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Toy Fact: LEGO

Toy Fact: LEGO

LEGO is one of the most popular, and best-selling, toys of all time and is a household name all over the world. It’s fun for children and adults of all ages and has an incredible history dating back over 80 years. Lego’s name derives from the Danish phrase “leg godt” meaning play well.

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There’s Only One Monkey for My Barrel

There’s Only One Monkey for My Barrel

One of my favorite toys as well as my kids’ favorite toy is the world-famous Kay Bojesen monkey. First created in 1951, the beautiful thing about this pot-bellied wooden monkey is that Bojesen, a Danish artist, wanted his toys to be infused with life. He’s accomplished that with this toy. When you check out his beloved toy soldiers and wooden animals, you’ll see more of what I’m talking about. The monkey’s arms and legs move, and he can be made to stand or sit.

More than just toys, they add charm and whimsy to any child’s room. This is a toy that is sure to become a valued heirloom. You can look forward to the day your grandchild plays with this.

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Create and decorate!

Create and decorate!

One of my children’s very first toys and a keepsake of mine is the Zolo Collection of wooden play sculptures.

The Zolo5, pictured here, is a unique limited edition toy. The set contains 32 hand-crafted pieces that are sure to provide hours of creative entertainment for kids ages 7 and up. You and your child can create your own creatures.

Display them in your home. They add beauty and charm to the most elegant living room. Create a Zolo masterpiece.

Perfect for the budding artist in you and your child. Have fun with it. That’s the big idea.

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The Making of a Bookworm

The Making of a Bookworm

Every parent wants a child who is an avid reader? It may take some time, but there are many simple ways to gift your child with the love of books. These strategies can help you make a Bookworm:

1. Your child must see you reading.
He'll wonder what's so intriguing. This is the first step to picking up a book on his own.

2. Build reading into your daily routine. 
Set aside time to read each day. For us, bedtime works best. Find what works best for you and your children and stick to it.

3. Your child should have easy access to his books. 
It's important for your child to be able to look at them whenever he wants.

4. Take your child to story time. 
Check your local library and book store. Almost every city has one or more bookstores offering story time for specific age groups. This is not just limited to big chain stores. Some of the smaller boutique stores have the most exciting readers. If you are lucky you may even spy the author of one of your child's favorite books.

5. When you're reading to your child, hold him close. 
This is a great opportunity to cuddle. As much as the book, he will enjoy the experience. Reading is an excellent bonding activity.

6. Awaken the actor within. 
Use your voice to bring the story to life. My kids love it when I use different voices - especially scary ones - when I read to them.

7. Ask questions. 
Ask your child what his favorite part of the book was - and what he liked the least. This will get him thinking about what he's just read and will give you a sense of how much he understands.

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Toy Fact: Hula Hoops

Toy Fact: Hula Hoops

The Hula Hoop began as a simple wooden ring sold in retails stores in 1957. They were such a hit that the company began manufacturing them in bright colors made of plastic.

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Built for Beauty and Brains

Built for Beauty and Brains

Wooden toy. Vibrant colors. Stimulating creative play. With these simple, colorful blocks by Twig you and your child can check off all the elements to an engaging and educating play experience. This long-lasting toy entertains for hours.

It’s a proven fact that structure building advances a child’s development. Cubes and rectangular rods fit together like puzzle pieces to create airy structures that look beautiful in the playroom.

Big kids love creating their own masterpieces, and your little ones will enjoy endless hours of learning about colors, shapes and sorting. Best of all you and your child can build structures together.

Collaborative acts are great relationship builders!

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Toy Fact: Tinker Toys

Toy Fact: Tinker Toys

Charles Pajeau of Illinois invented Tinker Toys. At first, no one was interested, so at Christmas time he hired several “little people” to dress as elves and play with the toy in the display window of a Chicago department store. His publicity stunt worked and we still have them some 97 years later.

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Toy Fact: Pez Candy

Toy Fact: Pez Candy

Invented in Austria, the Pez candy machine was created to look like a cigarette lighter. 7 years later, the company began putting character heads on the top and marketing them toward children.

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The Gift of Time—Gives for a Lifetime!

The Gift of Time—Gives for a Lifetime!

One of the most significant milestones in a young child’s life, few skills are used more than telling time. Give your children a real watch or clock and teach them how to use it. It’ll make them feel like one of the big kids – and will give them a real sense of independence.

Make a game of learning to tell time. Use real life examples to illustrate the importance of time and scheduling. This easy-to-read clock is fun to look at and even more fun to wake up to.  Your children will enjoy hearing it again and again.

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