Archives for December 2008

Wood you like to build? Keva Planks lets kids do just that!

With Keva 200 Planks , the YES answers simply stack up – much like the beautiful maple planks that comprise the set!

The idea behind Keva Planks is simple – but what results from children’s imaginations when they build with them is anything but! Each and every plank in the set is the same size – roughly 1/4 inch thick, 3/4 inch wide and 4 1/2 inches long. By stacking the planks, structures take shape – either from imaginations or from a guide book that comes with the set.

And while Keva planks are a spectacular building tool for children as young as 5, they are also wonderful for older children and adults. Each person builds to his own skill level and what they build can be simple or complex, detailed or abstract. Building with the planks can help with mathematical skills, as well as verbal if the users are building in a group setting.

Keva Planks are made of renewable maple wood and the set contains no glue, no connectors, no different-sized shapes or sophisticated pieces and parts. Experience the unique simplicity of Keva planks; they are certainly one of our favorite building sets here at The Learning Tree!

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Doctor, Doctor!

Give me the news!

Your little doctors will be giving the medical news to their patients (friends, parents, dolls, stuffed animals, little brothers and sisters and more!) when they receive this wonderful doctor set.

The award-winning Learning Resources Pretend & Play® Doctor Set promotes imaginative play with its 19 medical-themed pieces. Your little doctor can monitor heartbeats with a stethoscope that is complete with realistic sounds, use the thermometer to “take” temperatures, apply bandages, use forceps and more as they learn about each piece.

They can receive emergency notifications with the realistic-sounding pager or can call in a prescription or make a call to the surgical suite with the set’s cell phone (which requires batteries that we sell at The Learning Tree also).

Not only is this doctor set a great kit to promote education and imaginative play, it can also help children frightened by doctor’s visits ease their anxieties – after all, once they are the doctor and use all of the tools of the trade, everything seems much less scary!

All of the durable, plastic pieces store in a sturdy, portable case. The set is perfect for children ages 3-6.

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Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners

Kids love playing with adorable Calico Critters – and we know of which we speak!

Each of our Kansas City metro-area Learning Tree toy stores has a Calico Critters play table and they are never short for action. We’ll walk past them once and the Cottontail Rabbit family will be sitting in chairs “listening” to Mom Rabbit read a story. Later we’ll see that an inventive child has tucked the Buttercup Cat Twins into beds and they are dreaming away.

Calico Critters is an ever-expanding set of miniature animals that are designed with an incredible attention to detail. They live in homes like the Deluxe Village House, Cozy Cottage, and the impressive Cloverleaf Manor that can be decorated with furniture and accessories.

From the family room with an aquarium to a baby’s pink bedroom set to a kitchen set with 9 pieces of furniture and more than 40 cooking utensils, there is a full line of furniture sets to keep all of the Calico Critter animals living comfortably.

Calico Critters encourage creative, imaginative play. We love that the animals are tiny and easy for kids to pick up, play with and move around, which encourages them to continue their inventive play. We carry a full line of Calico Critters It’s a great line of toys to ask grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends to add to as holiday or birthday gifts throughout the year.

Calico Critters, from International Playthings, is ideal for children ages three and up.

Click here to see all the Calico Critters we’ve rounded up for you at The Learning Tree.