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Mustache Movember

During the month of November, Kipp Brothers will donate 10% of proceeds from select mustache items to the Movember Foundation.

All month, the foundation runs a charity event that encourages the growing of mustaches in order to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide.

Click here to learn more about how you can help.

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Free YARD-ZEE Scorecard Printables!

 

Yard-zee is your new favorite game to play this summer! All you need are Inflatable Dice and scorecards, and you’re in luck because we have both of those right here!

What is Yard-zee?

Yard-zee takes a classic dice game and moves it outdoors! This dice game is a lawn game that you can play with as many players as you like.

 

What do you need to play?

You will need 5 Inflatable Dice for each game. Each player will need their own scorecard to keep track of their scores. CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE SCORECARDS.

How do you score?

In Yard-zee, you will attempt to fill out every box on your scorecard with a number of points. You may only fill each box once. Each box on the card tells you how to score. On each turn, you will fill in one of the boxes on your scorecard based on the requirements given on the scorecard. If you are unable to meet any of the requirements that turn, you must enter a “0” in the box of your choosing. At the end, add up your total score – the player with the most points wins!

How do you play?

You can play Yard-zee with as many players as you would like. To begin, determine who will go first! Common methods of choosing include allowing the youngest to go first, or rolling one of the dice to see who gets the highest number.

When it is your turn, roll all five of the dice. After you roll, you may choose to re-roll some of the dice to try for a higher score. Determine which dice you would like to roll again, and roll them for a second time. After you roll for the second time, you may roll one more time to try for the highest score. Choose which dice you would like to keep and which you would like to roll again, and roll the dice for a third time. After you have completed, choose how you will score the dice and fill in the box on your scorecard. Note: if you are happy with your dice after the first or second roll, you do not have to keep rolling the dice.

Keep playing until all players have taken 13 turns and filled all of the boxes on their scorecards. Add up the point totals and determine the winner!

Why should you play it?

Yard-zee is a fun outdoor game that encourages critical thinking and helps children keep their mathematics skills sharp over the summer! This is a fun game to play with kids, but it is also ideal for outdoor parties and tailgates.

Pro Tips

  • Include prizes for the winners, like an inflatable trophy or a crown.
  • Reuse your scorecards to save paper. Laminate your scorecards, keep score with a dry erase marker and wipe away when you are finished!

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Field Day Games for Any Age

Weather is warming up and the school year is winding down, you know what that means… Field Day! Divide students or players into teams to compete in these and other field day games. Let us know what Field Day Games are your favorites!


Game: Bean Bag Toss

How to Play: Designate target areas in which to throw the bean bags. This can be done in many ways. Bean bags can be tossed into buckets, hula hoops spread out on the ground, or you can draw your own targets with chalk or lawn paint. Each target should have a designated point value. For example, the closest target may be worth ten points and the farthest worth fifty points. Make a “stand behind” line using chalk or tape. Give players 3 tries to hit the targets and get as many points as possible for their team!

What You’ll Need: Bean Bags; ChalkHula Hoops; Buckets;

Pro Tip: Try using Bouncy Balls for an extra challenge!


Game: Hula Hoop Contest

How to Play: Music is a must for this game! Start a song or playlist and whoever can keep their hula hoop around their waist for the longest wins.

What You’ll Need: Hula Hoops; Speakers;


Game: Balloon Squeeze Race

How to Play: Have two players hold an inflated balloon between their stomachs. If they drop the balloon they must return to the finish line. The team to make it to the finish line first without dropping their balloon wins!

What You’ll Need: 11″ Balloons;

Pro Tip: Make it a relay race between teams to really get players excited!


Game: Ring Toss

How to Play: This is so simple! Similar to Bean Bag Toss, set a “stand behind” line and give players five chances to land their rings on the targets – each target has its own point value. The team or player with the most points wins.

What You’ll Need: Inflatable Ring Toss Set

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Printables!

Mark your calendars for St. Patrick’s Day, March 17! Planning your St. Patrick’s Day celebration should be as easy as it is fun. Bingo is the perfect activity for a classroom party, church gathering or any other celebration! Kids, adults and seniors alike are known to enjoy a game or two of bingo here and there.

Lucky for you, hosting a game of bingo is now even easier! Click Here for free St. Paddy’s Day Bingo Printables! 30 standard 1-75 bingo cards are included (with a lucky free space, of course 🍀). We recommend printing on cardstock for more study bingo cards. Use green cardstock if you want to get really festive!

Now all you need are bingo markers and prizes!

We opted to use candy or pennies as markers – both are fun, festive and cost effective! For a little added treat, let bingo players keep their markers at the end, that way everyone is a winner.

Shop our Toys & Novelties Section for prizes that are sure to delight everyone at the part. Good Luck 😉🍀

Download and Print your FREE Bingo Cards CLICK HERE

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Riley Days Festival 2017

It’s October in Greenfield, Indiana which means one thing – Riley Days is upon us! For those who don’t know, Riley Days is one of the largest festivals in the state, where vendors and artists come together to share handmade crafts and products. The event celebrates the birthday of James Whitcomb Riley, known as the “Hoosier Poet.”

This year’s festival will take place from Thursday, October 5 to Sunday, October 8. For the second year in a row, Kipp Brothers will be joining other vendors in this celebration of Hoosier history.

Visit the Kipp Brothers booth in the Riley Fun Zone for Kids, the booth will look a little something like this…

While you’re there you can enter to win a prize basket, browse the toy selection and learn more about our Greenfield Retail Location!

 

Here’s a sneak peek of what we will be selling…

 

 

 

 

…and more, we can’t wait to see you there!

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Easy & Low Budget Carnival Games & Activities

Having trouble planning your school or organization’s fall carnival? Look no further! Games and activities will keep guests entertained all night long and have them looking forward to your next fun event!

  1. Dice Game – The best part about this game is that you make the rules! Have players roll the dice 1, 2 or 3 times to win. Maybe 3 of a kind wins, or maybe 3 in a row wins!

What You’ll Need: Dice; take it to the next level with Inflatable Dice – the game becomes a larger yard or outdoor game!

  1. Duck Pond – This is a very simple game for even the smallest of children. Even better, every player is a winner. Label ducks with numbers 1, 2, & 3, each corresponding to a category of prizes! Or, mark the ducks with numbers or letters that match, players must pull 2 ducks that match in order to win.

What You’ll Need: Rubber Ducks, a “pond” and a permanent marker. Choose from many rubber ducks to fit your event’s theme.

  1. Photo Booth – for when guests want to take a break from the carnival games! Set up a station designated for picture taking. You can provide a camera, hire a photographer, or even have a selfie stick available so guests can take their own photos.

What You’ll Need: A backdrop & props! Try this gold foil backdrop, or DIY one out of leftover carnival tickets. Props can range from clown accessories to silly hats. Browse here. Try a selfie stick or selfie button to make this even easier.

  1. Lollipop Tree – Not only is this a classic carnival game, it is so easy to set up! Mark the bottom of lollipop sticks with different colors, each color corresponds to a different prize category. Players choose a lollipop from the assortment to find their prize – plus each player gets to keep the lollipop they choose, so everyone is a winner!

What You’ll Need: Dum Dums and a lollipop tree!

  1. Jousting – Two competitors stand atop pedestals, battling to knock the other off first! If playing with children, make sure to have a safe and padded area so no one gets hurt.

What You’ll Need: Pedestals and Inflatable Jousting Sticks.

  1. Ring toss – Players throw the rings to win prizes! Set categories of prizes ahead of time, the more rings they get on the poles, the bigger the prize!

What You’ll Need: This one is easy! All you need is an Inflatable Ring Toss Set.

  1. Candy guessing – Fill a jar or cup with candy and have attendees guess how much is in the jar! At the end of the night, whoever guessed the closest is the winner.

What You’ll Need: Loose candy, like jelly beans, Smarties, or Jolly Ranchers; a container or cup to hold them in (winner gets to keep it!) You can use a clear jar, or for an extra challenge try using a Roughneck Mug.

Don’t forget the prizes for each game! Check out the Carnival Prize Guide for tips & tricks.

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Go Mad for March Madness!

It’s almost Selection Sunday, which means March Madness is coming! Here in Indiana, we are no strangers to college basketball. There’s nothing more exciting than watching your team make its way up the bracket and there is nothing more shocking than witnessing an unexpected upset.

Will your team be knocked out in the first round, or make it all the way to the final four? Make sure you are cheering them on every step of the way by wearing your team colors proudly!

 

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Kipp Turns 138!

Kipp Brothers is celebrating a birthday! February 2018 marks the 138th year of business. What started as a store for toys, musical instruments, sporting goods & more has evolved into a novelty and party supply destination in the heart of Indiana. In honor of this exciting time, we decided to look back at Kipp’s history over the past 138 years and highlight the significant dates. These are the moments in history that have allowed Kipp Brothers to become what it is today:

1880 – Kipp Brothers was founded in Indianapolis by Albrecht and Robert Kipp as a wholesaler of novelty items. The company was small, operating mainly in the Midwest and with fewer than 30 employees.

1893 – The business incorporated as Kipp Bros. Company with the intention to manufacture and sell wholesale items. The goal was to manufacture and purchase original products and sell them for personal use and to other retailers for commercial use.

1920 – With the passing of Albrecht Kipp Sr., his son took over the business allowing for a second generation of Kipp to control the company.

1939 – The Kipp family passed the company to new hands, leaving behind a legacy distinguished by high quality, unique products.

2011 – Present owner Todd Green purchased Kipp Brothers and moved it to its new home in Greenfield, IN. The new building housed a 250,000 square ft. warehouse filled with fun and unique items, as well as a retail store where customers can browse all of the items featured in the catalog and on the web.

2018 – Kipp Brothers celebrates 138 years of success, continuing to provide wholesale toys and novelties to the nation. Every birthday is a celebration of another successful year, and the hopes of many more to come. Kipp Brothers has remained in the business of fun each and every year, and looks to bring that fun to others, on birthdays and other special occasions. Plan your next birthday party with these handpicked items that will bring your celebration to the next level and usher in many more years of fun.

No one knows more about throwing a birthday celebration than Kipp! Shop our birthday selection here to plan your own celebration.

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America’s Oldest Toy Store Inducted into Indiana Manufacturers Hall of Fame

America’s Oldest Toy Store Inducted into Indiana Manufacturers Hall of Fame

Kipp Brothers awarded for being founding (115 years ago) member of Indiana Manufacturers Association

On October 19, 2016, Kipp Brothers was among many esteemed manufacturers from across the state of Indiana as they met for the inaugural Indiana Manufacturers Hall of Fame Luncheon.

The luncheon was hosted by the Indiana Manufacturers Association, an organization founded in 1901 dedicated to developing the state economy. Members of the organization are companies that focus on manufacturing and support manufacturing jobs in the state. Kipp Brothers was among the fewer than 20 companies being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Albrecht and Robert Kipp were founding members of the Indiana Manufacturing Association more than 100 years ago. As founding members, Kipp Brothers was an obvious choice for the inaugural induction ceremony, making history not only for the company itself, but the state of Indiana as a whole.

Kipp Brothers was founded in 1880 by Albrecht and Robert Kipp in its original home in Indianapolis. Since its founding, Kipp Brothers has been housed in Indianapolis, Carmel and Greenfield, where it now resides, but has always remained in the heart of Indiana. Although a lot has changed since 1880, Kipp Brothers remains an industry leader wholesale distribution of toys, technology items and party supplies. More than 136 years later, Kipp Brothers is still a staple institution in the Hoosier State.

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