Lineup of Paw Patrol action figures and vehicles.

50 Coolest Paw Patrol Toys and Gifts for Kids

Toddlers and young children can’t get enough of Paw Patrol, so here are the best Paw Patrol toys for your little fan.  As a teacher, I’ve compiled a list of toys that I think are great for creativity, imaginative and pretend play, educational purposes, and fun!  ​Before You Buy  Here are a few considerations before you …

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75+ Best Educational Toys and Gifts for 2-Year-Olds

As a certified K-12 teacher, I am all about educational toys! My core value as a teacher was to “sneak the learning in.” I wanted to make learning so much fun that my students didn’t realize they were learning in the process!  So, I wanted to do the same regarding my own kids. Now that …

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DIY Yoto Make Your Own Cards & FREE MYO Sticker Template

Since getting my son a Yoto Mini player for Christmas, I have created all kinds of Yoto “Make Your Own” (MYO) cards. There is so much information about DIY Yoto cards, so I wanted to streamline the process and give you step-by-step instructions on creating cards. PLUS: If you’re like me and love the custom …

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Yoto Mini Review: a Must-Have Audio Player For Kids

In this Yoto Mini review, I’ll tell you why I am just as in love with this little device as my kids are! I’ll also explain how we use it around the house, for travel, and routines. Finally, I’ll compare the Yoto Mini to the original Yoto player and explain why we chose the Mini …

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Benefits of Outdoor Play and Exploration

Outdoor play has a significant role in children’s physical, cognitive, and emotional development. The outdoors is Mother Nature’s classroom, with limitless opportunities for exploration, learning, and fun. Playing outside is great for recreational activities (bikes, scooters, sports, etc.), but nature has its own benefits, where every landscape, creature, and phenomenon has open invitations to discover …

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Best Baby Playpens for Crawling Babies and Toddlers

Let me guess: you’re looking for the best baby playpen because your sweet little bump-on-a-log has started rolling, crawling, or walking, and now you’re panicking about finding a safe environment for them to play in.  I have been there!  I have gone through several iterations of playpens for my two toddlers over the years, and …

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47 Fun Activities For a 14-Month-Old Busy Toddler

39 Activities for a 14-month-old to keep a toddler busy all day long. This list will give you ideas for activities to meet developmental milestones for 12-18-month-olds. Water play, sensory play, Montessori activities, playdough, pom poms, and arts-and-crafts like finger paint and edible paint.