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Design your very own Dolls house with Lundby

Ok. It’s no secret that I’m OBSESSED with doll’s houses, Lundby doll’s houses in particular.  I received my first Smaland house over a year ago and it continues to bring my family and I great joy, laughter, and enough creative brainstorming to outlast any other toy in our house. Here’s a bit of background info for you: This beautiful, Swedish-designed doll’s house is the perfect starter home for your dolls. The 5-room house arrives empty, just waiting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Building Toys, Crafts, Design Your Own, Dolls, Imagination/Creativity, Play, Play Houses, Play Sets and Figurines, School Aged Children, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Fun with Floam! Crafting a Pencil Holder

Fun with Floam! Crafting a Pencil Holder

My kids and I love to craft. Playdoh is always big in our house.  We came across Floam thanks to Mamanista and couldn’t wait to see what we could create. Floam is a reusable molding compound that will keep you and your children creating endless possibilities for hours! Mold your floam into anything you can visualize then transform it into something else. “Roll it, mold it, cover it — that’s the way you Floam it.” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Crafts, Featured, Kindergartners, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Friendship Bracelet and Barrette Making Go Portable

Friendship Bracelet and Barrette Making Go Portable

As a preteen, I was never without a book and some embroidery floss for making friendship bracelets. Knotting bracelets was a fun activity I could do alone or while chatting with friends. With a little embroidery floss, I was never bored. Once you learn basic knots and friendship bracelet patterns, making a bracelet is easy. The hardest part is keeping your strands untangled and in order. Of course, when I was a kid, I didn’t have … Read entire article »

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

As a blogger, I get a chance to see all of the hottest holiday toys at events such as Toy Fair, Time to Play and more. Here are a few of my favorite toys…. My Favorite Dolls: Little Miss Muffin: These adorable dolls transform from a cupcake into a doll. Visit the website to watch the video and to see why “there’s nothin’ like luvin’ a little miss muffin.”  My tween goddaughters love Little Miss Muffin almost as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Building Toys, Christmas, Crafts, Developmental Toys, Dolls, Featured, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Gifts 2007, Hip Find, Kids Gifts, Play, Play Sets and Figurines, Pre-schoolers, Ride-Ons, School Aged Children, Seasonal, Stuffed Animals, Toddlers, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age), Uncategorized

Peaceable Kingdom Sticker Kits Fun (12 Days of Giveaways)

Peaceable Kingdom Sticker Kits Fun (12 Days of Giveaways)

What kid doesn’t love stickers? I’ve seen toddlers mob a librarian just to get a little star to put on their shirts. Peaceable Kingdom Press has stickers galore that range from the typical stickers (including the scratch-and-sniff and glitter varieties) to sticker craft kits, reusable sticker clings, and sticker games, that encourage children to create, personalize, and learn. We checked out a grab-bag of sticker fun that included the US Map Sticker Tote, Light Switch covers kit, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Crafts, Featured, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Bubbly Crafts

Bubbly Crafts

Bubbles are always a popular activity at my house and last weekend my two children and I made our own bubble wands.  We spent about an hour putting together Arterro’s Bubble Wand Kit with my four year old daughter and six year old son. The product was a very simple idea–they gave you a wire, 2 clear marbles, 2 colored wooden dowels, a pattern, and an instruction sheet.  At first I thought “this is so basic, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Crafts, Eco-Friendly, Featured, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children

Eco-Crafty Kids’ Jewelry

Eco-Crafty Kids’ Jewelry

My daughter, like most little girls, loves jewelry.  I often sit with her while she is making bracelets and necklaces using her beads.  I was looking for something new to do with her.  This Artterro Collage Jewelry Kit was the perfect activity!  She was still able to make jewelry and I was able to introduce new crafting techniques like decoupage. This kit comes with almost everything you need to make the jewelry.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Crafts, Eco-Friendly, Featured, Kids Gifts, School Aged Children

Recycled Craft and Rainforest Rescue

Recycled Craft and Rainforest Rescue

In honor of Earth Day, we are making recycled crafts this month. What can you do with a plastic Tropicana Orange Juice Jug? Well, you can make a bird feeder, watering can, a cool ball and scoop game (encourages outdoor play), a whale bath or water table toy, or a doll house or car garage.  You can even save a rainforest. We started with a bird feeder since both my kids are bird-obsessed and this is a simple … Read entire article »

Filed under: Crafts, Earth Day, Featured

Easter Craft Egg-stravaganza

Easter Craft Egg-stravaganza

We’ll be doing a lot of crafting next week!  Good thing our fellow bloggers have plenty of egg-cellent ideas! Need a last-minute Easter Basket?  Cover an old Easter Basket with fabric (Holidash)  and I love this recycled carton Easter Basket craft from Sewing Crafting Sarah, and not just because I’m a Tropicana Juicy Insider, too. Or create a fun, themed Easter Basket with ideas from Holidash. Make a delightful Easter Grass Centerpiece. (Rosy~Posy) Celebrate Spring with natural Easter Egg … Read entire article »

Filed under: Crafts, Easter, Featured, Mommy Blogs

It’s a Craft! It’s a Toy! It’s a Party Favor

It’s a Craft! It’s a Toy! It’s a Party Favor

My little one just turned three and we’re still trying to hold the line on the birthday party escalation.  Since she has a some friends, now, we had a few girls over for ice cream cake and crafts. My daughter loves crafting and the party pack of small Calafant Toys cardboard toys from Creative Toy Shop was the perfect party activity and take-home toy favor. You can choose from either a mixed pack or a pack of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Crafts, Eco-Friendly, Featured, School Aged Children, Toys (School Age)