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The Top 5 STEM BUILDING Toys for Girls!

The Top 5 STEM BUILDING Toys for Girls!

STEM STEM STEM: That’s all we’ve been hearing lately. It’s everywhere. The New York Times, The Huffington Post. On CNN. On The Today Show. Being that it’s all around us, we as Moms should know what it is automatically, right? WRONG. I polled a group of Mommy friends and while they all nodded enthusiastically “YEP I KNOW STEM!!” They didn’t know specifically what it meant. “It’s like educational things like toys that teach the kids!” “It’s things where they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Building Toys, Counting, Design Your Own, Developmental Toys, Educational, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Language, Learning, Play, Science, Toys (All Ages), Toys (School Age)

Ambi Toys are BACK and in full Retro Swing!

Ambi Toys are BACK and in full Retro Swing!

If you’re a classic toy lover like me, you may already be familiar with the iconic Ambi® brand, the manufacturer of infant and toddler toys with a fabulously retro design and feel. In years past, only a few items were available in the US for purchase. Now, the ENTIRE 44 piece Ambi collection is available in the US, under the direction of Galt Toys!!! For forty years, Ambi® Toys have been developing infant toys with a purity of design and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), 00-06 Months, 06-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Activities, Baby Gifts, Baby Shower, Birthday Gifts, Building Toys, Counting, Developmental Toys, Educational, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Language, Learning, Musical Toys, Play, Pre-schoolers, Shower Gifts, Swimming, Toddlers, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M)

PlanToys Brings a Little Taste of Christmas Early!

PlanToys Brings a Little Taste of Christmas Early!

*This is a sponsored post. I received these items from PlanToys in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* My boys got a little bit of an early Christmas present from one of our favorite toy brands, PlanToys! We received the Activity Clock and the Frog Life Puzzle which were both a hit! The Activity Clock was really an ideal toy for my oldest in kindergarten. He is learning his numbers, addition, subtraction … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Boutiques and Stores, Building Toys, Chanukah, Christmas, Counting, Developmental Toys, Eco-Friendly, Educational, Featured Store, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Play, Pre-schoolers, Puzzles, School Aged Children, Science, Toddlers, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

LeapFrog Creativity Camera App with Protective Case and Learning to Write with Mr. Pencil Provide Hours of Learning and Fun!

LeapFrog Creativity Camera App with Protective Case and Learning to Write with Mr. Pencil Provide Hours of Learning and Fun!

*I was sent these products to review as part of a promotional program from LeapFrog and Mom Select. All opinions are my own.* My oldest son is a big fan of his LeapFrog Reader, so when these two new products arrived on our doorstep, he didn’t know which one to tackle first! The Creativity Camera caught his attention first as he doesn’t really have any photography based toys. First, I have to say this was super easy … Read entire article »

Filed under: Computer, Developmental Toys, Educational, Games, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Play, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children

LeapReader “Ready, Set, Read, Write” Party!

LeapReader “Ready, Set, Read, Write” Party!

I recently had the opportunity to work with Leap Frog on their new LeapReader Reading and Writing System. While I am not a teacher, I work really hard with my son on his homework, reading and math skills and try to engage his interests (whether its plants and gardening or race cars!). The LeapReader “Ready, Set, Read, Write” Party! seemed like a great way to get to know some of my son’s school friends and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Counting, Developmental Toys, Educational, Geography, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Language, Learning, Play, Pre-schoolers, Reading, Science

Plan Toys Pull-Along Snail

Plan Toys Pull-Along Snail

We’d like to share a wiggly tale About a friendly, playful pull-along snail His bright shell spins, he crawls up and down He shouts “love the earth!” as you drag him through town His paint is organic; his box’s ink made from soy He’s a recycled, recyclable, sustainable toy Made chemical free, with non-toxic paints & glue He’s a safe friend to bring EVERYWHERE with you! For kids one year and up, he helps build coordination, Gross motor skills, and HUGE imaginations! He’s a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Developmental Toys, Eco-Friendly, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Organic, Play, Pre-schoolers, Push Toys, Socially Conscious, Toddlers, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School)

Guidecraft Sensory Educational Toys (Giveaway!)

Guidecraft Sensory Educational Toys (Giveaway!)

You may know by now that Guidecraft makes fun learning toys for home and educational toys and furniture for the classroom. Many of their products are also accessible and helpful for children with disabilities. The two items I am sharing this month are ones that are fun for typically developing children but take on a whole other dimension when they are used for occupational therapy with children with special needs. Rocking back and forth feels good–that’s why … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Developmental Toys, Featured, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

As a blogger, I get a chance to see all of the hottest holiday toys at events such as Toy Fair, Time to Play and more. Here are a few of my favorite toys…. My Favorite Dolls: Little Miss Muffin: These adorable dolls transform from a cupcake into a doll. Visit the website to watch the video and to see why “there’s nothin’ like luvin’ a little miss muffin.”  My tween goddaughters love Little Miss Muffin almost as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Building Toys, Christmas, Crafts, Developmental Toys, Dolls, Featured, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Gifts 2007, Hip Find, Kids Gifts, Play, Play Sets and Figurines, Pre-schoolers, Ride-Ons, School Aged Children, Seasonal, Stuffed Animals, Toddlers, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age), Uncategorized

If It Goes, It’s My Favorite Thing

If It Goes, It’s My Favorite Thing

My toddler son has convinced me that a love of things with wheels is genetic for some babies.  Every time he sees a car he shouts, “Vroom, vroom” and claps his hands in delight. Until very recently, though, he had a habit of mouthing everything.  So, I had to make sure all his toys were baby-safe–with non-toxic dyes and no small parts. Plan Toys has a charming new wooden baby car in a rainbow of bright colors … Read entire article »

Filed under: 06-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Developmental Toys, Featured, Push Toys, Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M)

Play Smart – Three Clever Puzzles from PlanToys

Play Smart – Three Clever Puzzles from PlanToys

A kid’s work is play.  And toddlers and preschoolers learn primarily through exploring the world around them.  A few high quality toys, like the gorgeous sustainable, fair-trade toys available from Plan Toys, are enough to spark their imaginations. The tactile feel of real wood, the non-toxic, bright colors, and the open-ended nature of these toys make them perfect for flexible, young minds. Plan Toys sent us three items from their catalog of Developmental Toys for Preschoolers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Back to School, Building Toys, Contests, Developmental Toys, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Pre-schoolers, Puzzles, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)