Friday Fun Feature: Magnoodle and Pencils of Promise

Posted by aMuse Toys on May 24, 2013 0 Comments

Magnoodle is a 21st Century spin on the classic friendship bracelet. 12 Magnets on one cord makes for some twist-able, snap-able, funky & freestyle jewelry.

When the bracelets arrived at aMuse Toys we were excited for this free spirited piece. It's perfect in a birthday gift or camp care package.

Some of us were unfamiliar with Magnoodle before its arrival, so we decided to check out the company online. In doing so, we discovered Pencils of Promise.

Our collective "Oh, cool!" became an "Oh, wow."

Pencils of Promise is an award winning non-profit organization that works to ensure all children receive a quality education. The organization works with communities around the world to build schools and train teachers. Pencils of Promise has built over 120 schools around the world!

 

So, how are Magnoodle and Pencils of Promise connected?

Magnoodle is an official sponsor of Pencils of Promise which means for every Magnoodle bracelet purchased, a contribution is made to the world's children. If you'd like to learn more about Magnoodle or Pencils of Promise, come talk to us at either our Fells Point or Quarry Lake location.

We love chatting about a good cause!

 

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Moments in Childhood: Climbing the Mountain

Posted by aMuse Toys on May 20, 2013 0 Comments

 

Photo Credit: Buckman Family

We only get one shot at childhood. As parents, we hope to be mindful of the many beautiful moments we find along the way. Every Monday, we will honor one of these moments in our series, Moments in Childhood. If you have a Moment in Childhood you would like to share, please email us at mail@amusetoys.com!

Moments in Childhood is sponsored by theWAIREHOUSE

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Friday Fun Feature: Doodle Vacations!

Posted by aMuse Toys on May 17, 2013 0 Comments

With less than a month left in school for some of us (Whaaa?!) it's time to start thinking about summer vacations and how to keep the kids entertained on all the day trips, longer road trips, and plane rides. Just in time, from DuoPress comes the latest in the series of Doodle books: Doodle Washington, D.C. and Beach Doodles.


 

The Doodle books are more than just coloring pages. They are for anyone who wants to use his or her imagination to create classic, fun and even wacky drawings. Each page has a prompt to spark that creativity.

The pages in Beach Doodles include a place to draw a contest-winning sand castle, a pirate ship and treasure map, and even what you think you'd find in the belly of a whale!

Doodle Washington D.C.'s pages encourage you to draw dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, a crazy airplane to hang next to the Spirit of St. Louis in the Air and Space Museum, or even your favorite toy store with all your favorite toys and games (wink, wink)!

 

 

These travel-sized books are perfect for that road trip or next vacation; especially if you're flying off to the beach or driving down to the nation's capital for the day. And, we love that they're written by our favorite local author, Puck, the incredible Laura Krauss Melmed, and illustrated by the talented ladies, Violet Lemay and Paige Garrison.

 

Feel free to check them out in person at either our Fells Point or Quarry Lake location and then #GetYourDoodleOn!

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Moments in Childhood: Sleepyheads

Posted by aMuse Toys on May 13, 2013 3 Comments

 

  Photo Credit: Phelan Family

We only get one shot at childhood. As parents, we hope to be mindful of the many beautiful moments we find along the way. Every Monday, we will honor one of these moments in our series, Moments in Childhood. If you have a Moment in Childhood you would like to share, please email us at mail@amusetoys.com!

Moments in Childhood is sponsored by theWAIREHOUSE

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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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