What is a quality starter kit for my child who likes to draw?

So your child is a budding young artist and it is time to start thinking of upgrading his/her basic art supplies to a premium product.  We love our Faber-Castell art products.  From art pencils to kits and everything in between, you can find something for beginning to advanced artists.

A great gift set for the Young Artists – ages 6 years and older – is the Essentials set.  It comes in a deluxe wooden gift case with  velvet storage trays and a latch.  There are 64 pieces of EcoPencils, Oil Pastels, Markers, sharpener, paint brush, paper and illustration booklet.

Young Artist Essentials Gift Set by Faber-Castell

Young Artist Essentials Gift Set by Faber-Castell

 
Check out other art supplies and kits from Faber-Castell at http://www.cowandlizard.com/brand/faber-castell
 
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the folsk at Cow & Lizard

Where can I find Organic knit toys?

Have you been looking for organic cotton handknit toys?  Zubels is a great line of eco friendly dolls and baby rattles.  Made of 100% cotton yarn and handknit – you will definitely fall in love with these toys! 

Their line of dolls range from fun characters such as”Zu-per” Freddy the frog who zips around town to “Twirly Cute” Bella ballerina who dances in the spotlight and everything in between. 

Their line of baby rattles come in a couple of collections – sea creatures and bugs.  Adorable little critters that are so soft against your babies soft skin.

Ballerina Doll by Zubels

Ballerina Doll by ZubelsZubels Ladybug Rattle

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the folks at Cow & Lizard
 

What is a good kids game that doesn’t stress winning?

Are you looking for kids games that aren’t all about winning?  Peaceable Kingsom’s Cooperative games are just what you are looking for.  These games are where everyone plays together, no one is left out and everyone has fun! 

So how does it work?  In a cooperative game, players work together as a team against a common obstacle, not against each other,  Cooperative games emphisize play, not competition.  These games build confidence, encourage inclusion, and teaches kids to share.  Kids work together, they help each other and they play for fun which is most important!

Check out the line of cooperative games by Peaceable Kingdom at http://www.cowandlizard.com/brand/peaceable-kingdom1

 

Peaceable Kingdom Lost Puppies

Peaceable Kingdom Lost Puppies

 
Peaceable Kingdom’s cooperative kids games are eco-friendly and socially responsible.  They print with soy-based inks on FSC paper and inlcude parts made with corn-based plastic.  Thier games are good for the planet and good for your family.  Helping to keep our whole kingdom great!
 
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the folks at Cow & Lizard

 

What is a good beginner tool set toy for a preschooler?

What is a good tool set toy that is meant for preschoolers?  You need one that is tough enough to withstand all the pounding, and it will get lots of pounding.  A tool set that is a pint size version of a tool box is a great starter set.  It is a great toy for early explorers to encourage coordination, dexterity, imagination and simple problem solving. 

Hape Toys as a wooden tool box toy that is meant for ages 3 years and older.  The small nuts pose a choking hazard for children younger that 3 years old.  It is a colorful tool box with a handle that is easy to carry around.  Inside, it carries all the tools little builders need to tinker with – nuts, bolts, gears, boards, hammer, wrench and screwdriver. 

Hape Toys Fix-It Tool Box

Hape Toys Fix-It Tool Box

 
Check out our large selection of tool toys for little builders with big ideas!
 
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the folks at Cow & Lizard

Where can I get more track pieces for a Plan Toys trains set?

Do you have a PlanCity train set by PlanToys and would like to buy single track pieces to add to it wihtout having to buy a whole new set?  Plan Toys does make single track pieces.

PlanCity Tracks

PlanCity Tracks

 
PlanToys Single Tracks

PlanToys Single Tracks

 
PlanToys Train Tracks

PlanToys Train Tracks

 
PlanCity is designed by PlanToys ro providee fun with road and rail sytems, city transportation, and city planning.  Children are able to share their ideas, role-play and develop important skills trough play.  Check out the PlanCity toys by PlanToys at http://www.cowandlizard.com/brand/plancity
 
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the folks at Cow & Lizard

Where can I find toys or stuffed animals that are chickens?

Does your child like chickens and are you searching for “chicken” toys for gifts?  We have several which just might fit the bill. 

Folkmanis has a rooster puppet that has a moveable beak and head.  You’ll have to supply the “cock-a-doodles” with this toy.

Folkmanis Rooster Puppet

Folkmanis Rooster Puppet

 
For a small, fun gift – try the wooden chicken clicker from Plan Toys.  Just press and it makes a clicking sound – similar to the clickers that are often used to train dogs. 
 
PlanToys Chicken Clicker

PlanToys Chicken Clicker

 
If your child likes arts & crafts, try this Small Farm Moving Pictures by Dejeco.  You can make a collage of a very colorful and beautiful chicken coop.
 
Small Farm Moving Pictures

Small Farm Moving Pictures

 
When I was a child, we lived in Iowa for a couple of years in a house that had about 10 acres of land – half of which was fenced in for pasture and the other half was lawn.  As a kid, it seemed huge to me.  Anyways, my brothers and I wanted to get some chickens as there was a small chicken coop on the property.  We wanted the bantees – the smaller chickens – as we had seen them at the state fair.  We got a rooster and a hen which we named  Henry and Etta. Everything was great, the baby chicks that Etta had were adorable little fuzz balls, some were yellow and the others looked like chipmunks – they were brown with striped down their back.  We kept a pair – rooster and hen – which we named Burr and Della.  When the 2 hens started to have chicks hatching at the same time, their seemed to be some jealousy on the part of the older hen Etta, so we separated then with chicken wire.  Della’s brood was much larger than Etta’s and the chicks would slip thru the chicken wire and into Etta’s pen.  Etta was mean and would peck at the Della’s baby chick’s heads.  It was so sad when we discovered it.  We buried the chicks in the Leggs eggs – remember the plastic egg containers that the Leggs panty hose nylons used to come in?  We though it was appropriate. So that is my chicken story.
 

What is a good thermos for kids?

Are you looking for a thermos for your child’s lunch box to either keep food hot or cold?  Crocodile Creek makes a great line of insulated food jars with beautiful designs – both for boys and girls – from princesses to robots.  These are double-walled insulated, stainless steel jars that hold 11.5 oz.  Perfect for school lunches.

Crocodile Creek Ladybug Food Jar

Crocodile Creek Ladybug Food Jar

 
Robot Thermos by Crocodile Creek

Robot Thermos by Crocodile Creek

 
Check out other designs at http://www.cowandlizard.com/category/lunch-boxes  Make your kids lunches alittle more eco-friendly with re-usable food jars.
 
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the folks at Cow & Lizard

What is a good sorting toy for toddlers?

Learning to sort objects into simple categories is great for the intellectual development of toddlers and preschoolers.  Sorting toys come in a variety of styles – shapes, pegs, blocks, etc – that can be sorted by size, color, shape, pattern, etc.  We love the wooden toys as they stand up to most anything and will last for years.  Whether you keep them to pass on to others or sell them at a garage sale or resale shop, they will bring lots of fun play!

PlanToys Shape Sorter

PlanToys Shape Sorter

 
This wonderful wooden shape sorter from Plan Toys teaches colors, shapes,  and patterns. Playing with this toy can also help develop hand-eye coordination and fine muscle development.
 
Counting Stacker by Hape Toys

Counting Stacker by Hape Toys

This stacker from Hape Toys has lots of possibilites.  Preschoolers can learn their colors and can learn how to count.  Parents can ask their child to make certain patterns – such as “can you put one blue circle on each peg?”  Your child will be delighted to not only please you, but also being able to accomplish the simple tasks.
 
Check out our selection of toys for toddlers at http://www.cowandlizard.com/category/baby-toddler-toys
 
these first toys for toddler s will encourage coordination, imagination, dexterity and simple problem solving.
 
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the folks at Cow & Lizard

What is a good line of arts & crafts kits for kids?

Are you looking for fun, creative and quality arts & crafts kits for kids?  A great company that makes a huge selection of kids arts & craft kits for boys and girls of all ages – generally 4 years and older due to the small pieces that pose a choking hazard to small children – is Creativity for Kids.  They are a company that has been making kits since 1976.  Their products are safe, innovative and meet or exceed all safety standards.  The company’s mission is to provide children with stimulating experiences that encourage their natural creativity.  Their products are designed to be open-ended to offer children with fun filled opportunities to create, pretend, explore and learn.

Whatever your child’s interest – they have a kit for all.  From glitter to wood and everything in between.  Create a small book, a bracelet, a drawing, a handprint, a train and so much more.  They have mini kits that are quick to put together and also make great party favors or activites – they are at a great price point.  Some kits are reusable while others are one time creations.

Find a space for your children to be their own special arts & crafts place.  A table and chairs, perhaps a mat or old rug underneath to catch the drips and spills and just some bins or shelving units to store their supplies.  It always nice to be able to spread out and leave your items in a safe place to dry or keep out until you can work on them again.  When I was a child, we had a room off the garage that we used as our craft room.  It had cement walls and floors, but my parents and their friends got creative one night and painted the walls with a funky mural that would glow in the dark with the black light.  This was our special room to get messy.  Some of my favorite kits when I was young were:   the potholder loom – I would make colorful potholders for everyone for gifts, the cotton loops were the best, the spyro-gyro, a kit that made these rubbery insects from a mold, paint by numbers and many more.

Paper Making Kit by Creativity for Kids

Paper Making Kit by Creativity for Kids

 
For rainy, snowy or days when your kids say “I’m bored” – pick up an arts & crafts kit.  Years from now, you will still treasure your kids creations.  Shop our large selection at http://www.cowandlizard.com/category/kids-art-kits
 
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the folks at Cow & Lizard

What is a good toy for babies learning to walk?

What is a good toy for babies learning to walk?  There are many push carts that help babies to hold themselves steady while they are learning to walk.  These walkers need to be of sturdy construction and also move easily so it isn’t too difficult for your child to push, but then again, not too easy so that it gets away from them and they fall because they can’t keep up.  We like the walkers that have a dual purpose – such as a cart filled with blocks, or a cart for hauling their toys around, or even one with our activities on it that it holds their interest.

PlanToys has several that are well made, designed with your child’s physical development needs in mind and cute!

 

PlanToys Activity Cart

PlanToys Activity Cart

 

This is a fun little cart for babies to push as the rotating wheel panel makes a click-clack sound . There is plenty of room in the pouch for your child to store his/her favorite items. And don’t worry Moms – the fabric is detachable and washable!

 

Hape Block & Roll

Hape Block & Roll

 

This is another great walker from Hape Toys.  It is made of wood and is filled with colorful blocks for your child to play with when they are not in motion pushing the cart around.
 
Manhattan Toy Playtime Activity Cart

Manhattan Toy Playtime Activity Cart

Manhattan Toy also makes a wonderful wooden walker cart that has many colorful and fun activities to entertain your baby.  Lots of fun!
 
These are just a few of the push toys we have available for babies learning to walk.  Check out our selection at http://www.cowandlizard.com/category/push-pull-toys
 
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the folks at Cow & Lizard