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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Give Thanks and Take Five! Win the Ultimate Playroom!



Show us what your kids are thankful for this Thanksgiving! Tag your pictures with #KidKraftThanks and post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest for your chance at winning The Ultimate Playroom! 

Winner can choose five of these 11 new holiday items!













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Monday, November 24, 2014

What to do when the weather outside is frightful

If it’s freezing rain outside, chances are it’s total mayhem inside. So when you’re looking for ways to keep the little ones entertained, look no further. These indoor activities will keep your children from going stir-crazy and help you maintain your sanity!

ALL ABOARD

It’s a train table. It’s a building block board. It’s super fun! Park your little players in front of the 2-in-1 Activity Table and let them go to town. It comes with 200 LEGO®-compatible blocks and a 30-piece train set. They’ll love it because when they get tired of one activity, they can flip the board over and start a new one. And you’ll love it because it cleans up in a flash—just store all the parts and pieces under the tabletop.

A FUN DEPARTURE

Just because you’re snowed in doesn’t mean their imaginations can’t fly. The Airport Express Train Set & Table contains an entire city’s worth of stuff to do, including a 100-piece train set, a drive-through mountain with helipad, four cars, two airplanes, a helicopter and a deluxe airport and control tower with antennae. The tabletop is reversible and has storage for easy cleanup.


ATTENTION SHOPPERS

A trip to the market sounds so much more enticing when it’s in your own living room. At our Grocery Marketplace, young shoppers can pick out their own groceries and pay with the interactive cash register. There’s even a chalkboard for displaying the daily specials.

COOKING UP FUN

Kids are used to seeing family and friends hang out in the kitchen so naturally they’ll love having one of their own. The Deluxe Big & Bright Kitchen With Cookware Set gives young chefs everything they need to cook up a good time. The refrigerator, freezer, oven and microwave doors all open and close, and the knobs on the oven and sink turn and click. And the pi├Ęce de r├ęsistance—the adorable matching 27-piece cookware set!

WINDOW PAINTING

Here’s something we bet they’ve never tried—painting on the windows! This fun rainy day activity makes a nice change of pace from paper. Plus, kids feel like maybe they are doing something they’re not supposed to, which they love! Mix a small amount of dish soap in tempera paint and use painter’s tape to create a frame—you could even use the tape to create a Mondrian window (which you could turn into an art lesson for slightly older kids). Then just let the magic unfold. Won’t they be surprised when, a few days later, it turns into a window-washing project!

CONNECT THE DOTS

This is an activity that’s disguised as a game but gets them to practice motor skills, counting and stretching at the same time. Sneaky! It’s easy for parents in that it only involves rolling out some butcher paper on the floor and drawing large dots and numbers in a random pattern—you don’t even need it to make a picture!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

How to make your kids want to go to their room

Kids only get one childhood. And during that precious time, their bedrooms should be fun, creative havens for them to learn and grow. Here are a few ideas for ways to create their perfect retreat.

READY FOR TAKEOFF

Our adorable Airplane Toddler Bed is an ideal centerpiece for your little pilot’s space (and makes an easy transition piece from crib to bed). The propeller at the foot of the bed really spins, and the matching bedding features blue airplanes and white puffy clouds. For a special touch, hang clouds of your own from the ceiling. All you need is fake snow, needle and thread, scissors and masking tape. Get the instructions here. Another crafty idea is to put airplane decals on a plain lampshade to cast airplane silhouettes on the wall when the lights are out.

PLAYING HOUSE

Our Dollhouse Toddler Bed is a dream come true for little girls. The headboard with the built-in dollhouse is the perfect place for her to store the treasures she likes to keep close. The fence doubles as a bed rail, and the dollhouse doors to match the walls then use double stick tape to adhere them to the outlets in the room. You’ll need dollhouse doors, paint and double-stick tape.
windows actually open and close. The matching bedding is great for parents, as it comes with a reversible comforter, flat and fitted sheets and a pillowcase. Add your own personal touch to her room with a simple but precious project. Paint

OFF TO THE RACES

Our Racecar Toddler Bed will be the envy of every kid on the block! Of course, you’ll need the bedding to go with it. Then hang cars wallpaper on one wall as an accent or a racecar-themed mural—you could make it look like the car was coming out of the scene on the wall. You can find a ton of ideas for murals, starting as low as $150. You can even upload your own photo to create a customized display! If you really want to go the extra mile, throw in this adorable Activity Car or Mega Ramp Racing Set—or both!

SOUND THE ALARM (CLOCK)!

Every kid dreams of being a firefighter when they grow up, and now they can do it from their very own Fire Truck Toddler Bed. Add the fire truck bedding and the Fire Station Set, the Deluxe Fire Rescue Set or the Hometown Heroes Wooden Play Set for best effect. One way to get your kids in on the act—put three canvases down and have them paint a fire truck across them then hang as a triptych. If you want to go a step further, paint the outside of the firehouse on the wall and attach a battery-operated wall sconce so it looks like the firehouse’s outside light!

PRETTY IN PINK

She’ll always be your little princess, so why not give her the room to match? Let her lay her head down to sleep in this magical Princess Toddler Bed with Classic Princess Toddler Bedding. Then hang white holiday lights on the ceiling and drape a sheer curtain over them for a truly dreamy effect.

Live. Laugh. Play. Find your next gift at our website, and follow us on Pinterest for more ideas for the holidays and beyond. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kids' foods fit for a feast

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and never more so than during the holidays. And while you have everyone together, why not put them to work! Making things together in the kitchen is a way to inspire your kids’ imagination (and appetite) and create memories and traditions for years to come. Here are a few adorable yet delicious recipes your kids will eat right up!

Food Fun with Kids!


OREO PEANUT BUTTERCUP TURKEY
What child wouldn’t be interested in an edible decoration with all the major food groups represented—peanut buttercups, Oreos, candy corn and Whoppers? Little kids can help sort and count the candy as the bigger kids work on assembling all the pieces. Let them decorate their table with their masterpieces—then gobble them up for dessert!

Food Fun with Kids!



WHITE ICING TURKEY COOKIES
Try making these cookies with your little turkeys! They consist of frosting and candy corn on sugar cookies—super easy and super cute! Wrap them individually for a school bake sale (sure to be a bestseller!) or fill up your cookie jar for holiday guests.

Harvest Hash - Halloween Trail Mix


HARVEST TRAIL MIX
This super versatile recipe offers numerous ingredient combinations—you can just experiment until you find the perfect mix. Once you have the main ingredients together, try adding nuts, marshmallows, popcorn, Goldfish, Cheerios, chocolate chips or Craisins. The recipe could even be customized with everyone’s favorites for that long car ride.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thanksgiving decor to make with the family

As the holidays approach, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos. Why not take time out for a little fun and get the kids in on the act as you prep for Thanksgiving? These adorable crafts will help encourage creativity and imagination—not to mention create lasting family memories. A pint-sized table and chair set from KidKraft is the perfect place to start. It can serve as crafting headquarters until Thanksgiving Day, when the little ones sit down to their own feast!

CANDY CORN TURKEYS
cute candy corn turkey is a playful way to put some of that leftover Halloween candy to good use. The list of supplies you’ll need is short, and it’ll take no time at all to trace, color and glue your way to some festive Thanksgiving decor! Even younger kids can get in on the act with this super-simple craft. 
15 Thanksgiving Kids Crafts

THANKSGIVING CARDS
Remind family and friends just how thankful you are to have them in your life with Thanksgiving cards handmade by your children. It’s a sweet, creative way to bring smiles to their faces.
15 Thanksgiving Kids Crafts

PAPER PLATE TURKEY
No refrigerator door would be complete without at least one paper plate turkey. The googly eyes, seasonal colors and 3-D beak cutout are sure to make you smile even when you’re in the midst of preparing your own Thanksgiving turkey. 
Paper Plate Turkey


THANKFUL TURKEY BOX
We love this idea! Every day during the month of November, have everyone in your house write down something they’re thankful for and slip the paper into the Thankful Turkey Box. On Thanksgiving Day, while everyone is gathered around the dinner table, get all the papers out and read them as a family. It’s a great conversation starter, too!
Thankful Turkey Box Tutorial

After a long day of crafting, retire to the porch for some much-earned rest. Our two-slat rocking chairs provide the perfect respite. And keep all their crafts supplies handy and organized by storing them all in our sturdy toy caddy, perfect for toting from room to room.
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Monday, November 3, 2014

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