Christmas isn’t just a holiday, its the holiday of the year that everyone loves celebrating. Now everyone may be happy upon its arrival, but we all know that the kids are going to be the most eager and excited. They just can’t wait till the big day arrives so that they can rip open all of their presents. I have a list of toy selections that your kids might have a blast with this year. Plus, the more you have under the tree, the brighter those smiles will be.
PBS KIDS has announced a variety of new toys in partnership with Whole Foods Market. Only available exclusively at Whole Foods locations nationwide these new items feature wooden toys such as Avocado Castanets and Chunky Puzzles and exclusive matching games such as Wheels and Squeals and Robot Wrangler from LeapYear. PBS KIDS is dedicated to helping children learn and grow. One hundred percent of the net proceeds PBS receives from purchases of these toys will support PBS KIDS’ mission to empower children to succeed in school and in life.
Ozobot has created a little robot, Evo, that helps teach kids how to have fun while learning elementary code in both the class and home. Coding, as you may know, is its own language that not only instructs kids how to communicate and learn logical thinking but also fosters creativity while strengthening both verbal and written skills. It’s a key element in the drive to expand and enhance STEAM learning!
Ara the Star Engineer by Komal Singh (and other thinkers and tinkerers at Google)
Ara the Star Engineer inspires kids, especially girls and children of color, to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) as it follows a 6-year old girl, Ara, on a quest to build an algorithm to solve a big problem! During her adventure, Ara is helped by a diverse set of real-life women engineering leaders of color –a Tenacious Troubleshooter, Code Commander, Prolific Problem Solver, Intrepid Innovator. The book teaches basic problem solving & computer science concepts along the way in a whimsical manner. Ara also includes an attached mini-booklet with a deeper tech dive and online activity sheets with hands-on tech activities.
DIY Holiday Décor
Keep kids busy after they’ve finished their food with the Plus-Plus Holiday Tube! This boredom-busting, the holiday-themed tube includes all the materials and instructions kids need to craft a custom project. Choose from a candy cane, elf, or wreath and get crafty!
Learning Resources®’ Pendulonium™ STEM Challenge
Turn the kids’ table into a STEM learning station with Learning Resources®’ Pendulonium™ STEM Challenge! Your youngest guests will work together to complete a series of simple tasks that promote problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Once completed, kids launch balls toward goal cups using a three-piece pendulum they’ve created, using trial and error to perfect their trajectory.
Playfoam® Pal Pod
Features sparkly, snow-colored Playfoam and a hidden Playfoam Pal! Kids crack open the pod and dig through the squishy, squashy Playfoam to find their new friend – then use the Playfoam to sculpt a nest, bed, perch, or any other play prop they need to create a cozy world for their collectible critter. Playfoam never dries out so the fun – and creativity – never ends.
Let’s Feed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Game
Little ones will love this sweet game version of Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar! Kids take turns moving their caterpillars from fruit to fruit, collecting a unique butterfly puzzle piece each time they stop to eat. The first player to collect five pieces uses them to build a beautiful butterfly!
Drink In The Box
Handy and spill-proof, Drink in the Box is the world’s only reusable drink box. Free of BPA and phthalates and ultra-environmentally-friendly, fill this box with whatever your kids are drinking with their holiday meal, then rinse and reuse with no risk of mold and no disposable juice boxes added to our landfills.
Haakaa Silicone Food Dispensing Spoon
Feed your bundle of joy their homemade holiday meal without extra dishes or hassle this holiday, using the Haakaa Silicone Food Dispensing Spoon! Simply fill the tube with your baby’s meal and pop on the lid. When it’s time to eat, remove the lid and squeeze the tube to dispense the food onto the attached spoon. Leak-proof and air-tight, this chemical free, mess-free, waste-free evolution in feeding transforms mealtime!
BooginHead makes infant and toddler feeding and soothing accessories that will fit easily into your lifestyle and improve your experience of parenthood by saving you money, time, and energy. All of their products are well-loved by parents everywhere for their unmatched high-quality construction, stylish patterns, versatility, and attractive price.
Do you ever feel like the holiday season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, but it can also be the root of your stress? Thankfully with STAYnEAT® helping plates, individuals can eat easier and more independently at holiday gatherings than ever before. These plates can benefit anyone from toddlers to adults; including picky eaters, individuals with Autism, Parkinson’s, MS, or tremors.
Every year parents look to try to switch things up in the gift department. With a few of the selections above you just might be able to pull it all off come Christmas day.