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Our Christmas Toy Gift Guide – 2018

Our Christmas Toy Gift Guide – 2018

Ah, Christmas. A time of joy, celebration and wondering what on earth to get the kids this year! I went on the hunt to find toys that are not just good value for money, but that actually keep kids interested for months or even years.  I’ve learned the hard way that toys are not all created equal. You know the story. Your kid is obsessed with a (very expensive!) toy for a few days and then they lose interest. The toy ends up in a closet somewhere, taking up space while you hope it makes a comeback. Spoiler alert: It...

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Are Our Kids Getting Enough Exercise?

Exercise Health Piki Piki Bike

Are Our Kids Getting Enough Exercise?

According to a paper by the University of Washington and published in Pediatrics, pre-school children only get about 48 minutes of exercise on average per day. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that kids get at least one hour of daily physical activity. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently stressed that “play is fundamentally important for learning 21st century skills, such as problem solving, collaboration, and creativity, which require the executive functioning skills that are critical for adult success.”1  Children, even pre-school boys and girls, spend a lot more time these days on a device or...

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY VALUE WHEN PURCHASING TOYS

THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY VALUE WHEN PURCHASING TOYS

It’s a scenario that has played out 100 times in our household (we have three kids). You’re at the Walmart or Target with your family and you walk past the toy section. The kids want a break from the boring Saturday morning shopping excursion, so you take some time off from the shopping list and let them play around in the toy isles. Invariably there is at least one toy that they fall in love with, and riddled with guilt from dragging them around you buy it for them. It looks terrific. Nice looking packaging, it makes noises and it...

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WHAT MAKES THE PIKI PIKI BIKE SO UNIQUE

Piki Piki Bike

As a father of three children, I'm always looking for new and interesting toys for my kids. Perhaps most importantly I'm looking for ones that will last. Toys that encourage imagination and that will grow with them. Not the "check mark" toys as I like to call them. The ones that Claim to be educational (though are so boring no child will play with them)  Have flashing lights and sounds that attract attention in the store, but do nothing more than irritate parents when they get home Are a character from the latest TV fad that will be forgotten in three weeks A...

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2ND STREET SOUNDCHECK CONCERT

Gallo & Spence Toys Piki Piki Bike

The annual 2nd Street Soundcheck Concert was held on February 28th and despite the freezing cold temperatures here in Austin (which is very unusual) I had a great time. The Piki Piki Bike was asked to be part of Toy Joy’s Kids Fun Zone. We had three bikes available for the kids who braved the cold weather to ride around on. The kids loved it and it certainly warmed my heart to see the Piki Piki's being enjoyed by so many. It was a very successful day for Gallo & Spence Toys and our bikes are now being sold in...

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