Fine Motor: Pompom Sort

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Paint containers with colored tops ( Here is the newer version of the ones I bought )

pompoms various colors and sizes

a tray
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This activity is super simple but it can keep kids captivated for some time.
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It works there knowledge base for color recognition, matching, and differentiation.
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I literally just set the cups on the tray and then dumped a bag of pompoms on the tray that’s it super easy.
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My son sat here for a while looking at the pompoms deciding which pompoms go in which container
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Using their fingers to pick up and grasp the pompom and then to push it through the opening in the container is using their fine motor control and their pincer grasp.
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HABA: My Little Town and  Land of the Fairies Play Cubes

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Every toddler loves to gather toys and pack them away for an adventurous trip somewhere within their imagination. Every one of my kids have done it and every child I have every observed in my long years of preschool teaching has also enjoyed this activity. In fact they crave it. Just watch any toddler who finds a bag, backpack, box, even a cup will do will start collecting items to put inside it. This developmentally appropriate behavior is quite adorable to watch, I remember with all my kids getting ready to leave to go run an errand just to hear a toddler yelling at me “Wait! I got to get my stuff!” As they scramble around to fill a canvas bag, a sand bucket, even a ziploc baggy with the items necessary for our trip into the unknown (or the supermarket). HABA has come out with the cutest developmentally appropriate toy ever! I love these adorable packable toys and so do my kids. These toy is perfect for taking really anywhere to keep your kids entertained
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The Land of the Fairies- Planet Play Cube comes as a thick cardboard cube. Just wait while the outside is adorable when you open up this cleverly folded cube you are submersed into an amazing magical world full of imagination with wooden characters to play with.
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My boy loves the Land of the Fairies cube but he also is head over heels for the My Little Town – Planet Play Cube . Again a thick cardboard cube hides a great surprise, a main street to navigate.This set includes the cube with wooden accessories to play with in this case 2 cars and 1 traffic light.
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Buy It: You can purchase the My Little Town – Planet Play Cube and the Land of the Fairies- Planet Play Cube from the HABA site.

Disclaimer: I received the HABA Play Cubes for review purposes. All my opinions are my own.

HABA Pure Nature Pudgie Musical Puppy

Cuddly little musical toys are always a favorite of babies. The HABA Pure Nature Pudgie Musical Puppy plays soft music when the string is pulled the methodical gentle music can help calm and soothe baby. This would be a great toy for in the car, in the stroller, or just for baby to roll around with. Every part of this cuddly puppy is soft and baby friendly. It is a sure favorite for every infant. I love that it is also gender neutral so you can pass it down from child to child as well.
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This super cuddly puppy will become a snuggling favorite of your little one. Pull the little shamrock tail and listen to “Hush Little Baby” lull them to sleep. Made of high quality cotton produced by controlled, organic farming and polyester filling which is washable and hygienic. Music box is water proof, so parents will love that this item can be washed in the washing machine on the gentle cycle.
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Buy It: You can purchase the HABA Pure Nature Pudgie Musical Puppy from the HABA site.

Disclaimer: I received the HABA Pure Nature Pudgie Musical Puppy. All my opinions are my own.

HABA Expedition Tent

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Pretend Play is so important for children the creativity and problem solving that flourishes during pretend play extends into real world applications that promote confidence and positive social interactions. My children as well as the many children I have cared for have all absolutely adored pretend play in fact I have never met a child who does not in some way love using their imagination to extend play into something extraordinary. Play tents and forts can be great imagination starters and the HABA Expedition Tent is no exception. It is one of the largest play tents I have ever used. It is tall and its circumference gives plenty of room. My whole family and our dogs can fit inside. The kids love going inside and curling up with a book as well as creating elaborate stories and scenarios in which they are caring for injured animals, rescuing princesses and princes or just camping in the woods. There is no limit to their wonderful imagination and the plethora of creativity this tent exhumes.
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The HABA Expedition Tent has created hours of entertainment in our home. It is so inviting and I just love watching my children getting along and working together to create lasting memories of adventures they create together. As for the setting up and taking down of this tent it is very simple and I am very happy to say that it stores very easily. It comes with a carrying case and folds small and flat which makes storing super simple. You can store it under a couch or in a closet. We have left it up because honestly the kids love it so much and it is so cute I have not felt the need to take it down.
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This rugged, free-standing adventure-themed tent is the perfect addition to any child’s home. Measuring 75″ high and 59″ wide it provides ample play or relaxing space for you and your little ones. Go inside and read a book together, pretend it’s a cave or just sit and play a board game; either way this tent will be used over and over again. High quality printed and applique designs are complemented by an entrance that can be opened and secured with ties and a window on either side. The Expedition tent has two flexible support rings that can be twisted and folded into a neat space saving, storage tote. Pop the tent open, easily slide in the high quality support rods and plop the decorative cap on top and voila! Sewn of the finest cotton and polyester blends and mesh and free from harmful chemicals such as fire retardants, water repellents, BPA, PVC and phthalates.
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Buy It: Visit the HABA site to purchase the Expedition Tent

Disclaimer: I received a HABA Expedition tent for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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HABA Shakin Eggs- How We learn with them

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We love educational toys in this house. In fact so much that when we get a new toy the kids always say ” I can’t wait to LEARN with this ….”. HABA’s Shakin Eggs are no different. These adorable wooden eggs that are so beautifully made help with auditory recognition, color recognition, patterning, matching, fine and gross motor skills and so much more.
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We are always working on auditory learning and sound differentiation in our house. Both my boys are speech delayed and so sounding out as well as just listening to different sounds is something we are constantly working on to make sure their hearing is not the issue.
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Talking about colors was a no brainer. While yes these fantastic little eggs make beautiful sounds when shaken and twisted they are also delightfully colored. We talk about the different colors and also about how even though their are different shades of the same color they may look different but they belong to the same color family.
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While talking about sounds we talk about each sound that particular egg makes so that I can ask for the egg that makes the shaka shaka sound, for the egg that makes the clickity click sound, the egg that makes the jingle sound etc. So that my son has to think and listen to each egg to find the sound I am asking him for.
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Below is the different sounds these eggs make.

BUY IT: Shake things up this Easter with HABA’s Shakin Eggs. Develop your child’s musical abilities early with these brightly colored eggs that all make different noises. Most are shakin’ but one of the five is twistin. For ages 2 years+. MSRP: $19.99. Available online at www.HABAusa.com