Mom in Training

December 8, 2016

Build - Play - Learn!


I remember some of my favorite toys growing up were the ones that I could build things with. I just loved being able to put pieces together over and over in different ways to get a new creation each time. I think that passion has passed down to my daughter because she's all the time stacking things up in her room making forts and tunnels for her stuffed animals. Toys that can be used more than one way to me are the best because they are less likely to get tossed in a corner and forgotten. Especially when kids can be creative and make their own ideas come to life with them.

I say start them off at an early age if you can by letting them use basic building blocks like these Alphabet Puzzle Blocks. They have the alphabet on them and feature coordinating pictures that kids can match up to make them whole. And of course they are blocks so they can just stack them for fun too. And then once they are a little bigger and can manipulate smaller pieces why not give them a set of Gears!Gears!Gears!®. I thought these were a super fun idea when I saw them, something a little different than Legos and a little like Tinkertoys. Kids can get creative and build all sorts of contraptions and even make them turn for full motion!

About:
Gears!Gears!Gears!® 60-Piece Starter Building Set
Set imaginations in colorful motion! Introduce young builders to the world of gears with this starter set featuring fun, bright new colors and kid-friendly pieces for easy construction. Invites "little engineers" to discover a world of building possibilities while developing critical thinking and problem solving skills. Includes 28 colorful gears, 14 square pillars, 13 six-way axles, 4 interlocking bases, handle, and Activity Guide.

Alphabet Puzzle Blocks
Blocks and puzzle all in one! Stack and match uppercase and lowercase letters to complete the colorful pictures. Each letter of the alphabet has a corresponding image that builds early letter recognition, vocabulary, and matching skills. Set of 9 blocks are made of durable, easy-to-clean plastic and measure 2½" x 2½".

Buy it: You can find these and other great learning toys on the Learning Resources website.

Disclosure: I received compensation in the form of product in exchange for my honest and unbiased thoughts. All thoughts and opinions stated are my own and are in no way influenced by my partnership with mentioned brands.

Holiday Gifting made easy with Educational Insights


I enjoy Christmas and gift giving just as much as the next person. But one thing I'm not fond of is all of the toys out there that in my opinion are pretty much useless and dust collectors. I can say that because after two kids I've seen it happen time and time again. They want something "because everyone else has it" and then once they have one it sits on a shelf and collects dust. It's so frustrating to me. And that's why I started shopping in a different way for my kids and for others on our list. I now look for gifts that aren't just popular, but are also functional too. I want them to have more than just a purpose of just sitting and looking cool. That's one of the fun parts about shopping the Educational Insights website. They have a ton of things that I consider to be cool, and they are useful too. I love the way that they make learning fun for kids so they don't even always realize they are learning. Take for instance their Once Upon a Craft kit called The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It's not just a storybook, it's also a craft kit where kids get to color their own princesses and decorate two mosaic pieces that go along with the story. Now to me that's both useful and fun for kids.

Another fun thing I found is their Puppet-on-a-Stick™ Markers. It includes three fun unicorn puppets that open their mouths and have markers at the ends. I mean who wouldn't love to write and color with a unicorn?!

And if you're really into gifting learning products you might want to check out their line of Hot Dots products. I got the Hot Dots® Jr. Ultimate Science Facts Interactive Book Set with the plans to gift it to a little special needs girl from a family that we "adopted" for Christmas this year. She's a little behind in reading at school and I thought this was a great gift for her because she loves science facts. I figure she will be playing with this and not even realize she's learning at the same time. And with the Hot Dots pen helping her along the way she will learn to read the words and feel more confident doing so in a fun way.

Buy it: You can find these and other great educational themed toys at the Educational Insights website.

Disclosure: I received compensation in the form of product in exchange for my honest and unbiased thoughts. All thoughts and opinions stated are my own and are in no way influenced by my partnership with mentioned brands.
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