Gift ideas for your li’l miss crafter.

We have all this, and so much more, too! Come into the store and let us help you find the perfect gift. #dungenesskidswishlist #giftguide #gettingcrafty

The Joy of Origami book: $16.95

Kids Knit book: $9.95

Origami Paper: $4.99

Decorate your own jewelry box: $12.99

Paint your own pendant jewelry: $4.99

Weaving loom: $29.99

Butterfly Friends wooden bead set: $9.99

Mess-free Sand dolphin box: $7.99

Alphabet stamp set: $19.99

Sew Mini Treats: $21.99

Mini Pom-Pom Pets: $19.99

Make Paper Lantern Animals: $19.99

Felted Friends: $19.99

 

Learning to read with BOB books.

Brayden is in Kindergarten now, and will be turning 6 years old in the next couple weeks.  My baby is growing up way too fast!  It seems like yesterday that I brought him into work with me, just a few days after getting released from the hospital.  Man those were crazy times, LOL.

Well anyways, we just had teacher conferences, and his teacher said he needed a little help with his early reading skills.  I knew just the thing.  We had Set 1 of BOB books at the store, so I grabbed the box, and we started reading them this weekend.  The first book starts with phonics of just four letters, and very simple 3 letter words.  The first four letters were M, A, S, and T, which also happen to be some of the first letters he has been learning at school.  The words are repeated over & over, so he can get comfortable seeing the word and knowing exactly what it should sound like.  The stories and pictures were funny, so Brayden had fun reading them.  There are 12 books in this first set and by the last book they have been introduced to the phonics of each letter in the alphabet.

After-Thanksgiving Sale!

Check out our After-Thanksgiving specials for this Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 25-27th!  Come in and SHOP LOCAL with amazing savings this weekend!

30% off all Melissa & Doug toys & puzzles
30% off all Blue Orange games
30% off all books
30% off all Klutz activity books
25% off all Keen shoes
$10-17 for select Tea Clothing

Fun gift ideas for kiddos that love dinosaurs.

Come in and check out all the great gifts we have for kiddos that love dinosaurs.  These are a few of our favorites:

How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends board book: $6.99

Melissa & Doug Color Blast on the go dinosaur activity book: $4.99

Melissa & Doug 24pc. wooden puzzle & tray: $9.99

Melissa & Doug plush T-rex: $29.99

Melissa & Doug paint you own dinosaur figurines: $7.99

Melissa & Doug wooden dinosaur magnets: $11.99

Melissa & Doug 48pc. T-rex floor puzzle: $12.99

Melissa & Doug dinosaur party: $19.99

Melissa & Doug wally the dinosaur stuffed animal: $19.99

Gift ideas for your li’l princess…

We have a great selection of princess themed gifts for the little princess in your life.  These are a few of our favorites.

Melissa & Doug princess puffy stickers play set: $4.99

Melissa & Doug decorate you own crown mirror: $6.99

Melissa & Doug 14″ princess dolls: $32.99

Melissa & Doug dress-up tiaras (4pk) & Wands (4pk): $9.99

Alex princess in the tub: $26.00

Cinderella picture book: $17.95

Melissa & Doug royal princess dress-up outfit: $29.99

Melissa & Doug princess crayons: $3.99

Melissa & Doug make a face princess stickers: $4.99

Learning gifts for pre-schoolers.

We have a great selection of learning gifts for pre-school age kiddos.  These are some of our favorites available in the store right now:

Blue Orange Tell Tale story cards: $13.00

I Spy little numbers board book: $6.99

Melissa & Doug Scissor Skills activity book & scissors: $4.99

Melissa & Doug Learning Mats: $2.99 each

Melissa & Doug Water WOW letter & number activity books: $4.99 each

Melissa & Doug alphabet stickers: $4.99

Melissa & Doug my own mailbox: $19.99

Melissa & Doug alphabet express floor puzzle: $12.99

 

 

See Kai Run Waterproof Boots

Now that the rainy season is upon us, I find it is essential that my daughter, Violet has a pair of waterproof shoes.  She has been wearing these See Kai Run Atlas Waterproof boots rain or shine.  In fact, she loves them so much that she is already asking if I will buy her the next size up, for when she grows out of the size she is in. Her bestie at school has asked her mom if she will buy her the same boots.  I think it is safe to say that these boots have been a favorite. They look cute with jeans, leggings, dresses and skirts because they are not too bulky.  They wear like a sneaker, so they are also light and comfortable.   We have an assortment of waterproof boots for both girls and boys from See Kai Run, Keen and Hatley.  Come in and see which ones you like the best, while supplies last.

A great boredom buster.

Brayden has been spending a lot of time with me at the store since school got out, and it is often a struggle to balance activities for him with screen time.  Obviously, running the store, I don’t have a lot of quality time to spend with him, so unfortunately I resort to screen time too often.  Yesterday was a long 8 hour day, and I did not want him to have THAT much screen time.  So, after he did some “dusting” I let him have the new Melissa & Doug 3D pirate puzzle to put together.  It was a great activity that kept him interested and busy for quite some time.  He is only 5 years old, and the 3D puzzle says it is for a 6+ year old child.  So, he did need my help, but he was able to do a lot more than I expected by himself.  First I had him punch out all of the pieces, which came out easily.  Then he and I worked together to fit the pieces.  It came with great instructions, that an older child could have easily followed, but since I helped him put it together I really did not even look at them.  It was very self explanatory.  Each piece was number and had the coordinating piece numbered so you could easily follow where they all went.  It was a great activity for him to search for and recognize his numbers, as he is entering kindergarten this fall.  There were a couple times we had to take something apart to add a piece we forgot.  Had we followed the directions I am sure that wouldn’t have happened, but we are not very good rule followers, LOL.  Brayden has also really enjoyed playing with the pirate ship now that it is built.  It comes with several little pirates, some moveable cannons, a lifeboat and an island that are great for imaginative play.  In addition to the pirate ship, Melissa & Doug have a Medieval Castle, a Pink Palace, and a Pretty Purple Dollhouse 3D puzzles.

Sprinkler fun with a twist.

One of the simple joys of summer is running through the sprinkler.  It helps to keep the kids cool on hot days and gives your lawn a good sprinkle, helping to keep it green.

We have two super cute sprinklers at Dungeness Kids right now.  My daughter being the sparkly pink all things “cute” girl, wanted the “Pretty Petal” sprinkler by Melissa & Doug.  She had so much fun on those hot days in May, she has wanted to run through the pretty petals on the cool days of June as well😀.

I always like to intentionally incorporate learning with play, but this time it was my husband that made up a fun game for Emma to help her brave the cold water.  We call it the “Sprinkle the Alphabet” game.  We toss plastic letters around the sprinkler and then call out letters for her to grab.  She tries to stay as dry as possible, but has lots of fun getting wet too.  This helps to reinforce the letters she learned last year in preschool before she heads off to kindergarten this fall.

The sprinkler is easy to attach and remove from our hose and has about a 10ft radius.

Skip Hop Zoo Backpacks

Skip Hop has a collection of Zoo backpacks for toddlers that are colorful and cute. My 3 year old daughter wanted a unicorn backpack to match her favorite lovie neigh (which is also a purple unicorn). I knew Dungeness kids would carry a back pack that would make her happy as can be. When we went to the store to pick one out, they actually had a unicorn backpack. She put it on immediately and did not want to take it off!! Skip hop makes a quality product from the material to the design. It is very durable and cleans easily with a little soap and water. Now that my daughter is potty trained, I no longer want to carry a diaper bag. This backpack is the perfect size to store some snacks, extra clothes and her favorite toy of the day. The best part is she is willing to carry it all by herself!! I would highly recommend this product to any parent!! The whole line of zoo backpacks are beyond adorable!!