Think Outside the Toy Box With These Seven Toys

I love toys, which is why I love my Playroom Chronicles series. However, many people do not realize that a toy can do so much more than what the product packaging says. For example, a remote-controlled car can be a great math tool, and a nerf blaster can actually help with spelling! Here are seven […]

Screen Free Storytelling with Tonies

Storytelling is essential for childhood development. From bedtime stories to public speaking presentations, kids learn to speak, read, imagine, and create from the act of storytelling. One company at the heart of storytelling toys for this new decade is tonies®. Please note that I received a starter set for review. The art of storytelling has […]

Educational Books For Kids When School’s Out

Kids are home for the foreseeable future. Parents tasked with educating them. So, you may need some reading material and educational tools to get through it! Kindle Unlimited is my go-to. For about $10 a month, it is a realistic price when stuck at home. The app is easy to download on portable devices. Alternatively, […]

Homeschool Advice for Working Parents

Just because kids are home from school does not mean you are off from work. In fact, with many employers’ mandating their employees work from home, and with kids at home for the foreseeable future, parents are struggling with how to get projects done while not neglecting their children! Here are some tips and products […]

Homeschool Calendars – Printable Schedules

Whether you homeschool, find yourself suddenly homeschooling due to the Coronavirus, or want a structured staycation with educational components, you want schedules! You will especially want homeschool calendars that you can use. Homeschool Calendars You may want to ensure to teach various subjects. Perhaps you want a schedule for the day that combines playtime with […]

Homeschool Challenges For Working Parents

With school closed and parents working from home, there are enough challenges for families to face these days. However, schools are tasking parents to be teachers too! Coronavirus concerns have closed schools to slow the spread of COVID19. Thus, schools are switching to online, at-home learning. However, school administrators are expecting parents to step in as school […]

DIY Educational Activities for Homeschool or Rainy Days

I was excited to have the opportunity to share some DIY educational activities with The Toy Insider. The activities, that you can find here, are great on rainy days or for homeschooling. To assist you with fun math games, lego challenges, and story ideas, here are the printables to help! Check out my other parenting […]

Back to Nature: Educational Butterfly Kits

Kids can observe the butterfly life cycle up close with a LIVE Butterfly Kit. Insect Lore One popular one is from Insect Lore. As soon as the kit arrives, it comes with five, live baby caterpillars. Retail price is $27.99 and includes the caterpillars. You can also gift a kit without the butterflies (The Insect […]

Boogie Board Blackboard Review & Uses

The Blackboard by Boogie Board made it to my ‘best list’ for getting organized in the new year. You can see that post here. In this post, however, I’m sharing why you might want to get one for your kids. Benefits of the Blackboard The Blackboard by Boogie Board can be a great teaching tool […]

Benefits of a 529 College Savings Plan

Have you started saving for college? Whether for yourself or your kids? Are you squirreling away savings when you can? While many families have a hard time finding savings to set aside for college, many are more perplexed about how to go about it. At the U.Fund Dreams Tour sponsored by Fidelity and MEFA (The […]

New Technology: Audiobook Rentals

There are two reasons why I am writing this post: (1) because I am always wondering what to give my parents for the holidays and (2) because I never have time to read anymore. So when I was asked to review Downpour.com, I was intrigued because here was a product that might solve two of […]

Teaching Kids About Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Whether you personally know someone with Diabetes or not, it is a great time to teach kids about this chronic illness so they can be understanding and accepting of friends that they may encounter with Diabetes. My Mother-in-Law has diabetes that she developed only a few years ago when she […]

Online Childbirth Education Classes

Personally, I hate the idea of traditional childbirth education classes. While I want information about childbirth options, risks, and techniques, the idea of getting the details in front of strangers is a little…weird to me. It works for others. Don’t get me wrong. Obviously, because thousands of people take such classes every year in the […]