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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)

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)

Help Support First Book

We’ve enjoyed being a part of the Random House Read & Play Summer Fun Community and chatting with moms about their favorite books, how they encourage their children to read and the way they can use books to discuss difficult topics like bullying. We also talked about how much we treasure the time spent reading with our children– whether it’s snuggled up in bed, cuddling on the couch or sitting at the kitchen table.  Reading … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Contests, Educational, Featured, Language, Learning, Pre-schoolers, Pro-Social Skills, Reading, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious

How Do You Make the Most of Quality Time?

This summer, we’ve really greatly enjoyed being a part of Random House’s Kids Read & Play Summer Learning Community. It has been such a refreshing and engaging way to connect with mom’s across the country. Last night, some of the community leaders hosted a live chat during which they discussed how they’ve been making the most of their summers. Being a full time working mom, the chat got me thinking about how vital “quality time” is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Educational, Featured, Language, Learning, Reading, Uncategorized

Little Pim Review and 12 Days of Giveaways

Little Pim Review and 12 Days of Giveaways

We are huge Little Pim fans in our house. And now, the Little Pim Panda has some new friends to help children learn new languages! My two and four year old frequently request the new Little Pim DVD, In My Home: Spanish for Preschoolers, Toddlers & Babies. Little Pim Volume II: DVDs 4, 5 and 6 is now available in Spanish, French and Chinese! Bob the Bobcat and Lola the Elephant join Little Pim to teach … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, DVD, Featured, Language, Learning

Party with the Panda and Learn Languages

Party with the Panda and Learn Languages

Learning another language is a big brain boost–plus it is tons of fun, too. We’ve written before about the benefits of bilingualism.  Watching a language video, like the ones from Little Pim, with your older toddler, preschooler, kindergartner, or grade-school age child can help boost proficiency–especially if you discuss the video with your child. And if you are not a native speaker, DVDs and CDs in foreign languages are absolutely essential as part of your language … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrity Babies, Contests, DVD, Featured, Language

Educational Toy Awards

As a mom and an educational consultant, I believe in the power of play. A few carefully chosen toys can boost creativity and problem solving–here are a few of our top picks this year.  With the best educational toys, your children will not even realize how much they are learning! Preschoolers on up will enjoy solving the picture puzzle on these simple, yet clever Backyard Buddy Puzzle Blocks from ImagiPLAY (Wild Dill or Amazon – … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Gift Guides, Language, Learning, Reading, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

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)