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Best Feelings Games For Children

If you’re reading this, you probably care quite a bit about your child’s ability to process feelings, demonstrate self-regulation and be a kind, empathetic person.  This is so important, right?  Probably more so than academic skills like reading and math ( in my humble opinion).  Social emotional skills will be the backbone of your child’sRead more

Great Holiday Gifts That Target Fine Motor Skills

  Fine Motor Skills.  So easy for some and so hard for others.  Does your child crawl under the table when his preschool teacher asks him to use scissors or a pencil?  Is his pincer grasp getting him down? Never fear!  Each of these toys and games were chosen because they have the wonderful abilityRead more

Beautiful Etsy Toys That Inspire Independent Play

Etsy is a virtual treasure chest of gorgeous toys.  Who needs the big box stores when you can buy from independent and creative people who actually design and handcraft these things, right?  But toys have to do more than look pretty. They have to be durable enough to withstand years of play and they need toRead more

Toy Review – I Never Forget A Face Memory Game by Eeboo

Multicultural toys and games are hard to find, so we were excited to check out the I Never Forget a Face Memory Game by Eeboo.  Eeboo is known for it’s beautifully illustrated games and this memory match game is no exception.  Each game comes with 24 pairs of different children’s faces for matching.  Each faceRead more

Eggspressions Game by Hape. Is It All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Eggspressions is a “game of feelings” by Hape.  All toys by Hape are generally high quality, with this game being no exception.  Each Eggspressions game comes with six wooden eggs, each with a face portraying a different feeling – afraid, angry, excited, happy, sad, and shy.  It also comes with matching bases for each egg,Read more

Etsy Products We Love.

One of our favorite places to look for social emotional products is Etsy.  Because so many mamas, dads and teachers have Etsy shops on the side, it is a fantastic way to see what ideas are working for others.  Check out what we found:   Blue Umbrella Designs is selling this awesome feelings chart.  ThisRead more

Fledgling Approved Toy! Veggie Stacking Game by Hape

This is a really cool stacking game and it can be used in a variety of ways.  First, it is designed to be stacking game, ala Jenga, where you remove pieces form a tall tower one at the time until the tower falls.  For younger children, it can simply be a stacking game.  Both ofRead more

Fledgling Approved Toy! My Little Sandbox by Be Good Company

Kids love sandboxes.  The sensory component alone makes them a universally popular toy.  So when I bought a My Little Sandbox sandbox for my class of three year olds, I had high hopes.  It is a small ( 10″x10″) wooden sandbox with a layer of sand, as well as a variety of pretend play components.Read more

Fledgling Approved Toy! Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie

  I have to admit to loving pretty much anything Learning Resources makes.  The quality and durability of their learning toys and games is fantastic.  The Super Sorting Pie is no exception.  I presented it to a class of  awesome 3 year old boys and it was hit.  Here is the rundown: Pros of theRead more