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One of our favorite spring products, the Easy Turn Coupe was featured on NBC as a spring PAL (Play on Words) Award Winner. Creator of PAL, Sherry Artemenko, speech language pathologist, writer, and toy consultant recognizes toys for their quality, design, and play value. Toys that receive the PAL award spark creative play within children, which is essential for their development.
The Easy Turn Coupe has fun features which both Sherry and parents admire:
What do you think of the Easy Turn Coupe?
Merry Christmas in July everyone! In honor of Christmas in July Step2 is celebrating. Take 12% off all Step2 items July 17-July 30, 2012. This offer is not valid on clearance, combos, or Infantino items. At checkout, use the coupon code S2JULY12.
This is great opportunity to buy to get your children their favorite outdoor toys that they have wanted all summer!
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Children love to play in water. Some take to it faster than others, splashing in the bathtub even before they can sit up on their own. For others water play is an acquired taste, but it is one more opportunity to learn and experience the world around them.
Playing in the sand is also popular with toddlers and preschoolers, and playing with sand and water together can open up whole new worlds to young children who can use these simple materials as a means to fuel their imagination and explore their world.
Traditionally, small children have been introduced to sand and water play through sandboxes. Many parents may even remember playing in the sandbox themselves, but sitting in the sand, especially with other children still in diapers may not be the most hygienic choice for playing in the sand.
Instead, children can play at a sand and water table and get all the benefits older generations had in the sandbox without the increased risk of bladder infections or other health issues. While some precautions can be taken, standing at a sand and water table is a healthier choice and just as much fun.
Sand and water tables come in a variety of different styles with different levels of functionality. A sand and water table can be simply elevated sandbox, or full-fledged activity center toy. Children can use features such as a waterwheel, shovels, buckets, spoons, and molds for hours of fun.
Sand and water play can help develop both fine and large motor skills, a sense of balance, and help build social skills. It’s also been shown to have a calming effect on preschoolers- something any caregiver can appreciate from time to time.
Parents and caregivers can get in on the fun too, as they help toddlers pour water throughout the water wheel or dig rivers in the sand. However, after very little guidance, children are likely to take over with their own ideas on how to get the most fun out of their activity center toy.
Whether they are using this as a backyard toy or it as part of a daycare environment children will love playing at their sand and water table. It provides the right blend of imagination and structure to help children develop important skills, while at the same time they are simply enjoying themselves. And isn’t that what childhood is all about?
I’ve got a great reason for posting today: we’re currently preparing our Spring/Summer catalog, so if you want a copy, you’d better request it soon. You can register for your free copy by putting your email address into the box to the right and hitting “go”. We’ll then ask you for your mailing address, and you’ll be on our list. Couldn’t be any simpler!
Why “Play it again, Sam”? I suppose because I’m also glad to announce that we’ve brought back an old favorite for one more short-term promotion. Among other things, the Deluxe Kitchen is shipping for free through February 5.
To find out which other items are included, just click on over to Step2.com and take a gander. If nothing shows up, that means that it’s later than February 5th, and the special offer has expired. (In which case you’ll just have to pay for shipping, as this offer ends 2/5/07)