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Toys to Take Home - News from Northside

July 22, 2021 at 10:50 AM by Brandi Cummings

Are your kids tired of the same old boring toys? Do you have little ones visiting this summer and you need something to tear them away from the tablet? Want to take something for a test run before taking the financial plunge? Check out our developmental toy collection! Our developmental toy collection has a variety of toys, kits and learning tools for kids of all ages. I’ve been digging into the catalog myself to find new, exciting toys for my niece, Lola. (We’re angling for Best Aunt over here.) Here are some of my favorites! 


Rocks and Fossil Kit: Supplement a geology lesson at home with this rocks and fossil kit! Perfect for exploring as a family to prevent the summer slide, your family of budding geologists can examine 12 rocks and minerals with a stereoscope and eyepieces. A book is included to guide your study. Appropriate for Grades 4 and up.


Soft & Safe Cozy Ball Pit: Yup, you read that right. A ball pit. This ball pit is meant for your littlest kiddos (6 months - 4 years). This fun, colorful toy helps develop gross motor skills, like tossing and sitting upright. The multi-colored balls offer a great opportunity to practice counting and colors.


Magnatiles: Remember the Cabbage Patch kid craze in the ‘80s? Magnatiles are the hit toy of the 2010s. These magnetic tiles can be used to build towers, animals, buildings, and shapes. Your imagination is the limit!  Kids love them, but they are a pretty pricey toy. Bring home the Magnatiles kit for a special treat! Or take them for a test run before purchasing your own set. Appropriate for kids ages 3 and up. 


Regular Dot Art Painters: You probably have crayons and markers laying around the house. Maybe even some watercolors. But you probably don’t have anything like these dot art painters! These are no-splash, no-spill bottles that can be used to create patterns and pictures. They even can be used similar to a paintbrush!  Appropriate for kids ages 3-11.


Happy Giddy Tunnel: The caterpillar tunnel is as adorable as it is fun! Perfect to use indoors or outdoors, this 5-foot long tunnel provides hours of fun.. Use it as part of an outdoor obstacle course! It also makes a cozy place to look through books. (May I suggest The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle?) Appropriate for children 36 months to 5 years old. 


Rainbow Parachute: Want to relive your favorite day in elementary school gym class?  Check out our 12-foot parachute! Introduce your kids to the most fun they will ever have. Teach them how to make waves, play “popcorn” if you have any foam balls or rolled up pairs of socks around the house, and end your day with a parachute fort. Fun for all ages!

There is plenty more where these came from!  Check out the developmental learning tab in the catalog or swing by the YFS desk and ask for the developmental toy binders. Let us know which toy is your new favorite!