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BOOKS FOR YOUR LITTLE TOUGH GUY

January 17, 2019
Tough Guys Have Feelings Too Keith Negley Review

I've always consider myself a feminist even from a young age in large part due to my mom. I grew up hearing stories of my mom working in non-gender traditional jobs like helicopter mechanic and alligator researcher (yea, really). She taught me about famous women like Marie Curie, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and dressed me up as Susan B. Anthony for Halloween. This influence has shaped how I parent my own kids. It makes my heart happy that my son will…

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WHY WE LOVE KINETIC SAND

January 10, 2019
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This post contains affiliated links for your convenience. I only write about products I love and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. For more information see Legal. WHAT IS KINETIC SAND? Kinetic Sand is a sensory play and building material that feels just like wet sand, but is held together by magic polymers that keep the sand sticking to itself. We prefer the beach sand version, because it has a little more texture than other play sands. It can…

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TINKER TRAYS FOR YOUR TODDLER

January 10, 2019
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WHAT IS A TINKER TRAY? A tinker tray is a tray filled with loose parts or found objects. They are commonly used in the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. Tinker tray materials can be used for a variety of activities or art making projects. I love tinker trays because they promote open-ended art making, critical thinking and process over product. They can be used with children from toddler age (as long as they are well supervised or loose parts are…

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VALENTINE KINETIC SAND ACTIVITIES

January 10, 2019
kinetic sand valentine activities for toddlers

This post contains affiliated links for your convenience. I only write about products I love and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. For more information see Legal. WHAT IS KINETIC SAND? Kinetic sand is my favorite sensory play material. Mostly because I love playing with it and I love that it is easy to clean up. You can use it just like Play dough but it won't ever dry out because its made with sand mixed with magic (or…

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AWESOME NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS BY JULIE MERBERG

December 2, 2018

One of my favorite things about having this blog is getting to review children’s books from publishers. I love being introduced to new books for kids. I’ve always loved children’s books and as an educator I tried to incorporate literacy in all of my lessons by incorporating picture books that reinforced the subject I was teaching. As a parent, I still use children’s books as an educational tool for my own children. Recently, I had the pleasure of reviewing three…

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