So excited to share that Tea Collection’s spring line is in store, and this season is “Destination Australia”. This first delivery, that we received this week, is inspired by the Great Ocean Road which stretches 151 miles along Australia’s south-eastern coast, between the cities of Melbourne & Adelaide. The Great Ocean Road is “the country’s most treasured coastal route”, and is “home to small seaside towns, world class surfing breaks and fern gully forest”. I had the pleasure of travelling extensively in this area myself over a decade ago (before kids, LOL), and it was one of the most memorable times of my life. This season’s destination, holds a special place in my heart, and I hope you love it as much as I do!
My boys each got a Glow in the Dark Lab for Christmas. These kits are made by Smart Lab Toys, and I am really impressed with the amount of experiments you get in one kit for only $25. Also, the lab book it comes with is really well thought out with great graphics and easy to follow instructions, as well as info on the science behind each experiment. There are 20 projects in the book, and many of them can be done over again. You do need some extra ingredients, which are more than likely already in your pantry, with the exception of a few. The lab equipment it comes with is plastic, but should last for awhile, so that we can do the experiments over again.
The package says it is for kids 7 years and older. Brayden just turned 6 years old and I definitely needed to help him. Austin just turned 1o and probably could have done it by himself if I gathered all the ingredients for him. It was a great learning experience for both of them on different levels. It was nice that Austin could read the directions out loud and do some math with measurements. They both had a lot of fun, and I am sure will continue to as we use the kit over & over again.
These are the experiments included in the book & kit:
- Invisible glow-ink
- Glow stick luminescer
- Ooey-glowy oobleck
- Glowing slime
- Glowing putty ball
- Bouncy glow ball
- Glow dough
- Glowing double volcanoes
- Shining stars
- Glowing crystals
- Glowing geyser
- Glowing growing jelly balls
- Glow snow
- Glow creatures
- Glowing lava lamp
- Glowing color waves
- Alien blood
Some of the ingredients you need in addition to what is included are: water, food coloring, flour, salt, baking soda, cornstarch, unflavored gelatin, corn syrup, vegetable oil, vinegar, eggs & egg carton, mint mentos candy, alka-seltzer, alum and borax
You will also need a few basic supplies from your home, including measuring spoons & cups, clear plastic cup, plastic bags, wax & regular paper, white glue, scissors, paintbrush or cotton swab and lotion.
The star has now been taken down from on top of the Christmas Tree and the tinsel gently stored. The kids in their matching Hatley Christmas jammies tried their darnedest to keep their eyes open until the clock turned 12 on New Year’s Eve, but these sleepy heads (including me) couldn’t keep from hitting the pillow, and floating off to Never, Never Land a minute too soon. Now with 2017 upon us, it is back to our daily routine, as normal as that can possibly be for this grandma raising my 1 & 3 year old grandsons. Breakfast, preschool, work, dinner, & baths sums up our day. But before bedtime, I let the boys play with some of the gifts Santa left under the Christmas Tree! For Rory, Santa choose Melissa and Doug’s “Chimes, Whistles & Jingles,” a box filled with wooden percussion instruments. Even at 18 months, Rory is showing signs of being musically inclined. He loves to sit at the piano and make lots of noise! So the bells and whistles was the perfect gift for him to explore his inner Mozart. The first instrument he grabbed out of the box was the wooden train whistle: “Whoo! Whoo! All Aboard!!” For 3 year-old Isaac, who loves helping Gramma in the kitchen (especially making pancakes), Santa brought Melissa and Doug’s “Pots and Pans Set” and the wooden “Food Groups Set.” In this age of plastic goods, I personally love that these toys are made out of quality wood that will last for the next generation to come. I still have my wooden play kitchen stove and sink from 50 years ago that my children played with and now my grandchildren are using to hone their imaginations in becoming the next Top Chef. I will definitely be adding to the boys collection of Melissa and Doug toys! My thanks to Susan for providing such great educational toys for us out here on the Olympic Peninsula. My boys are proud to be #dungenesskids!
Christmas is such a magical time, that brings out the child in all of us. Just this morning I snuggled up on the couch in the dark, before the kids got up, absorbing the beauty of the lights on our Christmas tree. So quite, and magical. You can almost feel Santa there with you.
Now, it’s time to pass on that magic to your kids and grand kids. Decorating your own tree, and baking cookies for family, friends and Santa Clause. Snuggling up with them in their Christmas PJ’s reading their favorite Christmas story. What are some of your favorite family traditions?
The Joy of Origami book: $16.95
Kids Knit book: $9.95
Origami Paper: $4.99
Decorate your own jewelry box: $12.99
Paint your own pendant jewelry: $4.99
Weaving loom: $29.99
Butterfly Friends wooden bead set: $9.99
Mess-free Sand dolphin box: $7.99
Alphabet stamp set: $19.99
Sew Mini Treats: $21.99
Mini Pom-Pom Pets: $19.99
Make Paper Lantern Animals: $19.99
Felted Friends: $19.99
Brayden is in Kindergarten now, and will be turning 6 years old in the next couple weeks. My baby is growing up way too fast! It seems like yesterday that I brought him into work with me, just a few days after getting released from the hospital. Man those were crazy times, LOL.
Well anyways, we just had teacher conferences, and his teacher said he needed a little help with his early reading skills. I knew just the thing. We had Set 1 of BOB books at the store, so I grabbed the box, and we started reading them this weekend. The first book starts with phonics of just four letters, and very simple 3 letter words. The first four letters were M, A, S, and T, which also happen to be some of the first letters he has been learning at school. The words are repeated over & over, so he can get comfortable seeing the word and knowing exactly what it should sound like. The stories and pictures were funny, so Brayden had fun reading them. There are 12 books in this first set and by the last book they have been introduced to the phonics of each letter in the alphabet.
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Come in and check out all the great gifts we have for kiddos that love dinosaurs. These are a few of our favorites:
How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends board book: $6.99
Melissa & Doug Color Blast on the go dinosaur activity book: $4.99
Melissa & Doug 24pc. wooden puzzle & tray: $9.99
Melissa & Doug plush T-rex: $29.99
Melissa & Doug paint you own dinosaur figurines: $7.99
Melissa & Doug wooden dinosaur magnets: $11.99
Melissa & Doug 48pc. T-rex floor puzzle: $12.99
Melissa & Doug dinosaur party: $19.99
Melissa & Doug wally the dinosaur stuffed animal: $19.99
We have a great selection of princess themed gifts for the little princess in your life. These are a few of our favorites.
Melissa & Doug princess puffy stickers play set: $4.99
Melissa & Doug decorate you own crown mirror: $6.99
Melissa & Doug 14″ princess dolls: $32.99
Melissa & Doug dress-up tiaras (4pk) & Wands (4pk): $9.99
Alex princess in the tub: $26.00
Cinderella picture book: $17.95
Melissa & Doug royal princess dress-up outfit: $29.99
Melissa & Doug princess crayons: $3.99
Melissa & Doug make a face princess stickers: $4.99