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Monday, December 22, 2014

The great outdoors, holiday edition

Winter doesn’t have to mean cold afternoons bundled up indoors. When the weather’s nice enough to get outside with your kids, take full advantage with these fun activities that are sure to keep cabin fever at bay.


Freshly fallen snow makes the perfect canvas for your next art project. Add food coloring to a water bottle and “paint” away. 


Everyone loves bubbles in the summer, but bubble blowing takes on a whole new (and fun!) dimension on freezing days. Kids will enjoy watching them turn into ice bubbles—plus, they look amazing!


Bury a wide-mouthed water bottle, can, or bowl in the snow so that the mouth is flush with the snow’s surface then gather small stones to toss into it from a few yards back.


Fill water balloons with colored water, let them freeze, then peel the balloons off and use them for outdoor bowling!


Turn snack time into an adventure—build a fire in your backyard’s fire pit and just add s’mores ingredients and hot chocolate.


For a fun photo op, leave the heads off your creations—at least until your kids can stand behind them while you take their pictures! Besides the fun, making a snowman is also awesome exercise. Moving all that snow around takes a lot of work, but we won’t tell if you don’t!


KidKraft playsets let kids explore a new world without leaving the backyard. Our Outdoor Playhouse and Modern Outdoor Playhouse come complete with doors and windows that open and close and even have mailboxes with flags. They’re made of weather-resistant wood and are large enough that multiple children can play at once, taking winter to a whole new level. 


Pull back the protective mesh cover and let kids dig in! With our sandboxes, kids get to build sand castles in their own backyard. Reinforced wooden panels prevent warping and weathering, and the Pirate Sandboat is even shaped like a boat!

Live. Laugh. Play. With KidKraft. Find the perfect gifts on our site!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Supplies for the perfect Christmas morning

Picture this: It’s 6AM (if you’re lucky!). The kids run screaming through the house to see what Santa brought. They start ripping through packages; wrapping paper goes flying through the air. But it all comes to a screeching halt when they can’t open one of the boxes, and you can’t remember where you left the scissors!

Potential Christmas day disasters like this are easily averted with a simple checklist. You know you’ll need: batteries of all sizes, a screwdriver, scissors and trash bags for easy cleanup. But KidKraft has a few other ideas on how to make Christmas perfect.


Our Limited-Edition Orange Corner Kitchen is sure to be a hangout spot for all the budding chefs in the neighborhood. With doors that open and close, this kitchen playset is just the thing you need to cook up a good time!


It's not just a dollhouse, but a Sparkle Mansion Dollhouse! More than 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide, it’s a jumbo-sized paradise for your kids’ favorite dolls. They’ll love playing with the gliding elevator, spiral staircase, 30 pieces of detailed doll furniture and separate backyard area, complete with swimming pool and barbecue grill.


There are train sets and then there are dinosaur train sets—complete with giant insects and cavemen! Our 95-piece Dinosaur Train Set and Table and its lava-filled volcano, a tunnel made of dinosaur bones, moving dinosaur crane and prehistoric police station and fire station is good for hours of entertainment.


Create a private play space for your little knights—one that lets them go on adventures without even leaving the house. They can go hunting for treasure, save a damsel in distress or hide from dangerous enemies. And our Castle Tent with Tunnel has detailed castle artwork, including torches, swords and a coat of arms. The quick assembly makes setup a breeze.

Live. Laugh. Play. With KidKraft. Find the perfect holiday gifts at our site.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

How to turn holiday family time into play time

Togetherness is what the holidays are all about, but what are you supposed to do with all that time? This holiday season, invest in a few KidKraft gifts that will provide hours of fun and entertainment and create lasting memories.


Perfect for little hands, The Lil' Symphony: Band In A Box will bring out the musician in your little ones (and you!). Assemble as many sets of instruments as you need to get everyone in on the act—even grandmas and grandpas—then record their efforts and play back each year to the delight and entertainment of your guests.    


When your little natives are restless, create a private play space just for them and that will last for years to come. Sure to be the site of many indoor campouts (and play headquarters during the holidays), our Teepee In Orange will also be a big hit with young sleepover guests. The quick assembly (just a few easy steps!) makes setup a breeze. 


When the rocking horse needs a rest, your kiddos can answer the call of the open road—and work off some energy—with his and her motorcycle rockers. The Star Studded Rockin' Motorcycle and the Flower Power Rockin' Motorcycle are decorated with detailed graphics and make realistic motorcycle sounds at the push of a button.        



Put busy hands to work at their very own Deluxe Workbench. With tons of interactive pieces and fun details, this play set inspires creativity and imagination (and helps with hand-eye coordination, but that can be our little secret). They can even learn good cleanup habits by storing their tools in the convenient storage bins when they’re finished playing.

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

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cooking up fun

Everyone congregates in the kitchen during the holidays, making it the perfect time to get your kids’ creative juices flowing with a KidKraft kitchen play set. We’ve even thrown in a few recipes that you can cook as a family. Food fight!


It’s a kitchen just like Mom and Dad’s! Your little chefs will love that this set comes with a freestanding refrigerator and freezer, that the doors open and close on all the appliances and the knobs on the dishwasher, oven and sink actually turn. Plus, it’s large enough that more than one child can play at a time, but still small enough to fit in your own kitchen so you can “cook” together!


There is just something about kitchen play sets that kids love, and girls especially will adore our pretty in pink Gracie Play Kitchen. The doors open and close, and the knobs turn and click. The sink even pulls out for easy cleanup.


Kids today have more sophisticated palates than ever before, and our new Sushi Dinner Set is one way to encourage them to experiment. The 22-piece set even includes a pretend soy sauce bottle and chopsticks.


When you’re ready to explore the culinary arts with your kids, try this recipe that’s fun, fun, fun! Oh, and healthy, and easy—all you need is elastic cord, a yarn needle and fruit. They’ll love stringing together berries and fruit and making their own little creations. And when you run out of fruit, you can always use Cheerios or popcorn.


This is an adorable and delicious snack that kids will love making almost as much as they’ll love eating! Marshmallows make great eggs for your nest until Easter rolls around, when you can always add some Peeps or chocolate eggs.


Impress your granola-loving kids with your own homemade version, a version that lets you control the contents and therefore the overall healthiness. Not only does it make a great project for a wintery day, but it makes the house smell delicious, too.

The hardest part of this recipe by far is letting it cool! Just plant your little ones at the kitchen table and let them be in charge of measuring out all the ingredients (under your supervision, of course!). The children will find it even more delicious knowing they helped bake it.

Live. Laugh. Play. Find the perfect holiday gift on our website, and follow us on Pinterest for more fun ideas!  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's all in the details

KidKraft is a different kind of toy company, and not just because we make high-quality wooden toys and furniture when others have resorted to plastic and other less expensive materials. For more than 40 years, we’ve specialized in toys that are inventive, interactive and educational. They are, in fact, the perfect balance to all the high-tech gadgets that seem to have replaced the traditional toy box and everything in it. Our whimsical designs encourage kids’ creativity, stoke their imagination and create lasting family memories.

Play kitchens, dollhouses, doll furniture, outdoor playhouses, rockers and train sets are just a few of the fun things KidKraft is known for, all over the world. We also make all kinds of children’s furniture, including chairs, tables, train tables, room sets, vanities and beds, that suit both the needs and wants of your little ones. More than 250 of our toys and furniture pieces can be personalized with a child’s name or nickname for an extra-special touch.

Everything we sell is designed by a team of dedicated engineers who focus on making each product as safe and long lasting as possible. This means that everything from our largest outdoor playhouse to our smallest step stool will last for years and years and can be passed from one generation to the next.

We have offices all over the world, so KidKraft employees are working around the clock for our customers and their children. If you have any questions about your item, there will always be someone ready and willing to get you the assistance you need. Your complete satisfaction is our No. 1 priority.

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

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