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the toy edit: back to basics

November 13, 2013

Playdateshow precious is this photo?! i wasn’t home for this darling moment but nate was lucky enough to be swinging by our place mid afternoon to capture it. i’m guessing this was the wind down pre-naptime and the kids were having a little movie snack session. between tvs, ipads and iphones it seems like kids are seeing at least 20x the amount of video content that we saw when we were young. in our home we do our best to find a balance of letting them enjoy digital devices in moderation and with a balance of physical and mental activity to develop their minds, motor skills and creativity. we definitely don’t succeed at this all the time, but we are trying and hopefully we are doing a good job!

one of my favorite questions to ask parents is–what toys do your kids absolutely love? (ps. it is almost always something a grandparent gives that one first is not excited about and then realizes its the best gift ever) i love finding cool new playful or educational games to bring into our home. here is a roundup of some of our favorites (i thought it might be helpful since its gift giving time and santa is probably starting to check items off the list).


1. circus tent 2. pound and roll tower 3. beanbag hop scotch 4. ballerina magnetic dress up 5. t-ball set 6. car carrier 7. cranium hullabaloo 8. dora singing guitar 9. nesting blocks   10. band in a box 11. blow up balloons (don’t underestimate the power of cheap latex balloons with princesses on them!) 12. play doh



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  • Reply Archana November 13, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I found these two sites really resourceful…I have magnatiles and a Legos Duplo set on my Amazon Wishlist!

    Do chk out her 2013 gift guide as well!


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