Visit the Bellacor Toy Store for Holiday Gifts

If you’ve spent any time at Bellacor.com, you know we’re a great source for lighting and home furnishings. That’s what we do best, and that’s what we know you’re looking for when you visit. But did you know Bellacor offers a wide variety of toys, dolls and games? Hmm, we wonder when you might be in the market for some of those kinds of things. Yep, just in time for the holiday gifting season, here are 5 top picks from our toy store.

KidKraft Fire Station Kids Play Set

A lot of kids have a dollhouse, but how many have their very own firehouse? Boys and girls are going to love this fire station, which includes a helipad on the roof and garage doors that open and close. The set also has 10 pieces of furniture and 2 flexible firefighters, who are built to bend to your kids’ will. Oh, and we almost forgot the helicopter and fire truck that come along with this station. Those would make great gifts all by themselves. Maybe you could keep the firehouse for yourself?

KidKraft Fire Station Kids Play Set

KidKraft Fire Station Kids Play Set

 

Woodstock Percussion Woodstock Kids Guitar

You already know that your child rocks. But now they can rock for real with their very first guitar.With its high-gloss, natural wood finish, this just like a full-size guitar, only sized down for smaller hands. It’s great for taking lessons and it comes with a songbook by renowned folk musician Happy Traum (includes information on changing strings and tuning). It also comes with a guitar pick and an extra set of strings. They’ll be making beautiful music before you know it. We think this is how Mozart got his start.

Woodstock Percussion Kids Guitar

Woodstock Percussion Kids Guitar

 

KidKraft Kids Holiday Puzzle Set

This four-puzzle set celebrates positive play habits with a variety of shapes and themes that keep the fun fresh. Chanukah is just around the corner, and this would be a great gift for a younger child during that time. In fact, one the puzzles is Chanukah themed, while the others honor Shabbat, Passover and Rosh Hashanah respectively. Children ages 3 and up can play with this solidly built puzzle set.

KidKraft Kids Holiday Puzzle Set

KidKraft Kids Holiday Puzzle Set

 

Wesco Green Plastic Wescomobile

Molded from a single piece of plastic, this sturdy little scooter can stand up to the day-to-day strain your child will surely put it through. This little vehicle is built for kids ages 2-4. The solid rubber tires won’t scuff your floors. Best of all, the seat stays where it is so you child won’t be slipping and sliding as he or she glides across the floor. It’s time for your baby’s first car and this is the safest ride around. By holding onto the two handles and moving their legs, children can cruise for hours.

Wesco Green Plastic Wescomobile

Wesco Green Plastic Wescomobile

 

Guidecraft Natural See and Store Dress-Up Center

Every kid loves to play dress up. We encourage this kind of thing because it encourages imagination and feeds their dreams. Some want to be princesses. Some want to be firemen. When they play dress up, they can be all of these, any of these things. This unit features three storage compartments on one side for toys, shoes and dramatic play items; a deep bottom with sides; a sturdy wood dowel for hanging clothes and costumes; and an acrylic mirror for dramatic play. It’s the ideal addition to your children’s play area. Store old uniforms or Halloween costumes and let the kids have a blast.

Guidecraft Natural See and Store Dress-Up Center

Guidecraft Natural See and Store Dress-Up Center

BONUS PICKS

OK, we cheated a bit. Here are two more cool items that aren’t exactly toys, but you and your child would love to have either of these in their room.

Roommates Decor Toy Story 3 Peel and Stick Wall Decals

Did you hear they’re making a Toy Story 4? Well, get your kid prepped for the next movie by decorating their rooms with these stick-on decals of their favorite characters. They will love decorating with Woody, Buzz and their gang of joyful toys. Parents will love that these RoomMates decals are easy to apply, remove and reposition. And if you move, they can go with you. They are totally reusable. Bellacor has a good selection of Toy Story decals. This set has 33 decals in all, and some even glow in the dark! Reach for the sky, and add these to you holiday gift list today.

Roommates Decor Toy Story 3 Peel and Stick Wall Decals

Roommates Decor Toy Story 3 Peel and Stick Wall Decals

 

Guidecraft Moon and Stars Toy Box

Now that you’ve add a bunch of new toys to you kids’ collection this holiday season, maybe it’s time to find a new place to put them all. You’re just paying off those gifts, the last thing you need is a hospital bill after tripping over a wayward toy. Bellacor has a huge selection of toy boxes, celebrating superheroes, sports and more. But this toy box would work great if you have a boy and a girl. It’s nice to look at, but not too girly or boyish. You don’t need two toy boxes. Toss everything in here and let the kids sort it out later.

Guidecraft Moon and Stars Toy Box

Guidecraft Moon and Stars Toy Box

 

Backyard camping: enjoy the great outdoors without leaving home

Backyard camping

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Camping is one of my favorite summer activities, but sometimes it’s hard to set aside a week or even just a weekend to get away. That’s why I love the idea of backyard camping. It gives families the opportunity to spend time outdoors and bond. Plus, staying close to home is often recommended for young children who are not ready for the full camping experience.

Backyard camping seems like a simple concept, but there are some strategies you can use to create an experience that is similar to an actual camping trip. For example, you can:

Set up a tent
Backyard camping

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Okay, I know it seems silly to sleep outdoors when you have comfortable beds inside waiting for you. However, your backyard excursion will feel more like a bonfire than an authentic camping trip if you head inside after the fire dies down.

Design a sitting area
Seating area next to camp

Polywood Adirondack Chairs

Most campsites have benches for dining and generally people bring their own chairs. Set up your backyard to mimic an actual campsite by arranging outdoor chairs and tables near the tent area.

Install a fire pit
Fire pit

Firescapes Fire Pit

In my opinion, it’s not camping without a fire and s’mores. If you don’t already have one, consider adding a fire pit to your backyard space; you can use it all summer long! On chillier nights, make sure you have extra blankets for sitting around the fire!

Add a sprinkler

If you live within walking distance of a lake or ocean, head out for a swim in the afternoon. Otherwise, a sprinkler can add a splash of fun for the kids (and the adults).

Keep technology indoors

Phones and laptops are hard to leave behind — believe me, I know. Camping, however, is all about taking a break from technology and connecting with nature. While you might not have a forest in your backyard, you can at least enjoy the sunshine and breeze without having to check your cell every five minutes.

Roasting marshmallows

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Are you ready to roast marshmallows and tell ghost stories? A simple camping trip in your backyard can be a special memory you and your family will cherish for years.

By Wendy Weinert

The Perfect Gift for Your Next Party

Summer brings lots of pool parties, birthday parties and family events. If you are the one hosting, the right décor and design is often top of mind, leaving the gifts to figure out later. This year, give a gift that is one-of-a-kind. If you are in a rush or can’t find the perfect gift, we have a few suggestions for you!

Consider Wall Decor

Wall décor is not only for adults but is a great gift for kids as well! No matter what your style is, wall decals from RoomMates make decorating easy and fun! Featuring your favorite licensed art like Minnie and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or Winnie the Pooh and Disney Pixar Cars, kids can bring their walls to life with their favorite characters and designs. (Wall decals by RoomMates also offer a wide selection of wall quotes, trees & branches and floral décor for adults). The best part is these wall decals are peel and stick. No sticky residue gets left on your walls! Plus, temporary decorating is great for kids since their favorite characters change so frequently!

Wall decor makes a nice gift if attending a child’s birthday party that has theme! The Frozen line is especially popular and is a special gift to give at a Frozen themed birthday party. What little girl wouldn’t want to open up her very own giant Elsa and hang her right up on her bedroom wall?

RoomMates Gift idea- Elsa

And one of our favorite reasons to give wall décor as a gift, it pairs well with bedroom themes. If the child’s bedroom décor is based on Mickey Mouse, giving a giant decal of Mickey or Mickey and his friends, just adds to the collection. Plus, after the décor is hung, it makes a nice bold statement on the wall.

RoomMates Gift idea- Mickey cropped

Personalized Wall Art

A cool spin on wall decals, give a custom wall decal for a gift that is really memorable. RoomMates custom wall decals offer the ability to personalize your own wall sticker. Use one of their premade templates and add your name or phrase. A great gift for any child, there is nothing that brings a room to life than a personalized peel and stick decal that says “Sasha’s Room.”  Like the wall décor line, customizable wall art is also removable and reusable!

RoomMates Gift idea- Personalized

Children receive so many toys. Consider a gift that is out of the box and fun! Remember wall décor is child friendly! We particularly like this kind of gift because of the application process! It is nice for the child to decorate together with an adult and be amazed by the peel and stick of the decal on the wall as they move it from wall to wall.

Consider something out of the box the next time you give a gift!

 

Jessica Toutsis

About Jessica Toutsis

Jessica Toutsis is the Digital Marketing Manager for Roommatesdecor.com is passionate about blogging, all things Web, and of course wall decals! Her expertise lies around content development, as well as SEO and social media and she frequently writes about home decor, re-purposing and home organization. To read more of Jessica’s blog posts, follow the RoomMates blog and add Jessica on Google+

The Love of LEGO

Lego website

Legos – those multicolored bricks roughly the size of peanuts- for most of us bring back a flood of nostalgia.   Although the concept was simple, Legos became ubiquitous for generations of children much like iPads and Netflix have become now.  The core appeal of Legos was built upon the creativity of the ambitious, transporting young engineers and city planners to their own worlds where they played unquestioned ruler.  In the infinite space of imagination and strategy, I and countless others thrived.

Lego Minions

Although it is hard to quantify exactly what we garnered through the hours spent stacking those simple bricks, it is not hard to imagine how it helped our development of key skills.  Creative problem-solving, collaboration, project-management, design, creativity; these skills all seem like realistic possibilities.  We might never know how Legos affected us, but for me it is impossible to imagine a world without them.

Lego themed bedroom

This was the inspiration for Weston Homes, a leading developer of real-estate in Great Britain, to both design and create the first children’s themed Lego room completely made with standard and mini-Lego figures.  The sample room that Weston Homes created for one of their luxury home developments from head to toe is decorated with red and yellow Legos and themed accessories.  From the wall decals of the “Evolution of the Lego Man” to the Lego brick themed furniture, the room is a perfect place for children to explore the wonderful world of their imagination.  Weston Home claims that other themes like Star Wars and Indiana Jones Lego rooms will follow as the popularity of the attraction increasing.

Lego themed room

Bob Weston, Chairmen & Managing Director of Weston Homes had this say about the project: “Lego is a global brand loved by children… and it has definitely helped play a role in our success at promoting the houses to families with children.”

The Lego Movie

Today the Lego world is more complex as the cherished brand has diversified to theme parks, video games, and even the big screen.  The Lego Movie, voiced by well-known actors/actresses like Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, and Morgan Freeman, has grossed over $450 million internationally.  For kids today, Legos might just seem like simple toys, but for those of us who have grown up using Legos as a tool to construct our dreams and push our creative frontiers, Legos are so much more! If you want to learn more about Weston Home’s Lego projects, please visit www.weston-homes.com.