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Get Out and Play Ball with Little Tikes Basketball Sets

March 25, 2010

Spring has sprung and the weather is starting to warm up slowly across the country.  College hoops are the talk of the town at this time of year.  What better way to encourage children to get out and play and mimmick their favorite players than with our Little Tikes Basketball Sets

Little Tikes offers 4 different styles of Basketball Sets to choose from and right now through May 31, 2010 we are offering a Free 4 pack of extra basketballs with any basketball set purchase. 

Our ever so popular TotSports Basketball Set for ages 1 1/2 to 5 years adjusts to six different heights.  We are proud to say that the  TotSports Basketball Set has been independently rated for children with special needs by The National Lekotek Center using the AblePlay rating.  The AblePlay rating scores toys for children with special needs in 4 important categories, Communicative, Sensory, Physical, and Cognitive. 

TotSports™ Easy Score Basketball Set

 

To view all of our Basketball Sets available for purchase, click here, and remind your children to Get Out and Play with Little Tikes!

Get Up and Play Ball!

April 6, 2009

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Opening day is warmly regarded in North American tradition as the beginning of a new Major League Baseball season.  For many, baseball’s opening day is the true sign of spring. 

Opening day is the chance to start anew or perhaps to forget last season’s record.   This begins the first of a full schedule of 162 games and is the only game in which every player on both teams is introduced. 

Adults and  children love to partake in all of the festivities revolving around Opening Day.  Many cities even have a parade downtown to celebrate past and present baseball heroes.  At ball parks all across the nation the smell of roasted peanuts fill the air as you hear the roar of the crowd cheering on their favorite team. 

Get up and play ball with these baseball favorites from Little Tikes

Our TotSports™ T-Ball Set is great for beginning batters, this T-ball set includes an easy-to-use oversize bat, 2 oversize baseballs and an adjustable height “T” that adapts to a child’s developing skills.  Ages 1 1/2 years and up.

TotSports™ T-Ball Set

The Auto Pitch™ Batting Trainer gets children started on their way to a great batting average.  This terrific baseball trainer helps develop hitting skills, muscle tone and hand\eye coordination.  To start out, it becomes an easy-hit T-ball set for beginners.  As children’s skills improve, it transforms into an automatic pitch up machine.  One push on the foot switch releases five time-delayed balls in a row, and an audible signal indicates when the next ball is coming.    The Auto Pitch™ Batting Trainer includes a bat, five balls, and an automatic shut off.  Ages 3 years and up.

Auto Pitch™ Batting Trainer

Promote social skills by setting up a full field and taking turns at bat and remember to Get Up and Play Ball!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

March 10, 2009

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St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, is right around the corner and as everyone knows, we all pretend to be Irish on that special day, so ask all your children to find something green to wear to school.  Make sure you have a few small paper shamrocks to tape on to those children who forgot or didn’t have anything green to wear.

 

Below is a list of great books to help you plan your special day:

 

·                         Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day. Kathy Ross, Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm
Twenty easy craft projects including a shamrock bird, leprechaun face mask, a shillelagh, a rainbow bracelet, and a pot of gold table decoration.

·                         Daniel O’Rourke : An Irish Tale (Picture Puffins). Gerald McDermott
Join Daniel O’Rourke as he is whisked from a small brook to the moon and then to the sea.

·                         Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato. Tomie dePaola
Lazy Jamie O’Rourke doesn’t lift a finger, even after his wife hurts her back digging the “praties” they depend on; but he does catch a leprechaun, who gives him a seed that grows into a potato so large that it takes the combined efforts of the village to dig it up and eat it.

·                         Jeremy Bean’s St. Patrick’s Day. Alice Shertle, Illustrated by Linda Shute
Shy Jeremy Bean forgets, much as to his humiliation, to wear green to school for St. Patrick’s Day.

·                         Leprechaun Gold. Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger
What happens when you save a leprechaun from drowning? He’ll reward you with enough gold to last a lifetime! If you’re Donald O’Dell, however, you’ll refuse to take such a generous gift. What’s a leprechaun to do but resort to matters of the heart to repay Donald for his heroic act.

We found these great book suggestions at http://holidays.kaboose.com/saint-patricks-day/books.html, or check your local library for other great titles to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

 

There are also some great crafts to make, such as Leprechaun masks, paint shamrocks, or even make Irish potato people.   Don’t forget to have green snacks or even decorate shamrock sugar cookies by letting the children frost their own cookies with green frosting.  Try using popsicle sticks to spread the frosting.

 

While we are in the Green mode, Little Tikes™ has some wonderful products that fit that description:

 

  • The On The Go Turtle Dough is a green plastic turtle with a clear plastic shell and fold away handle for carrying.  Open the lid and let the fun begin.  Inside are various cans of fun dough and plastic molds and eyes and tails for making playful sea creatures.

  • Our Classic Turtle Sandbox has a lift-off shell to open for imaginative fun.  This wonderful green turtle’s dome lid makes it easier to store toys in the sandbox at the end of the day.  It holds 150 pounds of sand (not included).
  • Another great item offered by Little Tikes™  is our Soft Topz Pickup.  Perfect for little hands, it has flashing lights and sound effects when you press down on the top.  The vehicle’s body is made from soft plastic foam.  Just flip it open to reveal a cool engine.
  • Our TotSports Drive & Putt Golf Set features a variety of surfaces to practice your short game.  When storing, it has a hang-on-the-wall design to keep all the pieces together.  The removable flag goes anywhere in your yard and a moveable tee lets the kids drive the ball right to the pin.

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2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

August 13, 2008

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, is a major international multi-sport event which is being celebrated in Beijing, China, from August 8 to August 24, 2008 followed by the 208 Summer Paralympics from September 6 to September 17. 10,500 athletes from 204 nations are expected to compete in 302 events in 28 sports.

Click here to find more information on history of the Olympics.

Olympic Fun Facts:

The first ancient Olympic Games were held in 776 BC!

– The five interlocking rings of the Olympic flag symbolize the five continents of the world   (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas) “linked together in friendship”. Olympics founder Pierre de Coubertin claimed that at least one of the rings’ colors (blue, yellow, black, green, and red, along with the white background) was present in each country’s national flag.

– United States swimmer Michael Phelps has just become the most decorated gold medalist in Olympic history, now with 11 gold medals — and counting.

– The United States has won more medals (2,189 and counting) at the Summer Games than any other country.

– Each Olympic medal is about 2.75 inches (70 mm) in diameter, about a quarter inch (6 mm) thickness, and weighs about five ounces.

– Softball and baseball will be removed from the Olympic Program following the Beijing Games.

– The next summer Olympic Games will be held in London, England.

Click here to find these and many other great Olympic facts.

Try incorporating this memorable event into your center and have the children draw their own interpretation of the summer Olympics. This is a great memento to take home and they will have a blast doing it!

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May 7, 2008

Health experts recommend that children get at least 60 minutes each day of physical activity.  They need to run, climb, jump and get up and move around, away from their desks, the television and computer games.  Today, about one in every four school-aged children are overweight or at risk for becoming overweight.  It is extremely important to encourage children to adopt good physical activity behaviors that promote a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity can have beneficial effects on the following aspects of health for children:

  • Weight
  • Muscular strength
  • Cardiorespiratory (aerobic) fitness
  • Bone mass (through weight-bearing physical activities)
  • Blood pressure (for hypertensive youth)
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Self-esteem

Tips For Childcare Providers and Parents

As a caregiver for children, you have an important role in shaping a child’s physical activity attitudes and behaviors. Here are some tips to encourage the children in your care to be more physically active.

  • Set a positive example by making physical activity part of your daily routine such as designating time for walks or playing active games together.
  • Offer positive reinforcement for the physical activities in which children participate.
  • Make physical activity fun. Fun activities can be anything the child enjoys, either structured or non-structured. They may range from team sports, individual sports, and/or recreational activities such as walking, running, skating, bicycling, swimming, playground activities, and free-time play.
  • Ensure that the activity is age appropriate and, to ensure safety, provide protective equipment such as helmets, wrist pads, and knee pads.
  • Limit the time children watch television or play video games. Instead, encourage children to find fun activities to do with friends or family members or on their own that simply involve more activity (walking, playing chase, dancing).

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Now that you have all of this knowledge surrounding children’s health and the role that physical activity plays in that, it’s time to find some tools to help get those children up out of their seats and running around! Who ever said that physical activity is all work and no play must not have had any Little Tikes toys! Below are our top 3 recommended toys for encouraging physical activity. But don’t worry if none of these 3 meet your needs, we have many more toys available online at www.littletikeschildcare.com to meet your physical fitness needs.

Sports Variety Pack

Children will jump out of their seats to get outside and play with these easy-to-use sports sets!  With this great sports variety pack you will encourage children to exercise and learn about sports through individual and group play!  And this package offers something for everyone; basketball, bowling, and soccer!  And even you can be a winner when you purchase this sports package because it features fun savings of $60.00!

Sports Variety Pack Includes two each:

 

Slam ‘n Slide

Bring the fun of a water park to your very own play yard with this huge inflatable water playground!  Children will get lots of exercise as they climb up to the top of slide where they’ll be sprayed with water from overhead and then slide down the giant 12 foot slide into the splash pool at the bottom.  But the fun doesn’t stop there; children will also enjoy the basketball hoop in the large splash pool for added enjoyment. And the best part is that they will want to do this again and again and again! 

Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler

Nothing gets children moving like an Ultimate Beach Ball™ Sprinkler from Little Tikes!  This has been the top selling product for 3 years running!  With just a splash of cool water and a sprinkle of laughter, children will be running around this sprinkler for hours of wild water play!  This Ultimate Beach Ball™ Sprinkler inflates in minutes. All you have to do is hook it up to the hose and watch the fun begin. Water sprays out of 4 different places and there is a water pouch in the bottom of the sprinkler that you can fill up to make the sprinkler more stationary or leave it empty so children can kick the ball all over the playground!  Ultimate Beach Ball™ Sprinkler is 88″ in circumference.