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Farewell Bri

Today we have to say “farewell” to our fabulous Bri.  As she heads south to her new home in Nashville we wish her safe travels and all the best in her new home!

Scootcase at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

If this Scootcase was available in a larger version we could have sent Bri off on one.  It is however, a stylish way for the younger set to travel. Fill it up with favorites, then hop on and scoot along your way.

Skootcase filled with favorites

Notice the generous space inside.

Flip to Win Hangman at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys offers many classic travel toys aka: backseat boredom busters.  Anyone remember Hangman?

License Plate game at Totally Kids

The classic license plate game is an all time favorite for road trips. It is also a geography refresher for some. Without mentioning any names, we know a few road map challenged folks in our midst.

Bri, as you travel, be sure to stop and smell the roses along the way.

 

 

 

Easter Egg Memory Game

If you’re looking for a cute memory game, Mr. Printables has a colorful, you guessed it, “printable” game for you.

Children will need to recognize different colors, shapes and details while trying to concentrate on the 8 brightly colored Easter Eggs, like a spotty one, stripy one or checked one.

Colorful memory game

Remember how much fun memory games can be?

Playing memory games with your child teaches nonverbal skills such as attention to detail and concentration. They also stimulate children’s ability to notice, then think about the visual physical differences. Young children can learn the similarities between objects using their visual memory or attention to their environment.  Best of all, they offer great social interaction by allowing a positive no-tech time to spend with your children.

Thank you Mr. Printables!

Blue Orange DayAll kidd-ing not aside, part of today at Totally Kids was “all fun and games” thanks to our “game guru”,  Jack, from the game company, Blue Orange. He introduced us to their newest games, Spot it Party, Nada, Flash and Ooga Booga.

Spot it Party

I have to tell you Michelle, you’re going to love Spot it Party even more than Spot It. It has 6 new mini-games guaranteed to hook everyone in for hours of fast paced fun. The next time you pay us a visit, good luck beating Lindsey at this new game.

Flash

There was Flash, a lightning-fast dice dash where players race to complete eight challenges of dice combinations while racking up the most points. We’re told, best not blink when playing this game as any player could score in a flash!

Ooga BoogaThen there was Oooga Booga that got Karin’s vote.  That game was way over my head, well actually my memory. But Karin, mother of three school aged children voted it in with a Yonka, Iga, Moki, Paya, then sticking out her tongue! If your listening skills are better than mine you will enjoy the challenge this game offers; listen closely, remember the cues, and recite the chant without any mistakes. If you hold out the longest and become the last chanting caveman standing, you will win.

Nada

Unfortunately, there was Nada enough time to play all of the games. With just a few rolls of the dice, Nada quickly became my favorite.

Begin by scooping up two batches of dice and let them roll. Quick! All players scan the array for matching symbols between the orange and white dice. The first to call a match gets to grab all the dice with that symbol.
No Matches? No problem! It‘s another chance to win. Shout “Nada!” to collect all the remaining dice. Think sharp and act fast to match, snatch and win.

Stop by Totally Kids fun furniture & toys Saturday, November 9th for Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2013,  and challenge our experts on any of these new games. Everyone’s a winner that day; there will be prizes for all who play.

The most simple of games can be the most fun. This new dice game can accommodate two to four players and includes 36 attractively designed dice—18 of them white with orange images on each side, 18 orange with white. Designs on each side include a palm tree, an anchor, a skull-and-bones symbol, a rabbit, a shark, and others.

Players start the three-round game by shaking up six white dice and six orange dice. They then throw them. Players scramble to find matching images, at least one of each color, and call out the match (“Palm trees!”). They get to collect the matched pair, and play continues until there are no more matches. The first to yell out “Nada!” at that point places his or her hand over the dice and collects the remaining ones. Anyone who does so prematurely must sit out during the next round.

This goes on for three rounds. The winner is the person with the most dice, making for a very simple game reminiscent of Pit. Nada is pure fun, something that kids living in a complicated time can use.

– See more at: http://www.parents-choice.org/product.cfm?product_id=31591&StepNum=1&award=aw#sthash.sYDPbrbR.dpuf

The most simple of games can be the most fun. This new dice game can accommodate two to four players and includes 36 attractively designed dice—18 of them white with orange images on each side, 18 orange with white. Designs on each side include a palm tree, an anchor, a skull-and-bones symbol, a rabbit, a shark, and others.

Players start the three-round game by shaking up six white dice and six orange dice. They then throw them. Players scramble to find matching images, at least one of each color, and call out the match (“Palm trees!”). They get to collect the matched pair, and play continues until there are no more matches. The first to yell out “Nada!” at that point places his or her hand over the dice and collects the remaining ones. Anyone who does so prematurely must sit out during the next round.

This goes on for three rounds. The winner is the person with the most dice, making for a very simple game reminiscent of Pit. Nada is pure fun, something that kids living in a complicated time can use.

– See more at: http://www.parents-choice.org/product.cfm?product_id=31591&StepNum=1&award=aw#sthash.sYDPbrbR.dpuf

The most simple of games can be the most fun. This new dice game can accommodate two to four players and includes 36 attractively designed dice—18 of them white with orange images on each side, 18 orange with white. Designs on each side include a palm tree, an anchor, a skull-and-bones symbol, a rabbit, a shark, and others.

Players start the three-round game by shaking up six white dice and six orange dice. They then throw them. Players scramble to find matching images, at least one of each color, and call out the match (“Palm trees!”). They get to collect the matched pair, and play continues until there are no more matches. The first to yell out “Nada!” at that point places his or her hand over the dice and collects the remaining ones. Anyone who does so prematurely must sit out during the next round.

This goes on for three rounds. The winner is the person with the most dice, making for a very simple game reminiscent of Pit. Nada is pure fun, something that kids living in a complicated time can use.

– See more at: http://www.parents-choice.org/product.cfm?product_id=31591&StepNum=1&award=aw#sthash.sYDPbrbR.dpuf

The most simple of games can be the most fun. This new dice game can accommodate two to four players and includes 36 attractively designed dice—18 of them white with orange images on each side, 18 orange with white. Designs on each side include a palm tree, an anchor, a skull-and-bones symbol, a rabbit, a shark, and others.

Players start the three-round game by shaking up six white dice and six orange dice. They then throw them. Players scramble to find matching images, at least one of each color, and call out the match (“Palm trees!”). They get to collect the matched pair, and play continues until there are no more matches. The first to yell out “Nada!” at that point places his or her hand over the dice and collects the remaining ones. Anyone who does so prematurely must sit out during the next round.

This goes on for three rounds. The winner is the person with the most dice, making for a very simple game reminiscent of Pit. Nada is pure fun, something that kids living in a complicated time can use.

– See more at: http://www.parents-choice.org/product.cfm?product_id=31591&StepNum=1&award=aw#sthash.sYDPbrbR.dpuf

Leave Your Mark

We plan on doing this for the 4th of July since the ice is barely off the Minnesota lakes for Memorial Day 2013.  For those of you in warmer climates, you may be able to kick off summer fun sooner than we can.

It is so very simple, just hot glue foam letters, numbers or shapes on the bottom of flip flops. Think of the fun – leave your mark in the sand. Hint: remember that the prints will be a mirror image, so arrange the letters backward.

I Spy

Etch A Sketch

The Etch A Sketch made its debut as The Magic Screen at a European Toy Fair in 1959.

It all began in 1950. While tinkering in his garage, French electrician Andre Cassagnes dreamed up a drawing toy that kids could shake up and start over.  The new drawing toy was made up of a joystick, glass and aluminum powder.  Before taking it to market In 1960,  it was tweaked; a  joystick with two white knobs in the left and right corners of the screen. The idea was to make the toy look like the hot new adult toy of the time: a television.  Quickly it became the most popular selling toy during the Christmas season that year.  Since then, the Ohio Art Company has sold more than 150 million of them.

The Toy Industry Association named Etch A Sketch one of the 100 most memorable and most creative toys of the 20th century.

If you have ever wondered what’s inside an Etch A Sketch, How Stuff Works will enlighten you.

Holiday travel is right around the corner. Just in case you’re traveling with small children, look what we have for you! The foot powered Skootcase looking much like the iconic Italian scooter wouldn’t you say? Available in pink or blue and ride ready for airports or a spin around Grandma’s house. There is plenty of room inside to store your child’s favorite things.
Plus, it features a sturdy tow strap that makes it convenient to throw over your shoulder when your child gets tired. It is approved for carry-on luggage plus boasts a full steering column and can hold up to 110 pounds.

Check out these tips for traveling with kids and beating backseat boredom. The love story video is sure to put a smile on your face.

 

 

Yesteryear’s pint size suitcase has been up-cycled to a hanging vanity.

Last week I, Michelle a Marketing Coordinator here at Totally Kids, took home a Spot-It! card game. I thought that the game was really fun and an excellent family game, sleepover game and a great TV substitute. Depending on who is playing the game, it can be as competitive or as relaxed as you want.

How it’s Played:

Each player starts out with one Spot-It! Card and the rest of the stack in the center of the playing space.  The idea behind playing the game is to match an item from your card to an item that is on the center stack of cards. Once you match an item, you call the item out loud and take the center card and place it on top of your current card. The card you took, then, becomes your new card. The object of the game is to obtain the most amount of cards once the center stack has run out.

I love the game because it is always a challenge for all ages. It is very difficult to adjust your brain to train your eye to look for a certain shape or size because between all the cards, the shapes and sizes of the items continue to shift. With the circle-shaped cards, there is no rest or expectation for your eye and memory.

By the time we got to the third and fourth round, we had developed quick reflexes and a strong competitive edge. If you really like card games that involve speed and challenge your brain, this game is perfect for you, your family and friends. It is a game to entertain kids and adults, none of which will get bored playing.

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Judging from the above photo, looks like Amber, our customer care manager and Michelle were all about fun and games at work today. Stop in any day and challenge them to a game of spot it! Watch out though, they have been practicing.

Schools out, now what do you do to keep your kids from falling into the frightening world of boredom?  Lisa, from Little Bird School of Stitchcraft can show you how to cast a spell on your kids (fingers) this summer. She has a super trick for keeping little hands entertained while learning an age old craft at the same time.
Thanks Lisa for sharing your Finger Knitting post with us.
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Finger knitting is a really good way of getting children interested in wool crafts, and it is very easy to learn.  It also helps to improve a child’s dexterity and ability to concentrate.  No extra implements are required,  just fingers, the best tools in the world!  I often carry balls of yarn in my bag to pass the time in the doctors surgery or similar.
Finger knitting produces a long thin strip of stocking stitch and there are many things you can do with these strips.  In this tutorial, which is suitable for children, I will show you how to finger knit.  You can use any weight of yarn for finger knitting but for this tutorial I used chunky which produces a nice stocking stitch.
To cast on, begin with the palm of your hand facing you with the tail end of the yarn between your thumb and index finger.  Weave the yarn over your index finger and behind the middle finger then over the ring finger.  Wrap the yarn around your smallest finger and weave back to your index finger:
Weave the yarn around the index finger again and continue in the same manner but above the first rows of stitches returning to your index finger again:
Try to keep the stitches fairly loose otherwise it will be difficult for you to make the following moves.
The first row, begins with the little finger, lift the bottom row of wrapped yarn up and over the tip of your finger (see below).  Ensure that you keep the top row of wrapped yarn on your finger as you go.
Continue the process of lifting the bottom row of stitches over the top row of stitches along your hand until you get back to your index finger:
For all subsequent rows, weave the yarn around the fingers again ending with the index finger. It should look like the image below:
Beginning with the little finger, lift the bottom row of yarn over the tips of your fingers.  Continue weaving and lifting the yarn over the fingers.  As you continue the process you will see a long strip of stocking stitch appearing behind you hand:
To cast off, do not weave the work around your fingers instead, lift the stitch off the little finger and pass it across to your ring finger:
Then lift the bottom stitch over the top stitch on your ring finger.  Continue to pass the stitches across and over until you get to the index finger with one stitch remaining.
Cut the yarn, lift the stitch off the index finger and pass the end of your yarn through the stitch and pull to secure the end:

Finger knitting is very addictive and children love it for its simplicity and ease.  I have loads of strips of finger knitting laying around the house and there are lots of things that you can do with them.

For more crafty ideas, be sure to visit Lisa’s blog  Little Bird School of Stitchcraft.

Thanks again for sharing Lisa!

Ralph, you do not have to send Alice to the moon to have this incredibly fun Moon Sand.

Did you know how easy it is to make Moon Sand, (the sand that you can mold) at home? Even with this recipe it is amazing moldable, holdable, squishable, squashable, sand that never dries out!

Now that you know there’s not need for a trip to the moon or the store, here is the recipe for DIY Moon Sand:

  • 6 cups of play sand (really fine sand) found at Home Depot or Lowes
  • 3 cups of cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups of cold water
  1. Mix the water and cornstarch together thoroughly, this will take a few minutes to get it nice and smooth.
  2. Gradually mix in the sand, one cup at a time. You’ll need to really work it in with your fingers. Little fingers especially like assisting with this task.
  3. Play with it!
  4. Once mixed, store it in an airtight container.
  5. When you next play with it, you may need to revive it with 2-3 tablespoons of water. Just sprinkle it over and work it in.

Play sand comes in different colors, so buy different colored bags if you wish.

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If it’s really a trip to the moon that you were looking forward to, here is the rocketship to get you there!

Blast off and have fun!