Archives for the month of: April, 2016

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It’s Earth Day today, so why not go eat some ooey gooey Earthworms to celebrate? Family Bites has the dirt on this dish that you know will be a hit with your family.

Dirt Dessert

  • Small terracotta flower pots, washed well with soap and hot water or run through your dishwasher
  • Ice cream, any flavor will do
  • Oreo cookies crumbs
  • Gummy worms

After washing and drying your flower pot well, fill to the top with the ice cream of your choice.  Cover the ice cream with Oreo cookies crumbs and stuff with ooey gooey gummy worms.

We hope that you will enjoy constructing our traditional Earth Day treat with your kiddos and add it as a recipe for fun at your house.

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How will you be celebrating National Tea Day today?

Did you have pretend play tea parties as a child? I have fond memories of playing tea party with my sisters, our stuffed animals and dolls. We would put on fancy hats and white gloves as we sat at our child size table and chairs with our backs properly straight. Then, taking turns, we would carefully pour our pretend cups of tea. Some just had to have a dash of warmed milk. (little Becky’s tea cup)  Best of all, was always  passing the real biscuits.

Tea parties are excellent learning opportunities offering a way to practice introductions, social talk, and general etiquette.

Other benefits of a tea party is that pretend play is strongly linked to language, narrative language and abstract thinking. Examples of pretend play are: playing dress up, playing store, playing house, pushing trucks and cars .

You can encourage children’s love of pretending by supplying story ideas and raw materials. Their rich imaginations are one of children’s greatest learning tools. The more you incorporate pretend play, the more they’ll learn.

Now wouldn’t this be an ideal day for setting up a pretend tea party?

Wicker Basket Tea Set

One of our favorites is this wicker basket with the essentials for a tea party at home or on the go.

Autism Book Drive

April is Autism Awareness Month.

Autism Spectrum Disorders is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The Center for Disease Control estimates that an average of one in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism. This is about 3.5 million Americans. It is estimated that one percent of the world’s population lives with this disorder. The characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder may be apparent in infancy at about 18 to 24 months, but they usually become clearer during early childhood around 24 months to 6 years.

There is no known single cause for autism spectrum disorder, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function.

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has partnered with the The Minnesota Autism Center (MAC) and is collecting new and gently used books including but limited to fiction, non-fiction. encyclopedias, and dictionaries for the new MAC School High School library. Please bring in any books that you can spare and spread the word to your friends and neighbors.

MAC currently services children and adolescents ages 2 to 21 throughout the state of Minnesota through a variety of programs. These programs, whether in-home, center based or school based, are individually tailored and adapted to provide the absolute best program possible for each child and adolescent attending MAC. In this way, MAC upholds its mission to promote the general education and welfare of children and youth challenged by Autism Spectrum Disorder and support the development of healthy families. When you are with MAC you will agree that nothing is impossible.

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Totally Kids fun furniture & toys offers toys especially selected for Autism. Take a look here.