Friday, November 28, 2014

Kidkraft Wooden Dollhouses - Fine Living for Barbie and American Girl Dolls

Kidkraft Dollhouses

Even once we are grown, most of us women can remember the excitement we felt when we got our first dollhouse. Our dolls finally had a home and our play fantasies were finally complete. There was certainly something magical about it.

While I cannot speak for everyone, the dollhouse of my childhood—with all its magic and wonder—hardly compares to some of the dollhouses on the market today, especially Kidkraft’s wooden dollhouses. They make a wide variety of dollhouses that fit various dolls—including Barbie, Bratz, and American Girl. Today, I would like to share four wooden dollhouses from Kidkraft that little girls (and big girls too!) will love—three sized perfectly for Barbie and fashion dolls up to 12 inches tall, and one that is made to fit American Girl dolls.

The Kidkraft Savannah Dollhouse is pure elegance. Throughout its four stories and six rooms, it is designed to make your little girl get lost in her fantasy. The designers have given incredible attention to detail, creating a home that I would love to live in myself! It comes with 13 different furniture items, allowing the girls to organize the house as they see fit. And one of its greatest benefits, in my opinion, is that it is large enough to allow multiple children to play with their Barbies at one time.

Now, the Kidkraft Sparkle Mansion Dollhouse looks exactly like a house would if you let a little princess decorate. This four story dollhouse has a working elevator that transports dolls between the first and second floor, and a curved staircase to reach the third floor. Filled with pink, pink, pink and accented by black details, this house feels modern, fun, and extremely girly. With 30 pieces of furniture, there is still plenty of decorating to do. When Barbie is done decorating, she can make herself something yummy on the outdoor barbeque grill, and then relax by the pool in her chaise lounge. Barbie will definitely approve of these digs. 

While both of the previous dollhouses are big enough to share, my favorite dollhouse for multiple girls is the Kidkraft So Chic Dollhouse. This house is meant to sit away from the wall so that play can take place on all sides. While it has one level less than the previous houses, it comes with ten different rooms for play, and 45 pieces of furniture. Set on casters, this contemporary dollhouse turns, making it easy for an entire sleepover to play at the same time—or a few sisters who are close in age.

Finally, I want to share with you the Kidkraft Elegant Doll Manor. What sets this house apart is that it is designed to fit 18” dolls. In other words, American Girl dolls finally have a home of their own. The house stands five feet tall and is filled with beautiful, fanciful designs. And it isn’t just the house that is oversized—the 12 pieces of furniture are also designed to accommodate larger dolls. All the girls in the neighborhood will be clamoring to get their chance to bring their dolls over and play.

To purchase one of these wooden dollhouses or to browse our other offerings from Kidkraft, simply hop over to AKidPlace.com.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hape Quadrilla Marble Runs—Fun for Kids of all Ages

Hape Quadrilla Marble Runs
Hape Quadrilla Marble Runs

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the young person in your life, you should consider Quadrilla marble runs from Hape. These marble runs keep children engaged, get them to use their critical thinking skills, and create play that is fascinating to both kids and adults alike. They are loved by children well into their school years and are durable enough to pass down to the next generation.

Imagine the excitement of opening one of these marble run toys on Christmas morning and the joy of assembling it with the family. No matter which model you choose, you can opt to either follow the guide and create the specific style of run as it appears on the box or you can create a run that is unique to you. All Hape Quadrilla marble runs can be connected to each other, which allows kids to create more complex designs as their collection grows. This inspires creativity within the child and can lead to moments of great learning.

One of our favorite models is the Hape Quadrilla Roundabout. Who could possibly resist that spiral? It is similar to coin and marble runs you have likely experienced at children’s museums, except you get to have it in your own home. There are plenty of adventures boys and girls can dream up as they play with this marble run. 

To add another dimension to the play, consider Hape’s Music Motion model. This set incorporates musical sounds into the play, which will no doubt delight the child in your life. As the marbles run over certain pieces, chimes will ring out. Children can use these pieces to mark the start, the finish line, or any important area in their marble run design. It really helps take the play to the next level.

The Vertigo model really kicks it up a notch by adding multiple spirals and accelerators. There isn’t a child alive that won’t be excited by this model. It is perfect on its own or as an addition to your current marble run collection. It will certainly challenge the builder to come up with exciting, new combinations. If you are looking to add even more drops and loops, then you might want to consider adding the Loop de Loop model to it. It would certainly make for an exciting Christmas morning.

All of the Hape Quadrilla marble runs are made from solid wood and each piece is incredibly durable. They are designed to challenge kids to really think about their designs and troubleshoot any problems that arise. There are few toys that really bring out creativity in the way that these toys do. To purchase, visit us at AKidPlace.com. We have all of these models and more available and they all ship for free.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Anatex Wall Panel Toys - Perfect for Everywhere Kids Go

Anatex Wall Panel Toys
Anatex Wall Panel Toys

If you are looking for toys that can withstand being in a high traffic area, or just one that will last more than a few years, you may find that your search is a bit difficult. You want to be certain that you purchase the absolute best—something that can engage a child for hours, teaches vital skills, will last for a long time, and isn't going to come apart or have pieces that will easily become lost.

There are plenty of toys on the market that can grab the attention of a child for a few minutes. Some of them hold educational value; others, not so much. Most of the toys you can buy are not very durable—certainly not enough to hold up to years of constant play or multiple children. And many of them come with numerous pieces that are difficult to keep track of.

Anatex wall panel toys are the solution to your problem. These toys, made in the U.S.A., have long been a favorite of kids. Often found in the waiting rooms of doctor’s offices, you have no doubt seen at least one child so engaged by an Anatex toy that he or she was unwilling to go home—perhaps even one of your own kids. Take, for example, the Anatex Mirror Sculpture Maze Wall Panel. The back panel of the toy is lined with nine concave mirrors, which produces of fascinating visual effect images growing larger and smaller as the child moves naturally while playing. In front of those mirrors are beads on four different tracks—much like the rollercoaster bead and wire toys you are familiar with, only this time they are mounted on the wall! Who wouldn’t want to spend hours with this toy?

When Anatex designs a toy, they do so with educational value in mind. They firmly believe in the power of play to teach. One of their wall panel toys that clearly demonstrates this commitment is the School House Wall Panel. This wall-mounted, wooden school house has an abacus for practicing counting skills, alphabet learning game for letter recognition, and spinning gears. The abacus will encourage the youngest of children to count the beads, while older kids might use it to practice their addition and subtraction. The letter blocks come not just with the letter, but a picture/word which starts with the letter, helping children recognize both the visual letter and the sound it makes. The gears introduce children to the fundamentals of mechanics and physics of motion in a fun manner.

If you are planning to use toys in a high-traffic area, or you like the idea of passing down heirloom toys, you need to be certain that you purchase a highly durable toy. All Anatex wall panel toys are made from quality materials. Take, for example, the Anatex City Transportation Wall Panel. Each of the transport items—a boat, a school bus, fire engine, and more—are crafted from wood, just as the panel itself is. Children’s hand-eye coordination, visual tracking, and sensorimotor skills will be challenged as they navigate the vehicles around the panel.

Many toys require that you keep track of various pieces—without all the pieces, the toy no longer functions. Anatex wall panel toys are self-contained. Look at their Busy Train Activity Panel. This toy is designed for multiple children to play with at once and it has many moveable pieces. However, none of these pieces can be detached from the panel itself. That means no searching for pieces. It also means that your toy will forever be functional. 

If you would like to purchase an Anatex wall panel toy for your classroom, office, or home, visit AKidPlace.com. We have a wide selection of Anatex items for you to choose from, most of them shipping for free within the United States.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Guidecraft Dress-up Storage Solutions

Guidecraft Dress-up Storage Solutions
Guidecraft Dress-up Storage Solutions

As a child, I enjoyed dressing up for pretend play. I inherited the costumes, and I treasured them as some of my most beloved possessions. I can remember being excited to come home from school where I would find my dolls waiting to have a tea party with me. For me, this type of play was pure magic.

When my daughter was born, I was incredibly excited to share this type of play with her. Whenever I found an interesting dress or costume, I picked it up and added it to her collection of dress-up clothes. Sometimes, I even picked up something for myself so I could join in on the fun. All of these items—her dresses, my dresses, jewelry, fairy wings, feather boas, and more—were stored in a storage container under her bed. The storage container did its job, but there was nothing special or whimsical about it. Plus, the clothes always came out wrinkled and the jewelry tangled.

When I first came across some of Guidecraft’s dress-up storage solutions for children, I was instantly taken back to my childhood, and wished I owned something like their dress-up centers when my daughter was little. Their storage solutions feel like something a movie star would own and easily make dress-up time for kids all the more magical.

The Guidecraft Dress-up Storage Center is just one of their products that helps you keep all of your children’s  pretend play costumes organized. It provides a bar to hang all of your child’s special clothes on and helps avoid wrinkling. The upper storage area is the perfect place for larger accessories while the fabric bins provide a space to organize the smaller items, including jewelry cases and shoes. It even comes with a child-safe mirror for your little one to admire him or herself in. The chocolate version is well suited to a more neutral décor and for those who want to continue to use the item even after their child outgrows the dress-up stage. The white dress-up storage center is perfect if you are trying to complement a princess theme.

The Guidecraft Dress-up Carousel is whimsical enough that it can get any little one excited about dramatic play. In fact, I kind of want one for myself right now. Perfect for smaller spaces, this wooden storage solution spins to allow maximum storage in minimal space. Despite its small footprint, it has everything your little one needs—from jewelry storage, to hanging storage to mirrors. The natural finish easily blends into any bedroom or playroom and is gender neutral, making it perfect for boys or girls. If your little one is a true princess, the pastel version will work well for her.

If you are looking for something that keeps everything clearly visible, yet still organized, the Gudecraft See and Store Dress-up Center is for you. Made from solid wood, this storage center offers open shelving as well as hanging storage to keep all pretend play items organized and accessible. The version in a natural finish is gender neutral and suitable for most décor. The pastel version works well for little girls who simply cannot resist the color pink.

To browse Guidecraft’s large selection of wooden furniture and dress-up storage solutions, visit us at AKidPlace.com. All Guidecraft products sold here are offered at the lowest prices authorized by Guidecraft, and most qualifies for free shipping.

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.