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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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Cyber Monday Deals

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving I know we did. We are having 10% off sale at www.AmericanToyBoutique.com if you use the code ATB26 all day!!! Support American Made!!

UAW Appreciation!!!

With the elections coming soon and all the negative campaigning with  constant reminders of  what he did and what she did its hard to understand that our County’s best interest is still everyone’s number one priority. As proud Americans we should be appreciative of the true dedication the great United Autoworkers Union (UAW) has constantly provided.  With the ups and downs of our economy they have proudly kept the focus on building the American way. American Toy Boutique would like to show its appreciation by offering a 10% donation to the UAW. Start your Christmas shopping today by visiting http://www.AmericanToyBoutique.com.

American Made

I got up this morning and went to my daughters house to get my grand-daughter on the bus for school. It was chilly out, I love the fall weather. I think this is my favorite time of year. Holidays are right around the corner and its comfortable to be outside, the leaves are falling and changing color. I have been so blessed to be able to watch my grandchildren while their parents work. Its always been my dream to be able to work from home and work around my children work schedules so I can watch the grand-kids.

 

I’ve been able to because of my toy store http://www.AmericanToyBoutique.com. I believe in supporting American made safe products and I have been able to do just that. American Toy Boutique carries American made toys and games….and adding more almost daily. Right now we are adding stuffed toys! I have learned how important child play is…..its there jobs, that’s pretty cool. I have 2 grand-daughters    that are reading all the time and they love reading stories with their names in them. I have made them The Ballerina Princess personalized book and they love it. Puzzles are a great way to help them develop fine motor and eye-hand coordination. I am getting started Christmas shopping it gets hard with the older kids because they always want money and I don’t think that is as much fun, but I guess that’s better then getting them something they won’t like.

Learning and Wooden Puzzles

Children love wooden puzzles.  All my children and grandkids love playing with them.  I have been reading a lot of articles about the benefits to children playing with them.  These are some things I have learned.

Children learn to problem solve and develop critical thinking by placing puzzle pieces in it’s place since it will only fit if it is placed properly in the right space. They do a lot of turning and testing to get it right.

Puzzles are used alot when working with Autistic children who have delayed speech ability as a playful tool to encourage speech. Children often ask for a certain piece of the puzzle and that helps them develop many language skills.

Puzzles help teach children several basic math concepts also. While working with a puzzle children learn to categorize and organize pieces while doing that they are able to classify and label the pieces as well. It’s amazing to me that something as simple as a wood puzzle can be so beneficial to a child’s learning.

Wooden puzzles build eye-hand coordination. The ability to coordinate what the eye sees, the mind wants to do, and what the hands can accomplish takes a lot of practice. Puzzles offer an enjoyable way to practice this skill while encouraging independence. I never thought of it this way isn’t it amazing!!

Puzzles offer a fun way to develop fine motor ability. Children need to develop strength in the muscles in their fingers so that they can grasp things and hold onto them. This will later give them the ability to hold a pencil.

Wooden Puzzles offer opportunities to expand social skills as well. When children work cooperatively to complete a puzzle they engage in conversation. They develop a plan to solve the puzzle, they take turns and help each other solve problems as they arise.

When a child works on a puzzle until completion the child is developing persistence. Once the puzzle is solved the child can feel a sense of accomplishment which boosts his independence and self esteem.

Children use adaptable thinking and deductive reasoning skills when they find different ways to put the pieces together. They gain the ability to think abstractly when they are able to see negative space, like the space where a puzzle piece may fit, and figure out what type of shape would be needed to fill that space.
Wooden puzzles offered at http://www.AmericanToyBoutique.com  are an amazing learning tool and they are made in America. I now believe that of all the educational toys, wooden puzzles are the most versatile and well rounded learning tool you can purchase for your child because they offer a host of valuable educational benefits that support child development. Hope you have learned as much as I have.

Checkers Board Games Made in America