Archives for January 2009

Hop on a Fropper!

Here’s another riding toy that finds its way all over our Park Place store…

It’s Fropper!

Kids just can’t get enough of this great bouncy ride-on toy. And adults think it‘s pretty adorable…or maybe what’s adorable are the little ones riding a Fropper !

Fropper is a safe spring-action riding toy that features caster wheels, allowing its toddler riders to easily and safely change directions. It has a unique and modern look – it sports an ergonomic curved seat and long handles; the seat is a secure spot for little tushies, and the height is perfect for tiny legs.

What’s also wonderful about Fropper is that it literally is complete when you pull it out of the box – you simply unfold the handles and legs and you are good to go!

When you’re ready to store Fropper or take it someplace with you, it folds down with ease – and we mean ease! You can grab it and your toddler and be out the door to grandpa’s house or across town for a play date in no time.

Fropper is ideal for kids 18 to 36 months old and up to 45 pounds. This award-winning toy is made by the German company, Okiedog , and distributed by International Playthings .

For more information or to buy, click here.

Doll It Up With Abby & Emma

Abby & Emma is a wonderful magnetic, wooden dress-up doll set that takes the paper-doll concept and updates it to a sturdy, reusable, hands-on activity for today’s fashionistas!

Your little one will delight in “dressing” Abby and Emma in a variety of garb, from dresses to jackets. Imagine they are headed to the beach and pick an outfit that works perfectly for a day in the sun, or pretend they are headed to school and build the perfect ensemble!

Not only can kids play fashion designer with Abby and Emma , but they can also build imaginative stories around their clothes. The set comes with two stands and 56 magnet-backed pieces for a nearly endless closet. The stories, outfits and fun are limitless!

We love the possibilities for open-ended, imaginative play that exist with the Abby & Emma set – as well as the ideas for our own closets.

Abby and Emma are made by Melissa & Doug®. Melissa & Doug® is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of educational toys and children’s products and we carry several of their items at The Learning Tree.

For more information or to buy the Abby and Emma dress-up doll set, click here.

Make Space For Blokus!

This post almost started out with the statement that buying Blokus is a no-brainer…but nothing could be further from the truth! Buying Blokus is a total brainer!

Blokus is an incredible spatial thinking game that encourages creative thinking and has won a Mensa award for promoting healthy brain activity. While it sounds simple – players work to place all of their individual colored pieces onto the board – it quickly turns challenging as players try to block their opponents.

Why is it so challenging? Because when playing a piece you can’t put YOUR piece adjacent to one you’ve already played but DO have to touch at least one corner of a piece you’ve already played. You really have to form images in your mind before making a move. This prompts that spatial thinking to kick in.

The first player to run out of pieces is the winner, but beware! Sometimes Blokus can come to an end with no more possible moves! Ideal for multiple players, it can also be played as a solitary game. The game board has raised edges to keep tiles in place; the game comes with 84 pieces in four colors, an instruction guide and the gameboard.

This Classic version of Blokus has won more awards than any other game so far this century. It’s a proven winner for families of all ages and will provide lots of learning and fun for years to come.

Post a comment and let us know how much you like Blokus – and if you get as addicted as others tell us they have by playing this fun and challenging game!

Discovery in a Dome

Discovery Playhouse

With the temperatures dropping outside, little ones can safely hide away and play away inside with the Yookidoo Discovery Playhouse!

The Discovery Playhouse is an entertaining dome for 1 to 3 year-olds that combines play and learning through interactive hands-on stimulation. There are fun things to discover on both the outside and the inside of the dome that will keep children occupied for hours – and better than that, keep them eager to come back for more!

Activities include ball play, key play, shape sorting, posting and peek-a-boo games and more and encourage both physical and cognitive development. The dome is great for imaginative play and is roomy enough to share.

Other key features of the dome include that it folds up easily – you can transport it from room to room or take for an away-from home playdate. It is complete with bright colors and is solid and sturdy. This toy for toddlers is a winner.

To learn more, see additional photos or to buy, click here!

Make A Clay Heart Pendant

Or a bracelet or a paperweight!

Come join us at our Corinth store on Saturday, February 7th at 10:30am to create a beautiful heart project just in time for Valentine’s Day!

We’ll teach kids how to use the Klutz polymer clays to make any heart their heart desires. Kids will learn new crafting skills and have a beautiful heart to take home.

This clay-date is only $5 per child. Miss Kathleen, from our Park Place store will be teaching and Miss Kathryn will be here to assist.
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Ride a Rody Horse

Let’s go for a ride on a Rody !

Rody is an inflatable vinyl bouncy ride – and when we say kids think they are fun we know it’s the truth since we see it every day! The Rody Horse at our Park Place store gets ridden over and over again each day as new little riders discover how fun Rody can be!

Rody helps kids learn balance and coordination as they bounce away, using its soft head and ears to hang on. Rody is complete with a saddle seat and a tail and comes in a wide variety of colors.  The Rody Horse is made of latex-free vinyl in Italy by Gymnic and is free of banned phthalates.

Rody also has a support base available if you want to transform Rody into a rocking horse. Rock ‘n’ Rody is a super fun take on a traditional rocking horse toy.

As kids grow, Rody can grow too! Just add more air and your child will be up and bouncing whether they are 2, 3, or 4 years old.

Get a Rody inflatable horse today for your own bouncy fun!

Tile it on!

What’s in a name? In the case of Magna-Tiles , the answer is, “A perfect description!”

Magna-Tiles are a series of flat shapes with magnetic sides or edges. The tiles can be used to build 3-dimensional structures or can used on a flat surface in an endless combination of designs. Talk about gratification; take a series of small, flat objects and turn them into an amazing creation!

We love Magna-Tiles because while they’re building, kids are also learning math concepts including geometry and calculus.

We sell the Magna-Tiles 32-piece Clear Colors set , and the Magna-Tiles DX 48-piece set , which also includes wheels, a door, curved and holed pieces.

From learning basic shapes to the creation of advanced multi-dimensional structures, Magna-Tiles are a wonderful toy to help develop patterning, shape recognition, building and motor skills.

Magna-Tiles , offering hours of open-ended fun and exploration, are ideal for children three and older, and are made by Valtech.

Click here for more info or how to buy from The Learning Tree .