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.

Learning Resources Stem Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set

IMG_20160413_152154966We have been working on STEM/ STEAM activities for some time now. While I have the science, math, art and engineering activities pretty well situated finding suitable technology has been harder for me to incorporate. When we look for new toys we are always looking at what and how the kids will be learning from them. By introducing children to the fun of coding and puzzle solving with this colorful, programmable mouse with a build-able customizable maze we have introduced our technology. This toy offers a  great way to introduce young children to science, technology, engineering, and math. Children program the mouse with easy push-button controls to follow their created maze and find the cheese. The Mouse lights up and makes adorable sounds setup is perfect for tabletop or floor play. My children love setting the maze up in different ways. Children experience STEM through hands-on activities and experiments while challenging them to think critically, solve problems effectively. While this toy is definitely ideal for ages five plus my three year old also loves helping his big brother and sister set up the maze and he really enjoys watching the mouse after it has been programmed go through the maze. I have also let me try coding just on a much smaller scale where the mouse only needs to be programed one to five paces. If it is nice and simple my three year old can feel accomplished and we can work towards more complicated coding.

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There are also two different kinds of cards that come with the Learning Resources Stem Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set. One type of card is a maze card that shows examples of mazes you can setup, they help to give ideas. My kids do prefer creating their own mazes. But it is also a learning experience to try and duplicate and follow an example. The other type of card is one that helps with the coding. The cards have the symbols for the coding patterns so you lay out each card in front of you so you can see the code you will need to input into the mouse. We have found it helpful especially when our mouse doesn’t find the cheese and goes a little astray we can follow the code we set and find the kinks in our coding a little easier.
stemThe race is on to build hands-on coding skills! Build your maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse. Program the sequence of steps, and then watch Colby race to find the cheese! This deluxe set includes 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge, and Activity Guide to provide the perfect hands-on introduction to coding concepts. Create your path with 16 maze grids to create a 20″ x 20″ maze board, 22 maze walls, and 3 tunnels for endless possibilities. Colby lights-up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds along with colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing. Add multiple players with Jack, the Programmable Robot Mouse (LER 2841), sold separately. Colby measures 4″L and requires 3 AAA batteries (not included).

Disclaimer: I received a free product to help facilitate this review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and unbiased.

HABA’s Little Friends Bendy Dolls

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HABA’s Little Friends Bendy Dolls are a huge success at my house! My daughter and my son love these cute little bendy dolls. They are perfect for little hands. The arms and legs bend easily and they are just right for all the imaginary play your child can think up.
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My daughter who is 9 instantly fell in love with these dolls and put them to play right away in her doll house.

While she is at school my 3 year old loves playing with these dolls. They have been added to his fun sensory bins where we build playgrounds for them and obstacle courses. He has them zooming through the air like superman and back down again just in time to have lunch with him.
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BUY IT: HABA’s Little Friends Bendy Dolls are sure to be a hit with your little ones. These 4 inch tall “bendy dolls” are made from flexible soft plastic, with metal wires inside which allow for them to be posable. MSRP: $7.49. For ages 3 years +. Available at www.HABAusa.com

Educational Insights The Sea Squad

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Meet the Sea Squad: Flipper the anglerfish, Dipper the octopus, Chomper the shark, and Bob the clam.

Pretend play and puppet shows will be a splash when these comical marine friends hit the scene. Their googly eyes, vivid colors, and hilarious expressions will inspire creative play and transform story time into the ultimate sea adventure.
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They’re Learning!

Encourages self-expression
Inspires dramatic and creative play
Develops communication skills

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4 Sea Animal Puppets-on-a-Stick perfect for pretend play
Great for puppet shows, circle time, YouTube videos, family announcements, and more
Two ways to open and close mouth
Wipe-clean surface
Part of the best-selling Puppet-on-a-Stick™ line
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Buy It: You can purchase the whole Sea Squad on the Educational Insights Site

Educational Insights: Design and Drill Review and Giveaway

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Educational Insights makes some fantastic toys. One of our new favorites is the Design & Drill Socket to Me Game. My kids were all drawn to this game. We do like to build and do wood working. So this toy was right up our alley. What I really liked about this game is that all three kids were interested and played with it at the same time. Liam was able to play with this toy just like his older brother and sister. This game definitely works your childs fine motor skills. But it also helps them use there language skills. We talked about the different colors we counted the bolts. We worked on taking turns using the socket to completely tighten the bolts. Afterwards they used their imagination to create pretend play scenarios for their creations. This is a great classroom toy to. There are plenty of bolts and four different projects to work on. The only issue would be there is only one socket wrench if you are using it for small group play. But like we did at home you can use that as a great opportunity to work on sharing and taking turns.
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Kids can spend a rainy summer day designing a boat, robot, rocket or something from their imagination! Once the sun is out, they can take their creation out to play! Design & Drill® Socket to Me is for ages 4 and up.
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Shh… They’re Learning
Develops fine motor skills
Encourages creativity

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Cut to the Chase
Kids use a working socket wrench to attach colorful bolts
4 Hands-on construction projects included
Completed projects are perfect for pretend-play
No batteries required!
Part of the award-winning Design & Drill line of toys

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It was fantastic to see all my kids playing with the same toy!
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