The Etch A Sketch made its debut as The Magic Screen at a European Toy Fair in 1959.
It all began in 1950. While tinkering in his garage, French electrician Andre Cassagnes dreamed up a drawing toy that kids could shake up and start over. The new drawing toy was made up of a joystick, glass and aluminum powder. Before taking it to market In 1960, it was tweaked; a joystick with two white knobs in the left and right corners of the screen. The idea was to make the toy look like the hot new adult toy of the time: a television. Quickly it became the most popular selling toy during the Christmas season that year. Since then, the Ohio Art Company has sold more than 150 million of them.
The Toy Industry Association named Etch A Sketch one of the 100 most memorable and most creative toys of the 20th century.
If you have ever wondered what’s inside an Etch A Sketch, How Stuff Works will enlighten you.
Look what I am making for Master O and baby sister this weekend.
Lego Jello, fun colorful, tasty, jiggly, wiggly, yet best of all, an easy peasy treat.
Watching baby sister squish it through her little fingers should put smiles on all of our faces, right Betsy? (and a mess on the floor no doubt)
Since we have been playing matching games lately, the plan is to match the Jello boxes with his Duplos.
Have the Lego/Duplo blocks washed and ready to go. Choose your favorite flavor Jellos, or in our case, favorite colors. Master O will be matching the colors of red, blue, green and yellow; aka: cherry, blueberry, lime and lemon in Jello speak.
Prepare the Jello as directed on the package. This time, before filling the Duplo molds I am going to first spray them with Pam cooking spray. Hopefully the un-molding will be a snap. Place the molds in a cake pan before filing and then place the pan in the refrigerator until set.
There’s always room for Lego Jello, this week’s Recipe For Fun..
This Earth Day 2013 teach your children about sharing and responsible recycling by donating new or gently used toys.
Come to Totally Kids fun furniture & toys now through April 22nd, Earth Day, and donate the toys your children don’t use or need anymore and receive 22% OFF any toy or game purchase plus a FREE toy prize.
WANTED: GENTLY USED TOY DONATIONS
Calling all parents in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area!
Totally Kids in Bloomington, is accepting new or gently
used toys for local families economically challenged by
the affects of Autism. Aside from helping our friends
and neighbors, this is an excellent opportunity to clear
out your closets as well as keeping those unused toys
from ending up in a landfill for the next 100 years.
Please stop by and visit us.
Bring whatever you can, as even the smallest toy
will brighten one child’s day.
Please help our environment and your community and come in to Totally Kids!
A Blast From the Past
Children of the 80′s, remember the song? Monchhichi, Monchhichi, oh so cute and cuddly, With her thumb in her mouth she’s really sweet, it’s fun to play with their little feet, la la la! La la la! Happy, happy Monchhichi! I love you Monchhichi!
I can still hear that tune, one of those that played over and over in your head. If you need a refresher, check out this old Monchhichi commercial on YouTube, totally transported me back quite a few years!
Ring a bell? Take a look at the adorable Japanese classic Monchhichi dolls. They’ll make you feel like you’re a kid again with that plush little monkey body, vinyl face, hands and feet, and ready for monkey business.
It’s almost that time of year again when the Easter Bunny starts making tracks and delivering eggs and treats around the world. So, here are some suggestions of what to do while you and the kiddos are waiting
TRACK THE EASTER BUNNY
NORAD tracks Santa but can not track the Easter Bunny because the Easter Bunny does not fly. He just hops around the world, right? Once again, like last year, there is the iPhone 3D Easter Bunny Tracker app. This year you can track the Easter Bunny with The Bunny Tracker.
Here’s something to do while you’re waiting for the Easter Bunny to arrive: play some Easter Bunny games, read poems, download some coloring pages, catch up on your trivia, or come to Totally Kids fun furniture & toys on Saturday, March 30th for our annual Easter Egg Hunt.
There will be games, face-painting, refreshments and free prizes all day long .
Every child will go home with a free toy prize – and hopefully a basket full of goodies! Hop on in…we hope to see you there while waiting for the Easter Bunny!