10 Oct 2014, 8:10am
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Kickstarter Project: SumBlox

Here’s another Kickstarter you really want to get in on. These amazing number blocks go well beyond stacking and knocking down– although you can start there!

SumBlocks

Make learning math into play and exploration with SumBlox. The number value is represented by it’s height and helps reinforce value concepts.

 

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These don’t just work for addition… you can even explore multiplication and fraction concepts. I could use these right now for my 3rd graders’ factors!

Pledge $65 for a set of 43 blocks and activity card. Retail price for this set is $90 (add $16 shipping).
Pledge $150 for a classroom set of 100 blocks plus 3 teaching manuals. Retail price is $200 (add $28 shipping).

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Play Kitchen From TrueModern

There’s nothing like a great play kitchen and these pieces from TrueModern are a beautiful choice.

The 4 piece set includes a fridge, sink, stove and cupboard for $1112.

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You can also purchase the pieces separately for $289 each.

True modern play kitchen pieces

I might be so obsessed with play kitchens because I never had one. Please don’t let this happen to your children. Follow my Play Kitchen Pinterest Board for more lovely modern options.

 

30 Sep 2014, 8:58am
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Limited Edition Holiday Gifts from The Land of Nod

I’m giving you the heads up on these limited edition gift items from The Land of Nod. These are the grand finales for your holiday gift giving, but be sure to order soon because there are only a few of each.

My favorite is this Bungalow Play Home. It’s for indoor use only, but this modern playhouse will be the highlight of the playroom. $700

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Nearly as dramatic is the Grandest Prix Plush Speedster. It’s both fun to play with as well as an exciting decor statement. $250

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Finally these three giant limited edition plushies can be your child’s new best friend and plaything. They’ve got Paleo Plush (aka Spike), Sugar Plum Hippo and Giant Plush-Bot. If nothing else, they’re more unique than the ubiquitous giant giraffe.  $250 each.

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Hope it’s not too early to start talking “holidays,” but forgive me! These are limited editions and I don’t want you to miss out.

Toy Finds at ABC Kids Expo 2014

The toy booths are fun stops for me at the ABC Kids Expo. Here are my favorite toy finds from the show.

Janod has been in the US for a couple years now and their ever growing selection is almost enough to make me want to open my own toy shop! Their Story Express Sets are part playset and part train set– ready for imaginative play. The I Wood toddler puzzles are great on many levels. I also love their magnetic play sets and the squirrel tree is a fun ramp toy and adorable as decor as well!

Janod at abc kids expo 2014

Kid o is a fun and colorful modern toy brand and I enjoyed seeing all their new products. I’m happy to see musical toys like the Tambourine. The Marble Maze is a new take on the party favor toy, and I can see myself playing with this thing for hours. The cute little bunny, frog and cat are bubble blowers, and the bottom photo shows their Moluk toys.

Kid o at abc kids expo 2014

Plan Toys keeps getting a larger place in my toy loving heart. Their new products just keep expanding an already incredible brand. How cute is the new Ride-On Pony? Their new rattles like the Bunny Rattle are fantastic. I love their wooden bath toys– especially the new Activity Boat, and I’m excited to finally have a photo of their award winning table and chair set!

Plan Toys at abc kids expo 2014

Green Toys showed their latest products like the Seacopter, Helicopter, Stove Top and Train. The more the merrier!

Green Toys at abc kids expo 2014

I usually show Petit Collage as a decor brand, but their toy collection has exploded. There are now plenty of puzzles, craft kits, wooden toys, and pop-out playsets.

Petit Collage at abc kids expo 2014

I showed you Tegu’s Future sets earlier, and they had the entire collection at their booth. Tegu is getting more and more colorful and interested in creating new opportunities for creation and imagination. We might be seeing more collections like the Future sets in the future (heh).

Tegu toys at abc kids expo 2014

There are always new fun designs coming from cloud b, but how cute is Charley the Chameleon?!

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Finn + Emma have a few new toy collections coming out and I’m crazy about these sailors! We’ll post about these again when they come out.

Finn & Emma at abc kids expo 2014

Prince Lionheart’s Wheely Bug has a new Panda cover, but the Hedgehog is still super cute. They’re also getting into sleep enhancing plush toys like the Slumber Bear and the new rabbit.

Prince Lionheart at abc kids expo 2014

Too much fun!

Bath Finds at ABC Kids Expo 2014

There were not a whole lot of new innovations in the world of baby bathing products at the ABC Kids Expo this year, but here’s the best of what WAS new and different this year…

Boon probably has the most modern collection of bathing products and a great variety of bath toys. They have a number of new products for 2015. First is the Soak tub. If the Naked doesn’t work for you, then you might be interested in Soak. Its innovation is the mesh base that works for a newborn in one position and when flipped around, works better for older babies.

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A number of new toys will make bath time more fun. Sadly, my boys have moved on to showers. They’re missing out on these great new choices from boon! Cast is a cute fishing game.

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Marco is a little diver.

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And Pipes stick to the wall and have water flow from one to another. I’D play with those!

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Finally, the Frog Pod is being updated with a wider, less detailed design.

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Stokke has the Flexibath under its umbrella of products and now you can get it in more colors.

Stokke Flexibath

Prince Lionheart is coming out with some bath grips and this tic tac toe game should be fun.

Prince Lionheart bath accessories toys

Kid o has a variety of great modern bath toys, and this Plui cloud will be a great addition.

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Did I miss anything?

Coming Soon: What’s New from Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2014

My visit with Skip Hop is always a highlight of my trip to the ABC Kids Expo.

This year, the most exciting new debut from Skip Hop is their Zoo Pals Rain Gear.  With matching umbrellas ($15) and raincoats ($30), your toddlers can take their favorite zoo pal even further. Monkey, Ladybug and Owl lovers are in luck this time around.

Skip Hop Rain Gear

Skip Hop’s Playspot playmat is reaching a new level of style and sophistication with this Triangle Tiles set. With the same cushy comfort for playtime, the zig zag design blends into your home’s decor.

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A few fun new toys are being added to Skip Hop’s line like the Roll-Around Rattles, Click Clack Hedgehog and Bandana Buddies.

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The Zoo Line is also expanding its mealtime accessories with a 4-piece Zoo Lunch Kit, Insulated Food Jar, and Zoo Snack Cup. They are all ridiculously cute.

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These Zoo Packs and Lunchies will be limited editions for the holidays, so if you love them, please snatch them up asap. I’m really digging the Polar Bear.

Skip Hop Limited Edition Holiday Zoo Packs

The Moby bath range now has a tub stopper. It’s a very comprehensive set now!

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The owl nightlight and projecting mobile are on their way. These are actually really stylish little electronic accessories and I think they’ll be big hits.

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Finally, for it’s 10 year anniversary, Skip Hop’s Duo Signature diaper bag is relaunching with new and improved features like tote handles and a smart phone pocket. Just think, we didn’t have smart phones 10 years ago!

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The Special Edition Duos are also really cute bags.

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Great job, Skip Hop (and thanks for the cupcake)!

29 Aug 2014, 10:49am
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Ten Teriffic Taxis

I’m heading out of town this afternoon, so these taxis are perfect for today.  Why are kids so fascinated with taxis?  I admit, the black and yellow are pretty irresistible.

Top Ten Taxis

1- Organic Lightweight Knit Cotton Baby Blanket from Little Wolf- $50+
2- Taxi Rattle by Estella- $18
3- Natural Taxi Teether from Smiling Tree Toys- $12+
4- New York Poster from Formanova- $44
5- NYC Yellow Taxi Printed Pillow from in the seam- $55
6- Kids’ Oeuf Taxi- $76
7- Taxi Wooden Push Toy from Manny & Simon- $36
8- Morgan Cycle Childs Taxi Cab Foot to Floor Ride On Car, Yellow- $128
9- Anne-Claire Petit Crochet NY Taxi- $123
10- The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra Barracca- $13 We love reading this great rhyming book.  I actually discovered it while watching Reading Rainbow and ordered it right away.

Twilight Buddies

Cloud B might be most famous for the Sleep Sheep and Twilight Turtle (which we have and love to give as gifts!), but if your little one doesn’t love turtles, there are other adorable options!  We saw some of the Twilight Buddies last year at ABC Kids Expo, and here are a few of the ones that have come out…

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Fox, Pig, Hippo, Sheep, and my favorite (as a Floridian) the Alligator.

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15 Aug 2014, 8:18pm
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Tegu FUTURE

Sometime you find new products in real-life, as in before you see them on a blog or website.  Today at Target was one of those days.

Tegu at Target

Has anyone else spotted the Tegu FUTURE sets?  They had the Magbot and Robo at my Target, but there is also a little Circuit Racer set as well as a large Magnetron Solar Station. $18-$90

Tegu FUTURE sets

Keep an eye out!

12 Aug 2014, 9:14pm
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Tree Hopper Toys

Lest we’ve gone too far into furniture and gear lately, here are some fun gift ideas from a new favorite of ours, Tree Hooper Toys
Tree Hopper Toys

Match Stacks are canisters of wooden disks that are a durable memory and matching game.  With 11 different themed sets, you can pick your child’s favorite.  $20
Match Stacks from Tree Hopper Toys

Whoa-Bots are my favorite little acrobatic blocks.  These are just adorable.
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Tree Hopper Toys also makes four sets of wooden Puzzled Blocks (yup, spelled that right). $25
Puzzled Blocks

You can order these on their website or find a local retailer.

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