Posts Tagged ‘imaginative play’

Last week, we posted about a new, family-friendly restaurant in Yarmouth called Gather. One of the things we appreciated about Gather was the play area, as well as the knowledgeable waitress who sat us right next to the toys and games. While we were there, we discovered a wooden barn that belonged to owner Matt Chappell when he was a boy. MP started to think about how cool it would be for the kids to have a keepsake barn of their own.

Enter Finns & Flowers. The Palermo, ME-based toy company makes lovely wooden and felted toys. Their classic New England barn, made of Northern White Pine, is perfect for little kids with big imaginations.



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Cute Potato #1 and #2 in their new hats

Cute Potato #1 and #2 in their new hats

Here at Cute Potato,
we love our local toy and gift shops, but sometimes, the budget takes precedent.

So on a rainy Sunday, after hours of being cooped up in the house, we piled the team into the car and drove south to the Family Dollar Store. Yes, you heard us right. You need to pick and choose wisely (just how old is that bag of popcorn?) but check out the fireman hats we found. They’re surprisingly sturdy and resulted in hours of imaginative play.

The kids also discovered Wiffle ball bats, colorful beach pails and shovels. And we stocked up on hair brushes, which always seem to be in short supply at our house.

Cheap? Sure. But definitely worth a visit.

Family Dollar Store, 752 Riverside Drive, Portland

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