On the List ~ Animal Toobs

This is my final On the List post!  It has been fun sharing my favorite items with you, I hope these ideas have been helpful.See what has already been featured: Straws & Connectors, Indoor Energy Burners, Balance Bike, Bean Bag Chair, Letter Construction, Candy Construction Unique Riding Toys, and Foam Blocks!

Safari Animal Toobs

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Our tiny animals are one of the MOST played with items in our home. Ladybug is the biggest fan and has loved them since she was aware we had them!  She seriously plays with this collection more than anything else we own.  I am consistently adding to the collection in various ways; Zulily credit, Amazon sales, 50% off coupons at Michaels and gifts from others! 

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I find our animals playing with her in just about every situation you can think of. They are constant companions!

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I also pull specific animal sets in to use for our Continent Box studies {Australia shown below}.

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I also add any animals beginning with our current letter to our Alphabet Basket collection! Below you can see our monkey collection hidden in for our Letter M basket!

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The best way to get a good deal on the Safari Toobs is by using a 40-50% off one item coupon at Michaels or a similar store.  Often the toobs are found on the end caps of aisles.  A normal price for a toob is between $8-11, so with a coupon they are a great price! These little creatures are high quality and have lasted through MASSIVE play at our house for many years. If you have little ones, I definitely recommend building up a collection!

Do you already own an animal collection?


See more gift ideas On the List…

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On the List ~ Bean Bag Chair

From now until Christmas, I am featuring our all time favorite toys!  I always love getting recommendations to get the Christmas gift idea lists to the grandparents in plenty of time!   I will feature 10 different gift ideas between now and Dec 21, every Saturday. Already I have featured Straws & Connectors, Indoor Energy Burners, Balance Bike, Letter Construction, and Foam Blocks!

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On the List...Bean Bag Chair

We were given an Ahh Products bean bag chair years ago for a review.  We absolutely fell in love and ended up getting 2 more, for a grand total of 3 in our house.  ALL 3 are used daily, by both pets and people!

Here’s an extensive review I wrote last year, I also answered reader questions in the comments if you want to peek there too for more info.

Ahh Bean Bag Chairs

These are very high quality, long lasting bean bags, not the kind you grab while at Target. I will admit, the price shocked me at first years ago, but now having owned them for years, I totally get it.  They are amazing! 

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My kids not only sit in them but also jump, flip and play in them. Notice K mid air about to land in our large brown bean bag!

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Both our cat and dog use them as beds too, and with washable covers this is no problem.  The inner liner is waterproof for the double WIN with young kids and pets!

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Thoughts to Consider…

We own a red and navy cuddle fabric 37” Large, and a brown cuddle fabric 52” Giant, both with “reground beans.” You can read more about the sizes we own here {yes you will see photos of my family on their website, I gave them permission to use some of our photos for their site!}.  See the purchase page for the fabric we own here.

We have refilled our bean bags, which is common if you children jump into them a lot {ours do}. You can see more info about refilling them here.  These bean bags have a 10 Year Warranty.

Their Facebook page is here, be sure to check for any discount codes. Currently I see a 5% discount with code: EarlyBird5

They do sell Ahh! bean bags on Amazon also, you can find them here. Be sure to check the prices in both places before buying, to be sure you are getting the lowest for the one you choose.

This is an investment, and the price reflects the quality.  I can’t see a day when we won’t use these bean bags, they are a long term piece of furniture. If you have active children that you homeschool, I highly recommend one for the school time use. We have 2 kept in our school room and they have been a HUGE help for reading time, wiggly kids, jumping into and more.  They really are as awesome as they look.

Do you already own a bean bag you love?  Is one on your list?


See more gift ideas On the List…

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On the List ~ Letter Construction Kit

From now until Christmas, I am featuring our all time favorite toys!  I always love getting recommendations to get the Christmas gift idea lists to the grandparents in plenty of time!   I will feature 10 different gift ideas between now and Dec 21, every Saturday. Already I featured Straws & Connectors, Indoor Energy Burners, Balance Bike, and Foam Blocks!

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links are used, thanks for your support!}

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We were given the Letter Construction Activity Kit for a review awhile back {here’s the review}.  From the moment we opened the box all three of my kids have LOVED this set.  It is SO much more than letter building.  I will let our many photos speak for themselves!

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What Ages?

The recommended age range is 5-8.  I would recommend much younger and begin building the shapes and letters for your tot!  I think this is a great set to grow with.  My oldest is 11 and he still builds things with this set.  The kids love to create all together. 

Thoughts to Consider…

I will say some of the pieces don’t hold together as well as the kids would like.  They have little connectors on them and although most are fine, a few are a bit loose causing some frustration.  But this has not hindered my kids from loving this set and using it in all sorts of creative ways! I sometimes will help Ladybug get hers connected firmly, but she can usually snap them together on her own now.

Currently the Letter Construction Activity Kit is $27.99 n Amazon here.

 

Do you already own the Letter Construction Kit?  Is it on your list?


See more gift ideas On the List…

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Christmas Gift Ideas 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013

I get asked a lot about gift ideas, and a few years ago I began writing extensive gift idea posts. Many people have expressed their appreciation for these posts and I am truly glad they are helpful!  We personally own everything I recommend, and I will never recommend something we don’t love.

Instead of updating my lists, I am sharing the links from last year.  I went through them and noticed there weren’t any major additions, so it didn’t seem like a good use of time to redo them this year. Any changes have been done to the posts themselves, rather than writing brand new posts this year!

Here are the links to our Christmas Gift Idea Posts, along with Pin It buttons for each one in case you want to just pin it for later!  The pin it buttons will pin the individual post, not this post.  If you want to pin this post, use the pin it button above!

 

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New this year is my On the List series, featuring my top ten recommendations for kids from now through December 21!  See all of the posts here, or here pinned to my Gift Ideas Pinterest board!Top Ten Gift Ideas for Kids 2013

On the List ~ Balance Bike

From now until Christmas, I am featuring our all time favorite toys!  I always love getting recommendations to get the Christmas gift idea lists to the grandparents in plenty of time!  That’s why I am starting early this year with some individual toy features.  I will update our gift recommendation posts {tot, preschool, boys, moms, Jesus} for 2013 and publish those in November, but wanted to get started with these features of our favorites now.  I will feature 10 different gift ideas between now and Dec 21, every Saturday. Recently I featured Straws & Connectors, Indoor Energy Burners, and Foam Blocks!

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We were given an orange Strider Bike to review when Krash was 3 years old.  He wore this thing out and was riding a pedal bike confidently by age 4 1/2.  This balance bike made us believers in the no-pedal concept for sure.

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We ended up giving away our orange Strider bike when Ladybug was showing no interest since she saw it as “her brother’s bike.  We gave it to our good friend and her little boy began flying on it at about age 2 and is still going strong on it at age 3 1/2!

Ladybug had a slow start on the whole physical balance thing with her medical concerns we dealt with around age 2.  She was a very late walker and was much slower to show interest in things like this.  She showed zero interest in a bike at all until last Christmas when she mentioned wanting a pink bike.  We ended up buying a second Strider bike, this time in pink for her!

It wasn’t until this past August that she began to really ride it, she is currently 4 1/2.  She LOVES it now!

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Her helmet is this one, and yes it is awesome!

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Which Bike?

I have only ever had a Strider Bike for my kids but there are tons of balance bikes out there now.  We looked at many others when choosing a bike for Ladybug and ended up coming right back to Strider simply for the success we had with our first one.  It is very light weight and all others we looked at were heavier. We are beyond pleased with both Striders we have had! We ordered our pink Strider Bike from Amazon.

What Ages?

As you can see the age range varies for these bikes, depending on the child.  I know 2 boys {my son and my friend’s son we gave the orange one to} who were totally ready and flying on the balance bike early.  Some even earlier than they were!  Then for a slower to develop child the bike is perfect at age 4 1/2. The official age recommendation from Strider is 18 months-5 years.  I think we will use ours beyond 5 years with Ladybug.

The bike is durable and able to be handed down as we have.  We will be able to pass on Ladybug’s bike too.  It is in great shape.

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Do you already own a balance bike?  What brand do you recommend?


See more gift ideas On the List…

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