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Pack your bags!

Summer is here!  For many of us, that means it is time to take a trip.  Whether your trip will be short or long, the most pressing question will be: how to keep the kids busy?  Our staff always have lots of great ideas for fun on the go.  And we know that younger children are more of a challenge to entertain, which is why we are so impressed by the Trunki suitcase line from Melissa and Doug.

Trunkis are a hard plastic suitcase designed especially for tiny travellers.  The most exciting feature is that the Trunki is made to be ridden!  With a contoured saddle, wheels, and stabilizers to keep it from tipping, it is a dream come true to kill time while waiting in an airport.  Trunki is also equipped with carry handles, a shoulder strap, a lock, and secret compartments.  Best of all (from a grownup point of view!), the Trunki meets the requirements to be allowed as carry on luggage.

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New Perplexus puzzles for all ages!

Perplexus is an amazing brain teaser puzzle game.  Play on your own, take turns, or have speed-solving competitions with a friend!  The original version, for ages six and up, would not stay on the shelf this last Christmas season.   As a winner of the Canadian Toy Testing Council’s Children’s Choice Award and a Parents Magazine Top Toy, Perplexus came highly recommended and did not disappoint!

Canadian toy company Plasmart has expanded on the Perplexus concept with two new additions.  We are pleased to welcome Perplexus Rookie(for ages four and up) and Perplexus Epic(for ages eight and up) to our shelves.

Drop by to give them a try, and let us know what you think!

It’s Summer, so let’s RIDE!

Anyone who has tried to teach an older child how to ride a bike knows, it can be a difficult task! Sure some kids take to it like a duck to water, but there are equally as many kids who have a hard time getting past the fear of it all. The freedom that comes with learning to ride a bike is invaluable to kids and what is better than a family bike-ride in Ottawa?

So, are you having a hard time teaching your older child to ride a bike? I came across a fantastic article on www.bicycle.net that may help parents.

Check it out the link below and let us know if it works for you!

TEACH YOUR CHILD TO RIDE IN ONE HOUR OR LESS

GOGO’S CRAZY BONES SERIES 2

Gogo's Crazy Bones Series 2

My seven-year-old son has been asking me “When can I buy Gogo’s Series 2?” every day for several months now. Well, the day has finally arrived where I can say “They’re HERE”!

Gogo’s have evolved and Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s has them! Series 2 Flow Pack is now available in stores and online.  Also, exclusively in stores, Gogo’s Crazy Bones Gold Series Limited Edition tin. This tin makes a perfect gift for any Gogo collector-each tin contains 10 EXCLUSIVE Gogo’s and some of the most valuble Gogo’s!

Ottawa, get kids moving!

Here at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s, we just got in a new line of awesome skipping gear including jump ropes, double dutch ropes, stilt walkers and skip-its! It’s from Just Jump It  and it’s available at all our stores now! In the spirit of keeping active, we wanted to get parents talking about more ways to keep their kids moving this summer!

We all know the benefits of keeping our kids active. It keeps the body healthy, encourages socialization & teamwork and provides a foundation for keeping fit in to adulthood.

But where to start with your little offspring?

Rule number one (and there is only one rule) Make it fun. If it’s fun your kids will be asking for more and that’s all you need to keep fit. Here are some ideas to get kids moving. Since it’s spring, we’re going to keep it a list of Fun Active Things to do in Ottawa for Spring and Summer!

Rediscover Ottawa and go for a family walk or bike ride! There the paths along the Rideau Canal and more paths along the Ottawa River. Perhaps opt for a stroll through the Ottawa Byward Market you can visit the street vendors and buy some fresh produce while exercising, how cool is Ottawa?!

Want to add a twist to the family walk? Go out at night and bring a flashlight. Be sure to look up and stargaze as well!

Or simply head to your local park and toss around a ball or frisbee, it can be that simple! Don’t ignore the free public tennis courts either-even if you’ve never picked up a racket, there is still tons of fun in trying and who knows, your kid may be the next Roger Federer!

If more adventurous, make your way to the Gatineau Hills for hiking, kyaking, canoeing and even camping!

Go for a family Swim at the local beach or public pool. There are a number of wading pools as well-be sure to bring lots of fun water toys. For a more planned trip head to the Kanata Wave Pool or the new and impressive Calypso Waterpark!

Game On! Organize an impromptu neighbourhood game of basketball or street hockey. Or how about double dutch jump ropes? Maybe even hacky sack, don’t be shy to try something new.

Take your dog for a walk, Fido deserves the exercise too. Even if you don’t have a dog, head to an off-leash park where you can bird-watch AND Dog-watch at the same time!

Remember to support your kids in everything they try and allow children to include their friends!

Let us know some other ways you keep your kids moving in the warm weather!

Easter Egg Decorating

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Try out different egg decorating techniques with your children this Easter. Pink, blue, yellow or grey! The choice is yours.

Turn your Easter eggs into a work of art or cartoon character with a variety of materials:

  • Food Colouring
  • Crayons
  • Glitter Glue
  • Rhinestones
  • Googly eyes
  • Construction paper
  • Glitter

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Stock up on crafting supplies and Easter egg decorating materials this spring! Make it easy to enjoy the holiday with your family by preparing a crafting kit in advance.

Make a basket by cutting construction paper into strips, and weaving them together for strength. Simply add a handle, a little stuffing, and display your children’s beautifully decorated eggs for the entire family to see! And, for those of you with a sweet tooth, throw in a few chocolates for decoration.

For more ideas, click here.

Visit Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s, in-store or online, to see our selection of fun, family friendly toys.

Curious Chef

Soon to be available in-stores and online at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s! Curious Chef is a fun line of baking tools especially for kids. All the tools and instructions keep safety in mind, allowing your children to whip up a batch of cupcakes, or anything sweet that may strike their fancy, without worrying about the dangers of regular kitchen utensils.  Baking kits, chefs hats, mitts, aprons, measuring tools, and everything your young ones need to craft a cake in no time!


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