Donate Your Unwanted Plastic Toys to Second Chance Toys

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This is no April Fool’s joke! If you have unwanted plastic toys that your kids aren’t using anymore, don’t put them out at the curbside, donate them to Second Chance Toys!

If you are a mom, I’m sure at one point or another, you’ve wondered what to do with all the toys that your kids have outgrown. I know I am in the same position now that my kids are getting a little bit older, their interests are changing and we just have SO MANY TOYS in our house, that we just need to clean out a little.

Well I just heard about a very special charitable organization called Second Chance Toys. They rescue, clean and redistribute gently used plastic toys to children in need.

In light of Earth Week, Second Chance Toys is planning pick-ups all around the country along with a huge toy drive in Times Square in May. Click here to find a drop-off location near you or you can register as a collector and get started in your own town.

They have a goal to put toys in the hands of more than 100,000 underserved children who have humbly asked for a toy through various organizations and homeless shelters. Not only is this a great chance to help kids in need, but it’s an awesome way to unload some of that clutter!

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ABOUT SECOND CHANCE TOYS:

Second Chance Toys was started by then high school student, Sasha Lipton, who was tired of seeing beautiful plastic toys on the curb on garbage day. It upset her to think that these perfectly good toys were being thrown away when at the same time there were so many kids in the same and other neighborhoods who couldn’t afford to have toys. She began collecting them one at a time with her mom. Soon she filled her basement with them! She cleaned them off and donated them to local churches, food pantries, and children’s organizations.

Now a college graduate, Sasha has continued to grow Second Chance Toys, which now partners with the Kohl’s employee volunteer program as well as 1-800-Got-Junk, who transports toys for Second Chance Toys. To date, they’ve collected and donated more than 150,000 toys to children in need.

Please visit www.SecondChanceToys.com to see how you can get involved!

 

LEGO DUPLO Playtime for The Fashionable Bambinos!

LEGO DUPLO knows the importance of playtime, and the special bonding moments that arise through play. So we were excited when we were asked to review some of Lego Duplo’s new products.

I have two children – a daughter who just turned 5 years old and a son who is 2 years old. They were eager to try out the “new toys” and the expressions on their faces when I opened the box was priceless…

We spent over an hour playing with LEGO DUPLO Creative Cakes and two different LEGO DUPLO Read & Build play sets.

About the toys…

LEGO DUPLO Creative Cakes

  • Build cakes, have a birthday party, serve the cakes to your parents on the pink lid that doubles as a tray

LEGO DUPLO Read & Build play sets

  • A new play experience for preschoolers that combines building bricks and a story book.
  • Interactive play experience, read the story as your child build along
  • Brings stories to life

Play is a timeless feature of human societies, and when combined with 21st century learning it provides children and adults with opportunities to experiment with their surroundings. Both me and my two kids really enjoyed the Read & Build sets. My 5 year old daughter was able to read the story and help her little brother build the animals from the book which was a great bonding experience for them.

The pictures in the book are simple enough for my two year old to look at and immediately build all by himself, which quite visibly gave him a thrill and a boost in his self esteem. It was a great activity they could do together that didn’t cause any fighting or jealousy as they were able to work with the toys together or apart. Through play, children explore and develop their multiple senses, which creates more brain synapses. This in turn contributes to a child’s overall intelligence. I feel that the Read & Build sets are built to do just that. I feel good about my kids playing with them and know they are learning AND having fun at the same time.

Here are a few shots from our fun playtime experience with the Read & Build Sets…



The Creative Cakes set was even more fun for them! More pieces and endless possibilities resulted in over an hour of happy playtime for both of them, together. It was also easy for me to play along with them which was a great bonding experience for all of us.

Here are some pics from our playtime with the Creative Cakes set…

Lego Duplo Creative Cakes set




Overall I was really happy with the Lego Duplo products and they will be our toys of choice when it’s time to play for a quite a while!


Readers of The Fashionable Housewife can enter for a chance to win $100 worth of LEGO DUPLO products! See details below!

How to Enter:

    Step 1: Go to www.pinterest.com and log onto your account.
    Step 2: Go to the Tend by Glam Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/TendByGlam) and click “Pin To Win” tab where you will be provided with the Contest image which you must pin to your Pinterest board.
    Step 3: Fill in your email address and click “Submit & Pin”
    Step 4: Re-pin the Contest Image to any Pinterest board, along with at least one (1) additional image from among a library of images available on the TendLEGO DUPLOPinterest board.

All steps must be completed during the Promotion Period to be eligible as an Entry. Sweeps ends November 30, 2012



Disclosure: Compensation was provided by LEGO DUPLO via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of LEGO DUPLO.

Gift Idea Under $15: For Kids Ages 6 And Up

SPACE CHIPS HAVE LANDED…BET YOU CAN’T BUILD JUST ONE

Monkey Business Sports’ New “Space Chips” Are The Shapes of Things to Come

It’s a simple truth that young children love repetition. Repetition assembly marries problem solving and learning while bringing the comfort of familiarity which builds confidence. Now there’s a spatial exploration set that our kids will adore repeating, and adults love for them to engage with, they’re called “Space Chips” and they’re a brand new, highly addictive construction toy from Monkey Business Sports.

“I had in mind to make them thin and light, like potato chips,” said inventor Dick Esterle, who partnered with Monkey Business Sports to bring his construction toy to market. “There are so many construction toys that involve parts and then connectors, and I wanted these to be simple and one piece to connect to each other,” said Esterle, who was a practicing New York City architect for 20 years.

Based on the ancient Greek concept of “hedrons” (that’s a fancy word for a 3-D shape with sides), Monkey Business Sports has developed a construction set filled with lots of colorful, interlocking chips which can be snapped together to form “Drons™”. Even more fun, you can combine Drons to form even more intricate 3-dimensional shapes. To mathematicians these are called “polyhedrons” (shapes with many sides). To regular folk, they’re called really cool shapes! But to the kids who play with Monkey Business Sports’ Space Chips, they’re simply called “really cool Combo-Drons.™”

One of the reasons Space Chips are such a hit with kids is because of how simple they are to use. Fitting together each set’s various-sized chips, any child can spend hours building simple Drons like triangles, squares and pentagons. When they put two pieces together, there’s even a satisfying “click” noise that tells them they’ve succeeded. So, once the simpler shapes have “clicked” with them, they move on to more complicated Combo-Drons like “Quacks the Duck,” “Waddles the Penguin” or “Salty the Crab” or can really up the ante building the 540-piece replica of the Buckminster Fullerene carbon molecule. Look for this set to be available in early 2011.

Of course, because there are endless possibilities to what kids can dream up, they can express themselves by making their own amazing, colorful designs. The company’s website, www.MonkeyBusinessSports.com, has a section where Space Chippers can upload photos of their original designs, and see those of others to get ideas for new things to build.

For kids, Space Chips will develop their imagination, fine motor-skills and creativity. Parents will delight in seeing the shapes and creations their kids come up with using Space Chips.

Here’s the first Space Chips set, available now:

Each set comes with 50 Space Chips inside. Any Space Chip snaps into any other Space Chip. Simple instructions show how to build “The First Five Drons”: A Tetrahedron (4-sides), a Hexahedron (6-sides), an Octahedron (8-sides), a Dodecahedron (12-sides) and an Icosahedron (20-sides). After that kids can learn to build Combo-Drons like The Squircle, The Hoagie, The World Cup Ball, Waddles the Penguin and more. The instruction sheet can also be used as a fun coloring book! Space Chips are recommended for children ages 6 & up and have a retail price of $15.00.

Each set comes with 22 Space Chips. In addition to letting kids build three awesome Drons, this set comes with instructions on how to build an amazing, glow-in-the-dark Space Ship which can be thrown back and forth. After that, kids can morph the Flying Saucer into Squats the Alien. Space Chips Space Ship set is recommended for children ages 4 & up and will be available in early 2011.

Click Here To Purchase Space Chips!

Fair Indigo “Joobles” Giveaway

We’re giving away an adorable, handmade Jooble from Fair Indigo!!

Retailing for just $29 each, Joobles can be found online at www.fairindigo.com or at specialty e-tailers like Oompa.com. Visit Fair Indigo’s website to see detailed images of each animal. The colorful characters range from turquoise to celery green.

Where do Joobles come from? Started by a Peruvian family — a mom, a dad, and their daughter — this company provides work and hope to hundreds of rural and urban Peruvians all over the country. Small groups of impoverished workers are trained to run their own small businesses making hand-knit clothing and accessories. In addition to providing much needed employment, they train workers throughout Peru in such valuable skills as quality control and production planning. Fair Indigo also works with this company’s charitable arm by donating free breakfasts and school supplies to children of the workers.

Parents who have shopped for organic toys will appreciate the value of Joobles. Other pricier knit toys not only cost more, but are often made of acrylic yarn and not made under fair trade conditions. Joobles are not only 100% adorable but will improve our planet for the next generation by supporting small sustainable farming and fair trade. Isn’t it amazing how the right toy can make a difference?

Want To Win One?

All you have to do it visit www.fairindigo.com and click on the About Fair Trade tab on the top right hand side. Then just enter in the Contest Box below and briefly describe the concept of fair trade and what you learned from reading the page.

Other Details:

The winner may choose 1 Joobles as their prize. (Icy the Penguin and Jiffy the Giraffe are already sold out!)

Contest is open from Dec 11-14th. Must enter before midnight on Dec 14th. Must be 18 or older to enter. Must be in USA or Canada to enter.

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