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Toys that Make Coding Fun!

8 Sep

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Coding is not just for engineering students anymore! Because technology plays such a fundamental role in our everyday life, programming has become a useful, almost essential, skill to have. With coding being often referred to as the “new literacy”, programming has become more common in school curriculum. Coding doesn’t have to be a complex and confusing subject. It can be a fun game that challenges your child’s critical thinking skills and encourages problem solving. Explore these three fun products that makes coding approachable and enjoyable, giving your child a leg up on learning this valuable skill.

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Think & Learn Code-a-pillar™

Perfect for little learners 3 years and up, the Think and Learn Code-a-pillar will wiggle its way across your floor, following your child’s programmed commands. Includes eight segments that direct the Code-a-pillar to move and turn in different directions. Practice sequencing and problem solving skills by connecting segments of the Code-a-pillar to make it move to the destination target you selected. The Code-a-pillar’s lights and sounds with every wiggle are sure to delight your child as they code!

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Ozobot Starter Pack

Meet Ozobot, a tiny robot with lots knowledge! The Ozobot uses optical sensors to read and then follow your child’s color code sequences that they have drawn on a piece of paper. With included games, brainteasers, and reusable coding stickers, Ozobot is sure to provide hours of STEM play. Your child can even give their Ozobot personality with included decor stickers!

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Primo™ Cubetto Children’s Programmable Robot Playset

Cubetto is an adorable wooden robot that your child can program and guide to lead Cubetto on adventures across the world map. As simple as placing coding blocks on an interface board! Don’t worry about your child become bored with coding, once they have mastered the world map, they can send their Cubetto on even more exciting and complicated adventures with additional maps and coding blocks sets! Cubetto combines the fun of a wooden robot’s adventures with a tangible coding learning activity!

With the use of fun, technology based toys such as these, you can make coding an accessible and engaging subject for your child. Giving them fundamental knowledge to help them excel at school and future possible career paths.

5 Toys for Exploring Music at Home

1 Sep

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It is no secret that music is important to the development of your child. From helping with vocabulary to promoting exercise, music provides a great opportunity for learning while being a fun outlet for your child’s expressions. Whether your child likes to create the musical notes themselves, provide the words to the music, or they simply like to sing-a-along and dance to silly songs in the car, music is an avenue for learning discoveries and should be freely explored both in school and at home. See our five picks for products perfect for letting your little one discover aspects of musical delight in your home.

Magic Moves® Talking Electronic Wand

With a twinkling light show and a variety of musical styles, this wand is sure to provide hours of magical, musical fun! The wand speaks a large variety of commands to keep your child movin’ and groovin’! Great for working on your child’s listening skills and getting out their wiggles with the wand’s active instructions.

Vibrant Blue Guitar

 This guitar is fantastic for budding musicians! The perfect size for little hands, this fun blue guitar allows child to learn on a real working instrument. Give your little rock star the means to put on a jammin’ concert of their own!

Rock And Roll It! Flexible Roll-up Piano

 The flexibility of this piano is perfect for music exploration on-the-go! Whether your child is at the kitchen table, their sibling’s basketball practice, or in the backseat of your car, this battery-powered piano still makes a tune. Includes a headphone option, so your child can work on their masterpieces without disturbing others.

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Rock And Roll It! Flexible Roll-up Drum Kit

Similar to the roll-up piano, this drum kit is designed for music making on the go! With its multiple instrumental tracks, your child will be strumming along in no time! This drum kit includes pedals for a bass drum and a record and playback feature so that your child can re-listen to their musical handy work.

Rainbow Learning Xylophone

Your child can build their own Xylphone piece by piece, and then they can create beautiful jingles with its unique tunes. Work on color and number recognition while creating fun music with the 8 different notes. This brightly colored instrument is sure to be a new favorite toy in their toy box.

Whether your child choses to work to learn a song or simply freestyle some original music, these toys are sure to provide hours of musical (and educational) enjoyment.

 

3 Delightful After-School Snacks

18 Aug

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The hustle and bustle of school starting can be overwhelming. With mile long shopping lists to check off, lunches to pack, and fresh, new outfits to pick out, providing healthy snacks is often low on the priority list. No worries, we gathered 3 easy after-school snack ideas to provide your little ones with yummy refuel after their long day of learning. Perhaps enlist their help in the kitchen for some special weekday bonding.

Peanut Butter Playdough

Fun to play with and good to eat!

You will need:

1 cup of peanut butter

1 cup honey or corn syrup

1 cup of powdered milk

1 cup of oatmeal

Coconut or powdered sugar (optional)

Large bowl

Measuring cup

Mixing spoon

Step 1. Help your child measure 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of honey, 1 cup powdered milk, and 1 cup of oatmeal.

Step 2. Once the ingredients are measured, help your child combine them in a large bowl. As they work with the ingredients, talk about how they are changing as they mix them. This is hard work!

Step 3. Once the mixture is dough-like, they can spoon out some of the play dough and mix it using their hands and fingers. Ask them if it is sticky. If the answer is yes, add small amounts of oatmeal and powdered milk.

Step 4. Encourage your child to explore this edible play dough. If desired, your child can make “snowballs” by rolling a rounded ball of dough in coconut or powered sugar.

Step 5. As they play with the play dough, remind them that it is okay to eat it as well!

Source: The Budding Chef – Paperback 

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Yogurt Grape Treats

A refreshing snack for hot afternoons!

You will need:

Grapes

Yogurt of Choice

Toothpicks

Bowl

Baking sheet

Step 1. Destem and wash your grapes then stick toothpicks inside each one. Spread them out evenly on a baking sheet. Place in the freezer until fully frozen (should take a couple of hours).

Step 2. Once your grapes are fully frozen, dip the grapes in your favorite yogurt. Then place them back on the baking sheet.

Step 3. To add toppings, do it soon after you have dipped the grapes in the yogurt.  The yogurt will freeze pretty fast because the grapes are frozen. Some toppings we suggest are coconut, honey, dark chocolate, and caramel. Place them in a container in the freezer to store, or serve them to your little ones.

Source: Natalie Monson- Super Healthy Kids

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Rainbow Fish Fruit Snack

Read The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister with your child, and then share in making this delicious snack.

You will need:

Banana Slices

Blueberries

Dessert Shells (Found near the fruit in the produce section of most grocery stores)

Green grapes

Orange sections

Pieces of cantaloupe

Strawberries

Toothpicks (3)

Step 1. Invite your child to put three to five pieces of fruit on each toothpick. Arrange the toothpicks in a triangle shape to create the fish tail.

Step 2. Place the dessert shell near one triangle point to create a fish body.

Step 3. Use the rest of the fruit to fill up the dessert shell, and you’ve got a rainbow fish that’s tasty enough to eat.

Source: The Budding Chef – Paperback

Whether you choose to prepare these delicious snacks before they arrive home or have them help you whip up the recipe, these snacks are sure to please little one’s tummies!

4 Pretend Play Ideas for Rainy Days

11 Aug

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Rainy days can be boring for children, and keeping them occupied when it’s raining can be a challenge. However, indoor pretend play is a great way to keep your child engaged on gloomy days. Pretend play is important to a child’s development because it promotes social and emotional, language, and thinking skills, while also encouraging imaginative thinking. Since pretend play is so influential, we have come up with four pretend play ideas for rainy days.

1.Vet Clinic

Encourage your child to open a pretend vet clinic on rainy days. Your youngster can get into character by putting on our veterinarian dress-up outfit, and he or she can help Minilina nurse her animals back to health with the Nici® Wonderland Doll: Veterinarian Set. Pretending to be a vet will keep your child busy and engaged on rainy days.

2. Café

Your child can also set up a pretend café in your home on rainy days. From cooking to serving, your little one will have a blast! Encourage your child to make pasta with the Prepare & Serve Pasta Set. Next, he or she will definitely need to make a pretend salad to go with the pasta. Then, once the food is ready, have your little one put on the Server Dress Up Set and serve the play food to his or her customers.

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3. Puppet Show

Another pretend play idea that is perfect for a rainy day is a puppet show. Encourage your child to set up our Tabletop Puppet Theatre and put on a magnificent show with the Playful Pets Hand Puppets. Either watch your little one’s production in amazement or participate in the show on the next rainy day.

4. Indoor Campout

If the rain is getting in the way of camping outside, just have an indoor campout with your youngster! Set up an indoor tent and let the indoor camping adventures begin. The Pretend & Play™ Camp Set is a must-have for indoor camping. Your child will love pretending to light a path, cook food, follow directions, and more. Camping indoors is the perfect way to spend a rainy day.

What pretend play activities do you and your child like to do on rainy days? Let us know by commenting below!

5 Ways to Make Back to School Cool

4 Aug

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We are nearing the end of summer, and the start of a new school year is just around the corner. Back-to-school thoughts can be filled with anxiety for many children, so we have come up with a list of ways to combat back-to-school jitters. Here are five ways to make back to school cool at your home.

  1. Allow your child to pick out his or her new backpack for the school year.

 Picking out a new backpack is often an exciting time for children. Choosing a backpack with a cool design or their favorite character, such as this Pete the Cat® Backpack & Lunchbag set, is sure to get the school year off to a great start. Additional fun backpack sets include the hedgehog backpack set and the Backyard Friends™ Backpack Set. Your little one will love picking out a new backpack for the upcoming school year!

  1. Make school supply shopping fun!

Get your child in the school spirit by making school shopping enjoyable. Allowing your child to pick supplies that he or she is excited about using this year is a must. LEGO® school supplies, for example, will definitely make back to school cool. Your child will love writing in the LEGO® Journal with LEGO® Markers and measuring with the LEGO® Buildable Ruler!

  1. Host a back-to-school party!

Hosting a back-to-school party for your child and his or her friends is sure to make back to school cool! Order pizza, and let the kids play together. You can even set up a faux dessert table with school supplies (instead of cakes and pies) for each child to take a use this school year. Getting your child excited about school with fun festivities is a must this year!

Source: http://www.allkindsofthingsblog.com/2014/08/back-to-school-parties.html

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  1. Plan family time in the midst of back-to-school madness.

When school starts back, things around the house can get chaotic. From homework to extracurricular activities, everyone is kept busy during the school year. Unfortunately, oftentimes family time can get lost in the mix. Make sure to plan much-needed family time during the madness this school year. We suggest playing games as a family such as classic board games, Scrabble® Boggle® Game, and 5 Second Rule®. Enjoy making memories with your family this school year!

  1. Switch up packed lunches for your children.

 Make lunchtime interesting by changing up the daily sandwich to something more fun. Check out these Sandwichless Lunch Ideas for inspiration on what to pack in your youngster’s lunch box. Your child will love the surprise of finding out what he or she has to eat for lunch! Additionally, consider including a note in your child’s lunch to brighten his or her day.

Getting your child excited about back-to-school activities and routines is a must for kicking off a successful school year. We hope these five fun ideas will make back to school cool for you and yours!

How do you plan to make back to school cool for your kids this year? Share your ideas by commenting below!

5 Summer Art Boredom Busters

24 Jul

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Is your child already complaining of being bored this summer? We’ve got you covered! Here is a list of boredom busters for your artistic little one to try while school is out this summer.

1. Linkt™ Craft Maille Bonding Kit

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Chainmaille is historically known as armor made of small, linked, metal rings. Your child will love exploring the ancient art of chainmaille with this jewelry kit. The kit comes with enough supplies to make five friendship bracelets and is sure to keep your little one busy.

2. Craft-tastic® Inventor’s Box

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The Craft-tastic® Inventor’s Box will bust the boredom in your household this summer. Your youngster can creatively invent based on the seven challenge cards included. Watch your little inventor grow in confidence while he or she creates many masterpieces.

3. Just Add Glue Science & Art Kit

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With this science and art kit, your child can explore the incredible things you can do if you just add glue! Creating crystal crafts and putties will keep the excitement up this summer. Your child can also engage in a valuable learning experience about different types of polymers.

4. Sand Art Activity Kit

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Encourage your child to make interesting patterns and designs with the Sand Art Activity Kit. The kit is equipped with everything needed to make sand bottle decorations, including bottles, colored sands, and funnels. Your child can keep his or her creations and/or give the handmade bottles as gifts.

5.Crayola® Dough Dino Island

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For children three years and up, the Dino Island dough kit is great for keeping your little one entertained this summer. Not only does the kit include dough, molds, a modeling tool, and a play mat, it also includes coloring pages and crayons for your child to enjoy. Encourage your youngster to take a trip to the past with the Crayola® Dough Dino Island kit.

 

How do you plan to bust boredom with your child this summer? Let us know by commenting below!

 

3 Kid-Approved Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

14 Jul

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Temperatures are high, and finding ways to beat the heat can be quite challenging. So, we put together a list of ways to cool off with your little one this summer.

Homemade Cool Sweet Treats

Enjoy sweet treats like sno cones and homemade ice cream to cool off with your child this summer.

Sno Cones 

The PAW Patrol™ Sno Cone Maker is perfect for making healthy, icy snacks with your youngster. With the help of Chase, Everest, and Marshall, you and your little one can make sno cones out of frozen fruit, juice, and yogurt. Your child will love enjoying shaved ice with you and the PAW Patrol pals.

Homemade Ice Cream

 Another chilly treat to consider making this summer is homemade ice cream. Check out the easy ice cream recipe below!

 Ingredients:

14.5 ounces of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 Pint of Heavy Whipping Cream

2 Teaspoons of Vanilla

*Note: Extra ingredients (i.e., fudge, candy berries) are optional.

What to Do:

  1. Place all three main ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk ingredients with an electric whisk for five minutes. (Be careful! Don’t over-whisk the mixture!)
  3. You can add optional ingredients when you see thick, whipped peaks in the mixture.
  4. Place the mixture into a baking pan and freeze for 8 hours.
  5. Enjoy!

Source: http://www.budgetsavvydiva.com/2012/07/easy-homemade-ice-cream-recipe/

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Outside Water Fun

A classic way to cool off in the summer is with water play! Encourage your little one to beat the heat by splashing in the Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table™. This water table sounds like a real rainfall! Your child can experiment with dumping water in the top tier to create a showering effect. The Waterwheel Play Table is also perfect for staying cool, and it encourages cause and effect learning! Lastly, the PAW Patrol Bath Squirters™ Set is perfect for not only the bathtub, but also beach and pool water fun. Your little one will love playing with his or her favorite PAW Patrol pals to cool off. Encourage your child to beat the heat with water play this summer!

Relax in the AC with Books and Movies

Another great way to cool down is to relax inside and read books. You can then watch the corresponding movies with your child and compare the two! We suggest reading the following five books and watching the corresponding movies.

 1. Cat in the Hat

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Everyone loves this classic Dr. Seuss book! Read it to your youngster and watch the movie together afterwards.

2. Charlotte’s Web

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Read Charlotte’s Web, a famous story about Wilbur the pig, with your little one and enjoy the movie too!

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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Enjoy this lighthearted series with your child and compare the movies to the books!

4. Madeline

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Go on adventures with Madeline and her friends by reading this book and watching the movie!

5. Where the Wild Things Are

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This classic story is sure to keep your little one engaged! Read the book and watch the movie to see how they are similar and different.

What do you plan to do to beat the heat with your child this summer? Share your ideas by commenting below!