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Welcome to Wishenpoof

Welcome to Wishenpoof

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post via KidzVuz. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) Wishenpoof, the newest Amazon Original Kids Series, will be available for Amazon Prime members beginning on August 14th,  One of the perks of being a blogger is the chance to preview new TV shows, and my boys (ages 4 and 7) binge-watched the entire 13 episode run of Wishenproof during a recent vacation. Created by Angela C. Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Creative Galaxy, Daniel Tiger’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: DVD, Educational, entertainment, Featured, Free, Free Trial, Kindergartners, News, Parenting, Pre-schoolers, Pro-Social Skills, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious, Television, Toddlers, Video

Safari Challenge: Empowering Social Gamers to Impact the Real World!

Safari Challenge:  Empowering Social Gamers to Impact the Real World!

Love playing games on Facebook with your friends? What if you could play a game that actually creates a real-world impact? Safari Challenge, by Desert River Games, is changing the way social interactive games are developed and revolutionizing world giving. This flagship Facebook game enables players to travel seamlessly from 2D to 3D, creating personalized safari adventures that fund real humanitarian aid projects. FREE to play, social gamers journey on photo safaris, create their own African … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Computer, Educational, Games, Geography, Kindergartners, Learning, Play, Pro-Social Skills, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious

Meet Saige Copeland: Girl of the Year 2013 from American Girl

Meet Saige Copeland: Girl of the Year 2013 from American Girl

Welcome, Saige Copeland American Girl’s Girl of the Year for 2013! This might have been the doll that got me interested in dolls when I was a girl. She not only lives in the Southwest, rides horses, and has auburn hair, she is also passionate about the arts in education. As a teen, I rode in shows and, given half a chance, I would jump back on a horse tomorrow. I also played two instruments, was … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Dolls, Pro-Social Skills

A One-of-a-Kind Block Set

A One-of-a-Kind Block Set

Blocks are pretty much a staple in every household with children.  Building sets ranging from Legos and Duplo to the old-school (and, as some will argue, for engineers in the making) Erector sets, to basic wood blocks teach children to use their imagination. The Sportos™ Build-a-Sport blocks from Rosie Hippo owner Kimberly Bloom seek to engage kids’ minds and bodies by building designs of their favorite sports as well as those that will be seen … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Building Toys, Educational, Exercise, Featured, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Learning, Play, Pre-schoolers, Pro-Social Skills, Sports, Uncategorized

Adults have Words with Friends, Kids have Ohanarama

Adults have Words with Friends, Kids have Ohanarama

Spending quality time with all of your family, especially when your children are young, is extremely challenging in today’s society. I think everyone can relate to that on some level. So when an opportunity arises to connect with family and friends who are not local, online via Facebook, Skypeing or email, we take advantage. Ohanarama is an online social game environment where children and families can connect and challenge each other to all … Read entire article »

Filed under: Computer, Educational, Featured, Hip Find, Kindergartners, Play, Pre-schoolers, Pro-Social Skills, School Aged Children

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

Celebrate Pretend Play with The Costume Trunk

Celebrate Pretend Play with The Costume Trunk

At the Book Blogger Convention this year, I met the founder of From Left to Write, an innovative online book club. Every month, they select a book and ask bloggers to share their thoughts about how the book inspired them. This month, the selection is The Costume Trunk by Paddywhack Lane creator Bob Fuller. Here’s more about the book: Courtney’s birthday is finally here, and she has invited all of her friends to the celebration! After blowing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Dress-Up, Educational, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Learning, Play, Play Sets and Figurines, Pro-Social Skills, Reading

These are the People in Your Neighborhood

These are the People in Your Neighborhood

What does your family look like?  How about the family down the block? Guidecraft makes beautiful wooden multicultural family figurines that reflect the diversity around us. Both my preschooler and toddler, as well as visiting kindergartners and school-aged children engage in creative, pro-social play with these chunky blocks for hours on end. My toddler appreciates that they are easy to grasp and that they will stand unsupported.  The older kids enjoy the detailed designs and like to make up stories … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dolls, Featured, Pre-schoolers, Pro-Social Skills, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)