Toys for Autism

Doth your playroom runneth over?

You are not alone if you find yourself suffering the post holiday buried in toys syndrome.

Take advantage of this time to do some  decluttering and organizing of  your kiddos toys.

Make room for the newly acquired toys by playing a game of lining up and counting all of the new toys. Next have your child match each new toy up with one that is no longer being played with.  An excellent opportunity for teaching your children a lesson in sharing exists here. Explain how happy some other children will be to receive the toys and how they will be new toys for the other children to play with.

If resistance is encountered,  ask your child to think about the last time a particular toy was played with, and if it’s been over six months, “wouldn’t it be nice to let another child play with it?”

There are charities all across the country that collect toys for various organizations. Almost everyday Totally Kids fun furniture and toys receives new and gently used toys donated for Twin Cities families affected by Autism. If you are in the Minneapolis St. Paul area please drop off any toys that you can spare at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.

We would like to express gratitude to all of those who have so generously donated toys over the last few years. Thank you!

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys

7876 Portland Avenue South Minneapolis, MN  55420 952-881-2425 http://www.shoptotallykids.com

And then….. the fox asked, “Would you like a ride?”

Gingerbread Playdough

One of our favorite gifting ideas over the years has been DIY Gingerbread Playdoh. Take a look at Sweet Sugar Belle’s recipe for gingerbread Playdoh and  how adorable her packaging is; complete with a Gingerbread Man cookie cutter!

Ninjabread men at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

If you want a twist, try these Nijabread Men which makes great Gingerbread Gifts.

53 Vette Action

Sure Bet – Start Them Out in Their Very Own Vet

Why not consider this Custom 53′ Vet with a big red bow on it? Hopefully it will fit under your tree.

Can you imagine how much fun your little one would have with this Corvette Pedal Car? Modeled after a 1953 Corvette with utmost attention to every detail; chrome grill, fenders and bumper with detailed wheel covers. The ball bearing-driven pedal crank uses bicycle pedals and a bicycle sprocket for easy pedaling.

Electric Jaguar Ride On  Car at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

If he’s a Jag kind of guy, we have Sal, our new car manager on site to help with your selection. Available for the silver spoon set featuring no pedals needed as it runs on fuel just like the real deal. This electric Roadster was inspired by the 1948 Jaguar XK120, precursor to many fabled Jaguar sports cars. Interested parties should contact Sal at 952-881-2425 and be sure to tell her that Kelly referred you.

Green Toys Race Cars

If the “space” under your tree is anything like mine, these colorful race cars are a better fit than the the other larger models. They are a sure bet for the younger race car set. Built in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk containers that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These sleek racers will tear up the track without harming the planet.

NTSD

We are proud to be your Neighborhood Toy Store and we’re throwing a party to celebrate!

Please join us all day Saturday, November 14th, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is an event you will not want to miss!
Bring the kids…and the grandparents and tell your friends to meet you at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.
There will be so much to do, from trying out our favorite toys and games, to contests and even face painting. Refreshments will also be served.

Play fun games and win prizes. All children will go home with a FREE prize.

Each child who donates a new or gently used toy for families economically challenged by the affects of Autism will receive 25% OFF their favorite toy or game.

Register to win FREE toys, gift cards and a $500.00 SHOPPING SPREE!

Our experienced staff is looking forward to showing you the hottest toys for this holiday season.
Come on in for National Neighborhood Toy Store Day and experience fun for the whole family!

Can you imagine telling your child to build his own ride-on toy, stool, or bookcase?  With Tsuchinoco’s innovative collection of playful cardboard toys and furniture that is now possible. Tsuchinoco is based in Japan where they have created several fantastic designs from strong pieces of corrugated cardboard that easily fit together like puzzle pieces to build functional seating, storage and toys.

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How about a cardboard house?

Or a cardboard train?

For functionality, there is even a bookcase that is very green?
Tsuchinoco boasts that  the cardboard they use is stronger than that of typical corrugated cardboard. It is a fiber board called HIPLE-ACE. Its benefit is in its strength while also is lightweight compared to wood. With this cardboard little kids can easily move the pieces around. While being 100% recyclable, what a responsible and wise environmental investment compared to most other materials used today.

If you have a “yen” for something like this to encouraging engineering for young minds, take a look at their website for many other toys and furniture.

 

 

Welcome Sephia

Meet Sepia, our newest interior designer!

We are so excited to have her as part of our family at Totally Kids.

Here are a few of her favorite things! Her favorite color is Green, even though she was named after the color sepia. Her favorite food is crab legs. She isn’t allergic to shellfish, just all other fish. Her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. She loves cookies and cream and she is always dancing. Sepia’s favorite animal is frogs, she once owned twelve of them; all at the same time. She studied interior design at the Art Institute.

We are so lucky to have her on our team! Please stop in and welcome Sepia.

Happy World Smile Day 2015!

Friday, October 2nd will be World Smile Day so get your pearly whites ready and start practicing. Harvey Ball of Worcester, Massachusetts, who, in 1963, designed the original smiley face logo is credited with creating this special day set aside for happy smiles everywhere.

He thought that we all should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world, regardless of politics, geography and religion.

World Smile Day® is the first Friday in October each year, people all around the planet perform acts of kindness and help others smile.

Here is a healthy treat from family go that’s sure to put a “smile” on anyone’s face. Even the youngest kiddos can help create these; an excellent cook together.

This week’s Recipe for Fun: False Teeth aka Apple Smiles.

Ingredients

  • smooth peanut butter
  • 1 red apple, cored and sliced into eighths
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • miniature marshmallows

Directions

  1. Spread peanut butter on one side of each apple slice (squeeze a little lemon juice over the apple if not serving immediately).
  2. Place four miniature marshmallows on one apple slice and then lay another apple slice, peanut butter side down, on top.

What makes you smile?

 

October 1st is World Vegetarian Awareness Day kicking off Vegetarian Awareness Month  promoting the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. There are many benefits of a vegetarian diet; from your health to your pocket book,  and for the planet by helping save the environment, to reducing worldwide famine.

Scare up some Vegetarian Halloween Food with a few of our faves from the past.

Monster Food –  Eyeball Caprese for brave of appetite.

Photo Credit: whitneymoss  for this edible Bony Maroney Skeleton. No meat on the bones here. Visually dissect the skeleton for a list of ingredients. Hint: hummus face.

Stuffed Roaches anyone?

Puking pumpkin…… What can I say?

If you’ve just gotta have your meat, disguise it in a Mummy Meatloaf and we won’t tell. Mum’s the word.

Encourage Your Non-Vegetarian Friends, Co-Workers and Family Members to Go Meat Free this October… and They Could Win Up to $1,000!

Hotel Transylvania 2

Here’s a spotlight on a great Autistic friendly event!

Families with special needs children, looking for something to do this Saturday, September 26th? Check out the Carmike Wynnsong 15 Theater in Moundsview, Minnesota for a Sensory Friendly showing of Hotel Transylvania 2!
Sensory Friendly showings are specifically made for individuals with special needs such as Autism. Often times families with Autistic children are reluctant to bring them to the theater, because when children with special needs go to the movies, they may be overwhelmed by the bright lights, loud sounds and crowds of people, many times causing a scene. At this Sensory Friendly showing, the lights will remain on and the volume of the film lowered to reduce stimuli so that individuals with special needs feel comfortable to be themselves in a theater environment. This event is a perfect chance to bring an Autistic child to enjoy the theater without fear of being themselves. There will be a coloring contest, face painting and drawings before the show. The showing starts at 10:30 a.m. so come early. For more information, view the Carmike Wynnsong 15 facebook page.

Let us know of other events tailored for children and families with special needs.

Talk like a Pirate

Yarrr, that be right: today Saturday, September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day 2015, a celebration of all things pirate.

Pirate Toddler Bed

Avast, all you young little Scallywags  sleep like pirate!

Now, if you wish to brush up on your pirate speak, try this useful English to Pirate translator.

Also offered is some advanced lingo once you’ve mastered the basics. like beyond “Aarr!”.

Beauty – The best possible pirate address for a woman. Always preceded by “me,” as in, “C’mere, me beauty,” or even, “me buxom beauty,” to one particularly well endowed. You’ll be surprised how effective this is.

Bilge rat – The bilge is the lowest level of the ship. It’s loaded with ballast and slimy, reeking water. A bilge rat, then, is a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship. On TLAP Day – A lot of guy humor involves insulting your buddies to prove your friendship. It’s important that everyone understand you are smarter, more powerful and much luckier with the wenches than they are. Since bilge rat is a pretty dirty thing to call someone, by all means use it on your friends.

Bung hole – Victuals on a ship were stored in wooden casks. The stopper in the barrel is called the bung, and the hole is called the bung hole. That’s all. It sounds a lot worse, doesn’t it? On TLAP Day – When dinner is served you’ll make quite an impression when you say, “Well, me hearties, let’s see what crawled out of the bung hole.” That statement will be instantly followed by the sound of people putting down their utensils and pushing themselves away from the table. Great! More for you!

Grog – An alcoholic drink, usually rum diluted with water, but in this context you could use it to refer to any alcoholic beverage other than beer, and we aren’t prepared to be picky about that, either. Call your beer grog if you want. We won’t stop you! Water aboard ship was stored for long periods in slimy wooden barrels, so you can see why rum was added to each sailor’s water ration – to kill the rancid taste. On TLAP Day – Drink up, me hearties! And call whatever you’re drinking grog if you want to. If some prissy pedant purses his lips and protests the word grog can only be used if drinking rum and water, not the Singapore Sling you’re holding, keelhaul him!

Hornpipe – Both a single-reeded musical instrument sailors often had aboard ship, and a spirited dance that sailors do. On TLAP Day – We are not big fans of the capering, it’s not our favorite art form, if you will, so we don’t have a lot to say on the subject, other than to observe that the common term for being filled with lust is “horny,” and hornpipe then has some comical possibilities. “Is that a hornpipe in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? Or both?”

Lubber – (or land lubber) This is the seaman’s version of land lover, mangled by typical pirate disregard for elocution. A lubber is someone who does not go to sea, who stays on the land. On TLAP Day – More likely than not, you are a lubber 364 days of the year. But not if you’re talking like a pirate! Then the word lubber becomes one of the more fierce weapons in your arsenal of piratical lingo. In a room where everyone is talking like pirates, lubber is ALWAYS an insult.

Smartly – Do something quickly. On TLAP Day “Smartly, me lass,” you might say when sending the bar maid off for another round. She will be so impressed she might well spit in your beer.

Dress like a pirate all year long.

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