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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.

Exciting new colors are now available for our classic flip chair. If you are  curious about the colors, just click on the chair to view what’s new. If you are not familiar with this popular chair, it opens to a sleeping spot. This chair will shorten any MIL visit, but is most popular with the under 10 year old set.

 

 

 

You can’t help flipping over this one, Flip to Win Hangman. It’s an all time favorite for traveling kids.

This Friday’s no mess recipe requires no cooking, just a ziplock bag, fingerpaint, Q-Tip, and a piece of tape.

Younger children can scribble and doodle  making their own  designs. When a little older, what a great way to practice writing the alphabet.

Instructions are provided by Let’s Explore.

For on the go doodling there is the tried and true Etch A Sketch which a great travel companion.

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.

 

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.

How to Beat Backseat Boredom….

With Thanksgiving and holiday travel right around the corner 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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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.

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More Grand Ideas

“My dad used to give us a penny for every animal we saw along the way. I loved to count up my money after the trip!” a fun idea from Marie at Make & Takes. Outstanding craft and food ideas are found there. Take a look at this hostess gift to make and take: