I received products courtesy of ASTRA for this review; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have written about this before but I, personally, feel that it can not be stressed enough. Shopping at small businesses across the board is beneficial to not only to the business, but to the community and to you. You will find things at a local toy store that you just will not find anywhere else!


National Local Toy Store Day

There are a few local toy stores in my area and I absolutely LOVE taking my kids to them. In fact, we are heading out today to pick up some things for friends and family, I will be purposely be stopping at more than one local toy store in my area.

I find the coolest stuff at local toy stores. Things that box stores just don’t have. Check out the awesome toys I was generously sent that I don’t think I have ever seen anywhere else!

ASTRA National Toy Store Day

The Peek a Boo Bunny is a super cute toddler ‘magic’ trick that lets kids build a magic box and the bunny pop out of it! How fun it that? My 7 year old snatched up the X-Treme Sticker journal and I don’t think I will see her for the rest of the day!

The 4th annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Saturday, November 9, 2013. Participating local stores will host in-store events for families (such as activities, craft projects, live performances and/or special discounts) to help kick off the holiday shopping season and celebrate the joy of shopping for toys!  Neighborhood Toy Store Day introduces families to the fun of shopping locally and celebrates each toy store’s commitment to the community.  The annual event is coordinated by the non-profit organization ASTRA, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association.

ASTRA National Toy Store Day

The two toys that I received are winners of the Best Toys for Kids 2013! And I have to say, they are pretty awesome! Bunny Peek a Boo is perfect for little ones learning hand eye coordination. With cards that tell the kids how to pose the bunny and wooden, durable pieces, the game starts the kids at beginner and moves them to advanced with fun and laughter.

All of my kids love the X_Treme Sticker Maker Kit too. All three happily sat at the table making sticker after sticker and putting them in their journal. I think this is a great toy and as they color, create and work together time after time, I love it even more!

ASTRA National Toy Store Day

Local businesses create jobs, preserve neighborhoods and reduce sprawl. In comparison to chain stores, independent local businesses put a significantly larger share of revenue back into the local economy in the form of taxes, salaries and more. In addition, independent toy stores tend to carry many of the high-quality, boutique and specialty products not typically found at big box stores.

There is really no reason not to shop local first! I bet you find some unique, fun gifts for your kids too!


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