Seven Alternative Uses and Ideas For Plastic Easter Eggs

With their low price tag and high availability, those little plastic easter eggs are everywhere this time of year. While most of us use them for Easter egg hunts, there are 7 other things you can do with them! Whether is it plastic easter egg crafts or just chocolate inside, they are worth stocking up […]

The Reasons Having A Dog Prepares You For Parenting

Why Having a Dog Prepares You For a Baby I remember the day each came into my life. The joy, the fear, and the major learning curve for each. My first often tempted my patience. My second had many health issues in her first months of life. Each taught me that life is precious. To […]

How to Make a Leprechaun Trap

 Here is how to make a Leprechaun Trap so the kids can see if they can trap a Leprechaun on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. Here are a couple of ideas, but anything they can think up and imagine is always a great thing too. Leprechaun Trap Items Just find empty coffee containers, empty […]

The Best DIY Kid Valentines Day Cards You Can Make

Are you looking for creative DIY Valentine’s Day cards that the kids can hand out at school? I have to admit, I do scour Pinterest at this time of year because I feel like this is the one holiday that I might be able to be creative without catastrophe! Our school does not allow candy or […]

The Six Best Art Supplies for Kids Under $50

Whether you need great art supplies for homeschool and remote learning, or you are just looking for the best art supplies for kids that survive a weekend craft session, these are my favorites. Why are these art supplies my favorites? Well, as a Mom and someone who is in the toy industry, these products tick […]

Play Holiday Bingo With This Free Printable for Kids

Playing games is a great holiday activity. However, if you are looking for something particularly festive, play a Holiday Bingo game. Use marshmallows as your pieces for a fun alternative treat. Just download the free printable below. Then print it out, follow the directions and have fun! Need more New Year’s Activities ideas and printables? […]

The Best Way to Get Kids To Wash Their Hands

If you are reading this, then you know how hard it is to get kids to wash their hands – whether they are two or twelve! So I introduce you to SPLATZ soap! Especially with COVID-19, washing hands is more essential than ever – and it is more required than ever! My kids never had […]

Six Awesome Toys and Games for Virtual Playdates

My kids are clamoring for playdates with their friends, but with the COVID-19 pandemic that is not possible. For a while, it was okay but with the coronavirus just not going anywhere, having virtual playdates is almost necessary for kids’ social and emotional well-being. Whether you use Zoom or some other platform, here some toys, […]

The Best GUND Plush to Give as a Gift

You “Gotta Getta Gund” this holiday season. Yes, that is their official motto but an accurate one. I love plush and GUND makes some of the best plush out there. It is perfect for the holidays. With so many of us being away from family and friends for the holidays, consider sending a GUND with […]

10 Spooktacular Halloween Movies for Kids

Family Friendly Halloween Movies That Are Great For Kids To Watch I love the month of October. The weather is nice, the outdoor activities are great, and there are fun crafts and games to do with the family. One of my favorite things is to watch family friendly Halloween movies. While many Halloween movies are […]

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 […]

The Best Headphones for Kids? Try CozyPhones

I will be the first to admit that kid headphones are something I used to only think about when I got on a plane. Yet, in recent months, my wish for readily accessible headphones, for everyday use, grew drastically when my kids…..got iPads. Now that we are building our forever home, we have a lot […]

How Much Money to Spend on a Birthday Gift

Once you get that “{Your child’s name} has been invited to {friend’s name} birthday party!}”  – the big question looms – “How Much to Spend on the Birthday Gift” for said friend? I often wonder how much of a ‘friend’ this person is to my child too. Are the besties? Does this child even say […]

Here is the Best Tick Repellent for Kids Without Deet

When you are looking for tick repellent products, you want to make sure your getting the safest tick repellant for kids. Often that means getting tick repellent for kids without Deet. Natural Tick Repellent Deet has been shown to be toxic in certain concentrations and for certain people. So many just avoid this chemical-based tick […]

DIY of the Week: Pet Picture Blanket

It can be hard when a pet passes on. However, what I didn’t realize is how hard it can be on other pets that are still living. When my oldest dog passed recently, my other dog was clearly depressed. They had snuggled and slept together all the time and when the older dog didn’t come […]

Books About Becoming a Big Brother

Is your son about to become a big brother? One of the great ways to get him ready for a new sibling is to read books about becoming a big brother and about his upcoming new role. These books range from fun to facts to help the family prepare for the new addition! Big Brother […]

Five Fun Splashtastic Mermaid Books for Kids

If your child loves all things Mermaid, then check out these five fun Mermaid books for kids to bring splashtastic fun to a bedtime routine. Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet. Ages 4-8. Authored by Jane O’Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser Publisher:Harper Collins MSRP: $17.99   Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, couldn’t […]

You’re Centsational: An Easy Valentine’s Day Penny Card for Kids

I love Valentine’s Day crafts. I’m not sure if it because of red and pink colors, or because of the cleverness that can be made of them. Either way, I especially love Valentine’s Day card crafts. You’re “Cent”sational. This year, I decided to test out my own craft skills. I’ve had an idea for a […]

Fun Indoor Toys for a Snow Day

Just because it is a snow day, doesn’t mean kids can play outside in the snow. Whether it’s blizzard conditions or sub-zero temperatures, often kids are stuck inside on a snow day. Then they are on their screens! To get them away from that, and having fun, check out these indoor snow day toys. Links […]

Fun Toys for the Snow

Looking for toys to play with in the winter, outdoors or toys for the snow? Here are FIVE snow toys for snowy days to consider pulling out after the blizzard! (Links are Amazon affiliate links.) Artic Force Snow Trac Ball by Wham-o (MSRP $20, Ages 8+) All you do with this is scoop snow, mold a […]

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 […]

Five Snow Day Activities For Kids

When the first major snow storm hits in your home state resulting in closed schools, parents need an action plan. Not an action plan for your home, but for your kids! So here are five snow day activities for kids to do at home to keep them occupied and you happy! Make snow cream. If […]