Fab Baby Gear – Diono Car Seat Review

This Blog post is sponsored by Fab Baby Gear for the purpose of a honest review of the Diono 3RXT Car seat and accessories. All opinions shared are honest and truthful.

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Ever since we moved Amadeo from his bucket seat to a car seat all hell would break loose. From start to finish he would just scream and cry. I can see the nodding of the head as you read this, because this isnt abnormal but it is honestly awful!

I would hate going for drives, he would never fall asleep in the car seat ( sometimes that would be for the best) but the overall experience gave me MAJOR anxiety!

We were ready to switch him to front facing when I contacted Fab Baby Gear to see if they have any car seats they would want reviewed because I no longer wanted to keep the car seat we had because Amadeo hated it so much. ( Full disclosure we previously had the Graco 4Ever care seat, again didn’t change because of safety concerns more for sanity of the family.)

When they shared that Diono would love a review I jumped at finding out more information. I met with the manager and buyer at Fab Baby Gear as well as had the senior sales rep Laura ( she’s just my favourite and SO knowledgeable) to go over the safety features, how it will work in my car model and the longevity of the car seat.

We installed the Diono 3RXT the beginning of September with the seat protector and mirror (which we have since removed because he is now forward facing) and since day one Amadeo has not only been happy and content but is always thrilled to go into his “new car seat”. He likes it so much we got a second one for our truck! This was also extremely easy to install and afterwards had it checked out by Safety Mavens in Ottawa.

Diono 3RXT :

THE ORIGINAL 3-ACROSS CAR SEAT

The Diono radian® 3RXT is the original 3 across All-in-One convertible car seat, trusted by over a million parents to protect their child from birth to booster (5-120 lbs / 2.3-54 kg). Lovingly engineered with the famous Diono steel core and now rear-facing for even longer. Expect 10 years of safety from just one car seat!

Click the link to shop or head into the store and check it out in person! Currently you are able to book private shopping experiences due to the pandemic to make it as safe as possible, contact Fab Baby Gear Directly to book (613) 729-8838 .

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My Rating and Recommendation for this car seat is 1000/10 I’m in love, and anytime I’ve shared on my socials many who have the same seat also have raved and recommend!

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I just want to say another BIG THANK YOU to Fab Baby Gear for always being so helpful, knowledgeable about the products they carry and they love and care that goes into helping Families we are SO happy with these Diono Car Seats!

OPEN ENDED TOY RECOMMENDATIONS 1-12 YEARS OLD

What are Open Ended Toys?

Open-ended Toys are toys that allow children to make choices, support their
independence, express their creativity and imagination.


Open-ended Toys by definition do not have a pre-determined use.
For example: A block can be an airplane, remote control, phone, a doll’s
chair, their favourite treat. There are no limits to what they can use the
materials for in their play.


The way that your child will play with these toys will be heavily
influenced by their age, developmental stage, their interests and lived
experiences.


It is through these play experiences that children are able to make
concrete connection in their brain that are stored in their memory for
future reference.

I’m happy to finally provide this recommendation guide that you as a parent can reference, that you can send family and friends for birthday and holiday gift ideas and it will explain the why, which developmental benefits it will have, the type of play it will promote within your child and the longevity of engagement it will have.

Each months recommendations are not a suggestion of owning all toys but a proper description or how and how long your child will most likely be interested in engaging with these toys for years to come.

When you go through https://modernrascals.ca/ and start filling up your carts try to calculate the price for years of engagement.

For Example I recommend in most months in the first year Folkmanis Finger Puppets, most are around $13 but will be played with and enjoyed with until 12 , We have these in my kinder and school- ager programs and the habitats, block play etc are incredible. They are perfect editions to literacy baskets and pairing with songs and stories and so much more!

Add these toy recommendations with a balanced mixture of household items, items found in nature and Recyclables.

These are again open-ended toy suggestions and guidelines of toys that I own, My Daycare programs own and I have over a decade of environmental exposure to gage how long your child will enjoy playing with them or have used them in my workshops.

This post is sponsored by Modern Rascals, my favorite Canadian sustainable & ethical clothing and toy e-commerce store. They have the best variety of my absolute favourite brands and the best quality out there! These are my honest toy recommendations for each age!

As you start to make your Modern Rascals wish list before checking out you can use VANESSA10 to save 10% off your entire toy order ( code can only be used once & not affiliated ) and there are also flexible payment plans to look into on the site as you invest into your child/children’s open ended toy collections.

One Year

This months recommendations are factoring in that your family members and friends will be looking for present options, you might looking to purchase some bigger investment toys that will grow with your child all the way to the next year and beyond. During Amadeo’s first year is when I started adding these items or these types of toys into his toy collection. He is currently two and still gravitates to them all almost daily or when I bring them out into rotation. The wobble Board and Large Stepped Pyramid are hands down the two most used toys within our household.

Developmental benefits: There’s a lot going this month not only for your little one but for you as a parent! You all survived and thrived in your first year, standing ovation all around! During this month you’re going to see your almost one year old start to strive to complete those gross motor developmental milestones. They’re developing sharper finger control with wider range of motion, as well as learning the use of several more objects once modeled by a care giver. Keep in mind we are heading into the destructive play early years so breaking down towers and dumping bins out are helping aid in their brain connections and development.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your one year old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: All of these First Year Birthday recommendations will be enjoyed for over a decade by your child/children! yay for open ended toys!

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Bamboo Wobble Boardhttps://modernrascals.ca/products/bamboo-wobbel-board?_pos=1&_sid=14ce15c67&_ss=r

2. Grimms Large Rainbow: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/grimms-element-large-rainbow

3.Holztiger Lion: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/lion-1

4. Grimms Large Stepped Pyramid: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/stepped-pyramid-4-cm-thick-building-sets

5. Colour Street Block Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/colour-street-45-pieces

6.Wooden Tweezers: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-tweezers

7. Grimms threading game: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/thread-game-in-a-wooden-frame

Second Year

Developmental benefits: During the second year (terrible twos, the stage were I am currently with Amadeo) your children are really starting to figure out the world around them, their emotional brain is developing, their interested in learning and growing in ways that lead them to becoming more independent. They start to be able to follow simple requests, are starting to recognize colour and shape and become interested in sorting by categories. If provided with open ended resources they will start to tap into their creativity and imagination. Most of their focus, interest and preference for play with done parallel to their siblings or primary caregivers.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your two year old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain and these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, Object Play, Rough and Tumble Play, Creative Play, Fantasy Play, Mastery Play, and Role Playing.

The longevity of engagement: All of these recommendations will be enjoyed for over a decade by your child/children! yay for open ended toys! How toys are presented and modified as they grow and development will change by their personalities, interests and their age and stage of development.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Grimms threading game: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/thread-game-in-a-wooden-frame

2. Grimms Rainbow Balls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-balls-rainbow

3. Grimms Large Rainbow: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/grimms-element-large-rainbow

4. Bamboo Wobble Boardhttps://modernrascals.ca/products/bamboo-wobbel-board?_pos=1&_sid=14ce15c67&_ss=r

5.Grapat Nins Carla: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/nins-carla

6.Grimms Semi Circles : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/grimms-rainbow-semicircle

7.Grimms Stacking bowls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/natural-stacking-bowls

Third Year

Developmental benefits: During your children’s third year their imagination and language skills are developing very quickly . They’re vocabulary is getting stronger and more complex, making up stories and play activities, and focusing on learning to build relationships. Mixed in with all this fun, they’re also trying to learn right from wrong and how to manage their feelings, which can sometimes overwhelm them, three is alot for your child’s emotional regulation.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your three year old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain and these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, Object Play, Rough and Tumble Play, Creative Play, Fantasy Play, Mastery Play, and Role Playing.

The longevity of engagement: All of these recommendations will be enjoyed for over a decade by your child/children! yay for open ended toys! How toys are presented and modified as they grow and development will change by their personalities, interests and their age and stage of development. You know your child best and where their skill set is but I’m going to guess that the cutter will last for this year and then with practice and mastery they will be able to move onto a sharper knife.

Toys from Top Left to Right

  1. American Sign Language Blocks: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/sign-language-blocks

2. King Of The Road Way To Play Set: https://modernrascals.ca/products/king-of-the-road?_pos=5&_sid=718f000d3&_ss=r

3.Orange Candy Lab Car: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/rio-grande-orange-mule-candycar

4.Raduga Grez Tea Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/raduga-grez-tea-set-natural

5. Holtztiger Elephant: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/elephant-with-raised-trunk

6. Ocamora Kids Cutter: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/maple-childrens-cutter

7. Acorn babies: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/rainbow-acorn-babies

Fourth Year

Developmental benefits: During your child’s 4 year they will learn comparisons, like big and small, and long and short, become very interested in sorting, patterns creating schemas. Most children will be starting to transition to kindergarten in this year so there are big changes they will need to adjust to, learning through play will help work out all these new experineces.They will also be learning their full name, age, address, and phone number — very important in case a child is lost or gets separated from you. The toys recommended above will help fulfill your child’s desire to sort, match, and create patterns. We have most of these products and Amadeo LOVES them! The dragon is the next holztiger figure on our list!

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your four year old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain and these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, Object Play, Creative Play, Fantasy Play, Mastery Play, and Role Playing.

The longevity of engagement: All of these recommendations will be enjoyed for over a decade by your child/children! yay for open ended toys! How toys are presented and modified as they grow and development will change by their personalities, interests and their age and stage of development.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Grapat mandala pieces: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/mandala-mini-honeycombs-36-pieces-in-yellows

2. Grimms Rainbow Forest: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/grimms-rainbow-forest

3.Grimms Sorting Mushrooms: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/grimms-sorting-game-rainbow-mushrooms

4. Grapat Lola Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/lola-set-72-pieces

5.Holztiger Dragon: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/green-dragon

6. Grapat Tomtens: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/tomtens

7. Translucent Cubes: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/translucent-cubes-100-pieces

Fifth Year

Developmental benefits: Year five is a BIG one! Your child is gaining more responsibility at home and school preparing for the next years to come. Around this age they will start to recognize most letters of the alphabet, count more then ten objects at a time, know the names of at least four colours and understand the basic concepts of time. They will want to please and be liked by their friends, though they may sometimes be mean to others. Agree to the rules and instructions most of the time, display and follow through most daily tasks independently.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your five year old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain and these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, Object Play, Creative Play, Fantasy Play, Mastery Play, and Role Playing.

The longevity of engagement: All of these recommendations will be enjoyed for over a decade by your child/children! yay for open ended toys! How toys are presented and modified as they grow and development will change by their personalities, interests and their age and stage of development. The sets you purchase like the Grimms weather set can be used to learn and recognize the weather but also be added to imaginative and creative play for years to come.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Grimms Rainbow Houses: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/building-set-small-houses

2. Grimms Weather Set: https://modernrascals.ca/products/weather-set?_pos=1&_sid=5e9001a80&_ss=r

3.Grapat Insects: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/insects-18-pieces

4. Grimms Building Block Set of 5: https://modernrascals.ca/products/building-set-shapes-and-colours-part-1-70-piece?_pos=105&_sid=a5f527609&_ss=r

5.King Of The Road Way To Play Set: https://modernrascals.ca/products/king-of-the-road?_pos=5&_sid=718f000d3&_ss=r

6. Grimms Rainbow Threading Buttons: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/thread-game-large-rainbow-buttons

7.Grapat Mandala Rain Drops: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/mandala-mini-rainbdrops-36-pieces-in-blues

Sixth Year

Developmental benefits: In this next year your child will be working on becoming more independent, extending their attention span, understand the concept of number and be able to tell time. Understand day from night , left to right and gravity. To help your six year old strengthen their attention span and amount of time they can play and engage with their toys independently these open ended selections will help build upon their creativity and imagination.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your six year old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain and these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, Object Play, Creative Play, Fantasy Play, Mastery Play, and Role Playing.

The longevity of engagement: All of the items selected in this month will be love, engaged with and appreciated until their at least 12.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Moon Phase Blocks: https://modernrascals.ca/products/moon-phase-blocks?_pos=14&_sid=d2ba6ce74&_ss=r

2.Raduga Grez Veggie Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/raduga-grez-veggies-set

3.Nins with Wizard Hats: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/nins-with-wizard-hats-12-pieces

4.Grimms Perpetual Calendar : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/perpetual-calendar-english

5.Grapat counting coins: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-counting-coins-60-pieces

6.Rainbow Bosque Trees: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/bosque-trees

7.Fairyland Building Set: https://modernrascals.ca/products/fairytale-building-set-75-pieces?_pos=97&_sid=a5f527609&_ss=r

Seventh Year

Developmental benefits: During this year most seven year olds display an interest for knowledge and will have an innate curiosity and excitement about things in the world around them. They are natural explorers, scientists, and analysts, and often ask questions about everything from why the sky is blue to where babies come etc. At this age, they also take great pride in sharing their knowledge about things and often enjoy showing younger children skills that they themselves have mastered.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your seven year old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain and these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, Object Play, Creative Play, Fantasy Play, Mastery Play, and Role Playing.

The longevity of engagement: These are some of my FAVOURITE school-ager toy and educational options. Great for skill building and cooperative play.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Grimms Concave Blocks : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/blocks-concave-finds-convex-24-pieces

2.Grapat Small Rainbow Marbles: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wood-marbles-in-rainbow-colours-36-pieces

3.Castle Building Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/castle-building-set

4.Grimms Spiral Building Steps: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/counter-rotating-stepped-spiral

5.Grapat Acorn & Rainbow Sorting Bowls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-bowls-and-acorns-with-tongs

6.Grimms Casa Luna: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/casa-luna

7.Tangram Battle Game: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/tangram-battle

EighthYear

Developmental benefits: Your eight year old will tend to become very social during this year, want to spend the majority of their time interacting with their peers instead of adults and the opinions of their friends will become increasingly important. At this age they are more likely to follow rules and boundaries that they are involved with helping create. Have rapidly changing emotions. Angry outbursts are common. Many children are critical of others, especially of their parents. They may seem dramatic and sometimes rude.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your eight year old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain and these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, Object Play, Creative Play, Fantasy Play, Mastery Play, Role Playing, and Imaginative Play.

The longevity of engagement: These block sets by grimms are just to die for and are great add on sets for your child around this age as they tend to create more intricate and complex structures.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Cedar Hollow Knitting Spool: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/large-knitting-spool-4-pegs

2.Biodiversity Kaleidoscope: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/biodiversity-kaleidoscope

3.Bird caller: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/mallard-duck-bird-call

4.Grapat Nins Of The Forest: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/nins-of-the-forest-with-wool-felt

5.Grimms Counting Rainbow Block Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys?page=12

6.Grimms Romanesque Block Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/romanesque-4x4cm-building-set

7.Bird Eggs in a Basket: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/a-dozen-bird-eggs-in-a-basket

Ninth Year

Developmental benefits: Your child is in their ninth year will begin to master recognizing basic social norms that they’re exposed to and appropriate behaviour. Will be able to foster caring solid friendships and should have a strong sense of empathy. This is when children can tend to experience more anxiety from common stressful situations like socializing with people they aren’t familiar with and preforming in school etc. They’re often much more interested to draw, paint, make jewelry, build models, or do other activities that use their fine motor skills, creativity and imagination. The Grapat Mandala Pieces would be amazing for this age and up as loose parts.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your nine year old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain and these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, Object Play, Creative Play, Fantasy Play, Mastery Play, Role Playing, and Imaginative Play.

The longevity of engagement: This element block set by grimms is beautiful and would be great to add on sets for your child around this age as they tend to create more intricate and complex structures. introducing independent opportunities to gain math and science concepts will be helpful and engaging as well.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Erzi Building Log Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/building-logs-150-pieces

2.Ocamora Blue Rainbow: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/nesting-arch-blue-9pcs

3.Erzi Number Game :  https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/educational-game-numbers

4.Grimms element puzzle: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/large-four-elements-building-set

5.Erzi Balance Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/balance-set

6.Grimms Large Octagon Puzzle : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/octagon-mandala-puzzle-large

7.Grimms colourful Mats: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/colourful-mats-game

Tenth Year

Developmental benefits: Working with a group of children in grade 5 has really shown me that this is a BIG year for change. Your child will either be ready to act like a teenager or more on the adolescents side of things because this can be a overwhelming time for hormones and emotions. They Admire and imitate older youth, are beginning to question authority and if it aligns with their wants, needs and beliefs and are very interested in group games and play. These next couple years before we leave the early developmental years are a bit trickier to get your children to want to play and be creative with toys, that’s why open ended toys and building materials will be great to try to take their attention away from electronics.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your ten year old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain and these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, Object Play, Creative Play, Fantasy Play, Mastery Play, Role Playing, and Imaginative Play.

The longevity of engagement: These recommendations are meant to spark a love for nature, expand on your Childs imagination and creativity and allow for group play to take place.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Grimms Leonardo Building Sticks: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/leonardo-building-sticks-in-rainbow

2.Insect Hotel : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/le-jardin-insect-hotel

3.Folkmani Lady Bug Lifecyle: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/ladybug-life-cycle

4.Grimms Geometrical Shape Game: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/geometrical-domino-shapes-game

5.Grimms Disc Beads: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/rainbow-20mm-discs-240-pieces

6.Folkmanis Racoon Garbage Can Hand Puppet: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/raccoon-in-a-trash-can-hand-puppet

7.Marble Run : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/marble-circuit-67-pieces

Eleventh Year

Developmental benefits: This year puberty is making many changes to your child’s young adult body and mind. Thought patterns are adjusting to adulthood and the brain is allowing them to start thinking about intangible ideas such as love, faith and the meaning of life. A positive outlook  on adulthood can help to make this transition an exciting one and less of a scary one. Their brain is becoming quite advanced now and are coping with more abstract thinking.  An 11 year old will be developing an understanding of hypothetical situations and will be showing a more adult way of thinking and expressing themselves.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your eleven year old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain and these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, Object Play, Creative Play, Fantasy Play, Mastery Play, Role Playing, and Imaginative Play.

The longevity of engagement: These recommendations are meant to spark a love for nature, expand on your Childs imagination and creativity and allow for group play to take place.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Holztiger Mystery Box: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/holztiger/products/holztiger-mystery-box

2.Bamboo Dominos : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/bamboo-dominoes

3.Dragons Lair: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/bauspiel/products/dragons-lair

4.Knights Castle: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/bauspiel/products/knights-castle-10-pieces

5.GraPat Baby nins: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grapat/products/6-baby-nins-in-a-coconut-shell

6.Grapat Rhythm Of Life Beads: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grapat/products/the-rhythm-of-life-wood-coloured-chain

7.Papoose Earth Trees: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/papoose/products/earth-trees-spring

Twelfth Year

Developmental benefits: This is the last year that’s considered Early Developmental years. They are getting ready to leave elementary and off to secondary school which may create fears and anxiety within your child and they may require additional support or a confidence boost to help with their concerns. Playing lots of sport or having active interests can help to burn off energy and help with the stresses.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your twelve year old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain and these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, Object Play, Creative Play, Fantasy Play, Mastery Play, Role Playing, and Imaginative Play.

The longevity of engagement: These recommendations are meant to spark a love for nature, expand on your Childs imagination and creativity and allow for group play to take place.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Grimms Leonardo Building Sticks: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/leonardo-building-sticks-in-rainbow

2.Bird Eggs in a Basket: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/a-dozen-bird-eggs-in-a-basket

3.Grimms element puzzle: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/large-four-elements-building-set

4.Grimms Large Assembly Run: https://modernrascals.ca/products/ball-run-assembly-set-things-in-motion?_pos=1&_sid=488078eec&_ss=r

5.Insect Hotel : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/le-jardin-insect-hotel

6.Mushrooms in a Basket: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/forest-mushroom-basket

7.Grimms Romanesque Block Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/romanesque-4x4cm-building-set

Open-Ended Toy Recommendations ( 0- 12 months)

This is BY FAR , the most common request I receive, parents wanting to know which open-ended toys I would recommend from one -12 months old. Which toys are suitable for multiple ages, which toys will grow with your child, which toys you should invest in and when to introduce them etc.

I’m happy to finally provide this recommendation guide that you as a parent can reference, that you can send family and friends for birthday and holiday gift ideas and it will explain the why, which developmental benefits it will have, the type of play it will promote within your child and the longevity of engagement it will have.

Each months recommendations are not a suggestion of owning all toys but a proper description or how and how long your child will most likely be interested in engaging with these toys for years to come. When you go through https://modernrascals.ca/ and start filling up your carts try to calculate the price for years of engagement. For Example I recommend in most months in the first year Folkmanis Finger Puppets, most are around $13 but will be played with and enjoyed with until 12 , We have these in my kinder and school- ager programs and the habitats, block play etc are incredible. They are perfect editions to literacy baskets and pairing with songs and stories and so much more!

Add these toy recommendation with a balanced mixture of household items, items found in nature and Recyclables.

These are again open-ended toy suggestions and guidelines of toys that I own, My Daycare programs own and I have over a decade of environmental exposure to gage how long your child will enjoy playing with them or have used them in my workshops.

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One Month

Developmental benefits: During the first month your child will be working on tracking objects from mid-line to the side with their sight, they can lock an object that is placed in the hand, grips objects but cannot yet hold them in hand, working on lifting head a bit during tummy time, and will stop crying to look in the direction of sound or voice. The open-ended toys that I have recommended above will help support this growth and development, with sight, sound and easy grasping items.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your one month old will be developing and working on at lighting fast speeds in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

All of these items are non toxic and safe to be mouthed under adult supervision.

The longevity of engagement: The Rattle, Grasping Grimms Toy and The Small Grimms Rainbow will probably be engaged with for up words of 6-9 months of age. The rest of the toys recommended can be modified and added to different invitations to play for years to come.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Wooden Baby Rattle : https://modernrascals.ca/products/wooden-baby-rattle-ontario-maple?_pos=1&_sid=53f20154a&_ss=r

2. Grimms Grasping Toy: https://modernrascals.ca/products/grasping-toy-rainbow?_pos=1&_sid=c4d463a01&_ss=r

3.Folkmanis Finger Puppets: https://modernrascals.ca/products/mini-cardinal-finger-puppet?_pos=11&_sid=587d020c5&_ss=r

4. Grapat Natural Nins, Rings & Coins (these items will need to be supervised at all times but perfect for tings hands and fingers to develop those muscles): https://modernrascals.ca/products/nins-rings-and-coins-set-natural?_pos=44&_sid=7d98e30b4&_ss=r

5.Small Grimms Rainbow ( This is an awesome starter rainbow that can also in future be used for small world and imaginative play, its about the size of an adult palm.): https://modernrascals.ca/products/element-small-rainbow?_pos=1&_sid=fb4b34b6a&_ss=r

6.Small Dena Silicon Rainbow ( This rainbow has been a household favourite for two years now, it is perfect for adding to all types of elements and environments.) : https://modernrascals.ca/products/neon-rainbow?_pos=3&_sid=f4abbc581&_ss=r

7. Wood Stacking Animal Teethers ( You know I love a good mutli purpose and versitle toy, this will be great for grasping and then down the road be used for stacking, in sensory play, tracing etc.) https://modernrascals.ca/products/wooden-stacking-animal-teethers?_pos=1&_sid=77520cc7f&_ss=r

Two Months

Developmental benefits: During the second months your baby will be working on tracking moving objects from side to side, will attempt to swipe and hit objects within reach, will hold objects for a brief period, they will begin to notice their hands and legs, can lift head by 45º during tummy time, will gradually learn that hands and legs are an extension of the body.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Two month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

All of these items are non toxic and safe to be mouthed under adult supervision smaller pieces excluded.

The longevity of engagement: The Rattle, Grasping Grimms Toy and will again probably be engaged with for up words of 6-9 months of age and during this month and the next few will get a lot of love and discovery . The rest of the toys recommended can be modified and added to different invitations to play for years to come. The Grimms lacing string is great quality that I recommend tying to the rings for an opportunity to hit and swipe those objects, like a play gym. These can also help support longer tummy time opportunities.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Wooden Baby Rattle : https://modernrascals.ca/products/wooden-baby-rattle-ontario-maple?_pos=1&_sid=53f20154a&_ss=r

2. Grapat Wooden Nest Rings (the smallest pieces will have to be withheld until an older age, this set should be enjoyed for over a decade of play and discovery): https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/wood-nest-rings-6-rainbow-colours-24-pieces

3.Grimms Rainbow Threading Cords: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/rainbow-cords-for-threading

4. Grimms Grasping Toy: https://modernrascals.ca/products/grasping-toy-rainbow?_pos=1&_sid=c4d463a01&_ss=r

5. Papoose Felt Earth Stacking Set (this is the perfect size and weight to grasp and hold and the different material will offer a new censorial exploration and discovery for your baby.): https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/copy-of-rainbow-stacking-set

6. Grapat Natural 8cm Wooden Rings: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/wood-natural-hoops-8cm-3-pieces

7. Wooden Natural Treasure Basket: ( this is a perfect starter set for building exposure and a foundation to loose parts play) : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/wood-natural-treasure-basket-with-10-elements

Three Months

Developmental benefits: During the third month of your babies life they’re learning very rapidly new important developmental skills. Strengthening many muscles in their back and neck so to assist doing more tummy time during this month is important. Providing toys with different sizes, textures, movements and sounds will be ideal during this month. The rattle is great for that cause and effect as they are in the stages of shaking and moving their arms with purpose. and the strings are still a great way to provide opportunities to feel a different texture and grasp easily. The gra pat bowls would be awesome to introduce during this month during tummy time and will be loved and engaged with up until those school-age years.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Three month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: The Rattle, Grasping Grimms Toy , will again probably be engaged with for up words of 6-9 months of age and during this month and the next few will get a lot of love and discovery . The rest of the toys recommended can be modified and added to different invitations to play for years to come. The Grimms lacing string is great quality that I recommend tying to different house hold objects of different sizes, colours and textures for an opportunity to hit and swipe those objects, like a play gym. These can also help support longer tummy time opportunities.

Toys from Top Left to Right

  1. Grimms Wooden Pebbles: ( these are the number one engaged with toy for all ages during my parent and child classes, you can start collecting the different colours as the months go on and they will be played with for years.) https://modernrascals.ca/products/grimms-pebbles-moss?_pos=1&_sid=20bb81513&_ss=r

2. Small Dena Silicon Rainbow ( This rainbow has been a household favourite for two years now, it is perfect for adding to all types of elements and environments.) : https://modernrascals.ca/products/neon-rainbow?_pos=3&_sid=f4abbc581&_ss=r

3.Wooden Baby Rattle : https://modernrascals.ca/products/wooden-baby-rattle-ontario-maple?_pos=1&_sid=53f20154a&_ss=r

4. Grimms Grasping Toy: https://modernrascals.ca/products/grasping-toy-rainbow?_pos=1&_sid=c4d463a01&_ss=r

5.Grapat Rainbow Bowls Set of 12: https://modernrascals.ca/products/wood-coloured-bowls-12-pcs?_pos=3&_sid=0b80ee1d8&_ss=r

6.Grimms Rainbow Threading Cords: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/rainbow-cords-for-threading

7.Folkmanis Finger Puppet: https://modernrascals.ca/products/mini-raccoon-finger-puppet?_pos=2&_sid=90df1e756&_ss=r

Four Months

Developmental benefits: During this month your infant will be showing more personality, emotional and facial expression. Spend more time on the ground with your little one, engaging in tummy time, story telling and exploring different textures. Your child is getting better at using their hands and eyes in sync with each other so these toys recommended above will be amazing additions to help support these new developmental skills.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Four month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: The grimms grasping rainbow will still be a big hit during this month. With the bright colours, movement and sounds that the balls make they will be still engaged with by your child. All other toys that I’m recommended above will be played with in different ways by your child, depending on their age, developmental stage and interest until at least 5 or 6 years old. The beauty of open ended toys will always be that the investment will always be worth it in the end for the amount of years played with. Another added bonus with the Dena silicon set is that they are made with a cooking grade silicon so when your children are older you can bake using them as molds and they’re AMAZING for sensory play!

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Grimms Grasping Toy: https://modernrascals.ca/products/grasping-toy-rainbow?_pos=1&_sid=c4d463a01&_ss=r

2. Folkmanis Woodeland puppets: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/woodland-animals-finger-puppet-set-of-4

3. Grimms Wooden Pebbles: ( these are the number one engaged with toy for all ages during my parent and child classes, you can start collecting the different colours as the months go on and they will be played with for years.) https://modernrascals.ca/products/grimms-pebbles-river?_pos=5&_sid=3fab56b51&_ss=r

4. Papoose Earth Stacking Bowls:https://modernrascals.ca/collections/papoose/products/copy-of-gnomes-wool

5. Papoose Rainbow Felted Balls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/papoose/products/rainbow-felted-wool-balls-8-pieces

6. Dena Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/dena/products/rainbow-kid-house-and-tree-set

7. Flockmani Puppet Blue Jay: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/folkmanis/products/mini-blue-jay-finger-puppet

Five Months

Developmental benefits: This is the month that your infant is going to be preparing those important back muscles to sit on their own, this month focusing on helping your infant sit assisted for longer periods of time and rotating between tummy time is helpful. They will be working on their palmar grasp so when you put items into their hands they will now close and hold them. Five months is the start of true oral sensory intake. Information will start to be processed more often through their mouth. Making sure from here on out that we are offering our children toys that are not a hazard or chocking hazard is important. If your child will be exploring items orally we need to make sure they’re safe.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Five month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: All of these items recommended above will be enjoyed and played with for around a decade in different ways depending on your child’s developmental stage, age and interests. These are all mutli-purpose toys that are open-ended and awesome for the beginning of safe oral exploration.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Wooden balls & Tray : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/natural-wooden-balls-6-pieces

2. Grimms Wooden Pebbles: ( these are the number one engaged with toy for all ages during my parent and child classes, you can start collecting the different colours as the months go on and they will be played with for years.) : https://modernrascals.ca/products/grimms-pebbles-moss?_pos=4&_sid=e4a59e6c0&_ss=r

3. Wooden rings: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wood-natural-hoops-8cm-3-pieces

4. Grapat Nins: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/nins-in-3-different-woods-beech-oak-sapell

5. Small Grimms Pastle Rainbow: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grimms/products/element-small-pastel-rainbow

6. Dena Small Rainbow: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/dena/products/neon-rainbow

7. Wooden Stacking Animal Teethers: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-stacking-animal-teethers

Six Months

Developmental benefits: I feel like I remember 6 months like it was yesterday! (my son is now 2 as I write this post) During this month there is a huge developmental leap. Now is the time your child will start to sit up unassisted, getting ready for solids, pushing and pulling while doing tummy time, they’re going to start becoming more mobile as the next couple months come. At six months your child will see colours more vibrantly and will enjoying playing, engaging, discovery and experiments with their toys for longer periods of time. Offering mostly open ended toys will help set the foundation for future independent play.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Six month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: This is now my FAVOURITE month to recommend toys for because moving forward all toys will have over ten years of engagement. You know your child best, you know which toys and items could be hazardous so please use your judgement. But actually usability, exploration, engaging etc of these toys are going to be their early years, infant-12 years old.

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Papoose wooden eggs: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-eggs-6-pieces

2. Grapat nesting bowls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grapat/products/wood-nest-bowls-6-rainbow-colours

3. Goki Cars: https://modernrascals.ca/products/cars-natural?_pos=1&_sid=d4f988b73&_ss=r

4. Grimms Medium Rainbow:(This is the month that Amadeo was gifted the medium rainbow and he still plays with it today, my kinders and school-agers also enjoy adding it to their play) https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grimms/products/grimms-element-medium-rainbow

5. Grimms Wooden Pebbles: ( these are the number one engaged with toy for all ages during my parent and child classes, you can start collecting the different colours as the months go on and they will be played with for years.) https://modernrascals.ca/products/grimms-pebbles-river?_pos=5&_sid=3fab56b51&_ss=r

6. Papoose Rainbow nesting bowls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/rainbow-nesting-bowls

7. Dena Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/dena/products/rainbow-kid-house-and-tree-set

As we go onto the next months and years try to use your imagination on how your child will discover, play and engage with. Will they be apart of an invitation, sensory set up, open ended play. Keep safety in mind and remember that supervised and early exposure that is guided with boundaries will help set the foundation for important imaginative and creative developmental skills that will help your child play independently. These toys will build confidence and allow your children to express themselves and their emotions through play.

Seven Months

Developmental benefits: During this month you will start to notice your little one communicating with you more often when awake with babbling, making raspberry sounds, laughing etc. They are working hard on mobility, gross and fine motor skills. During the next few months I recommend adding more colour and different textures to your child’s toy collection.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Seven month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: We own all of these items, minus the adorable hermit crab, and they’re to DIE FOR! I wish we had our papoose collection in those earlier months to start exploring those beautiful felt textures and colours. When offering the gorgeous Grapat ring set make sure small hazardous pieces are put away until your child is old enough.

Toys from Top Left to Right

  1. Rainbow Grapat Nins: https://modernrascals.ca/products/nins-12-colour?_pos=3&_sid=d417b16ed&_ss=r

2. Papoose Rainbow Felt Balls: https://modernrascals.ca/products/rainbow-felted-wool-balls-8-pieces?_pos=1&_sid=b46e3ed79&_ss=r

3.Grimms Medium Rainbow:(This is the month that Amadeo was gifted the medium rainbow and he still plays with it today, my kinders and school-agers also enjoy adding it to their play) https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grimms/products/grimms-element-medium-rainbow

4.Papoose Felt Rainbow Stacking Pebbles: https://modernrascals.ca/products/rainbow-stacking-set?_pos=3&_sid=a4f0f3442&_ss=r

5. Folkmanis Hermit Crab Finger Puppet: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/folkmanis/products/mini-hermit-crab-finger-puppet

6. Grapat Wooden Nest Rings (the smallest pieces will have to be withheld until an older age, this set should be enjoyed for over a decade of play and discovery): https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/wood-nest-rings-6-rainbow-colours-24-pieces

7.Papoose Rainbow nesting bowls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/rainbow-nesting-bowls

Eight Months

Developmental benefits: Eight Months your child is going to start focusing on a “task” at hand for longer periods of time. Now that might just look like an extra minute or too of focused engagement but its a lot of extra work for them. Their able to track moving objects with their sight, manipulate objects by passing them between their hands and start to develop their pincer grasp. ( The pincer grasp is the coordination of the index finger and thumb to hold an item. Each time you hold a pen or button your shirt, you’re using the pincer grasp.) They can start to understand basic repetitive instructions. This is when I started exposing Amadeo to more items that were considered to be chocking hazards, while supervised and teaching what items to mouth and which ones to explore with the other senses only.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Eight month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: We own all of these items, minus the Grimms wooden cars set, but they’re on our wish list. When offering the gorgeous Grapat ring set make sure small hazardous pieces are put away until your child is old enough. The Grapat Balls Discs and Semi Circles are always a go to for providing loose parts play opportunities to build the independent play foundation skills. This would be the month that I would say it would be great to start slowly start building a holtztiger collection. Ours is getting larger slowly but surely and Amadeo adores these beautiful animals. Bonus, when they aren’t being played with they are displayed on the shelf in the playroom as décor!

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Grimms Rainbow Stacking Bowls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/grimms-rainbow-stacking-bowls-blue-outside

2.Holztiger Donkey: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/donkey-small

3.Grapat Wooden rounds: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wood-coloured-rounds

4.Grimms Rainbow cars: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/6-multi-colour-cars

5.Grapat Nins: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/nins-in-3-different-woods-beech-oak-sapell

6.Grimms Pebbles: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/grimms-pebbles-fire

7. Grapat Wooden Nest Rings (the smallest pieces will have to be withheld until an older age, this set should be enjoyed for over a decade of play and discovery): https://modernrascals.ca/collections/loose-parts/products/wood-nest-rings-6-rainbow-colours-24-pieces

Nine Months

Developmental benefits: This month your infant is going to be working on some major gross motor skills and core strength as they learn and practice going from laying on their stomach to a sitting position. Working to get a toy that is out of reach. Will now know and respond to their name and recognize and positively interact with their own reflection. Their pincer grasp will start to be able to pick up small items and food.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Nine month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: Every toy that I’ve recommended for this month above will easily grow with your child until at least 7 if not all the way to 12 years when modifying the invitations or dependent on your child’s creativity and imagination. This scoop is a perfect size and to get them exposed to the scooping and dumping motions, will also help with strengthening the muscles in his hand and motions for practicing fork and spoon skills.

Toys from Top Left to Right

  1. Grimms 7 Rainbow Friends and Bowls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/grimms-7-rainbow-friends-in-7-bowls

2. Wooden Scoop: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-scoop

3. Grimms Forest: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/grimms-mixed-forest-blocks

4.Dena Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/dena/products/rainbow-kid-house-and-tree-set

5. Holtztiger Dino : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/tyrannosaurus-rex

6. Large Orange Grimms Car With Friends: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/car-large-orange-convertible-with-two-friends

7. Grapat Brots: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/brots-18-pieces

Ten Months

Developmental benefits: During this month your Ten month old will be more alert, aware and willing to explore and discover the world around them first hand. With more mobility in play they are starting to work on skills like pulling themselves up from a sitting position to standing while support from an object or person. Will be able to stand while holing onto something. Will spend time seeking objects that are out of reach, enjoy interactions and games like peek-a-boo and songs and dancing. Learn some major communication skills during this month while they start to exchange back and forth sounds as if their talking with you. I highly recommend narrating everything and every interaction with your children from this point on to help build their language, vocabulary and communication skills.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Nine month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: Every toy that I’ve recommended for this month above will easily grow with your child until the last of those early developmental years of 12 years old. So many opportunities to modify and create activities and learning opportunities with toys like this as your child grows.

Toys from Top Left to Right

  1. Grapat Winter Nins : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/the-seasons-winter-nins-mates-rings-and-coins

2. Holtztiger Giraffe: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/giraffe

3. Grimms Rainbow Hearts : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/hearts-rainbow

4. Papoose wooden eggs: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-eggs-6-pieces

5. Grapat Nins With Wizard Hats: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/nins-with-wizard-hats-12-pieces

6. Grapat nesting bowls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grapat/products/wood-nest-bowls-6-rainbow-colours

7. Grapat Rainbow Balls: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/coloured-wooden-balls-6-pieces

Eleven Months

Developmental benefits: I would say the next few months are going to be very much focused on mostly practicing gross motor skills as well as noticing and enjoying cause and effect. like dumping toys, breaking down towers, learning how to stack, scooping etc. Starting to known the names of personal objects like toys , cars, blocks, animals etc so its again important to be vocalizing and labeling the items while your children are interacting with them so those connections are being made.    

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Nine month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: This is the month I like to encourage parents to start building their children’s block collections. Different sizes, colours, shapes, textures etc will be played with for decades and grow with your child’s age, stage of development and interests. Cars and stacking toys will start to become quick favourites within your household.

Toys from Top Left to Right

  1. Folkmanis Butterfly Finger Puppet: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/folkmanis/products/mini-monarch-finger-puppet

2. Wooden Scoop: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-scoop

3. Junior Building Arches : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/junior-building-arches

4. Grimms Rainbow Cars: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/6-multi-colour-cars

5.Holtztiger Elephant : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/elephant-with-raised-trunk

6. City Blocks By Suzy Ultman: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/tiny-city-blocks-by-suzy-ultman

7. Raduga Grez Stacker ( Amadeo has this stacker and LOVES it, the craftsman ship is beautiful and defiantly an art piece décor for the playroom.) : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/raduga-grez-pastel-natural-stacker

Happy Birthday to your One Year Old!!!!

This months recommendations are factoring in that your family members and friends will be looking for present options, you might looking to purchase some bigger investment toys that will grow with your child all the way to the next year and beyond. During Amadeo’s first year is when I started adding these items or these types of toys into his toy collection. He is currently two and still gravitates to them all almost daily or when I bring them out into rotation. The wobble Board and Large Stepped Pyramid are hands down the two most used toys within our household.

Developmental benefits: There’s a lot going this month not only for your little one but for you as a parent! You all survived and thrived in your first year, standing ovation all around! During this month you’re going to see your almost one year old start to strive to complete those gross motor developmental milestones. They’re developing sharper finger control with wider range of motion, as well as learning the use of several more objects once modeled by a care giver. Keep in mind we are heading into the destructive play early years so breaking down towers and dumping bins out are helping aid in their brain connections and development.

The type of play they promote: With these toys and the skills your Nine month old will be developing and working rapidly in their brain these toys will help build the foundations of; Symbolic Play, Communication Play, Loco-motor Play, Exploratory Play, and Object Play.

The longevity of engagement: All of these First Year Birthday recommendations will be enjoyed for over a decade by your child/children! yay for open ended toys!

Toys from Top Left to Right

1.Bamboo Wobble Board: https://modernrascals.ca/products/bamboo-wobbel-board?_pos=1&_sid=14ce15c67&_ss=r

2. Grimms Large Rainbow: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/grimms-element-large-rainbow

3.Holztiger Lion: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/lion-1

4. Grimms Large Stepped Pyramid: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/stepped-pyramid-4-cm-thick-building-sets

5. Colour Street Block Set: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/colour-street-45-pieces

6.Wooden Tweezers: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/wooden-tweezers

7. Grimms threading game: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/toys/products/thread-game-in-a-wooden-frame

Chefs Plate Canada’s most affordable meal kit, why I put my stamp of approval.

This post is sponsored by Chefs Plate, I am a Chefs Plate food box subscription customer and have been for years, this review and recommendation is honest and truthful.

I LOVE to cook, its cathartic, relaxing and is apart of my self care. Cooking is a ritual that I grew to love when my partner and I purchased our first home together, however making a meal from start to finish has been influenced in my upbringing and apart of my families Italian heritage.

I was put on modified bed rest at 24 weeks pregnant and wasn’t able to spend too much time on my feet so, shopping, prepping and cooking was out of the question. During this time I started this blog, my bed rest passion project. I had a lot of down time to think, and over think, what life might be like as a new mom. What the routines would look like, day to day tasks, what physical supports I would have access too, how my mental health would fair, the list goes on and on.

I was diagnosed at 3 months postpartum with postpartum depression and Anxiety. I worked with my team of health practitioners and therapists to come up with supports that would help me work through my emotions and feelings during this time and one of those things was to practice self care.

Introducing cooking back into my life as a new mother was important and Chefs Plate Food Subscription Box made sure I was eating properly, actually made it possible to have food in my fridge to cook, made the days that were tough better as it took the prep and time to grocery shop out of the equation. The convenience, dependability, food quality and affordability was important to me then as much as it is today.

With my now toddler he gets excited for our weekly Chefs Plate Delivery, He pushes the box all the way to the kitchen, helps me unload the recipes, bags and protein. Most nights he is excited to be apart of the cooking process, and with the easy to follow recipes and everything prepared its a joy to have him be involved. Taking the stress out of the process helps connect me to those moments of taking care of myself and teaching him amazing life skills. The days Amadeo doesn’t want to be involved I put on his favorite show and enjoy that me time, while still being a mom but so much more.

The number one question I recieve from parents is how many portions do I order for myself, my partner and toddler. Amadeo doesn’t have the biggest appetite but he is adventurous in trying new foods, so every Chefs Plate is modified for a toddler in serving size and spice level. We order the portion for 2 people and we have always felt satisfied, I also add a fruit or veggie from the fridge for Amadeo to go with some of the meals.

As Back to School approaches so does adjusting to new routines, packing lunches for your child(ren), homework and Chefs Plate wants to help make it easier to fall back into a cooking routine. They will help make dinnertime easy and stress-free by skipping the prep and shopping so all you have to worry about is cooking the healthy delicious meals either solo or time well spent with the family!

 From Start to finish Chefs Plate make your entire meal cooking experience easy and stress free. All of the healthy and fresh ingredients are at your finger tips, separated, organized and ready to cook. ( in the 15 minute meal options items are cut and prepped for you)

There are so many options to choose from each week and it gives me and my family the opportunity to learn and appreciate food from many different cultures, enjoy new flavors without the huge spice collection, and have such amazing variety from week to week. I have yet to choose the same recipe twice in two years!

To save use the affiliate link below ( I will get a small percentage at no extra cost to you) to save 50% off your first two boxes!!! On going!

https://chefs-plate.chx3kt.net/c/2222988/863318/10020

Click the link Above to save and use code : MYLAMB2X50

If you have any questions about the Chefs Plate Food Kits let me know in the comments, I’d be happy to help in any way possible!

Vanessa Ravalico

Lovevery Playkit Review

Toddler Play Kits by Lovevery

This Blog Post has affiliated links, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you, all opinions and recommendations are honest, truthful and my own.

I reached out to Lovevery a couple months ago after almost two years of parents asking me if I would recommend the Montessori style learning subscription box and asked if they would send me a kit to review.

I have spent the last couple years on my blog building genuine relationships with parents with the goal that when I recommend a product or service it is because A. I’m already a customer and spend my own money or B. I have reviewed a product or service and I would spend my own money on it. So in this case and review of the Lovevery Subscription boxes its B.

Lovevery sent us The Realist Play Kit (19,20,21 months) & The Companion Play Kits (22,23,24 months)

Amadeo was a year and a half when we received our Play Kits and he will be two years old in two months. He was INSTANTLY drawn to the unboxing of the items in the Play Kits and wanted to explore and test out each items before moving on to the next.

My review is going to consist of these 5 key points, mostly pulled from FAQ you ask me about the kits.

  1. Quality
  2. Usability/ Longevity of play
  3. Price Point
  4. Company Ethics
  5. Is it worth it/ Do I recommend you purchasing
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  1. Quality

Hands down this is the number one question that parents want to know my opinion on, and I’d like to believe its because I’m quite the connoisseur of toys in the Early Developmental Years.

Amadeo has been playing ( roughly ) for over two months with the toys in and out of rotation and they have completely with stood my crazy toddler.

Seriously every item including the books, bags, puzzles, plastic toys and wooden toys are built PHENOMENALLY!!!!

The materials, the colours of the products all have purpose and intention behind them and as an educator and parent that is important for me when I’m considering what toys and materials will come into our home and Amadeo’s Playroom.

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2. Usability/ Longevity of play

I was getting asked questions that related to how long in my opinion would your children play and engage with the items in the subscription kits. So to start out I’m going to share what items came in The Realist and The Companion Kits.

What’s Inside
The Realist Play Kit

THE LOCKBOX

Tinkering with mechanical thinking all on his own—and perfectly portable for problem-solving with little hands

HIDEAWAY BALLS

Three little balls to hide and find in the Lockbox

COMMUNITY GARDEN PUZZLE

Practice pincer grasp with her first nature puzzle

‘LEO AND MELODY AT THE FARM’ BOARD BOOK

Explore life on a farm through touch, feel, and sensory play

QUILTED CRITTER POCKETS

Matching and tucking the organic cotton critters takes focus, dexterity, and tenacity

GROOVED PITCHER AND GLASS

A Montessori classic we’ve perfected—pouring practice helps develop hand and eye control

WOODEN STACKING PEG BOARD

Fit small objects into small spaces while building colorful towers

DRAWSTRING BAG

An organic cotton pouch for the peg board pieces

REALLY REAL FLASHLIGHT

A toddler usable flashlight

‘MANY AND FEW’ MINI BOARD BOOK

It’s not too early to build quantitative skills (subitizing, anyone?)

‘BEING SILLY’ MINI BOARD BOOK

Knowing you can make people laugh builds self‑esteem

‘BEDTIME FOR ZOE’ BOARD BOOK

Ease into bedtime—an introduction to routine, sequence, and time

PLAY GUIDE MONTHS 19, 20, 21

Ideas for how to play during months 19, 20, 21,
backed by all the
research you don’t
have time to read

Free ground shipping for orders $75+ in contiguous US and Canada at Lovevery.com!

The items in this kit that will last years in your toddlers play rotation are ; The Really Real Flash Light, The Lock Box with the Hideaway Balls , The Grooved Pitcher and Glass, the Wooden Stacking Pegboard and the Drawstring Bag.

In a toy rotation I have changed up which items I present with the Lock Box, I’ve added recycled food pouch lids, pompoms, animal figures, you name it, if it fits and Amadeo is interested in them they have gone in the lock box.

The Grooved Pitcher and Glass I have brought outside, used it in the kitchen and bathroom sinks for some sink play, the bath tub and some wet easy sensory set ups. Bringing toys that are usually played with in one environment into another will help create new motivation and curiosity to continue to explore.

The Wooden Stacking Pegboard I have set up with rainbow rice, a colour sort activity as well as encourage and model incorporating them in block play.

In my opinion the books, puzzles and a couple of the items that have the purpose of mastering certain fine motor skills will maybe last one year of intentional play. I’m predicting that after Amadeo is Three years old I don’t think items will interesting to him and wont be engaged with.

That being said I do think almost all of the items that come in these boxes can be used and presented in different ways or environments within a toy rotation and will be engaged with MUCH longer then the three months that the kits cover.

The added bonus to these kits are definitely the Play Guide as it will give you so many ideas of how to present the toys, invitation to play, as well as interact and help aid in your child’s development at that stage.

Toddler Play Kits by Lovevery

What’s Inside
The Companion Play Kit

LITTLE QUINN

Welcome Quinn!
A soft, organic companion for pretend play

MOSAIC BUTTON BOARD

Work on fine motor strength while making three-dimensional art

‘GRAHAM TURNS TWO’ BOARD BOOK

Help make sense of
the big feelings that come
with turning two

‘BEA GETS A CHECKUP’ BOARD BOOK

Going to the doctor can be fun—so long as we’re prepared!

MONTESSORI ANIMAL MATCH

A Montessori sorting game for learning about similarities and differences

DRAWSTRING BAG

An organic cotton bag for putting away the animals and wood tiles

LARGE NESTING STACKING DRIPDROP CUPS

Supersized stacking and water play cups! Do it all: nest, stack, contain, pour. Add on to your baby Drip Drop Cups for an even taller tower!

TRANSFER TWEEZERS AND FELT STARS

Pick up these felt stars—a fine motor pincer activity

THE BUCKLE BARREL

Keep busy with no-pinch buckles while building hand strength and practicing bilateral coordination on this organic pillow

CHUNKY WOODEN JIGSAW PUZZLE

A puzzle that’s easy to hold—and a challenge to solve

TWO-PIECE PUZZLES

Practice “right side up” with this set of four simple puzzles

PUZZLES TO GO BOX

Take the puzzles on the go

CARRY-ALONG KIT

Carry whatever you need to craft or play on the go

PLAY GUIDE MONTHS 22, 23, 24

Ideas for how to play during months 22, 23, 24,
backed by all the
research you don’t
have time to read

The items in the Companion Kit have been a HUGE hit with Amadeo and his interests. My favourite part of this box by FAR is the Bea gets a check up book. Amadeo and I read it over and over a couple weeks before we went into get his booster shots and I SHIT YOU NOT, even with the new Covid protocols and it just being me there not both his dad and I, he knew exactly what was going on, what to expect. He barely cried, I didn’t even need to hold him while they did the shot!

The items that I know will grow with your children are; Little Quin, Montessori Animal Match, Drawstring Bag, Carry Along Kit, Large Nesting Stacking Cups, The Buckle Barrel, Mosaic Button Board, and Tweezers and Felt Stars.

All of these items we have used in different play invitations and they have endless opportunities to be modified as your child grows.

Free ground shipping for orders $75+ in contiguous US and Canada at Lovevery.com!

3. Price Point

When I spend money on toys and or a service that will make my life easier and add value to my child’s I expect to pay a pretty hefty price tag but these Subscription kits are only $120.00 for three months of play, that works out to $40.00 a month.

I did a little research for you guys on the world wide web because one of my favourite pass times is sourcing and price matching toys and resources. I compared the toys that are offered in the Play Kits for similar quality from other companies would cost to purchase individually. For each of the Play Kits I have for Amadeo easily it would cost over $350.00!

Here’s the most valuable aspect about these kits to me, The Play Guides that come with the Subscription boxes I would personally value at $120.00 alone!

Hands down I think this the most affordable play kits available on the market when you factor in the quality of the toys and materials and education added.

The best is they now have Toddler Playkits all the way up to 36 months old.

Shop the new 2 Year Old Kits – available now!

4.Company Ethics

I’ve found the products included in The Play Kits by Lovevery to be very inclusive and diverse in representation, however that was from an personal opinion formulated from a place of privilege. I reached out to their Social Media team and asked how they will be moving forward to continue to better the representation of Black, Indigenous and other People of Colour within their products for families. I received an immediate response expressing appreciation that I’m holding them accountable as a affiliate influencer and a parent. They have continued to share their plans moving forward within their company to grow and share their ethics through their products and provide resources to parents navigating educating their children to be anti-racist and allies to the LGBTQ+ community.

They are a company that I’m proud to work with and promote to parents, I believe their products will add value to your families lives and make a positive impact.

If you want to learn more about Lovevery’s story and the company click the link below.

https://lovevery.com/pages/about-us

Toddler Play Kits by Lovevery

5.Is it worth it/ Do I recommend you purchasing

I really do think its more then worth it and I highly recommend adding this subscription to help foster skills in your child’s early development.

Lovevery has a couple products that you can also purchase separately that you can check out below, The Block Set looks UNREAL!

Shop the NEW Block Set from Lovevery!

If you have any questions let me know in the comment box below ! Happy Shopping!

Vanessa Ravalico

Let’s get to know each other

Social media and more specifically Instagram was a platform created to form genuine connections. I know with how the app is presented we can easily get lost in the “scroll roll” or looking up information that we may need from experts, but the magic behind MY LITTLE LAMB for me has always been these amazing conversations and relationships that have formed through this community in my direct messages.

Now more then ever I try to use this platform as how it was intended. Bridging that gap between screens and filling that horrible void of feeling isolated and alone. Parenthood is hard enough, we need to build up supports. I’m hoping that you will take a little bit from me and read others submissions to see if there are commonalities. When you are going through similar struggles as someone else and have the same interests or children around the same age, we can support each other and offer solidarity.

After reading my submissions in LET’S GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER , copy and paste these to your notes, fill in the answers and post in the comments on my latest Instagram post on my feed with this picture ……

Name:

Age:

Profession:

Number of Children:

Name & Age of Child/Children:

Favourite Pastime:

Hobbies/ Interests:

Biggest struggles as a parent:

I cant wait to get to know you better! The name of the game is feeling less like we are on a deserted island, we truly are all in this together!

Basic Baby Co.

Basic Baby Co. 

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Business Highlight 

This blog post is sponsored and I have been compensated for my time and work put into this piece, the opinions are honest and true to my beliefs.  

When I was two months postpartum with Amadeo, my first birth, I wrote a blog post, 5 Postpartum Care Must Haves for Mom. 

https://mylittlelamb.ca/2018/10/22/5-postpartum-care-musts-for-mom/

With the experience of a traumatic birth (in the sense of person vaginal injury) recovery from said birth and what my postpartum right after baby looked like, I knew what I wanted to do differently next time and the advice I would give to future mamas out there.

At the time I followed on Instagram and reviewed online Basic Baby Co. and all of the amazing products they offered for after baby comes and my FAVOURITE product and package they carry was/is their, Postpartum Bundle.

It’s embedded deep within our culture to make sure mom is okay, has everything she needs, support her physically, mentally and emotionally while pregnant, but within 24 hours of that beautiful baby being born we are now, sadly, officially an after thought. I will never stop being vocal about how absolutely wrong that is. We need to be a thought after birth not an after thought.

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A bit about how Basic Baby Co. was started from the owner Sheila,

Basic baby co. launched about three years ago and it was my lemonade at a time when I was feeling the lemons. I have a Masters in Counselling Psychology and after over a decade working with and counselling people experiencing substance use issues, involvement with the justice system, trauma, mental health, and other challenges, I was burnt out.

More than that, I arrived at a place where the experiences and traumas from my own life had caught up with me – I was exhausted and overwhelmed by anxiety to the point of it being totally crippling. I have never been good at sitting idle, but I was also forced to accept that I need to make some changes and give myself some time to heal.

I didn’t really realize it at the time, nor had this ever been part of my “life plan”, but as it turned out, part of that healing process came in the form of starting a business – a business that was completely different from my career and provided an opportunity to have something that was mine, be creative, and celebrate some of the more joyous and heartwarming parts of life. So, with the unwavering support that my Mum has always provided, I saw an opportunity, followed a feeling I had, and basic baby co. was born!

After months of building it, I actually went back to work in the healthcare system doing consulting work about the same time basic baby co. launched. It has been a busy few years, but I am so grateful for this business and the people that support it because it affords me a wonderful balance and place to be creative in my life.

Everyone loves to celebrate the arrival of babies, but often people don’t know what to get and/or cannot always be there in person or know when would be a good time to visit a new parent. So, basic baby co. is really about making it easy for people to celebrate their loved ones during this amazing and life-changing time of life!

More than that, it is about sending a gift that is not just thoughtful, but also practical! So often new parents get all sorts of gifts that they never have the chance or need to use. Personally, I don’t like getting someone a present just for the sake of getting them something… I like to give someone something that is good quality and something they will actually use and truly appreciate. So, that’s basic baby co. … carefully curated and perfectly practical!

-Sheila

Basic Baby Co. is a mother-daughter venture – a testament to the life-long relationship of unconditional love, support, and friendship between parent and child. Located in Vancouver, BC, basic baby co. is a proudly Canadian company.

Now more then ever we are hyper aware of supporting Canadian companies and supporting those we love during their pregnancy and post birth during this pandemic in any way we can while respecting social distancing and the boundaries in order to keep baby and mama healthy and safe.
A Basic Baby Co. bundle will be that perfect gift sent directly to mama and baby to show your love and support.
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To view and shop all bundles click the link below 
At checkout use code MYLITTLELAMB to save 10% 

Pregnancy Affirmations

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One of my biggest tools in my Mental Health Tool Belt is my constant use of affirmations and mantras to help ground me. When you’re nervous system is in high alert, you’re experiencing anxiety, maybe on your way to panic attack territory, reciting affirmations and mantras can help reprogram the subconscious mind and encourages us to believe certain things about ourselves or about the world and our place within it.

In a time were you are experiencing pregnancy in isolation and social distancing visualization and positive thinking practices will help you stay calm and stress free in moments that want to pull you in another direction.

Practicing affirmations and mantras when you are at a neutral energy will be important as you will be better equip to implement these during times of struggle.

When I was on the delivery bed almost two years ago about to birth my son, I got out my cell phone and started reciting my grounding mantra. As soon as the nurse said I was to start pushing and this was happening I felt my mind wander and starting to spiral and as soon as I started saying my mantra and took deep breaths it helped me find that inner strength and confidence in knowing that my body wouldn’t let me down, that I was safe and doing to do exactly what I needed to do in the next however many minutes to meet my son for the first time. It was a beautiful and magical moment of empowerment that I did for myself!

Below are some Beautiful Pregnancy Affirmations from Pinterest:

 

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Start practicing by reciting these daily or creating your present pregnancy mantras that will help manifest all that you want to achieve in regards to your pregnancy and birth.

You’ve Got This Mama.

BuyBuyBABY Gift Registry

Buy Buy Baby Canada Gift Registry 

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This blog post is sponsored and I have been compensated for my time and work put into this piece, the opinions are honest and true to my beliefs. All Recommendations are from my Baby Registry with Buy Buy Baby Canada from 2018 that were purchased by us, family or friends. 

I Can still remember this moment like it was yesterday, knowing that I would have to create a registry filled with items that I knew we would need and actually use that our friends and family could so generously gift us during our first pregnancy.

The problem was that we didn’t know what which items were wants and which were needs? How many of each item would we need? Which brands were tried and true? Which items should we invest in? How long would Amadeo need and use these products? We knew nothing!

Thankfully one day while scrolling Facebook I stumbled upon a free event hosted at a Buy Buy Baby in my city. It was a Mother’s Market with local vendor’s, sleep consultants, baby wearing experts, infant massage and sign language classes, a goody bag, gift card and discounts! My sister in law went and we were BLOWN away at the store and all that it had to offer! It truly was a one stop shop for all things babies.

After the event came and went my husband and I made the decision of creating our baby registry with Buy Buy Baby manly because we had such a GREAT experience with our wedding registry with Bed Bath and Beyond.

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Why was this blog post written….. 

Now before we go into the nitty gretty of what we put on our registry and I absolutely loved as a mother and would recommend, I want to share how and why this blog post was written.

We are currently in a pandemic. We have been practicing social distancing and self isolation with very little contact and for the most part no physical contact with our family and friends. The support systems put in place while women are pregnant during this time look different due to health concerns and keeping you and your baby safe.

BuyBuyBaby Canada reached out to me because we have worked together successfully in the past, and wanted to know if I had any ideas of how they can reach mothers and show support during this time. I pictured something that would be dedicated to all of  you INCREDIBLY strong women who are currently pregnant during this Pandemic.

  At this point I have had hundreds of conversations with amazing women across Canada who are expecting, and the overwhelming feeling that was being expressed was that they felt alone, confused, isolated, unsupported, uncertain, all while trying to really enjoy these beautiful moments of becoming a mother and creating a new life.

I had a rough go at my pregnancy with Amadeo, it was not what I expected. I’m very open and honest about how I struggled mentally, emotionally and physically with my pregnancy. The unicorn pregnancy, milk bath photo shoot , cherishing every minute of those 9 months that I was sold pre-pregnancy was NOT what I experienced. Now looking back now with my almost 2 year old, even though it was not what I had planned, It truly shaped me into the bad ass mother that I am today!

I wanted to share this because I want each and everyone of you to know that this is really hard, its not what was planned for your pregnancy and in my opinion its not fair, however being pregnant through this Pandemic will make you resilient, it will give you this unbelievable strength you never knew you could have starting this new chapter of motherhood.

BuyBuyBaby Canada wants to be present for all mothers supporting a new chapter or continued one. They want you to know that the employees are still there in store everyday and a phone call away to give advice and recommendations. They will walk the store with you and explain the items, brands and everything that has to do with your baby or child just like I experienced as a customer. I know this was the hardest part for me and we are working together to help make it easier on you.

BuyBuy Baby Canada Registry 

The BuyBuy Baby Canada Registry Website is extremely easy to use, awesome benefits and tools to help make the whole process stress free!

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In-Store Experts

Our registry consultants are here to help you create the perfect wish list. This can all be done virtually at this time by calling your local BuyBuy Baby Canada Store.

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Completion Discount

After your big day, any remaining items on your registry can be purchased at a discount. This was the BEST, it is how we were able to afford all those big ticket items on our registry.

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Price Match Guarantee

Find a lower price somewhere else? Simple. We’ll match it!

Easy Returns/Exchanges

We want you to love what you buy. In case you do not, we’ll do our best to help you! Their customer support is AMAZING! They helped us with anything we needed and rectified anything right away.

Interactive Checklist

The easy way to make sure your registry includes everything you need. This is so helpful if you are like me and have NO IDEA were to begin!

5-Star iOS / Android App

Easily manage your registry anytime, anywhere. Even scan barcodes in-store. Scrolling easily while horizontal in bed with my snoogle was a must!

Registry Analyzer

Helps you balance your registry with great gifts in every price range.

Thank You Manager

Tracking gifts online helps streamline the task of sending thank you notes.

YES YES AND MORE YES!

 

Listed below are my Favourite and Most Recommended Registry Items that I had on my registry and LOVED! 

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1.Swaddles : I absolutely ADORED my Aden+Anais Swaddles sets with Amadeo. He was born in August and they were the perfect light weight material to keep him covered and cool. We also received the heavy blanket which was perfect for fall and winter weather. They washed really well with all of his other clothing, sheets and towels on a normal cycle and dyer. https://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/store/product/aden-reg-by-aden-anais-reg-safari-babes-4-pack-classic-muslin-swaddles/1061426665?opbthead=true&ta=typeahead&keyword=aden-and-anais-swaddle

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2. Crib sheets: We had a couple sets of the Burts Bees fitted crib sheets as well as the Change pad covers. Still love them to this day, they wash beautifully and are amazing quality! https://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/store/product/burt-39-s-bees-baby-reg-organic-cotton-jersey-fitted-crib-sheet-in-heather-grey/5405938?keyword=burts-bees-crib-sheet

3. Mattress Protector : In hindsight because we were lucky enough to inherit a crib mattress from our family and it wasn’t material we didn’t need mattress pad protectors, but we had two sets of these and they wash beautifully and we still use them. If you have a mattress that is fabric 100% you need at least two sets. Leaks, blow outs and throw up with not be your best friend and you’re going to want protection for your mattress. https://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/store/product/tl-care-reg-waterproof-crib-fitted-mattress-cover-made-with-organic-cotton-in-natural/1016143090?keyword=organic-crib-matress-protector-cover

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4. Baby Monitor: I get asked all the time which monitor I have when I share to my stories because the image is so clear. I wanted a monitor that wasn’t wireless and my friends recommended the sensor pad to help ease my mind of SIDS when we would transfer to the crib. I love this monitor, the sensory pad we only used for a week and then took it out. Because of how Amadoe’s crib was built sometimes it would go off randomly and that was no bueno when there was a sleeping infant on top. https://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/store/product/angelcare-reg-ac527-baby-breathing-monitor-with-5-inch-video-and-wireless-breathing-sensor-pad/5351468?keyword=angel-care-monitor

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5. Diaper Pail: We purchased the Bubula Diaper Pail for two reasons. 1. It’s modern and sleek looking. 2. You can use the Costco kitchen bags! Many other diaper pails require special sold separately diaper bag inserts and they can be pricey, this was the perfect solution! Bonus points, until its really full you don’t really smell much unless its when you open the pail! https://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/store/product/bubula-diaper-pail/3335684?keyword=diaper-pail

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6. Gliders : This is the glider that we purchased and even though its beautiful now spending many many hours, most of them in the middle of the night while tired and sore, I would recommend one with a build it foot rest that can be pulled up and pushed in, lazy boy style.

We own: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/store/product/davinci-sierra-swivel-glider-with-gliding-ottoman/5189553?keyword=rockers-and-gliders

I would recommend: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/store/product/westwood-design-elsa-manual-glider-recliner/5454880?keyword=rockers-and-gliders

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7. Car Seats : We purchased two car seats from our registry, The Uppa Baby Bucket Seat and Base plus the 4-Ever Graco Car seat which Amadeo is currently rear facing. When I was in those bucket seat days I wished I was out of them but I tell yea wow were they easier. The Uppa Baby Bucket Seat was a dream! If you’re considering purchasing the Uppa Baby Strollers I would recommend getting the bucket seat as they are compatible and very easy to work together.

Uppa Baby Mesa: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/store/product/uppababy-reg-mesa-2018-infant-car-seat-in-jordan/5041462?opbthead=true&ta=typeahead&keyword=uppa-baby-car-seat

4- Graco 4-Ever : https://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/store/product/graco-reg-4ever-trade-all-in-1-convertible-car-seat-in-rockweave-trade/1061206281?opbthead=true&ta=typeahead&keyword=graco-4-in-1-car-seat

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8. Stroller: When we were trying out strollers I originally had my eye on a City Select, however when we were in the store both Thomas and I couldn’t open and close it easily, let alone one handed. We both fell in love with the Uppa Baby stroller and in the end went with the Vista and used the bassinet as part of the stroller but also for nap and bed time. We had a stand lent to us from our cousins that worked perfectly. By far this was my favourite item off of our registry that I still use effortlessly today! We also purchased another toddler seat for the eventual baby number two. https://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/store/product/uppababy-reg-vista-v2-stroller/5492632?opbthead=true&ta=typeahead&keyword=uppa-baby-vista

9. Infant Swing: This was all Thomas but I’m SO glad he pushed me to purchase the MamaRoo by 4moms. Seriously this saved my life in the first three weeks especially. It’s the ONLY thing Amadeo would sleep in. It was the ONLY break we got was when we was in this thing with the white noise playing and moving around and around. At this point looking back I would have paid double for what this piece of equipment did for my sanity. My friend recently borrowed it for her baby and loved it as well. https://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/store/product/4moms-reg-mamaroo-reg-4-cool-mesh-infant-seat-in-dark-grey/5292578?opbthead=true&ta=typeahead&keyword=mamroo

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10. Bottle Sterilizer: This one is if you end up exclusively bottle feeding. This piece of machinery saved me so much time and energy. It’s so easy to use, fits a great amount of bottles and since I was able to use it with such ease and it also dried the bottles We used this until Amadeo was a year old. A great tip that the employees gave me when choosing your bottles for your registry is to only put one single bottle with new born nipples for a couple brands. Don’t put a whole set, you baby may be particular on which bottle and nipple they prefer, Amadeo was and still to this day will only drink from his Avent Bottles. https://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/store/product/babybrezza-reg-steri-dry-steam-sterilizer/1061908895?opbthead=true&ta=typeahead&keyword=baby-brezza

 

Click this link to create and or add to your BuyBuyBaby Canada Registry and don’t hesitate to call your Local BuyBuyBaby store and have their In-Store experts help assist you and support you through your decision making so you can feel confident,excited and prepared for your little ones arrival. https://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/store/gift-registry/gift

On Behalf of My Little Lamb and Buy Buy Baby Canada we wish you healthy and happy pregnancy and birth journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Activity Round Up

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 Easy Activity Round Up 

For a couple months now I have like many of you amazing mamas, are at home working my day job, with my toddler and the million other things to tackle that have come along with this pandemic.

Almost immediately my inbox messages on Instagram jumped to around 1200-1400 in a 24 hour period!  Most of what was filling my inbox was a plea for easy activities to do with your child/children now that they are at home full time 24/7!

As a blogger, one who has spent most of this time creating and curating beautiful activity content for you on https://www.instagram.com/mylittlelambblog/ I felt like I was letting you all down because I 100% did not have the time or mental capacity during this to create that content for you.

My solution to be able to support you all through this time was to use my expertise in Early Learning to search through Instagram and share to my stories activities every evening, created by other talented creators that I know would be achievable for you during this time. I highly recommend checking out this accounts and showing them some love for all the hard work and dedication they do to provide amazing content to make our lives easier and help support our children’s development.

This post is going to be a permanent resource that I will share those activities with you so you can reference and do with your child/children when it works best for YOU ( because that’s important) and your family.

 

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@momentswithmiss

Letter Match Sensory Play

Want to spice up your kiddos’ learning this week? Turn it into sensory play! We used our dyed beans as a way to practice uppercase and lowercase letters but you could do letters in their name, numbers, shapes, or even finding letters and building sight words for older kiddos.👍🏼

Other sensory bin fillers you might have on hand: rice, dried black beans, coffee beans, cereal (Cheerios, fruit loops, Chex), uncooked pasta, oats, chickpeas, feathers, cotton balls, pom poms, cut up plastic straws. – Post Caption 

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@momentswithmiss

Trace the Rain Pre-Writing

Here’s a quick, easy pre-writing activity to go along with the rainy days we’re having over here (😩 anyone else?).

I drew dotted lines going in different directions from each rain cloud for Kade to trace. For the slanted lines, we were able to talk about and make connections to the way he writes the letter “K” in his name.

It’s important to focus on nailing down the simple strokes before really trying to push turning them into actual letters- that will come much easier if they are comfortable with the different types of lines and curves!✏️ – Post Caption

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@momentswithmiss

Nature Paintbrushes

This was so fun! Kade and I went out in our yard with a bucket and collected items we thought might be fun to paint with. We grabbed a few sticks and then brought it all inside and I used rubber bands to turn them into paintbrushes!

I put some paint on a paper plate and we painted away. We loved seeing what we could do with the different textures and I loved watching Kade get creative. He used brush strokes, swirled the brushes, splattered paint with them and tried making prints with them.

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@toddleratplay

FLOWER THREADING ACTIVITY 🌸

This Flower Threading Activity is an easy and fun way to use up old flowers. Isn’t it nice to have an activity ready for your toddlers without heading out to the store for supplies? I love it!

Threading activities are one of our favorites. Kids are always thrilled to create their own designs, patterns and choose colors. Better yet, they’re having a whole lot of fun and improving many skills all at the same time. Fine motor, concentration, focus, creativity and in dependency are all areas of childs’ development involved in this activity. How awesome! –Post Caption

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@toddleratplay

 DANDELION CARD CRAFT


It’s quite simple to make, so even the littlest ones can follow along. They’ll love using the q-tips to make the dandelion which makes this card craft a unique one! – Post Caption

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@play_at_home_mummy

LAUNDRY PULL 

Turning a NO into a YES!

I decided to turn her love of pulling clothes out of the cupboard/basket/washing line into an activity!

My biggest tip for baby play (or any age play really), is to turn all the things you find yourself saying “NO” to, into play 👌🏻 you won’t go wrong 😜 (eg. See my ‘no-tub’ post from a couple of weeks ago!) .
There were two parts to this:
1. Pull the clothes off the wall
2. Walk around the house with them draped over her shoulders 🤣

Miss 11 months is very much in the Envelopment schema right now and loves draping things over herself and walking around with them. So the second part to this activity was important 😜

An activity like this develops:
👉🏻 Gross motor skills – reaching high and pulling hard develops large muscle groups 👉🏻 Can fulfil the enveloping (wrapping self in clothes) trajectory (pulling down) and transporting (carrying clothes around) schemas 👉🏻 Hand/eye coordination 👉🏻 Emotional development – fulfilling an observed interest and saying ‘yes’ instead of ‘no’
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@play_at_home_mummy

THE NO TUB

Something we’ve used for a long time, when the temptations of all the ‘no’ objects get a little too much!

The no tub is personal to each child – anything that you find yourself saying ‘no’ to them having, place in a tub and make them as safe as possible for baby to explore – eg. Wind up cables and put masking tape around them, remove batteries from remotes, use an old phone, clean keys etc .
The idea is to take the ‘power’ out of these objects that babies become obsessed over, because they hold a lot of power through curiosity! Babies want to explore everything – it’s only natural that the things we won’t let them explore, drive more curiosity. .
People often as me how I deal with a baby and an open art area (for example), but the truth is – the art area has become so normal, because it’s there all the time, that she doesn’t obsess over the things in it – most of the time, she doesn’t even go there! I’m using the same concept with this tub – make ‘exciting’ things into ‘normal’ things .
This activity is great for:
👉🏻 Curiosity – they get to explore things that are new and exciting, in a safe way
👉🏻 Fine motor skills – manipulating the objects 👉🏻 Normalising everyday objects .
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*** if you are using objects that pose a safety risk, make sure you are supervising closely and remove those objects if you leave the room . -Post Caption

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@play_at_home_mummy

RIBBON DRAWERS

I can almost guarantee you’ve got everything you need for this activity already 🙌🏻 if you don’t have ribbons, use pieces of string, streamers etc .
I set this up last night as a distraction for Miss 11 months (and the big girls) this morning, because I desperately need time to wake myself up before being climbed on in the morning 😬
This would work really well in the kitchen drawers as well, as a way to buy you a bit of time prepping meals!

Just cut different lengths of ribbon and place them inside drawers, with a little bit sticking out to pull on!

An activity like this is great for: 👉🏻 Fine motor skills – grabbing the small pieces encourages the pincer grip (thumb and forefinger) 👉🏻 Gross motor skills – reaching, crawling, standing and pulling 👉🏻 Cognitive development – making connections between action and reaction, thus developing understanding of cause and effect .
** always supervise baby activities, ribbons can pose a strangulation hazard! Make sure any free standing drawers are anchored . -Post Caption

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@play_at_home_mummy

POM POM BATH

1. POM POM BATH – pom poms, food colouring (no it won’t stain their skin!) and a bath 🙌🏻 originally got the idea from @simply.play.today

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@littlepinelearners

Dandelion Rock Family

These are super simple to make and you can recreate them over and over.
They look so cute when finished and you can make up your own story about your dandelion family. We infused interesting dandelion facts into our story. Meet our dandelion family: 👩🏻‍🦰Momma rock loves her new purple earnings,👨🏼 papa rock’s beard is filling in nicely, 👶baby rock needs a quarantine haircut, and 🦁 dandy-lion in looking cute as ever! They live happily among the dandelions and love playing in the sunshine! They welcome the bees on their fancy hairdos and their flowers open in the morning to greet the sun and close at night when the go to sleep. -Post Caption 

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@littlepinelearners

Stacking Rocks

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@kidsplaytricks

DIY LAVA LAMP

This classic lava lamp science experiment is a perfect one for toddlers and preschoolers. It uses just a few materials from around the house, is practically mess free, and is mesmerizing to observe 🙌🏼. I loved how simple this experiment was to prepare and was amazed with how long it kept Em (3Y) engaged.

You’ll need: vegetable oil, water, food coloring, clear glass, Alka Seltzer tablets
1️⃣ Color about 1/2 cup of water with food coloring.
2️⃣ Break the Alka Seltzer tablets into 2 or 3 pieces and place in a small container.
3️⃣ Fill a clear glass about 3/4 full with vegetable oil. Then add the colored water. Don’t fill the cup more than about 2 inches from the top.
4️⃣ Add a piece of an Alka Seltzer tablet to the cup.
5️⃣ Watch the blobs of colored water travel up and down the cup like a lava lamp!

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@kidsplaytricks

Infants love staring at faces! Your baby might be staring because they love you so much they just can’t look away…but research also shows that babies, even those less than an hour old, tend to stare at face-like images longer than any other pattern. This simple activity is perfect for infants and toddlers (and is also a sweet activity while staying distant from family and friends during the pandemic).

You’ll need: photos of family/friends, tape or frame
1️⃣ Collect photos of family and friends- I printed these from our printer at home on card stock paper
2️⃣ Hang, laminate, or frame the photos- I used plastic standing frames from Ikea, they are child-friendly! You could easily just tape photos to the wall instead.
3️⃣ Select up to four photos for your child to observe at a time. This is great for practicing tummy time or sidelying.
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@sonnysmontessori

PRACTICAL LIFE PLAY

🧽 Outdoor practical life work is not only engaging and fun, but also purposeful. Toddlers especially love anything that involves a water + sponge. I set this large bowl up with water and Sonny-sized sponges and demonstrated how to wipe the dirt off the garage door. ⁣

He had fun wiping, splashing and working on an activity that took me seconds to prepare. My expectation was not to have a sparkling clean door, but rather introduce Sonny to real work we do at home that he can also be a part of. 💦⁣

As the weather gets nicer, we will be looking for lots of ways to work outside. Cleaning the garage door will certainly be a work to return to. ⁣-Post Caption

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@kristinatoddlerapproved

LEGO SORT & DROP 

All you need are two things and you probably already have them. LEGO bricks & a box! I wrapped our box in white paper to make the colors stand out, but that’s optional.
Use a knife to make a different slot for each color brick, outline it with color, and then let the kids drop them in! Easy peasy! We’ve been doing this for years! Kids can repeat it again and again.
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@kristinatoddlerapproved

PAINTING UNDER THE TABLE!! 🎨

 I’ve done this with students before and thought it was high time to try it with my kids! 🙌 Annabelle was SO EXCITED and thought it was pretty funny that we were going to pretend to paint the “ceiling” like Michelangelo… but instead paint UNDER the table.
WHAT YOU NEED: paper, painters tape, scissors, WASHABLE paint, paint brushes, somewhere to put your paint, and a table or chair. You can find most of our favorite art supplies linked in our Amazon shop. ☝️
SET UP: Tape pieces of paper on the underside of your table. Bigger is better. Try to tape most of the way around the paper to hold it in place. I used my feet to hold up some corners while I was doing this under bigger tables.🤣
WHAT TO DO: Since we’re talking about Famous Artists this week, we told kids a little bit about Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel before we got started with this and how he painted the ceiling… but you can also just introduce this as a fun painting activity!
Encourge kids to lie on their backs or sit up under the table to paint! Each kid will have their own style. You can see ME and my kids in action doing this in stories right now. ☝️🤣 It was pretty entertaining trying to fit under my daughter’s tiny table. 😜 -Post Caption

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@kristinatoddlerapproved

COLORFUL POM POM WALL!! 🌈 

Do you remember the paper tunnels we love to make for balls and cars? We thought we’d change them up a bit and use them on the WALL, instead of the floor! All you need is paper, Pom Poms, and painter’s tape! We also grabbed a few paper tubes from our recycling bin! This is an activity we love to do again and again!!
Just fold the paper into tunnels and tubes, tape them together and stick them to the wall. Easy peasy! This is a great way to use up all of your TP rolls too! -Post Caption

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@mommy84blog

This is done with paper towel and fine tip markers, how fun!

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@madetomontessori

If you’ve never made a bubble tower, here’s how it works…
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– Fill a small bowl with water
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– Add a drop of food coloring for a fun “pop” of color 😉
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– Squeeze in a few drops of dish soap
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– Give the kids a straw and start blowing bubbles until they begin to topple over!!
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And of course remember to remind your children to always blow OUT of the straw so not to accidentally suck in the soapy liquid 😝. For safety, this activity is likely best for children over age three!
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I hope this fun little activity brings you just as much joy as it brought these little cuties!!!
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@madetomontessori

✨Beads on a Line✨

Today we tried a new activity I like to call “beads on a line”. Not only did it provide a rare moment of peace and quiet, but it also worked to strengthen those important fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination. The tactile sensation of the glass beads was also a beautiful and irresistible addition. Simply spread out a large piece of paper, draw a few squiggly lines, and pair it with whatever small objects you might have on hand- glass beads, coins, beans, or even legos! Once the older kids had their fill of fun, Teddy jumped in and happily turned clean up into a bead transferring activity 🙌🏼 -Post Caption

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@early_childhood_fun101

A tray of baking soda and coloured vinegar. 💥⁣

Such a fun and easy exploration for kids that incorporates ⁣
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@easy_childhood_fun101

One of our favourite little activities: play dough puzzle. ⁣

Find some objects and make some imprints in the dough for your child to match up. ⁣

My kids then always enjoy making imprints for me to match up. ⁣

It may last a few minutes then lead to more play dough play… or they may do it for a while. ⁣

Either ways, it’s great for developing fine motor and problem solving skills. ⁣-Post Caption

 

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@mombrainactivities

A simple nature tray! 🌿🌼⁣

I set up this #invitaitontoexplore for Ben, and while he was looking at and touching the different items we would end up going over what they were called! ⁣we reused our @melissaanddougtoys tray to set this up #recycleandplay ⁣
He’s so into finding different things outside that I knew this would be a hit, after a while he started collecting his own items and putting them in the tray 🙌🏻 I would label them as he would bring them, and he would try to say the word.⁣

I love how much early literacy can be explored through just everyday simple play! 🎉            -Post Caption

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@mombrainactivities

COLOUR SORTING WITH NATURAL ITEMS 🎨🌿⁣

Here is a simple diy colour sorting activity. All you need are some wood slices from a fallen branch (I actually bought mine from the dollar tree) and some acrylic paint!⁣

Paint a portion of the wood slice in the colours you want and you will have a colour sorting activity that can be used for so many other things as well. ⁣

For older children you can turn it into a memory matching game! Swipe ➡️ to see. ⁣

For toddlers, it’s a great way to start introducing colours and how to sort them. You can bring this activity indoors or keep it outdoors (stored properly). ⁣

I LOVE using natural elements for play and learning and usually find children super receptive to theses items 💚⁣I can’t wait to use them in our classroom! ⁣
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