Sandra Boynton

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Plus-Plus

What is it Plus-Plus is a building toy made up of pieces that look like two plus signs: ++ They are sort of like Legos, but also sort of like Play-doh Who is it for Anyone old enough to manipulate small objects and also old enough to know not to put little things in their… Continue reading Plus-Plus

Shake a Leg!

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i-Blason ArmorBox Kido iPad Case

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EcoLunchBox

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Magformers

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B. Fish N’ Splish

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Mudpuppy Puzzle Wheels

[amazon_link asins=’0735344302′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’93134772-e66c-11e7-963b-abc7e94b6c37′] We get lots of gifts for the kids, and it’s very hard to tell in advance which ones will get played with a lot, and which will just stay at the bottom of the toy box. I don’t even remember who gave this to us, but it is one… Continue reading Mudpuppy Puzzle Wheels

KidsTV123

We try to restrict ‘screen time’ to weekends and when we do let the kids use our phones or the iPad we try to limit video usage to PBS Kids, Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. YouTube is a special case because of the quantity of ads, but also because of the content of the ads,… Continue reading KidsTV123