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Made in America

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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Toys Made in the USA

Organic-stuffed-bunny-made-in-the-usaToys made in the USA are our specialty. Organic Stuffed Bunny Hoppity is fun to cuddle with. His coat is velvety smooth to the touch and is bound to please anyone who snuggles with him. You can purchase Made in the USA clothes that fit most of our Stuffed Animals. You can be comforted knowing that these stuffed animals are safe for your child. Scoots are simple wooden toy vehicles made in the USA and are safe for toddler’s and up.  They come in packs of 6 or you can buy them separably. Scoot-Semi-Made-in-the-usaThese little vehicles are adorable and are a perfect fit for a toddler’s hand. There’s not many little boys that wouldn’t love to play with these little toys. Scoots are made from harvested pine. Made in America products are made with pride. They last longer so they are well worth the money. Can’t say that about all the toys we buy. I know I have bought a lot of cheap toys that never even made it home before they were broken. These Made in the USA toys won’t break that easy. See our large selection of Toys Made in the USA at AmericanToyBoutique.com

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

What is Made in the USA?

WOW!! There are so many things that are Made in the USA that I had no ideal about. For years I just bought things without even thinking about it, once I started checking where things are made I found out we can get almost everything we need made right here in America. The internet allows us to find anything we want with ease. TherBig Bunny Made in the USA 1e is a shopping site that only has Made in America Stores in it Petriot, it has a lot of unique items. American Made Everything is another shopping site and is also a directory that has stores that carry American Made items. Made in the USA Challenge has tons of stores and even has a Master List of Stores that carry Made in America items.  That is just to name a few there are more shopping sites and stores online that carry American made items. There is a lot of information about American Made products on the internet, just Google it and you will find it. AmericanToyBoutique.com is of course my favorite store for kids. We are always looking for more Kids toys, games, furniture or anything Kids enjoy that are Made in the USA and Eco-Friendly. Most things Made in the USA are safe and well built to last. Sometimes they do cost a little more but if you look at the big picture they are worth it. Buying Made in the USA products also boost the economy and that helps with the unemployment that America is dealing with right now. I am so much more aware now then I ever was before about how important it is to buy American made items. So I try to always look before I purchase. If you are looking for American Made Toys please visit AmericanToyBoutique.com 🙂

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.

A Mother and Grandmother

As a Mother and a Grandmother my heart breaks when I see any of my kids or grand kids hurting.  My youngest son and his kids are hurting today and it probably won’t end anytime soon. I know God is in control and they will be fine. I am sure they will be better but it hurts to see them go through it. I think now more then ever we need to be there for them and take the time with the kids to let them know that no matter what they are loved. I have some little American Made Cars that I had bought to display for AmericanToyBoutique.com but I think I will probably play cars with my grandson today. I try to give all my grand kids attention as much as I can but most of them are older and only wants Grandma in short doses and that is OK a little is better then nothing. I love my grand kids with all my heart and all of them know it.

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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.

New Ways of Thinking

When my two oldest kids (which are 37 and 35) were young I was a single mom and the last thing I was thinking about was buying things made in America or the environment. I think alot of us were in the same boat as I was. But if we would have been thinking then about buying things made in America maybe so many people wouldn’t have lost their jobs. And if we had been thinking a little more about the environment our grandkids wouldn’t have to worry about land fills contaminating the air that they breath or the water they drink. We can’t change the past but this is one grandma that is ready to do whatever she can do to keep it from getting any worse then what it is. There are still toys and games made in America and alot of them are Earth Friendly. They are educational which is also a plus and they last alot longer. The Dollar store has a lot of cheap toys the kids break within the first day of playing with them, so really was that worth that dollar you just paid? I have seen with my grandkids, when I buy a cheap toy that gives them instant gratification but they open it in the car on the way home and there it stays. They really wanted that didn’t they? I could have saved the dollar and put it else where for something they could really enjoy. Maybe your kids or grandkids aren’t like that and that is great! But mine are 🙂 I am recycling everything I can recycle and trying to buy American Made Earth Friendly products as much as possible. Some things I can’t find American made. Like dolls I have looked on the internet for them. If anyone can find them let me know I would love to put some in my online store. www.AmericanToyBoutique.com

Checkers Board Games Made in America