5 Quiet Toddler Activities

 

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Boikido Toys

We just got in an order from BOIKIDO, a French brand of wooden toys. Boikido believes that sustaining our environment has become everyone’s responsibility for the sake of future generations. At Boikido they recognize this responsibility and it has led them to develop a new line of premium wooden toys with a special focus on sustaining the environment while maintaining a high level of social awareness combined with Boikido’s unique outlook on play value and design. Click here to learn more about this eco-friendly company.
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Blue Orange Games

As we continue to “shout out” to our eco-friendly companies we must mention Blue Orange Games. Blue Orange launched a program in 2007 to benefit the environment and make their business more sustainable. They plant two trees for every tree used to create their wooden products and game cards. Click here to read more about their “tree campaign”.

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Tree Hopper Toys

Tree Hopper Toys is a tiny company based outside of Chicago, Illinois. Using sustainable American hardwoods, they handcraft their line of distinctive toys that curious kids love. All of their toys are 100% kid and earth friendly, safe, and most importantly, fun!
As a family owned and operated business, Tree Hopper is proud to say that their products are lovingly made in a small shop on the outskirts of Chicago.
You can learn more about them by clicking: http://www.treehoppertoys.com/pages/environment

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PlanToys

“We pass on the spirit of sustainability through our toys to create a sustainable world.”
We are always looking for new ways to improve and preserve our environment. PlanToys® takes a step to go beyond Green by taking the concept of “Sustainability” into practice with the belief that everyone can contribute to a better world by playing sustainably.
See more at: http://usa.plantoys.com/supports/faq/

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Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and over one billion people in 192 countries take action to protect the planet. They organize demonstrations, contact their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their communities, demand renewable energy targets, and much more.
In honor of Earth Day, we want to shout out to several of our companies who personify what this day is all about!

We’ll start with GREEN TOYS!  http://www.greentoys.com/green.html

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Finding Time to Play with Your Kids

 


Finding Time to Play With Your Kids
by The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association   |   September 12   |
As parents, we worry about a lot of things. There are the big issues, like making sure your children are healthy and safe, paying all the bills, and ensuring that the kids are getting a good education. Then there are the everyday challenges of organizing a household, like getting everyone where they need to be on time, doing the laundry, and cooking dinner while helping with homework.Feel a bit stressed, yet? There’s a solution for that: play with your kids. Yes, it is possible to put your “to do” list on the back burner and take some time for play?Here are a few tips for making time to play with your kids:

Make play out of everyday activities. What’s work to an adult may be play to a child. Laundry or getting groceries or making dinner may take a bit longer if welcome your child’s participation in the activity, but if you combine the chore with playful counting or measuring or sorting or singing silly songs about what you are doing together, don’t be surprised if you find yourself laughing and having fun.

Let your child take the lead. Don’t feel like you have to be the one to think up an activity and get it organized. Fun is the goal. Try turning yourself over to your child’s interests and direction. See how silly and fun it can get if you get into your child’s world for a few minutes every day.

Take things off the schedule. It may feel imperative to sign your child up for sports, music lessons, and other enriching activities. But each new commitment drains energy (and probably cash, for that matter) from your family. How much time would you gain per week if you eliminated just one activity? Try it. Use some of the found time for play with your child, and some for recharging yourself.

Give yourself permission to relax and play. So what if the house is a mess? There will always be chores to get done, but your precious little one is little only once. Play is about getting absorbed in the present, and kids can help you see the joys of slowing down. Try turning over a couple hours a week to living at “child speed.”

By Susan J. Oliver for the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association.

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