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21 ikea christmas gifts for the littles

Ikea has some pretty great stuff at incredible prices, and their children's department is no exception. Until November 25th, they are having Ikea family member prices on select items, including their MAMMUT stools, chairs, and tables - the latter two come in soft shades of pink, blue, and green. I've been eyeing some Montessori type furniture for [...]

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25 Possibilities for Playing Pretend - A Gift Guide

Ever since Noelle turned 3, she has really ramped up her pretend play, and as she turns the corner to 4 she is getting even more elaborate with her imagination. It is so fun to see how she emulates adulthood in the ways that she projects onto her pretend play toys. Pretend play is more than [...]

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Top Ten Gifts for One Year Olds

With Christmas approaching, family members are asking what Little Oats wants. At 14 months old, she doesn't WANT much of anything (other than a metric ton of yogurt raisins), but I pulled together a list of things she might like. And along with that, this list of things that seem to be universally loved by [...]

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13 Toys that Encourage Fine Motor Development

Fine motor skills (or, the skills children develop as they learn to coordinate their hands and fingers with their eyes) are an incredibly important part of child development. Because of this, many children's toys are created with development in mind. Lucky for the kiddos, these toys are also really fun! Here are some of Little [...]

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Play Kitchen Food and Accessories

Last year, Colin's big gift from his grandparents was a play kitchen and accessories. At just past 18 months, he was just inching into the world of pretend play, and I wanted to capitalize on that interest and energy. In the many months that have passed since then, his interest in the play kitchen has [...]

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Dollhouses for Toddlers

Christmas is coming and I have been searching for a doll house for Juliet. She already has her beautiful dollhouse bookshelf her daddy made for her, but her developmental therapist has been recommending a small dollhouse for her to help with imaginative play, fine motor skills, and expressive speech. We got this little Fisher Price Laugh and Learn house [...]

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Toys for Language Development

The best toys for developing early speech and language are those that allow children to play with language. These are toys that help kids to not only learn new words, but to use those words in meaningful ways that will help them to communicate. Open-ended toys are best; these can be used in a variety [...]

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