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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)

Design your very own Dolls house with Lundby

Ok. It’s no secret that I’m OBSESSED with doll’s houses, Lundby doll’s houses in particular.  I received my first Smaland house over a year ago and it continues to bring my family and I great joy, laughter, and enough creative brainstorming to outlast any other toy in our house. Here’s a bit of background info for you: This beautiful, Swedish-designed doll’s house is the perfect starter home for your dolls. The 5-room house arrives empty, just waiting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Building Toys, Crafts, Design Your Own, Dolls, Imagination/Creativity, Play, Play Houses, Play Sets and Figurines, School Aged Children, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Sphero Will Change the Way Your Kids Play

Sphero Will Change the Way Your Kids Play

*I was provided product and compensation to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* I always try to be honest with my reviews, and I have to say that I have not seen a toy quite like this. It’s hard to even call it a toy because it has so many possible functions and its definitely not just for kids! So what is a Sphero? Sphero is the world’s first robotic ball that kids … Read entire article »

Filed under: Computer, Educational, Games, Imagination/Creativity, Play, School Aged Children, Science, Toys (School Age)

Big Disney App Review!!

Big Disney App Review!!

Just in time for Christmas, I have a BIG app review here for you for three new Disney apps: Doc McStuffins Moving with Doc HD, Mickey Mouse Mash-Up and Frozen: Storybook Deluxe. There’s a huge holiday sale going on right now on Disney apps for up to 75% off for a limited time on Disneystories.com . Doc McStuffins Moving with Doc HD:  This app is all about moving and getting healthy with the help of Doc … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christmas, Computer, Educational, entertainment, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Play, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Seasonal

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)

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

Lundby dolls houses: A modern twist on a classic play time, Part 1

Lundby dolls houses: A modern twist on a classic play time, Part 1

When I was a little girl, I dreamt of having a doll house, but my mom (a single mother at the time) just couldn’t afford one. I’d visit friend’s houses, with their girly bedrooms all decorated with pink frilly pillows and their toy chests overflowing with the latest and greatest gadgets, but I always gravitated towards their doll houses. In it you could get lost in a sea of magic, decorating and redecorating a room … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dolls, Gift Guides, Imagination/Creativity, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Nursery Decor, Play Houses, Play Sets and Figurines, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Disney Launches “Kerpoof Tell a Story” Digital Storybook Building App for Kids

If your kids are looking for some new apps to play with on the family iPad, Disney has a brand new app that lets your kids build their own stories, complete with animation, audio narration and sound effects! Based on the popular Kerpoof.com web app, Tell a Story, allows kids to create storybooks by assembling backgrounds, characters and other objects on their iPads. The app lets little authors bring their stories to life and offers a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Computer, Educational, Games, Imagination/Creativity, Kindergartners, Learning, Play, Pre-schoolers

Soaring on Wings of Imagination

Soaring on Wings of Imagination

My kids love to dress-up with wings. My daughter likes to pretend to be a butterfly or fairy. Unfortunately, most fairy wings are made of a nylon stocking material on a wire frame and tend to tear. They are also bulky to store. My son likes to be a dragon but the best (at a reasonable price) were some small bat wings. So, I was pretty excited to hear about the Douglas Dreamy Dress-Up Wings. They are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dress-Up, Featured, Imagination/Creativity