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Monday, December 22, 2008



MARA KAPLAN co-founded the Center for Creative Play which I started so that I would have a place to go and play with my son who is profoundly disabled.

Toys Aid in Development of Disabled Children

Toys Aid in Development of Disabled Children Minnesota
Toys of all types can help children develop essential skills, including children born with mental or physical disabilities like autism, multiple sclerosis, Down syndrome and other conditions, but some are more directly applicable than others.

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Sadie's Toy Box
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Ten Green Toys for 2008

Co-op America

2007 was a tough year for toy manufacturers, with popular, high-profile toys like Barbie accessories from Mattel, Sesame Street dolls from Fisher-Price, and Thomas the Tank Engine recalled due to the dangers of lead paint used by their Chinese manufacturers.

Just in the month of November alone, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced recalls of literally thousands of Chinese-made toys due to lead paint dangers, including: .................

Ten Green Toys for the Holidays From Coop America

10. Solar-powered house

9. Bamboo xylophone

8. “Family Pastimes” board games

7. Fair Trade sports balls

6. Doll clothes

Discover ...

What you should never buy again

Products to always buy green

25 ways to get and give what you need without money

Made in America is motto of American Aisle FROM THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS-SUN SUBURBAN CHICAGO NEWS December 12, 2008 Only U.S.-manufactured products offered in Round Lake Beach store

Doll clothes!!! folk art, paintings, ethnic textiles, gifts and other fun and educational stuff from Guatemala and the Markets of the World.

B.R.A.G. Philadelphia

Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Huipils for American Girl
Looking for a way to instill some Guatemalan pride in your doll playing kiddo? The website Terra Experience sells traditional Mayan clothing that fits American Girl. So cute! Here's the link:

Posted by B.R.A.G.

Labels: Maya, shopping

hot topic: fair trade 20 Mar 2008 by fullyshopping
i’m proud that terra experience was identified as one of “top ten green toys” by co-op america before christmas. what i have done at this point is work with the weavers and seen how they weave. the weaving itself is sustainable. ...

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top 10 eco-friendly toys 1 Dec 2007 by jody

doll clothes – the owner of terra experience follows the fair trade federation model, by keeping close ties with her producer partners in guatemala. she partners with mayan weavers to offer high-quality traditional outfits that fit 18" ...

babybam Collection -

5. Blue Rainforest Monkeys

4. Lamb (or bunny) towel doll

3. Lavender-filled stuffed animals

2. Wooden Pull Toys

1. Wooden trains

Its All About BOOKS This Holiday Season... Thursday, November 15, 2007

Close the Books on Hate: 101 Ways to Combat Prejudice to break the cycle of hate through reading

Review a list of 86 Book Titles and Internet Resources

Rainbow Library My Two Uncles

UMD Library Prejudice All Kinds of Families Norma Simon

In The Spirit of "Green" Giving and "Fair Trade" Christmas 2007 Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Costume Club Kids

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Books & Music


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Providing your family with the safe, natural, and fun toys.

We wanted to find safe and natural toys for our children to play with and that need inspired us to open our own store. Everything we sell is approved by us by our standards that we set for our own family. Our contact information

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By standard mail: 25703 Cedar River Menifee, Ca 92585

By phone: 951-672-3938

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Pull Along Zoo Animals

Stacking Construction Vehicles

Rolling Turtles

Haba rattles and teethers

Organic Bunny Blankie Friend

Organic Clothing

Pure Rest Organic Apollo Mattress Twin

Organic Lion

Organic 3 Tier Poplin Dress

Melissa and Doug Toys


Educational Toys and Specialty Toys

Educational Toys and Specialty Toys - Buy Online at Fat Brain Toys
Toddler Ride On Toys (37 products in this category) … Zipfy (3 products in this category) Zolo (3 products in this category) ……

Fat Brain's safe toy list
By Staff -- Playthings, 8/29/2007
ELKHORN, Neb.—Toy retailer and manufacturer, Fat Brain Toys, has developed a list of resources to assist parents in selecting safe toys.

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Only store I know who supports the troops overseas!

interesting toys and games that I can use therapuetically to assist the students improve various skills

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We are a homeschooling family and we are always looking for unique and challenging toys for our family.

The real difference is that Fat Brain doesn't charge to ship to FPO/APO addresses.

I found the best selection of Melissa and Doug puzzles on your site.

Fat Brain Toys is an awesome website with quality toys and lots of fun educational options for kids too!

Fat Brain Toys has an awesome line up of high quality toys for kids that don’t play by themselves. You know the types. Plug them in and sit back and watch?

They also offer toys with a wide range of “earthy” qualities, such as:

• made from sustainable sources
• renewable woods
• non toxic, kid safe vegetable dyes
• minimal packaging
• organic toys
• environmentally-themed toys
• toys made from recycled or reused materials
• toys integrating solar and alternative energy sources
• toys that run on “kid power” (talk about renewable energy sources!)
• toys ethically manufactured by socially responsible companies

Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Dado Cubes from Fat Brain Toys
Now they have created a new line of toys that has won almost every toy award that is out there.

"Dado combines art and science as you explore architectural principles . . . proportion, balance, structure and color.

Life of a CT Yankee

They carry a great range of educational toys for all ages - babies to adults.

Be sure to check out Thames and Kosmos kits, Erector sets, and so many other cool things.

Natural Moms Talk Radio

Frightened Grasshopper Solar Powered Bug

Let Kids Play!!

Toy of the Week: Mary Meyer Earth Friends November 11, 2008

Mary Meyer's new Earth Friends line includes soft toys, rattles and blankets, all crafted from 100 percent certified organic cotton grown without the use of toxins, harmful pesticides, chemicals or dyes. Also, all colorants are tested to meet and exceed global safety standards.

Mary Meyer, Townshend, Vt.

November 4, 2008: Broken Heart Dolls

The collectible Broken Heart Dolls ($15.99) are soft, 7-inch plush hearts created especially for teens and tweens. There are five characters in the original series, each with its own personal back story of emotional torment.

Shown here are purple Chrissie (the party girl), tan-colored Aarrchie (the punk bass player), chartreuse Clyde (tragic poet and muscle car fan) and black/white Susiee (the goth girl). Not shown: Wolfgang, the pink wannabe pop star.

Additional characters are planned to be unveiled seasonally.

Broken Heart Dolls, San Mateo, Calif.

October 28, 2008: Mega Bloks Smart Builders Piano

The Smart Builders Piano, for ages 1 and up ($34.99), combines both music and blocks—both classic play patterns—into the first buildable electronic piano to inspire creativity as well as learning.

Without blocks, preschoolers can play the piano as a normal instrument, but by layering or removing blocks, young musicians can change the instruments and add different beats and melodies. Designed especially for small hands.

Mega Brands, Toronto

October 21, 2008: Publications International's Poingo
Publications International, publisher of electronics-enabled storybooks, recently debuted Poingo ($34.99), a dedicated reading aid for preschoolers and kids up to age 7.

The interactive reading system’s namesake stylus uses an infrared scanner to “read” microscopic symbols imprinted into each of the system’s storybooks. When scanned by the Poingo stylus, the symbols trigger not only the story’s words, but also music, sound effects or interactive games from anywhere on the page by way of Poingo’s built-in speaker.

The system launched this summer with six Disney-licensed books, two of which are included with the Poingo stylus. Publications International will launch five additional interactive books this holiday season. They are: Digital Text Messaging Book, Countdown to Bedtime Soundbook, Flashlight Adventure Soundbook and Video Play-a-Sound Book. Additional Disney-licensed books are planned for early 2009.


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Blogger Pasifik said...

Great blog!

Happy blogging,

Toddler Toys|Learning Toys|Educational Toys

December 22, 2008 10:02 PM  
Blogger Awakening said...

Thanks for stopping by Pasifik. I'll have fun looking through "ALL" of your kid friendly blogs. Happy Blogging to you too!

December 24, 2008 3:18 AM  
Blogger Let Kids Play said...

Thank you for listing my blog, "Let Kids Play" on your site. I was wondering why a description of me, Mara Kaplan, started the blog? If people would like to learn more about me and my work you can visit

January 04, 2009 12:50 PM  
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