Must Have Farm Toys from HABA

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We are from rural America and even live on a farm. I must tell you that finding cute and fun farm toys can be very tricky. I must say that these are the perfect addition to our household as the winter months will be keeping us inside more. Check out these great farm toys from HABA.

About HABA:

At HABA, kids rule. You won’t see a lot of them running around the factory, but their needs and wants are foremost in the company’s mission. HABA is owned and operated by the Habermaass family for more than 80 years. The HABA USA division is located in Skaneateles, NY, a quaint town in the Finger Lakes area. HABA prides itself on the fact that children love playing with their toys.

About Peter and Pauline’s Farm Magnetic Game:

Little farmers are sure to love this animal-themed magnetic arranging game!  This great game does feature a variety of background scenes and a plethora of farm inhabitants, animals and plants allowing them to create and recreate life on the farm.

This great game inspires creativity and imagination.

You get 1 box, 4 background scenes, 122 magnetic puzzle pieces.

About Baby Book Farm Friends:

This great book with bring even your smallest child right to the farm. There are colorful, layered wooden pages are threaded on a sturdy cord and are easily grasped and flipped over.

My Thoughts:

I am absolutely in love with each of these toys. My daughters, ages 2, 6, and 8 each are in love with these two new toys. I have purchased an additional one of each of these games for a friends children for Christmas. This is a great addition to any family!

Purchase:

If you would like to purchase these or any of the other amazing toys from HABA, head on over to their website.

 

Send a child to school this #GivingTuesday

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A staggering 35% of Filipinos live in poverty. Girlie, a teenager from Malapatan in the Philippines, lost her mother at a very young age. Because her father struggles to provide for their large family, Girlie and her sister Leah were sent to Haven of Hope Orphanage and attend Holy Cross Academy.

Ten girls live in Haven of Hope Orphanage, and they need your support to continue to attend school. Due to chronic underfunding and declining education standards for public schools in the Philippines, private school is the best option for girls to receive a quality education.

With your help, we can ensure that these girls graduate from school so that they can break out of the cycle of poverty. By donating, you can help us reach our goal of $6,000 to send all ten girls to school for a full year.

Greg Page, The Original “Yellow Wiggle” Has a New Project #WhatIsYourChildWatching #ad #ExploreDiscoverAndGrow

Greg Page, the origional “Yellow Wiggle” of “The Wiggles” Children’s TV show and music, recently awsnered some quesitons for us about his new project, “Explore, Discover, and Grow”. Here’s what he has to say.

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What will it take to launch “Explore, Discover, and Grow”?

Explore, Discover and Grow is a massive project which is going to take a lot of passion, hard work, dedication and some money to bring it to life!  We are working at the moment to “pre-sell” as many subscription packages as possible so we can gauge the demand for the product. This will also enable us to get started on production for the series before we launch the mass-marketing campaign next year.  It is also a major objective to give the people that back the project in its development phase, a major discount on the content that will be offered when we go live with the series next year. Essentially, if you get in now, on the ground level, we will be rewarding you with the equivalent of a 50% discount on what you would otherwise be paying if you subscribe when we are live with the program next year.

What made you want to work in children’s entertainment?

It’s an interesting question – and it probably sounds a little trite, but I just had this feeling inside me from a young age that I was going to be on stage, and then as I got older, the feeling turned to being in the education field.  As the “universe” would have it, I met Anthony Field (the original, and still-current Blue WIggle) and he suggested that I get into early childhood teaching, as it involved a lot of music and creativity – for the child and also the teacher!  So I went along to check out the early childhood diploma course that Anthony was doing at the time, and that sealed it for me. I think I had found my calling, and after seeing what was achievable with The Wiggles and how we applied our teaching knowledge to entertaining children it has been a passion of mine ever since – to create entertainment that is purposeful and delivers outcomes for children.

What was life like after leaving “The Wiggles”?

Life after The Wiggles was tough – I had been removed from what was essentially all of my adult life – my passion and my driving force.  I was also going through a marriage breakdown which was affecting me greatly, so I was battling a number of factors. But, I knew that life could, and would be good again.  I met someone who I had known in school, and we started dating and then finally married. This lifted my spirits incredibly and then finally, I was able to start creating content for children again after 5 years of being out of The Wiggles.  That period where I was unable to work in the field of children’s entertainment was difficult, because that was all I had ever known. I tried other things which didn’t work out for me, and then, I got back to doing what felt right. I have now been a co-creator or creator of over 40 brands, with 2 of them being aired on national broadcasters, and 4 in co-productions with animation studios.  So, it has been a long road to get back to doing what I love, and I am SO excited to be producing content that is going to really restore a balance in children’s screen-time diets with Explore, Discover and Grow!

Are you still in touch with any of your castmates?

Not often, they are still very busy.  And the funny thing is that it was never normal, or usual for us to contact each other outside of the business of The Wiggles!  Not that we weren’t friends or friendly, it’s just that was the way it was – we spent SO much time together on the road, that when we got home to Sydney, we would just stay out of each other’s pockets.  And when I got sick and left the group, it kind of just stayed that way really – the guys were touring and they would check in on me every now and then, but then I got “better” and kept doing our own things.  I see them maybe once a year and do “reunion” shows of the original lineup of The Wiggles for the original fans who are now in their 20’s – we play at licensed venues here in Australia where our “over-age” fans can now enjoy a drink while they watch The Wiggles perform live!  I must say it is a strange thing, but it is a LOT of fun, because we just deliver a 100% Wiggles experience – keeping things on the same level that we did for these fans when they were 3 or 4 years old – and they love being able to reminisce about their childhoods.

How has life changed since your diagnoses of autonomic neuropathy/ dysautonomia?  

Things are back to normal for me.  It’s one of those things that I have had all my life, and just thought everyone felt the way I did in certain situations.  There’s no doubt that years of touring and losing sweat from my body affected me greatly toward the end of 2006, and that was undoubtedly compounded by the event so my personal life.  However, like a lot of things, once you finally get a diagnosis and you understand what you are dealing with, things can be managed, and it doesn’t affect me at all today with what I do in my life.  I am very lucky, and I believe that everything happens for a reason. That part of my life led me to a new chapter of my life where I am able to create again, with a new vigour and energy that I didn’t have before.

Was your family musical?

My mum played piano from a young age, and we had a piano in the house from the time I was about 7 years old.  My sister learned piano and did a few grade exams, but gave up. I learned guitar from age 6, but never really practiced enough , or properly which I now regret, as I am nowhere near as good on the guitar as I think I would have been had I practised harder, but hey, you live and learn – sometimes!

Have you ever performed for adults?

What was that like for you personally in comparison with performing for children? Yes, I have performed for adults, and it is a very different experience.  I enjoy it, but it is different. I am lucky that most adults know me from The Wiggles so I can fall back on my WIggles persona a little bit, which is easy to do, because it is inherently my persona I guess anyway!  But it does make it easier to break the ice in those performance situations where people might be a little bit like “OK, this guy can sing and dance for kids, but is he going to be able to entertain me?” – and hopefully I do!

What do you see yourself doing next?

I think I will always be creating for children, and trying to find ways that are enjoyable for them to learn new things – either about the world or themselves.  The world is in a funny situation right now I think. We are tying to progress things socially, culturally and technologically, and I think that sometimes we forget the basics of what makes us who we are.  There is no need for pushing boundaries for the sake of it, and I guess I a bit conservative when it comes to children’s edutainment – if it ain’t broke, then why fix it? There are a raft of educational shows that worked for children over the course of many years – shows that were not fast-paced, and allowed children to digest the content easily.  It seems that a lot of content these days is more about the quality of the production rather than the content, and I think that’s a shame, so I am going to be sticking to my path on this as I feel it si the right thing to do for the best interests of the children! I think this is my life, and my passion!

WIN Must Have Kids Game – Baby Beluga

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I love to spend time playing games, but love it even more when my kids get to play the games along with us. I must say that The Baby Beluga Game was a perfect addition to our family game nights.

About Cooperative Games:

Cooperative Games is a little shop in Nevada City, California. Their mission is to provide products that foster cooperative play. It is also their goal to promote understanding and circulate information about why and how parents, educators, and everyone else can benefit by engaging in playful collaboration.

Every product in their store has been carefully handselected as an item that works to bring out the cooperative spirit. They work with manufacturers who practice environmental sustainability and fair trade practices through the use of recycled and sustainably produced materials. As much as possible, the items in their store are made in the U.S.

 

About The Baby Beluga Game:

The Baby Beluga Game is a brand new cooperative board game for children ages 3-10. It was created by Suzanne Lyons at Cooperative Games in cooperation with Raffi. There are three levels of play for children of all ages, – both readers and non-readers.

The illustrations and details are sure to engage your children.

This great game is made in the USA.

Included – Guidebook with simple game instructions, Ocean Science Pages, directions for more active cooperative games and a free download of Raffi singing “Baby Beluga”.

My Thoughts:

My girls and I really enjoyed playing this game. They are 6 and 8, and we had a great time. I think that it will be a great addition to any family or classroom.

Purchase:

If you are interested in purchasing this game or any of the other great games that are offered from Cooperative Games, head on over to their website. Also our lucky readers will get an extra 10% off now through November 30th as long as you use code Blog10.

Giveaway:

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On the Go with Britax B 3 G Stroller #BritaxMom

I am a mom of a toddler and I am also a daycare provider to a little one. Having two tiny movers and shakers tagging along with me on my errands and adventures was a challenge up until a few weeks ago. As I juggled a single stroller and a baby carrier, I realized we need a great double stroller or these day trips couldn’t continue.

We got to try out the Britax B 3 G stroller and it has been such a handy helper for this mom on the go. The stroller is stylish and versatile. It comes equipped with one comfy seat that has 12 seating positions for a growing child. I love the one hand fold option. It is so handy for a busy mom with multiple kids to manage. Putting the stroller away has never been easier. I know because I have years of experience.

The best thing about the Britax B 3 G Stroller is that you can add a second seat to accommodate multiple kids. This has made such a difference to my son and the child I watch in the daytime. We can get out and go with ease. The stroller has a generously sized basket underneath it to hold all of our gear, from the diaper bag to favorite toys, we can take the essentials along without having to carry everything.

We have been more than pleased with the stroller. It is easy to push and fold for transport or storage. We love that it will “grow with” our busy toddler. This is the stroller to get for one vital reason, it works with a car seat as your baby is born, but the 12 seating positions enable the stroller to work through the baby and toddler stages, and beyond if needed! The top seat can hold up to 55 pounds, meaning this stroller can handle a newborn baby and keep on going through the preschooler years.

Relay – A phone alternative for children

For parents of young kids, you will often feel pressure to buy your child a smartphone. What to do when you know your child is not ready, but you want to stay in contact with them? Relay is an option for parents who want to be able to stay connected to their kids, but don’t want even more of a battle over screen time or who know that their child is too young or otherwise not ready for a phone. You an also use it as a walkie talkie.
Age by Age Guide to Relay:Under 6, screens aren’t appropriate but young children can benefit from learning to communicate and will have fun with the walkie-talkie like features;
  • Learn responsibility and communication skills
  • Fun features for playtime (Echo Channel, Music)
  • Communicate throughout the house
  • Novelty of walkie-talkie like communication
Ages 6-7, kids in the early grades are off to friends for playdates after school and benefit from the security of staying in touch while also spreading their wings;
  • Give your child their first taste of independence; allow them to play in the neighborhood, ride bikes, see friends for playdates, etc. while being able to safely stay in touch with them
  • Monitor their whereabouts through GPS tracking
  • Enhance their playtime with friends via Instant Chat (chat channel between friends on different accounts) as well as Echo Channel, Music, etc.
Ages 8- 10, kids starting team sports benefit from the independence of this time away from home and starting to organize their own after school time
  • Communicate drop-off/pick-up for after-school activities
  • Ask permission for new opportunities
  • Independent communication with other family members (grandparents, etc.)
Ages 11-12, busy middle schoolers benefit from more freedom after school to visit with friends independently
  • Healthy and active social life
  • Provides all essentials without needing to access internet
  • Reverse negative trends and pressures such as less time spent on physical activities and outdoor endeavors
  • Thought leadership in tweens – helps tweens be leaders instead of followers
How it works:
  • Relay works over 4G LTE and Wi-Fi, so it has unlimited range and works everywhere a phone does. You could be in NYC talking to someone in California just as clearly as if you were in the same room.
  • It’s super simple to use: just press the button, talk and release
  • There are two other buttons on the side: one for volume and one for powering on off/changing channels
  • You can talk Relay to Relay, or Relay to app. The companion app is where you manage the Relays on your account – you can see where they are via GPS tracking, add channels to your account and talk directly with the Relays on your account

I have noticed a few issues with Relay- one is that they don’t hold a charge longer then 4-6 hours. Another is that they use a very unique charger, so if you lose it or forget it, that will be problematic for charging. A charging wire that is universal is always preferred for ease and so it is easily replaced when it is inevitable lost or damaged.

The biggest issue for me was that you, the parent, will need to have the app up and running on your phone at all times, or you can’t receive calls to your child(ren).  Along with the battery drain that causes, is the problem that you won’t always know when your child wants to call you, thus you will likely miss calls. I don’t know if there is a workaround for that, but I have not found one yet.

As you know that we prefer products that give back and/or are sustainable and fair, we are happy to tell you that Relay is donating $5 from each of the next 5,000 Relays sold will go to support Common Sense Education, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students harness technology for learning and life by providing teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools.

DIY Vampirina and Unicorn Hoodies

Vampirina is the spookiest ghoul on Disney Junior. That’s why with Halloween and cooler weather right around the corner, a Vampirina hoodie is a no-brainer. Your little one will feel like she’s checked herself in for the night at the Scare B&B where she can hang with Vee and the whole Hauntley family.
vampirina costume
The best part about this adorable hoodie is that you don’t need to have any sewing skills to recreate it!

All the steps you need to create your very own no-sew Vampirina hoodie are in this post: https://www.wholesalehalloweencostumes.com/blog/diy-no-sew-vampirina-hoodie/

The move from Transylvania to Pennsylvania might’ve been a challenge for the Hauntley family, but bringing this hoodie to life should be easy for you!

If you’ve got a little Vampirina fan on your hands, you could also celebrate in style with a Vampirina party. Wholesale Party Supplies even created a cute Vampirina photo booth backdrop and Vampirina cookies to complete the celebration!

Looking for other no-sew options? Check out this magical unicorn hoodie!

Check out more DIY costumes, makeup tutorials and DIY decorations up on the blog, so keep an eye out on posts that will help you prepare for Halloween 2018.

Go Exploring with the Tiny Love Meadow Days Super Mat

With a toddler in the house, having a great play mat is a must. Little ones spend a lot of time on the floor, and exploring, so offering them a comfy and engaging place to play is important to most parents.

We have had a chance to try out the Tiny Love Meadow Days Super Mat. Let me tell you what I loved about this adorable and engaging option for my little learner.

At a first glance, you are going to notice how cute this Tiny Love Mat is. It is colorful, adorable and has so many friendly animals on it that little ones find it irresistible. But, there is so much more to this mat than a cute appearance.

The mat has so many ways to engage and play on a comfy surface. From a peek a boo tree to a stand up mirror for baby to explore his or her own face, to a crinkly fox tail for sensory play, this mat has it all, including a ring for attaching a favorite toy.

It even has a teether ring attached for when those first teeth start to come in. While baby learns and plays he can find comfort for an added bonus. The mat folds up for easy storage and transport. We have taken this on the go, when we are visiting family across the state and we love how easy it is to take along for a play or nap area for our little one.

Tiny Love’s Meadow Days Mat is a great option for families of little ones. It is suitable for babies to use at birth, which makes it a great shower gift option. Affordably priced and filled with ten engaging ways to play, it is sure to bring a smile to any babies face! I have been more than impressed with the quality and durability, as well as they ways to learn with this mat. I would recommend it to other parents for a gift, or an addition to your tummy time routines.