ALEX Promotion: Giant Paper Flowers

Posted by Leila Warshaw on March 15, 2013 0 Comments

Celebrate Spring with an ALEX Giveaway!

Receive the Giant Paper Flowers in a Vase for free with any $20 ALEX purchase at aMuse*.

 

Giant Paper Flowers in a Vase is a fun and beautiful activity for kids 5 years and up. The kit includes brightly colored tissue paper to craft over 30 flowers, straws to make the stems, and pipe cleaners and stickers to add the finishing touches. When your little ones are finished, they can present the lovely bouquet as a gift or display it in the plastic vase that comes with the kit.


We're sure this activity will be much loved, so stop by either Fells Point or Quarry Lake to pick one up today.

Encourage those spring flowers to bloom and #ComeGetYourCraftOn!


*While supplies last. Some restrictions may apply.

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Friday Fun Feature: Duct Tape!

Posted by Leila Warshaw on January 11, 2013 0 Comments


 

Brighten up those winter days by adding some HOT and COOL colors to backpacks, shoes, or whatever! Duct Tape Fashion from ALEX gives your kids the materials to create something new or personalize what they already have. How about adding orange and green stripes to those gym shoes or decorating school binders with zebra stripes and leopard prints. It's a lot of fun without a lot of mess.

It's not just for big kids, either. Does your little one want a crown and necklace or a super special superhero cape? Why not work together to create a pattern for the crown and then cover it in his choice of duct tape. Or, personalize her crime fighting outfit by adding her initials to the cape.

We're totally amazed by what young minds can come up with when just given the materials. Each pack of Duct Tape Fashion comes with six rolls of varying widths and colors. What can your kids do with just a roll or two? It might be fun to find out.

 

Have you or your kids already experimented with duct tape? Share your creation with us on our Facebook or Twitter page.

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DIY with Alex Toys: Silk Screen Factory

Posted by aMuse Toys on February 03, 2012 0 Comments
The kits highlighted in our new series, DIY with Alex Toys, inspire creativity and personal expression while building lifelong skills with practical applications. 

This week's feature is one of our favorites at aMuse. Simple. Fun. Silk screening. The kit is slated for ages 7+ and even though there's lots of pink, both girls and boys will get a kick out of customizing their stuff. Works on t-shirts, bandanas, flags, etc.

Kids can also make cool designs on paper to hang in their rooms or make cards for special occasions. The possibilities are endless! 

 

The Silk Screen Factory kit includes 14 stencil designs, silk sheets, 4 bright colors of ink and easy to follow instructions. Kids can also use tape to create unique designs for their creations.

 
This really is the easiest way to silk screen. Just snap in the silk, slide in the stencil and print. Who knows, this may just inspire the next famous fashion designer!

 

Check out the step by step instructions in this video made by our friends at Alex Toys.

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DIY with Alex Toys: Sew Fun!

Posted by aMuse Toys on January 27, 2012 0 Comments

 

 

The kits highlighted in our new series, DIY with Alex Toys, will inspire creativity and personal expression while building lifelong skills with practical applications. 

 This weeks’ feature is the Sew Fun kit, a portable sewing machine perfect for budding crafters or any child who wants to learn how to sew.


Not only is the machine adorable, it has everything necessary to start sewing including some floral fabric swatches. It is smaller than a standard size sewing machine and has been streamlined to include only the essentials for a first-time sewer. Its size and dual speed control also makes it safer [and less intimidating] to someone who doesn’t know what all those buttons on larger faster machines are for. The presser foot is also designed so that little hands can’t slip under. 

 

In addition to the sewing machine, fabric, pins, needles and some samples of fabric-embellishing materials, the kit includes a booklet full of detailed diagrams with thorough step-by-step directions. The instructions and diagrams illustrate how to thread the machine, sew with and without a foot pedal, wind the bobbin, change the needle, and adjust the stitch tension. The booklet even includes mini tutorials on how to create a tote bag and a chic wrap skirt. You can use batteries or the included AC adapter.
 

Geared for ages 8 and up, Sew Fun gives kids the basic materials and instructions for machine-sewing. It teaches how to embellish, repair, and ultimately create functional [or just really cute] objects and clothing independently.

Comes with everything you need to start sewing right away!

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Gift Guide for Babies

Posted by aMuse Toys on October 07, 2011 2 Comments

Manhattan Toy Skwish Mobile

This colorful wooden mobile engages baby's eyes and brightens up any nursery. Its design is crafted after Manhattan Toy's modern-day classic toy called Skwish. Babies love its atomic-looking structure with brightly colored spheres and rods.

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GBaby Magnets

These chunky oversized magnetic pieces by GBaby are great for developing early motor skills. Babies learn to grasp the shapes as they put them together and pull them apart. The character covers allow for narrative play as the child grows older, and they double as a bath toy. 

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ALEX Toys My Busy Town

This wooden activity center, My Busy Town by ALEX Toys, is perfect for early learning. Babies sit or stand next to the box to open doors, navigate mazes and spin an abacus. Each side is adorned with something engaging and educational. Oh, and it looks great in a playroom!

Kleynimals

These "clean keys" for babies known as Kleynimals were developed by a Maryland mother. They look and feel just like real keys to distract babies from grabbing yours. They feature rounded edges, playful characters and are made from dishwasher-safe, food-grade stainless steel. 

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Twilight Turtle

Twilight Turtles by Cloud B project the constellations of the night sky onto a child's ceiling. It's a soothing night light and a learning activity in one. When children are younger, you can adjust the color of the light to whatever the child finds most soothing, and when they're older it is a lesson in Astronomy. It is a modern-day classic, and a must-have for any nursery.

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Sophie the Giraffe

This classic French teething toy, Sophie the Giraffe, has been delighting babies worldwide for over fifty years. She is made in France from a natural rubber and is painted with food-quality dyes. They love her unique shape to teethe hard-to-reach back molars.  

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Kathe Kruse

Kathe Kruse products have been handmade in Europe for over one hundred years. Each piece is artfully crafted by skilled seamstresses and are specially designed to be soft, safe and sanitary. Kathe Kruse baby products are machine washable.   

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HABA Discoverer's Meadow Play Mat

This soft tummy mat is perfect for early play. Babies explore the meadow by feeling different textures, gazing at different colors and patterns and playing with the different animals. Its sophistocated design keeps it relevant as a play environment for older children as well. 

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IQ Baby Knock Knock Blocks

The beautiful soft blocks Knock Knock Blocks by IQ Baby are purposefully designed with high contrast patterns and brightly colored images to engage baby's visual senses. Each piece features differently textured fabrics, interactive doors and windows to explore. Great for early stacking to encourage gross motor development. 

HABA Wooden Clutching & Teething Toys 

HABA's clutching and teething toys are made of solid beech wood and colored with vegetable-based water dyes. They are buffed to a nice sheen, so no chemicals are used in giving the wood its beautiful finish. All of HABA's wooden products are responsibly manufactured in Germany.

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