The New LeapFrog LeapStart: Interactive and Fun Learning for Ages 2-7

As a mom, I am always looking for the best ways to make learning an enjoyable experience for my children.  We have often relied on LeapFrog products for this, and we’re doing it again with their new LeapStart Interactive Learning System.  My kids are hooked.

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What I especially love about the LeapFrog LeapStart is that it spans four learning levels.  With a Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten system and a Kindergarten & 1st Grade system available, kids from 2-7 can benefit from all the LeapStart has to offer.  I am a firm believer that it is never too early to start teaching children the basics of learning, and I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s important to keep that momentum going as they grow older.

Level 1 – Preschool:  The building blocks, including ABC’s, numbers, shapes, colors, music, and more.

Level 2 – Pre-Kindergarten:  Early STEM, reading, writing, social emotional skills, and more.

Level 3 – Kindergarten:  Amazing animals, health and safety, logic and reasoning, and geography.

Level 4 – 1st Grade:  STEM, space science, vocabulary, and critical thinking.

Both versions of the LeapStart include a 12-page sampler book, and there are lots of other activity books you can get to use with it too: [Read more…]


Stompeez Slippers Make Every Step More Exciting

We all know how adorable our children can be, but I’ve found a way to up their cuteness game.  Give them a pair of Stompeez Slippers, and prepare yourself to watch your sweeties be just about as darling as they can be.  Seriously–it’s really that simple.

Stompeez Slippers

My kids have seen Stompeez Slippers on TV and have been begging for them for a long while now.  My 6-year-old boy picked the T-Rex Dinosaurs, and my daughter went with the Happy Puppies.  Suddenly, I love watching my children as they’re stomping around the house!  Each stomp brings their slippers to life and puts a huge smile on their faces.  It certainly beats them stomping around because they’re having yet another fight.  I’ll take happy stomps any day.

Stompeez Happy Puppy

Stompeez slippers are a fun way to get your children off the couch and on their feet.  My kids are always on the move now, which is great for the colder months when they can’t get outside and run around as much.  And if it distracts them from their electronics, that’s a bonus too.  Their slippers, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend doing serious aerobic activity in these guys, but to me, all movement is good movement.  Well, most anyway.

My children also love how comfortable the Stompeez slippers are. Ample cushioning to protects their feet even when they’re stomping their hardest.  In fact, they are so comfortable that my kids wear them more than they wear their regular shoes.  When we come home, the shoes come off and the Stompeez go on.  My kids would wear their slippers every day, all day if I would let them.  The only thing that keeps them from trying to wear them outside is a reminder from me that they might get dirty and/or ruined.

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Are you like me and curious about how these work? [Read more…]


Doodle, Draw, Play, & Learn with Magic Sketch by Boogie Board + Giveaway

What new toy combines drawing, playing, and learning for hours of fun?  The innovative Magic Sketch from the makers of the popular Boogie Board!  Each of my kids has a Boogie Board, and after 3 years of frequent play, they haven’t tired of it.  Once I saw what the Magic Sketch can do, I knew it was something we had to try.

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Like a regular Boogie Board, you can draw and erase and draw and erase to your heart’s content.  One of the things that make the Magic Sketch different is the bundle of accessories that is included. For $29.95, you get all of this:

  • MagicSketch
  • Protector Guard
  • 1 Roller
  • 3 Stamps
  • 4 Styluses
  • 20 Learning Stencils
  • 20 Games Stencils
  • 20 Art Stencils

And that is everything you need to make some spectacular art.  The four styluses allow for endless variations in your designs, and because the multi-color LCD screen creates drawings in rainbow colors, they’ll be especially dazzling.  When you’re done, erase the board with a quick push of a button, and you’re ready to start all over again.

Learning in the Magic Sketch Drawing Board

The stencils are a really nice bonus that takes this drawing board to a whole new level.  Use them to play tic tac toe, solve math problems, trace animal faces, and a lot more.  The stencils slide in right under the screen, and you can slide in your own stencils too.  If it fits, you can trace it!

Magic Sketch Games

Not only is it great fun to play with, but it’s super durable too.  Your kids can drop it and even step on it without it breaking.  Magic Sketch is also water-resistant, so if you have a spill, just give it a wipe and you can continue drawing.

Magic Sketch Art Pad

Magic Sketch is one seriously awesome art pad that encourages creativity and never needs to be plugged in or recharded.  The battery lasts for 7 years and the board can be erased again and again, so your kids will get plenty of use out of this.  Since it doesn’t take up much space and doesn’t make a mess, it’s one toy you won’t mind keeping around for a while.  Order Magic Sketch online and all of the accessories listed above are included free!  It’s the perfect gift for any kids who likes to write or draw.

You can win a Magic Sketch of your own!  Enter via the Giveaway Tools form below.  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 12/11/16.  Good luck!

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Dazzle Your Guests with Personalized Shopkins Invitations from Percyvites

I bet many of you are busy planning holiday parties, and we are too; between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we have several events to host!  Of course, it’s not limited to the holidays – we love a good party year-round!  When you have kids, it seems like there are constantly parties and events to host; I should be a pro by now, but I do always struggle with one thing: invitations.

I don’t know why. It’s not like they’re hard. But I’ve always wished I could do something a little more personal or creative without breaking the budget or adding a lot of time to planning. I’m happy to announce that I’ve found a solution, and if your kids are as obsessed with Shopkins as mine, you’re going to love it.

Shopkins Percyvites Invitations

Percyvites is a personalized video invitation service that helps you create adorable invitations with just a few clicks. It really couldn’t be easier or more convenient; it only took us a few minutes to whip up some super cute videos, and we ended up with a Shopkins-themed invitation that made my daughter giddy.

If your kids have somehow missed the Shopkins trend, fear not: there are several different themes available, including Caillou, Lalaloopsy, Max & Ruby, and more.

To create a Percyvite, you just choose a character or occasion, input your event details and address, write a personalized message to your kids’ friends, upload a picture of the party’s guest of honor, and add a list of friends and a delivery date. The system guides you step-by-step, and it’s incredibly easy. Your dashboard will allow you to communicate with guests, add more guests to the list as needed, and keep track of all your details.

What does a finished Percyvite look like? Check out this adorable Shopkins invitation: [Read more…]


Build & Imagine: The Fun of a Dollhouse with the Enrichment of a Construction Toy

We’re featuring some of our favorite new toys this holiday season, and I have another special one for you today! But before I get into the juicy details, let’s talk for a moment about toys for boys and girls.

I don’t know about you, but as my kids get older I find myself getting more frustrated when I see toys that are gendered specifically for girls or boys. You’ve probably noticed this: more often than not, when a toy set featuring STEM or building activities is marketed for girls, it’s pink. It’s the same exact toy marketed for boys, but they’ve painted it pink. Maybe I missed the memo that girls should only play with pink toys, or that girls don’t enjoy STEM topics unless they’re shrouded in a pink veil. Call me crazy, but I think that can be harmful and I’m much more receptive to companies producing gender-neutral toys that don’t paint kids into a pink (or blue) corner.

With that out in the open, it should come as no surprise that I love finding toys made for kids – they don’t have to paint them blue or pink or slap something on the label that sets it apart for one gender.

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One such toy company dedicated to creating building sets that are fun and accessible for all kids is Build & Imagine, makers of the award-winning Malia’s House magnetic dollhouse. They feature a full line-up of building sets alongside Malia’s House, all of which can easily be enjoyed by any child.

We were excited to receive the Malia’s House set, and my kids (both girl and boy) are loving it. The set includes 58 pieces (Malia and Skyler wooden dress-up dolls, 16 dual-sided StoryWall building panels, and 40 magnetic accessories).

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There are so many building possibilities, and this actually goes beyond STEM – it falls more under STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). It really runs the gamut. The house can be built and re-built in any design that suits your kids at that moment; when they get tired of it, the magnetic pieces are easily reassembled into a different layout. In addition to the house, kids are also building stories, walking their dress-up doll characters through fun activities like tending to a vegetable garden, making music videos, and playing in the pool.

Build & Imagine building sets come in a variety of options that all kids will love: [Read more…]