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Have an adult do the the carving honors and surprise, surprise look what you’ll find inside! The corn cobs hold a surprise inside too.  Instructions for crafting this fascinating turkey can be found here.

Growing up we always found ourselves seated at the kids table. This tradition was undoubtedly for the preservation of fine china, crystal and family heirlooms. If you will be seating little ones at a kids table, give them one they will be thankful for.

Country Living  uses a roll of craft paper and some crayons or markers for their special table.  Not only will kiddos think that they have the best seat in the house, but this budget friendly cover, provides doodling entertainment before, during, and after the Thanksgiving dinner while waiting for pumpkin pie.

The Idea Room always has the best ideas. How about serving up hand print turkey plates that can easily be decorated with edibles, pasta and seeds.

Life at the kids’ table begins here.

You’ll find a great selection of  at child size table and chairs at Totally Kids fun furniture.

“Hands down” this is the most fun Turkey Handprint Cookie you’ll ever bake.  Best of all it’s an easy peasey for even the littlest kiddos. Family Corner has the recipe for fun, pop on over.

Another cook together and a no bake, is this cute Rice Krispie Turkey. It calls for just a few ingredients and little hands to roll the balls and decorate. Thanks Give Me Some Oven, we’ve got all of the ingredients and this is on tomorrow’s to do list!

Now…gobble – gobble.

If you are in the market for a colorful new kitchen for holiday cooking, take a look here, you’re bound to find the kitchen of your dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Totally Kids fun furniture & toys for a day of Family Fun on Saturday, November 10th as we celebrate National Neighborhood Toy Store Day.

We are proud to be your Neighborhood Toy Store and we’re throwing a party to celebrate! Please join us!

Fun for the Whole Family

Bring the kids…and the grandparents and tell your friends to meet you here.  This is an event you will not want to miss!

There will be so much to do, from trying out our favorite toys and games, to winning contests and featuring face painting by Erin!

Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Play fun games and win prizes. Each child who donates a new or gently used toy for families economically challenged by the

affects of Autism will receive 25% OFF their favorite toy or game.

Register to win an Eco-friendly car, a Melrose Doll House, gift cards and a $500.00 SHOPPING SPREE!

All children will go home with a FREE toy.

Our experienced staff is looking forward to showing you the hottest toys for this holiday season.

Remember, as always there is FREE gift wrapping on toys.

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Our thanks to Amber’s mother, sister and cutie pie son for their surprise visit and setting up the trains on the train table!

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Desirae, our marketing coordinator, was having a playtime moment with her Puppet on Stick friends. Watch our Facebook page, they will be given away sometime next week.

Join us September 28th.

Third generation acclaimed silhouette artist Erik Johnson returns to perform his scissors magic at Totally Kids. Using just a tiny pair of scissors, and 5 minutes of time, Mr. Johnson is able to create an original likeness of your little one’s adorable profile. Spaces are filling up quickly so call 952-881-2425 soon to reserve your time. Reservations are recommended and walk-ins will be accommodated as time allows.

One of Kind Silhouettes are $25.00, and duplicates of the same person are $15.00. Framing is also available.

Totally Kids will donate 10% of sales on September 28th to Operation Smile.

Operation Smile is a medical charity that heals children’s smiles by volunteer medical staff performing cleft lip operations to children and families who cannot afford procedures. Operation Smile has been helping over 200,000 children and adults since 1982 with cleft lips and other facial deformities. Totally Kids is proud to sponsor this charity and we hope to see you there!

Remember: Save the Date and Don’t Be Late . . .

Two cuties from Mr. Johnson’s last visit.

Famous silhoutte artist Erik Johnson performing his magic at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.

Once upon a time there was a little old woman and a little old man. The little old woman thought she’d make a gingerbread man. She rolled out the dough, and cut out the shape, and she put raisins for his eyes, and peppermints for his teeth, and put icing on his head for the hair. Then she put him in the oven, and when it smelled good, she opened up the door to take a peek and out jumped the gingerbread man.

Today’s Recipe for Fun is Gingerbread Crayons.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Start by removing all the paper from the crayons and chop them into small bits. Fill your mould with the crayon pieces and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until wax is melted. You can add more bits of crayon through the melting process so the moulds are completely full. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Then push out the crayons and they are ready to use.  Caution, don’t let them get away until you are ready to surprise some special kids.

“Run, run, as fast as you can,

You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!”

This Recipe for Fun is from Torie Jayne.

How to disguise Gingerbread Men. Turn them upside down and look at the cute Reindeer cookies.

For a change of pace, how about baking up some Nijabread Men?

These Nijabread Men cookie cutters have been a hot item this season. Can you see them also as a Recipe for Fun?

Angela really wants Christmas cookies for our office party on Thursday and here I am cooking up Christmas soap,  a recipe from  It’s Gravy Baby.

The “recipe” calls for items that you may already have around the  house, plus the process is  easy peasy.

Gather Up:

  • a bar of white soap
  • food coloring
  • water
  • cookie cutters or  candy molds

Directions:

  • Grate your bar of soap.  Find your kitchen grater, you need approximately one cup of grated soap.
  • Divide your grated soap into bowls.  One bowl for each color you want.  About 1/4 cup in each bowl to make 4 colors.
  • Add a bit of hot water to each bowl- a little less than a tablespoon per bowl.  Use a spoon or fork to mash it all together until you reach a good consistency and all of the pieces are incorporated.
  • Add a few drops of food colors, mixing until you reach your desired color.
  • Press soap mixture into cookie cutters or molds and freeze.

Line  a baking pan with waxed paper for easy clean up.  You’ll want to freeze them for at least a few hours or overnight.

Now you have cute stocking stuffers or good clean fun gifts for the little neighbors!

Just in case any of the Christmas Crayons are mistaken for cookies, keep this handy Doctor’s Case close by for an Rx. Wink wink…

Look what we are making this weekend for our preschool friends.

It is not your regular red and white Playdough, but a festive peppermint glitter infused variety.  Artful Parent shows you how to make this fun do together for you and the kiddos. She dresses up canning jars and then adds a cute tag ready to share with your little friends.

The glitter and peppermint scent really says Merry Christmas.

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Back in September we made pumpkin latte playdoh that smelled good enough to eat.

Take a look at Sweet Sugar Belle’s recipe for gingerbread playdoh and  how adorable her packaging  is, complete with a Gingerbread Man cookie cutter!

And then………..       A fox asked, “Would you like a ride?”

Click on Secret Sale to see 50% OFF Melissa & Doug toys for all good little girls & boys!

You must try this! Santa Claus and his amazing PNP (Portable North Pole) console will be online during the entire holiday season. With just a few clicks, this technological marvel will let your loved ones receive a personalized message from Santa Claus himself, sent directly from his village in the North Pole. It is not only very cute, but FREE. Give it a try, I tested this last year and must say it was a fun little video message that Oliver received from Santa.

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Help Santa out and be sure that he gets cookies at every stop. Share this jar with your friends and neighbors. Make It Do will show you how to craft the cheery covered jar and Bakerellahas the recipe with the ingredients to fill the jar.

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Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer will light the way for Santa. Popsicle sticks and googly eyes are a make together project for you and your little ones,  for your tree or gift away. Expat Mom has the steps, one, two, three.

How about whipping up these adorable ornaments with the kids this weekend. They would not make it to a tree at our house.

Here is the Recipe for Fun.

Recipe:

1/4 C. butter + extra for your hands (you’ll need for shaping the Rice Krispy treats into a balls)
1 10-oz. package marshmallows
1 tsp. vanilla
6 C. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
Holiday-colored sugar sprinkles
Rolo candy
Toothpicks

Instructions:

Melt butter in a large saucepan.  Add marshmallows and stir constantly until well-combined. Add vanilla, and stir again.  Add the Rice Krispies cereal.  Mix until all of the cereal is coated with the marshmallow mixture.

Butter your hands well, then and shape the cereal into six balls.  Make sure they’re packed tightly.  Acting quickly, roll the balls in colored sugar or holiday-colored  sprinkles until coated.

For the top of the ornament, stick a toothpick into one end of a Rolo candy.  The other end of the toothpick long goes into the Rice Krispy ornament.

or if you prefer, maybe contain it to an easel.

There’s no better way to inspire your young artist, whether it’s on paper, or if you dare,  on the wall.

Benjamin Moore has a tutorial if you would like a DIY  chalkboard wall for your home.

Many folks however like this generously sized  easel with a chalk board on one side and a dry erase board on the other side. Either is perfect for art projects large and small. There are clips for attaching a roll of paper when that is medium of choice the day.


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Drawing and painting can be used to understand what children are feeling. Often times you can learn what is going on in their lives from the colors they choose or things that they draw. It is a great way to spark conversation with young children.

Turn off the TV!

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