activity
  • Visit a petting zoo or butterfly garden
  • Watch a film starring an animal while munching on animal themed snacks (like animal crackers and ants on a log)
  • Go on a virtual experience with the Genuine Ant Farm® Antopia Adventure™ Virtual Explorer
  • Create a zoo with stuffed animals and cardboard box “cages”

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Leave us a comment below and tell us your child’s favorite animal-themed activity.

4 Books to Foster a Love of Reading in Young Children

3 Feb

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Reading skill at an early age is not only one of the strongest predictors of overall school success, but it is also correlated with adult health! When a skill is so crucial to supporting a lifetime of learning, it’s important children become comfortable with it from an early age. Getting children to fall in love with reading will introduce new vocabulary, build comprehension skills, and expand children’s experiences beyond what’s immediate. Sometimes encouraging struggling readers can be as simple as promoting the reading material that they are invested in. We have four book suggestions that we hope will encourage your children to think of reading as less of an obligation and more of an enjoyment.

1. I Love Animals—Big Book

You will be hard pressed to find a child who doesn’t love animals! Encourage children to love reading about them too with I Love Animals, a journey full of colorful hand illustrations and enough animals for your reader to find their favorite!

2. DC Super Heroes

Some children think reading is boring—until you add a super hero! Comic chapter books are a great middle ground that uses colorful illustrations of children’s favorite heroes while also encouraging reading skills as children learn about bravery, loyalty and heroism.

3. Feels Real Board Book Set (Set of 8)

Bringing multiple senses to the reading experience can go a long way in developing a child’s love of reading. The Feels Real board books are a great way for tactile children to use touch as they try out simple words and test five different touch and feel textures.

4. Henry Helps Book Set (Set of 7)

Another way to get children to become invested in the reading experience is by giving them a chance to attach to characters. Henry is a great character to follow through this captivating series as he teaches children responsibility, teamwork, and how to build self-esteem. After reading the series, children will not only be more open to new reading experiences, but they will have also picked up social emotional skills along the way!

Want to learn more about the benefits of early literacy? Here are some great parenting resources: