Social Emotional Learning Toys and Resources For Parents and Kids

If you have a child with cognitive challenges, you are very familiar with the concept and the therapies around Social Emotional Learning (SEL). However, during the Covid-19 pandemic, SEL has risen to the forefront as a need and a tool for all parents and kids. Many children have not gotten social opportunities in months as […]

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 […]

Seven Simple St. Patrick’s Day Activities And Ideas For Kids

Whether you are Irish or not, whether you can spell claddagh or you can’t, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day can be fun, as well as good cultural exposure for your children. So here are some St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids of all ages. If you have younger kids, here are some fun ways to spice […]

TOTY 2021: The Hottest Toys of the Year

The 2021 Toy of the Year TOTY Award winners were announced today by The Toy Association. The TOTY Awards are like the “Oscars” of the toy industry. The awards indicate to consumers what are the hottest toys of the year. The finalists were selected from 557 nominees. Then each was reviewed and ranked by eighteen […]

Easy, Quick, Cheap Classroom Valentines Day Card Idea

Here is an idea for a quick, cheap, and easy class Valentine’s Day card using crayons! Keep reading to learn how to pull off last minute class cards! If you are anything like me, you get a heads up from the classroom teacher just a few days in advance that kids should bring in Valentine’s […]

25 Life Organization Goals To Do in February – Free Printable

So you have tackled your home organization goals in January using this checklist challenge. Now it is time to do these 25 life organization goals in February (or whatever month you want to do it in!) This is a blend of home, personal, and family goals that will help you get organized before spring. Hang […]

The Best Valentine’s Day Zoom Backgrounds to Use In February

Whether homeschooling, working from home, remote learning, virtual dating, or connecting with family and friends – why not have fun with your virtual backgrounds on Zoom and other online platforms for Valentine’s Day and all of February. Even if your computer is not compatible with the build-in virtual backgrounds, you can always get an inexpensive […]

Resources for Parents On How to Discuss The News With Kids

PBS Kids has shared some resources for families who are looking for guidance on how to discuss news stories with their children, grandchildren, etc. While most kids are online, it is even more of an issue for younger children with remote learning. In the past, they are often not exposed. Yet, I know in our […]

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 […]

Ten Toys That Educate And Entertain Toddlers And Preschoolers

If you have toddlers and preschoolers at home, keeping them entertained is a must! Yet, how can parents and caregivers entertain and educate at the same time? In the toy lineup below, these toys do both and also have other benefits that toddlers can work on – like communication and fine motor skills.   Tinkle […]

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, […]

Here are the Unique Toys Your Kids Will Want for Christmas 2020

Despite being a toy fanatic, it is always hard to narrow down all the toys in the market to just a select number of unique toys your kids will want this Christmas and for other upcoming holidays. However, here is my list of top twelve unique toys, games, crafts, and sets your kids will want […]

Ten Best Christmas Zoom Backgrounds for the Holidays

Whether it is getting into the festive spirit on remote learning sessions, or using a background for DIY holiday card pictures, you may be needing some Zoom backgrounds themed for winter, Christmas or Chanukah. Many of us will probably be opening presents with extended family on virtual calls vs. in person. Make sure to ship […]

The Top Toy Deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2020

Stock up on educational toys for the holidays and beyond with these 2020 Black Friday Deals and Cyber Monday Deals: LearningResources.com – 25% off everything on their website on Black Friday and Cyber Monday Educational Insights – 30% off everything on their website on Black Friday and 25% off from 11/30-12/4 Hand2Mind.com – 20% off […]

Five Thanksgiving Zoom Backgrounds For The Holidays

Here are five Thanksgiving Zoom backgrounds to use for your holiday virtual gatherings!

Spooktacular Halloween Specials on Nickelodeon!

Nickelodeon has a HallowScream lineup in October 2020 that makes the lack of covid Trick or Treating still be sweet!  Nickelodeon is celebrating Halloween with spooktacular premieres of its live-action, animation, and preschool series. There are hauntingly fun, all-new episodes of hit series, including The Loud House, The Casagrandes, Blue’s Clues & You!, and It’s […]

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 […]

Halloween Themed Toys For Halloween Hunts

Whether you want to avoid crowds, or want something fun for the whole family, consider skipping the act of trick or treating. As an Trick or Treating alternative, have a Halloween Hunt at home. A Halloween Hunt is akin to a Easter Egg Hunt. You search for Halloween themed items around the yard or in […]

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®. You can even see the TV appearance I made, where I shared the Toniebox is […]

Zoom Virtual Backgrounds for Kids

If your household is anything like my household, then Zoom has become a staple of your life during the coronavirus confinement. One month ago, I had never heard of it. Today? It is has become part of our vocabulary! Whether is it conference calls with work or daily online classroom times, the most exciting thing […]

Five Fun Things To Do With Kids During Coronavirus Confinement

In the coming weeks, it will be a parenting challenge to keep things exciting and engaging at home. Everyone has experience with their kiddos declaring ultimate boredom after a week of school vacation or a few snow days in a row. However, with the coronavirus school closures entering week three for many (with more weeks […]

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 […]