Posts Tagged ‘Imaginative Play’

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

National Police Week 2009

May 14, 2009

National Police Week is being celebrated this week on May 10th – May 16th.  This is a great time to study community helpers and invite a Police Officer to your classroom to have a discussion about their job and what it entails.  Have the officer describe their uniform and discuss why they carry different tools.  This a good time to discuss the subject of “Stranger Danger” and what they should do if a stranger approaches them.  Then take a trip outdoors to have the police officer show their vehicle and discuss all the tools they have within their car.  Make sure each child realizes that the police are their friends and are around to help everyone.

                    

 Tikes Patrol™ Police CarOur Tikes Patrol Police Car™ is sure to be a big hit with the children in your care.  It would be fun to set up a small safety town with your cars and houses and teach your youngsters the rules of safety.  Little Tikes™ has many playhouses to choose from and a variety of packages of ride-on toys that your children will love. 

Our Ride-on Package option 4 brings you all of our favorite ride-ons in one special package.  The kids will have plenty of choices to pretend to be a police officer, fire fighter, or little princess and you will save $60 by purchasing this package. 

Ride-On Package Option 4

Make sure you check your mailboxes for our Summer edition of the Little Tikes Childcare Solutions catalog!  If you aren’t on our mailing list you can sign up here.  Thanks!

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

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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