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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. 😀

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 🙂

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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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.

Veggie Tales

I love the Veggie Tales. They help children learn about God. We have alot of the Veggie Tale games and puzzles.

Play is fun for children. Play is the way children learn.

Through play, children learn about themselves, their environment, people and the world around them. As they play, children learn to solve problems and to get along with others. They enhance their creativity and develop leadership skills and healthy personalities. Play develops skills children need to learn to read and write. Play in early childhood is the best foundation for success in school.

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