There are famous toys, and then there are legendary toys. Some toys stand the test of time, becoming popular with generations of children, while others are just fondly remembered. Then there are toys that literally “changed the game” and had a profound effect not just on the children who played with the toys, but America as a whole. Erector sets are one of those legendary toys.
First introduced exactly 100 years ago, Erector sets quickly became the most popular construction toy in the United States. Each Erector set contained metal beams with regular rows of holes for assembly with nuts and bolts. They also contained wheels, gears, pulleys and – most importantly – small electric motors. For a young country full of even younger inventors, engineers and mechanics, Erector sets were just the type of open-ended, “do it yourself” toy that helped instill and nurture some of the ingenuity and creativity that helped build modern America during the 20th century.
Kazoo Toys is proud to carry Erector sets, with models in a variety of sizes and prices. Whether you fondly remember your own childhood Erector sets and you want to recreate that magic and wonderment for your own child or grandchild, or you and your child are discovering Erector sets for the first time, know that you aren’t just buying a toy – you are buying a piece of American history!
There are very few toy brands as iconic and timeless as Radio Flyer. Since 1917, Radio Flyer’s “Little Red Wagons” have been a treasured part of many childhoods. To a small child, a red wagon could be many things. It could be a passenger cart, ready to carry treasured cargo along a neighborhood sidewalk or park path, expertly pulled and guided by a trusted parent. It could also be a transport truck, ready to carry toys, interesting rocks or even a frog or two from across the yard. For many children, a Radio Flyer wagon was their first vehicle, and by extension their first taste of the freedom, adventure and convenience that a vehicle provides.
Over the decades, Radio Flyer released other popular products, including a classic tricycle, the popular “Inchworm” toy and a sturdy wooden sled. Special products were introduced, such as a blue wagon made for The Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s and an Evel Knieval-inspired “muscle car” wagon produced in the 1970s. The “Quad Shock Wagon”, Radio Flyer’s first all-terrain wagon, was released in the 1990s to compliment the growing popularity of that decade’s sport utility vehicles. 2007′s “Ultimate Family Wagon” even won a Chicago Innovation Award. Radio Flyer products have been featured in many movies and television shows, including a 1992 feature film that adopted the iconic name.
Today, Kazoo Toys has a great selection of Radio Flyer products available, from the classics to newly-designed products that your child will sure to love, just as children over decades past loved their own Radio Flyer wagons! You, your parents or even your grandparents will cherish the memory of pulling your little one along a sidewalk or path in a Radio Flyer wagon; many will remember a time when someone pulled them along in exactly the same way.
Have you ever sat at a table with the pieces of a tiling puzzle spread out on in front of you? If so, you know how fun, challenging and ultimately irresistible they are to assemble and complete! Tiling puzzles, which include the ever-popular jigsaw puzzle, are often incredibly simple in form and function, yet produce hours and sometimes even days of entertainment! A tiling puzzle requires only two things: a space to assemble the puzzle pieces and one or more interested participants. They don’t require batteries or accessories, they don’t make noise and they don’t break down or become obsolete. They do require patience, concentration and a commitment to “follow through” to completion – qualities that many of us still want to instill in our children!
Kazoo Toys carries a wide range of tiling puzzles, including educational, jigsaw and even 3-D puzzles. We know you’ll find a great puzzle that will entertain and challenge your family!
Summer has officially arrived, and with it comes the summer travel season! Here at Kazoo Toys we know that summer travel vacations can be fun, exciting and relaxing, but we also know that the time spent actually travelling in your car or on a plane can instill boredom and restlessness in children. Even the most inviting and beautiful vacation locales can still be strange and unfamiliar places to a young child, inducing bouts of homesickness and stress. We want to help make your vacation this summer as wonderful an experience as possible for your family! Here are some toys and products that will help keep your child entertained, comfortable and closer to the familiarity and comfort of home.
When it comes to activities and hobbies for children, the sheer number of choices can sometimes feel overwhelming. Many projects, products and groups vie for your child’s attention, and unfortunately many of us know that supporting fleeting hobbies and activities can be expensive and ultimately unrewarding. But what if we told you there is an activity for your child that can be fun, creative, relatively inexpensive, continually fresh and exciting and could even lead to a unique career or lifelong hobby?
For most of human history, beads have been used to create jewelry and adorn clothing and hair. From simple pebbles and blocks of wood to priceless jewels and precious metals, people have made beads of countless shapes, sizes and colors. Like countless others before them, your child will love the endless avenues of creativity available to them with a collection of durable, quality beads. They will love to create jewelry for themselves and adorn their clothes or hair! Better yet, your child will love the sense of empowerment they’ll feel when they create gifts that can be given to family and friends. And if your child decides to turn beads and jewelry making into a serious hobby, you can share in the excitement and fun of shopping for unique beads to add to your collection!
Here at Kazoo Toys, we sell bead kits by Bead Bazaar that include delightful assortments that are sure to keep your child entertained and enthralled for hours!
Kazoo Toys is proud to announce that we’ve moved into our new home in Denver! Now located at 262 Fillmore Street in the historic Cherry Creek North neighborhood, we are proud to carry on our 33-year tradition of providing one of the largest selections of quality games, puzzles, and creative playthings to parents, teachers and kids! Kazoo Toys is committed to making our new home feel like our old home – with some great improvements you are sure to love!
Our new home is located in a Denver neighborhood rich with history. In the late 1800s, Edwin P. Harman and his wife Lou purchased a 320 acre town site and founded the town of Harman. In March of 1894 the town of Harmon was annexed into Denver. In the 119 years since the annexation, the area now known as Cherry Creek North still boasts the old Town Hall at the corner of 4th Avenue and Saint Paul Street and the historic Bromwell Elementary School remains operational today! Kazoo Toys is proud to join the nearly 400 businesses in this mixed-use neighborhood, 73% of which are locally owned and operated – just like us!
When we look back on our childhoods, most of us immediately recall the many times we pretended to be something or someone else while playing. Children love to pretend – they pretend to be fictional characters, animals and sometimes even inanimate objects come to life! Dramatic playtime includes pretending to be grown-ups with grown-up jobs and roles. A child at play is only bound by the limits of their imagination, but the right play outfit and toy set can spur the imagination to new heights and greatly enhance playtime. When pretending and playing with other children and adults, the right play outfit and toy set can also enhance a child’s self-confidence and encourage them to explore their pretend role in new and exciting ways!
At Kazoo Toys, we’ve matched these sets of costumes and pretend toys to create the perfect pairings for your little astronaut, physician, construction worker, police officer and superhero! You can feel confident purchasing these matching items and knowing your child will love spending hours exploring the galaxy, attending to the medical needs of their stuffed animals and imaginary friends, building a monumental skyscraper and keeping your neighborhood safe, behind a badge or even a mask!
America has embraced cooking! Whether it’s for everyday meals, special feasts or even training to become a professional chef, we all want to learn new recipes, flavors and techniques! Television chefs like Emeril Lagasse and Jamie Oliver have used their culinary expertise and colorful personalities to endear themselves to a wide range of fans and cooking enthusiasts – half of all adults in America watch cooking shows at least occasionally. It’s a pastime that’s fun, creative, challenging and delicious! Isn’t it time to introduce play cooking and food preparation to your child?
The days of play cooking and food toys being “just for girls” are long gone. Kazoo Toys has a selection of great gender-neutral play food and cooking toys for everyone! You can feel comfortable buying these toys for boys, girls or both – siblings, relatives or friends will love working together preparing that special pretend meal to share with you! We’re also proud to offer pretend versions of fruits, vegetables and other health foods. It’s never too early to reinforce nutritious eating habits and to associate healthy foods with fun, even when pretending. For dessert, those pretend cookies look delicious as well!