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Pretend Play Learning - Halloween Edition featuring Mastermind Toys

Pretend Play Learning - Halloween Edition featuring Mastermind Toys

October 06, 2020

Our team has partnered with Mastermind Toys to bring you a creative package of Halloween Learning Materials for grades K-2. 

These learning materials are intended to help parents structure their days around open-ended play and encourage new ways of learning. Whether you are homeschooling or looking for creative ways to celebrate Halloween all October long, we are certain you will enjoy this spooky stuff! 

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Halloween crafts and celebrations 2020

Celebrating Halloween in 2020 - Craft Ideas Included

October 05, 2020

Let’s avoid the Trick-or-Treating meltdown that we are all anticipating from our kids this year. A great way to do that, is to make Halloween feel EXTRA special this year. How you ask? Celebrate all month long!
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Frightful Fruits for your little Boo

Frightful Fruits for your little Boo

October 02, 2020

Halloween is approaching and you may begin to wonder how I can make Halloween 2020 extra special for my children? Will there be Trick or Treating this year? Our team at Great Pretenders wants to give you plenty of ways to make Halloween extra special all October long! So turn on the spooky movies, and get out the treats... healthy treats that is! We've gathered a list of 7 Frightful Fruits to share with your little ones, or to include as a special surprise in their lunch! 
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Meet the Maker with Joyce Keelan!

Meet the Maker with Joyce Keelan!

August 31, 2020

We are slowly coming to the end of our Meet the Maker series. But we cannot finish them off without introducing you to Joyce Keelan! Joyce is the founder of Great Pretenders and the hardest working woman I have ever met! In this interview, Joyce shares many wonderful memories that has made Great Pretenders what it is today. 
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Meet the Maker Monday with Lucy

Meet the Maker Monday with Lucy

August 17, 2020

Happy Monday!! We want to introduce you to a VERY special guest this week... Miss Lucy!! Lucy, her sister Matilda and her mom Kate were here for their summer visit, so we thought we would sneak in an interview with our favourite model. Lucy LOVES coming to visit grandma at work because it means she gets to raid Lindsay's office for all the dress-up attire she could imagine! 
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Why Early Childhood Years Are Important for Brain Development by Boon-Dah

Why Early Childhood Years Are Important for Brain Development by Boon-Dah

August 14, 2020

Happy Friday everyone! We partnered with our friends at Boon-Dah to bring you this blog post about why early childhood years are important for brain development! Visit their website at www.boon-dah.com for plenty of STEM and learning resources for kids!  
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Meet the Maker Monday with Maria

Meet the Maker Monday with Maria

August 10, 2020

Happy Monday everyone! This week, we want to introduce you to our lead sewer, Maria. Maria has been with Great Pretenders for nearly 20 years! Before watching the interview, can you guess how many protective face masks our team has sewn in the last 4 months? 
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Meet the Maker with Allan

Meet the Maker with Allan

July 27, 2020

Happy Meet the Maker Monday! This week we want to introduce you to Allan! Allan is our Graphic Designer and has been part of our team for 5 years. He is responsible for designing our catalogs and seriously does an amazing job! Watch the video to hear Allan's responses to our rapid fire questions! 
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Meet the Maker Monday with Twyla Hines

Meet the Maker Monday with Twyla Hines

July 20, 2020

Happy Monday everyone! Through our Meet the Maker Monday, you have met a lot our team and we hope you are loving learning little pieces of the people behind our production as much as I am! This week, we want to introduce you to Twyla. As you will learn, Twyla is the Executive Assistant to the President, Joyce Keelan and she has been here for only 2 years. I say ‘only’ because this shocked me! Twyla truthfully helps this ship run so smoothly that I thought she has been part of the team for nearly 10 years!
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Meet the Maker Monday with Katie Mazur

Meet the Maker Monday with Katie Mazur

July 13, 2020

It’s Monday! Time for another Meet the Maker and this week we want to introduce you to Katie! Katie is the one behind all of our blog posts, social media and web content (and currently writing this blog post) So allow me to introduce myself! My name is Katie. I have been working at Great Pretenders for about 3 months now and am loving every minute of it! It is so fun to work in the toy industry and connect with all of you via social media. 
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Encouraging Productive Screen time with Kids

Encouraging Productive Screen time with Kids

July 10, 2020

Too much screen time for children can have negative effects on a child’s development and overall well-being. It is important as parents remember to limit your child’s screen time or encourage productive screen time in your household. Here are our tips for doing so!
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Meet the Maker Monday with Mitchell

Meet the Maker Monday with Mitchell

July 06, 2020

Happy Monday friends! We hope you had a fantastic and safe long weekend! This Monday we would like to introduce you to Mitchell! Mitchell is our cutting technician, who prepares all of the materials for our sewers. We have recently automated some of the cutting process for efficiency and Mitchell will show you how today!  
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