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New kids toy and book shop opens in Sellwood

by: RITA A. LEONARD - A snapshot of the storefront at the Grand Opening of 'Oodles 4 Kids' on S.E. 13th Avenue. Sellwood once again has a children’s toy and book store – the newly-opened “Oodles 4 Kids”.

The shop held its grand opening on Saturday, September 15th. The day-long event at 7727 S.E. 13th Avenue involved guests from other local businesses as well – with arts and crafts from Art a la Carte; music with Mr. Hoo of the Alphabeticians; a puppet show presented by Old World Puppet Theatre Studios; and face painting and balloon animals from Dragon Theater.

Oodles’ owner, Carolyn Miye, has also developed a partnership with the Creative Minds preschool next door, and will supply learning toys for their students.

“Affordable learning toys” and “sustainability” are the keywords at Oodles 4 kids, as Miye strives to bring creative play to our tech-savvy children. “We’ll carry everything from stickers to train sets, while moving consciously away from toys with batteries,” advises Miye. “We plan to have reading and music hours here, as well as activities such as origami and spy-catcher/code breaker.

“We’ve also planned classes for parents on how to choose the best toys and books for their kids’ cognitive and social growth.”

Miye plans to post descriptive cards with each display in her store to explain the play value of various kinds of toys to different age groups. “We’ll focus on interactive natural wood and cloth toys and activity kits, explaining how parents can interact with their kids and their toys to get the best value and interest at any age. Families can help develop their children’s imagination with puppets, pretend scenarios, and interactive building sets.

“With 1,100 square feet of books, games, baby toys, cars and pretend play supplies here, we're hoping to boost kids' creativity and sense of interactive play.”

Visitors of all ages flocked to Oodles 4 Kids throughout the grand opening, enjoying the music, activities, snacks, and giveaways at the colorful shop. Parents and kids scoped out books and well-stocked shelves, offering ideas and inspiration for future gifts and play-adventures. The new shop posts its hours as Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.