We’ll be out in Shawnee at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center this weekend. Admission is free and we’ll be showing some new handmade toys for the first time ever. Come see us!

Mommy Moment and Story Builder Toys are giving away a wooden pick up truck and you could win. Click on the link to find out how.

There’s no denying that kids today just seem to grow up faster than they did in previous generations. The evidence is in the fact that we now have tech savvy toddlers and babies that can read. All around it seems like kids are in a constant rush to grow up, to be mature, and to give up playtime in exchange for more time devoted to learning, but maybe that’s not such a good thing.

Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.
Diane Ackerman
Contemporary American author
Children at play are not playing about. Their games should be seen as their most serious minded activity.
Michel de Montaigne
French essayist
Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity
Kay Redfield Jamison
Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.
Kay Redfield Jamison
Gearing up for Halloween with the right costume

Liam's Halloween costumeWith Fall holidays fast approaching it’s time once again to start thinking about what costumes you’re going to get your kids for Halloween. While I’m always blown away by some of the amazing homemade costumes I see on parenting blogs this is the first year that Liam has actually put in a request for his costume so we ended up getting a store bought Buzz Lightyear this time around.

I figured I wasn’t the only mom in this boat so while we were out hunting down the perfect outfit I thought I’d throw together a quick list of safety tips to follow when shopping for your kid’s costume this year.

First and foremost make sure the costume, and any accessories, is flame resistant. This is a big one, since there will be open flamed candled pumpkins lining porches. It’s also good to choose something close fitting that isn’t baggy or flimsy.

In that vein make sure your child’s costume fits properly. There’s going to be a lot of excited scampering about on the big night and the last thing you want is your little one to wipe out because their outfit was too long. I’m going to have to take Liam’s up a bit since all they had was a child’s small.

The CPSC recommends lining the costume and accessories with reflective tape and having the child carry a flashlight for better visibility. Most of our Trick or Treating is done during the daylight hours though so unless you have older kids that are going around the neighborhood on their own you might be able to skip this step.

When buying accessories make sure any knives, swords or other pokey things are made of flexible material and masks should fit correctly so that the child can both see and breath normally. Masks can even be substituted with face paint for added safety, if you can get your kiddo to go along with that.

Following these guidelines can keep Trick or Treating a fun and safe time for your children. Now I just have to hope Liam doesn’t change his mind before Halloween, fingers crossed.


New Products for the month of September

We had quite a month so in case you missed something here’s all the products we
premiered this month in one post so you can check out all the new toys coming your
way.

Wooden Pull Toy Bunny

Our first ever pull toy was shown off at the Fall Craft Show in Stillwater.
Expect more animals in the coming months.

Wooden Toy Mini Roller Bulldozer

Our Mini Roller line continued to grow with the addition of a new bulldozer.
Expect some mini roller 2 packs to be arriving in time for the holiday season.

Also rounding out the construction mini rollers was our adorable new dump truck.

Our adorable mascot bunnies are back in stock while supplies last.
These are the last of these I’m planning to make, might move on to a new animal
next year, so get yours while you still can.
There are 5 different versions to choose from.

That about wraps up our first ever monthly product recap.
Be sure to check back often and like us on Facebook to keep up with
new toys as they are released.

We’ve been featured on Handmade Future!

Saturday we were lucky enough to be picked by Handmade Future as their first ever featured shop of the week. Handmade Future’s goal is to “help people to learn how to create beautiful things, and to showcase great artisans who would like to promote their work while working to make a less mass produced earth.” They accomplish this by “making the world a craftier place, one person at at time.”

Stop by and read some of the wonderful things they had to say about our toys here. We really appreciate them taking the time to visit our site and share our toys with their readers.

If you are an Artisan or Crafter and you’d like to see your work featured on Handmade Future contact jennifer@handmadefuture.com to ask about having your shop featured.