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Did you know that Stoney's now has 3 rooms of toys - stop by and see!
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Christmas is just around the corner and shopping for toys for that special little one in your world can sometimes be a daunting, overwhelming challenge.    But Sandi Stonebraker (aka Stoney) of Stoney’s Gift & Toy Shoppe in Covington, Kentucky believes that it need not be if you just follow a few simple guidelines.

First of all, Think Simple 
This rule applies to children of all ages.  If the toy does too much, there is no room for the child’s imagination.- Battery operated toys tend to ‘do too much’.  Simple toys are more likely to ‘grow with your child’ i.e. little cars, animals, people can be used later in story telling roles, Infants and toddlers like toys they can feel, chew on and drop;  toys that they can put in/take out, large soft blocks to stack, mirrors , cloth books and simple board books (infants respond well to black and white pictures) and music. -

Think Creative - Toys that spark imagination –
Beginning at about age 3, pretending and make believe becomes an important element in their world.  Toys that are replicates of adult activities like brooms, tool boxes, kitchen items, are great at this age.. Puppets, card games, building sets, dolls, together with paint, play dough, crayons and drawing pads all allow the child to express themselves.

Think engagement, exploration and problem solving – t
Beginning at about age 3, children enjoy toys that require thinking, interaction and physical movement!  Three year olds love matching games and simple board games, puzzles ,and shape sorters   This category also includes games that call for color recognition, memory and  simple strategies.

Think Active 
Toys that encourage activity include toys they can push/pull, throw, like pull toys, balls, and many other activity games on the market.  In addition to using large muscles, it is important to develop those small muscle skills, like lacing cards which are appropriate for age 5 in developing hand eye coordination.


Think educational -  just because the box says ‘educational’ doesn’t mean it is so .  Toys with too many gadgets, bells and whistles may not be educational.  The more the child has to do when playing with the toy, the better

Limit Electronic   Electronic toys can lead to weight gain, hearing loss, development of a short attention span and a passive learning style.   The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the child under 2 not be exposed to computer games  and over age 2, time with computer games should be limited to 1 to 2 hours per day

Finally, consider the child’s personality  Sometimes this could mean not buying a toy that you like or a toy that reminds you of your childhood  Think Safety – eco friendly, Think Quality – plant based materials  


Some of the favorites at Stoney’s Gift & Toy Shoppe include . . . .
Goldie Blox – Award-winning book series & construction toys starring Goldie, the girl inventor who loves to build.   In a world where men largely outnumber women in science, technology, engineering and math, girls lose interest in these subjects as early as age 8.  The goal of GoldieBlox is to get girls building.   By tapping into girls' strong verbal skills, these construction sets bolster confidence in spatial skills while giving young inventors the tools they need to build and create amazing things.
D’jeco – D’jeco’s wooden toys heirloom quality that can be passed down from generation to generation – their arts, craft sets and puzzles with beautiful  graphics and top quality  products  in stunning boxes worthy of a place on the dresser

Kimochi – Plush, loveable characters designed to help kids identify, understand and manage their feelings in a fun, comfortable way get children expressing feelings, Kimochis encourage children to express themselves as they learn about appropriate feelings – driven behaviors an how  - mad, sad, left out, brave uncomfortable, jealous, frustrated, silly -  - focus on building self esteem and resilience.   Parent guide included 

Eeboo   Make Me a Story Artboards with moveable characters motivate children to create a story.
Tell Me a Story  - cards with images for children to make up their own stories based on the card they draw.

Superstructs   award-winning rod and connector style construction sets that feature charming characters and safe, durable EVA foam panels  Superstructs are themed toys that merge simple building elements with popular settings to create solid buildings, ships, vehicles and characters for pretend and fantasy play.Superstructs sets are suitable for children ages 3 and up.

FairyTale Kids Paintings   And last but not least, for a gift that will be treasured for a lifetime, Stoney recommends one of her personalized custom fairytale paintings.   Acrylic on canvas and ready to hang, these paintings depict a stylized caricature of your little one with your choice of theme, colors, setting etc.
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