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backpacks are in!

it’s really too hot for all this work. i just finished unpacking all the new backpacks – they are so cool! there are a bunch of different designs, and i sure wish i could see colors! the two-leggeds tell me these backpacks last a long time – like the whole school year!


bummer. some days i look better in purple than i do in pink – so my lunch tote is going to be purple! we also have a new collection of water bottles!

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blinglets and tiaras

today was the last kidtivity for the month. i’m kind of sad, but since kidtivities starts again on july 13, with the beach shell craft, i’ve got something to look forward to with all of you!

now, everyone knows that to be a proper princess you must have a tiara, and what good is a tiara if you don’t have some “bling” to show off on your wrist?

of course, you are all invited to sign up for the july kidtivities – if they are even half as much fun as the june kidtivities, then we are going to have a blast! check out the opportunities on the july schedule!

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my first scissors

today the little two-leggeds who came in for the kidtivity got to practice their cutting with the my first scissors kit. this easy to use scissors fits the smaller hands and makes cutting paper a real cinch!

kidtivities is going to take a couple of weeks off, for the fourth of july, and be back in full swing on july 13 with the beach shell craft. check out the calendar for more information!

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wind chimes kidtivity

today the little two-leggeds made wind chimes. they used the wind chime kit, painted the two miniature clay pots, and hung the chimes with the string included. most of them said they were going to go home and hang them up where they can hear them every time the breeze blows!

be sure to check out the rest of the june kidtivities on the calendar!

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tissue art

today was tissue art day for the kidtivity. this little girl was very happy with her star to this point – and she was really happy when she was finished!

check out next week’s kidtivities on the calendar!
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yesterday was the “painting a playhouse” kidtivity. the little two-leggeds were supposed to paint a small cardboard playhouse or a small cardboard shuttle. the big two-leggeds said there was a problem getting the small ones, so …

… they painted big ones! for the same price! my mom sure does know how to treat our customers right!

today is tissue paper art – i can’t wait to see how creative the little two-leggeds get!

be sure to check out the calendar for next week’s kidtivities. it’s going to be lots of fun!

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kidtivities and summer

summer time is great – kidtivities kick off, and little two-leggeds get to come in and play! if you got the e-mail from the store today, you saw a picture from bubber fun from last week. here are pictures from the garden stones today!

gotta run – i hear someone coming!

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june is here – that means the little two-leggeds are out of school and here at kidstop it means that we have the kidtivities starting soon!

winners from the toy tester event

i have a whole bunch of winners to list from the toy tester event. some of them have already picked up their prizes, and the rest of the prizes are waiting for their winners to take them home. i asked (politely, of course!) for a two-legged visiting the store to draw some names to get the list going, because i didn’t want anyone to think i was playing favorites. i didn’t get a picture of them, but i did get a picture of one of those winners and his brothers drawing more names!

here’s the list:

shannon won four tickets to the botanical gardens, courtesy of arizona parenting.

jason, elias and nykolas each won a blast pad courtesy of my mom here at kidstop toys. nykolas was really happy with his prize!

louisa won won four tickets to legoland, courtesy of arizona parenting.

cliff and brothers dj and garrett won dodge tags courtesy of kidstop toys. dj and garrett look like they are going to have lots of fun!

anna won four tickets to a diamondbacks game courtesy of arizona parenting.

daniella and zohar won a sand and water table like the ones we had out for the event.

madeline and kyra won mashoonga sets. mashoonga was the paws-down favorite of all the two-leggeds at the event.

elizabeth won four tickets to the botanical gardens, courtesy of arizona parenting.

karen won an ogo sport disk and pumponator package.

nikki won four legoland tickets courtesy of arizona parenting.

anitha won a red ezy-roller like the ones that were on the race course.

katarina, sonnett, nathanial and thomas won pogo sticks and gift certificates from kidstop toys. here’s thomas picking up his pogo stick and certificate:

shawn won four daimondbacks tickets courtesy of arizona parenting.

arnida won the flying turtle that she used to fly around the race course.

amaris, uriah, and josh won jump ropes and gift certificates from kidstop toys. here’s josh with his prize:

not all of the “kids” who come by to visit me are little people!

kathie won the plasma car, and jessica won the green kazam bike.

kaile, debra, and ashton won sets of stilts like the ones that were tested during the kids toy tester day.

congratulations to all the winners! if you haven’t picked up your prize yet, be sure to come in soon. if you want, i’ll ask one of the two-leggeds around here to take your picture, and we can add it to the list!

i would like to send out a big thank you to all of our friends who came out to help make this a wonderful event: the doctors and staff from advanced vision & achievement center, lesley at affiliated pediatric dentistry & orthodontist, ajo al’s, my best bud todd at arizona parenting magazine, bruce brown and his wonderful food, julee and the whole community tire pit crew, rob at desert designer for building the biggest sand box i’ve ever played in, gail at the fitness factory, the great people at hager’s journeys, the team at just kids studio, my friends over at kids park, the wonderful staff from kumon, the mad science guys, missy at musicology, sandi at personal touch property services, the doctors and staff from strictly chiropractic, and of course kidstop toys!
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first annual kid toy tester day

boy, did we have a lot of fun today! all the two-leggeds around here are wiped out from the toy tester event.


we started setting up this morning about 8:00. our friends from just kids photography had a sno-cone booth set up. bruce brown catering came in and set up a lunch counter with some delicious food! word on the street is the bbq chicken sandwich was excellent. since i can’t have people food, i have to take the word of the two-leggeds who tried them.


by 9:00, the toy testers were already lined up to register.


josh and cary were kept hopping at the obstacle course, where kids got to try mini scooters, ezy rollers, kazam bikes, flying turtles, and plasma cars.


i’ll share more pictures later – someone’s coming, and i don’t want them to catch me on the computer!

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