Put together a 'Create It! Box' full of recycled items, art supplies, assorted paper, fabric, magazines and safe scissors and paste. The assistance of these great products selected as Dr. ToyŐs Best will stimulate your childŐs expanding imagination: Activity Club Kits - Children's Out of School Time (6-12, $15.95) 1-800-877-5487 Kits help launch interests and hobbies with masks, birds, photography and clock projects for great after school skill building fun.
Little Bits o' Paints - Colorations (3-8, $2.69) 1-800-831- 6929. Bright, non-toxic, easy cleaning colors gives the right amount of paint plus simple coloring experiences and instructional cards.
Color 'N' Play Colorforms - Creative toy (3-5, $4.99) 201-327-2600. A travel box filled with crayons, sharpener, ruler, basic shapes, stencil. Includes 8 color and play alphabet cards to fill in and learn the alphabet.
My Medieval Fairy Tale Adventure - Curiosity Kits (4-8, $15.00) 1-800-584-KITS(5487). Story and coloring book, sachet pouch to glue together then decorate and fill with potpourri, amulet necklace, pointed hat, flag and musical wand of ribbons.
Animal Tracks - Hero Arts (8-12, $13.50)1-800-822-4376. Twelve paw imprints of deer, squirrel, bird, bear, etc. to connect to information and art projects, contained in a clear storage box.
KAPLA Blocks - KAPLA (3-13, $59) 916-447-5275. Two hundred perfectly shaped blocks offer hours of creativity, Your young architect will enjoy following suggestions in book or his or her own inspirations.
Eureka! I'm An Inventor - Living and Learning (8-12, $20)1-800-521-3218. Projects include making a burglar alarm, racing car and fan. A well illustrated, 16 page booklet provides the directions a young inventor needs.
Hyper Peppy - OWI (10-12, $29.95) 310-638-4732. Easy to assemble, for your young hobbyist or scientist, super intelligent robot with touch and sound sensor, changes direction when in contact or a loud noise.
Country Bouquet - Pastime Industries (8-12, $14.99) 516- 588-8700). Complete with full illustrations and everything a young florist needs to create a bouquet of flowers and a vase and beautify their room.
The Farm - Wrebbit(4-10, $14.95) 1-800-WREBBIT (973-2248). 3-D jigsaw puzzles teaches manual dexterity while constructing a great looking farm (55 pieces) with building and little play people.
Dr. Toy responds to father who is seeking a new and positive way to have fun with his 8 year old stepson. Dr. Toy suggests taking up a hobby together that will be fun for both of you. Many possibilities include building train layout, miniature cars, planes. kites or other art or construction projects. The most important part is having fun together as friends. LetŐs play!
(c) l995, 1996, 1997 Stevanne Auerbach, PhD San Francisco, CA.
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