With Spring Break and holiday travel happening, there is always the question of how to keep young travelers happy and occupied on their journey. Whether you travel by air, land or sea, here are some super toy ideas to entertain the kiddos and help prevent the dreaded backseat boredom.
Here is the classic word game with a twist! Think of a word and try to
stump your opponent. Includes one game board with erasable
whiteboard, self-storing dry-erase marker and eraser. No loose
pieces! For 2 or more players. Ages 6 and up.
Backseat Travel Books Set
Four great travel books make for hours of fun on the road! This series is your source
for fighting those boredom blues. With this Kids’ Travel Activity Pack you get all four
books for hours and hours of travel fun. Are We There Yet? features great on-the-road
games, trip-tracking tools (including travel journal pages), mini mysteries, crossword
puzzles, road games, and much, much more. An answer key is also included in the
back of the book. Best Travel Activity Book Ever! features hundreds of coloring activities,
dozens of dot-to-dots, lots of mazes, and a ton of other fun games and activities.
Kids’ Road Atlas features real road maps, great travel games, state-by-state puzzles,
state facts (including the nickname, capital, flower, tree, and bird), an index, and much,
much more. An answer key is also included in the back of the book. Coast-to-Coast
Games travels around the United States by region through National Park puzzles, city
games and activities, fun facts and trivia, and much, much more. An answer key is also
included in the back of the book. These fun-filled books are perfect for keeping the kids
busy at home or during those long stretches. Ages 6 and up.
Great for travel! Both players select a Travel Bingo board, insert matching game
cards into the slot at the top of their boards, and flip open all of the doors so that
the pictures on the cards are exposed. Players close the doors as they spot objects
along their journey. Includes 4 double-sided, laminated, themed game cards.
No loose pieces! For 2 or more players. Ages 4 years and older.
Find these and many more great toys visit http://www.shoptotallykids.com or call a Totally Kids
personal shopper at 952-881-2425 to help you find just what you are looking for.
Be certain everyone gets plenty of rest before you travel. Hydrate especially before air travel. Remember to keep washing hands so you will return home happy and healthy. Do not forget to have fun and take lots of pictures.
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.
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
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)
Another cabin that we are working on stocking offers the Adirondack style porch. We are hoping that it will be ready for Spring delivery.
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?
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.
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.
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.
CAUTION: If he gets 3 neighbors, his house is going to be torn down and replaced by a bright red hotel.