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Tell Me a Story Cards
"Mama, tell me a story!" And so the nightly ritual begins...again. If you're out of storytime inspiration, get your kids in on the action in this imaginative pre-reading activity. These sets of 36 cards are perfect for jumpstarting their imaginations (and yours). Choose from Circus Animal's Adventure, Fairy Tale Mix-Up, Little Robot's Mission or Mystery in the Forest. Ages 3 and up.
You could probably get your kid to drink even spinach-flavored pickle juice with this witty straw. Pick a brightly colored beverage for maximum giggles.
Drinking Glasses from Containerstore.com
DIY Drinking Strawz
Bendy straws are so last millennium. DIY Drinking Strawz, composed of 44 dishwasher-safe components, are the next generation of straws, allowing kids to create a wacky combinations. Kids can even share a drink with a friend or sip from more than one cup at once. Includes 20 flexible rubber connectors and 24 translucent straw pieces (12-5" strawz and 12-2.875" strawz).
DIY Drinking Strawz from ThinkGeek.com
The tagline for this super-sweet Etsy shop reads, "Saving one backyard at a time." If your household's in need of a superhero, check out these super-soft satin and felt masks. Available in a rainbow of colors (you can spring for a matching cape too), these masks are a must-have for your kid's dress-up trunk.
Kids' Tattoo Set
If you've got some mom-ink, you may have already inspired a budding tattoo fanatic. While we think elementary school is a little early for the real stuff (Hannah Montana 4-EVA?), these non-toxic washable tattoo gel pens (red, blue, black and green) are the next best thing. Four stencil sheets help to draw letters, numbers, symbols and classic tattoo shapes like hearts, butterflies and skulls. Ages 3 and up.
Save yourself from another chorus of "Are we there yet?" this holiday season with this travel version of the classic game of bingo. Fully self-contained and portable, icons of familiar road trip sights (bridges, billboards and big rigs) can be punched out (meaning no risk of kids drawing all over themselves or the upholstery when Dad changes lanes suddenly). Contains 12 unique cards. Ages 6 and up.
Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Gross Junior Edition
Boogers? Barf? Bloody noses? Sure, as parents we've all been there, remedied that. Kids, on the other hand, know how to create these "emergencies" but rarely know how to handle them. This handbook will give them all the 411 they could possibly need on topics as diverse and disgusting as surviving "spit talkers," stopping an overflowing toilet, "wrestling" warts and surviving a skunk encounter. Ages 9 and up.
Football/Baseball Tin Box Games
No worries about broken windows and concussions with these vintage baseball and football tin box games. Each tin contains a tiny old-fashioned peg and die game based on the real sports. Perfect for rainy days, roadtrips or just waiting for the spring thaw. Ages 5 and up.
Thumb Wrestling Arena
One, two, three, four...we declare a thumb war! This thumb wrestling ring (5" x 5") is perfect for kids who want to take their thumb wrestling matches to the next level. Includes an official thumb wrestling rule book (who knew such a thing existed?). Ages 8 and up.
Thumb Wrestling Arena from Chasing-fireflies.com
Kids love smelly markers; moms, not so much. Made from recycled newspapers instead of wood, Smencils come in a variety of kid-friendly scents (holiday-themed scents also available)-and they won't stain the couch.
Original Smencils by Smencils.com
Balloon Race Cars
Balloons + toy cars = awesome. For car-loving kids, these balloon-powered classic roadsters put a special spin on traditional toy cars as they zoom down hallways (and even teach kids the basics of jet propulsion). Buy more than one for competitive racing! 6"L x 3"W x 2"H. Ages 3 and up.
Balloon Race Cars from Pylones-usa.com
To help remind kids of the world that existed before email, instant messaging and tweets, we bring you... notepaper. These beautifully illustrated kids' stationery sets will get kids excited about writing messages more substantive than OMG, ROTFL or CUL8R. Includes 20 letter sheets, 16 envelopes and two sticker sheets.
Stamp out boredom on rainy days with these charming stamp kits. Choose from a variety of themes including pirates, princess, jungle, dinosaurs, ballet, circus, farm, marine life, horses and knights. Includes 15 rubber stamps and a black ink pad; additional colored stamp pads sold separately. Ages 4 and up.
Nylon Cooking Knife Set
We're all for training kiddos to be our sous-chefs, but there's only so much mixing and mashing to keep them busy. At long last, a kid-safe knife for slicing and dicing is here, courtesy of Curious Chef. These nylon knives have an ergonomic handle for small hands and a serrated edge with a blunt edge. Set of three: S: 8 5/8 inches x 1 1/4 inches, M: 9 5/8 inches x 2 inches and L: 10 5/8 inches x 2 3/16 inches. Ages 5 and up.
Lime Robot Love Soap
If anything can get your kiddos to wash up, it's these lime-scented, heart-happy robots, made with moisturizing glycerin and creamy shea butter. Other soaps we covet from this seller include cinnamon hedgehogs, peanut butter squirrels and strawberry pigs.
Doodles at Dinner
Perfect for a family dinner out on the town (or just any ol' family dinner when Chef Mom is running a bit behind in her prep), this set of 36 tear-off placemats is a lifesaver. It includes step-by-step instructions for how to draw creatures like a bighorn sheep or a heron, and kids will be impressed by how well they can replicate the drawings. Ages 4 and up.