Friday Fun Feature: Paper Crafts with Hartia Toys

Posted by aMuse Toys on October 18, 2013 0 Comments

Paper crafting is an art form that uses paper or card stock to create 3Dimensional pieces. The paper can be folded, cut, glued, layered, and even stitched together for the desired look. Some common examples of paper crafts are Origami, which is the art of folding, and Kirigami, which makes use of both folding and cutting to create symmetrical designs and patterns.

Hartia Toys, the French-Canadian company based in Montreal celebrates the art of paper crafting with their delightful kits called Couplicoles. Couplicoles is a combination of the french words for cut, fold, and paste: couper, plier, and coller. Each kit from Hartia Toys contains up to a dozen crafts to be made into 3D animals and people by cutting, folding and gluing.

        

Paper crafting promotes patience, attention to detail, and a well earned sense of accomplishment. And it works on those fine motor skills, too!

Visual instructions are provided with each set, and videos are available from the company online, but the basic way to craft with paper is as follows:

1. Start by cutting along the solid black line. This will be the outline of the shape. Be sure not to cut out any of the white tabs! They'll be used in just a moment.

2. Fold along the dotted black lines. You'll see the paper start to take shape.

3. Now, time for those tabs! Dab a bit of glue onto the tabs and attach them to their corresponding sides.

4. Hold down and count to 20. (If you have super strong fingers than you may only need to count to 10.) When you feel you've held it long enough for the two sides to stay together, you can let go.

5. Set your paper craft upon the table and marvel at your creation.

Voila! You're becoming a master of the craft already!

This isn't the first time we've expressed our love for Hartia Toys, they are just that awesome. The Couplicoles kits can be introduced to kids as young as 6 years old and are thoroughly enjoyed by older kids and kids-at-heart as well.

 

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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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Celebrate National Handwriting Day!

Posted by Claudia Towles on January 23, 2013 0 Comments

           

Penmanship: a lost art or victim of new technology? 

Whatever the case, beautiful script has a place in child development. Studies have frequently linked good penmanship with school success. Sure, you may be thinking of a particular profession that is often stereotyped (I'm talking about you Dr. Chicken Scratch) as having illegible handwriting. Nonetheless we can all agree that a beautifully hand written note is something to cherish.

We love Kid-O's MAGNAtab collection. With two cursive tabs [pictured above] tackle upper case and lower case letters with ease. Kids (sure adults can play too) love the reactivity of the magnets as the pen swipes over them. The pull of the magnets reinforces proper form while exercising tiny muscles that aid in fine motor refinement.

You can snatch these up with free shipping on all orders of $25 or more. Enter code WRITE at checkout. They make a great indoor activity on these very chilly January days!

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