Selecting an educational toy for children that keeps them engaged can be challenging. With the right tools, you can make the toy shopping experience a lot less stressful.
As a first-time parent, you are trying to figure out the best products that make life with baby easier to manage. After all, your life was just turned upside down and all the things you used to rely on before, just won't cut it now with this little person in your life, in fact you will need a whole new set of "stuff" just for the baby. You'll be super sleep-deprived and have lost count of how many diapers you've changed in 24 hours. Being a new parent isn't going to be easy, so anything that will help you along your parenting journey is definitely worth checking out. Babies need a lot of stuff and finding the right stuff can make all the difference from day to day. From finding the perfect temperature for baby's bath to getting rid of nasty boogers (in a way you probably never imaged), these products are multi-purpose and life-changing!
Shhh...baby is asleep! Sound and white noise machines are a must-have for little ones and light sleepers. They're an excellent tool to help develop sleeping routines and provide soothing sounds while blocking loud noises to quietly calm your child. Backed by pediatricians and certified sleep specialists, the benefit of introducing a sound machine early on to your infant is to create a, "womb-like white noise that actually activates a calming reflex in the baby, which helps promote sleep," says Dr. Harvey Karp, founder of Happiest Baby and creator of the SNOO Smart Sleeper. "It also reduces waking from outside distractions like noises and lights and internal disturbances like gas and mild hunger."
When shopping for the best machine, parents should be on the lookout for a unit that blocks disturbing sounds, especially during naptime. "Sound machines help drown out the noise we can't control, this is especially important during the daytime when most outside noises occur (i.e. cars driving by, dogs barking etc)," observes Certified Child Sleep Consultant Susete Pinto. However, doctors and sleep professionals caution against keeping a loud sound machine near your sleeping baby. Always maintain the noise levels at 50 A-weighted decibels while never keeping the device too close to the crib. "I generally recommend a noise level similar to what a hair dryer or vacuum might produce," say Dr. Karp.
Sweet as a lullaby and the best method for blocking out boisterous household and outdoor noises, our top picks of sound machines will work to calm even the most restless little sleepers. Get ready to make some noise! Wait, on second thought, let's sound off on comforting white noises to soothe your sweet babe.
When school's out for summer and your kids are home during those long, hot days, sometimes a cool treat is just what you both need. But why not make an activity out of that afternoon snack and get your kiddos involved in the kitchen? From popsicles to hand pies, here's our top kitchen gadget picks for making summer treats with your kids.
It's about that time: Ice, ice baby! There's a chill in the air, the winter months are upon us and ice skating rinks across the country are opening their gates. This, of course, keeps kids busy outside with friends while parents are bustling around buying holiday gifts, readying the house for guests and more. Ice skating is not only a great sport but also one of the best outdoor activities and winter weather pastimes for families. Whether your kid is a beginner or a star athlete, a boy or a girl, a figure skater or a hockey player, or just having fun with friends at the local frozen pond, here are the coolest ice skate styles from Amazon, Target, L.L. Bean and Urban Outfitters that any kid will covet.
Hooray for snow days! That brisk chill in the air signals that it's time to bundle up the kids in warm winter gear and get outdoors for some cool family fun and winter activities. Way better than riding in a one-horse open sleigh, soaring downhill on the slickest sledding equipment is guaranteed to be a blast! Easy to pack for a trip to the park, our top picks of sleds, saucers, tubes, and toboggans are great for gliding through the season. Be sure to have helmets handy to keep the little ones safe, and enjoy the ride!
The hills are alive with the sound of music! Looking to scale back a little on electronic toys? Then it's time to make some noise with cool musical instruments designed to bring harmony to the home without driving Mom and Dad completely crazy. Music plays a significant role in stimulating brain development, coordination and creativity in babies and kids. In celebration of the 33rd annual Music in Our Schools Month, we've taken note of the best instruments guaranteed to bring music to your ears. Whether you have a pint-sized percussionist or a budding Beethoven, get ready to rock!
Create gorgeous geometric art with Klutz's meticulously-designed gears and book of draw-right-on-'em pages. Translucent gears and ...rubber feet on the frame were engineered for maximum ease of use. Updated project ideas and a six-color quick-switch pen inspire stunning rainbow-bright spirals. Now packaged with tons of workspace and storage - perfectly sized for a zillion and one spirals. read more
Time-saving, inspiring lesson plans provide a comprehensive novel unit-- created by teachers for teachers. The legwork is done for... you! The chapter-by-chapter guides incorporate research-based, high-order reading, writing, and thinking activities (This is NOT the paperback novel.) read more
About the book: "Cory the Frog Finds the Missing Alphabets" by Toretha Wright helps youth explore the wonderful world of letters u...sing rhythmic verse. Join Cory and his friends on his lyrical quest to see which letters are missing from the board. The letter ‘F’ is ‘full’ of itself. It begins a ‘frog’ but ends an ‘elf’. I see an ‘H’ in the middle of ‘why’ and it begins and ends the word ‘high’ read more
Arctic terns make a long trip from the top of the world to the bottom and back again every year. In fact, arctic terns have the lo...ngest migration of any known animal! From egg to bird and all the way to Antarctica, follow the arctic tern's journey! read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Because of his success surviving alone in the wilderness for fifty-four days, fifteen-year-...old Brian, profoundly changed by his time in the wild, is asked to undergo a similar experience to help scientists learn more about the psychology of survival. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. At first reluctant to spend the summer with his artistic grandmother, Nicky soon comes to l...ove his adventures rafting on the river interacting with wildlife. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kitten...s born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. The Twits are a devilishly disgusting pair who hate everything except vicious practical jok...es, but the Muggle-Wump monkeys have had enough. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for ...Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants--rather than the BFG--she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her! read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Reluctant to take chances in the world of romance, volunteer firefighter Taylor McAden expe...riences a dramatic change of heart after a near-fatal automobile accident leads to a fateful encounter with Denise Holden. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A quick-witted mouse, alone and defenseless against a forest full of predators, invents a b...east named the ""gruffalo"" with terrible claws, tusks, and jaws to ward off his determined foes. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, foil a witch's plot... to destroy the world's children by turning them into mice. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Raccoon and his young friends of Buttercup Meadow go to great lengths to make sure they wil...l always have a library from which to borrow books after Miss Goose announces that the library is going to close forever. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. The Wump World is an unspoiled place, until huge monsters bring hordes of tiny creatures fr...om the planet Pollutus. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. In this dark fantasy inspired by ""Snow White,"" Lorelai, crown princess and fugitive, has ...one goal: to kill the wicked queen who took both her country's throne and her father's life. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Meggie's father, Mo, reads aloud from Inkheart and an evil ruler,Capricorn, escapes the bou...ndaries of fiction and lands in the middle of their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Gary Paulsen, three-time Newbery Honor author, is no stranger to adventure. He has flown of...f the back of a dogsled and down a frozen waterfall to near disaster, and waited for a giant bear to seal his fate with one slap of a claw. He has led a team of sled dogs toward the Alaskan Mountain Range in an Iditarod -- the grueling, 1,180-mile dogsled race -- hallucinating from lack of sleep, but he determined to finish. Here, in vivid detail, Paulsen recounts several of the remarkable experiences that shaped his life and inspired his award-winning writing. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Trying to cruise through school doing as little work as possible, an unmotivated boy gets h...is comeuppance when a community service project escalates into an all-out battle with an extracurricular activity-obsessed, mean-spirited girl. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating head...mistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. For at least one hundred years, generations of barn owls have slept, hunted, called, raised... their young, and glided silently above the wheat fields around an old barn. read more
Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy--a proper young lady who knows her place as... inferior to men--but inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist a mystery: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She also knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. For one, she knows that her family moved to the close-knit island of Vane because her famous scientist father was fleeing a reputation-destroying scandal. And when her father is discovered dead shortly thereafter, she knows that he was murdered. In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father's possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it, and when that fruit is eaten, it delivers a hidden truth. But while the tree might hold the key to her father's murder, it could also lure his murderer directly to Faith. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behav...ior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Bismark the Buffalo is grumpy and unlovable until his friends teach him how to laugh and sh...ow him that wearing colorful underwear can be great fun. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. When a plane crash-lands in the arctic, eight young survivors step from the wreckage expect...ing to see nothing but ice and snow. Instead they find themselves lost in a strange jungle with no way to get home and little hope of rescue. Food is running out. Water is scarce. And the jungle is full of threats unlike anything the survivors have ever seen before -- from razor-beaked shredder birds to carnivorous vines and much, much worse. With danger at every turn, these eight kids must learn to work together to survive. But cliques and rivalries threaten to tear them apart. And not everyone will make it out of the jungle alive. read more
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Three bears return from a walk and find a little girl asleep in the baby bear's bed.
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Known and feared as the so-called ""White Wolf"" as a result of the vengeful persona she ad...opts in the aftermath of cruel betrayals by both family and friends, Adelina flees with her sister to build an army of fellow Young Elites in an effort to strike down the white-cloaked Inquisition Axis soldiers who nearly killed her. read more