Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Birthday Gift for Disney / Pixar Car Lovers

If you are attending a birthday party for a boy between 2-8, chances are the boy loves the Disney / Pixar movie Cars. You can find Cars merchandise everywhere. Disney must be making a killing off this movie. Most Car toys are a huge hit, but I'd like to feature some of my favorites.

Ramone's House of Body Art Color Shifters Playset
Currently $14.87 on
This color shifter set is terrific. Kids love playing with water. This toy is also educational as it can help teach the child colors. Warm and cold water shift the color of the car. My son loves the spray bottle and pushing his cars down the slide into the tub of water. This is also a good toy for outside play or bath time. This set takes just "Color Changer" cars which are sold separately. The set does include a color changing Ramone.
 ***Additional Color Cars sold separately

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Spring Birthday Party Activity - Easter Grass Treasure Hunt

When considering themes and activities for a birthday party, plan around the holidays surrounding the party. For instance, a party in February could have a Valentine's Day theme or a Mardi Gras theme. For March and April birthdays, center your party around spring. Similar to Hay Treasure Activity, have an Easter Grass Treasure Hunt. This can be done indoors or outdoors.

Items you will need:
  • Easter Grass
  • Prizes / Party Favors (candy, pencils and/or small toys)


Just spread Easter grass on a clean floor or in your backyard. Hide toys, candy, pencils, erasers and other party favors in the Easter grass. Round the kids up and ready, set, go! Have the kids dig through the Easter grass for the buried treasure. This is fun for 1 year old through 8 year olds. There are several variations to this birthday party game, so use your imagination. You can use just one color of Easter grass or multiple colors. You can put the Easter grass in a baby pool or just on the ground. Have fun with it!

Birthday Books for 1 Year Olds

Don't know what to get the birthday baby who has everything? Why not a book? Popular birthday presents for 1 year olds include toys and clothes, but often books are forgotten. Below is a list of terrific books for a 1 year old, including links to Amazon.
This is yet another enjoyable book by Sandra Boynton. In this Pookie book, Little Pookie just can't wait for his birthday. He wakes up his parents early to start the celebration. The book has great images and perfect rhymes.
 The book What Makes a Rainbow is not only educational, but it is just such a fun read for a toddler. In the story Little Rabbit learns what colors make a rainbow. This is a terrific book for children that are just learning their colors. With each page turned, a colored ribbon appears for the child to touch and feel. The final page has a 3D pop-out of a rainbow.
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
  Your book collection is not complete without a book by Mo Williems. In Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, your child can interact with the pigeon by telling him not to drive the bus. The simple and clear drawings help your child understand the story. The pigeon is very clever and sneaky. It's hard not to love him!
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