Category Archives: Box Play for Kids

Bee Mine Kindergarten Craft

Today we’re putting together an adorable classroom craft the kindergarteners are gonna LOVE to do for their Valentine’s Day party.

Supplies you’ll need:
Clean empty milk cartons, black pipe cleaners, red construction paper, and our Bee stickers.

1. Collect empty milk carton containers from the cafeteria. Be sure to rinse out thoroughly and let dry completely.

Bee-Supplies-web2. Have each child trace his/her hand on red construction paper and cut out. This will make each bee custom and personalized.

group-of-bees-web3. Apply all four Bee stickers (front, back and two sides). Just crack and peel.

4-finished-bees-web4. Punch a hole at the top of the milk carton and thread black pipe cleaner through. Twist once at the base and then twist the ends of the antennas.

5. Then tape or glue the cut hand prints to make the wings.

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6. Now it’s time to reward the busy little bees with a LOVE cookie.

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Teachers if you’d like to order a Teacher Pack for your class, please email us at info@boxplayforkids.com.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Super Bowl Fun for Kids: On Fox 10

We spent the early morning at Fox 10 with Anita Roman and Ty Brennan. Super Bowl Madness is in full swing in Arizona because we’re hosting the XLIX Super Bowl on February 1st. The Big Game is not only for the big kids.

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You can pre-make these cute little football + jersey party favors before SB Sunday. Each kiddo will be able to sport their favorite team jersey!

During half-time you can whip together a crafting station and your little ones can keep entertained by repurposing more toilet paper rolls and our Football stickers.
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Throwing a party? Get your Football Party Pack stickers while they last!

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Box Play for Kids Featured in Natural Health Magazine

Thank you, Natural Health Magazine, for featuring Box Play for Kids. What a wonderful surprise to start off 2015! We are truly honored to be in an article entitled “Integrity Inc.: Score New Year’s inspiration from six women who made it their business to make the world greener.”

These five women entrepreneurs are doing some pretty cool things. Check out their business ventures.

1. Saudia Davis, Founder and CEO of GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning, a natural cleaning company.
2. Kavita Shukla, Founder and CEO of Fenugreen and inventor of FreshPaper, a 5-inch-square biodegradable sheet infused with organic spices that extends the life of produce.
3. Maxine Bédat & Soraya Darabi, Co-founders of Zady, an e-commerce site for sustainable fashion and gifts.
4. Kirsty Lewis, Co-founder and CEO of Quinn Popcorn, a line of natural snacks. (I’m obsessed with their Kale Popcorn.)

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Just In Time: New Sticker Designs for Spring 2014

We asked our customers and teachers what they’d like to see from us next and the consensus was “Can you add more interactive components to your new sticker styles?”… and so we listened! We really appreciate all of your feedback because it definitely helps us evolve and grow.

Drum roll…

Rainbow Watches
These stickers will be packaged together (color and b+w version) and will allow the little ones to repurpose a toilet paper roll (cut in half) into fun learning tools. The kids will learn the old-school way to tell time and the colors of the rainbow – ROYGBIV! We intentionally left the minute and hour hands off so the kids can choose their favorite time of day and draw them in.

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Airplane
This new sticker style will include three stickers – the airplane body and wing graphics – as well as a craft stick to create the wings. The large sticker will include dotted lines to help guide you make the cuts needed for the craft stick. (Only adults should handle exacto knife but you already know that.)

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New Teacher Packs repurpose 1/2 pint school milk cartons
After testing these stickers in the classroom and at events, we decided to package them as sets of 25 since the maximum classroom size for pre-k and kindergarten is 22. The additional sets are for the teacher and/or teacher assistant and in case of any mistakes.

Frog
Optional: Once the four stickers have been applied. The kids can cut, curl and glue a tongue to the opening of the milk carton.

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Bumble Bee
Optional: The kids can create antennas using black pipe cleaners and yellow mini pom poms or tooth picks and a ball of tin foil. Let their imagination buzz, buzz, buzz!

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Box Play for Kids Nordstom Event

Today was Super Saturday at Nordstrom Scottsdale Fashion Square and we were thrilled to be invited to craft with the kids. We repurposed empty toilet paper rolls into Sharks, Octopuses and Footballs with our ecofriendly recycling craft stickers. They make the perfect stocking stuffers and are light-weight, battery-free, noise-free travel toys – a creative and inexpensive way to engage and occupy the kids during the holidays! Now that’s JOY!Box Play Nordstrom Event 2013Seven Box Play for Kids sticker styles available at select Nordstrom stores.

Nordstrom Event 2013 Kids 1Activity stickers with interactive and learning components.

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BPFK Nordstrom 5The kids also colored elves and participated in a scavenger hunt.

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Thanks, Michelle, for inviting us to host an event at Nordstrom! We had so much fun.

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Nordstrom, Here We Come!

We are so thrilled and proud to have Nordstrom as our very first national retailer. It has been a year in the making. I’m pretty sure my giddy enthusiasm scared the sweet, unsuspecting UPS man who showed up to pick up our shipment.

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Below are the 7 eco-friendly kids sticker styles now available at Nordstrom: Piano, Paint Palette, Zookeeper, Horn, Camo Binoculars, Camera and Baseball Bat.

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Nordstrom Store Locations

ARIZONA
Scottsdale Fashion Square
7055 E Camelback Rd
480.946.4111

CALIFORNIA
Galleria at Roseville
1131 Galleria Blvd, Roseville
(916) 780-7300

Glendale Galleria
200 W. Broadway
818.502.9922

Santa Monica Place
220 Broadway, Santa Monica
310.752.2701

Shops at Mission Viejo
949.347.2710

South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa
714.549.8300

Valley Fair
2400 Forest Avenue
San Jose
408.248.2180

COLORADO
Park Meadows
8676 Park Meadows Center Dr
Lone Tree
303.706.0035

HAWAII
Ala Moana
1519 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu
808.953.6100

NEW JERSEY
Garden State Plaza
501 Garden State Plaza
Paramus
201.843.1122

NEW YORK
Roosevelt Field
630 Old Country Road
Garden City
516.746.0011

The Westchester
135 Westchester Ave.
White Plains
914.946.1122

UTAH
City Creek Center
55 SW Temple
Salt Lake City
801.322.4200

VIRGINIA
8075 Tysons Corner Center
McLean
703.761.1121

WASHINGTON
100 Bellevue Square
Bellevue
425.455.5800

Downtown Seattle
1617 6th Avenue
800.282.6060

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandy Salvaging

Taking a last beach vacation with the kids before summer is over? At Box Play for Kids we’re all about reusing and recycling so here’s a handy sandy salvaging idea for some inexpensive fun in the sun. Make a sandcastle using recycled plastic food containers.

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Instead of buying new buckets and shovels, just save (and rinse) your yogurt cups and plastic food packaging in the days leading up to your trip. All the cups and lids shown above fit into the largest container for compact storage. We even brought along some of our favorite Box Play for Kids travel companions. Our octopus and shark stickers make for perfect beach toys.

IMG_3776 Ok…so maybe our sandcastle looks more like a sand village, but we still had fun.

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And Ollie the octopus is feeling right at home.

My favorite part of this sandy project: easy clean up. No need to rinse out sandy buckets and lug them home. Just find a recycle bin on the beach as you’re leaving and you’ll have one less thing to pack in your suitcase.

Sweet! Best New Product Award | Toy Category at NY NOW

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Press Contact:
Cathy Steel, 203-340-9251
cathysteel@cathysteelassociates.com
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FIVE BABY + CHILD BEST NEW PRODUCT AWARDS PRESENTED AT NY NOW

Decor-Storage Beanbag By mimish Named “Bloggers’ Best”

NEW YORK, NY, August 17, 2013… Five companies were named Baby + Child Best New Product Awards recipients today, in connection with the summer 2013 edition of NY NOW®, the Market for Home & Lifestyle (formerly NYIGF®), which runs Saturday, August 17, through Wednesday, August 21, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. These five honorees also are eligible for NY NOW’s first-ever “Best of Lifestyle” Award, which will be determined by online balloting during the show.
Mimish received “Bloggers’ Choice” top honors for Decor-Storage Beanbag. In addition, winners were recognized for excellence in four categories: toy, décor, gear and apparel. A panel of ten editors from trade media, kid-centric blogs and websites selected products which exemplified innovation, design and style.
The summer 2013 winners and finalists, selected from 70+ products, are:

BLOGGER’S BEST:
mimish (Brooklyn, NY) for its Storage Beanbag, a patented storage beanbag with beans on top and storage on the bottom.

TOY:
Winner: Box Play for Kids LLC (Phoenix, AZ) for its Box Play for Kids Ice Cream Truck, recycled craft stickers that repurpose old milk cartons into new toys.
Finalist: T egu (Darien, CT) for its Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks 42 Piece Set.
Finalist: PlanToys® Inc. (Union City, CA) for its Curvy Click Clack.

DÉCOR:
Winner: Tree by Kerri Lee (Long Eddy, NY) for its Letters to Santa Mailbox, a family keepsake and Christmas decoration.
Finalist: Manny & Simon® (Del Mar, CA) for its Reindeer + Sleigh.
Finalist: AREAWARE (Brooklyn, NY) for its Infinite Tree.

GEAR:
Winner: 3 SPROUTS
(Toronto, Canada) for its Stroller Organizer, a completely wipeable stroller organizer with two drink holders, discreet back pocket with velcro closure and a roomy main cargo area.
Finalist: Benbini® Watches (Atlanta, GA) for its Benbini Watch.
Finalist: ZoLi Inc. (Burlingame, CA) for its Tween B nail buffer.

APPAREL:
Winner: Electrik Kidz
(Montreal, Canada) for its Mermaid gown, a night gown with mitts and bottom tie for easy changing.
Finalist: JoJo Maman Bébé (London, United Kingdom) for its Linen mix suiting for boys.
Finalist: Two Mice, A Bear and A Bunny, LLC (New York, NY) for My First Jammies By Hélène Lauré.

“With the increasing consumer demand for well-styled juvenile products, the design bar has risen to a new level,” said Melissa Engongoro, Baby + Child Sales Manager. “Representing both trade and consumer audiences, our panel of a judges selected these for their stand out qualities.”

All five winning products automatically qualify for consideration in the first NY NOW “Best of Lifestyle” Award, which will be determined through online voting at www.redclay.com/nynow. “Peoples’ Choice” balloting runs August 17-20, and the winner will be announced on August 21.

The Best New Product Award judges were: Jamie Cohen, Giftmama.com; Joanna Dreifus, MyMomShops.com; Elina Furman, Mamaista.com; Nanci Gregg, Baby & Children’s Product News; Lynda M. Johnson, KidStyleSource.com; Caroline Kennedy, Playthings; Audrey Kingo, Earnshaw’s; Jane Kitchen, Kids Today; Leesa Valentino, TheGiggleGuide.com; and Barbara Wujick, Baby & Kids.

Presented as part of NY NOW’s LIFESTYLE Collection, Baby + Child features some 110 companies offering sophisticated and purpose-driven products for children 0-10 years. NY NOW’s four comprehensive collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE, HANDMADE and NEW! – will encompass 100,000 products in 400+ product categories. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at www.nynow.com.

Box Play Featured on “Kara’s Party Ideas”

If you haven’t visited Kara’s Party Ideas site and blog then you haven’t met the queen of parties. Thanks Kara for the wildly fun feature on our Upcycled Jungle Safari Party!

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