Everything is much different this year with Covid. We had to cancel our family photos this year, or at least delay them past the holidays, but that did not stop us from having our own family photo session and nothing makes for a great holiday photo session like matching family pajamas.
We actually did them last year too so it’s become sort of a tradition for us. I’m thankful we did because the made for great Christmas cards this year that I’ll be sending out to friends and family next week.
IFFEI has some of the best styles around to choose from, so many and their sizes are perfect for most families. We went with the “What the Elf” ones this year but it was so hard to choose. We got 10-11 for both boys, medium womans for me, and large men’s for my husband because he likes them alittle big. They fit perfectly. Tylers were a tiny but big, but he’ll grow into them for next year and can still wear them comfortably this year too, so it’s even better.
The quality of the pajamas is much more than you’d expect for the price. The white portion of the pants is not see through, but breathable and not too hot. The top green is the same, it stretches if needed, but it’s a soft cotton feeling material.
I mean, I can’t get over how much these matching family pajamas really made it feel like the holidays even though Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet. We had so much fun doing this shoot to show these off to you that we forgot we were “working” on this post to show you. As a parent, I will cherish these photos for years to come and week certainly be sharing this cuteness all over my social media and family texts.
Even my 12 year old got into the spirit. I haven’t seen him smile that much in a while and it was so nice to see both boys getting along genuinely and not staring at their electronics.
Check out all of the styles they have to offer of matching Christmas pajamas on their official IFFEI store. As with most Amazon offerings, most of these are prime and you can have them in just a couple of days. There’s still time to do your own little photo shoot and create an awesome Christmas card to get out. Don’t let Covid stop you from enjoying this special family time.
Daylight Saving Time – How Changes in Routine Impact Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dr. Jeffrey Selman, PsyD, BCBA-D, VP, Clinical Services for First Children Services, which serves children with autism spectrum disorder and their families through its STRIVE Autism Care Continuum in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Dr. Selman discusses below:
Tips for helping a child with autism cope with routine changes or new activities
The importance of strict schedules and routines for some kids with autism
Why changes in routine can cause difficult behaviors for kids with ASD
How First Children Services’ Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and trained behavior specialists help kids with autism manage behaviors and establish routines through its STRIVE Autism Care Continuum
How Changes in Routine Impact Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Dr. Jeffrey Selman, PsyD, BCBA-D, VP, Clinical Services for First Children Services, which serves children with autism spectrum disorder and their families through its STRIVE Autism Care Continuum.
Tips for helping a child with autism cope with routine changes or new activities: Many children have difficulty responding to changes in routine. Humans in general are creatures of habit and change requires effort and energy. For children with autism, it is particularly challenging because the need for sameness helps create predictability and comfort in a world that may otherwise feel overwhelming. Rigidity and inflexible adherence to routines is hallmark diagnostic criteria for children on the autism spectrum. When there are changes, even subtle changes, it can be distressing and trigger disruptive behavior, tantrums and anxiety.
The importance of strict schedules and routines for some kids with autism: It is important to maintain consistent routines and predictable transitions for children with autism. Often times, routines are utilized for parts of the day (e.g., morning routines, evening schedules, etc.), but some individuals benefit from added structure and for tasks to be broken down into shorter increments or steps. Children with autism may have difficulty with receptive and expressive language; therefore, visual schedules with pictures or written directions are encouraged.
Why can changes in routine cause difficult behaviors for kids with ASD? Transitions can often trigger challenging behavior. Most children present with at least some resistance, often because we are asking kids to end a preferred activity (perhaps video games) to initiate a less preferred activity (dinner time). Challenging behavior may be a result of internal dysregulation (anger, frustration, anxiety, cognitive inflexibility) and reinforced behavior. We want to be sure we are giving ample preview and countdown before a transition occurs. Transitions should be highlighted within a more robust schedule for the day, and these moments can be role-played and rehearsed. Providing plenty of rewards can help reinforce the desired behavior. Parents, caregivers, and staff working with the child should remember to give specific, in the moment labeled praise. Some children will also benefit from tangible rewards, which can motivate a more positive response.
How does First Children Services’ Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and trained behavior specialists help kids with autism manage behaviors and establish routines through its STRIVE Autism Care Continuum? Through our STRIVE Autism Care Continuum, First Children Services’ Board Certified Behavior Analysts and clinical staff develop programs for clients that address challenges with transitions and breaks in routine. Programs are delivered in clinical settings and in families’ homes where parents can receive plenty of one-on-one guidance, support and training. It is imperative that kids are exposed to similar structures and programming in multiple environments, and that parents understand how to implement the strategies in a natural, positive and consistent manner.
About First Children Services’ STRIVE Autism Care Continuum: Part of First Children Services’ integrated care network, the STRIVE Autism Care Continuum is dedicated to improving the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania with treatment plans focusing on increasing communication, social skills and life skills to help children ages 18 months and older maximize their full potential. Operated by premier providers of innovative and evidence-based services, the STRIVE Autism Care Continuum utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapies to provide every child with customized intervention plans tailored to their skills, needs, interests, preferences, and family situation.
As a community-based provider, First Children Services is committed to expanding access to high quality care and vital support services through its STRIVE Autism Care Continuum as well as a wide range of home, school, and center based therapeutic and educational services to achieve life-changing outcomes for exceptional kids in the communities they serve. To learn more, visit firstchildrenservices.com.
Finally, a little bit of normal. iPlay America is open! You know we are big fans of iPlay America in Freehold NJ. Check out the specials they have starting this weekend including a little Halloween fun.
Kids who come in costume get a FREE light up skull mug with the purchase of a kids meal. As always Snap a picture of your high score, iTickets, or your prizes and tag it #iPlayWeekendWinner for your chance to WIN a $25 game card.
They also have a new Topgolf Swing Suite which is really cool for Date Night or with the family.
This is a very weird time for all, and Halloween is sure to be weird this year. If you live in NJ, odds are you know of Bev & Wally’s on the Keansburg Boardwalk.
We’ve been there this year, and felt it was clean and safe. Enjoy a FREE good time with your kids in the spirit of Halloween, and BONUS! Kids Under 12 in Costume get a $5.00 Game Card!
Another bonus, the beach is always free in Keansburg, and even though it’s going to be a cold day, it is supposed to be sunny and there’s nothing like costume pictures on the beach!
FREE Awesome family friendly SAFE Halloween Party at Bev and Wallys Family Entertainment Center / Keansburg Amusement Park 46 Beachway
About this Event
Our annual Halloween Party is ON !
Family Friendly with all precautions to make sure everyone is safe . We clean with Biocide 100 to make absolutley sure we are free from any problems . Feel safe bringing your family out for an afternoon of fun .
MASK REQUIRED at all times for all guests for everyones safety.
The party will run all day so come early or come late JUST COME OUT ! Wear your costumes and we’ll be taking photos of everyone .
We will have candy for the kids and plenty of GAME SPECIALS for the day.
Due to COVID we will not be having the face painting this time but as soon as things get better we will have the face painter back as well as the other things we have done in the past .
Free parking in the front .
Get your FREE Tickets today and come enjoy the fun this weekend!
My son is the absolute biggest Godzilla fan. He has been waiting for the new Godzilla vs. Kong movie since the spoiler at the end of the Godzilla King of the Monsters Movie. These toys will be BIG this year for sure! Stay tuned for amore in depth review of them, some available at Walmart now!
PLAYMONSTER Build to Battle SnapShips we previously reviewed. These are some of the items that made the toy of my tons Christmas list.
FAR OUT TOYS Crash Circuit
BONKERS TOYS with ALL NEW RYAN’S World Toys every kid has been waiting for!
Also from Bonkers Toys,
SK8 Wheel Braille toys. These are based off of the actual skate materials used by the Braille Army fans. There are some awesome blind packs and sets with ramps for all of the skate fans out there.
PLAYMONSTER Drone Home is a fun one we reviewed during a play demonstration at Sweet Suite with Playmonster. Be careful though, do not try to catch the drone, I hurt my finger pretty bad!
Sing & Snuggle Plush, and the Musical Playpad, Power Treads, MiP Arcade, Hands Full, and Brite Brush, Game Brush and Power Treads:
STEP2 Side-by-Side Push Around SUV
STEP2 Ball Buddies Adventure Center **2020 Toy Insider Winner**
BLUE MARBLE National Geographic Mega Science Magic Kits
Magic science your kids will love! These mind-blowing experiments aredesigned to be performed as a magic trick. This kit includes everythingyou need for 20 magic science experiments and a bonus experiment guidewith 30 experiments that can all be done with common household items.
•Great for ages 8 and up
•Perfect for virtual science magic show or distance learning activity
•Magic wand and gloves included to let your children play the part
•Illustrated experiment guide with kid friendly instructions
•Everything you need for 20 magic experiments
•30 bonus experiments using standard household items
Fisher-Price® Thomas & Friends™ Talking Thomas & Percy Train Set (GLK80) SRP: $49.99 | 3Y+ | Available Fall 2020 at Amazon, Target and Walmart ● Sodor is usually an island in the middle of the ocean, but sometimes, with the Fisher-Price® Thomas & Friends™ Talking Thomas & Percy Train Set, Sodor can also be in the living room. ● This highly detailed playset features favorite places from the island of Sodor, including the Vicarstown Bridge, the Railyard, the Brendam docks, and Blue Mountain. ● It also includes motorized Thomas and Percy train engines who recognize and talk to each other when they meet on the track! ● Young conductors can help Thomas and Percy work together by dropping boulders down in the Blue Mountain cave for them to load and unload along with other cargo at Bulstrode the boat and by creating their own exciting adventures all around Sodor.
MOOSE TOYS Squeakee the Balloon Dog and #FailFix dolls
SPIN MASTER Present Pets, The Animal & Much More
SUNNY DAYS Ravel Tales, Pop N Play Playhouses, Wonder Wings plush, and Maxx Action trucks
IMC TOYS NEW Cry Babies & VIP Pets
THE POP INSIDER: The Pop Insider launched its second annual Geeky Gift Guide! Check out holiday gifts for every geek 🤓 on your list.
Disclaimer – I may have been given product in exchange for some items in this blog post but all opinions are my own.
For the truffles: You need 1 box of regular oreos and 1 stick (8 oz.) stick of cream cheese. THAT. IS. IT.
It’s important to only get the regular oreos, not the double stuffed or funky new flavors because it messes up the perfect ratio of these 2 things together.
Crush the full oreos, middle frosting and all, in a food processor, chopper, or blender, just get those suckers into powdery crumbs, no big lumps or it just isn’t the same. The should look like this when ready… Then, add 1 stick of cream cheese, if you have a stand mixer it doesn’t matter if it’s room temperature or fresh from the fridge. I prefer cold cream cheese negate ultimately the “dough” will hold its form better, but if you’re mixing by hand go with room temperature so you get the mixture all incorporated.
The mixture should look like thick brownie batter when ready.
Spoon equal amounts into your hand (wear gloves or wash wash wash your hands because you’ll be doing alot of rolling) and roll into equal size balls. It doesn’t REALLY matter since they aren’t going to be baking or abutting, but they look nicer when done if all are equal sized. I actually use my little measuring spoons and find the tablespoon size is just the perfect size, especially if you’re looking to add a stick to these and make them into cake pops!
Chill the rolled balls in the freezer, you can do the fridge too if you don’t have room but the freezer gets them nice and chilled quickly.
Chilling is important ONLY if you’re dipping them in chocolate. White or dark, I choose Ghirardelli melts because the just taste the best, but you can use any melting chocolate. After chilled for about 10 minutes, work by taking a couple out of the freezer at a time so they don’t get mushy in between. I like to dip and then put onto a wire rack, and then transfer to a wax sheet, but feel free to use your own method.
If you want to mix it up and not do all chocolate dipped, you can leave them plain (boring…) or roll them in powdered sugar, or some coconut flakes. Easiest way to do this is to not chill then so they sticky enough to pick up the topping. I like to just put the topping in a ziplock bag and drop 1 ball in at a time and shake. Coconut is great because you can add some food coloring and add alittle pop of holiday color to your finished product.
When you’re done, store all in fridge until ready to eat.
Since holidays are coming up quick, I purchased some treat boxes from Amazon and they come in handy for these. Enjoy!
Let’s face it. Everything these days consists of “in a Pandemic?” so why would kids activities be any different? You’re doing what in a Pandemic? That’s the question many ask and many answer “nothing” or staying safe at home.
That’s all fine and well however the days are still passing and if you have little ones, they may not understand why they can’t do their normal fun fall activities.
Here are some ideas to get the feel of Fall, but still keep simple and safe as needed.
Image: Just For Moms
1.Paint a pumpkin. Part of the fun is Pumpkin picking, but if you’re not ready to go out to public spaces just yet, pick a few up during your next grocery shopping trip, and some dollar store paint sets and you’re just about ready to get down to business. It’s much easier than carving, and much safer for little helpers.
Tip: Start with an idea from googling “pumkin painting” or use a favorite character photo. Draw the image onto the pumpkin with a pencil before committing with the paint.
2.Pick flowers and make plant baskets. By now your lovely outdoor garden is probably starting to whither. At least here in New Jersey we’ve gotten a slight frost or 2 and temperatures are sure to drop quickly. Instead of watching the flowers die or waiting to rip out a woody stick skelton version of your coleus plant, try picking the flowers and displaying their last bit of life in a vase indoors or pruning and potting your plants for inside or as front door decor.
Tip: Little hands cannot wait to pick flowers and any excuse to do so with consent is sure to be taken on with enjoyment. Identify the smells, textures and even the colors to make it extra fun! Hey, maybe you’ll wind up with a little future horticulturist on your hands.
3. Take a trip to the local zoo. If you’re feeling adventurous but not THAT adventurous yet due to the Pandemic, get a little normalcy in with a trip to your local zoo. Most zoos are limiting capacity even though mostly outdoor exhibits, and there isn’t much to touch, so you can enjoy a nice day out while the weather still cooperates and give the animals at least a reason to be where they’re stuck anyway (so sad). I’m sure they love to see people since they don’t have as many visitors these days, especially tiny ones with big smiles!
4. BAKE. Even if you’re not an avid baker there are many simple recipes including bake-free ones that little hands can get in on like oreo chocolate truffles which are one of my absolute favorites! Adding some orange food coloring to coconut flakes can create the Fall feel and with a dollop of green colored icing or chocolate you can even make them into cute little pumpkin replicas.
Another favorite that is so simple you’ll wonder how you haven’t been doing this your whole life is cake cookies.
5. Paint Rocks. Find some rocks by taking a walk around your neighborhood or maybe there are some in your yard or local park. If you cannot find rocks “in the wild” hehe, you can always purchase a bag of larger rocks from your local hardware store. There are some really cute designs or sayings online, and you can use finger paint to make it little kid friendly or better yet…you do the painting (maybe add alittle paint and sip action) and then let your little ones choose where they go outside. To a neighbors porch? A random location for someone to find? A gift for aunts, uncles, or grandparents? The options are endless!
I hope I’ve inspired you to get out and have some Fall fun in spite of the current situation in the World! And SMILE 😃
There are so many challenges out on Tik Tok and Snapchat that even some have been making the news that make you say “WHAT?!”. Well, here is a fun, safe, family challenge to keep you and your family occupied for at least alittle while while your stuck indoors once the weather gets cooler (and the Pandemic inevitably increases again).
How about a Disney movie challenge! Here’s how it goes. 26 letters of the Alphabet, 26 days of Disney Movies!
You have a member if your family chose a Disney movie (or any movie of the genre you want) that starts with the corresponding days letter stating with A and so on.
They must choose a movie that starts with that letter, or if it’s impossible to find one (such as X, then pick a movie that at least has that letter in its name somewhere). Yes it’ll get hard but that’s the point!
Not only may you discover some more Disney movies you love, but your family will have fun doing it and lasting memories.
Oh. And did I mention it eliminates the “I can’t choose a movie” or “there’s nothing to watch” slurs!
If you’re wondering how you get to these movies, many have Disney + these days or if you’re anything like me you have a huge Disney DVD collection (you don’t? Then start one at DisneyMovieClub), or skip the Disney theme all together and go with any movie with that letter that you have available to you. Either way it’s worth trying.
Have fun! Let me know some of your favorite Disney movie letters, mine is T!
Below is a list of Disney Movies in Alphabetical Order:
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
A Bug’s Life
A Far Off Place
A Goofy Movie
A Kid in King Arthur’s Court
A Tale of Two Critters
A Tiger Walks
A Wrinkle in Time
Air Bud: Golden Receiver
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Aliens of the Deep
America’s Heart and Soul
Anaganaga O Dheerudu
Angels in the Outfield
Arjun: The Warrior Prince
Around the World in 80 Days
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Babes in Toyland
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Benji the Hunted
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Big Hero 6
Born in China
Bridge to Terabithia
Charley and the Angel
Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar
College Road Trip
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
D2: The Mighty Ducks
D3: The Mighty Ducks
Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Disney’s The Kid
Do Dooni Chaar
Doug’s 1st Movie
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
Emil and the Detectives
Escape to Witch Mountain
Flight of the Navigator
Follow Me, Boys!
Frank and Ollie
Fun and Fancy Free
George of the Jungle
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence GITS2
Ghost of the Mountains
Ghosts of the Abyss
Growing Up Wild
Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Herbie Goes Bananas
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
Herbie Rides Again
Herbie: Fully Loaded
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Home on the Range
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Hot Lead and Cold Feet
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
In Search of the Castaways
Into the Woods
James and the Giant Peach
Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience
Jungle 2 Jungle
King of the Grizzlies
L’Empereur – March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step[a]
Lady and the Tramp
Lady and the Tramp
Lilly the Witch: The Dragon and the Magic Book
Lilly the Witch: The Journey to Mandolan
Lilo & Stitch
Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
Make Mine Music
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Man of the House
Mars Needs Moms
Mary Poppins Returns
Max Keeble’s Big Move
Meet the Deedles
Meet the Robinsons
Mighty Joe Young
Million Dollar Arm
Miracle of the White Stallions
Monkeys, Go Home!
Muppet Treasure Island
Muppets Most Wanted
My Favorite Martian
Napoleon and Samantha
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Never Cry Wolf
Never a Dull Moment
Nikki, Wild Dog of the North
No Deposit, No Return
Now You See Him, Now You Don’t
Oliver & Company
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
One Little Indian
One Magic Christmas
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing
Operation Dumbo Drop
Oz the Great and Powerful
Piglet’s Big Movie
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Planes: Fire & Rescue
Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Queen of Katwe
Race to Witch Mountain
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Recess: School’s Out
Remember the Titans
Return from Witch Mountain
Return to Never Land
Return to Oz
Return to Snowy River
Ride a Wild Pony
Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue
Run, Cougar, Run
Saving Mr. Banks
Secrets of Life
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
So Dear to My Heart
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Son of Flubber
Song of the South
Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale
Swiss Family Robinson
Ten Who Dared
That Darn Cat
That Darn Cat!
The Absent-Minded Professor
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
The Adventures of Huck Finn
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
The African Lion
The Apple Dumpling Gang
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
The Barefoot Executive
The Bears and I
The Best of Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventures
The Big Green
The Biscuit Eater
The Black Cauldron
The Black Hole
The Book of Masters
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story
The Castaway Cowboy
The Cat from Outer Space
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Personally Fall is not one of my favorite times of the year as Winter is sure to come soon after, but I have to say that the cooler weather in the New Jersey area makes activities so much more enjoyable and gives the night time an entire feel and look
of it’s own.
However, Fall also comes with a few things you’ll want to be prepared for, especially when it comes to your home. For instance, now is the time to look at your roof and see if any maintenance needs to be done before the cooler weather turns too cold.
This will ensure that your home won’t in it’s best shape for the snow, ice, and winter wind that could keep your home’s value from dropping or worse, leave you with a large bill to fix. Below are a few tips to help you navigate what you should do first when it comes to your roof, especially if you are a new homeowner.
Image: Peter’s Roofing
1. Consulting With A Professional: It might seem easy to spot a problem with your roof but because you’re not an expert in this field, it also might be easier to have them come on just to be safe. Hiring a roofing contractor who specializes in roofing replacement is
key. They are the ones who can safely inspect your roof and spot any potential problems before the cold weather emergencies. This also will allow you to fix it before it’s too late.
After all, nobody wants to deal with a leaking roof in negative degree weather in the middle of December. Therefore, it is much easier to make the repairs necessary to your
roof in the fall when there is no snow or ice to worry about it. If you’re looking for a reputable company to help you with this decision, call Peter’s Roofing. These professionals install roofing to residential neighborhoods throughout the New Jersey area. I appreciate that they make safety a top priority and earned an impeccable safety record to show for it. They also have several years of experience as well as a solid team
to meet the demands of their clients.
All of their EPDM roofing service installations are covered by a full warranty and manufacturer guarantee so you can feel good about
having them take a look at your roof. It’s also a free estimate to have them come out and give you an expert estimate to help you determine which roof is best for you, your home,
and your budget.
2. Double Check The Gutters – If you haven’t even thought about cleaning your gutters, now is the time to do so. Debris, mud, twigs, and a whole lot of other things can have accumulated
inside of them which is tricky to see from the ground. As this pile grows, the gutters then become clogged. Rainwater, instead of draining down towards the ground, has nowhere to
go and if it’s can drain properly it’ll eventually spill back onto the roof. The water then begins to form a puddle, putting pressure and weight on various sections of your roof. This weight can then cause the roof to sage allowing for more rainwater to build until it collapses in that
spot. Now that you know, you’ll want to grab a ladder and check your gutters as soon as you
3. Trim Overgrown Branches: Having trees in your yard is wonderful. They provide protection and shade from the hot sun but they can also cause some trouble for your roof. If branches start to overhang your roof you’ll want to make sure that you trim them because if the twigs
break off, they can cause damage to your shingles. The majority of damaged roofs actually are caused by falling branches so if a storm comes through, or if you have an older tree and has weak branches it could potentially fall on your roof. This is when you’ll want to keep an eye on it, especially when the winter arrives and the snow can make the branches fall with its weight.
4. Checking The Attic: While it’s awesome to continue to check the roof for areas of trouble but it’s also important to inspect the roof from the inside of your home. That’s right- I’m talking about your attic. Your attic can often lead to issues that might be missed from the
outside. For instance, look for any water leaks that can appear as any dark stain or discolored areas on the wall or floor. Check for signs of mildew or mold as well and don’t
forget to look for any warped ward. If your attic insulation is in good condition, you’ll want to be able to get the max heat retention during the cold months.
Are you starting to feel a bit overwhelmed with everything? Not to worry. The biggest and best thing
you can do for your loved ones and your home is first calling a professional to help take care of the
important things, such as your roof. They are the ones to know exactly what to look for and can help you with troubled areas as well as staying within your budget if repairs are needed.
Back-To-School: Educational Products For Kids During A Pandemic
These are unprecedented times, and everything is unpredictable including when school will get back to normal.
My kids are 100% virtual learning for the foreseeable future and although they adjusting wonderfully and I couldn’t be more proud of how they’re handling this huge change, we can’t help but feel there’s something missing.
I mean, my kids get socialization as much as possible like playdates at the local parks or at friends and family’s homes, and they talk on their phones along with their computer games but there is still something missing.
It’s the hands on experience of using your brain and hands together. I was happy to try out these 2 STEM items that help with this missing aspect. I personally loved Science as a child and thought these quick experiments were just perfect for the amount of time that would hold my 8 year olds attention and keep him interest.
The first up is the Ooze Labs: Colorful Crystal Lab. The absolute best part is that it isn’t a 1 time and done kit. There is a book if experiments to choose from using some provided materials along with household staples where they can be recreated as you wish.
We started started with the first project of the booklet and continued from there. I’ll admit, we went a good 3-4 days doing these experiments and I think he got alittle bored, but the kit is still on our kitchen table ready for the next experiment to be done when he’s ready which I’m sure will be soon.
They seem safe enough for a mature child to be able to do on their own, but it’s suggested that parents are there to assist (and it’s fun for us too!).
Image: Thames and Kosmos
Manufacturer points: Explore the natural beauty and wonder of crystals by growing them yourself in many different shapes and colors! Set up your lab station — complete with beakers, test tubes, centrifuge, display dome, and more — and use safe, non-toxic crystal salts to conduct more than ten experiments in crystal formation. You can even make red, pink, blue, purple, and clear crystals using the spinning centrifuge! After you’ve completed the experiments in the kit, continue your crystal growing adventures using the cool lab setup and common materials from around your home. MSRP: $29.95; Ages 6+.
We also received some really simple but cool magnetic tiles, the Tileblox Rainbow 20Pc Set. These are great for all ages and can be used for hands on math or engineering. These can also be used for color and shape work for younger children and comes in handy to “quiz” them on how to make a rectangle, etc.. while they’re building.
Using their hands and minds is the skill we want to work on with these. It comes with a book of projects to follow along with, which my son enjoyed copying these, but then he went rogue and started creating his own creations using the blocks.
Manufacturer points: Discover the endless possibilities of Tileblox 20Pc set. With the step-by-step idea sheet, create one-of-a-kind masterpieces! A great set for beginner builders looking to explore and learn through play. Arrives with 8 Triangles and 12 Square in Rainbow colors. Each geometric shape contains magnets that let you build with endless possibilities! TileBlox is perfect for STEM education and when playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store. MSRP: $24.99; Ages 3+
These are both Holiday gift worthy items!
DISCLAIMER: I received these items to review and share my opinion with my readers. The opinions are my own and not that of the manufacturer.