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There is no better way to bring in the holidays than getting the kids excited by creating arts and crafts themed around the 4th of July. Better yet, it is even more fun to include them in baking some yummy treats in order to make them feel they helped plan the celebration.
July 4th Arts & Crafts
Arts and crafts projects can be messy. So when deciding a project, make sure you focus on a project that does not require a lot of materials and is not tedious. Either take the project outside or designate an area inside, such as an art desk, to complete the project. The faster it is to create the craft, the better because the children will not become bored. The same goes for making delicious food.
Here at Step2, we discovered an arts and crafts project from FamilyFun Magazine, which will be a ton of fun for the kids. The Patri-botic Centerpiece will be the perfect centerpiece at your July 4th party. You could even place it at the kids’ table. It is a cute idea because the kids can create the face they want on their robot and take pride in making a helpful centerpiece for their party guests.
Additional holiday arts & crafts:
Baking with the kids is always a fun activity (but keep kitchen safety in mind when including the little ones), especially when it is a sweet treat they can enjoy. Everyone loves ice cream during the hot summer days. We found a fun recipe for Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes on Grandparents.com. These cupcakes are served in an ice cream cone, but it is actually a cupcake!
Have your little one assist in stirring the batter or adding the sprinkles. If your little one is too young to assist you in the kitchen, bring their play kitchen into your kitchen so they can “pretend” bake alongside you.
Additional holiday treats:
Have a great 4th of July! If you decide to do a project or baking activity with your children or grandchildren, send some pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share them on Facebook!
Check out more craft ideas and recipes on the Step2 “Creative Crafts” Pinterest board.
By Step2 on December 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Hints and Tips
At the Afternoon Playdate BlogHer ’11 event in August, we met Leanne, owner and editor of the blog Rave and Review. She shared with us how much her children enjoy Step2 toys, but as time passes, it’s hard to keep these products in her house once the kids have outgrown them. So to capture the memories of her children’s favorite toys, she makes ornaments for her Christmas tree.
“I started doing these a few years ago as a tribute to my kids’ favorite toys so when we eventually had to part with them we would still have a fun little keepsake to remember all the hours spent playing with them,” Leanne said. “Now it’s become such a tradition that I get requests from other people asking me to make their kids favorite toys, too.”
Much to our surprise, she offered to make us an ornament of a Step2 kitchen. And look what arrived at our office the other day:
(side note: How cute is this packaging?!)
Inside we found a miniature version of the LifeStyle Classic Cuisine Kitchen. We think it’s pretty spot on! Leanne even captured the “woodwork” and fruit baskets.
“Since our first toy ornament we ever made was a Step2 kitchen, I thought it would be fitting to send you one to enjoy, too,” she said. Well, we are so thankful for this Christmas gift. We have already put it on our office tree.
With Christmas only 10 days away (crazy, right?!), there are only a few more days left for holiday shopping. We’ve marked down some of our new role play toys now through Sunday, December 18 so that you could squeeze in an order before Christmas. Not only are these items 20% off, but all of them are less than $30 (with shipping!).
Sale prices valid through Sunday, December 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM ET. Sale price reflected on product page. No promo code needed. Sale valid for shipments to the 48 contiguous states only. Items listed above are not valid with any other offer or promo code.
Now just $27.99 (reg. $34.99)
Now just $23.99 (reg. $29.99)
By Step2 on December 9th, 2011 | Posted in About Us
It’s a ton of fun to be at Step2 around around Christmastime. In addition to the fact that we are around toys all day long, it’s exciting to play a role in children’s excitement on Christmas morning.
The Step2 Store, located right in front of our main office, is open to the public year round. They too are having some holiday fun, deeming themselves “Toy Land.” A giant Christmas tree is the focal point of the store and when the little ones enter they are greeted by a mini tree and snowflakes hanging from the ceiling. If you are in the Northeast Ohio area, we welcome you to stop by to check it out. There is a sale going on right now on excess inventory and discontinued items.
The holiday season is all about sharing time with loved ones. In this spirit, the Step2 Elves (our HR department) put together holiday craft bags with a few activities for our little loved ones. Each bag included a holiday stencil, ornament fun coloring sheets, paper plate holiday character craft, and a decorate a gingerbread house sticker sheet.
It also had a letter to Santa. Santa asked that the letter be returned to the Step2 Elves so that it can be delivered to him. The Step2 Elves will post the letters in our cafeteria. The “Elves” have it under good authority that the big guy himself will be happy to send a personalized return letter.
The ladies on our Customer Service team take the cake for the most holiday spirit in the building. Lights and garland line the cubicles, decorations hang on the walls, and Christmas music fills the air from 8am – 5pm ET each day from now until Christmas.
From our family to yours, we wish you a happy holiday and a joyous new year!
By Step2 on December 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Promotions
S2XMAS1110, S2XMAS1115 & S2XMAS1120 promo codes are valid 12/1/11 through 12/4/11. Promo codes will expire on 12/4/11 at 11:59PM ET. Only one promo code may be used per transaction. Some products are not applicable for this offer. Please visit the exclusion list. Not valid on Deal of the Holi-Day offers, combos or clearance merchandise.
By Step2 on November 4th, 2011 | Posted in Contest
We want to know how your kids use their imaginations! Now through November 20, 2011 we invite you to enter the Step2 Big Imaginations Are Cooking Contest by submitting an essay of 150 words or less that tells a story about your kids playing in an imaginative, unstructured way.
On November 23, ten finalists will be chosen to receive a new Step2 play kitchen and a video camera to create a video of their kid’s imagination running wild with their new kitchen. We’ll then post the videos on our Facebook page. It’ll be up to our Facebook fans to vote for their favorite video between December 12 and January 8 to determine the winner, who will receive the $5,000 grand prize.
To demonstrate and inspire contestants, we partnered with mommy bloggers Anne McGowan of Deal Wise Mommy, Dee Owens of Two Of A Kind, Working On A Full House, Crystal Rapinchuk of Surviving a Teacher’s Salary, and Xenia Sundell of Thanks, Mail Carrier to showcase their belief in the importance of imaginative and creative play for their own children. Check out their favorite Step2 play kitchens at www.bigimaginationscontest.com.