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Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case: Protection from Our Hurricane

There was a hurricane a few weekends ago, in case you missed it.  In the midst of imminent power outages and high winds and torrential rain, we headed west to attend my grandmother’s funeral.  Not great timing.  But, it did put my husband and kids at my in-laws’ house…a bit farther from the main part of the storm (although still in the rain and wind area).  What is one to do on a 3-hour car ride with a toddler and a 4 year old who have been cooped up inside for a couple of days already?  Movies?  iPad games?  Yes and yes.

 

Our 16 month old really likes the iPad, but he has not figured out how to navigate around like my 4 year old.  CW can play a multitude of games (mostly academic) all by himself.  MD, on the other hand, gets frustrated and throws the iPad across the car.  Luckily, earlier last week, we received the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case for iPad! If you have an iPad and you allow your children to use it, this is a MUST HAVE!!  The case comes with teething rings on one part (which my kids no longer need, but the handle is nice), rubberized corners, a screen protector, and a home-button blocker!!!  So, if you want to control what apps your child is playing, you place the iPad in so that he cannot push the home button and go back to the main screen.  If, as in the case of CW, you know he is fine to select his own games, then you rotate the iPad so that the home button is accessible (it’s still protected by the screen protector, but even little fingers can press it).  Oh, and did I mention that it has durable “easel-like” feet so that baby doesn’t have to hold the iPad, but instead he can prop it up on the floor!

 

The case is a complete iPad saver!  Not only does it protect the iPad from those grubby and sticky fingers, it allows MD to play safely on it without me worrying that he’s deleting our address book.  It also (as we found out) does a decent job of protecting the iPad from rain and falls from the car (when we arrived to eat, the iPad launched out the door and into a puddle…completely unscathed, although I would not suggest trying it).  Phew!

Put this case on your Christmas list, or don’t wait another second and order one today.  It is worth the $26.  Protect your iPad (compatible with iPad 1 or 2) with the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case.

photo10 150x150 Adventure on the Risky Rails with Thomas & FriendsKristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and new baby brother MD.

Kristin and her boys received the Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case for purposes of review.  As always, all opinions are Kristin’s and her boys’ and were not influenced by anyone. Babies Gotta Have It is an Amazon affiliate.


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A Letter Hunt in the Hundred-Acre Wood and a Math Safari with the Cat in the Hat

 

Here we are again, your resident app testers!  CW and I have been busy with preschool and practicing writing at home, so when Disney Learning offered to allow us to try their new Letters with Pooh app I was excited.  I loaded the app and then promptly forgot about it.  But the next day, CW was on the iPad and he immediately noticed the new app!

CW wasted no time – he clicked on the Pooh ABCs app right away and started navigating through the pages (without a single tap from me).  He would have spent an hour on there if I hadn’t been policing his time.  And, to be honest, I would have been fine with an hour spent with Winnie the Pooh.  The player follows Pooh through the Hundred-Acre Wood as he searches for honey.  He traces lines and circles to get Pooh to follow the bees to the hive.  These circles and lines are great as precursors to writing.  CW traces letters, reads along (he can choose to read himself or be read to), matches lower and upper case letters, and paints by letters.

So all of that is great, right?  The teacher in me wants more, though.  I want to have progress reports.  I want to know what he is playing and for how long.  I want to see the curriculum of each game.  Wait, what’s that you say?  This game HAS that?  As the parent, if you go to the Settings page, you can look at your child’s progress.  It tracks “Letter Tracing,” “Letter Find,” “Puzzle,” and “Letter Catch.”  It shows you the average time he spent on each item, when he last played, and how many letters he’s traced.

 

I love it.  I love that his letters are being reinforced and he’s following the highlighted words as the story is read to him.  I love that I can monitor how he is doing.  I love everything about the game.  I highly recommend the Letters with Pooh app.

 

While we are talking about technology and reading, I think it is worth taking the time to mention a MATH game! Now, you know that this former English teacher is not a Math lover, but I really enjoyed the Math Safari.  Check out The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That: Math Safari!  Although it is not an app (it’s a computer game), it is great for teaching math and computer skills!  Join the Cat in the Hat, Nick, and Sally as they match shapes, complete puzzles, follow directions, and use spatial reasoning.

The next time you have a rainy day inside and nowhere to go, download the Letters with Pooh app and play the Math Safari game.  Let the games begin!

photo10 150x150 Can I Get a WotWot!?   Stuffed Toy GiveawayKristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and new baby brother MD.

Kristin and CW received Letters With Pooh for purposes of review.  As always, all opinions are Kristin’s and her boys’ and were not influenced by anyone.


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Getting Crafty This Holiday Season

Crafty girls rule.  And my Bean is just loving craft kits right now.  The big gift haul from the Fairy Birthday Party included lots of wonderful new kits and we’re so happy to share some of our favorites with you as you start to think about holiday gifting this year.

Perler Beads

This is maybe the best playdate craft ever.  I watched three very energetic five year olds work quietly for 45 minutes on Perler Bead projects a few weeks ago.  While this is definitely a craft for kids past the age of eating or shoving small colorful things up their noses–my daughter has loved spending time making Perler Beads creations.   There are so many different ways to use this neat material.  Basically, kids arrange small colorful beads on peg boards in a variety of configurations to create pretty much anything, and then Mama irons the complete project.  The beads melt together after you iron them fusing the individual beads into one finished piece.  You can get boards in any shape you can imagine and piece together the projects using whatever colors inspire you.  Or you can get smaller kits and follow the specific patterns to make the projects shown.  We were sent the Perler Bead ‘n Carry Activity Kit (top photo above) to try out and it’s really neat.  The kit has eight little wells to safely hold beads for storage.  The lids are super tight–a little hard to open, but definitely secure enough to keep your beads from spilling.  And the large peg board provides a blank canvas for designing projects.  And what’s really neat is that there is a lid that snaps over the work area, allowing your child to leave an unfinished project, safely store it, and return to it later.  This is a really cool kit for any kid who loves working with Perler Beads.  Perler Beads are equally appealing to boys and girls–another really great feature of this craft medium.

American Girl Sew & Share Kits

The American Girl craft kits are really unique and wonderful.  We been sent several to try (see my video review of the jewelry box kit) and also purchased a few of our own.  And though the Sew & Share kits are specifically designed for ages 8 and up, with complete supervision Cate was able to make these butterflies last year.  These are wonderful first sewing projects.  The holes are pre-punched so your child is guaranteed sewing success.  Like the Perler Beads, hand sewing is wonderful for hand-eye coordination and small motor skills development.  As well as just plain fun.  What I love about the American Girl craft kits is that the projects the kids create just turn out beautifully.  Your kids have fun crafting, and then they get the satisfaction of making something gift-worthy.  Win win!

Sculpey

Sculpey isn’t so much a kit as it is a material.  And I am totally addicted to it.  Oh yeah, Bean likes it too.  Sculpey is colorful, oven-bake clay that is so fun to work with.  We have made rings, beads, birds, tiny villages–what I love about Sculpey is how totally open-ended, and totally multi-generational in appeal it is.  The colors don’t blend together so you can work in terrific detail.  And you can just let your kid loose with it–no need to guide her through every step of a project.  Check out the Shape & Bake Kits like the Pet Pals or Glow in the Dark Sampler or just buy a sampler pack with lots of colors to choose from.  And for great ideas for projects for kids, browse the kids area at the Sculpey site online.

Alex Color a Purse Kit

The Alex Color a Purse Kit is a really neat kit that also requires pretty much no parental supervision.  Bean got one of these for her birthday, and it reminds me of those posters we used to color when we were kids in the 80s.  The markers are permanent, so make sure your kid is wearing craft clothes, but after that she can just have at it and color.  The result is a really neat messenger-type bag that she can use!  Super cool!

Melissa and Doug Decorate Your Own Kits

Melissa and Doug makes a great line of Decorate Your Own Craft Kits that are wonderful for younger crafters.  Rated ages 4 and up, these kits come with wooden toys, dolls and more, as well as glitter paint, stickers, gems and everything you need to adorn them to your heart’s content.  Bean got the Decorate Your Own Mirror set for her birthday and it is now fully bedazzled and perched on her dresser.  She uses it to brush her hair every morning.  Adorable

Great craft kits that allow your child to express his or her inner Picasso and end up with a wonderful project to treasure.  That’s something every kid’s gotta have.

Discolsure: We were sent the Perler Bead n’ Carry Kit and an American Girl Sew & Share Kit to review.  All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way by any one.

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Stuff Your Weekend With Hugs, Build-a-Bear, Cody Simpson & The Marines

What’s better than a weekend “Stuffed With Hugs?”

Head on down to your local Build-a-Bear this weekend, Saturday and Sunday October 20th and 21st.  The first 100 guests at every Build-a-Bear store nationwide will get the chance to make stuffed animals for free to give to children in need of an extra teddy bear hug this holiday season, through the amazing Marines Toys for Tots Foundation.  And, as a thank you, guests who participate in Stuffed with Hugs will receive a coupon for $3 off their own furry friend.  Win win!

I was at the big Fifth Avenue Build A Bear store yesterday morning when teen pop sensation Cody Simpson, the Marines, and tons of cute kids kicked off the weekend, complete with a birthday celebration for Build A Bear which turns 15 this year!

Oh and Bearemy was there.  And he’ll be around to greet kids at stores across the country this weekend too.  Which is super cute.  There’s a big bear hug that anyone would love to get.  And there may even be some Marines standing by to collect the toy you make and whisk it away to get ready to be the star gift under some child’s tree.

Build-A-Bear Workshops and its associates believe in the teddy bear philosophy of being good people and good bears.  Throughout it’s fifteen year history, the company has shared the hug of a teddy bear wherever needed in local communities and abroad.  Build-A-Bear workshop has given guests a voice in supporting the causes that are important to them like children’s health and wellness, animals, and literacy and has given nearly 31 million dollars through it’s corporate donations and foundation grant programs to these causes.

Lots of good karma wrapped up in a cuddly package.

That’s something that babies just gotta have.

Visit BuildABear.com to find a store location near you!

 

 

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Family Game Night With Spot It Jr.! – Giveaway

I love playing games.  I love winning games.  I am a master of the party game.  I am unstoppable at Pictionary.  I have some Trivial Pursuit chops.  I rule Scattergories and Taboo and often have to throw games so as not to be a total jerk and look like I care too much.

I’m serious.

So hear me when I say I have found a game…(and this is hard to admit)…I have found a game.  Which I cannot win.  When I play against my five year old.

And it’s not just a roll of the dice or a spin of the spinner.  It is a game of skill.  And observation.  And speed.  And believe me…I tried!

Darn you Spot It Jr.!

(Yeah you heard me. I’m not even losing Spot It regular.  I’m losing Spot It Jr. Animals.)

Yes Spot It Jr.! Animals, you are environmentally friendly.  Yes you are ideal for children under the age of 7.  Yes you sharpen kids’ perception and cognitive skills.  But do you see this photo below?  A happy family joyfully playing you?

Yeah, that was me, Doc Hubby and the Bean.  Except I was hunched over and sweating, and desperately trying to “Spot It” before my Kindergartener did!  And Bean was smiling smugly with a huge stack of cards she won in front of her by identifying which animal appears on both cards.  And Doc Hubby was also smiling smugly at me.  Because finally, there appears to be someone in our family who can beat me at games.

Family game night.  In which you don’t have to throw games to your five year old can.  That’s something families definitely gotta have.

Spot It Jr.! will make a terrific gift this holiday season!  Look for it on our affiliate Amazon or…one lucky Babies Gotta Have It reader will win his or her own game of Spot It Jr.! Want to enter?  Read on!

To Enter the Spot It Jr.! Giveaway:

  • MANDATORY ENTRY #1: Visit the Blue Orange Games website and browse all their games.  Leave a comment on this post sharing which game other than Spot It you’d be most interested in playing! That’s it!  Entering is that easy!

***Want extra chances to win? After you have made your first entry as described above, do anything listed below and leave me additional comments for each one letting me know what you did!  Be aware that several of the bonus activities are worth more than one entry–leave two comments for those things worth two entries.  Maximum of  11 entries per person.

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Your email address will remain private and not be shared with anyone. Giveaway only open to those with U.S.  addresses. Must be 18 or older to win. Giveaway begins Tuesday October 16th and ends on Tuesday November 6th at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. Very soon after,  Random.org will select the winner and  I’ll email them immediately. After my daughter called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. Random.org is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my daughter, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!

Thank you to Blue Orange games for sending us Spot It Jr. and Pengolo to try out.  As always, all opinions are my own and my family’s and were not influenced by anyone.

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Two New Preschool & Toddler Apps for Holiday Travel

Summer roadtrips may have come to an end, but now holiday travels are now on the horizon.  We all hope for smooth travels, but as we found out on our way back from France this summer, the best laid plans do often succumb to airplane parts being stuck on a cargo plane from Germany.  So as you plan to go over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s, here are two new apps that can keep your kiddies happy in between snacks, sing-alongs, and endless games of Twenty Questions.

For your kids ages 4 and up, consider the new Finding Nemo Storybook Deluxe App.  We had a chance to try this app out and it’s a lot of fun.  My little one hasn’t seen the movie, but she has definitely enjoyed meeting the characters and hearing the story.  The app has three reading modes, Read to Me, Read it Myself, and Record Your Voice.  You’ll have to help your child choose the reading mode she wants, but the storybook is quite long and has the amazing voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks and Willem Dafoe as well as other actors from the movie.  The storybook mode is a bit clunky, and the pages don’t have a seamless flow from one to another.  But it’s a long, wonderful and complex story and it is distilled fairly well.

The app also offers puzzles, each in three different levels of difficulty; a matching game; coloring pages; and an interactive page where Dory chats with you and kids with devices with recording capabilities can chat with Dory.  This app is available for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

We also had the chance to try out Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home With Daniel, which was created by PBS Kids based on their new series inspired by the work of Mr. Rogers.  ITunes says that this app is for children ages 4 and up but PBS designates it for children ages 2 – 4, and that seems correct to me.  The app is simple and colorful.  It teaches children about the world around them as they are welcomed into Daniel’s home to go through bath time, bedtime, and a trip to the doctor’s office with him.  In the Daniel’s Bedtime, kids can click on Daniel’s blanket and cover him up, his light switch to turn out the lights, his radio to play a lullaby, his storybook to read a story, and more.  This is not a game for older children, it’s an interactive environment for younger children who enjoy repetition and simple cause and effect actions. Also included is a Sticker Book in which children can choose a backdrop and stickers of characters from Daniel’s Neighborhood to create small scenes and pictures.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home With Daniel is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Another quiet hour in the car while you sit in traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike…that’s something that Babies definitely gotta have.

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Fancy Nancy the Musical – Because Everyone’s Got a Little Fancy in Them

Vital Theatre has done it again.  Fancy Nancy the Musical is another wonderful musical for children, lifted from a well-loved story book, that maintains the spirit of the books while creating a completely satisfying experience for audiences young and old.

That’s fancy for: the Fancy Nancy Musical totally rocks.

We were thrilled to be in the press preview audience of Fancy Nancy the Musical (thank you Vital Theatre) along with Jane O’Connor, the author of the wildly successful Fancy Nancy books.  The show is quite simply, splendiforous.  That’s fancy for…well you get it.

The show, based on Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet, follows Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda and Lionel as they prepare for their very first ballet show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is 100% certain she and Bree will be cast as exotic and beautiful mermaids. But when another child get’s the coveted part, and she is cast as a plain old tree, Nancy faces the dilemma of how to bring her signature pizazz to a role that she finds less than inspiring.

Every production I’ve seen at Vital Theatre offers a great message for kids, and Fancy Nancy is no exception.  Aside from continuing the exemplary exposure to delicious and very fancy vocabulary words that is so beloved in the book series, the musical explores creativity and self-expression.  Nancy finds ways to make her room, her clothing and even a backyard tea party fancy, using the things she finds around her house.  She doesn’t spend oodles of money or go to the store for supplies.  With a little creativity and fun, Nancy can make even the mundane tree, fabulous.  And so can your kid.  And a positive attitude and ingenious spirit can turn even disappointments into something exciting.  And that’s a pretty great message to go home with.

I also love that the show introduces Rhonda and Wanda, two tomboys who love sports, but still get on board with Nancy’s fancy lifestyle.  They express their creativity in their own way.  As does the only boy in the show, the adorably dopey Lionel whose Shark Rap at the end of the show will definitely tickle your funny bone.

The music is excellent, the lyrics are clever and the story will definitely hold your child’s interest for the hour or so of the show.  And I maintain that Vital Theatre is one of the best proving ground for New York’s young musical theater performers.  Amanda Savan, who plays Nancy’s mom, has a huge, beautiful voice.  Her work is as good as you’ll see in musicals farther south on Broadway.  You will be seeing these actors again, I guarantee it.

A dazzling afternoon at the theater with your fanciest kiddo and a storybook character we all know and love.  That’s fancy for something babies definitely gotta have.

Fancy Nancy is playing at Vital Theatre

The McGinn Cazale Theater, 2162 Broadway at 76th Street – 4th Floor

Saturdays and Sundays from now through November 12th

Showtimes at 11am and 1 pm

Click here for tickets

 

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Fairy Birthday Party – New York City Style

When you think Fairy Birthday Party, I bet you don’t think Manhattan apartment.  Concrete sidewalk.  City park.  My guess is you think backyard.

But when you live in New York City, and you decide to have a Fairy Birthday Party for your favorite little five year old, apartments and sidewalks and parks are what you have to work with.  And if you go a little bonkers with tulle and ribbon and flowers, and you fill your home with friends and family, that party might end up looking a little something like this…

 

We decorated the living room with fresh flowers and all the favors and activities that would come to life during our magical party.

The fairies were blown to our building by the lingering winds of Hurricane Isaac. Upon her arrival, each guest was given a tutu and wings. I made the tutus using lots of tulle and lots of ribbon and tiny little blossoms and not a stitch of thread.

Each fairy crafted her own magic wand. Double layered foam flowers were decorated on both sides with an array of fairy themed foamy stickers, bejeweled, mounted on the highest quality wooden magic wands (chopsticks from the dollar store), glued in place and tied with a pretty ribbon.

No fairy party is complete without a fairy tale–and I wove a doozy.  Complete with an antique brooch, a 90 year old photograph, and a fairy dust necklace for each girl (note this fairy dust grants the wearer good luck, not the ability to fly; and it’s magic power disappears if it is ever removed from the jar). I made the necklaces from tiny bottles, colorful cord, and real true magic fairy dust.

And then each girl made her very own fairy garden.  Crystal bowls filled with green grass (dollar store plastic bowls, floral foam and moss) were the magical hillocks to be adorned with tiny treasures.  Little fairy shelters were crafted out of bark and sticks.  Flowers, wee robin’s eggs, colorful glassy rocks, mushrooms, fairy bells and more were arranged by each, until each individual garden became a welcome home for a winged visitor.

After a rousing game of Fairy Pass the Parcel it was time for all the fair folk to eat!  The menu included twigs (pretzel sticks), chipmunk chips (dried banana chips), dew drops (meringes), mushrooms (marshmallows topped with apple slices), rose drops (dried cranberries), gnome hats (bugles) and nectar (lemonade and juices).  Followed, of course, by fairy cakes.

And then the city fairies got very tricky and, while Isaac’s rains held off, the fair folk led our little fairies out onto the streets of New York and down to the park as they followed a fairy trail.  Their goody bags were waiting for them on a colorful quilt in the grass.

A magical birthday party full of food, friends and fun.  Believing so hard in fairies that a story about magical fairy dust can make you cry.  Trusting that very soon you’ll be big enough to go to Neverland and maybe, just maybe, you can be a fairy when you grown up.  If you don’t decide to be a ballerina.  Hugs from preschool buddies and lots of treats.

That’s something babies of all ages definitely gotta have.

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Disney Classics Storybook Apps to the Rescue

Flight delays.

When we booked our return flight from Paris, we saved an exorbitant amount of money by not going direct.  We chose a flight from Charles DeGaulle to Philly.  And then a short jaunt from Philly to NYC. When we made our reservation I said, “If this all goes smoothly we’ll be happy we did this.  But if it goes bad, it could be a freaking nightmare.”

Cut to the impossibly elegant yet impossibly slow Air France agent saying (insert accent here) “You do know your flight is three hours delayed…?”  When I told her that we would miss our connecting flight, she shrugged her shoulders.

Once we made it to the gate we discovered our flight had been bumped back five hours.  I got in a really long line hoping to receive not just the free airport meal ticket but maybe seats on a direct flight to JFK. While I waited our flight was moved back another two hours.  I reached the desk at the gate the moment our flight was cancelled.

I stood there at the desk while the agents started making phone calls and people began scrambling and thought “In a minute, lines are going to be very important. Right now I am at the front of one.  I’m just going to stay right here.”  I smiled a lot.  I sympathized with the now harried employees.  I stayed at the front of the line and asked if there was any way we could get on a direct flight to New York.  I smiled some more. I enlisted my cute kid and told her if she behaved well it would help us get home sooner. We were switched to a flight direct to JFK that had itself been delayed six hours.  Putting us at JFK only two hours later than originally scheduled.  Begin many more lines and much more smiling resulting in three seats together in row 10 of a huge aircraft.

And then there was the six hour delay.

Can I say, when you are faced with a six hour delay and a preschooler, your iPad is a really good friend.  And apps that cost you a couple of dollars at home before you left, increase in value astronomically.

Before leaving for France, we installed a couple new Disney Classics apps we had been given to review.  How delighted was I to discover that not only did these apps pass the time, they were actually wonderful! There are several Disney Classics storybook apps available, designed for children ages 3- 6, and I love the two we played.  We explored the Peter Pan and Bambi apps for iPad (they are also available for your iPhone and iPod Touch) and let me say, they are gorgeous.  The art is whimsical and lovely.  The apps are interactive, but they don’t make my head hurt.  The storytelling is slow and gentle. To me they seem like pop-up books come to life.  The interactivity is limited.  The emphasis is on the storytelling. And Cate loves them.

On the opening page, your child can insert her picture and type her name to create a Golden Book-like nameplate.  The books are read by a single narrator, and tapping around on a page reveals little hidden sound and visual effects–horses hooves clop outside the Darling house, lights go on and off in the children’s nursery. Your child can choose to exit the book to do little coloring pages or puzzles or other simple activities in both apps.  They are just very very sweet.

 

And they will keep your child entertained while you wait six hours at an airport.  Or at least fill in the time between the free lunch and playing pretend restaurant with other kids in the little airport kids play area (hear that LaGuardia? An airport kids play area!).

And that’s something that Mama’s definitely gotta have.

 

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Babies Gotta Express Themselves

My wee gal loves jewelry.  She loves to make bracelets and necklaces with beads (yes one of the many summer crafts we are already seriously working on day one of this whole school’s-out thing).  We have even begun using sculpey to create pendants and beads to string on bracelets and necklaces later. When it comes to making and wearing jewelry at an almost-five-year-old level, we aren’t messing around.

My wee gal loves to dress up.  She loves nail polish and lip gloss (she got it as a party favor…what could I do?) and flowery headbands and sandals that show her toes. She loves to express herself.

So we’re all about the products that allow her to do this.

I first saw Mungi Bands magnetic bracelets at the New York Toy Fair this past winter and I fell in love with them.  Mungi Bands are magnetically connectable silicone bracelets you can mix and match in infinite combinations.  Trade them with your friends.  Exchange segments as mix and match friendship bracelets. No tiny pieces required. Two segments make a bracelet.  Or string a bunch together for a necklace.

And the patterns are great for allowing your gal to be herself.  Choose a set including ballet slippers, cupcakes and flowers OR butterflies, surfboards and “BFF” OR, for the boys and tomboys sharks, surfboards and the jolly roger…or get all three and make an awesome shark-cupcake-butterfly combo.  Yes, cool bracelets for boys! And Mungi Bands are super cool.

Mungi Bands sets come in two sizes, small and large, and are designed for kids ages five and up.

They are available on the Mungi website for $6.99 a set (order four or more and get free shipping) or get them on Amazon if that’s the way you roll.  A couple of sets make an awesome 5th birthday present for your fashionista.

A gal who knows her own mind.  That’s something Mama’s definitely gotta have.

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