Hi! My name is Lori Craig and I am one of the Buyers at Discount School Supply. I am responsible for these product categories: Open-ended Arts and Crafts , Active Play and Sand and Water.
In case “Open-ended craft” is a term new to you, these are crafts in which children receive materials but may create any end result; this is the opposite of a craft intended to have every child achieve the same result. For all of my categories, my job is to develop new and exciting products and to search for products that will enable Discount School Supply to offer the best assortment for you.
I wanted to share an interesting story about one of the products that we carry in Active Play, the See Me Tunnel. Although this is not a new item, it has been popular for several years. You may already know how fantastic it is. The tunnel is all fabric with a mesh top, which allows you to see the little ones as they crawl through the tunnel. In addition, this tunnel will not get hot like some of the plastic ones on the market. I bought the 9-foot one for my daughter to play in and to share with her friends at home. They all love it. They like to twist it into a circle so that both ends meet, and it becomes a never ending tunnel! This activity is great for at least a good hour of free time for me!
I have recently discovered the how durable this tunnel really is when we left it out in the living room one night. I kept hearing all of this ruckus in the living room, so I got up to see what our newly-adopted kitten was getting herself into. Lo and behold, it was the tunnel! In and out, over and over again, she played for at least two hours. She would play with the string attachments, run through with her ball and back again and she loves to rock it from side to side, making it roll with her inside. This new game has become an evening activity for both my daughter and the new kitten to play together. The kitten even pesters us to bring the tunnel out in the evening if we’re not getting to it fast enough! I am pleased to report that the tunnel is holding up great and not tearing, even though we all know that 3-month-old kittens have razor-like claws and like to shred!
I hope my story has entertained you a little and that it inspires your creativity to make up all sorts of games and different activities with our products. I would love to hear your stories!
Thanks for your time!