Adorable Plush Animals from Elly Lu

Elly Lu has provided me with these adorable plush animals in exchange for an honest review.  They are available in two sizes; 15" standard size, which retails for $29 each, and 8" minis, which retails for $18 each.  They also have books with each plush animal as a character.  These books teach emotional awareness and STEM to children age 3 and up, and are available for $10 each.  Each toy comes with a hang-tag booklet that contains information about the product and character. Find the three plushies I received, as well as many other products, for sale in stores or online HERE

First we have Cupcake the Unicorn.  She is white with pink hooves, a golden horn and mint colored mane and tail.  She is filled with natural corn fiber and the colors are made with non-toxic dyes. She has such a sweet face, any child would love her.

Next we have Rainbow the Unicorn.  She is pink with light blue hooves, a golden horn and a rainbow mane and tail.  She is made from organically grown cotton fabrics and is filled with polyfill made from recycled water bottles.  The colors are made with non-toxic dyes and are OCS certified.  Rainbow has been awarded the Mom's Choice Award for Honoring Excellence.

Interesting facts about Unicorns:  Unicorns are well known for their gentleness, goodness and healing abilities.  One of the earliest records of a Unicorn was found in an ancient Greek text that described a one-horned horse-like animal that was spotted in India.  How cool is that?

Last, but not least, we have Tug the Tiger.  He has an orange body with black stripes, detailed paws and a big, happy smile on his face. He is made with organic cotton fabrics and filled with a polyfill made from recycled water bottles. The colors are made with non-toxic dyes and are OCS certified.

Interesting fact about tigers: Every tiger in the world is unique. No two tigers have the same pattern of stripes!

Elly Lu is  a team of parents and credentialed teachers who designed the toys to encourage learning through play time. They also donate a portion of their income to charities that benefit children and protect wildlife. 


How to kickstart your child's path to reading

Kickstart your child’s path to reading with Bob Books® and VersaTiles®. Available in Sight Words, Beginner and Advanced Beginner,
these sets are perfect for children to work on their reading skills.

Alongside these books, children can practice the skills they are learning by doing VersaTiles® activities.
This tried and true, puzzle-like practice system creates a hands-on way of reviewing what they are learning in their Bob Books®. Simply '
set up the answer case on top of the page in the book, and line the tiles up on top to start. Pick up each tile 1 - 8 and answer the question underneath
it. Once each tile is placed, close the case, flip it over and see if the pattern matches what is on the bottom right corner of the workbook page.
This practice is what helps children to comprehend what they are learning and gives them confidence in their reading abilities.

Product Features + Benefits: 
  • Bob Books® and VersaTiles® provides children with everything they need to start learning to read
  • Hands-on play brings learning to life
  • Familiar VersaTiles® format – used in the classroom
  • Self-checking system builds reading confidence and supports independent learning
  • Sets practice three-letter (CVC) words, vowel sounds, and more
  • Advanced Beginner, Beginner, and Sight Word Sets Available
  • Each set includes a set of BOB Books®, VersaTiles® answer case, 12 VersaTiles, and an activity book with hundreds of grade-appropriate question
  • Includes 1 set of 10 Bob Books®, 1 VersaTiles® answer case, and a 20-page VersaTiles® workbook with 20 hands-on activities
  • Gradually adds more complexity as your beginning reader acquires 30 new sight words
  • Children can practice their reading skills with VersaTiles® puzzle-like answer case and workbook that makes reading feel more like a game
  • Perfect for Pre-school, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade


Chill out with Playfoam

Chill out and open a world of Playfoam® to find a surprise Pal inside this fun-filled 6 pack!
Hidden within each mystery snow globe, a collectible (and totally adorable) animal from the Arctic awaits.
Use Playfoam, the squishy stuff that never dries out, to create everything your Pal needs, again and again!
Collect them all!  

Product Features + Benefits: 
  • Pretend play develops social and communication skills
  • Building with Playfoam encourages creativity and imagination
  • Sculpting again and again develops sensory and fine motor skills
Series Specific Details:
  • Includes 1, 2, 6, or 12 mystery globes: each pod includes Playfoam and a Playfoam Pal
  • Collect them all!
  • Series 3 features 12 arctic Playfoam Pals ]

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STEM at Play™ SLIME!

Explore the science behind polymer chemistry and become an expert in all things slimy.
The fact-filled lab guide is chock-full of pictures and information needed for hours of experimentation
in your own home laboratory. Experiments include:

  • Making colored worms
  • Mixing up homemade play dough
  • Creating and catching invisible worms
  • Shooting a basket with a bouncing ball that you make and more!
STEM at play kits bring science concepts to life through hands-on activities designed to spark interest,
inspire confidence, prompt creative critical-thinking skills while fostering collaboration between children and'
adults. STEM at play kits provide materials to support scholastic goals while keeping at-home learning fun.
Product Features + Benefits: 
  • Support STEM skills and explore the science behind polymers with real lab tools
  • Perfect gift for future scientists, engineers, or any boy or girl interested in how chemistry works
  • Use household items along with kit materials to perform a variety of slime-related experiments
  • Provides hands-on experience with key scientific tools and materials
  • Reinforces classroom learning at home
  • Inspires critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Includes 17 experiments, lab tools and materials needed to complete the scientific experiments.
  • STEM at Play™ kits, approved by, bring science concepts to life through hands-on activities
  • Kit requires the following household materials: water, spoon, milk, bowl, tablespoon, cake flour and oil
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Ringo, the cute little portable ring cleaner

Contender Brands have provided me with these games in exchange for an honest review.

Ringo is a small portable ring cleaner.  It is a small container with liquid jewelry cleaner inside.  You place your ring in the ring holder in the lid, then screw the lid back on.  As you turn the lid, the ring is scrubbed by small brushes in the bottom of the container.  Remove the lid again and you have a sparkling clean ring.  

Ringo is small enough to fit in your purse or in the glove box in your car.  Clean your rings any time, anywhere.  It comes in your choice of pink or blue.

Ringo retails for $19.95 each and can be purchased HERE or from Amazon HERE .  Ringo would be perfect for Easter Baskets, Bridal Showers or Bridesmaid gifts.