Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • Great Ideas for a “Stuff-Your-Own Animal” Birthday Party

    Stuff-Your-Own Animal Parties

    stuff animal birthday party ideas for kids stuffable animalsAll kids love being creative and personalizing their items, their living space, and even their clothes. To present them with a new toy, that they can create to be their own, is to give "the.best.gift.EVER".

    This is a great party idea for a few other reasons too. Specifically, the kids stay busy. Not to mention, "Stuff-your-own animal" parties are easy to clean up after, and they create a memorable experience for your child and his or her friends.

    First, look over our collection of stuffed animals; choose a wide array to give kids a selection. Alternatively, you could choose to go with the same animal, if you want to eliminate the possibility of an argument. When getting the supplies, be sure to grab a few extra in case of mistakes.

    Set up stuffing stations for the party, and include anything extra you deem fun. For example, since kids are making their own outfits for these animals, you can include things like rhinestones, sequins, and fabric paint to let them create custom fashions on their new friends.

    Work on the animals in the beginning of the party, because then you can create even more fun afterwards. One of the best ideas is to create a manhunt. The guest of honor, or the birthday child, hides his or her animal, and the guests must follow clues to find where it is hidden. This creates exciting, educational fun. The person who finds the animal wins a prize. You can give away a cool accessory as a great gift for the winner.

    A great idea for snacks is to bake cookies and decorate them like the various animals you've stocked up. If you don't have a hand for decorating, you can find some here.

    Create a pre-determined location to place the animals during cake and ice-cream time, to keep the animals clean. Finalize the party with a fairytale about the animals, highlighting each child's creation with a role in the story.

    We promise, you'll win parent-of-the-year award!

     
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  • Three Famous Teddy Bears that Melted our Hearts

    Teddy bears bring magic and joy to a child's life, which is why they're so timeless and so priceless. The arts have used teddy bears to help tell convey childhood and immaturity in movies, TV, and books. Teddy bears can also help send a happy, positive message.

    Lancelot – Labyrinth 1986, starving David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, told the story of a young girl venturing into womanhood. In the beginning of the movie Sarah (Jennifer) has childish toys, and she believes in fantasy, and magic, giving into a childish need to escape. She was infuriated with her baby brother Toby, who stole Lancelot, her favorite teddy bear. So she unreasonably freaked out and wished him away. The bear symbolizes her immaturity, while the journey to return home represents a journey into adulthood. Subsequently, she learns to let go of the bear and learn her mistake. By the end, she relinquishes her bear to Toby, because she realizes she no longer needs it.

     

     

    Winnie the Pooh – Pooh bear made his first appearance in 1926, in a collection of stories by A.A.  Milne. Eventually, Disney adopted the series, adding new characters and turning it into a phenomenon. Stuffed animals in the style of E.H. Shepard's version of Pooh have become popular over the years. Winnie the Pooh sends a strong message of love and family, as all of the characters, including Christopher Robin, are important to the author in real life.

     

    Corduroy – Corduroy bear is the story of a stuffed teddy bear in a department store. After closing time, he'd search to find his button, and find a home. A little girl purchased Corduroy and repaired his button. Eventually he learned that with the little girl, he had a home, and a true friend.

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  • Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids – INFOGRAPHIC

    Yes, we said Holiday. Wait! Before you do this:

    online holiday shopping for kids toys

    Read this:

    Okay, we know it's only September, and we know that feeling of nausea we all get when we hear holiday music in fall. We get it, it's too early, and we want to hold on to thoughts of summer break, but did you know that most people start their holiday shopping in September? It makes sense if you think about it, there are a lot of reasons to start the holiday shopping as early as possible. The only reason you don't want to start shopping too early (like May) is that wants and trends change. Moreover, if the anticipation gets the better of you, you may give in and give the gift early.  Fall is the perfect time, because it gives you enough time to shop at your convenience, and it gives you an insight into what's cool at school this year.

    Six Reasons to Start Your Holiday Shopping in September:

    “If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.”― Rita Mae Brown

    • You'll Save Time – With more time and less people, you’ll be able to shop like it’s any other day of the year (because it is). Avoid long lines, volcanically hot stores, and grumpy people by shopping months ahead of the ‘crazy season’.
    • You'll Minimize Stress – This ties in with the above points; there’s nothing more frustrating than shopping for fifteen minutes, only to wait in line for forty-five.
    • You'll Choose Better Gifts – You’ll have a wider selection and more time to decide. This results in better, more thoughtful gifts
    • You'll Earn Bragging Rights – When someone invites you shopping, you’ll have the rewarding experience of saying “I’m already done!”
    • You'll Protect your Income – Wouldn’t it be better to spread your holiday budget over four months instead of four weeks?

    Okay, so you’re ready to go shopping, but what if you have no idea what is “big” with kids this year? Stuffable animals are always safe, but for a few more ideas, check out this infographic below!

    140 Most Popular Christmas Toys since 1900

    Explore more infographics like this one on the web's largest information design community - Visually.

     

  • Why Girls Love American Girl Dolls & Their Accessories

    american girl doll clothes and knock offsPleasent T. Rowland, a retired teacher and writer, founded the Pleasant company in 1986. Operating out of Middleton, Wisconsin, the company produced three dolls, each from a different era of American history. American girl dolls open up the imagination, filling a child's eyes with wonder, and the doll comes with an educational benefit as well.

    Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly were the first three original American girl dolls, each with her own set of historically accurate accessories and outfits. Their popularity exploded in the 90's and kids still go crazy for them today.

    American Girl Doll Nostalgia

    The girls who grew up with American girl dolls are now having kids of their own, and parents love to give their children the same things they loved. Subsequently, the popularity has grown even more in the last few years.

    Collecting American Girl Dolls, Clothes, and Accessories

    When a child has one of these dolls, it opens up a world of options for gift-giving occasions. With a myriad of outfits and accessories available, you can appeal to a youngster's personality and give "The. Best. Gift. Ever."

    What Makes them Awesome?

    In addition to collecting and playing dress-up, girls are getting even more creative with the American Girl Dolls now. Check out this adorable dance video, featuring six American Girls. The impressive part? This was all done by a 9-year-old, with minimal help from an adult; looks like someone has a career in choreography or video production!!

     Which American Girl are You? Click Here to Find Out!

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