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How to Beat Backseat Boredom….

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.


Flip To Win Hangman
Who hasn’t spent hours playing this game on roadtrips?

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.


Travel Bingo
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.

I Spy

Are you aware that you can not donate a drop side crib or even give it away on Craig’s List or Freecycle.

Look at this brilliant idea of an up-cycle for a defunct or whatcha gonna do with it crib! A Little Learning for Two has the the how to for “green” cribs.

On June 28, the Consumer Product Safety Commission  put new crib safety regulations into effect that not only prohibit the manufacture or sale—including resale—of traditional drop side cribs, but impose stricter guidelines for crib manufacturers.

These new standards,  will require that all cribs have fixed sides, and also require the slats to be made stronger to prevent breakage.  Safety testing will be even more stringent in proving compliance. Crib manufacturers will have to meet these new standards or face possible mandatory recalls and civil penalties.

These new mandatory standards, now gives the U. S. the most stringent crib standards in the world.   After years of advocating by many consumer groups these standards were approved in December 2010 and as of June 28, 2011 they are in effect.

This also applies to cribs used by hotels and childcare centers, although those organizations have been given an extension and won’t have to replace their cribs until December 28, 2012.

Now for a little green cribs and Sp-ham:

You grew up with the great taste of SPAM® (maybe)! Now, play SPAM™ The Dice Game. An instant classic, and it’s fun! Use the SPAM™ tin container as a dice cup and for travel.

How to Beat Backseat Boredom….

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.


Flip To Win Hangman
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.


Travel Bingo
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.

Totally Kids ships worldwide and offers FREE gift wrapping on most toys.

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Have Family Will Travel offers: Top 10 Tips for Flying with Kids.

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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.

Our sales manager, Devon, just returned from a Puerto Rico beach holiday with her family. Welcome back Devon!

Hopefully before leaving they all played this Spanish Bingo game that promotes vocabulary enrichment and hones perceptual skills. The themes are: nature, vehicles, market, animals, clothing, and colors. Comes with a cloth bag for holding the tiles.

A pronunciation key is also included. Earth friendly too – made from 90% recycled materials.

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We are still buried under snow here in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, but with slightly warmer weather today of 40 degrees Fahrenheit plus Daylight Saving Time, there is a hope that Spring will make herself known soon.

The past two years Devon enjoyed great success with her Butterfly Garden endeavors. The photo above is of one of her ladies from last year. There are other photos of the process that we will post in a week or so. Our guests young and old always enjoy watching the garden.

Other team members have a special way with creatures too. Shauna rescues mice that  sneak into the office. (actually it was one stray mouse) Angela set a colony of ants free last year after they had devoured their gel habitat. Betsy will post once again how she chooses to  live with worms in her kitchen. Annie is keeper of the Goldfish in toilet.  Yup, you read that right, we have Goldfish in the guest restroom toilet and somebody has to love and care for them.

 

More to share from Hong Kong….

Meet Pee and Poo whom some may consider educational toys.  They may become popular in Asia, but we will not be adding these toys to our shelves at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys. What do you think?

Nine inches of snow arrived Friday night and the declared snow emergency is still in effect Sunday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol responded to reports of 225 crashes statewide, including 26 with injuries and one fatality, between 3 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday.  Luckily, John, our reliable snowplower,  had the Totally Kids parking lots cleared and framed with fluffy white mini-mountains of snow. Just wait, and watch them magically grow higher and higher then turn a blackish color.  Winter has not even arrived yet.

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Sunday FUN-Day brought in many little guests.  Megan started the day out cutting construction paper into colorful strips all set for a day of chain making. Four sweet little sisters, Caitlyn age 8, Emma age 6, Olivia age 6 and Lauren age 4,  sat down with Kate (never at the same time mind you) and they diligently glued the strips of paper into chains for decorating and  filling out our rather bare Christmas tree.

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The girls made such lovey chains, even a special monogrammed paper dog color for Higgins.

 

 

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After the crafting was completed and all hung on the tree, we were only able to photograph three of the sisters at the same standing time next to the Christmas tree that they helped decorate. There were so many toys and other interesting things for them to discover and play with, finding  just three of them to pose for the photo was a challenge.

 

You can see how that tree needs decorating help!

 

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Kelly’s Staff Christmas Travel Picks:

How to Beat Backseat Boredom….

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.


Flip To Win Hangman
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.


Travel Bingo
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.

Totally Kids ships worldwide and offers FREE gift wrapping on most toys.

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The Kansas City Public Library has a clever little teacher gift idea to make with the kids.

Directions

1. Open washcloth and place it on the table with one corner facing you. This makes the washcloth a diamond shape.
2. Place the soap in the center of it.
3. Bring the corner facing you and the back corner up together.  Roll the two corners backwards down to the top of the soap.
4. Take the two side corners in your hands and bring together at the top this will form the ears.
Secure them together with a rubberband down next to the soap.  Shape to resemble ears.
5. Fold one pipe cleaner in half and poke it between the ears and through the rubberband.
6. Cut another pipe cleaner in half and twist it around to make the antlers.  Do this on both sides.
7. Now attach the tiny jingle bells through the ends of the antlers.  Fold the pipe cleaners back to secure them on.
8. Tie a decorative ribbon, cord or bow around the bottom of  the ears.  The bow shown in the sample has a small bell attached.
9. Glue on pompom nose and wiggle eyes.
10. Put a small amount of blush on each cheek.

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Snowflake Tortillas for a snowy day.

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Warm the tortillas (about 15 seconds) in the microwave.
  2. Individually fold the tortillas in half once and then in half again, so that you end up with a shape that resembles a wedge of pie (it will be thick). Using clean scissors, cut triangle, circles, or squares out of the edges, as if you were making paper snowflakes. Unfold the tortillas.
  3. Lightly brush the tops of the snowflakes with canola or vegetable oil and place them on a cookie sheet slightly apart.
  4. Bake them until lightly browned and crisp (about 4 minutes). Sift confectioners’ sugar on the snowflakes while warm. For an extrasparkly effect, you can sprinkle on a bit of edible glitter. Makes 6.

Last night a freezing rain coated all of the Twin Cities with a slick glazing of slippery ice from top to bottom.  With the overnight treacherous, icy road conditions, or actually, ice on everything conditions, the question is: “should we delay the opening time of Totally Kids this Sunday?”

The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting a total of 373 crashes — 341 of those in the metro area — as of 8 a.m. The crashes have resulted in one death and 61 injuries.

(photo credit: Jupiter Images)

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Business as Usual

Team Totally members are at the store ready for a Sunday FUN-day! We are so lucky to have a team using the United States Postal Service credo ““Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”. It is Sunday so those postal workers do not even have to battle today’s slippery Sunday. Business as usual and open at Sunday’s regular time of twelve noon. Stop in for a cup of hot cider and cookies.

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How lucky today’s icy roads were not challenging us during a weekday Rush Hour. If you want an entertaining game for holiday travel or stay at home play days you need to add the Rush Hour game to your bag of tricks.

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Our cute little guest using an elephant push toy in a hockey stick, ready for a slap shot fashion – maybe because it is like a skating rink outside.

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Make your own Food Face Plates

Don’t you love this idea. It will definitely keep the kids entertained at the table.
Food Face Plates anther incredibly clever project from The Idea Room.