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Hot toys for this Christmas Season

YooKidoo Flow ‘n’ Fill Spout

  • Automatic play spout attaches to tub and offers so many ways to play
  • Water is drawn up and through the spout creating an endless stream
  • Use three different activity tumblers to play with the water as it falls – create a shower with one and turn a propeller with another
  • The third tumbler features a hidden friend inside who floats to the surface when filled with water – peek-a-boo!
  • Use the tumblers individually or stack them and watch the water run through all three at once
  • Swiveling arm holds the tumblers and can be placed directly under the stream or pushed off to the side
  • Easy for kids to turn on and off by themselves – just press the face
  • Great for babies and toddlers (ages 9 months and up)
  • Requires 3 AA batteries (not included)

Striped Winkel

Winkel is great for your baby’s development!

The colorful loops and rattle of the Winkel activity toy is sure to arouse your baby’s curiosity! His pliable plastic loops make him easy for baby to grab, and Winkel can be refrigerated to use as a soothing teether.

YBIKE

The YBIKE has been engineered with safety in mind and designed to help improve your child’s balance and coordination skills while having fun! The YBIKE is tough with its sports injection molded construction, which eliminates weak points and offers more design freedom, hence the sleeker curves and smooth, superior finish. When it comes to kids, safety is the main concern. For this reason the front wheel is considerably further forward, affording a bigger turning circle, which reduces the risk of falling over the front when turning. The back wheel is also covered to stop children from riding over their feet. The YBIKE body is designed for better clearance of obstacles and the larger wheels produce a safer ride on uneven surfaces. The YBIKE was awarded the prestigious Oppenheim Toy of the Year award for 2010.

H-racer 2.0 and Solar Hydrogen Refueling Station

Discover the automotive technologies of the future by building and driving your own hydrogen fuel cell car. The H-racer 2.0 is the new generation H-racer, featuring a construction kit of the scale model car, as well as remote controlled steering, and light emitting features within the car. The car will run faster, and longer than the original H-racer, while still keeping its signature style. The product includes a solar cell, hydrogen station, remote control, hydrogen fuel cell car assembly parts, as well as a renewable energy education manual and a fun experiment guide.

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Have you started your Christmas shopping for your children?

Christmas is a time when people get excited, especially children. And with Christmas just around the corner, your child probably has thoughts of receiving gifts and has already started making his or her wish list to Santa. Their lists consist of toys, clothes and the latest electronic gadgets they see on television. While shopping off their list, remember that it is important to sort out the list prior to actually buying and find out which gift ideas are the ones that they really want the most.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. What am I going to get for my children that is on that list?
  2. How much should I budget?
  3. Where are the best places to shop?
  4. What types of toys should I buy?
  5. What kind of deals are out there?
  6. Is there toys good for both boys and girls?

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Sharing Of Yourself – Homemade Gifts

With the holiday season upon us, it is difficult to NOT get caught up in the crazy frenzy of holiday shopping.  However, I came across a great idea for teaching children about the act of giving of themselves.  This is perfect for children because not only do they give something to someone they love, but they find the joy of creating that gift.

Have everyone in your family draw names from a bag.  In our family, we’re doing just the four of us, but it would be wonderful to get the grandparents and other extended family involved in this, too!  The name you draw is the person for which you will create a gift.  Here are some simple ideas that kids can do for gift-giving:

  • dressed-up coat hangers: have children wrap colorful ribbon around coat hangers to create a beautiful and unique gift.
  • beaded bookmarks: string beads onto yarn and knot at the ends for a lovely way to mark your reading place.
  • magnets for mom: print off different letters and/or words in a variety of colors and fonts from your computer.  Cover both sides of the paper with contact paper, cut out, and attach a self-sticking magnet to the back.  Or, find extra photos and create photo-magnets!
  • for the gardener: choose a packet of favorite seeds and present them in a hand-painted pot.
  • Old standbys: using clean, recycled material, kids can create virtually anything: a pencil holder out of a tin can, a new mail basket out of a plastic milk jug, a colorful paperweight by painting a pretty rock, and even a set of pretty holiday coasters by covering old greeting cards with contact paper.

Preparing For The Holidays And Learning To Be Helpful

Here’s a wonderfully simple way to focus on helping others as the holidays approach.  All you need is a large jar and some sort of item to use as a “counter”.  In our house, we used dried pinto beans.  Pennies would also be a good counter, or even pebbles.

One of my husband’s and my main goals as the holidays approach is to teach our children about the gift of giving of ourselves.  We do this by focusing on ways to be helpful without being asked and without fanfare or reward.  The focus is on the act of kindness.  To reinforce this lesson, we set a large jar on the kitchen counter along with a shallow dish with a supply of dried beans in it.

Each time one of us (children and adults alike) was helpful to another family member, a friend, a neighbor or even a stranger, we moved a bean from the dish into the jar.  Over the next several weeks, we watch the number of beans in the jar grow.  We also talk about being helpful on Sundays when we are all dining together.  We share ideas of how to be helpful and come up with new ways to help and try out during the upcoming week. 

These small acts can be something simple, such as helping a schoolmate at the water fountain or aiding in a search for a lost toy or item.  Or, it can be something larger, such as helping with the dishes when it isn’t even your turn, or cleaning up your room without being told.  Regardless, everyone is on his or her honor to help “fill the jar”. 

On Christmas Eve, after the kids go to sleep, “Santa” comes to our house and replaces the beans with something a bit more festive, such as chocolate candies or jellybeans.  There are usually “a few more” than there were beans.  After all, Santa’s a very giving person as well!  It helps tie in this wonderful lesson we want our children to learn with the fun of Christmas.

This is a great idea to try year-round.  Once the jar is filled, the family can trade it in for something special, such as a trip to the movies or an ice-cream night.  If using pennies, trade in the pennies for folding change and use that for the special reward!

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