Archive for the ‘For Educators’ Category

Little Tikes Made in USA sale almost over!

August 20, 2009

Our Made in the USA summer sale is still going on.  With the start of school just around the corner, now is the time to take advantage of some of our great specials.  Why not spruce up your playground with a new playhouse?  Our Classic Castle is on sale until August 31st, 2009.  Right now you can save an extra $100 off the regular retail price.  Our Classic Castle promotes active play with a secret crawl-through door behind a pretend fireplace to crawl in and out. There’s also a built-in slide for quick exits.  It is important for children to boost their imaginative play skills and with the castle there are endless possibilities to grow imaginations.  Stand back and watch as the girls turn into little princesses and the boys turn into knights! 

Classic Castle

Now is also the time to take advantage of some great savings on our Classic Sports Cycle and Tough Tire Trike.  These cycles are great energy burners and help teach the important skill of pedaling.  Our Pedaled Ride-on packages come in 4, 6, and 10 packs to fit your play ground needs.  These additional savings only last through August 31st, 2009. 

Pedaled Ride-On Package 6 Pack

Happy Mother’s Day

May 6, 2009

 

 

The Childcare Team at Little Tikes would like to wish all childcare providers a Happy Mother’s Day.  We praise all of you for your patience, time and effort, loving guidance, and hard work you dedicate to the children in your care. It takes a very special kind of person to work with small children and we applaud all of you.

 

The Little Tikes Childcare Team

April Showers bring May Flowers

May 4, 2009

I bet you have all been chanting the saying, “April Showers bring May flowers” around your daycares and centers for the past month.  May has finally arrived!  It is so exciting to see all of the spring flowers and trees in bloom.    As we welcome the start of May we are anxiously awaiting to be outside as much as possible; Little Tikes would like you all to consider our Picnic tables for all of your outdoor projects.

For your younger set try out our Endless Adventures Easy Store Jr. table.  This adorable play table is also available for purchase with an umbrella for those hot days to keep your little ones protected in the shade. 

For the little bit older set, we suggest the Endless Adventures Easy Store Table.  This is a great table for outdoor picnics or projects, snacks, and crafts.  There is a hole in the center to accommodate our Market Umbrella.  This versatile table has an indentation in the middle for crayons, markers, juice cups, or anything else you don’t want to roll off the table.  Another great feature of  the Easy Store Table is that it folds up very easily for storage.

 Little Tikes also offers the Endless Adventures Fold n’ Store Picnic Table. It has benches on all 4 sides and may be purchased with or without the umbrella. This table is put together with bolts and nuts  which can be removed for storage.   It is the perfect solution for all of your childcare needs – indoors or out. 

One of the projects Mary used to do on our picnic tables was plant flowers for Mother’s Day with her preschool class.  Children love to scoop up the soil and water and watch their projects grow.

 As the weather warms up and we can play more outside, learning centers can be set up at the tables.  Use them for play dough, draw and create on them,  have snacks , and use them for various other projects.  Write to us and share some of the wonderful springtime activities you have planned.

Celebrate Earth Day with Little Tikes™

April 16, 2009

 

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Earth Day is soon approaching and I think this year more than any so far, people are really focusing on the importance of saving our planet.  Earth Day began on April 22nd, 1970 and has been celebrated every April 22nd since.  It’s a day to remind us to take care of our Mother Earth.  We should take time to reflect on our planet, our environment and learn what we can do to help keep our Earth happy and healthy. 

This Earth Day please take time to teach the children in your care about the three R’s:  Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce.

Discuss with your children that we need to recycle as many things as we can.  Encourage the children to talk about recycling with their parents and how each person can make a difference by recycling.  If you are not currently recycling at your school or daycare this would be a great opportunity to start.  Get the kids involved.  Think of all of the paper we use on a daily basis.  Make sure the kids are using both sides of the paper to cut back on waste and that the paper gets recycled not thrown in the trash.  For children who are old enough to use crayons try recycling your old broken crayons.  Have the kids peel off the paper of the crayons and put the bits in a non stick muffin pan.  An adult will have to do the rest.  Place the muffin pan in a 250* oven to melt the crayons at a  low temp.  Turn off the heat when the crayons have melted, but do not remove the tin!  Allow the oven to cool completely before removing crayons.  For the best rainbow effect, do not move the muffin tray until the crayons have cooled completely.  Tap the bottom of the tin to make the crayons pop out.  The next day your little artists can draw and color with their “new” crayons on our Little TikesDouble Easel.  The Double Easel comes with a 50 sheet pad of paper, but make sure you use both sides of the paper!

Little Tikesis also helping to do our part to keep our planet green by introducing two new games which will appeal to your preschoolers.

Our Bamboo 3-D Memory Matching Game and Bamboo Domino Game are made from real bamboo, a renewable, sustainable, natural material.  The tiles each have cute characters that are printed with soy ink.  The cartons are even made of recycled material. 

Little Tikesis proud of our long standing tradition of making toys that last.  Little Tikestoys are recyclable, please check with your local recycling agent on how to recycle your used Little Tike’s items.

Making Imaginations Soar! Plan a trip around the World.

March 19, 2009

Today is officially the last day of winter, but we are sure to have plenty of chilly rainy days ahead.  If it’s too cold or wet  for the kids to go outside where you live and you are looking for some fun ideas.  Check this out!

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Try planning a trip around the world.  Mary has thought of a whole week’s worth of activities to help you get started. 

Begin the week by having the kids pick a country on the globe to “visit”.  Then discuss how they would travel to the country that they pick.  For instance, if we picked China we would have to board an airplane to travel halfway around the globe.  Teach your children the different customs of the country of choice.  You could even try to teach a few words words in the language and learn about how people from different countries may dress differently and eat different foods. 

All week long while you are learning about the country tell the children that the class will be taking a trip on Friday.  Why not send home a note about your pretend trip and get the parents involved.  The kids could bring a small overnight bag to school for their trip.

On the day of departure have an entrance to an “airplane.”  Line up all of your Little TikesRainbow Chairs as seats in the plane.  Stand at the door and collect the tickets from your passengers.  Pick out a few volunteers from the class to be the pilot and stewards.  Have the stewards pass out a small snack.  Pretend to land and have lunch at your destination then board back on the airplane and head for home!

If you need to stock up on Rainbow Chairs for your trip we offer them individually and as a four pack.  Check them out and enjoy your flight!

Rainbow Chairs