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Kids Play

Outdoor Toys Made in America

tricycle-made-in-americaSummer time is finally here and time to get those outdoor toys out! When my kids were growing up their favorite outdoor toys were their tricycles and bicycles. They would ride around the neighborhood for hours just stopping long enough to get a Popsicle or a drink. Riding bicycles is great exercise for kids and FUN! There are a lot of benefits to writing a bicycle it helps develop strength, balance and overall fitness.

Bicycles aren’t the only fun outdoor toy there are so many different games and toys. Fling-A-Ring is a great backyard game for kids and adults. Fling-A-Ring is a cross between horseshoes (except light and safe), disc golf (without needing a course), and the good old fashion “Jarts” (minus the sharp points and lawsuits).

Research shows children should be actively playing at least 60 minutes a day. Spending time outdoors raises levels of Vitamin D which helps protect children from future bone problems, heart disease and other problems. Outdoor play lowers a child’s within minutes of seeing green spaces. I thought that was really interesting I know at least 4 of my grandchildren’s favorite color is green. The average American child spends 44 hours per week (more than 6 hours a day!) staring at some kind of electronic screen. That’s just crazy!

We need to get our kids and grand-kids out playing, using their imagination instead of being dependent on TV, Video games, IPads and so on!

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March Snow in Indiana

I woke up this morning to a March Snow in Indiana of around 9 inches of beautiful white snow. The weather man was finally right this time. It’s so pretty to look at as long as I don’t have to get out in it. When I was young I enjoyed getting out and playing in it but the older I get the more I don’t like to drive in it. This is what my grand-kids love to play in. AmericanToyBoutique.com has toys that they can play with in the snow, rain or whatever the weather, because they are made to last. Most are wooden and have a non-toxic, water based finish. They can put a lot of snow in this American Made Toy Dump Truck.dump-truck-made-in-america Or our Kids Fire Truck to come to the rescue.kids-fire-truck-made-in-america They don’t rust and will last a long time instead of the plastic trucks that break very easily. You can mix or match any of our trucks. In the summer they can put dirt or sand in them for a lot of dirty fun. AmericanToyBoutique.com has many American Made toys for all ages. 😀

American Made Learning Toys

American Made Learning Toys that are fun yet educational. Playtime for kids are like our work time, so we want them to have fun but learn as well. Amazing-Tracker-with-kidI love to sit and watch my grand-kids play.  They get real serious sometimes in their play. AmericanToyBoutique.com has so many American Made Learning toys. The Amazing Tracker is fun and entertaining for toddlers while teaching them to gasp and release the ball. The visual tracking helps child to learn to how to predict the path of an object. The Amazing Tracker has won 2 Awards Oppenheim Toy Portfolio and Best Of School Supplies Four Gold Stars (Best Toy For 24-36 Months). Wooden toys last so much longer then plastic cheap toys. This is just one of the many Learning Toys AmericanToyBoutique.com carries. The Sound Cylinders   helps develop auditory discrimination skills required for language acquisition and helps develops evaluation thinking skills when making “same as” and “different than” decisions. The Animal Shape Puzzle features five separate animals: a rabbit, pig, dinosaur, cat and fox. They are made of  high impact laminate surface makes them durable and washable. It comes with a handy storage bag which makes it a perfect travel toy. I know my grand-kids love bags to take their toys different places. Check out AmericanToyBoutique.com’s category Educational for Kids  has these and a whole lot more. american-made-animal-shape-puzzle

Checkers – Board Games Made in America

I remember growing up playing Checkers with my dad. He usually won but it was fun just hoping to beat him, plus spending the time with him. My brother would get so mad when dad would win (which was most of the time) he was not a very good sport. I don’t think he ever really grew out of that. It was always fun though. I wish more kids played the simple games like Checkers. There are so many video games they would rather play and a lot of them are fun but it’s just not the same as sitting down having the interaction with another person.Checkers Made in America  A simple game of Checkers can stimulate the brain development in younger children and promote healthy brain function in the elderly. Checkers requires a lot strategy to be good at it. You have to try to figure out where your opponent is going to move next. So many questions to ask yourself. Which jump is best for me? How can I get a double jump? Where is my opponent going to move next? It can be mind boggling! Thinking like this kicks your brain into overdrive and will force critical thinking. Most children that have been exposed to this kind of thinking at an early age show more potential in school. Young or old everyone can appreciate a good game of Checkers its one of the best games to play. Go get your old Checker set out or go to www.AmericanToyBoutique.com to purchase an American Made Checkers Set that with last a lifetime.

Learning Toys – Made in America

We are always looking for toys that aren’t just fun, but are educational for our children and grandchildren. Children love books and like to be read to. Sesame Street has some great personalized books.  There fun to read and kid’s love seeing their name in a story.  They help teach various things. This Sesame Street Bye Bye Diapers is great to help potty train your child it talks about how Elmo learned to be “go” in the potty.

byebye diapersThere are so many great toys that are learning toys but fun also. My youngest grandson loves learning new things he is  three and at a perfect age to learn. He really gets in the video games which we all know they will have to learn a lot of that stuff in school. I would much rather him just play with his cars and trucks.

Did you know the first three years are the most important in shaping the child’s brain architecture? Children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life. Isn’t that amazing? Learning toys are a great way to teach them in their early years. American Toy Boutique carries a lot of those toys that help with learning how to sort items by size, shape and color. Help them develop visual perception and discrimination skills.

Babies and young children grow, learn and develop rapidly when they receive love and affection, attention, encouragement and mental stimulation, as well as nutritious meals and good health care. It takes a lot of love and attention to raise a little one but there is such a great reward…from a smile or a kiss or a hug or just an I love you it is one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had!

Toys That Are Educational

When looking for toys most of us are looking for educational yet fun toys for our children or grandchildren. I believe some of the video games can be educational but I still think there is nothing like the a physical toy. Choosing toys that will help children be more creative, adventurous and caring helps them learn more about themselves.

Wooden rattles are a great way to start your infants off with. You can get them finished or unfinished with a naturoil finish to be just right for the baby. Babies enjoy hearing sounds from rattles.

I don’t know toddler that doesn’t like building blocks…..or a car they can push around and their own sounds. I have a grandson that makes every sound a car could possibly make.

Preschoolers are so much fun they want to learn so much. I remember when my kids were small they would put puzzles together over and over. Or I would read them a book until I could recite it without the book.

Board games are a great way to get the family together and actually interact with each other. Most board games can be played with any age children and adults. When you are looking for great American made safe toys and games this holiday season check out http://www.AmericanToyBoutique.com.

What Did You Like To Play?

When you were a kid, what did you play?  Did you ride your bike in circles in the driveway until you were dizzy?  Did you dress up Mommy’s clothes and make mud pies for your dolls and stuffed animals?  Did you treat your baby dolls “broken arm” with band-aids? Or dress your dog or cat in baby doll clothes?

Sometimes it seems like kids are doing silly things but it’s their work. I have 1 grandson that he pretends everything he does has something to do with a car. And another grandson that writes short book’s, makes up games and then sells them. Every kid has something so unique about them. I love just to sit back and watch and listen to them.

They learn so much in their first few years on life. What are some of the things the children in your life playing?  Are they riding their bikes or pretend playing?  Sit back and watch and listen to them.

We have a lot of educational and pretend play toys and games at www.AmericanToyBoutique.com.

Checkers Board Games Made in America