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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)

Making Math Fun with the Nickelodeon Team Umizoomi: Math Racer App

Making Math Fun with the Nickelodeon Team Umizoomi: Math Racer App

Getting my son to do his homework, particularly math, is like pulling teeth. Sound familiar? He rushes through just to get it done and move on to something more fun.  Nickelodeon recently launched a great new educational math app, Team Umizoomi: Math Racer, inspired by the first preschool series to focus entirely on math, Team Umizoomi.   The race car themed app develops early math skills through an immersive number-based curriculum that includes number identification, counting, addition, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Computer, Counting, Educational, Games, Gift Ideas, Kindergartners, Parenting, Play, Pre-schoolers

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

Vtech Innotab 3S Brings Learning and Fun to a Tablet Just for Kids

Vtech Innotab 3S Brings Learning and Fun to a Tablet Just for Kids

Do your kids run roughshod over your tablet? I know both of mine do so when I was contacted by Vtech to try out their new Innotab 3S I hoped I would get my tablet back finally! The Innotab 3S is the next generation of their popular Wi-Fi learning tablet series that offers fun, age-appropriate learning games for kids ages 3-9. The games are all educational and teach a variety of subjects like reading, math, social studies … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Computer, Counting, Educational, Games, Geography, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Language, Learning, Play, Pre-schoolers, Reading, School Aged Children, Science, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Ahoy…It’s a Pirate Christmas on Disney Junior

Ahoy…It’s a Pirate Christmas on Disney Junior

Little girls adore the Disney Princesses, and I was no exception. I have so many fond memories of watching Disney movies with my mom. In fact, when I found out I was having a boy, I actually remembering thinking that it was a shame I wouldn’t be able to share my love of Disney with him. Now I’m a mom to two boys, and I’ve discovered that Disney has just as much to offer boys … Read entire article »

Filed under: Counting, DVD, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Movies, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Television, Uncategorized

LeapFrog Adds Up to Educational Fun

LeapFrog Adds Up to Educational Fun

Kids love tracing. My daughter will sit there filling page after page, tracing numbers and letters.  In an attempt to save a few trees, I got her a dry-erase book for copying her letters and numbers.  Which works pretty well until she forgets to clean it or the pen dries out or her baby brother gets ahold of the marker and tries to eat it. Even better? The LeapFrog Scribble & Write which they sent me … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Counting, Featured, Language, Learning, Pre-schoolers, Reading, Toddlers, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Rainy Day Fun

Rainy Day Fun

I received a review sample of the Thomas and Friends Great Race Game several months ago. I finally had a chance to test it on a rainy afternoon when a friend and her children visited. Her 3 year-old and her 5 year-old played happily for several hours. Thomas and Friends Great Race Game teaches counting, sort and color matching. Players earn “coal blocks” by answering questions like “How many red hats are pictured?” My testers loved putting … Read entire article »

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Teaching Preschoolers About Money

Teaching Preschoolers About Money

Learning to recognize different coins and understanding their value is an essential part of the preschool and the kindergarten curriculum. Parents can use coins to introduce math concepts like sorting and counting. You can help your child learn to identify coins and their value while teaching them to save money using Coin County: A Bank in a Book, an award-winning book by Innovative Kids. Children can save over $20 by filling the slots in the book with pennies, nickels, … Read entire article »

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