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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 on St. Patrick‘s Day!

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

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.

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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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!

snow-stumpers

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.

 

 

 

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.

diy-pom-poms

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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Now this is my kind of holiday. Don’t clean or luck will run away. It’s a Chinese custom not to clean the house during the first few days of the Chinese New Year. It is  believed that cleaning wipes away all the good luck, fortune and money. They throw away all the brushes, brooms and dust collectors. Who else could handle this custom? Okay, I know what some of you in our office are thinking, “we should be very very lucky in this year of the rooster”.

cleaning-set

We’ve got what you need when you are ready get back to cleaning again. Start the little ones off with this life like child size cleaning set.

teaching-kids-chores

While we are on the subject, The Clean and Organized Family Home has 11 Rules for teaching kids household chores that you might find helpful. Like doing chores together, limiting chores to 30 minutes, don’t nit pick and focus on big picture goals.

You know what they say: “many hands make light work.” Even eager little hands.

 

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Happy Chinese New Year 2017! The Year of the Rooster.

 

 

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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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Flashback Friday and here is a blast from the past. Who had one of these?

The first Sony Walkman turns 38 this year and for kids of today the Walkman is shelved somewhere with dinosaur bones.  We do need to credit the Walkman for changing the way people would experience music; allowing them to carry music with them and listen through lightweight headphones.

Sony tapes

For those of you not around in the 80’s, the Walkman was one of the first truly mass-market personal consumer electronics and you “just had to have one!”  Plus you needed stacks of Sony cassettes loaded your favorite tunes. Cassettes, by the way are the items displayed in the girls hand. With these cassettes you could buy your favorite music loaded on them, but best ever was you were able to record your own. If you care to learn more technical info pop over here: How Tape Recorders Work.

Now music on the move had arrived. They were pocket sized devices for folks with over sized pocketbooks. The price tag at the time was around $300.00.  That was a lot of allowance money.

Pictured at the top of the page is Scott Campbell who a few years back swapped his iPod for a Walkman for a week.  BBC News Magazine did a piece on his reaction. Scott’s reaction and accounting may surprise you, or maybe not.

Portable radio

Can you even imagine a time before the Walkman that this was music on the move: a portable radio?

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.