NEW from Manhattan Toy – Wobble-A-Round Beads

Wobble-A-Round Beads

Wobble-A-Round Beads

 
Just arrived, Wobble-A-Round Beads from Manhattan Toy.  Available in blue, green and orange. 
 
Imaginations at play!

Flyer Activity Toys

A kite is a classroom on a string – it’s a whole new approach to learning.  Kids get exercise, and learn about weather, wind and areodynamics – an they just think they’re having fun!

The flyer activity toys by the Parents Toy Collection are available in Lucky Ladybug, Busy Butterfly and Buzzing Bee.  

Throw it!

  • grasp the center frame with thumb and forefinger
  • lift your arm and pull your wrist back slightly to prepare for flight
  • release and throw the flyer forward and watch it soar through the air

Sprin it!

  • connect the hook onto the flyer
  • hold the stick above your head and spin flyer in circular motion

    Buzzing Bee Flyer

    Buzzing Bee Flyer

 

 

Family Games by Blue Orange

Gather the family around a table and play a family game.  Blue Orange Games has just the right games for you.

Try Speedeebe – a family word game.  For 2 to 6 players from ages 8 years to adult.    With oodles of creative challenges and dice combinations.  Speedeebee is excitingly different each time you play.

Check out the four dice below and see if you can….

  • name something you could find in a haunted house, starting with one of these letters
  • name an object you can fit into a pocket, starting with the green letter
  • name something you can switch on and off, containing the red letter
  • name an object that you can see right now containing the purple letter
  • name an ice cream flavor containing the blue letter
  • name a place where you would love to go, containing none of these letters
Speedeebee Family Game by Blue Orange

Speedeebee Family Game by Blue Orange

 

Little Mouse Puppet from Folkmanis

little mouse

little mouse

Facts of Interest:

  • mice ar eone of the most widely spread animals on the planet, covering every corner of the globe including parts of Antarctica
  • there are 40 species of mice worldwide
  • wild mice live in various habitats including grassy fields, woodlands and human homes
  • the domestic mouse is a popular pet because of its compact size and tranquil demeanor
  • a female mouse can give birth as early as two months of age and can have between six and ten litters per year
  • an average litter consists of 5 – 6 pups
  • for mice, gestation takes only 5 weeks
  • a group of 6 mice can multiply into a group of 60 in just 3 months
  • mouse pups are born pink and hairless with eyes and ears closed
  • once they grow fur and gain mobility, adolescent mice enter the “hopper” stage, in which they move about in springy jumps
  • mice are a staple in the diet of many wild animals including owls, hawks, wolves and foxes
  • this keeps their populations under control
  • mice can live between 2-3 years in captivity but because of predators, wild mice usually do not live longer than a year
  • wild mice usually live in underground nests and burrows
  • mice have sensitive sense of smell and taste as well as excellent hearing
  • their sight is rather poor and they are colorblind
  • mice use their large plumes of whiskers as sensors
  • mice are omnivorous

 

 

NEW Little Bat Puppet from Folkmanis

FACTS OF INTEREST:

  • bats have existed for at least 50 million years
  • scientists believe they evolved from squirrels
  • there are over 1000 species of bats
  • most bats are nocturnal
  • they sleep during the day hanging upside-down from cave walls, attic ceilings, undersides of bridges or high in the trees
  • the place where a bat sleeps is called its roost
  • bats come out to forage or hunt at night
  • bats have been know to care for sick and elderly members of their colony by feeding them when they are unable to leave the roost to forage and hunt
  • bats are social animals and most sleep together in huge groups called colonies
  • Bracken Cave in Texas is home to 25 million bats
  • in the spring, female bats give birth to babies called pups
  • bats usually have one pup at a time, but sometimes twins
  • bats live between 10-20 years
  • the oldest bat on record was 41 years old
  • many bats have an extremely acute sense of smell
  • since it is difficult to see at long distances during the night, some species of bat use echolocation or biosonar to get a sense of what is around them
  • the bat emits a call into the air and listens for the echo that reflects off of object around them
  • a bat’s wings are made of 2 yaers of skin that cover its arm and fingers
  • much like a human hand, a bat’s has 4 fingers and a small thumb with a sharp nail used for climbing, grooming and grasping food
  • Bats’ fingers are incredibly long compared to the size of their bodies
  • bats diets vary greatly from species to species
  • the infamous Vampire Bat feed on blood, mostly from large livestock
  • the Fruit Bat eats fruit and nectar from flowers
  • most species of bat eat insects like mosquitos
  • Little Bat Puppet from Folkmanis

    Little Bat Puppet from Folkmanis

NEW Piglet Hand Puppet from Folkmanis

Piglet

Piglet

FACTS OF INTEREST:

  • piglets are born in litters of 10 on the average – buth they can be as large as 30
  • people began domesticating wild boar piglets as early as 8000 BC
  • one piglets are weaned from their mother’s milk at about 8 weeks oldm they become omnivores and eat a wide variety of foods
  • pig’s ability to thrive on leftovers from the kithchen and surplus crops has made them ideal farm animals
  • pigs are ranked fifth on the list of the world’s most interlligent animals based on their ability to problem solve
  • pigs are part of a group of animals called artiodactyls – meaning even-toed – which includes other hoofed animals like giraffes, deer and camels

 

NEW Ice Pack Sets from Crocodile Creek

Keep your school lunches cool with these new eco kids ice pack sets from Crocodile Creek.

  • 5″ x 5″
  • non-toxic
  • kid safe
  • reusable
  • pack of 2

Check them out at http://www.cowandlizard.com/category/lunch-boxes

 

PlanPreschool

pull-along snail

pull-along snail

PlanPreschool toys provide a multitude of early child developmental features.  Fun and learning are combined through baby toys, push-pull toys, manipulative toys, musical instruments, games, puzzles and blocks.

Tot Drum

tot drum

stacking ring

stacking ring

 

Little Elephant Stage Puppet by Folkmanis

Little Elephant Stage Puppet by Folkmanis

Little Elephant Stage Puppet by Folkmanis

 

FACTS OF INTEREST

  • the African elephant is the largest living land mammal
  • the Indian elephant is smaller
  • both are related to the mammoths, which have been extinct for 10,000 years
  • elephants have the biggest animal teeth (tusks) and noses (trunks)
  • an elephant’s trunk has 10,000 muscles and can perfrom tasks requiring brute force or delicate manipulations
  • like other noses, trunks monitor scents in the environment, but the elephant also uses it to drink and five hugs
  • an elephant herd usually numbers 2- to 30 individuals – one mature bull male, a few younger bulls, many females and young calves
  • older bulls live alone
  • baby elephants develop inside the mother for close to 2 years
  • calves use their mouths to nurse and do so up to 5 years
  • maturity is reached at about 15 years and overall life span is similar to humans
  • elephants eat several hundred pounds of plant material and drink 30 to 50 gallons of water daily
  • elephants can recognize themselves in a mirror, they dhape this ability with humans, apes, bottlenose dolphins and magpies and it is an important factor in higher social interaction

NEW Little Lop Rabbit puppet from Folkmanis

FACTS OF INTEREST

  • all lop-eared rabbits are descended from the English Lop variety, which has been bred since the early 18th century
  • lop rabbits are characterized by their floppy ears which hang over either side of the head and in some breeds drag on the ground
  • at one time, there were lop-eared rabbits whose ears flopped to one side or over their faces, but these variations have diappeared
  • ther are many breeds of lop ear-ed rabbit including the English Lop, French Lop, German Lop, Holland Lop, American Fuzzy Lopm Mini or Dwarf Lop and Cashmere Lop
  • a great number of breeds are accepted by the AMericna Rabbit Breeders Association or the British Rabbit COuncil and can be presented at rabbit shows
  • lop rabbits make ideal pets because of their friendly and gentle nature
  • they require a lot of love and care in order to live happy, healthy lives
  • because their ears do not stand upright, lop rabbits can be prone to ear infections
  • although lop rabbits enjoy hopping around in the grass, pet rabbits should be kept indoors most of the year and do not tolerate extreme temperatures well
  • lop rabbits are very clean animals
  • they can be trained to use a litter box and groom themselves fastidiously
  • lop rabbits, like all rabbits are herbivores and have sensitive digestive systems
  • they mainly eat fresh grass and hay, specialy formulated rabbit pellets, vegetables and the occasional piece of fruit