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Thanksgiving Projects for Kids

3 Nov

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There is so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! Your child can engage in fun and festive projects that teach them to value the true meaning of Thanksgiving! Celebrate the countdown to Turkey Day with these enjoyable projects and create custom keepsakes that last a lifetime!

Hand Turkey:

Gobble! Gobble! Your child can create a festive masterpiece using finger paint, a handprint, and their imagination.

You will need:

  • Brown, yellow, green, orange, and red Finger Paint
  • Sturdy paper designed for finger painting, canvas, or any other surface you wish

Directions:

Step 1: Paint the brown onto the palm of the hand and thumb for the turkey’s body while the other colors will be painted on the fingers to create the beautiful feathers.

Step 2: Place the hand on the paper or other surface to reveal a colorful turkey handprint.

Step 3: Add any features you would like to your turkey.

Source: Cute Turkey Hand Print + 25 Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

 

DIY Edible Pumpkin Play Dough:

You will need:

1 16oz Can of Pumpkin

2 cups of Cornstarch

1 TBSP of Cinnamon

Optional: For extra sensory play, you can add pumpkin seeds, chocolate candies or sprinkles.

Directions:

Step 1: Mix Pumpkin and Cinnamon in a medium or large bowl.

Step 2: Gradually add cornstarch until the mixture is doughy and not sticky.

Step 3: Refrigerate the dough until play time.

Step 4: Add the sensory play food into the dough if you wish.

Recipe makes enough dough for six to seven kids.

Source: Edible Pumpkin Play Dough DIY for the Perfect Fall Play Date

Mini Gratitude Journal

You will need:

Mini Composition Notebook or any small notebook

Glue

Watercolor Paper

Watercolor Paints

Black Marker (We recommend you use a permanent marker to prevent smudging)

Optional: Google Eyes, Stickers, Yarn, or anything you desire to customize your notebook.

Directions:

Step 1: Create a thumbprint turkey. Rub the thumb into the watercolor paint to create the turkey’s body.

Step 2: When the thumbprint is dry, take the black marker to draw the legs and feathers of the turkey.

Step 3: Paint the turkey’s feathers and then let dry.

Step 4: Now it is time to customize the cover of your notebook with your turkey painting! You can cut out the turkey painting and glue it to the front of the notebook.

Step 5: Add any other embellishments you wish!

Step 6: You child can now fill the journal with everything they are thankful for!

Source: Mini Gratitude Journals for Kids

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!

Toys that Make Coding Fun!

8 Sep

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Coding is not just for engineering students anymore! Because technology plays such a fundamental role in our everyday life, programming has become a useful, almost essential, skill to have. With coding being often referred to as the “new literacy”, programming has become more common in school curriculum. Coding doesn’t have to be a complex and confusing subject. It can be a fun game that challenges your child’s critical thinking skills and encourages problem solving. Explore these three fun products that makes coding approachable and enjoyable, giving your child a leg up on learning this valuable skill.

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Think & Learn Code-a-pillar™

Perfect for little learners 3 years and up, the Think and Learn Code-a-pillar will wiggle its way across your floor, following your child’s programmed commands. Includes eight segments that direct the Code-a-pillar to move and turn in different directions. Practice sequencing and problem solving skills by connecting segments of the Code-a-pillar to make it move to the destination target you selected. The Code-a-pillar’s lights and sounds with every wiggle are sure to delight your child as they code!

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Ozobot Starter Pack

Meet Ozobot, a tiny robot with lots knowledge! The Ozobot uses optical sensors to read and then follow your child’s color code sequences that they have drawn on a piece of paper. With included games, brainteasers, and reusable coding stickers, Ozobot is sure to provide hours of STEM play. Your child can even give their Ozobot personality with included decor stickers!

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Primo™ Cubetto Children’s Programmable Robot Playset

Cubetto is an adorable wooden robot that your child can program and guide to lead Cubetto on adventures across the world map. As simple as placing coding blocks on an interface board! Don’t worry about your child become bored with coding, once they have mastered the world map, they can send their Cubetto on even more exciting and complicated adventures with additional maps and coding blocks sets! Cubetto combines the fun of a wooden robot’s adventures with a tangible coding learning activity!

With the use of fun, technology based toys such as these, you can make coding an accessible and engaging subject for your child. Giving them fundamental knowledge to help them excel at school and future possible career paths.

Going Green on St. Patrick’s Day!

17 Mar

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We are all aware of the fascination with shamrocks, pots of gold, and tiny bearded men who look resemble certain characters on cereal boxes that come along with the holiday. But instead of focusing on leprechauns, we wanted to take a moment to consider something more important: the color green! Of course, by observing all things green, we mean the way we approach the environment. With factors like climate change, pollution, and water quality surrounding us daily, it’s important to make young children aware of how to be environmentally conscious. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!

Here are a few simple things you can do around your home to teach your children to go green on St. Patrick’s Day!

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1. Breathe Easy by Planting Inside or Out!

-Teaching kids the importance of trees and plants as oxygen providers is important not only in that it contributes to their eventual understanding of photosynthesis, but it will also help them to appreciate giving back to the environment. Keeping plants inside is always a great way to teach kids about plant care and they can even produce the added bonus of home-grown veggies!

2. Color Coded Recycling Bins

-Sorting trash into plastics, paper, glass and cardboard are great ways to teach your little ones about recycling. You can even make it more fun by assigning colors to each and using it as an opportunity to teach children their colors. There are tons of recycling songs to sings as you do your part together to go green.

3. Borrow Books Instead of Buying

-Going to the library is always an adventure for young kids. Libraries become magical places as children stumble across books shared by other people. By borrowing, you can teach children how they are limiting waste, as opposed to going to the book store to buy titles new.

4. Make Your Mondays Meatless!

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-Get with your kids and look up their favorite vegetarian recipes online. Not only can you cook together, but you can cut down on consumption while you’re doing so. Explain to your kids that through not eating meat on Mondays, you’re helping to cut down on greenhouse emissions.

5. Waste Not!

-Make sure you kids know to turn off the water while they brush their teeth and to turn off the lights when they aren’t using them. You can also do little things like using dish towels instead of paper towels, reusable water bottles intend of plastic water bottles, and make cards from home instead of buying them. The possibilities are endless when you look around your house for ways to minimize waste.

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6. The Green Games

-The biggest way you can help your child to go green is through teaching them about things like pollution and what little things they can do every day to stop waste. A great way to make them aware of environmental problems and solutions is through playing green games. There are plenty of online resources where green learning becomes fun and easy. (Not to mention the added bonus of technology integration!) Here is a great resource for online learning for kids: http://www.edge-gogreen.com/home/green-kids2/

We hope you enjoyed the small ways to go green on St. Patrick’s Day and found it more rewarding than the motivation to pinch someone! You can find even more ways to reduce your carbon footprint by checking out the green resources below. Thank you for playing your part in sustainable living and passing it on to the next generation, after all, that’s a pot of gold to look forward to in itself!

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LEGOS for One, LEGOS for All!

23 Feb

For bakers…

DUPLO® Creative Cakes

Item #: 141020

Price: $28.95

Build delicious DUPLO® cakes of all shapes and sizes with the Creative Cakes building set. Share them with your friends at a fabulous tea party! Set includes 2 muffin cups, 3 muffin tops, 3 candles, 2 meringues, flowers, and assorted DUPLO® bricks. The storage box lid can be used as your serving tray! Also includes inspirational building recipes. Set contains 55 pieces. For ages 2 – 5.

For builders…

LEGO® Technic Tracked Crane

Item #: 141057

Price: $22.95

Building skyscrapers is an easy job with this crane. Features rotating superstructure, moving tracks, raising boom, extending arm, and raising/ lowering hook. Rebuilds into a bulldozer with a lowering blade and ripper! The Tracked Crane measures 12″H x 4″W x 11″D and the bulldozer measures 3″H x 4″W x 6″D. 218 pieces. For children 8 years & up.

For Star Wars fans…

LEGO® STAR WARS Tie Fighter

Item #: 141050

Price: $69.95

Open the cockpit of the TIE Fighter, place in the pilot and pretend to fight the Rebels using your dual flick missiles! Includes TIE Fighter Pilot, Imperial Officer, Death Star Trooper, R5-J2 Droid, TIE Fighter and 1 blaster. The TIE Fighter features opening cockpit and dual flick missiles. TIE Fighter measures over 9″ tall. 413 pieces. For children 8 – 14 years.

For those who love cars…

LEGO® CARS Red’s Water Rescue

Item #: 141045

Price: $23.95
Help Red put the fires out that Acer started with his water gun! Set includes vehicles Red and Acer. Features include flick missiles, elevating ladder, welding equipment, and protective glasses. Red measures over 5″ long and Acer measures over 3″ long. 199 pieces. For children 5 years & up.

LEGO® Fun with Vehicles Set

Item #: 141023

Price: $34.95

Build your dream vehicle with LEGO® vehicle building! Create cars, trucks, racing cars, and much more! Set Includes 2 mini-figures, lots of wheels, a windshield, workshop tools, lots of color-coded basic elements, and LEGO® brick separator. 525 pieces. For children 4 years & up.

And even for toddlers…

LEGO® DUPLO® Creative Sorter

Item #: 141019

Price: $22.95

Illuminate your child’s mind with this LEGO® DUPLO® Creative Sorter set. This set includes an assortment of color-coded basic and rounded DUPLO® bricks. Your child can sort the shapes needed to build a parrot, elephant and giraffe on the blue, yellow and red sorting plates. The sorting plates double as a lid for the sturdy plastic storage box. 23 pieces. For children 18 months – 5 years.

DUPLO® Pink Brick Box

Item #: 141021

Price: $17.95

Young minds pretend with this cute starter set that features rabbits, carrots, flowers, house elements, and an assortment of basic DUPLO® bricks in both pink and classic colors. This set comes in a sturdy brick storage box and includes an idea booklet to encourage creative play. DUPLO® products are fun and safe for younger hands. 30 pieces. For children 18 months – 5 years.

The Top 5 Toys for Preschoolers in 2011

18 Nov

Looking to add a pinch of pizzazz to your preschooler’s presents this holiday season? Our experts have assembled a list of sure-fire favorites for children 3 to 5.  And the best part is – they can all be purchased in just a few, short clicks at KaplanToys.com!

#5: Hide and Squeak Eggs

Preschoolers will enjoy the “egg-ceptional” shape sorting fun of Hide and Squeak Eggs. Shells crack open to reveal six “egg-stra” special colorful chicks. Press down gently on their heads to hear them peep. Take the eggs out of the carton to shape sort. 12 months & up.

Item #: 85523

Price: $10.95

#4: Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow

You and your child can send a super-cool rocket to new heights! Kids “stomp” on the pad and watch the foam rocket launch into the air up to 100 feet. Special “glow” edition glows in the dark! Assembles in minutes, and no tools are required. 3 years & up.

Item #: 00347

Price: $15.95

#3: My First Beauty Bag

A deluxe beauty bag perfect for the little divas in your care! The bag includes a motorized hair dryer, hand held mirror, 3 curlers, hairbrush, and curling iron. 3 years & up.

Item #: 00444

Price: $19.95

#2: Tikes Patrol Police Car

Kids can come to the rescue in this foot-powered squad car with a working door. When they push the button on the electronic microphone they’ll see flashing lights and hear seven siren sounds. A realistic light bar on the roof lets kids pretend they’re on their way to an emergency. 2 years & up.

Item #: 80860

Price: $74.95

#1: LEGO Ultimate Building Set

Stimulate your child’s creativity with over 405 LEGO pieces. The new storage box with transparent lid contains a mini LEGO figure, a building plate, and a great mix of standard bricks in various colors, house and wheels elements. 4 years & up.

Item #: 00665

Price: $29.95