Chuggington Makes Rails

Meet Wilson, Brewster and Koko, three railway locomotives, from the fictional town of Chuggington.  These three fancy locomotives share important values with children such as friendship, honesty, and listening.  Children also learn to resolve conflicts, be persistent, and finish tasks that they began.  These episodes are designed to teach important social-emotional skills in a way that helps preschoolers prepare for their beginning years of  childhood.  Honestly, with all of the wonderful children’s shows out there, you can’t help but be impressed with this one.

Although the show is computer generated, you know that you are getting a high quality show from the same creative team that helped to produce Bob the Builder.  The show is produced by Ludorum plc, a company that was founded in 2006 by Charlie Caminada, Rob Lawes, and Dick Rothkopf.  Rothkopf was the previous chairman of Learning Curve International, a company which designed and manufactured educational toys for children.

What’s most impressive about this series is the unique toys that are out there on the market. I have to admit, when I was a child, I absolutely adored trains.  You can physically move the trains anywhere, which helps to develop children’s kinesthetic skills. You can use your imagination to create a story where the train saves the day.  Your child will truly benefit from this toy.  There are so many options on this website. Check it out, we offer some pretty cool trains! Not to mention games, engines, and much more, perfect for any time of the year. In the words of the three “Trainees,” “Wheels to the Rails!”


Start gearing up for back-to-school at Ty’s

It doesn’t seem possible that summer is nearly over, but for those of us who head back to school in early August, it’s a reality. Part of me weeps for the end of those halcyon days…

… and the other part of me realizes that I am remembering through rose-colored glasses that have quickly forgotten the cry of “Mom! We’re bored! What should we do?”


Anyway! Soon we’ll be back in the classroom; my little darlings will be learning important lessons, and I’ll be being hit up for Kleenex and hand sanitizer. It’s the circle of life! Or at least, the circle of public school!

Ty’s Toy Box understands that getting them there in the right mood is half the battle, so feel free to check out the new Back To School Store for all of your back-to-school needs. There’s enough backpacks in there to delight even the most hard-to-please kid, from Thomas the Tank Engine to Avatar to Dora to Hannah Montana.

(Funny, for some reason my daughter is still balking at my suggestion of the Little Miss Trouble bag. I cannot imagine why.)

Hey, I know summer flew by, but at least getting ready for back to school can be fun!

Get ready for Earth Day 2008!

Earth Day falls on April 22nd this year, and that means you have just enough time to really prepare. And if you have kids, this should be your very favorite holiday. I mean, it has everything to recommend it:

  • You are not required to purchase gifts,
  • It’s all about helping the environment,
  • It affords parents a great opportunity to explain why you need to turn out the lights in the room behind you when you’re done, please, for the love of all that’s holy, Mommy does not want to give her entire paycheck to the power company because you can’t be bothered.

(Okay, maybe that last one is just me….)

Of course, should you wish to gain favor amongst the kiddos in honor of this auspicious occasion, be sure to check out the Earth Day t-shirts and other specials at Ty’s Toy Box; shirt designs include options such as the one shown above, where Bob the Builder asks “Can we go green? Yes we can!”

Also check out the abundance of sites online for ideas, fun and games for you and the kids to share this Earth Day. Start with the’s kids’ page, which is a portal to lots of other great sites—our favorites are Energy Hog the EPA’s Environmental Kids Club. Take a look over at Kaboose’s Earth Day site for links to more great activities and ways to get into the Earth Day spirit, too.

However you choose to celebrate, remember that even when it’s not easy, the way has already been blazed for us.

(Yes, we should all learn from Kermit.) (Maybe not, but do you ever tire of that video? I don’t.)

And if that wasn’t good enough, Cyber Monday’s up next

Wondering what Cyber Monday will hold here at Ty’s Toy Box? Wonder no more, as there’ll be a whole new crop of specials for one day only on Monday, November 26th, 2007.

Did you know that Cyber Monday began as a marketing campaign, and was—initially, anyway—a hoax? There was no evidence to suggest that people did any more online shopping the Monday after Thanksgiving than at any other time. But it has since become the very definition of a self-fulfilling prophecy, and now e-tailers everywhere gear up for a flurry of fingers shop-shop-shopping on this famous Monday.

Ready for a sneak peak at Monday’s deals? Read on to find out how planning ahead can score you some big bargain’s during Ty’s Cyber Monday Sale: Continue reading