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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

Supporting The Shop Around the Corner

Supporting The Shop Around the Corner

Looking for a last-minute Hanukkah present or last-minute Christmas present? Visit your local toy store! There are so many benefits to shopping locally. One of the big benefits: education. Local stores provide personalized service. I have a great relationship with my local store owner, and I have appreciated some of their tips and product recommendations. My neighborhood toy store carries unique educational toys. But I bet you didn’t know that you are actually supporting your local schools … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Educational, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Play, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious

Online Education with the All Star Buddies

Online Education with the All Star Buddies

You can make summer a fun, educational time for your kids. Prevent summer learning loss with “stealth” educational activities. If your kids enjoy playing video games and being online, introduce them to the All Star Buddies. Moms Caryn Burns and Cindy Prince started www.allstarbuddies.com in order to close the gap between websites that were created for entertainment and those developed for education. They wanted to seamlessly weave learning into the fun their kids were having online, so … Read entire article »

Filed under: Educational, Electronics, Featured, Games, Learning, Stuffed Animals

Summer Art for Tweens

Summer Art for Tweens

Summer is a great time for enrichment activities. Free from the daily grind of classes and homework, your child can explore his or her creative side. Shop for art supplies on sale at local craft stores, or find wholesale arts and crafts supplies online at DollarDays. Many moms have a craft box (or craft closet) full of supplies to keep their kids occupied during school vacations and on rainy weekends. While some parents splurge on summer art classes … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Books, Books (Activities), Books (School Aged), Crafts, Educational, Featured, Play

Eye Can Create Art…So Can You

Eye Can Create Art…So Can You

I wasn’t bored much growing up. On rainy days and lazy Saturday afternoons, I’d be engaged in some craft project or interesting game. My mother, a teacher, has a gift for finding and organizing fun activities on a moment’s notice. Now that I’m a mom, I appreciate how easy she made it all look. Some organized moms dedicate entire closets to craft supplies and keep file folders full of craft-ideas clipped from magazines and newspapers on-hand. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Crafts, Developmental Toys, Educational, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Learning, Play

A Useful Tool for Teaching Calendar Skills

A Useful Tool for Teaching Calendar Skills

Calendars and schedules are such an integral part of adult life, but understanding concepts like days of the week, months of the year and the seasons can be difficult for young children. Without a strong understanding of how the calendar works, it can be tough for a preschooler to understand concepts like exactly how long daddy will be away on a business trip or when his class is visiting the zoo. Your kids will learn calendar skills at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Counting, Developmental Toys, Educational, Featured, Language, Learning, Play, Pre-schoolers, Toddlers, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

TAG, You’re It!

TAG, You’re It!

Why fix it if it ain’t broke? My daughter enjoys reading books (or, rather, have them read to her, since she’s two), so why add unnecessary gimmicks and gadgets to a tried and true kid activity? As a parent and an educator, though, I am giving the LeapFrog Tag Reading System an A+ for pre-readers, beginning readers, and readers who need a confidence boost. The Tag Reading System is easy for parents to set-up.  First, you install … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books (Pre-School), Books (School Aged), Developmental Toys, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toys (Pre-School)

Build Your Child’s Imagination with Toobeez

Build Your Child’s Imagination with Toobeez

One of our hot holiday toy picks for 2008, TOOBEEZ are a toy the whole family will enjoy. TOOBEEZ can best be described as giant Tinker Toys. The TOOBEEZ building system consists of different sized tubes and connecting spheres. Construction is easy. Just insert either end of the tube into one of the sphere’s 10 keyholes and twist the tube’s rotating end to “lock” it in place. TOOBEEZ encourage creative open-ended play. While TOOBEEZ come with instructions for building dozens of fun … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Contests, Developmental Toys, Play, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School)