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Remember to SPRING AHEAD!

This time of year always reminds me of clocks.

Ever hear the expression “ask him what time it is and he’ll tell you how to build the clock?” Will mention no names here, Dave.  Tick tock you really can build your own clock. Here is an educational clock project for the entire family.

Rembember that Sunday March 12th we need to set our clocks ahead one hour marking the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST) at 2A.M.

You can also use this as an ideal opportunity for teaching time.

The ability to tell time is a significant milestone in a child’s educational development and does not have to be a difficult nor frustrating experience. Choosing the right educational time teaching tools can lessen the stress. Fun time teaching toys can also help motivate little ones learning how to tell time.

Build a potato clock for a science lesson with potato power. Who would think tasty spuds can also do double-duty as an undercover battery.

Tempus Fugit,  hurry up and make a clock  cupcake.

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An old favorite is making your own paper plate clock.

With all of these clocks there is noexcuse to forget to set your clocks and best of all there is “Spring” and warmer weather ahead of us. This Minnesota cold will hopefully become a memory as soon as possible.

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Pancake lovers this is your day!  To get a stack this high you might have to start flipping pancakes early in the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fat Tuesday is the day immediately preceding Ash Wednesday which is the first day of the Christian season of Lent.  Fat Tuesday is celebrated in many countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) which is a carnival day, and also the last day of “fat eating” or “gorging” before the fasting period

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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
Source: Dakota Kelly one from her favorite family recipes.
Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  • Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.       

Tall stack or short stack cook them up on this pretend stove.

Happy FAT Tuesday whether you are a pancake lover or not.

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It’s Our Annual Lucky Shamrocks Party!

Save the Date

Saturday, March 18th

1PM to 4PM

Bring the kiddos in for a Lucky Shamrocks Search Game.

There will be Lucky Shamrocks hidden all around the store

for *50% OFF a toy or game of choice.

Face Painting, Fun Games, and Refreshments.

Bring all your friends. We hope to see you!

FREE prizes for all kids wearing green.

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys

7876 Portland Avenue South
one mile west of the Mall of America
shoptotallykids.com
952-881-2425

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This time of year in Minnesota folks know all too well about cabin fever.

It sounds like the last few days brought families out to enjoy the balmy almost 50 degree weather.

Cabin fever takes on a whole new meaning when the kiddos can start their pretend camping in this wooden cabin that can be used indoors or outdoors. (temperatures permitting)

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Another cabin that we are working on stocking offers the Adirondack style porch. We are hoping that it will be ready for Spring delivery.

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With President’s Day just around the corner, this easy to build log cabin is a great teaching tool that you have the option of eating. How about a cherry pie for the pres that never told a lie and a pretzel cabin for honest Abe?

 

 

Materials Needed:

  • Small empty milk carton
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Chocolate frosting or peanut butter
  • 1 Rolo or other tubular shaped candy
  • 1 square cracker
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue or tape (or frosting depending on if you want it edible or not)

Instructions:

  1. Cut the top flap of the milk carton off and tape or hot glue it closed to form the roof.
  2. Spread chocolate frosting or peanut butter on one side of milk carton then cover with pretzels. Repeat this step all over the milk carton until log cabin is complete. You may need to break the tips off of some of the pretzels to make then fit up the sides.
  3. Break a square cracker in half, then break one of the halves in half. Spread some frosting or peanut butter on the back of the first half. “Glue” it to the front of the cabin as the door. Repeat this step with a smaller broken piece for the window.
  4. Spread some frosting or peanut butter to the bottom of Rolo and stick to the roof.

Hurray for National Pizza Day 2017! Besides eating a tasty pizza,  you can play with them and sleep in a slice if you wish.

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Cook up a pretend pizza with the toppings of your choice. There is even a pizza cutter to divide (velcro) into pieces after your pizza is out of the oven and ready to serve.

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After you have eaten all of your pizza, grab another slice, turn off your phone, put away your laptop, dim the lights and snuggle in. Sweet dreams of pepperoni and mushrooms (skip the anchovies) to you on this National Pizza Day 2017.

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Snow, snow, and more snow is forecast tomorrow for the East Coast of the United States. Here are a few fun snow day ideas for our friends in the snow zone. By the way, the snow zone used to belong to us here in Minnesota back in the olden days.

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How about a good old fashioned snowball fight? Our snowball makers will get you off to a good start.

According to Wikipedia: A snowball fight is a physical game in which balls of snow are thrown with the intention of hitting somebody else. The game is similar to dodgeball in its major factors, though typically less organized. This activity is primarily played during months when there is sufficient snowfall. Anybody have enough of the white stuff today? Just wait until tomorrow then!

We suggest starting your game off with a few rules.

  • Have a “safety word” that anyone can call out to stop the game just in case someone is in any trouble.
  • Snowballs must be made only with snow. No adding anything else to the snowballs. That is dangerous.
  • Set clear boundaries.
  • Set a reasonable time limit.
  • Make sure your teams are fair.

There are plenty of activities involving snow, but nothing quite like a snowball fight.

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Take advantage of the snow and learn how to build and igloo.

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Boy’s Life offers a great DIY if you wish to start one on tomorrow’s snow day.

The best-known snow shelter is the igloo. It is a brilliant use engineering and resources, this simple dome made out of snow blocks and is both strong and versatile.

According to Boy’s Life, Arctic cultures such as the Eskimo and the Inuit developed it, and over time they came up with a hundred tricks to make the shelter more comfortable and sturdy, including making the entrance small (to help keep heat in) and melting the inside of the dome and letting it refreeze (for increased strength). Turn this into a learning adventure for your family.

The snow brick maker will speed your construction process along!

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Snow Stompers, sort of a snowshoe for kids, have always been a favorite here at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys. (when we have snow that is) These colorful Sno-Stompers strap over your kids’ boots.  You will have the neighbors wondering what strange creatures have wandered by.

Playing outside in the snow is a magical part of childhood. Bundle up and enjoy the future snow day memories that you will make.

 

 

 

Long, long ago before personal hand-held electronic devises, families played board games together. Talking, telling tales what they did that day,  laughing and enjoying their time together. They certainly were not bored by any means while playing age old, tried and true board games.

Opinions vary on the top board game of all time.

Is it Monopoly or is it Chess? Since Chess racks up many more years than taking Boardwalk and Park Place away from your mother, the top game has to be Chess over Monopoly, right?

Chess first appeared in the 6th century AD in India and uses brain power leaving Lady Luck in the dust.

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As for Monopoly, it is great family game for all ages and the luckier you are the more Trump-like you become without even being the apprentice.

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CAUTION: If he gets 3 neighbors, his house is going to be torn down and replaced by a bright red hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1950 Public Pay Phone at Totally Kids

Have your friends and family use this 1950’s Pay Phone and watch the money pile up. We would like to say this is “dialing for dollars” but how about pushing more the more familar
buttons, with the bonus collecting some coins. Tons of fun just the same.
When is the last time anyone saw one of these in a phone booth? Would your kids even understand this concept?
PUBLIC PAY PHONE
Forget the E-mail, try a little chit chat on your replica 1950’s pay phone. Drop in your nickel and you will hear the original brass jingle. It accepts and store coins as a full feature coin bank with lock and key .Features include a rotary look keypad with push buttons, pulse/tone, ringer volume control, wall or desk mount. Built of a heavy ABS Plastic cabinet with chrome accents Great for kids and adults!
18-1/4″ H x 9″ W x 6-1/2″ D
Tip: great way to get paid to talk.

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Join Totally Kids fun furniture & toys for a day of Family Fun on Saturday, November 12th 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!

Exclusives

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!

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

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 50% OFF their favorite toy or game.

Register to win an Eco-friendly car!

All children will go home with a FREE prize.

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

 

Watching the ant cycle can be both interesting as well as educational for all of us.

Did you know that the established queen will lay eggs that will grow into larvae which closely resemble maggots? The larvae will grow and shed their skin several times, where they will then resemble white ants. Finally, they will emerge as full grown ants. As your AntWorks habitat matures you may notice that the ants get bigger and bigger. This is a normal phenomenon, as the first generation ants are usually much smaller than subsequent generations even though they are the same species.

With the AntWorks ant habitat, you can watch ants create 3-D tunnels in the amazing space gel. This miraculous gel is based on a 2003 NASA Space Shuttle experiment to study animal life in space and test how ants successfully tunnel in microgravity. This space-age gel serves as both habitat and nutrition for the ants. Watch as the ants turn a brick of aqua-blue gel into a fascinating colony of tunnels! This is the first time anything has been created that enables you to view these awesome creatures at work. The AntWorks Gel is non-toxic and contains the necessary nutrients to promote healthy growth in the new colony. Watch ants live, work and tunnel in the nutritious gel as they create series upon series of intricate tunnels. Ants are highly intelligent, organized, numerous, and strong. With their largely developed brains, their compassion for fellow ants and ability to work as a team, their amazing physical strength-often carry 20 times their body weight, and an innate predisposition for a healthy attitude toward work. This ant habitat is easy to care for since the ants need NO food or water.

Ant History

Ants are insects that evolved from wasp-like creatures over 100 million years ago. Today there are over 12,000 species of ants that have been classified.

Ants form colonies that range in population from a few dozen living in small natural cavities to millions that live in larger structures they build in the ground. The colonies consist of three types of ants. Sterile, wingless females, fertile males, and fertile females referred to as queens. The sterile female ants serve as soldiers or workers in the colony.

Ants work together in colonies to build their habitat and recreate. The process can be fascinating to watch for children and adults alike. Due to the fact that most ant colony behavior takes place beneath the ground, humans must use ant habitats or ant farms to observe ant colony behavior.

Scientists claim ants can carry more than 50 times their body weight.

Myrmecology is the scientific study of ants, a branch of entomology.

Does this bring back memories?  The Original Uncle Milton’s Ant Farms may be familiar to many parents and grandparents. Totally Kids fun furniture & toys  still have available for you today.

 

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