Category Archives: Summer Toys

It is time to play with summer toys like water tables, climbers, slides, and swing sets. Get active outdoors with summer toys.

The Difference between Step2 Umbrellas

Picking the right umbrella for your Step2 products is very important whether you are shopping for a replacement umbrella or purchasing a sand & water table that does not include an umbrella.

The following products are compatible Step2 umbrellas:

We have two different adjustable umbrella sizes – 40″ in diameter and 60″ in diameter umbrellas. The 40″ umbrella adjusts between  34″ and 52″ when placed in a Step2 product. The 60” umbrella adjusts between 45″ and  69.5″ when placed in a Step2 product.  The umbrella colors may vary based on inventory levels. The above mentioned products can work with either size umbrella. However, knowing the shade coverage and proportions may help determine which umbrella will best fit on your Step2 product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Products Pictured: Tropical Island Resort(left) and Naturally Playful® Sand & Water Activity Center(right)

 

Still need more information about the 40” and 60” umbrellas? Please call our Customer Service department at 1-800-347-8372 Monday through Friday between 8am – 5pm ET.

 

Memorial Day DIY Decorations

In the past, we have enjoyed providing our customers with fun DIY activities such as crafts and recipes for holidays. However, for this Memorial Day weekend, we decided to provide you with a festive way to celebrate using your child’s Step2 toys! Decorating your child’s playhouse or climber can be a fun way for you and your child to use your creativity while celebrating this patriotic time of year.

What you will need:

  • Red, white, and blue construction paper (or poster board- that is what we used! We felt it was sturdier)
  • Scissors
  • Garland
  • American flag(s)
  • Stapler
  • Tape

How to create the red, white and blue chain(s) [Adult supervision required for this step]: Cut the construction paper or poster board into strips, then take the strip and attach the two ends of the strip together to create a ring. Staple the two ends together.  Place the second strip of paper through the newly made loop. Again, join the ends of the strip together by stapling. Alternate between red, white, and blue strips to continue this process of creating a long chain.

Once you have completed the long chain, place the chain(s) on the desired playhouse or climber. If it is windy, you can tape parts of the chain onto the playhouse or climber. Place the American flag(s) in the ground around the climber or playhouse. Tape the garland near the doorway of the playhouse or in and throughout part the climber.

Decorating your Step2 playhouse or climber can make your backyard or home more festive as you celebrate this Memorial Day weekend! What are you doing to celebrate Memorial Day?

Memorial Day Tutorial

Easy Turn Coupe Becomes a Spring Favorite

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.

Easy Turn Coupe

The Easy Turn Coupe has fun features which both Sherry and parents admire:

  • Gas cap, ignition key, and working horn for added fun
  • Removable floor board protects mom or dad’s feet when pushing
  • Molded in push handle in roof
  • Clear roof enables mom or dad to see their child when pushing
  • Easy maneuverability because of the front castor wheel
  • Cup holders for both parent and child

What do you think of the Easy Turn Coupe?

Tis the Season: Christmas in July!

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!

Enjoy the best days of summer with the best deals from Step2!

Introducing Your Children to Water Activities

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?

Play it again, Sam

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)

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