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.
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.
Hurray for National Pizza Day 2017! Besides eating a tasty pizza, you can play with them and sleep in a slice if you wish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take advantage of the snow and learn how to build and igloo.
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 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.
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”.
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.
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.
Happy Chinese New Year 2017! The Year of the Rooster.
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.
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!
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 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.