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Last Minute Gift Ideas

15 Dec

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As the holidays get closer, the aisles in stores get emptier and emptier! Most everyone ventured out early to get their shopping done when shelves were full and gifts were easy to come by. However, if that ‘most everyone’ was not you, never fear; There is still hope for those who procrastinate! We came up with a few last minute gift ideas to help you complete your last minute shopping!

  • Show off your DIY skills and make your own custom gifts! Take a trip to your local craft store and grab some supplies to make your gift. You can make your child slime, playdough, room décor, bags, outfits and accessories for everyday wear or dress up play, and much more! The possibilities are endless to what you can create!
  • When it doubt, you can always give your child a gift card or gift certificate to their favorite toy stores, arcades, play places, restaurants, or anywhere your child will enjoy. These are great if you are not sure what to get your child this year or if a certain item on your child’s wish list flew off the shelves before you had the chance to get it. Gift cards are a great option for older kids as well. This way your child can pick out their own gift without the stress of finding a gift at the last minute!
  • Get creative and put together custom holiday gift baskets, bags, or stockings for your child! You can make these for any child at any age. Fill your gift with goodies your child will enjoy. Another idea is to come up with a theme and put together gifts that revolve around your desired theme.

Here are some examples:

– Movie Night: Fill your gift baskets with movies your child will love along with some yummy popcorn and candy.

– D.I.Y: Put together some art and crafts supplies or kits for your child to create fun Do-It-Yourself projects.

– Yummy Treats: Create a gift filled with ingredients and a recipe for easy-to-make delicious treats that they can do themselves or with the help of a parent or you can even give your child pre-made treats.

Since the holidays are just around the corner, it may be too late to purchase some of your gift ideas online. But you can always embark on an adventure to the store and scout out items on your child’s holiday wish list. But beware of the potential chaos that might occur because the stores may be jam packed with other last minute shoppers. Don’t stress over the hustle and bustle of shopping halt the enjoyment of your holiday festivities. We are certain you will find the upmost greatest gifts that your family and friends will love!

All of us here at Kaplan Toys wish you a safe and happy holiday and we hope you create lasting memories that will be cherished for a lifetime!

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!

Trouble-Free Preschooler Activities for Earth Day

14 Apr

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Observed annually on April 22nd, Earth Day is a celebration of environmental protection and conservation. One month into spring, Earth Day is the perfect time to get your little ones outside and learning. Use this day (or even week) to discuss how your family can play a part in protecting the Earth that we inhabit. Here are some excellent ideas that can help you turn fun in the sun into impactful lifetime of learning!

Rain and Shine

In order to explore conservation, your child must first understand why the Earth is so important to protect. A great place to start is with nature discovery. While exploring, explain the special relationship that humans have with nature and how we interact and depend on one another. Consider these activities:

  • Take a nature walk with a fun twist. Give your child pictures of items to find (like a rock, 3 types of flowers, a pinecone, etc.) for an afternoon of nature scavenger hunting.
  • Cook up a mud pie! Get messy while mixing up different types of dirt for a fun, sensory loaded activity. Try including as many different materials such as sand, rocks, and leaves into your pie “ingredients”.
  • Explore the water cycle with the Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table™. Your child can make it rain again and again with this fun cause and effect STEM activity.
  • Turn your nature walk finds into a nature collage. Use an old egg carton to organize and protect your new collection.
  • Create beautiful art with leaves! Paint various leaves and use them to stamp their designs onto paper or even a canvas.

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Love the Earth and It’s Creatures

Once your child has had a fun introduction to nature, it’s time to explore some of the Earth Day themes. From pollution to animal conservation, there is plenty to discover and themes to tailor to your child’s interests.

  • Play “can it be recycle?” by hunting around the kitchen and explaining what and how different materials can be recycled. Bonus! Practice sorting their discoveries based on the material.
  • Introduce upcycling by including them in a small project or craft that includes recycled and repurposed materials.
  • Create a small garden just for them. Use the Eco-Friendly Indoor Gardening Kit and the Watering Can with Shovel and Rake to create a special space for them to explore the growing process.
  • Give the earth an actual hug with the Hugg-A-Planet® Earth.
  • Discuss animal conservation while cuddling with the Baberoo Sea Turtle Plush or playing with the Polar Animals Set.
  • Create a bird feeder by repurposing a paper towel tube with peanut butter and birdseed.
  • See an Earth Day movie! We suggest the Disneynature series which premiers a new film every Earth Day. If you see it opening week they will make a donation to World Wildlife Fund.
  • Chow down on Earthy dirt cups! Your child will love the crush cookie “dirt”, chocolate pudding “mud”, and brightly colored gummy “worms”. Simply mix chocolate pudding to create a mud base, crush Oreos to form a dirt crust, and insert gummy worms for a buggy surprise!

However you choose to celebrate Earth Day, we would love to hear about it on our social or in the comments below!

5 Things to Pack for the First Day of Preschool

25 Aug

Gearing your preschooler up for back to school? It can be hard to know what to send with your child when they are entering a new learning environment. There are, however, a few staples that will always come in handy. Here are 5 essentials for parents to pack for the first day of preschool:

Best Practice: be sure you check with the school administration before the first day of school for a list of supplies to pack with your child.

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1. Snacks

 Whether it’s a half-day or a whole day of preschool, packing your child’s favorite snacks that can be eaten quickly and opened independently is a great way to prepare for the first day of school. Most programs include a snack time, so having a treat your child can dig into gives them a taste of home. It’s also the perfect opportunity to sneak in a simple note of encouragement for your brave little learner!

For tips on How to Pack the Perfect Lunch, check out this related article: https://blog.kaplantoys.com/2014/09/23/how-to-pack-the-perfect-lunch/

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2. Water Bottle

 Water bottles are fun to personalize and are a great way to keep kids hydrated. Pick out the bottle with your tot to ensure they can open it independently, are attached to it, and that it is spill proof. The last thing you want is your child’s new backpack coming back soaked with juice!

Check out our new Backpack Sets, complete with a matching backpack, lunchbox, and water bottle: https://blog.kaplantoys.com/2016/08/10/backpack-sets-for-back-to-school/

 3. Extra Set of Clothes

Accidents happen when there’s a room full of toddlers! Even if your child is potty trained, early learning classrooms contain paint, water tables, and a handful of other messy opportunities. Prepare your child by packing an extra set of clothes in a zip lock bag with their name on the outside. You will be helping out the teacher tremendously!

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4. Comfort Buddy

 Many toddlers deal with anxiety or first-day jitters. One way to counteract those fears is by sending something familiar from home that they can latch onto when feeling lonely. Whether it’s a picture of the family or a teddy bear, letting your child pack their prized possession is a great way to keep them connected to home throughout the school day. Find more resources on how to calm first day jitters here: https://blog.kaplantoys.com/2015/08/18/5-ways-to-calm-first-day-jitters/

5. Emergency Card

 Don’t forget to send an emergency card with your child that details your home address, phone number, and if your child has any allergies. This is always a great back up for any situation your toddler may stumble into. Be sure to seal in a plastic bag as well or laminate to keep waterproof!


Back-to-School Resources:

Backpack Sets for Back to School!

10 Aug

One fun way to see the first day of school is as a grand adventure for your little explorer. No adventure would be possible without the right gear. Strap into one of our four new backpacks and send your child back to school in style! Each set includes a matching backpack, lunchbox, and water bottle.

Puppy Backpack Set

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 Does your child have a puppy obsession? So do we! This colorful Puppy Backpack Set is perfect for providing a furry companion to accompany your little one to school.

Want to go a step further? Comfort buddies are a great coping method for first-day jitters. Pick out a furry companion for your child to take with them in their new backpack set!

Unicorn Backpack Set

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School is a magical place for learning, so your child’s backpack should be, too! Properly prepare for back to school by stepping into the classroom with this stylish fantasy-inspired backpack.

Does your child love unicorns? Get excited for a year full of learning with these magical, unicorn-themed toys:

Alien Backpack Set

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Explore the unknown with this Alien Backpack Set! Prepare your little explorer for the new school year with a bag ready to be filled with all of their new discoveries! This colorful, green alien is more than ready for the challenge.

Take a space odyssey before school starts with these fun space-themed toys!

T-Rex Backpack Set

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Love dinos? Bring in T-Rex to the classroom for a little pre-historic inspiration! This beloved dinosaur will give your child more than enough courage to face the classroom!

Find even more pre-historic toys for your tots here: