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What’s new with Kohl’s Cares

 

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If you are a regular reader of She Scribes you know that I absolutely LOVE the Kohl’s Cares program.

If you are unfamiliar with the program, Kohl’s Care is a special program set up by Kohl’s to raise money for children’s charities.

To date, the Kohl’s Cares program has raised nearly $300 million through it’s special merchandise program.

To reinforce the company’s commitment to children’s health, Kohl’s has donated financial support to hospitals across the country. The donations fund hospital outreach programs focused on children’s health initiatives and address the specific issues needed most in each hospital’s community. These tailored programs provide vital resources to families at no cost and include topics such as injury prevention, asthma awareness, dental care, and fitness.

I an honored to support a program that does so much for children in need.

Every few months Kohl’s Cares puts out books, plush animals and other fun merchandise for both children and adults. You can find the products on the Kohl’s website (search for Kohl’s Cares). You can also find the products near the checkout area.

Each Kohl’s Cares product sells for $5.00. What I love is that Kohl’s Cares usually puts out delightful children’s books (many of them classics) and matching plush animals. Each costs $5.00 (they are not sold in sets). For $10 you can have a wonderful hardcover book and a snugly soft plush to give to your child/grandchild or as a gift to another child. At the same time funds from your Kohl’s Care purchases is going to support children’s charities. It’s a win-win situation all around.

I have been an avid fan of the Kohl’s Cares program for years now. Some items I have purchased for me and/or my family. Some I have given as gifts. And often I have donated books, toys and plush to where I work.

Here are some of my personal favorites from over the years.

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I like to display the book/plush combo on one of our bookcases. I switch them up very few weeks.

Growing up I was an avid reader, and I loved plush animals. That love has carried into my adult years. That is why I enjoy displaying books/plush that were mine, or my kid’s, favorites.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is NOT a Kohl's Care product.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is NOT a Kohl’s Care product.

You can see some of the Kohl’s Cares products I have donated to where I worked too. Remember, Kohl’s Cares sells other products (not just books and plush). You’ll see one example, a puzzle, pictured below.

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The Disney books in the middle area are Kohl’s Cares books.

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Currently the Kohl’s Cares program is selling Clifford the Big Red Dog books and plush animals. I love Clifford! He was a favorite of mine when I was younger. My kids also enjoyed reading Clifford books and watching him on television.

Did you know that the late actor, John Ritter, was the voice of Clifford for a while? It’s such a shame that he had to die so young.

I LOVE the plush toys! They are not only adorable (and look just like the characters) but they are super soft and snugly. They are also a decent size (they are not little), making them idea for little hands to carry around.

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What would be better than having a Clifford the Big Red Dog book read to you (Kohl’s Cares has four to choose from) all while cuddling a snugly friend at bedtime.

As I mentioned earlier, Kohl’s Cares sells other products as well. Currently available is this fun coloring set.

I received the coloring set to review. It contains a variety of books (coloring book, activity book, doodle book), stickers and crayons. I had taken pictures of it but I can’t seem to find them.

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All that for only $5.00 AND it helps children’s charities too.

There is also a super adorable Clifford the Big Red Dog backpack – idea for a child just starting school. I received one to review too and I can’t find those pictures either (all of the picture were together). I have since donated it to a local charity so I no longer have it to take photos of (I filled it with back to school supplies).

If you would like to learn more about the Kohl’s Cares products, or to find a Kohl’s location near you, visit Kohls.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

Now would be a great time to stock up for holiday gifts or upcoming children’s birthdays. You can’t beat a quality stuff animal and hardcover book combination for only $10 ($5 each). The books alone are more than half off what you would pay for them elsewhere (I found one of the book on Amazon for $13+).

Have you ever purchased a Kohl’s Cares product?

What do you think about the program? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. Often I buy additional pieces to give as gifts or donate. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Extend summer memories year round with Playmobil’s NEW Water Park with Slides Playset (giveaway ends 8/12/16)

 

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Our son enjoying the wave pool at our local water park.

Summer only lasts for two months (give or take). That is very little time to squeeze in as much fun and memories as you possibly can.

Our kids are teenagers now. Our daughter is in college, works two part time jobs, has a serious boyfriend and spends a lot of time with her friends. We have not been able to do one fun thing with her this summer. She’s always too busy.

Our son is keeping busy these days too. Most afternoons he can be found working with our local handyman.

Gone are the days where we could all go to the beach together, amusement parks, the zoo, county fair and the water park. Thankfully we were able to make memories at these places when our kids were little.

They used to love our local water park. We had such a great time every time we went. It was only an hour away too, which was ideal. Plus my father and stepmother lived only 10 minutes away so it was great to stop by and visit with them too.

Water parks are a fun destination for many families. Sadly, it’s hard to enjoy a water park when you live in an area that gets bitter cold winters, such as the Northeast.

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Playmobil has a way to extend your water park memories with their new Water Park with Slides Playset.

Take a break from the summer heat with a visit to the Water Park with Slides. With two jumbo slides, one regular and one for tubing, kids can slip and slide their way down to the wave pool at the bottom. The octopus in the middle spins, creating fun ripples throughout the pool. When ready to take a ride down the slide, use the park’s pulley to pull the tube up to the top of the slide. Just be sure to wait until the pink octopus gives you a green smile for heading down the slide. Set includes two adult figure, one child figure, multi-level structure with slides, tube, life ring, and lots of other accessories. Dimensions: 21.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 in (LxWxH).

My husband was REALLY into Playmobil when he was younger. I had a few small sets, but nothing compared to my husband. He had a lot of them and he always talks of them fondly. He has so many great memories of playing with his Playmobil sets.

Even as an adult, whenever we visit Toys R Us you’ll always find him checking out what’s new in the Playmobil section. He’s just a big kid at heart.

Playmobil’s Water Park with Slides Playset has features found at many water parks including a slide, a pool, and a “half pipe” (I’m not sure what other people call it – at our water park it’s called a half pipe).

I received the set to review.

My husband couldn’t wait to put it together. He was like a “kid in a candy shop.” I let him put it together himself because I know he enjoys it (our son just rolled his eyes at me when I asked if he wanted to help).

It took about an hour to put together. It probably could have been done in a half hour but my husband kept getting distracted and one of our cats kept batting at the pieces on the table, dropping them on to the floor (then we’d have to crawl on the floor to find them all).

The set contains everything you need, including a raft, three people (two adults, one child) and a life preserver, just in case someone has a hard time swimming.

You can add water to the pool for extra fun.

This toy can be played with both inside and out. Just be careful not to spill the water when you are pouring it out.

The red octopus spins around which causes ripples in the pool (and more fun for the people).

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I like that they put so much detail into this set – right down to the sign that bans food and arm floaties from the slide and shows the people how they need to sit to use the slide.

This is a fun set that can be enjoyed long after the bathing suits have been packed away. I imagine playing with this set in the dead of winter will give kids (and parents) a little bit of summer fun on a cold winter day.

Look for this set where ever Playmobil toys are sold. The set retails for $59.99.

For more information visit Playmobil.us (notice it’s .US not .com – use .com if you want to pick a site for a different country other than the United States). You an also check the brand out on social media. All of their links are found on the right hand side of their website.

Playmobil would like to give a lucky reader this same set! Thank you Playmobil.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 12, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package – or – what is your favorite thing to do at a water park?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t quality.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Attention all Doctor Who Fans!

 

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Photo Source: Underground Toys Facebook Page

Are you a fan of Doctor Who? I know A LOT of people who are.

I used to watch Doctor Who more when I was younger.

I’m showing my age a bit but I remember when Patrick Troughton played Doctor Who (I watched the series in repeats in the mid-70’s – he was Doctor Who in the late 60’s). I vaguely remember Tom Baker too.

There has been a dozen Doctor Who actors since the show began in the early 60’s.

As any avid Doctor Who fan knows, the Season 9 opener of Doctor Who marked entry into unfamiliar territory: It left the Twelfth Doctor sonic screwdriver-less after he lost the iconic tool to the creator of the Daleks, Davros. Much to fans’ delight, the season finale of that season finally rectified the situation.

Underground Toys is doing the same for Doctor Who fans, unveiling its officially licensed Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver toy replica.

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Underground Toys’ newly redesigned sonic screwdriver toy is just like the Twelfth Doctor is now carrying, staying true to its exciting design features, with both blue and green light modes. Plus, it’s brighter and more complex than before. In addition, it features numerous settings, just like the real deal. It can open most locks, detect all manner of deadly rays, read bio-signs and generate sonic waves of great power. OK… I can’t REALLY detect deadly rays, read bio signs and generate sonic waves – that is more for the users imagination (if it could do those things that would be awesome!).

The toy sonic screwdriver does have the blue and green lights (static, pulse and chase modes) as well as four authentic sounds.

I was sent one to review.

It does take a little figuring out. There is only one “switch” that you mean back and forth depending on what you want the sonic screwdriver to do.

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I haven’t been able to get the lights to pulse or chase as of yet. I follow the directions but it’s not working for me. I can get it to change light color and make some zapping-like sounds. Maybe it’s just me. I tend to be “technologically challenged” at times.

I think this could work as both a toy for young Doctor Who fans or a collectible for die hard adults fans (it looks identical to the real thing).

It’s a nice size and made exceptionally well. It even came with batteries.

Look for Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver from Underground Toys at many retail locations (both online and in stores). The suggested retail price is $18.00.

For more information about Underground Toys visit Underground-Toys.com. They carry a lot of other cool toys like Star Wars and Funko Pop.

The brand can also be found on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom of their website.

Are you a Doctor Who fan?

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Kimberly

*I received a free product to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Summer Fun with Crayola!

 

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SUMMER!!!! It’s almost officially here (one more day – June 20th).

This is the last week of school where I work. My son, who is in high school, was done with his finals last week. His summer vacation from school has officially started already. As of Friday, June 24th, I officially start summer vacation too since I follow the school schedule. That is unless I can find a summer job or a full time job.

Summer is not the same when you are an adult. It was so much more fun when I was a child.

I grew up with my cousins, so we spent every summer together – building forts, fishing, going on adventures, bike riding, camping, swimming… we did it all.

A favorite activity of mine to do in the summer months was to draw with chalk on the road and the sidewalk around our house (we didn’t have a paved driveway). We lived on a rural dead end street so seeing a car on the road was rare. I don’t recommend drawing in the road with chalk these days.

Chalk is fun to use and play with because you can stop and start all over again. It’s not permanent.

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When you draw with chalk you can also draw things that are larger than life.

My morning co-worker wants to draw buildings with chalk and then have our student like above the building (one at a time) in a position that makes it look like they are flying over the buildings. We’d then have someone stand on something high up to take their photo so that it looks like they are flying over the building like a super hero.

The idea is great. We have yet to figure out what we can stand on that is high enough – and safe – to take the pictures. With one week left of school I don’t know if we’ll have a chance to do that or not.

Crayola, makers of the worlds best crayons (I only use Crayola crayons in my home), also makes fun chalk products that children can enjoy all summer long.

Crayola also released several new outdoor products, including chalks and paints, that will inspire children to be creative and explore with color all summer long.

The new product include:

  1. Neon 3D Chalk Set: Crayola’s new spin on ordinary chalk provides kids a whole new way to experience chalk with 3D glasses featuring special lenses that  make chalk colors “float” above the ground at different level
  2. Neon Glitter Sidewalk Chalk: Bright, neon chalk with fluorescent pigments are even brighter in sunshine and glitter catches every ray of sunlight; makes the perfect outdoor art tool for any kid looking to add some pizazz to their original creations
  3. Squeeze N’ Paint Tool Set: Kids can amp up their paint game by quickly turning compatible Crayola sidewalk paint bottles into tools, making it simple to squirt, brush, and roll creative designs onto the pavement
  4. Licensed Sidewalk Chalk: Available in Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Frozen, and Finding Dory, each pack has a specific palette of sidewalk chalk that matches the character so kids can color outside using just the right color to recreate their heroes.

Crayola was kind enough to send me some product samples to try out with the kids I work with. They sent me a fun assortment of their Licensed Sidewalk Chalk. The color of the chalks that come in each set are inspired by the characters or movies.

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These chalk sticks are big and chunky – ideal for little hands (and not so little hands). They also last a long time and won’t break as easily as traditional chalk.

I love the wonderful assortment of colors. They even have flesh colored chalk so children can draw their favorite characters.

My morning kids loved them. BUT… like a dork I didn’t remember to take photos of their drawings. I am not allowed to take their pictures (they are not my kids). I had intended to take photos of their drawings before I left work, but I forgot. It rained later on that day too so most of the drawings were washed away.

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I don’t agree with drawing on the wall but the school allows it (as per the custodian).

I think someone was trying to draw a person on the wall (as you can see in the photos). I wonder if it was one of the characters featured on the chalk?

In the bottom photo you can notice the flesh colored chalk (at least it appears to be).

When the kids get to use the chalk again this week I’ll up date this post with better photos.

Crayola also sent me the Neon 3D Chalk Set and Squeeze N’ Pain Tool Set. I am saving these for the older kids that I work with in the afternoon.

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We didn’t get a chance to go outside much in the afternoon due to the weather. This coming week we have half days which means we are with the afternoon kids from noon to 6:30 PM. I know we’ll be going outside a lot this week. When the kids use the cool Neon 3D Chalk Set I’ll be sure to take photos of their designs.

This set comes with special glasses you can wear to see the neon designs “pop,” as if they were three dimensional. That is pretty awesome. I would never think you could do something like hat with chalk when I was a child.

The colors are AWESOME! They look like the colors you would see pop from black light posters.

The only reason why I opted to give the afternoon kids the 3D chalk is because they are older and they would use it to make fun designs. The little kids I have in the morning just like to scribble and rub the chalk on the ground without making shapes or designs. I figured the older kids would appreciate it more.

I am also saving the “paint” set for the older kids because I feel like they won’t waste it like the little ones will.

Look for these and other Crayola products were ever Crayola products are sold (many retail locations).

If you would to learn more about Crayola, visit them online at Crayola.com. On the website you can learn about products, receive special offers, download coloring pages, find fun craft projects and so much more. They even have some adult coloring pages.

Crayola can also be found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about these new products? Do you think your child/grandchild would love them?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Poopyhead, the Game Where #2 Always Wins!

 

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I work with young children when I am not blogging. The kids I work with are from grades Kindergarten to eight grade.

Curing is NOT allowed, but occasionally I do hear the older kid say “damn it” or even worse (sigh…). They KNOW they are not allowed to say bad words.

I have to laugh at the younger kids I work with. They think the silliest things are “bad words.” One of the biggest “bad words” the little ones gasp at when someone says it is “poopyhead.” For us adults its the equivalent of saying “sh*t head,” which is not nice to say to someone, but it’s not the worse bad word either.

Believe it or not someone actually came up with a game called Poopyhead. It’s actually a big seller online at Target, Toys R Us and Amazon. Toy reps have even reported that endless independent and specialty store have signed up to sell the game.

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The game includes five headbands (elastic bands with a brown pile resembling #2), thus the name Poopyhead, that players will eventually wear once they lose a round. After five rounds, the player with the most piles atop their head is the game loser.

I knew the kids I work with would have fun with a game like this. I took it to the older kids I worked with. Oh my goodness! I think they spent more time laughing then they did actually playing the game.

To play the game you dole out the cards to all the players. Then you take turns trying to put down cards in a specific order – Toilet, Poop, Toilet Paper and Wash Hands. The card you put down cannot be the same color as the current card on top of the pile. When the sequence of cards is laid out you put them aside and start over with a new pile.

The first person to get rid of all their cards hits the whoopie cushion (to make a fart noise) and then that round is over. The person with the most cards left has to put a poopie pile on their head.

As an adult the game does sound kind of gross, but… if you were a kid chances are you would find this game funny. I think as we get older we lose some of our child-like qualities (not me! I refuse to grow up – LOL). I think many people who are saying to themselves right now “Eww… what a gross game,” would probably loved the game as a child. Don’t you agree?

Poopyhead is available at many retail locations. The game retails for $16.99. There is even a free accompanying app in both the iTunes and Google Play stores to extend play.

I’m sorry that I don’t have photo of the kids playing the game. They are not my children therefore I am not allowed to share their photos.

To learn more about this game visit the Identity Games website, or you can go directly to the games page, IdentityGames.com/game/214-Poopyhead.

What do you think about the Poopyhead game? Do you think your family would have fun with it?

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Fun new products from beloved author Eric Carle

 

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If you are a parent or grandparent, chances are you a familiar with the author Eric Carle. Eric Carle penned the classic book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?, The Very Quiet Cricket and The Mixed Up Chameleon, to name a few.

I grew up reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In fact, I have a copy of the book and plush Very Hungry Caterpillar proudly displayed on one of our bookcases. You can see it in the above photo (bottom left of the bookcase).

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, to me, is a classic children’s book and Eric Carle is a beloved author. It comes as no surprise that you can purchase things featuring the Caterpillar. I have seen t-shirts, tote bags and even plush toys (like the one I have). Now you can use the Very Hungry Caterpillar to help your little one fall asleep at night too.

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Eric Carle Musical Night Light and Soother ($39.95)

This is an adorable nightlight that features the Very Hungry Caterpillar that actually lights up at night.

  • Makes the perfect addition to a baby nursery or child’s bedroom
  • Soothes baby or child to sleep with three calming sound modes- two lullabies and rain sound for white noise
  • Night light illuminates in green and blue color modes
  • Unique touch sensors allow for easy volume, light and sound controls
  • Shuts off automatically after 40 minutes (15 minutes after the average baby is in a deep sleep)
  • Turn on both sound and light or use solely as night light

Runs on 3 AAA batteries or included AC adapter. I appreciate that it runs on both because it makes it portable so you can take it with you on the go.

The lullabies sound sweet. The white noise it just a light static noise, which oddly enough, some people find relaxing (I prefer ocean sounds and rain).

The “buttons” are more like touch pads. I like that more than buttons because when its not in use (or when you child outgrows it), you can still use it as a decoration.

When the caterpillar lights up it’s a soft light. It’s not too bright. It is a nice nightlight and I like that it shuts off after 40 minutes. You don’t have to worry about leaving it on all night if you are running it off batteries (you wouldn’t want to waste the batteries).

When it lights up it almost has a pulsating action to it. At first I didn’t like that aspect of it, but it grew on me.

The product retails for $39.95. I see it on Amazon for $24.99, which is a much more appropriate price for this cute little light and sound device.

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Eric Carle Musical Soother and Star Projector

This product is similar to the one mentioned above, and it plays the same sounds and lullabies. The only difference is that this one projects images on the wall or ceiling (depending on the direction you point it).

  • Soothes baby to sleep with three calming sound modes- two lullabies and rain sound for white noise
  • Projects 3 color modes (blue, green and orange) of stars and butterflies onto ceiling or walls
  • Unique touch sensors allow for easy volume, light and sound controls
  • Shuts off automatically after 40 minutes (15 minutes after the average baby is in a deep sleep)
  • Conveniently sized for travel- fits in your diaper bag or purse
  • Turn on both sound and light or use solely as projector
  • Runs on AAA batteries

This one cannot be plugged in. It’s made to be portable. It’s small in size too which is good for traveling. You can keep it in your diaper bag and use it any time your little one needs to get some sleep.

This “soother” is a small cube. It comes with a stand. You can rest it on the stand in any direction you want so that you can project the images (stars and butterflies) on either a wall or the ceiling. It fits in the stand with the corner of the cube.

I thought it might fall out of the stand because it seems to slide around a bit, but so far that hasn’t happened.

The images it projects are stationary. They don’t move, however they do change colors. You can select from either blue, green or orange.

The Musical Soother retails for $27.99.

Both of these products would be ideal for an Eric Carle and/or Very Hungry Caterpillar fan. They also make great additions to a nursery or child’s room. Even us “big kids” can appreciate these darling products.

What do you think about these products that feature the Very Hungry Caterpillar?

Are you a fan of Eric Carle? What is your favorite book?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received free product in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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