Are you ready for some artistic and creative fun? Well, so are we! That’s why we made a chalk and dry erase board table out of one of our table and chair sets for kids. You and your little artists will have a blast crafting this table. This table is great for your children’s fine motor skills and can enhance their drawing and writing abilities. Let’s get started:
Put the newspaper underneath the table, chairs and paints. Remove lids from the paints and begin stirring.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions to prepare the paint.
Use painter’s tape to create a divide in the middle of the table.
Tape all four sides of table.
Sand down the entire table with sand paper.
Paint the chalk board paint onto one side of the table (apply two – three coats of paint).
Paint the dry erase board paint onto the other side of the table (apply two – three coats of paint).
Tape the front of the chairs and paint one chair with chalkboard paint and the other with dry erase paint (this step is optional)*.
We also painted the back of the chairs.
Let paint cure for three days before applying any chalk or markers. After the three days you can remove the tape from where you feel is necessary (we left the tape in the middle of the table to distinguish that each side of the table is different and tape on the fronts of the chairs).
Let the drawing fun begin!
Check out all the awesome ways you can draw on this chalk and dry erase board table and chairs:
*Painting the front and back of the chairs with chalk and dry erase board paint is optional. We wanted to show all the different ways your kids could draw on the table and chairs set. However, if you do decide to paint the front of the chairs, we recommend your child wears clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. If they sit all the way back on the chairs, they could get chalk or dry erase marker on their clothes.
Rev your engines! With the global license from Ford Motor Company, Step2 is launching the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Foot-to-Floor that will wow parents and children alike! With its monstrous wheels, large grill and rugged styling, Step2’s Raptor foot-to-floor lets miniature drivers experience the real deal! Available to global customers in 2014, Step2 showcased the Raptor at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany.
Step2 modeled its Raptor foot-to-floor after the high performance F-150 SVT Raptor pick-up truck. As the number one selling truck in the US for 37 years, the look and the name of the F-Series are both recognizable and loved. “We’re excited to launch the Ford Raptor this fall and think kids are going to love pretending they’re in the driver’s seat of this classic American truck,” says Step2’s Chief Marketing Officer Jerry McDermott.
Drawing from it’ success in the foot-to-floor category, Step2 brings the innovative 360 degree turning to the new Raptor. Kids can propel themselves in any direction and turn corners with ease thanks to the additional 5th wheel. The two opening doors, steering wheel and honking horn are fun features that build little drivers’ sense of independence.
Step2 extends the life of the product and adds additional value with an attachable handle and floor board that inserts easily into the car. For the littlest drivers who aren’t ready to propel themselves, they can hop aboard and take a ride with mom or dad pushing comfortably behind. Cup holders for drinks on the go and storage in the bed of the truck for other toys make a ride around the neighborhood that much nicer.
Best friends are always there to pick you up when you are feeling down. When six-year-old Zac Gossage was diagnosed with leukemia, his best friend Vincent Butterfield was right by his side to make him feel better. During the holidays, Vincent sold scarves and raised $200 to give to Zac’s family. But Vincent didn’t only raise money for his best friend; he also shaved his head so Zac wouldn’t be the only one without hair!
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The power of Zac and Vincent’s friendship is incredible and proves that they would do anything to help one another out. Both boys are learning important lessons from this experience – Zac is learning what it means to have a selfless best friend, while Vincent is beginning to understand what it means to have a fighting spirit as Zac battles cancer. Zac is still undergoing chemotherapy but he still goes to school and sees his best friend all the time.
This Thoughtful Thursday we commend both Zac and Vincent for having each others’ backs. We are wishing Zac a speedy recovery and sending positive thoughts to him, his family and his friends.
For almost six years, Step2 has partnered with the Saving Tiny Hearts Society (StHS) to raise money to fund research around congenital heart defects (CHD). CHD is the number one birth defect in the United States and the world, and is also the most fatal childhood disease. A child is born with CHD every 15 minutes and 100,000 of them will not survive to celebrate their first birthday. Thousands more will not make it to adulthood. Research can change those numbers and that is why we are committed to this cause and have been for such a long time.
Two and a half years ago, the Step2 family was also personally impacted by CHD. Tena the Director of Online Marketing has a son named Myles who was born with CHD. In the first seven months of Myles’ life, he underwent three heart surgeries and one heart catheterization. Myles will have one more surgery before he is ready to go off to kindergarten.
Since learning about Myles’ diagnoses during her 20 week ultrasound, StHS has offered Tena and her family hope, support, and information about the importance of CHD research. We appreciate StHS and consider them an extension of our family at Step2. Saving tiny Hearts has raised $2 million in last nine years for CHD research. They have no paid employees and $0.98 of every dollar raised is put into research efforts.
Each year, we try to find new and creative ways to raise money for StHS.. In 2014, we will be donating a portion of the sales from each Tropical Island Resort to StHS. Also, the packaging of the product features a very special guest that is near and dear to our hearts – Myles! You can check him out rocking his scar on the packaging of this product along with the StHS logo. This product is available online or in-store at Walmart.
When you decide to purchase the Tropical Island Resort you will not only be buying a splash-tastic water table for your kiddos, but you’ll also be supporting a cause to save the lives of tiny heart superheroes all over the world.
Find out more information on how you can help support this worthy cause by visiting StHS’s website.