Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Charm Company Rockers: The Perfect 1st Ride-on Toy for Kids

 Charm Company Rockers
Charm Company Rockers

Purchasing toys for children in the earliest stages of toddlerhood can be difficult. They want to do all the big kid things, and they are realizing new abilities each and every day. At the same time, they aren’t quite there yet. As a result, you need to find toys that are specially geared towards them.

The problem with this is that there isn’t much to actually target this age range. There are the toys for younger children that help them master the skills of walking and pushing and then there are the toys for older kids that require a bit more coordination. So, what is an excellent item to bridge this gap?

Charm Company Rockers are the perfect 1st ride-on toy for kids, perfectly bridging the gap between the toys targeting early gross motor skills and those that require a bit more finesse. These plush animal rockers create a safe space for your child to let loose and have fun. Not to mention the skills and physical strength developed by the push and pull of rocking. Most of their adorable, plush rockers are designed for toddlers ages 18 months and up.

Giraffes have been all the rage for the past few years and are a common nursery element. Imagine how excited your little one would be to finish off his or her safari themed nursery with Charm Company’s Gerry Giraffe rocker! The rocker is made with a low center of gravity, making it easy for your toddler to climb in on his or her own while simultaneously making it nearly impossible to tip over. The plush seat is padded and comfortable, minimizing areas for potential injury. The hardwood base and handles give it a craftsman touch and are much more durable than their plastic counterparts.

If a giraffe simply will not suffice for your little princess, then the Mitzi Poodle Rocking Chair might be just the ride-on toy for your home. In a light, pastel pink, this puppy-dog makes for hours of inspired play. As with all Charm Company chair-design rockers, it is made with a high back to keep your little girl safe and secure inside and is situated low to the ground.

No matter what your playroom or nursery theme, there is a Charm Company rocker that will work for your home. Does your little boy love dinosaurs? Then Dewey Rocking Dinosaur is an excellent choice for you. Did you opt for a trendy, nautical theme? Then their unique Sailboat Rocker will complete your design. 

To see these designs and more, take some time and browse the entire Charm Company selection at A Kid Place and make one of these beautiful, cozy, and durable Charm Company rockers a part of your home.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Anatex Activity Tables for Waiting Rooms and Homes

 Anatex Activity Tables
Anatex Activity Tables

We can all remember the excitement we would feel when we entered the waiting room at our doctor’s office and had the chance to play with one of the ever-fascinating activity tables. The joy of playing with one of these unique toys was enough to make us forget the reason we were there in the first place, sick or not, and certainly made the entire experience of taking kids to the doctor’s office a little bit less stressful for mom and dad. However, most of us have never seen one outside of medical offices and had no idea where to purchase one for ourselves. Well, today you are going to discover just how you can get one for your own home or office.

Anatex activity tables are the best activity tables on the market today. They are 100% self-contained, which means there are no pieces to lose and nothing comes off and becomes a choking hazard. Made in the U.S.A, these wooden tables are solidly constructed, built to hold up to the tests of time, even in high-traffic areas. But what really makes them stand out from activity tables made by other companies is their unique designs. While these tables offer the same fun you experienced as a child, Anatex activity tables are much more innovative than those of the past.

Take their Traffic Jam Rollercoaster Table for example. Complete with a variety of vehicles, including fire trucks and busses, kids will not be able to resist imagining a real traffic jam as they play—and making the appropriate sound effects, of course. It is designed to encourage problem solving as well, since children will need to consider the crossing paths of oncoming traffic. Like all of the Anatex activity tables, it is constructed to withstand the serious and excited play of little ones from its sturdy wooden play base to the industrial strength metal legs. It's perfect for car dealership waiting rooms or home playrooms.

If you are looking for something even more innovative, why not try out their Circle of Fun. This round table is designed to give kids plenty of options for fun and imaginative play. Thanks to its donut design, it maximizes the play surface and accommodates multiple children. If you need to spread things out a bit, the table actually separates into three separate play benches, making it incredibly flexible. It is ideal for daycare centers and preschools in addition to waiting rooms and homes. 

Finally, you could opt for their Fleur Rollercoaster Table with 4 Attached Stools. This activity table is like seeing the doctor’s office toys of your childhood amplified. Able to accommodate four different children engaged in cooperative play, this strongly built wooden table is certain to keep little ones captivated for hours. The built-in seating will keep them comfortably seated as they play.

And the Anatex line of activity tables isn’t just limited to these three items—there are many more options available to choose from. If you are interested in purchasing one of these tables or browsing for more, simply visit us at akidplace.com.  Our wide selection is certain to offer something that will perfectly meet your needs.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mason Exer-Rider — the Perfect Ride-on Toy for Children with Special Needs


Mason Corporation Exer-Rider - R-RX
Mason Corporation Exer-Rider - R-RX

Today’s parents are inundated with plenty of seemingly conflicting messages, one of which is the emphasis on child safety while also imploring parents to keep their children active. It is difficult to find the balance between these two ideas, especially if your child has special needs. However, the Mason Exer-Rider is the perfect ride-on toy to help bridge that gap.

Mason, makers of the Flying Turtle, adapted their classic design to better suit children with special needs. Their Exer-Rider model is meant to be used therapeutically and has had several modifications made to it including an upturn on the handlebars for easy reach and grip, rubber on the grips to aid in positioning and maneuvering, and a footplate which helps position the feet. The seat itself is also designed to be more suitable for kids with special needs—it comes with a padded backrest and the cushion is skid resistant, helping those boys and girls who struggle with trunk stability. 

Just as with their classic Flying Turtle model, the Mason Exer-Rider is operated by the rider swinging the handlebars from side to side, using their feet and/or hands. No pedals, motors, or batteries are needed. It is low to the ground and designed without sharp edges, so there is no risk of the toy tipping over or injuries being provoked by the vehicle. As with any ride-on toy, children should wear shoes and a helmet as they ride and stay on safe surfaces. 

The Exer-Rider has been clinically tested with a wide variety of children and has been proven an effective physical therapy tool. Among its therapeutic benefits are:
  •         Offers vestibular stimulation
  •         Reinforces shoulder stability
  •          Supports upper extremity reciprocal movement     
  •          Enriches motor planning   
  •          Boosts visual perception skills
  •          Promotes upper extremity strengthening     
  •          Strengthens trunk rotation
  •          Inspires independent play

The Exer-Rider is pre-assembled, meaning there is less work for you and no room for error during assembly. Made in the U.S.A., you know that you are receiving a quality product. To learn more about the Mason Exer-Rider or other ride-on toys, visit us at AKidPlace.com.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wildkin Nap Mats: Make Children's Naptime Special

Wildkin Nap Mats

Anyone who has a child knows—or will soon know—the unique struggles of children's nap time. Despite how badly they need to take one, children are never quite ready. There is always something better to do or something that isn’t quite right. Besides making a routine and sticking to it, what can you do to make naptime easier for your little boy or girl? 

One of the best ways to get an independent toddler to do anything they are reluctant to do is make it special. This can be done by adding something memorable to the routine—such as a favorite song—or a cherished item—such as a special nap mat. 

In fact, a nap mat can be a great idea if your kids usually take their naps in their bed. Since they associate that with bedtime, they might be reluctant to sleep there during the day. A nap mat can change the whole game for them. 

Wildkin nap mats are some of the coolest nap mats you can buy. It is impossible to not be enthusiastic about nap time when you have one of these. Their entire selection is just so fun and playful, it is hard to pick just one. There are many different prints to choose from, guaranteeing you will find one perfect for the little person in your life.

However, it isn’t just the awesome themes that make Wildkin nap mats so special—these mats are super comfy, durable, and portable. Each mat comes with a built-in pillow, making naptime easier—no slipping and sliding off the pillow or the pillow ending up on the floor instead of the mat. The mat itself is soft to lay on and isn’t too thick to make it difficult to transport. The entire mat rolls up into the size and shape of a small duffel bag, even coming with a handle for easy carrying.

Wildkin nap mats are perfect for any little one, but are especially suited to preschool aged children. There are also matching backpacks, lunchboxes, and other accessories available to perfectly match your chosen nap mat. How special will your little girl or boy feel walking into school with the entire matching set?

So, what are some of the design choices these special mats come in? One that will please the little princess in your life is the Princess Nap Mat. Perfect in purple, this mat is girly and fun. The print is demure enough that it feels completely removed from the typical princess items you tend to see online and in stores but is still playful enough to delight your little one.

For the child who can’t get enough planes, trains, and automobiles, Wildkin has the perfect choice: Olive Kids Trains, Planes, and Trucks Nap Mat. When snuggled up on this mat, he will chug off to dreamland conducting his favorite choo choo or soaring in his favorite plane. This is one traffic jam you will love.

Does your little girl dream of one day becoming an equestrian? If so, she will absolutely adore Wildkin’s Horses in Pink Nap Mat with the herd of wild horses galloping across the light pink background.

Pint-sized paleontologists will really dig the Wildkin Dino-mite Nap Mat. Its adorable dinosaur pattern features T-Rex, Stegosauruses, Pterodactyls, Brachiosauruses, Triceratops and Hadrosaurs roaming along the prehistoric background.

No matter which nap mat you choose, you are certain to have one which will make everyone happy and last for years.  All Wildkin Nap Mats are safe—passing the required flammability tests—and comfy for your little one. To browse their offerings and order one for your child, visit A Kid Place online at akidplace.com.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wildkin Backpacks—Go Back to School in Style

Wildkin Backpacks

There is no back to school accessory more important to a young student than their back pack. It is so much more than just an item to transport their books and supplies—it is a statement about who they are and what they love. No child wants a plain, boring backpack, nor do they want the same backpack five other kids in their class will have. Young students want something cool, unique, and 100% them.

Wildkin offers plenty of backpacks that fit the bill, sure to please all kids who receive them. Not to mention that they are sturdy and designed with organization in mind, pleasing the parents as well. So, what are some options for the boys and girls in your life?

The Wildkin Sidekick Backpack comes in a wide variety of patterns so you are certain to find one to please the student in your life. Designed to fit kids as young as three years of age and as old as eight, this durable backpack will grow with the child. The design is traditional, looking like backpacks that high school children would use, so it is certain to inspire pride in your little one when he or she wears it and feels all grown up.

If you are looking for a design that provides a bit more visual interest, the Wildkin Echo Backpack offers a unique look. Available in fun, eye-catching patterns, what really sets this backpack apart from the rest is the reflective stripe going down the front, giving the pack visual interest and adding a safety element when used at nighttime. These backpacks work for children aged 7 to 15 years old. 

The Wildkin Comfortpack Backpack offers the same traditional look as the Sidekick, but comes with additional padding to help keep little backs, necks, and shoulders comfortable while hauling around books. With the variety of patterns one expects from Wildkin Backpacks, there is a pack to suit the style of every child. As this pack is meant to carry a heavier load, it is designed to fit older students with more items to carry and is suitable for children aged 8 and up.

Finally, there is the Wildkin BOGO Backpack. This pack is a two in one design, including a backpack and a lunch box. The lunch box is insulated to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold and comes in the same pattern as the backpack itself. Even better, the lunch box is designed to attach to the outside of the backpack, which means you do not need to sacrifice storage space just to pack a healthy lunch. This backpack is great from kindergarten to high school, fitting children aged 6 through 15. 

School is just around the corner. You do not want to get caught by surprise—or your child caught without a unique and stylish backpack for going back to school. Check out our selection of Wildkin Backpacks and find the one that is best for your child.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Children’s Desks for Back to School

 Children's Desks

You may be enjoying the freedom and fun that summer brings, but don’t get too complacent—the school year is fast approaching and you do not want to get caught by surprise.

Chances are you have seen the Back to School displays at your local store and heard plenty of commercials talking about great deals and essential items. But in addition to pencils, notebooks, and crayons, there is another item you should consider: a kid-sized desk. 

Soon enough, homework will once again be a nightly occurrence. As you well know, it can sometimes lead to battles and make home life stressful. One way to reduce the stress and the struggle is to create a homework specific space for your child. Instead of allowing your young boy or girl to get distracted by working in a high traffic area of the home, create a quiet sanctuary that will inspire and motivate his or her learning. Keep the toys and electronics away, keep the supplies stocked, and make sure you select a desk that is functional, durable, and aesthetically pleasing. 

At A Kid Place, there is a wide variety of children's furniture, including, kid-sized wooden desks to choose from. Each item is carefully selected and offers the highest quality on the market. Always looking for new items to help grow the selection, A Kid Place practically does the shopping for you. You are certain to find a student desk that is perfect for your home. 

Take the KidKraft Study Desk for example. This wooden study desk is the perfect item to inspire your child to study. Brand new for 2014, this desk comes with a matching chair and offers plenty of ways to stay organized. Kids can store their supplies in the ample drawer space, organize his or her homework with the desktop filing system, and prioritize their work using the corkboard. 


Kidkraft Study Desk with Drawers - Espresso 26703 

If you think your child might need a little extra motivation to sit down and work, the Gudecraft Jr. Roll-Top Desk might be just what the doctor ordered. Sturdy and lasting in its wooden construction, this desk is ready to grow with any young person. And who can resist that old-fashioned roll-top design?  With plenty of storage space and a matching chair included, this desk is a perfect place to study. Available in natural, white, and espresso to integrate easily with any d├ęcor.
For the child whose room is more minimalist in design, the KidKraft Pinboard Desk with Hutch and Chair is the perfect complement. With simple lines and zero fuss, this desk pulls together an attractive and clean look. The center drawer allows for plenty of storage space to keep supplies at hand. Thanks to the hutch, your child can pin reminders to the cork board and keep a few special mementos close by.

Kidkraft Pinboard Desk with Hutch and Chair in Espresso

Finally, for the tiniest of budding writers, there is the Teamson Kids’ Train Writing Desk. This desk is as whimsical as it gets and offers the needed motivation for a young child to concentrate long enough to complete a homework assignment. With plenty of storage in addition to writing space, this train desk will certainly be put to good use. 

Teamson Kids Children's Train Writing Desk W-8207A

So, as you complete your Back to School shopping, don’t forget to add a children’s desk to your list. It will make the school year run a bit more smoothly and help keep your home calm.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycles—Let Your Kids Cruise the Neighborhood in Style

Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycles
Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycles

Vintage toys are all the rage. From classic wooden building blocks to handmade rag dolls, toys from time gone by are back again. 

There is something quite delightful about your child playing with something that looks like it was taken from another era. In a world full of plastic, primary colored toys, retro items feel special and unique. Additionally, in a way, it connects us to our history, to the older generations within our families. 

When we think about retro items we think of two things—style and durability. When it comes to children’s products, both of these qualities are very important. It’s no wonder that parents want to incorporate retro items into their children’s lives. With so many options on the market, it is quite simple to do so.

If your child has ever gotten excited as you drove past a classic car, then Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycles are the perfect throwback toy for your little boy or girl. Modeled after the 1934 Van Doren tricycle you have no doubt seen in classic film and television series—or in any toy museum in the world—Morgan Cycle retro trikes are aesthetically pleasing, exceptionally durable, and meet all of today’s safety standards and regulations.

Your kids may not be able to get behind the wheel of a ’39 Ford Deluxe, but that doesn’t mean they cannot cruise with the same style and class. Take, for example, Morgan Cycle’s Pink Fairy Retro Tricycle. Your preschooler will be delighted with this gorgeous, airbrushed, vintage-style trike. With its sleek, curved design, it is as fancy as any classic car to have ever caught her eye. 

No so into pink? Their Lavender Retro Tricycle might be just the fit for your toddler. Sleek and sophisticated—as all Morgan Cycle tricycles are—she won’t be able to resist hopping on the moment she sees it and riding it around the block. From the airbrushed paint job to the chrome detailing, it is an absolute visual delight.

If you are looking for something more neutral, their Black Hawk Retro Tricycle is the perfect solution. When you picture classic cars, you often picture them in a shiny, black finish, just like that of this trike. Whether speeding through the park or taking a leisurely ride down the street, this cycle lets your little one do it in style.

All Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycles are incredibly stylish and extremely durable. Featuring steel construction, these trikes are designed to last and be passed down from child to child and generation to generation. Each one receives the highest care during assembly, including expert paint jobs and beautiful details. All materials used are non-toxic and safe for children. A working headlight is standard—and often the young rider’s favorite feature—as are the durable steel spokes, solid rubber wheels, leather saddle seat, and adjustable handle bars.

If you are looking for a gift that will help your kids stand out in a crowd, the Morgan Cycle Retro Tricycle line is here to serve as your solution. Stylish, enduring, and positively captivating, there really is nothing quite like it.