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Stuff Your Stockings and Save!

How much stuff can you stuff in your stocking before your stocking’s stuffed enough stuff? That’s the question next week for the return of Kazoodles’ annual Stocking Stuffer Sale. Bring your stocking into the store (or borrow one of ours) from Sunday, December 15 to Thursday, December 20 and see how much you can fit inside. Bring it up to the register and you’ll get a whopping 20 percent off everything that fits!

And when we say stocking, we mean your everyday, average-sized stocking. Whether or not Santa actually fills your five-foot sleeping bag with gifts is between him and you. Kazoodles doesn’t play that way.

We have plenty of stocking stuffers to satisfy the whole family, and in case you needed some ideas, here are a few stuffed stockings for inspiration!

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Stocking Stuff for Babies
Baby toys and stocking stuffers don’t always go hand-in-hand, what with the choking problem most small, stuffable toys come with. Thankfully there are plenty of great toys out there that are small, safe and most of all fun!

  • Betty Bot: $5.99
    Made of hard, durable plastic, Betty Bot clicks when you move her, just like a real robot! (Right?)
  • First Friends: $8.99
    Close cousins to Betty Bot, First Friends are durable AND adorable.
  • Little Chubbies: $1.99
    These chubby little vehicles are super light-weight and lots of fun for little ones. They can even go in the dish washer!
  • Knit Squeak Easy Animals: $6.99
    These knit cotton animals have squeakers inside for a fun surprise!
  • Wood Ring Shaker Baby Rattle: $6.99
    This all-natural wooden baby rattle is a testament to simplicity. Handcrafted in Oregon.
  • Kid O Owl Wobble: $8.99
    Wobbly toys are classic baby fun, and Kid O’s line of wildlife wobbles are a great pick. Also comes in fox and raccoon.
  • Twin Sun Rattle: $6.99
    This twin-sun rattle produces a fascinating movement that encourages hand-eye coordination.
  • Cardinal Finger Puppet: $8.99
    Put a bird (puppet) on it (your finger)!
  • Kleynimals: $24.99
    Does your infant love your keys? That’s normal. Kleynimals, made of stainless steel, offer a better alternative.
  • Tommy Toot: $6.99
    It’s a man! It’s a whistle! No, it’s Tommy Toot!

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Grownups Need Stocking Stuff Too
Since when do kids get to have all the fun? Adults love stockings just as much as kids, so don’t leave your bigger loved ones out!

  • Ha! Ha! Moustache: $6.99
    Guess the moustache! This fun card game comes in Living People, Dead People and Awful People editions.
  • Joe Name It: $10.99
    Joe Name It combines trivia and numbers for plenty of party fun.
  • Classic Slinky: $5.99
    What more can be said about the classic metal slinky? It’s a must-have for anyone, anywhere, of any age, period.
  • Rulers of the World: $1.99
    Learn about the rulers of football, modern art, wine and more! Conveniently located on a sturdy wooden ruler.
  • LCR $8.99
    LCR, or Left Center Right, is a cutthroat game with special dice and the betting medium of your choice.
  • Kazoo: $2.49
    How can the Kazoodlers not include a kazoo? Musical fun or total annoyance: you decide!
  • Jaw Harp: $5.99
    The jaw harp is unique, interesting and bound to amaze your musically-inclined family and friends.
  • Wooden Slide Whistle: $3.99
    One of the most underrated instruments, the slide whistle has surprising range. Don’t underestimate the whistle!
  • Aloe Alin: $3.99
    Grownups LOVE aloe. Pot this aloe now and have a full-grown plant by summer — when you’ll really need it.
  • Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty: $11.99
    Whether you’re at the office or sitting at home, thinking putty comes in handy to relieve stress or get the mind working.

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Stocking Stuffers for Sensory Needs
Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder often have different stocking stuffer needs. Fortunately, we’re well stocked to help!

  • Pop Toob: $1.49
    They bend! They expand! They make weird noises that will fascinate and captivate you for hours!
  • What’Zit: $3.99
    What’Zits are simple wooden blocks, connected by elastic. Twist them turn them, shape them however you want!
  • Sand Animals: $2.99
    Filled with sand and shaped like your favorite critters, Sand Animals are nice on the fingers and nice on the eyes.
  • Posh Ball Mini: $5.99
    Posh balls are covered in thin, soft elastic bristles. They feel fun on the skin and are safe to toss around too.
  • Dinosaur Squishables: $4.99
    I don’t know what exactly is in these dinos, but it makes for tons of squishy fun.
  • Smencils: $1.59
    Your writing never smelled so good! These colored pencils are scented with a wide variety of smells, from blueberry to black licorice.
  • Minesweep Lightup Ball: $2.99
    Squeeze it or bounce it and watch it light up! The minesweep ball is great visual and physical stimuli.
  • Zoo Putty: $3.49
    A zoo animal encased in squishy stuff, Zoo Putty is an adventure in a jar!
  • Wacky Tracks: $4.99 Wacky Tracks is a simple plastic chain that bends and holds, allowing kids to shape it however they want.

Why Do Kids Love Monsters?

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We’ll see plenty of kids roaming the streets tonight clad in horns, fangs and claws. But all the embrace of monsters by kids leaves me scratching me head. After all, monsters are supposed to be scary, right? The scaly, twelve-eyed, sharp-fanged creatures that lurk underneath your bed and in the shadows of your closet? I remember going to bed paranoid as a kid, begging my mom to use her can of “monster spray” like Raid around my room (in reality it was an empty can of hairspray). Everywhere I look I see monsters of all scary shapes and sizes, and kids aren’t running scared but, for some strange reason, smiling.

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The Great Big List of Summer Events at Kazoodles!

Come play with us at Kazoodles this summer! (illustration by Jamie Hale)

Come play with Kazoodles this summer! We have a fun event every week!

Looking to keep those kiddos busy this summer? We know all about it. To help you out, we here at Kazoodles are having weekly events all summer long! We’ll be doing a different fun activity every Wednesday. They’re silly, slimy, sciencey and, of course, super fun! Bookmark this page, share it with your friends, and come spend summer with Kazoodles!

June 26 – Improvisational Theater Workshop
1 to 2 pm
Learn the basics of improv at Kazoodles! Improvisational theater – improv for short – is the art of making things up on the spot. Come learn the tools of make believe with Jamie Hale and Lindsey Nielsen, two experienced improvisors. We’ll start at 1:00 p.m. with some fun theater exercises and improv games! This is a free, all-ages event.

July 3 – Fourth of July Crafternoon
3 to 5 pm
Come make Fourth of July crafts on this special Wednesday Crafternoon! Rumor has it, Ms. April will bringing in a salad spinner to make firework art. Drop in between 3 and 5 p.m. and get creative. $2 per kiddo.

July 10 – Pet Care with the Humane Society
11 am to 1 pm
Tying in with our summer reading program, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington will bring cats and teach kids how to be responsible pet owners. If you want to take a cat home, they’re adoptable! $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123.

July 17 – We Eat Food That’s Fresh!
1:30 to 3:30 pm
We’ll start at Kazoodles with the book “We Eat Food That’s Fresh,” then make chefs hats before walking together to Chuck’s Produce, where we’ll get to make fruit kebabs. $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123

July 24 – Do You Believe in Magic?
11 am to 1 pm
Derek Lawly has us stumped with his magic tricks. Let him stump you too – and then teach you some tricks so you can amaze your friends! $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123

July 31 – Ooey, Gooey Science
11 am to 1 pm
Goop, glop and polymers – learn some science while you have ooey, gooey fun! $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123

August 7 – Bubble and Water Fun
2 to 4 pm
Come on out in the heat of the day and cool off with water ballons, bubbles and more. Meet at 2 p.m. and we’ll walk to the grassy area behind the store. $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123

August 14 – Speedy Day
11 am to 1 pm
How fast can you race with an egg in a spoon? How well can you Feed the Woozle? Try tests of speed and skill in this fun day of play! $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123

August 21 – Rock, Roll and Minerals Too
11 am to 1 pm
Mike Medvec of the Oregon Agate and Mineral Society will lead you into the fascinating world of rocks and minerals, and let you in on the secrets of changing a dull rock into a beautiful polished stone. $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123

August 28 – Sidewalk Games
2 to 4 pm
Take a break from school shopping and come play on our sidewalk! Hopscotch of many varieties, sidewalk art and more! $2 per kiddo. Please register at 360.823.0123

Gear Up for Another Fickle Northwest Summer

Grab a pair of Babiators and stay cool in the summer heat--when the sun finally comes out of course.

Grab a pair of Babiators and stay cool in the summer heat — when the sun finally graces us with its presence, of course.

Unless you just moved to the area from some sunny locale (I’m looking at you, Californians), you know the trials and tribulations of a Pacific Northwest summer all too well. You probably know them so well, in fact, that they’ve become an accepted way of life. “Thick blanket of gray clouds? What, you mean the sky?”

But just because you’re accustomed to the weeks of wet summer days doesn’t mean you and your kids are necessarily prepared for them. Fortunately, we here at Kazoodles have everything you need for those bleak weeks of rain, as well as the periodic breaks of blinding, radiant sunshine.

Rain Baby Gear

Curated and handcrafted in Portland, Rain Baby Gear is a fantastic little company that makes functional and adorable waterproof gear for the whole family. While they make aprons, blankets and place mats, their big seller is the waterproof baby stroller blanket. Made with ingenuity born from endless days of rain, the stroller blankets offer a soft fleece blanket on the inside, with a slick, waterproof coating on the outside.

Stay dry and stroll in style with a stroller blanket by Rain Baby Gear.

Stay dry and stroll in style with a blanket by Rain Baby Gear.

The outer shell is made of BPA-free laminated cotton, and is designed to go over the edges of the stroller to allow rain to slick off the side, not into your baby’s possibly already wet diaper. The laminate also serves as an easy-to-clean surface for when you inevitably find yourself cleaning who-knows-what off it.

And while you don your stylish rain boots and jackets, your baby can look good too in one of the adorable designs Rain Baby Gear offers. I’m partial to “Friendly Dinosaurs” and “Pretty Birds” but you can pick from one of the dozen cute designs. Local? Check. Practical? Check. Adorable? Double check.

Babiators

Once the sun finally peeks out from behind the clouds you’ll need protection of a whole new kind. We all know about the dangers UV rays pose to our adult eyes, but how much worse are they for our kids? According to research from the World Health Organization, extensive exposure to UV rays in children can cause cataracts, pterygia, and squamous cell carcinoma later in life. It’s probably best to never know what any of that means.

A pair of Babiators sunglasses brings no promise of this much 'tude. (via Babiators)

A pair of Babiators sunglasses brings no promise of this much ‘tude.

Babiators is a company built out of the need to protect kids from all those scary diseases, while allowing for some fun in the sun. Designed by an F-18 fighter pilot, the company’s sunglasses are made to be safe, durable and effective. The frames are made out of flexible, durable rubber, so you won’t have to fret when your little ones re-purpose their sunglasses as teething rings.

“Sure, sunglasses sound great, but I just KNOW my kids are going to break or lose them,” you might say. Babiators, in all their kindness, agrees to replace any pair of their sunglasses that is either broken or lost. You read that right: If your child breaks or loses their sunglasses, Babiators will send you a brand new pair.

The sunglasses come in nine cool colors, from “Black Ops Black” to “Blue Angles Blue.” There has never been a better excuse to make a shot-for-shot reenactment of Top Gun with your kids.

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