Pretend Play

By | 2018-01-10T20:27:27+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Featured, Fun|

Pretend play develops a child's creativity and the ability to plan for the future. It begins in early childhood when children make believe toys and objects are real, or when they mimic their parents or imagine a scenario such as a construction site or racetrack. It evolves into imagining things that do not exist, like [...]


By | 2018-01-10T20:26:25+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Featured, Fun|

Games are key to teaching kids about life lessons while having fun! Kids have permission to take risks, push their potentials and stay socially connected. Games help kids maintain focus and attention while learning is secretly embedded in the game. Numbers, colors, strategy and trivia are built into the play. We carry games from Gamewright, [...]

Construction Toys

By | 2018-01-10T15:10:42+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Featured, Fun|

From the earliest placing one block on top of another to an elaborate LEGO creation, construction toys train young minds about spatial thinking and the ability to visualize in the third dimension. Toddlers don't realize they're learning math when they play with blocks. Playing with gears, magnetic toys, wooden planks, snaps, gears, nuts and bolts, [...]

Arts, Crafts and Music

By | 2018-01-10T20:23:59+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Featured, Fun|

Kids express themselves emotionally through the arts. Creating art offers a child more than just the satisfaction of seeing his masterpiece hung on the refrigerator. Whether drawing, sculpting, singing, dancing, painting, playing an instrument or creating her own invention, the child is expressing herself and building imagination and self-esteem. Shared arts experiences let kids connect, [...]

Fun with arts and crafts

By | 2017-03-21T15:36:23+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Articles|

With thanks to the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association Deep in the recesses of your memory, you can still feel it. The way your hand slipped across that special smooth paper when you finger painted. The oozy sensation of play dough squishing between your fingers. The satisfying feeling of bringing a handmade [...]

Magic of a Toy Store: It Comes From the Kids

By | 2017-03-21T15:33:41+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Articles|

Magic of a Toy Store: It Comes From the Kids After 11 years since Kazoodles opened, we've collected a lot of kid stories. We will never forget the first time a mom told us, “He woke up today saying, ‘I want to go to Kazoodles!’” That’s not just music to a shopkeeper’s ears, it’s a full [...]

Fidgets: They’re not just for kids

By | 2017-03-21T15:27:40+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Educational|

Nearly every day parents come in looking for fidget toys for their children. Teachers or therapists have recommended they find something to occupy the child’s hands so the child’s brain can focus in school. And this year, fidgets were all the talk at Toy Fair and other toy shows. What teachers and parents have known [...]

Best of Clark County? Right Here on East Mill Plain

By | 2017-02-17T10:43:28+00:00 April 5th, 2014|Articles|

We were grateful and excited to be named Best of Clark County by readers of The Columbian. We were doubly excited to see that eight BOCC awards and a runner-up are right here in our shopping center, Columbia Square. We’d like you to meet our outstanding neighbors. See if you can spot the phrase that [...]

Why Do Kids Love Monsters?

By | 2017-02-17T10:43:46+00:00 October 31st, 2013|Articles, Seasonal|

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 [...]

The True Cost of Toys, Part 3

By | 2017-02-17T10:43:49+00:00 October 24th, 2013|Parenting, Toys|

Part 3: An Expandable Toy Universe Too many toys these days are expendable. We're expected to shell out $40 for some piece of plastic that gets played with once or twice before our kids grow bored and we end up giving it away, or worse--throwing it in the trash. But instead of buying expendable toys, we [...]