Archives for the month of: June, 2011

Summer Sleepovers could be so much more fun with this dual function bunk bed.

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Here a few entertaining games for girls summer sleepover parties:

Nail Polish Spin Game
Place several colors of nail polish in the middle of a circle of girls.  Have the first girl spin a bottle of nail polish.  Who ever the cap is pointing to when it is done spinning must paint one of her fingernails that color.  Then that person spins the next color of nail polish …. and so on.  Paint your toes also to make the game last longer.

Foil Make Over
The object is to create the best outfit out of aluminum foil.  Crazy game and lots of fun.  This can be played individually or if you have a lot of girls separate into teams.  Give each person / team 1 or 2 rolls of aluminum foil.  You can also use rubber bands or pieces of string if you want.  Create the most fabulous outfit you can using the aluminum foil.  Tops, pants, skirts, shorts … and don’t forget the sunglasses, jewelry, hats, flip-flops, tiaras booties, belts …anything your imagination can dream up.  Be sure and take pictures of your creations.

Blind Make Over
The first person puts on a blindfold and does the makeup of the second person.  Then when they are done the second person puts on the blindfold and does the makeup of the third person.  Draw numbers to determine the order.  Really funny – take pictures so you can keep the memories.

 

Reluctant reader at your house? Chew on this idea!

Have your small person pop a gum ball into their mouth and chew, chew, read, read away…….

Another brilliant idea discovered at 30 handmade which was guest posted there by Everyday Chaos, both great blogs that are packed full of ideas.

Erin, our marketing and communications manager writes:

Over the past several years, the staff here at Totally Kids and our customers have truly embraced and generously supported the Autism community by collecting gently used toy donations, and we continue in this mission today.

With such a great and easy way to donate, you can take care of some playroom cleaning and organizing at the same time! This can also teach a valuable lesson to your children about sharing their toys and giving to those in need!

Today’s donations will be going to the Minnesota Autism Center, helping furnish their newly built school set to open in September of this year. The MAC school strives to educate students grades 4th-12th, and whose goals are to foster academic success, independence, self-awareness, and social consciousness. More information about this growing organization can be found at www.themacschool.org.

We collect donations on a daily basis, and any gently used toys and games would be gladly accepted! If you are in our area, please stop by and see us, and bring in any donations that you can spare. You can find us at: 7876 Portland Ave South, Bloomington, MN 55420, or call us at (952) 881-2425 for more information.

Thank you to all of those who have donated toys in the past! Your donations are greatly appreciated by both the staff here at Totally Kids, and by those impacted by Autism.

Father’s Day is barely a week away, so here are some ideas to help jump start your planning.

Plan a “D is for Dad” Day where everything starts with D. For food, try donuts, deli sandwiches, dark chocolate, deep dish pizza, Dad’s Root Beer, or any variety of desserts.  Your activities for the day might include driving (in the car or on the golf course), dancing, digging in the dirt, and of course, dozing.

Forget the cutting the lawn on Father’s Day. Put Dad in his favorite chair and surprise him with the mower on top of a a no sweat lawn mower cupcake. Another recipe from Family Fun:

Instructions
  1. For each cupcake, mix a handful of flaked coconut with a few drops of green food coloring. Press a chocolate-frosted cupcake into the coconut to cover.
  2. The mower is made with a dark chocolate Hershey’s Nuggets body, brown M&M’s wheels, and a red M&M’s engine, held in place with dabs of frosting.
  3. Shape the handle from a piece of black licorice lace, then insert the ends into the cup
  4. cake.

Beer Cake

This beer cake might make the day for some dads.

Oh, but I’m going to say it ….BANANA.

English: banana
French: banane
Spanish: banana
Greek: banana
Danish: banan
Finnish: banaani

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Father’s Day Gift Idea

The anagram game that will drive you BANANAS!
This award-winning word game needs no pencil, paper, or bulky board. It is
fast and fun. One hand can be played in as little as 5 minutes. Give a Bananagram Game to Dad for Father’s Day and play at home, in restaurants, campgrounds, etc. Great for travel!

Simple Kids have a recipe for fun that works well on a grassy lawn, outside on the steps, under the  shade of a tree, and even in the kitchen.

Give it a try for a bubbly fun afternoon.

Simple Kids Homemade Bubble Solution

1. Gather small and large plastic or steel funnels, drinking straws, rubber bands ( thick and thin)

2. Mix together in a bowl or metal baking pan:

1 cup warm water

½ cup dishwashing soap

1 teaspoon light corn syrup (optional)

3. Combine ingredients in a bowl, or metal baking pan and stir well.

To begin, dip the open end of the funnel, paper cone, or drinking straw into the soapy solution and blow lightly through the non-soapy end. The corn syrup helps to create a sturdy BIG bubble.

Once the kids have mastered the art of bubble blowing have a contest to see who can make the largest bubble.

Positively Splendid makes bubble wands from pipe cleaners. They have a hint: no matter the shape of the wand the bubbles will always be round.

Heat is the word across much of the country this week and we are feeling it right here right now too early.

The flashing sign across the street from Totally Kids fun furniture & toys announced 100F. at 6PM when we all headed home last night. Can you believe one of us actually rode her bicycle home in the heat. Kudos to our senior interior designer Angela, and her true dedication to going green!

Today in the Twin Cities there is an Excessive Heat Warning. There’s a 1 in 3 chance the mercury may hit 100 in the shade this afternoon. Factor in a dew point in the 70-75 range and it will feel like 100-105 by afternoon. On average the Twin Cities metro experiences about one 100-degree day every decade.

May we suggest a fun old fashioned way to stay cool? Attach this Grub Sprouts Sprinkler to your hose for the kiddies or whole family and let the cooling begin.

We hit 103F. hot hot hot hot. On average the Twin Cities metro experiences about one 100-degree day every decade.

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