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For the Grandkids: August 2014

New picture books teach value of friendship

The Trucker & The PrincessLooking for something for your grandchild to read on a rainy day? A new 13-book children’s series, The Trucker & The Princess, is teaching children about the value of friendship and community involvement. Written for children 4-8, the first title, The Trucker & The Princess at the Beach, uses heartwarming relationships developed between humans and animals to teach children. The characters’ adventures add yet another educational element, as they are set against the backdrop of real castles found around the globe. Author Nancy Bateman-Kocsis weaves these themes through individual stories that introduce a new Trucker and Princess in each book, whimsically illustrated by newcomer Katie Nash. The website also includes complementary materials, including songs and apparel.


Peel-off nail polish is back

Did your daughter have peel-off nail polish in the ‘80s? Now your granddaughter can have it, too! Worx Toys is bringing back the memories and the fun of Bo-Po peel off nail polish. Reformulated to meet today’s stringent safest standards, Bo-Po brushes on and peels off in seconds to start fresh again and again. Available in 10 vibrant colors, the new Bo-Po features a sweet vanilla smell and a spill-proof bottle, which is perfect for little hands playing beauty shop, pop star or dressing up for a special outing. Bo-Po is non-toxic, contains no harsh-smelling chemicals, and kids can simply peel off the polish without the need of acetone, which can damage nails. $3.99,


Baby Alert aims to prevent tragedy

We’ve all heard stories about children who are injured or killed after accidentally being left in a car. The ChildMinder SoftClip lifesaving alert system can help caregivers remember children. The small, clip-on device beeps for eight seconds if the adult has moved more than 15 feet away from a child in his/her car seat. It’s a two-part device: Adults clip a small unit on the child’s safety seat and the alerting unit on a key ring. SoftClip is easy to install, spillproof and comes in three colors (white, blue and pink). $80,


Keep lice at bay

As children go back to school, lice are always a concern. Fairy Tales Lice Good-Bye Survival Kit is the new must-have for head lice emergencies, as it effectively treats, removes and prevents head lice. The kit contains Fairy Tales Lice Good-ByeTreatment, Terminator Nit-Free Comb, Rosemary Repel Conditioning Spray, an easy-grip hair clip and step-by-step instructions. The natural Lice Good-Bye formula is clinically proven to treat both lice and nits, without the use of pesticides or harsh chemicals. The stainless steel comb uses patented micro-grooved teeth to catch every bug and rounded edges that are guaranteed to get every nit out while still being gentle on the scalp. A spray a day of the Rosemary Repel Conditioning Spray is clinically proven to keep lice at bay while utilizing organic herbs of rosemary, citronella, peppermint, tea tree and lavender. $29.99,

Toys offer engaging storytime

grandkidsstorytimebThis is for the grandchildren who love stories and make-believe! Storytime Toys are richly imagined, artfully designed books and playhouses in one. Made of lightweight EVA foam and high-quality card stock, the houses fit together like a 3-D puzzle and fold flat in a portable carrying case conveniently designed to fit on your bookshelf. They’re perfect to take with you on the go or as a toy to keep at home for visits from the grandchildren. Assembling these houses and furniture is as easy as pressing tabs into place. No tools or screws required. Storytime Toys promotes imaginative play, creativity and encourages literacy. Stories include: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel and The Three Little Pigs. $30,

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