• This entry was posted in Toys on November 20, 2018

  • Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the kick-off of the holiday shopping season where dedicated shoppers go out in search of the best deals and the biggest savings. Most all stores offer some kind of special sale for this unofficial holiday, major retailers open extra early and have their lowest prices and biggest promotional sales of the year. Being prepared with your shopping list and an idea of the stores you want to visit is the key to a successful day of shopping. If you plan on braving the crowds to get a head start on your Holiday wish lists here are a few tips for finding the best deals this Black Friday:

    - Plan your shopping trip ahead of time. Do some comparison-shopping the day before to decide what items you want to be on the lookout for and where to go to get the best value.

    - Print or cut out ads. Check the shelf price against the advertised price at the register to ensure you’re getting the deal you want.

    - Know the “early-bird” specials (sometimes called door-busters). These are the deals that have customers waiting in lines before the store even opens. Get there early to take advantage of these incredibly low prices.

    - Be familiar with store polices. Check the retailer’s website or ask a cashier for information on refunds, returns, cancellations and layaways.

    - If possible shop using a single credit card; this makes it safer and easier. Also be sure to get gift-receipts for all your purchases and keep them in a safe place in case you need to refer to them later.  

    - Divide and conquer. Getting together with friends and family saves time and ensure you get to all the deals by splitting up your shopping list between a few people.

    - Shopping can be exhausting often starting in the early hours of the morning and lasting a few hours. Bring a light snack and a bottle of water to keep you hydrated.

    - If you are doing your Black Friday shopping online make sure you have a secure internet connection and purchase only from sellers you know are trustworthy.

    With planning and a bit of luck you can knock-out a good portion of your holiday shopping list while saving money this Black Friday. Have fun and be safe this holiday shopping season! 

  • This entry was posted in Table tennis on November 13, 2018

  • With cold weather comes a chance for families to spend more time together. There are fewer scheduled extracurricular activities to pull you in different directions. Once you're at home together, though, what can you do that's fun and engaging? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least 60 minutes of moderate or more vigorous play every day. That's not just for the summertime; it's for every day. We've come up with 5 cold-weather family activities to make your family time count. You can also slip in some exercise and some fun. While staying indoors can sometimes be more comfortable, the occasional outdoor jaunt is also a great way to spend a few hours together on a crisp fall day.



    If you're looking for something different that's always available and ready to play, try foosball. This table-top version of soccer has been around since the late 1800s, but didn't gain popularity in the U.S. until shortly after World War II. Two to four players work the man rods on either side of the table to move the ball towards their opponents' goal.


    Family Bike Ride

    As long as you're dressed for the weather and the paths are clear of rain and snow, a bike ride is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the autumn scenery. Check the air in the tires on the bikes, and cruise to the park or check out bike trails in your community. Afterwards, you can go home and warm up with some hot apple cider or hot chocolate.


    Outdoor Play

    A study conducted through the Seattle Children's Research Institute learned that more than half of all preschool-age kids don't go outside and play under parent supervision. You can change that statistic. Take advantage of the sunshine, and go for a walk with your children. Let them use their ride-on toys and tricycles, or help them pull a wagon and collect some outdoor treasures. If you time it right, you can all work up an appetite, then stroll home just in time for a hot lunch.  


    Table Tennis

    Getting the family together for a little competition is a great way to spend a cold-weather day. Table tennis can be played by up to four people, and you can always appoint a fifth family member as the scorekeeper. It's a good way to get exercise, whether it's with an indoor or outdoor table tennis table.


    Something for Teens

    It's sometimes hard to get teens out from in front of the TV or computer. Teach them the fun of fitness with a workout together on exercise equipment. Treadmills and stationary bikes are good starters for teens, especially those involved in sports. It's an activity that you can do together no matter what the weather is like outside.


  • This entry was posted in Toys on October 01, 2018

  • The lifestyle habits learned and developed during childhood often become lifelong habits. This is why instilling healthy habits and safe behavior for your little ones from an early age is so important. The sooner you begin reminding them of what is healthy and safe in their everyday routine, they will naturally recognize right from wrong, safe from unsafe, and healthy from unhealthy. You teach them these lessons and trust them to make the right choices when playing with friends and when they are at school.

    Staying Healthy

    - Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once.

    - Make healthy food choices. Have a fruit or vegetable with every meal and choose healthy snack options.

    - Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after every meal, after using the restroom, after recess, and more often when you are sick or getting a cold.

    - Drink plenty of liquids. Stay hydrated with water throughout the day especially when playing.

    - Get active. At least 30 minutes of exercise and fresh air every day.

    Playing Safe

    - Look both ways before crossing the street, or crossing in front of a driveway.

    - Use all playground equipment as it was meant to be played on. No going up the slides or standing on the swings.

    When riding a bike always wear safety gear and a properly fitted helmet.

     -Wear sneakers for recess and outdoor playtime.

    - Dress appropriately for the playground. Remove necklaces, purses, scarves or clothing with drawstrings that can get caught on equipment and pose a strangulation hazard.

    - No pushing, crowding or shoving.

    - Limit the time playing video games and watching TV each day.

    Elementary age children are at an extremely important age mentally, emotionally and physically. Giving them these helpful reminders will ensure they are learning and growing into smart and healthy adolescents.

  • This entry was posted in Toys on September 28, 2018

  • Playing outside is a great way to help your kids have fun and stay fit. There are many benefits to outdoor play, including exercise, socialization and strengthening muscles. Have your kids enjoy the fall weather and unplug indoor games and TV, sending them outside for some fun and a little fitness. Here are a few outdoor games the whole family will enjoy!

    - Beanbag Toss or cornhole is a perfect outdoor game that the whole family can enjoy. It takes a balance of luck and skill to get the hang of, but once you get the form down it’s everyones favorite game. The game is played with two sets of wooden boards set 27 feet apart (or closer if you are playing with younger children). There are dozens of beanbag toss games available made for all ages and skill levels.


    - Outdoor Chess with a giant chess set with spaces big enough to stand in. Chess teaches kids motor skills, strategy, creativity and how to play by the rules. This game is played on a life-size black-and-white checkerboard with large resin chess pieces. Each player moves the one to two foot tall pieces in this classic strategy board game. Each piece has a specific rule for how it can be moved. The game is over when the opponent’s king becomes trapped on the board, known as a checkmate. Outdoor chess can be played by two players or by several kids divided into two teams. KETTLER giant chess sets are made of resin with boards about ten feet square and players can be weighted down with gravel if needed.


    - Table Tennis is a great way to create a little friendly competition. Two or four players are needed for a game. Table tennis tables can be designed for indoor or outdoor use. Models with a true play-back feature can be set up for children to practice or play by themselves. Table tennis is a popular after-school activity for a range of ages.


    - Bocce is a classic outdoor game, it can be played in the grass or even on the beach. Standard bocce balls weigh about 2 pounds, which can be heavy for younger kids. Some variations of bocce are available with more kid-friendly with lighter weight balls and plastic rings. Bocce is a fun challenge for all ages and a simple outdoor game to get the hang of.


    - Hide and Seek can be enjoyed indoors and out, with two or more players. It can even be played with Mom, Dad or the babysitter. One person, often designated as “It,” closes their eyes and counts to 20 while the others hide within the boundaries. After announcing “Ready or not, here I come,” It looks for all of the other players. The first one who is found becomes It in the next round. There are many variations on the game, and the rules should be agreed upon before it begins.

  • This entry was posted in on August 27, 2018

  • The game of table tennis originated in England in the 19th century. A game that could be played indoors after dinner, it was an alternative to lawn tennis. According to the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), the first known mention of the name "table tennis" emerged in the 1880s. A patent application by British inventor James Devonshire was submitted in 1885, but was later withdrawn.  


    The game of lawn tennis was all the rage in England among the royals and society's upper crust from the 1870s until the turn of the century. It later went international and earned the simple moniker of "tennis." Converting the game of lawn tennis into something that men and women could play indoors had its challenges in the early 1880s. Imagine trying to shrink a court that's 78 by 27 feet into something you could fit in your dining room or parlor. It was done, nonetheless, first using a dining room table lined with various objects across the middle to simulate a net. Framed parchment paper was a popular option back in the period. Rubber balls, bottle corks, balloons and even balls of string were the early options for table tennis balls.

    Table Tennis By Any Other Name

    According to the ITTF Museum, the game had a multitude of names before "table tennis" stuck. Flim-flam, whiff waff, parlour tennis and indoor tennis were among them, as was and Gossima, named for creator Jaques Gossima. George S. Parker listed a board game with dice called Table Tennis in his 1887 games catalog, but the title also referred to indoor play with a table, a net, a racquet and a ball. The game which we know as table tennis today was alternatively called ping-pong when Hamley Brothers trademarked the term "Ping Pong" in 1900.

    Acquiring Fame

    The game of table tennis and its equipment have evolved over the years, gaining popularity and fame worldwide. In 1901, the Table Tennis Association and Ping Pong Association were both formed, and combined into a single organization in 1903. In 1926, the ITTF was born in Berlin. The first world championship competition was held the same year in London. In 1971, the American table tennis team became world-renown ambassadors as the first group of Americans to formally visit China in 22 years.

    Our KETTLER engineers began working with aluminum for table tennis in the 1960s. We first introduced indoor table tennis tables and equipment into our recreation and fitness lineup in 1976. By 1977, popularity of the sport had grown worldwide, and the ITTF was formally recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The sport was admitted to the Olympic program in 1981, becoming a part of the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988.