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Before we had kids, my husband and I would eat out all the time and enjoyed our time together discovering new foods and restaurants. Now that we have two little boys, eating out isn’t so easy or enjoyable. We are now mostly limited to kid-friendly dining and even at the most kid-friendly restaurants, we are susceptible to melt downs, whining, crying, and restlessness among other things. So I made a list of restaurant table games to play while waiting for your meal, or even during meal time when the kids are done eating but the adults aren’t. These fun little games can be played using items found at your table and have really helped us keep the kids busy and calm while dining out.

1. Origami Fortune Tellers. I used to make these all the time when I was younger and they were always a camp favorite. If you don’t know how to make one of these, HERE is a step by step tutorial.  All you need is the kids menu and crayons. Colors go on the outside, numbers in the center, and a fortune on each of the 4 inside flaps. Here is how to play: First your child chooses a color. If it’s red, then spell out R-E-D while moving the fortune together and apart with your fingers 3 times. Then choose a number from the center. Again, count while moving the fortune teller. Then pick another number and whichever number they choose, lift up the flat and that is their fortune. Here are some fortune ideas: “You will have good luck today” or “You will go to a party soon.” Or they could be a direction like “Give someone at the table a hug” or “Make a silly face.”

2. Sugar Packet and Penny Trick. This is a restaurant table version of the old cups and balls magic trick. Take three of the same color sugar packet and a penny or small coin. Show you child which packet the coin is under and then quickly mix them up while they are watching. See if they can follow which sugar packet the penny is under and when you are done mixing, ask them where the penny is.

3. Guess Which Hand. Hide a sugar packet/piece of a napkin/coin (or other small table object) in one of your hands. Make a fist with both hands and have your child guess which hand the object is in. My son likes to play this game on us! He (not so) discreetly hides something in one hand and then we get to guess. Of course I like to humor him and pick the wrong hand :o)

4. Straw and Sugar Packet Tic Tac Toe. Here is a fun way to play Tic Tac Toe. Ask your server for a couple extra straws and use them to make the game board. Use sets of two different color sugar packets as the markers for each team or player. Three in a row wins!

5. Straw Wrapper Worms. When you are unwrapping your straws, scrunch the paper up. Lay it on the table and drip a drop of water on it. Watch it wiggle and grow! See our Straw Wrapper Worm video:

6. I Spy. Choose an object at the table or within view of your table and using the phrase “I spy with my little eye, something ___” Provide a descriptive word about what you see and let your child guess what it is. Then let him/her pick something and you try to guess!

7. Dot Game. This is also called Capture the Squares. The object of the game is to connect dots to get as many squares as possible. Start by drawing a grid of dots and take turns connecting two dots at a time with a vertical or horizontal line. When a person is able to finish a square, put your initial in it. When all dots become squares, count the initialed boxes and whoever has the most wins!

8. ABC Spy. Using the kids menu, or in this case we used the fry basket liner, ask your child to find an “A” and so on. Each time they find the letter, they can circle it. This seems too simple, but believe me, this kept my 3-year-old occupied for a good chunk of time and he really liked searching for each letter I called out.

9. Disappearing Objects. Arrange a group of objects together in the middle of the table. Tell your child to look closely at all the objects on the table then tell him to close his eyes. Take an object away and see if your child can tell you which object is missing.

10. Table Football. There are actual rules to this game (that we don’t follow). We just like to make a paper football and enjoy flicking it around. To make the ball: Start by folding a piece of paper in half longways and fold the corner down into a triangle. Continue to fold down, making triangles until you get to the end of the paper. Tuck whatever excess paper is left on the end into the “pocket” on the top of the ball.  The object of the game is the flick the football across the table and if it is hanging over the edge when it comes to a rest, you get a touchdown. We like to hold our hands up into a field goal and try and flick between the posts (aka fingers and thumbs).

Thank you Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me for sharing these entertaining ideas.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to you! It may only come around once a year, which may be too often for some of us.  However you look at it, we thought that you might like this list of Birthday Freebies to help celebrate your special day.

Baskin Robbins – FREE ice cream
Ben & Jerry’s – FREE ice cream treat
Burger King – FREE kids hamburger on their birthday (requires a signup)
Chuck E. Cheese’s – FREE tokens (12 & younger)
Cold Stone Creamery FREE ice cream
Dairy Queen join blizzard fan club get a birthday deal
Denny’s – FREE grand slam
Krispy Kreme FREE dozen when you buy one
McDonalds FREE happy meal kids 5-12 time (need to fill out a form in advance)
Papa Murphy’s – FREE cookie dough on birthday (need to fill out a form in advance)
Panera– FREE bakery item (need to sign up for email list in advance)
Qdoba Mexican Grill – FREE burrito w/entree purchase
Quizno’s – FREE cookie
Red Robin – FREE burger
Starbucks – FREE drink for registered Starbucks Card holder
Subway  FREE treat on birthday
Taco Time FREE kids meal

Please, if you know of other Birthday Freebies, let us know and we will add them to the list.

Birthday Cake

Here is a fun way for your little ones to have a birthday party every day. Go ahead, have your cake and (pretend) eat it too.

 

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We usually have piles of pallets accumulating behind our store.  On a daily basis they are taken away by pallet pickers .  What they do with them? Your guess is as good as mine.  But, look what other clever folks have done to transform or upcyle old pallets; pallet love.

Pallet Bed

Just add a futon.

pallet swing

For Swingers.

pallet garden

Vertical Gardening.

pallet shoe storage

Shoe storage.

pallet rolling storage

Rolling storage cart.

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Pallet Table

pallet playhouse

Little playhouse.

Pallet big house

Big real house.

Disfuntional Designs says: “Recycling shipping pallets into furniture, home decor and art is currently one of the biggest DIY trends! But before you can create anything with wood pallets, you first need to take them apart!”  Go on over to their website to learn the first step, how to disassemble wooden shipping pallets, they have a good 411.

If you have crafted from pallets, please share with us.  We would love to post your pictures.

– Kelly

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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
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952-881-2425

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Flowers have always been a big part of Valentines Day, but this year try a little “flour” instead. There are not many years here in Minnesota that we can Heart Attack our neighbor’s lawn with white hearts but looks like this may be  the year since we are lacking the other white stuff. If somehow there is a  normal snowfall for the day of romance, we will use our red snow paint instead of the flour.

Set your alarm for just before dawn and have some fun with this way to give your neighborhood a heart attack.

The House That Lars Built  shares this really easy  flourfull idea.

Materials: flour, sifter, bowl, large paper, scissors, pencil

Step 1: Draw a large heart onto a piece of large paper (over 11×17″). I found that the bigger the heart the better it turned out. Smaller hearts don’t show up very well.

Step 2: Cut out heart.

Step 3: Pour a large amount of flour into the sifter over heart shape. Start with the edge of the heart and work towards the center.

So, go ahead and give your neighbors a heart attack this Valentines Day!

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Are you ready for some football?

If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, or just gathering around the TV with your family, you’ll definitely want to get your kiddos in on some of the fun. Here are a few winning games and activities for little ones both before and during the game.

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Let’s skip the chips and dips for a while and move right to the desserts. One of our all time faves is the Super Bowl Ice Cream Sandwich. Not only is it tasty, but has high scores for its easy peasy and cuteness factor. Most definitely a great pregame make together activity for even the youngest fans. Charge on over to Kim Byers The Celebration Shoppe and you will surely agree this one will become a guaranteed win at your house.

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Get your cheering squad Pom Pom ready.  Pick up some crepe paper in your team colors. You’ll find the perfect coach for this activity over at the Inspired Treehouse. Lean to the left!  Lean to the Right!  Stand up, sit down. Fight! Fight! Fight! Go team! Fight! Fight! Fight!

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What’s game day without chips? Another pregame activity for your entire team is ready for you to put into action. Only necessary is a roll of white tape (to make football laces) and some small brown kraft paper bags. This activity requires no practice, plus you will be quickly ready for kick off. Load up the bags with your favorite snacks or treats. Hostess with the Mostess was our inspiration. Don’t you dare fumble with this one –  let Jenn punt some of her other clever gridiron ideas to you too.

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Not that a Super Bowl game would ever drag out or bore your kids. Just in case, Wall Football could be a “safety”. It is sort of a pin the tail on the donkey for football called pin the football on the field goal. Do not stay blindfolded for long, because you will want to see this and many other great plays over at Rust and Sunshine.

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In our opinion Kelly at Studio DIY  is the ideal draft pick, not just for football get togethers, but party planning all together. You will find the Super Bowl BINGO free printables at her DIY Studio. This game is ideal for both young and old to play  together. Do not be a loser and forget prizes for your BINGO winners. We like presenting an additional challenge to the game by using M&M’s (in your team’s colors of course) for marking the calls. Go ahead. Try not to eat your markers.

We are always looking for more suggestions of how to tackle the Super Bowl with kids. Please share your ideas.

We’ve run out the clock. Hope that this helps you make it into the end zone for your Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Our annual Valentine’s Party is not too far off. Each year we try to have some fresh new favors for our little guests. This time the top of our list is a few non candy favors. These cute stick arrows look like an easy make together for slightly older kids. The Home Work blog offers instructions for this this craft. Hop on over to learn how. We plan on kicking it up a notch by using these stick pencils from trees4thewood on Etsy.

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Valentine You Rock My World….

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Kara over at Mine for the Making inspired us with her painted rocks for our Valentines Party 2017. Plus, she also has the printables making the rocks perfect Valentines for your friends.

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All you need for this project is small rocks, craft paint, paint brushes, and paint pens and a coat of clear spray paint. Everyone in the family can show off their creativity. Rock on….

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Then if you wish to get fancy, how about these artful rocks?

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Not a DIY’er? No problem. Have a rock personalized by My Garden Rocks.

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Here is an upcycle idea that we “LOVE”! Do not throw out – repurpose your empty Valentine Chocolate boxes for your kiddos teeny rock collection.

 

 

 

 

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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!

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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.