• Open-ended preschool toys
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    Open-ended Toy Ideas for Preschoolers

    Our eldest Asher is four and a half this Christmas and fully present in the preschooler age group.  Over the last year, he has developed and honed in on his own interests. He is also in school for the first time and the influence of his peers has started to sway his wish list this holiday season. Both of these changes have made the list making a bit more of an adventure, but never fear, you don’t have to give into noise and do-it-for-them toys just because they are older. There are still quality, open-ended toys for kids as they continue to grow.  Open-ended toys are a favorite in our…

  • Open-ended toy recommendations for toddlers
    Christmas,  Favorite Toys Guides,  Holidays,  Motherhood

    Open-ended Christmas Gift Ideas for Toddlers

    After nearly a week of unexplained coughing and feeling pretty crummy, I am finally back to continue the Holiday Toy Series. If you missed it, don’t forget to check out:  5 Benefits of Open-ended Toys Open-ended Gift Guide for Babies It is officially Christmas season and that means, for many, gift shopping is getting underway. If you are looking for ideas on what to get your toddlers, then you’ve come to the right place! Toddler life… such a fun yet exhausting time of early parenthood. It is a time when our littles one are more mobile, more opinionated, and starting to dive into the world of imaginative play. This is…

  • Open-ended Christmas gift ideas for baby
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    Open-ended Christmas Gift Ideas for Babies

    Ah…the first Christmas! What a fun time for new parents. Whether your baby is fresh from oven or nearly a year old, the first Christmas is great fun.  I can recall being so excited for each of the kids’ first Christmases but also wondering to myself “What do you get a child that just likes to chew on their socks and poop their pants?” The Easiest Christmas The truth is, the first Christmas is the easiest. Babies are truly happy with an empty box and a crumbled wrapping paper. BUT if you are looking for ideas for your little bundle of festive cuteness below are some great, open-ended ideas.  Open-ended…

  • Open ended toy examples
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    5 Reasons to Buy Your Child Open-Ended Toys

    Seeing our children enjoy toys and dive into a new imaginative world is one of the many great pleasures of parenthood, but if we’re not careful it can quickly turn into a room full of unused toys and kids saying they are bored. Children have thrived in their imaginative worlds since the first children were born. From rocks, to sticks, to dolls, to wagons… kids are always playing. Playing is an integral part of who they are and play a huge role in how they develop. One of my favorite quotes is by Maria Montessori who said “Play is the work of the child”. This speaks volumes to the value…

  • Favorite toys for a one year
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    Favorite Toys for One Year Olds

    A friend of mine recently asked me for advice on what to get for a baby’s first birthday. This sweet friend just recently married and doesn’t yet have kids but she loves on many kids in her life around her and she will be attending a close friend’s baby girl’s first birthday soon. So in honor of her request I decided to come up with a list of my favorite toys for both of my littles at or around one year old. You can find all sorts of recommendations for this age online but here is a list of our favorites. Personally, as a parent, I prefer open-ended toys, toys…