Preschool Checklist: Everything You Need to Send Your Child to School for the First Time
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by Shalom Kamau
6M ago
Joining preschool is a big deal, whether your child was in daycare or not. This is the stage they start learning and forming the foundation for academic success. It is no wonder so many parents get a bit freaked out about sending their little ones to preschool. One way to make the transition easy for your child and yourself is to ensure you have prepared everything they need to begin school. From general school supplies to basic needs, you will be at peace knowing your child is comfortable while away from you. Ideally, the teacher and the school will give you a rundown of everything you need ..read more
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Where to Sell Used Baby Items
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by Shalom Kamau
8M ago
From big gear items like strollers and car seats to smaller things like toys and clothing, kids accumulate a lot of stuff in a short period of time. And they don’t use much of anything for more than a few months to a year. With all that stuff outgrown so quickly, you can find yourself facing a real challenge. What to do with all that baby and kid stuff? You can give some of it away to friends and relatives. Or to local charities. But let’s face it: most of that baby gear was expensive.  And like many other families, you’d probably like to recoup some of that hard-earned cash.   If th ..read more
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Are Wooden Toys Really Better?
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by Shalom Kamau
10M ago
One of the many questions parents of young children ask themselves is, are wooden toys really better than plastic? I mean, you’ve read the reports about plastic toys and heard about the destruction that plastics cause to the environment. But your child seems to be drawn to the bright colors and intricate designs of the plastic toys. What to do? To answer your question, in my opinion, yes, wooden toys are better than plastic. They may not always attract your child at first glance the way brightly-colored plastic toys can, but those long-lasting wood playthings are the gift that keeps on giving ..read more
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Choosing Used Toys: What’s Okay, What’s Not?
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by Shalom Kamau
11M ago
When you have kids, toys become an integral part of your home, whether they are new toys or used toys. You buy them, friends bring them on special occasions, and family members may hand them down to you. Toys are how your kids learn and practice to live in the world. But while all toys are fun to play with, not all of them are beneficial or safe for your kids. Today, we look at different types of toys for toddlers, and how used toys can play a role in your child’s life. What Toys Should Every Toddler Have? If you look at your child’s stash of toys, there are probably over 30 different types ..read more
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To Infinity and Beyond
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by Rhonda Collins
1y ago
Wondering what the most popular toys for pretend play are? We’re not inclined to go with the crowd on this question because little ones are so varied in their play habits. Some like baby dolls and some like trucks – and despite the old adage, it doesn’t always break along gender lines. But based on what sells here on Toycycle, we’ve developed some ideas about toy popularity. First and foremost, pretend play is where it’s at. If it’s a character–whether an action figure, plush animal, or baby doll–it’s guaranteed to be a winner. Small children love these special friends. And if that character s ..read more
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Puzzle Me This
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by Puja Badola
1y ago
With brightly colored shapes and varied themes, large-piece puzzles for kids are a favorite among toddlers and preschoolers.  They also offer an array of important developmental benefits that children can learn and practice as they play. Children start developing fine motor skills around the age of one. Knob puzzles for kids are perfect practice for these grasping, holding, and placing skills. But a puzzle also teaches children about the concept of a ‘whole’ – that each piece is a fraction of the bigger picture. Puzzles help develop basic skills such as shape recognition, concentration, g ..read more
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Top Ride-on Toys for Toddlers
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by Erin Addiego
1y ago
  Active toddlers are naturally eager to explore movement and balance, and ride-on toys are an excellent choice for encouraging these essential gross motor skills. A perfect fit for movers and shakers that have outgrown exersaucers and other stationary activity centers, ride-on toys also help burn off some of that endless energy! Our top picks are below, with selections to fit every budget. No matter what type of ride-on you choose, be sure to shop secondhand first!     The Hape Scoot Around  Like all things Hape, this 4-wheeling scooter is made from solid, sustainable woo ..read more
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Fun in the Sun!
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by Erin Addiego
1y ago
The weather is warming and, after a full pandemic year, we’re betting you and your tot are ready to get out of the house in search of new sights and experiences! Thanks to a natural curiosity about the world around them, it doesn’t take much to engage toddlers outdoors. Here are a few of our favorite low-budget, easy activities to try the next time you head outside. Sensory Bins Want to get some fresh air, but not ready to tackle the beach or park? Your backyard or patio is the perfect place for a sensory bin. To bring the great outdoors to your front steps, simply fill a large, shallow bin w ..read more
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Puzzle Me This
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by Puja Badola
2y ago
With brightly colored shapes and varied themes, large-piece puzzles are a favorite among toddlers and preschoolers.  They also offer an array of important developmental benefits that children can learn and practice as they play. Children start developing fine motor skills around the age of one. Puzzles are perfect practice for these grasping, holding, and placing skills. But a puzzle also teaches children about the concept of a ‘whole’ – that each piece is a fraction of the bigger picture. Puzzles help develop basic skills such as shape recognition, concentration, goal ..read more
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To Infinity and Beyond
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by Rhonda Collins
2y ago
Wondering what the most popular toys for kids are? We’re not inclined to go with the crowd on this question because little ones are so varied in their play habits. Some like baby dolls and some like trucks – and despite the old adage, it doesn’t always break along gender lines. But based on what sells here on Toycycle, we’ve developed some ideas about toy popularity. First and foremost, imaginative play is where it’s at. If it’s a character–whether an action figure, plush animal, or baby doll–it’s guaranteed to be a winner with almost any small child. And if that character steps out of a favor ..read more
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