Baby Cubby- Toddler Toy Wish List

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Moving from a baby to a Toddler is a big deal. You are in a whole new stage of development and with that stage come new toys, new equipment and new needs that can seem overwhelming. With the Toddler Essential Toy List I provide you with here you will be able to entertain and even learn with your toddler. When I go looking for any new product I always like to research the company I will be purchasing from. In general I like to buy from responsible businesses where I know I can get support if I need it. Baby Cubby is just that it is more than a business, The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged about becoming a parent. The Baby Cubby team is made up of parents who have been there, they know what it’s like and they are passionate about encouraging, inspiring, and reminding parents how amazing they are and how important their role is.   The way they do that is by finding the best and safest baby gear and providing it to parents in a fun shopping experience where they do things like test strollers on their stroller track, price match everyday – even AMAZON, offer free shipping nationwide at BabyCubby.com and actively engage with parents via social media and their cubby community blog to discuss some of those hard topics of parenting.

Here it is my Toddler Wish List

Hape Toys Beaded Raindrops

I have not met a child or adult for that matter who does not like the soothing sound of a rain stick. Make it see through, where your child can observe cause and effect, and see how those beautiful beads move up and down as they turn the rain stick from one side to the other and up and down and it is that much better. Well you have cognitive and auditory development covered in one toy as your child problem solves and discovers how they can make sound with this awesome and beautiful toy.

Hazel Village Organic Animal Doll

There are so many to choose from seriously, how can you stop at just one or two. These beautiful stuffed animals are organic and oh so cuddly. Not only that but they are a great way to boost your child’s social/emotional understanding, can help with language development and are a great way to work with your child to support dramatic and imaginary play. Your child can  play on their own with these precious dolls to create imaginary tea parties, super animal rescues and so much more. I love them mostly because my boys love dolls just as much as my daughter and these dolls cater to both boys and girls.

What Do You Do With An Idea? Book

What Do You Do With A Problem? Book

These two books are two of our favorite books. And they tackle subjects that aren’t usually talked about in this way. It is about solving in a broader range then most books. You are talking about an idea as if it were something fragile you protect it and then watch it grow and become something amazing. With a problem you don’t run from it you face it and figure it out. You can mold it to cover a wide range of scenarios. While these two books are not toddler specific, it is so important to read to your child for at least 15 minutes a day and these are books that will grow with your child. My toddler niece loves these books; my preschooler takes something different from them and loves them as well. My second and fourth graders also love these books and have deciphered the deeper meaning from them. With these books and any other amazing books you find you will be helping your child develop their literacy and language skills.

Boon Marco Bath Toy

In our house we love water toys. We regularly use bath toys in water table exploration which can be as basic as a shallow Rubbermaid tub with an inch of water in it. (Always supervise your toddler near any water play). Bath time is just more fun with toys and can be a way to further your child’s science and observation skills. This little toy is one of those toys that is just a blast where ever you decide to play with it. In the tub you can watch it bob up and down with its little light and then dive down to the depths of the tub. We use this toy both in and out of the water. My son likes to use it for imaginary play as well. It is a toy that can spark interesting topics of discussion as your child grows. With toddler emerging language you can pick vocabulary to introduce and develop such as “above”, “the divers head is ABOVE the water” “below” the divers body is BELOW the water” you are also teaching concepts at the same time. Have your child raise their hand “it’s above the water” then lower their hand into the water “it’s below the water” so that with this vocabulary you are teaching concrete concepts as well. You can expand as your child discovers and masters vocabulary and concepts.


Tegu Blocks

No Toddler or Preschool Toy list would be complete without TEGU blocks. They are by far one of the greatest toys for any aspiring architect. I will admit I have been known to play with them while the kids are napping. They are addictive and so fun. While standard building blocks are wonderful, the smooth feel attractive colors and amazing hidden magnets in the tegu blocks set them apart. While playing with blocks your toddler is learning

  1. Problem solving. Sometimes it is intentional: “I want to build X. How do I do that?” Other times it is in-the-moment: “To go higher and add to one side, what can I use?”—Peter Pizzolongo
  2. Imagination. Children can follow their own plan, or they can share a friend’s vision and work together to create something they never dreamed of.—Karen Cairone
  3. Self-expression. Blocks offer many ways for young dual language learners to explore, express themselves, and demonstrate what they are learning across languages.—Karen Nemeth
  4. Mathematics. Important concepts and skills are practiced and strengthened through block play, including length, measurement, comparison, number, estimation, symmetry, balance.—Kristen Kemple
  5. Continuity and permanence. Block play engages spatial sense and motor abilities; it can be a solo or a group effort; block creations can stand for an indefinite period of time.—Lawrence Balter
  6. Creativity. Blocks and other loose parts can be moved freely by children, to be combined and recombined in countless ways.—Angela Eckhoff
  7. Science. Blocks offer opportunities to test hypotheses and build scientific reasoning.—Gayle Mindes
  8. Self-esteem. Children discover that they have ideas and that they can bring their ideas to life by creating, transforming, demolishing, and re-creating something unique.—Holly Bohart
  9. Social and emotional growth. Blocks help children learn to take turns and share materials, develop new friendships, become self-reliant, increase attention span, cooperate with others, and develop self-esteem.—Kathleen Harris
  10. Development in all areas. Block play requires fine and gross motor skills. Blocks enhance children’s problem-solving abilities, mathematics skills, and language and literacy abilities. And constructing “creations” builds self-esteem and feelings of success.

All of that from just building with blocks. And a toy like Tegu blocks is one that will grow with your child, in fact my ten year old loves playing with them just as much as the toddlers do. They just play in different ways.

I hope this list has helped you and at least given you a jumping off point. Are there any toys you found your toddler couldn’t live without?

 

Celebrate IHOP’s 58th Birthday With 58 Cent Pancakes July 12!

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IHOP, the pioneer of the breakfast all-day, every-day movement celebrates their 58th birthday this summer! Since its inception in 1958, IHOP and their world famous buttermilk pancakes have remained a beloved All-American institution and breakfast icon for nearly six decades. On Tuesday July 12, IHOP is offering a 58 cent short stack of buttermilk pancakes to celebrate their 58th birthday. Fun fact: The original cost of an IHOP short stack when the restaurant was founded in 1958 was 62 cents!

BLING Animated Movie in Theaters May

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Now is your chance to head to the to your local theater and rock out with the whole family to a new superhero adventure, BLING! Featuring the voice talents of Taylor Kitsch, Carla Gugino and James Woods, BLING follows the tale of theme park mechanic Sam whose plan to marry the girl of his dreams is thwarted by a super villain. Suddenly, its up to him and his team of superhero robots to save the city. Can this accident-prone amusement park mechanic get back his ring, stop the villain, and win the girl before it’s too late? This family-friendly, feature-length animated adventure will be available in Select Theaters starting May 6th.

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Disney’s Jungle Book Released April 15, 2016

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Genre: Live-Action/Action-Adventure TBD
Rating: PG
U.S. Release Date: April 15, 2016

Cast: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Neel Sethi and Christopher Walken

Director: Jon Favreau

Producers: Jon Favreau, Brigham Taylor

Screenplay by: Justin Marks

Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self- discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.


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My family and I were lucky enough to see this film in 3D. I was unsure as to how my 6 and 3 year old would do. My 6 year old usually has a hard time sitting though movies even at home. He sat through this entire film as did my 3 year old and all three of my children loved the movie. When I asked them about what they thought my 9 year old said she liked it better than its cartoon counter part. While I will admit that the cartoon musical version will always be my favorite this movie does show a different side to the story. It is definitely darker it shows a side to the Jungle that is rough and quite sad but brings the beat up with humor and the true friendship and caring between Mowgli and his animal family and friends. I really enjoyed this film and so did my husband. It is one of those kid films that adults can watch and enjoy as well. the voices were absolutely fantastic. I adore Idris Elba and in this it was no different his part in this film was absolutely fantastic in fact every character was so well cast that I couldn’t imagine a better person to play each role. I think this is really a movie for everyone that all will enjoy.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK is now playing in theatres everywhere in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D!

I was given tickets to go see this film for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Amazon Introduces Prime Day – More Deals Than Black Friday

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Next week, Amazon turns 20 and on the eve of its birthday, the company introduces Prime Day, a global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members. But Prime Day will include more than just deals.

Prime Music ‘Listen to Win’: On July 15, Prime members who listen to any song on Prime Music will automatically be entered to win up-to $25,000 in Amazon Gift Cards. Prizes range from $1,000 to the Grand Prize of $25,000 in Amazon Gift Cards. Official rules here.

Prime Music launched just over year ago, and has more than one million songs, over a thousand Prime Playlists and hundreds of Prime Stations available to US Prime members at no additional cost to their membership. After just one year, Prime Music has become one of the top streaming music services in the US, with several million Prime members listening to Prime Music each month. Prime Music is an ad-free listening experience; Prime members can even download their favorite music to their mobile devices for anytime, anywhere listening, regardless of connection. The Prime membership is $99 yr. which is $8.25 mo—less than other streaming services, with much more than music available to enjoy. www.primemusic.com