What is the most realistic looking animal puppet?

Are you looking for animal hand puppets that are more realistic looking than cutsie pie?  Well, look no further, the Folkmanis puppet line is just what you are looking for.  They offer a large selection of hand and finger puppets from dogs & cats, to farm animals, to jungle animals, to sea animals and everything in between.  They release new puppets twice a year and retire others throughout the year to keep their line fresh.  Their puppets was top quality in both materials and in construction.  The attention paid to the details of each animal is amazing. 

Most of the puppets are full bodied with moveable parts such as the mouth, legs, arms and whatever else is appropriate.  The Great Horned Owl can even swivel its head.  What they think of is incredible, there are always surprises in every new release.  They definitely are not your ordinary puppets. 

Whether you have your own private collection, are a school or church that put on puppet shows or a library that uses them for story hour, there is sure to be a Folkmanis hand puppet that will fit your needs.

Browse our large selection of Folkmanis hand, finger and stage puppets at http://www.cowandlizard.com/brand/folkmanis

Folkmanis Hand Puppets

Folkmanis Hand Puppets

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the folks at Cow & Lizard

What is a good brand of Organic Cotton tights for girls?

What is a good brand of legware that makes Organic Cotton girls tights?  Country Kids is a fabulous brand to begin and stop your search for girls tights.  They are a company that is committed to using natural fibers and the best selection of colors for capris, socks and tights for girls, boys and infants.

Their Organic Cotton Winter Tights are a staple of their line.  The girls tights are very warm – keeping your girls legs protected against the cold during the winter months.  They are made of over 80% organic cotton which has been Oeko-Tex approved.  This is the world’s leading organic certification process.  This processl means that the yarn is tested so that the tights are healthy for you, for those who produce it and for the environment. 

The tights also have the Confidence in Testiles seal which means that the tights have no harmful substances.  The facilities in which they are produced are also WRAP approved so that they are tested annually to guarantee a safe environment for the workers.

The tights are warm, soft and come in a huge color selection.  the heels are fully reciprocated, the seams are flat and the waistband is very comfortable.

Country Kids Girls Tights

Country Kids Girls Tights

Check out our selection of Country Kids tights, socks and capris for girls, boys and infants at http://www.cowandlizard.com/brand/country-kids  .  All our Country Kids are on sale.
 
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What is a good toy for infants for intellectual development?

What are good toys for intellectual development in your infant?  You should look for toys that they can put in their mouth and toys that they can touch with their hands. 

A good example is the Floppy-Eared Dog Rattle from PlanToys.  It is a wooden rattle that makes a gentle rattle sound from the ears when shaken.  The smooth round handle is easy for the tiny hand sto grasp which helps with developing fine motor skills.  It is meant for infants ages 4 months and older. 

Floppy Eared Dog Rattle

Floppy Eared Dog Rattle

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How to Keep Kids Interested in Their Toys?

Do your kids get new toys only to be excited about playing with them for a few days and then the interest goes away and the toys go untouched?  Do you have toys around your home that your kids haven’t even looked at in a long time?  So – you ask yourself, how can I keep these toys fresh and spark my kids interest again?  Once a month, or maybe even once a week, pack up some toys in a box and store them away.  Keep up this up on a regular basis and then after awhile, start to bring out boxes that have been stored away the longest.  They will seem like brand new toys to your kids and hopefully they be engaged to start playing with them again.  I remember re-discovering my toys after we would move to a new house.  It was fun to see what the back of my closet held – lots of things that I had forgotten about.

So keep your toys fresh for your kids, rotate them in and out of play.

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the folks at Cow & Lizard

What Toy is Good for a Baby’s Social and Emotional Development?

A key area of a child’s development is their social and emotional development.  For a infants, this can simply entail looking and playing with toys.  Toys that stimulate sensory perception and exploratory experiences are great for this area of development.

For example, the Butterfly Mirror by PlanToys is a small toy made of wood and cotton.  It is rated for ages 4 months and up.  The large mirror and gentle sounding rattle help to develop fine motor skills as they grasp and shake the toy and also develops visual acuity as they look into the mirror.

PlanToys Butterfly Mirror
PlanToys Butterfly Mirror

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the folks at Cow & Lizard

Are There Toys That Are Made in the USA?

Although the majority of toys are made overseas, there are still some toy companies manufacturing their toys right here in the United States.  One such company is Green Toys.  They are also unique because their toys are eco-friendly – hence the name Green Toys.  This company takes recycled milk jugs and makes their toys out of them.  What a fabulous idea!  Way back when – before my time – the milk man would deliver glass bottles of milk to your door.  There used to be those little boxes that would be by the door where they would leave the new bottles full of milk and take back the empty bottles.  What a system!  Now, we go to the store and buy milk in the plastic jugs and all those go back to be recycled – hopefully.

Green Toys line includes:

Baby toys – teethers, stackers, sorters and more

Bath & Water toys – planes, boats, submarines and more

Vehicles – rockets, planes, cars, and more

Kitchen Play – food sets, dish sets, tea sets and more

Building – tool sets, etc

Active & Outdoor Play – jump ropes, sand toys, planting kits and more

Green Eats – plates, bowls, tumblers and more

 

Green Toys Tug Boat

Green Toys Tug Boat

 
Green Toys Bowl

Green Toys BowlGreen Toys Vehicles

Shop the entire line of award winning Green Toys at http://www.cowandlizard.com/brand/green-toys
 
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What If My Child Becomes Attached to a Toy That They Can’t Be Without it?

We often get telphone calls from frantic parents looking to replace a certain toy, cozy, blanket or other item that their child has become so attached to that they can’t go to sleep or even go anywhere without.  They fear what the loss of this item will do to their child and want to stash a few extras in the closet just in case.  Substitutes will not satisfy the child in most cases, they want the exact same item.  They will know if it is a different color or even the slightest little detail is different.  We once had a horse cozy that a parent was trying to replace, but the manufacturer changed the width of the pieces of fabric they used for the mane.  Their child knew the difference and rejected the cozy.

So, what I suggest when you see an attachment forming with a particular item, buy an extra one or two while you can.  Better be safe as manufacturers often discontinue items, or the design changes slightly or even colors or materials vary with new batches. 

Stuffed animals by Jellycat  and cozies by North American Bear Company are the items we often find become a child’s “lovie” or security blanket.

Jellycat Bashful Bunny

Jellycat Bashful Bunny

 
 
North American Bear Cozy

North American Bear Cozy

 
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the folks at Cow & Lizard

What is a Good Toy for Newborn Physical Development?

Newborns start their physical development from day one by focusing on objects.  Mobiles that can be hung above babies in their cribs, strollers, changing tables or bassinets are a great way to stimulate them. 

The rattle Mobile by PlanToys is made of wood and has a mirror, hanging toys that are removable for further play.

PlanToys Rattle Mobile

PlanToys Rattle Mobile

PlanToys also has an Activity Baby Gym.  It is portable to be placed over where your baby is.  It also has many stimulating hanging toys that are removable for further play.
 
PlanToys Activity Baby Gym

PlanToys Activity Baby Gym

 
The Wimmer-Ferguson line by Manhattan Toy is based on the principles of visual develpment in infants.  The blackand white high contrast look encourage visual scanning, tracking and focusing. 
 
Wimmer Ferguson Baby Toys
Wimmer Ferguson Baby Toys

Check out our large selection of baby toys at http://www.cowandlizard.com/category/baby-toddler-toys .  From rattles to wooden toys, we have baby toys that will lead your child down the path of development and engage them with a variety of color, textures and sound.

 
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the folks at Cow & Lizard

What To Do With Duplicate Gifts or Gifts You No longer Want or Like?

Well, we often get gifts that are either duplicates or perhaps we no longer want them – but whatever the reason, a decision needs to be made whether to return them or keep them.  Returning items can be costly and you should weigh all the factors involved, cost of shipping, the time it takes to re-package and research the return policy, etc and these should be weighed against the amount of the refund.  Is the net amount worth it?

My mother used to store gifts in an antique corn crib – at least that is what we always called it.  Not sure if that was what the original purpose of the piece, but it was a piece of furniture we had behind a sofa.  It was the same height and length, but the top was on hinges and opened up like a trunk.  The trunk or bin part did not go down to the floor, but as a young child, it seemed very big.  My mother would store such extra gifts in this corn crib and when we needed a last minute gift, she was like Santa digging deep into the corn crib and would pull out the perfect gift for the occasion.  My brothers and I never dared to peek inside on our own as it was covered with lamps, pictures and other decorations – we didn’t want to get caught by an out of place object.  It was more magical this way – always wondering what will come out of it.

So start your own stash of gifts that can be used on the fly.  Those last minute birthday parties, teacher gifts, get well gifts, etc.

 

If you need a start, buy some arts & crafts kits to begin your stash.  They make great gifts, kids love to make things and parents love to display their creations.

Artterro Jewelry Kit

 

Faber-Castell Color by Number

Faber-Castell Color by Number

 Shop for art & craft kits, paints, crayons, markers, pencils, paper and other art supplies at http://www.cowandlizard.com/category/arts-crafts-for-kids

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The Folks at Cow & Lizard

How Do I Clean North American Bear Plush Toys and Stuffed Animals?

Is your child’s favorite North American Bear Company plush toy or stuffed animal needing a bath?  When toys get hauled around the house, in the car, to play dates, to the store and any place else you go, they can begin to show alittle of their travels and need to be refreshed.  Not to worry, most of North American Bear Company’s toys, dolls and stuffed animals are machine washable.  Check the tag first before assuming it is machine washable – some are only surface washable.  If it is machine washable, you can toss it in with your regular laundry, wash in cold water on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent – NO BLEACH.  If you wish, you can throw it in a pillowcase or net type laundry bag to protect it from the washing machine agitation.  If the toy is surface washable only, then take a rag wet with cold water and gently wipe the surface.

 

North American Bear

 

Check out our large selection of North American Bear Company baby toys, dolls, stuffed animals, plush toys, rattles, cozies, blankets, tooth fairies and a whole lot more!  NA Bear Company has been designing and creating award winning toys.

http://www.cowandlizard.com/brand/north-american-bear-co-