Fun With Food! ABC Blocks by Parents Toy Collection

Fun With Food!  ABC Blocks by Parents Toy Collection

Fun With Food! ABC Wooden Block Set by Parents Toy Collection

  • Colorful ABCs, artful illustrations of corresponding foods from apple to zucchini, and bold graphics make this a blockbuster toy
  • a letter perfect take on a simple classic that grows with your child
  • unstructured play – such as sorting, stacking, lining up and knocking down blocks – fires a child’s creativity and problem solving skills

available at http://www.cowandlizard.com/product/fun-with-food-abc-blocks

Peacock Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

Peacock Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

Peacock Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

available at http://www.cowandlizard.com/product/peacock-hand-puppet

FACTS OF INTEREST:

  • There are three species of peafowl.  The males are called peacocks, the females are called peahens.  The Indian peafowl is the best known.
  • Only peacocks have the long train of colorful feathers.  In the mating season, they strut in front of the hens with their feathers spread wide apart.
  • The peacock’s train is not its tail.  Short tail feathers grow under the train.  Special feathers called coverts raise the long plumes of the fan.
  • As early as 1000 BC, traders brought peafowl to the courts of Egyptian kings.  Peafowl now live all over the world in parks, gardens and zoos.

PEACOCK’s FEATHERS

Long ago, Peacock’s feathers were not beautiful and his friend Crow was as dull brown as he was.  One day while the tow birds rested by the river, Lord Tiger of the lovely striped coat came to invite them to his wedding.  “I am ashamed to go to the feast looking so plain” admitted Peacock.  “I have an idea” said the clever Crow.  “See that river house being built for the King?  The workman are decorating it with dragons of all colors.  Let’s sneak over there and decorate ourselves with the pots of paint.”  Crow picked up the paintbrush and began to paint Peacock’s long train.  He painted shining eyes like dragon eyes on Peacock’s feathers.  Peacock stretched out his feathers to dry, then lifted them way up so he could see their reflection in the river.  He found them so magnificent that he strutted to the wedding without a thought of Crow.  Crow became so flustered that he jumped into the can of paint nearest him – alas black – and ran after Peacock.  The birds kept their new colors and have been squabbling about that day in their screechy, scatchy voices ever since.

   – adapted from a Chinese folktale

Amazing Wooden Puzzles by the Parents Toy Collection

Amazing Alligator Wooden Puzzle by Parents Toy Collection

Amazing Alligator Wooden Puzzle by Parents Toy Collection

  • beautiful wood grain with gorgeous silk screened colors
  • matching patterns and colors on board help child place the pieces
  • also available in butterfly, peacock and fruit
  • puzzles are a perfect way to sharpen early thinking skills
  • at first, a child will try to jam pieces in, but soon he/she will use logic and memory to match shapes to their corresponding puzzle positions

the wooden puzzles in the Parents Toy Collection by Manhatttan Toy are available at http://www.cowandlizard.com/category/1/parents-toy-collection

   the folks at Cow & Lizard

Easy Project for Girls – Hand Painted Barrettes

Easy Project for Girls - Hand Painted Hair Clips & Barrettes

This is a great project for girls that is easy and alot of fun - hand painted hair clips and barrettes.  Whether it is stripes, dots, flowers, zig-zags, creativity has no limits.  Girls can design their own hair accessories to match their outfits.

Materials needed:

  • plain metal hair clips or barrettes
  • paint from your local craft store (be sure to get paint that for metal)
  • paint brushes (fine points)
  • clear nail polish
  • piece of cardboard

Fasten the barrettes and clips to the piece of cardboard to hold in place.  You will need to cut slits for the barrettes and clips that fasten together.  Since only the top part shows, you do not need to paint the underneath and back parts.  Start with a base coat of the color you like.  Allow this to dry and then paint your designs on the base coat.  Once the paint has throughly dried, apply a clear coat of nail polish for protection.

A simple way to store your barrettes is to get a wide piece of fabric ribbon that you can clip the barrettes on. 

Have fun!

   the folks at Cow & Lizard

GIVEAWAY – ImagiPLAY Counting Octopus

Like our facebook page to enter the contest to win this item!

Count to 8 with the arms of this Octopus. Learning to count is a breeze with this Octopus Numbers wood puzzle that stands up to brighten any room. Hand crafted & hand painted with child safe paints. Made from plantation grown rubber wood, an environmentally friendly hardwood. 6.5″ x 6.5″. Ages 3+ years. Contains small parts – choking hazard – not for children under 3 years.

Retail Value: $17.99

enter at  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cow-Lizard/80867537805?sk=app_197602066931325

ends on 9/16/11

Watch for other promotions and giveaways on our facebook page.

   the folks at Cow & Lizard

Baby Emperor Penguin Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

Baby Emperor Penguin Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

Baby Emperor Penguin Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

Emperor Penguin Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

Emperor Penguin Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

FACTS OF INTEREST:

  • Emperor Penguins live on the ice pack of Antarctica.  They are the largest sea bords (four feet tall) and cam withstand temperatures of -100 farenheit.
  • At the beginning of the dark winter, the penguins gather in rockeries of thousands of birds.  There, each remale lays one egg.
  • The males hold the egg on their feet and keep it warm with their bellies.  For two months, they huddle together and don’t eat.
  • Baby penguins have fun in the spring.  They lie on their stomachs on smooth slopes and toboggan across them.

Tableware Wooden Set by Plan Toys

Tableware Wooden Set by Plan Toys

Tableware Wooden Kitchen Toy Set by Plan Toys

  • children can pretend play enjoying their sumptous meals and parents can ask them questions like what are you eating and what are the basic recipes in the dishes – helping to stimulate their imagination and ideas
  • this set can be palyed together with other kitchen toys – the kitchen set, dishwasher, kitchen center, stove – helping to develop their imagination and providing hours of fun
  • parents can explain children while playing the names of the different tableware, way to use it and the importance of each tableware, which helps enhance their vocabulary skill and also understanding of other tableware in the kitchen
  • allow children to play with others such as faher, mother, siblings, friends or other family members to help develop their social skills

this wooden kitchen toy is available at http://www.cowandlizard.com/product/tableware-set-kitchen-toy

   the folks at Cow & Lizard

Busy Bug Count & Match Dominoes

Busy Bug Count & Match Dominoes by Parents Toy Collection

Busy Bug Count & Match Dominoes by Parents Toy Collection

  • 28 dominoes with cute as a bug illustrations for each number
  • tiles come in a portable bug habitat with sliding mesh window
  • a simple classic game that teaches complex skills
  • dominoes is the mother of all matching games and the perfect one for a growing mind
  • it teaches color and shape recognition while it also helps develop memory, problem solving and basic math skills

This classic wooden game is available at http://www.cowandlizard.com/product/busy-bug-count-match-dominoes

   the folks at Cow & Lizard

How to Tie Dye

Tie Dyeing a T-shirt, pillowcase, towel, scarf or whatever you fancy is fun activity for kids – either by themselves or as a group activity.  There are many pre-assembled kits available for purchase or the supplies can be purchased at your local craft store.

Tie dye is a way of creating patterns or color in fabric by preventing the flow of dye into the folds of the fabric.  This is done by folding, tying , stitching or crumbling the fabric.  The end result is always a surprise – which is what it makes it so exciting for kids.

What you need:

  • garment – natural fibers are best (ie: cotton)
  • soda ash fixer
  • gloves & mask recommended
  • dye
  • squirt bottles
  • rubber bands or string
  • plastic bag

Steps:

  • using the string or rubber bands, create the pattern you desire on your garment – we like to find the center of the Tshirt and section off every inch to create rings – but you can be creative and tie off the garment in any way you like
  • wear the mask and gloves, use 1 cup of soda ash fixer per gallon of warm water and soak the garment for about 15 minutes – squeeze out the excess water when done
  • mix your dyes in the colors of your choice in the squeeze bottles  – follow the directions on the dye label as to how much water to add
  • squirt your dye on the garment in the various sections
  • put the garment in a plastic bag and let it set from 4 – 24 hours – the longer for the brighest colors – in a warm place
  • rinse the garment in the sink thoroughly and remove the ties
  • wash in the washing machine – it may take a few rinse cycles to get all the dye out – but just check the water to see that it is clear

Enjoy your new works of art!

    the folks at Cow & Lizard

Eco Town by Plan Toys

Eco Town by Plan Toys

Eco Town wooden play set by Plan Toys

  • the Eco Town has been designed with eco-friendly transportation and buildings so children can play with a toy that runs on clean, renewable energy
  • the set consists of an eco-home, eco-train station, eco-charging station, street accessories, vehicles and a play mat
  • the eco-charging station recharges the eco car and electric scooter that allows people to drive without polluting the environment
  • the eco-charging station has a solar cell on the roof that converts sunlight to electricity
  • the wind turbine converts wind energy to electricity
  • the recycle bins collect paper, plastic, glass, metal and cardboard that can be recycled to make new materials
  • social
  • language & communication
  • imagination
  • creative
  • children will benefit from the creative challenge of building their own Eco-Twon
  • constructing a whole community helps develop logical thinking, sequencing and planning skills
  • encourages imaginative play by providing real life lessons in saving energy and teaches how to protect the environment
  • emphasizes the importance of energy saving transportation and the use of renewable energy in homes and buildings
  • encourages group play for a wide age range which leads to teaching and learning
  • stimulates positive social skills and encourages sharing and patience

this wooden Eco Town play set by Plan Toys is available at http://www.cowandlizard.com/product/plancity-eco-town-wooden-play-set

       the folks at Cow & Lizard