Play Matters: eeBoo "Always Good"

Posted by aMuse Toys on May 09, 2013 1 Comment

eeBoo's motto, "Always Good," rings true in the collection we've brought back to aMuse! From flash cards and games to craft projects and story building activities, this company's dedication to creating engaging, educational products aligns very nicely with the aMuse mission of providing beautiful, purposeful playthings.  Check out our selection!

Alphabet Phonics Flash Cards: Explaining to a child that our alphabet is home to 26 letters that produce 44 sounds along with other abstract concepts associated with English language acquisition is no easy task! eeBoo's phonics-based flash cards provide visual associations that simplify the relationship between sounds and the letters that we use to represent them. The images provided on each card enhance vocabulary, word recognition and fluency in a kid-friendly format. It's never too early to start adapting this set of flash cards to meet your little one's developmental needs. Color recognition, animal sound & habitat identification and pattern building are just a few examples of extension activities that you can build into your child's play. 

Bilingual Flash Cards: Second-language learning research has shown that the greatest window for language acquisition and bilingualism occurs before the age of seven. This series of bilingual flash cards depicts word-picture associations that are recognizable to children at a young age. So take advantage of teaching your child a new langage during the optimum time for learning without difficulty and understanding of appropriate syntax. aMuse has sets in French and Spanish! 

Opposites & Rhyming Flash Cards: Concepts such as opposites and rhyming are often introduced through play as early as 9 months. These sets are great for vocabulary expansion and provide opportunities for environmental exploration. Making connections that are meaningful and relevant to your child can greatly impact their processing and metacognition

    

I Never Forget a Face Matching Game: Teaching your children the importance of multiculturalism through the celebration of diversity fosters compassion and is an excellent way to help him or her develop a sense of identity. This matching game encourages attention to detail, visual perception and acuity in a simple memory/matching format.

United States Bingo: Help your little one develop geo-literacy by playing a round of U.S. Bingo! Explore the idea that we are all connected through the decisions that we make every day. From what we eat to where we shop, there are cultural norms and unique representations of state-specific items that can be identified throughout our daily activities!

 

 

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National Autism Awareness Month: Likes 4 Tikes!

Posted by aMuse Toys on April 14, 2013 0 Comments

In participation with Melissa & Doug and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, we are giving away toys!

April is National Autism Awareness Month and we are incredibly inspired by our many friends of aMuse that have some connection to a child on the Autism spectrum. What better way to honor the true meaning of this month then by celebrating these individuals with a donation of toys and games to foster their creativity and facilitate their learning needs? For every 10 "Likes" we get on Facebook between Sunday, April 14th and Sunday, April 28th, we will donate $10 worth of Melissa & Doug products to the Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), up to $1,000. We're calling it our Likes 4 Tikes campaign!

 

Toys and games play a huge role in child development and the promotion of important skills and abilities: Speech and language development, cognitive development, social cues, fine motor and gross motor refinement, and even life skills.

We are excited for the chance to add to the collection of these essential developmental tools at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. But, the amount of toys we give away depends entirely on you so be sure to "Like" our Facebook page and share this post with all your friends and family.

The wonderful staff at Kennedy Krieger and CARD incorporate play into their daily activities with the children and behind the scenes are the doctors and scientists researching groundbreaking advancements in this field. To learn more about the extraordinary efforts of individuals at Kennedy Krieger Institute and how you can join the caring individuals who work and volunteer there, please visit: www.kennedykrieger.org/overview/volunteer.

And remember, the more "Likes" we get, the more toys and games we donate, so be sure to #GetYourShareOn!

We are so excited to announce our "Likes for Tikes" campaign that starts today! In participation with Melissa & Doug and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, we will be giving away some toys! For every 10 likes we get on Facebook between Sunday, April 14th and Sunday, April 28th, we will donate $10 worth of Melissa & Doug toys and games to the Kennedy Krieger Institute, up to $1000.  The amount of toys we give away depends entirely on you so be sure to "Like" our Facebook page and share this post with all your friends and family. Thank you to everyone for


Recently, the beloved toy company partnered with child psychologist, Dr. Melissa Liguori to efficiently/correctly/properly identify and label those games and toys that are top notch: the ones that parents and guardians love and the  at fostering and promoting important development skills in children. Skills like

We are so excited to announce our "Likes for Tikes" campaign that starts today! In participation with Melissa & Doug and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, we will be giving away some toys! For every 10 likes we get on Facebook between Sunday, April 14th and Sunday, April 28th, we will donate $10 worth of Melissa & Doug toys and games to the Kennedy Krieger Institute, up to $1000.  The amount of toys we give away depends entirely on you so be sure to "Like" our Facebook page and share this post with all your friends and family. Thank you to everyone for


Recently, the beloved toy company partnered with child psychologist, Dr. Melissa Liguori to efficiently/correctly/properly identify and label those games and toys that are top notch: the ones that parents and guardians love and the  at fostering and promoting important development skills in children. Skills like

We are so excited to announce our "Likes for Tikes" campaign that starts today! In participation with Melissa & Doug and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, we will be giving away some toys! For every 10 likes we get on Facebook between Sunday, April 14th and Sunday, April 28th, we will donate $10 worth of Melissa & Doug toys and games to the Kennedy Krieger Institute, up to $1000.  The amount of toys we give away depends entirely on you so be sure to "Like" our Facebook page and share this post with all your friends and family. Thank you to everyone for


Recently, the beloved toy company partnered with child psychologist, Dr. Melissa Liguori to efficiently/correctly/properly identify and label those games and toys that are top notch: the ones that parents and guardians love and the  at fostering and promoting important development skills in children. Skills like

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Play Matters: yBike Pewi

Posted by aMuse Toys on April 12, 2012 0 Comments

People learn by doing. In our blog series Play Matters we explore the many benefits of play and how purposeful playthings can enhance, and often times aide positive development of gross, fine and cognitive skills at all ages.

With warmer weather on the horizon, this weeks feature, the yBike Pewi is the perfect tool for little ones as young as 9 months to get around just like the big kids. Its clever design allows for it to be used a walker and a ride on toy.

Unlike traditional walkers where the child is typically enveloped within the walker, the Pewi allows kids to stand freely, using it only as an aid, therby enhancing body and space awarenes which are key for balance and motor skill development.

The multi direction caster wheels allow a child to ride and easily control the Pewi in any direction.  Perfect for indoor and outdoor play on smooth surfaces. The non-marking rubber wheels will not damage or mark floors. Comes in 3 colors red, pink and blue.

 

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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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