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Tired of the same old puzzle? Try Shashibo!

Shashibo is a magnetic puzzle cube. Each cube contains 36 rare earth magnets. 1 cube transforms into over 70 shapes. Combine 2 or more cubes to create large shapes and more possibilities.

I enjoy sacred geometry, so that’s what drew me to this product. The fact that you can combine them with magnets is amazing in itself. If you had an infinite amount of cubes, you can keep combining them!

Key Features:
  • Recommended for ages 8 and up 
  • Contains 36 rare earth magnets 
  • 1 cube transforms into 70 shapes 
  • Combine 2 or more to build more
Educational Benefits:
  • This product expands the user’s creative abilities.
  • It also expands your critical thinking abilities
Shashibo - Blue Planet
Shashibo - Spaced Out
Shashibo - Optical Illusion
Shashibo - Black & White
Shashibo optical illusion demo - YouTube

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Summer is coming and I can’t wait to have a break from school and our regular routines.

Summer vacation is so important for getting kids outside, into nature and allowing them to explore. I’m looking forward to planning outings and play for home so the learning continues through the summer months.  I have three kids that range in age from 4-12 so finding an activity that makes everyone happy isn’t always easy, but I know every time I take bubbles out I will have a winner.

Also, as a speech-language pathologist, my number one go-to toy is bubbles.  I always carry a container of bubbles with me to meet a new patient and I always have bubbles in my toy supply to play with during a session.  You may wonder why this simple toy holds a number one spot with me. Well, I’m here to tell you. First and foremost bubbles make kids smile, let’s be honest bubbles are mesmerizing for kids and adults alike.  So sometimes, when meeting a new person bubbles provide the perfect icebreaker and an immediate game to play together.

Second, bubbles provide a wide range of language using opportunities during play, especially with young children and children with a language delay.  Bubbles can be a communicative temptation, something that allows a child to think, act, or react naturally to the situation. Communication temptations can motivate a child with a language delay to initiate communication, talk, or increase his utterance length.  For example, you can open a container of bubbles, blow some for the child, and then close the container tightly. The child wanting more bubbles will need to communicate with the adult to get them. This could be in the form of a gesture, sign, sound, word, or word combination (i.e. pointing to the bubbles, signing ‘more’, saying “buh”, “bubbles” or “more bubbles”).  What’s important is that the adult shows the child their communicative attempt was effective. If your child tries to communicate after you provide the temptation, respond by giving him what he asked for- in this case, more bubbles.

Here are a few other ways to use bubbles as a communicative temptation. An adult can hold the wand near the lips ready to blow and then look expectantly at the child.  When the child communicates, say, “oh I need to blow bubbles”. A good rule of thumb is to use one more word in your phrase than your child uses. For example, if your child is pre-verbal and gestures use a single word “blow”, if your child uses single words to communicate and says “blow”, you can say “blow bubbles”.  This way you are modeling what is one-step ahead for your child. Another way to use bubbles as a communicative temptation is to hide the wand. Then you can’t blow bubbles and you’ll need to look for the wand. You can go on a hunt—“where is the wand?” “Is the wand under the chair? Is the wand on the table?” The important thing is to keep it fun.  Make silly mistakes like trying to blow the bubbles with the lid on so your child has to communicate. Hopefully, you’ll both end up laughing and having fun.

Fubbles No Spill Bubbles

Third, bubbles provide lots of opportunities to practice early speech sounds. Here are a few words you can practice with bubbles: bubble, pop, open, and more. All of these words contain sounds you make with your lips. These sounds are great sounds to practice with a young child or child with a speech and language delay because it’s easy for them to see how the sounds are formed when the look at your mouth. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t say the whole word, word approximations (i.e. “buh” for bubbles or “puh” for pop) are great ways to build speech and language skills. So when your child uses an approximation you can repeat the whole word for him so that he hears the correct model and then when you give him more bubbles he’ll realize how powerful his words were and be more likely to try again.

Lastly, bubbles provide a good oral/motor exercise for your child’s mouth. Your child can learn to blow bubbles on his own. To do this, he’ll need to round his lips and control his breath. These are both skills we use while speaking. To start you can blow bubbles and catch them on the wand, let your child try to blow the bubble off the wand. If this is difficult, catch the bubbles on the wand and bring it to your child’s lips to pop the bubble. This will help your child feel the pop on their lip and their lips are likely to “pop” as well with the sensation. Eventually, your child will be blowing bubbles on his own.

Most of the previous activities are perfect for the toddler and preschool age child, but as I said earlier bubbles are fun for everyone. Bubbles encourage social interaction; older kids can take turns blowing bubbles for each other or for younger siblings. Kids can race to see who can pop the first bubble. You can have a contest and see who can blow the biggest bubble.

Another way I like to extend this activity is to make my own bubbles. You can take pictures of each step and then re-tell how to make bubbles again later. Also, my kids love to look around the house to find things to use as bubble blowers: plastic berry containers, cookie cutters, or colanders. You can also try to make your own wand by shaping a pipe cleaner, cutting off the bottom of a plastic water bottle, or tying a large piece of string together for a giant bubble wand. If you use bubble wands that aren’t shaped like circles, challenge your child to predict the shape of the bubble (spoiler alert: it will always be round!)

No matter what, I hope you get outside enjoy the sunshine, and smile while blowing bubbles with your kids.

Double Bubble Blower

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Slo Flo- the new molding compound that looks like it comes alive!

SloFlo is an exciting new slow-motion molding compound. You can compress it into any shape and watch it fall apart. It almost looks like it comes alive. Its unusual texture encourages cognitive development, sensory learning, and tactile exploration.

What I like the most about SloFlo is the clamming effect it has flowing through your fingers or just watching it while it breaks down. The consistency makes clean up on carpet and hard floors easy.

Key Features:
  • Freeform play
  • Easy cleanup
  • Calming effect
Educational Benefits:
  • Cognitive development
  • Sensory learning
  • Tactile exploration
SloFlo
SloFloBucket

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Add your own personal flair to just about anything!

Fun for ages 8 and older, decorate a journal or make a colorful heart and put it on your shoes, or get the ultimate kit and do them all and more. With easy to follow instructions that will teach you how to personalize anything! These kits come complete with tools and gem pieces that are neatly stored in the clear plastic, divided container. Follow the design patterns they have included or design and create your own. Embellish your world with beautiful diamond shaped gems with the Crystalize It!

Key Features:
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Personalize anything
  • Nicely stored in clear plastic container
  • Fun for ages 8 and up
Educational Benefits:
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Practices following direction
Crystalize It Accessory Design Kit
Crystalize It Activity Journal
Crystalize It Crystal Painting Set

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Summer is here!Here’s everything for a fun and active summer outside!
Swurfer-Kick Swingboard
$69.99
Ages: 5+

- Hang it in your backyard or take it with you on hiking, camping or road trips.
Dueling Stomp Rockets
$21.99
Ages: 6+

- 100% kid-powered. No batteries required.
- Two kids can launch at the same time!

Sling Stix

$21.99
Ages: 6+

- Great for developing hand-eye coordination
- Encourages cooperative play and independent play

Axe Throwing
$26.99
Ages: 6+

- The latest trend but safe for kids.
- Can be playing individually or in a pair.
The Hover Soccer Ball Set
$21.99
Ages: 3+

- Glides easily on all types of surfaces
- Promotes coordination and gross motor skills. 
Wingman
$6.99
Ages: 5+

- Foldable, fits in your pocket!
- Comes in a variety of styles.
Voli Racket Set
$21.99
Ages: 6+

- "Fits like a glove. Hits like a racket!"
- Bring it to the beach, the park or your backyard!
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Feed the need for fun with Uh-Oh Hippo!

UH-OH Hippo is a fun packed game that will test the memory of your kids. Hugo the hippo has a bunch of items in its mouth and it is your kids’ job to figure out which item he swallowed. To play, all you need to do is put eight items in each of the eight slots in his mouth, then close Hugo’s mouth then one item will be missing! It is your kids’ job to remember what item Hugo ate! Was it the shoe? The duck? The trumpet? Then after your child guesses, they will press down on Gary, the bird on Hugo’s tail and out will come the item!

I love UH-OH Hippo because it generates a fun way to enhance your child’s memory as well as visual recognition of the items. The simple concept the game makes it a stress-free game your child will want to play over and over again. The game is meant to be very basic, but the concept will help your child’s memory in a cool, fun way! Your child will learn eighteen items as well!

Key Features:
  • Figuring out which items Hugo swallowed will make your kids think and smile at the same time!
  • Fun and easy memory matching game to play, that is very easy to learn.
  • Can be used with a classroom full of kids or at the comfort of your home.
Educational Benefits:
  • Encourages memory recognition and matching skills
  • Teaches social skills
  • Helps develop patience and turn taking
  • Help your child learn what items look like
  • Easy to play, with a multitude of educational benefits
Uh-Oh Hippo

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Watches with attitude for kids!

As a collectible, kids can seek out unique designs that show off their attitude. Every design is a limited edition and will be retired as new designs are created. Each Watchitude is built to last, made with a quality analog quartz movement, splashproof, with durable Zinc alloy casing, using a standard and replaceable 1-year battery. Their patented process creates a hi-gloss, durable finish of a beautifully printed image on the slap watch band and face, that never fades or peels.

Key Features:
  • These are collectible and tradable. Find them all!
  • Encourages kids to learn how to read analog clocks.
  • Made with quality parts for a long-lasting, splashproof watch.
  • Great for accessorizing any outfit you choose
Educational Benefits:
  • Watchitude is a great way for parents to teach their kids how to tell time.
Watchitude - Dog Emoji
Watchitude - Princess Unicorn
Watchitude - Build Up
Watchitude - Skater

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Having a new baby is such an exciting time for a family.

With your first baby, you spend days dreaming of the nursery and reading baby books, attending showers and learning about how to use all of the gifts you receive. With the second baby, you go in with a hint of confidence; I’ve done this before and that one seems relatively well adjusted, I can do this! But for me there was also a lingering fear of, “but can I expect my son to be ready to be a big brother?” He did not choose this, we did not consult him before getting pregnant, and all he has ever known is being the only child or being the baby of the family. So instead of dreaming up an elaborate nursery, I started to read about preparing an older child for a new sibling. And reading certainly helped; reading to my sons about gaining a new brother and reading articles and blogs about how to make this transition. But once the new baby arrived, I learned a few tricks of my own.

Early on after having my second child, I noticed a pattern of misbehavior developing whenever I nursed the baby. My oldest always needed to go potty right as I sat down to nurse, he often threw fits (and toys) as I was trying to get the hang of feeding a baby again, and he wanted all my attention. So what did I do? Ignore him as to not encourage this behavior? No! I followed his lead. Together, we learned that making nursing about him, as much as possible, made some of those feelings of jealousy fade away. And it was clear to me, that I was best able to give him this attention during this time too. Once the baby latched, I was free to give all of my attention to my older son. This habit of making nursing time about the older siblings carried over to our routine now that baby #3 has arrived.

? by Rebecca Fry

? by Rebecca Fry

? by Rebecca Fry

Of course, there are some limits to what you can do as a mom or dad with your child while you are feeding or holding a baby.  I have a set list of go to nursing friendly activities in my mind so that my older kids don’t start to resent the attention given to their baby brother.  Often when looking for new toys for birthdays or holidays, I think about how easily we can do this together with only one or no arms.

One of our favorite no prep activity is a scavenger hunt.  This activity can be made silly, easy, hard, educational, themed, or anything you need it to be based on your child’s age and interests.  It is as simple as the name sounds. I tell them to find something that starts with the letter P, or find a dinosaur that is a theropod, or find something that is red and white.  There are lists all over Pinterest of different scavenger hunt ideas. To up the fun factor, my kids like to dress up as a spy agent looking for clues to solve a mystery.

Another easy game we like is shadow play. This one is as easy as turning on the flashlight on the back of my phone and letting him discover how his shadow grows and shrinks as he moves close and far from the light. We make stories with his shadows and discover how different toys’ shadows look. There are also shadow playbooks that can make this activity even more fun.

Reading is a simple activity to engage in with older kids. Though, holding a book while feeding a baby can potentially present some challenges. This is where I learned to be strategic in picking the right kind of book. If you do have one hand free, picking a smaller board book allows you to hold up the book with only one hand without the pages falling everywhere. A board book is also simpler for kids to hold themselves and turn pages independently. If your kid will be holding the book themselves, it also helps to pick books that aren’t too wordy and have large text, as kids, at least mine, aren’t known for sitting still well, and reading a bouncing wordy book is not a skill I have mastered. The scanimation books by Rufus Butler Seder are a perfect size. Gallop! and Waddle! also encourage movement asking kids things like, “Can you Gallop like a horse?” Which can help to extend this activity by asking the older sibling to show you how they can do each movement. The simple text makes learning the book easy for kids; on more than one occasion I have caught a big brother reading them to the newest addition. These books include high contrast images, which are perfect for a newborn to engage with too.

Shadow Book 
Good Night Mommy
Gallop!

Magnetic toys also make great sit-down, one hand or hands-free activities.  Magnets help to keep little hands from dropping items all over the floor and asking you to pick them up.  Toys like the Melissa and Doug Magnetic Dress Up sets are fun simple pretend play that can be done in a young child’s lap while you hold a baby. Magnatabs also make mess-free activities you can have your older child do next to you as you review letters and numbers together all while you are sitting and hands-free. If you do have one hand free, you can also play a magnetic board game with an older child like Magnetic Reversi.  The key here is to have something magnetic that a child can hold without the pieces slip-sliding around.

My oldest son most enjoys activities that allow him to be the center of attention but without sitting down.  Puppet shows tick off both of these boxes for him. And for me, puppet shows tick off the pretend play box. I love watching him and his brother create imaginary stories for their littlest brother.  My oldest also loves playing Charades for kids. This set lets even pre-readers participate in this classic game as it gives picture prompts in addition to word prompts. He loves taking out a big stack of cards to act out as I watch and guess.

Magnetic Reversi
Magnetic Pretend Play
Joey
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Discover and Play!

The Bright Basics Snuggly is the perfect cuddly way to learn! The blanket has six pockets for each animal to fit in teaching matching through colors and shapes! The Snuggly comes with the book “Say Goodnight,” as you read you tuck each animal in and once each animal is fast asleep, it’s time for your child to get tucked in too! By repeating the different poems and nighttime rhymes it promotes language and literacy skills.

Key Features:
  • Early learning with a purpose!
  • Understand the fundamentals of playing with others, healthy bedtime routines, and shape recognition!
  • Language skills taught through the use of rhyming!
Educational Benefits:
  • Teaches good bedtime habits
  • Social skills
  • Emotional skills
  • Language and literacy skills
Bright Basics Snuggly

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A game so NEW, it’s not even on Amazon!

Bob is in pieces, and needs you to put him back together! But be very careful… push too hard, and you might make him lose it all!

Steady hands and a strong mind will surely get you far in this anatomical game of accuracy and skill. Learn the functions and locations of Bob’s anatomy, and be the player who makes him whole again! Make your moves carefully, and prove to Bob that you’ve got what it takes to keep him from shakin’ in his skin!

Key Features:
  • This is a great game to help kids and adults work on their hand-eye coordination, and learn about the human body as they go.
  • This is a great game for any fan of the classic Operation. But you’re trying to put Bob back together again!
Educational Benefits:
  • Learn about the human body
  • Help develop stable hand-eye coordination
Body Shakin' Bob

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