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    25 Engaging STEM Toys for Toddlers Under 3 Years Old

    It’s never too early to start nurturing science, technology, engineering, and math skills in toddlers. Learning Liftoff shares that an early introduction to STEM can encourage the development of language, communication, and problem-solving skills. They add that it will also set them up for future academic success because they will be able to transfer these skills to other areas of study. Similarly, the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum reports that children are already laying roots for abstract reasoning before they turn one. “These roots,” they say, “must be encouraged through engagement and play in order for inherent tendencies to develop into lifelong STEM thinking skills.”…

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    28 Exciting Gifts for an 8-Year-Old Girl

    Are you getting ready to purchase a gift for an 8-year-old girl for a birthday or holiday? What a fun task! The eldest of my four children is an 8-year-old girl, and I think she is at a really enjoyable age. 8-year-olds are getting more independent and savvy about how the world works, but yet they still love to play, create, and have fun. My daughter just loves rainbows, butterflies, sparkles, fairies, and dressing up — such a whimsical spirit about her! If you’re looking for just the right gift for an 8-year-old, consider these 28 recommendations. Many are items we have in our house and can recommend from experience,…

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    35 Fun and Unique Gifts for One-Year-Olds

    There is a special occasion approaching and you need a gift for a one-year-old, but you don’t want to opt for the standard toys, books, and clothes. If you are looking for something a little different, try these unique gifts for one-year-olds. This list includes ideas that are personalized, practical, sentimental, or out-of-the-box. You are sure to find something that will stand out and make your one-year-old’s day! This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click a link and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn on qualifying purchases. 1. Personalized piggy bank One-year-olds need a place to store all their…

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    The Top 5 Teacher Gift Mistakes to Avoid

    When it’s time to pick out a teacher gift, do you ever have trouble deciding what to give? How do you adequately honor the person who spends hours educating and caring for your child each day? Teachers I have talked to don’t seem to expect anything, and they appreciate any gesture a parent makes to recognize them during Teacher Appreciation Week, the holiday season, or the end of the school year. But when I asked them what they really did and did not want to receive as teacher gifts, they were not shy about speaking up, and certain patterns became very clear! Before you solidify your choices for your next…

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    The Ultimate List of Fourth Baby Gift Ideas Experienced Moms will Love

    Fourth baby gift ideas are not always the easiest to come up with. After all, the experienced mom having a fourth baby probably has everything under control and has all she needs to take care of this next child, right? Wrong. As a recent fourth-time mom, I can tell you that I have needed and appreciated all the support I received from family and friends. Here is a list of fourth baby gift ideas sure to please even the most experienced of moms. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission for referring you (at no additional cost…

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    10 Perfect Gifts to Make Life Easier for Mom

    As a mom, I am always looking for ways to make life easier. There is no room for inefficiency when you have to care for four kids, cook meals, keep a house reasonably tidy, work a job or two, and sleep sometimes. I embrace any gifts to make life easier or item I come across that somehow frees up some of my resources to allow me to more easily accomplish all I need to. If you are a mom looking for ideas to put on your own wish list, or you are hoping to pick out gifts to make life easier for a mom, I have put together a list…

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    20+ Awesome Art Toys That Keep Kids Entertained

    Art toys for kids are a lifesaver at my house. Let’s just say I was not born with the “craft” gene. It’s not that I’m not a creative person, but music and writing are my fortes, not making magnificent creations out of coffee filters and clothespins. Personally, aside from lacking raw talent in the crafting arena, I am simply not all that interested in finding a craft project, procuring all the necessary materials, doing the prep work, and demonstrating each step for my kids. I know that this kind of thing fills many a mom’s cup. I’m not one of those moms. I send my kids to school and take…

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    30+ Practical Gifts for Two-Year-Olds that Parents will Appreciate

    When my kids’ birthdays and Christmas roll around, I try to take charge and create good solid wish lists that I make available to friends and family. These lists include practical items that I know the kid will need throughout the course of the year. Gift-givers often want to pick out the gift that’s going to be the most fun or exciting for the child, and I understand that. But two-year-olds can get just as excited over practical gifts as they do over toys. And if you give a practical gift to a two-year-old, you are likely to make the parents extra happy as well! Here is a list of practical gifts…