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Relax with a delicious cup of tea!

One of my favorite things to do after a long day is to sit back with a nice cup of tea and unwind from my hectic day.  I recently received some tea to try from Red Rose Tea, and it is so delicious!  And best of all, it has ZERO calories, so you can indulge your sweet tooth without feeling guilty!  This particular line of herbal teas is called Sweet Temptations, and they are deliciously rich and naturally flavored.  All of the Sweet Temptations teas are also caffeine free, lightly sweetened with Stevia, Gluten free and 100% Natural.  It is available in 4 different flavors (Strawberry Cheesecake, Blueberry Muffin, Caramel Apple Pie and Lemon Cake) and is prices at $4.29 for a box of 18.

 

 

Red Rose Sweet Temptations Strawberry Cheesecake Herbal Tea is like having a big slice of strawberry cheesecake in liquid form.  Hints of strawberry are blended with the naturally flavored creamy richness of cheesecake in this tempting herbal tea infusion.  Made with apple pieces, hibiscus, natural flavor, rosehip, strawberry pieces and Reb A (Stevia).

 

 

Red Rose Sweet Temptations Blueberry Muffin Herbal Tea tastes just a hot blueberry muffin.  Now you can indulge in this morning treat any time of day.  Farm fresh blueberry taste blended with a yummy hint of crumb cake embodies this herbal delight.  Made with apple pieces, hibiscus, rosehip, natural flavor and Reb A (Stevia).    


Red Rose Sweet Temptations Caramel Apple Pie Herbal Tea is probably my favorite.  Caramel and apples go together so well, and this tea tastes so good.  Hints of crisp delicious apples are blended with the richness of caramel in this herbal tea infusion.  Made with apple pieces, rosehip, hibiscus, natural flavor and Reb A (Stevia).   


 

Red Rose Sweet Temptations Lemon Cake Herbal Tea is bursting with the wonderful flavor of lemon cake.  Lemon zest in an herbal tea infusion that will have you indulging in this sweet, delightful tea!  Made with apple pieces, rosehip, natural flavor, lemon peel, orange peel, citric acid and Reb A (Stevia).



Red Rose Sweet Temptations Herbal Tea is the definition of guilt free indulgence because it has zero calories.  So go ahead and do something sweet for yourself.  Enjoy the full assortment of delectable flavors.  Skip the calories, not the taste!

Your children can learn to play music by playing a video game!

Has your child expressed interest in learning to play the piano, only to struggle with actually learning it once they begin lessons?  Lessons can be expensive, and it's just not worth it if they do not effectively teach your child.  Every child has their own learning style.  They get bored quickly and it's hard to find standard lessons that will stick with them.  But what does practically every kid like to do?  Play video games!  Well, now there's an awesome solution:  Kings & Kingdoms.  This is a game that kids will love to play, and while they are playing, they'll be learning to play music without even realizing it!  They have a 30 day free trial if you want to try it out.  You can use a regular keyboard if you want, but it's so much cooler if you purchase the X-Key controller because it's like a piano.  I was recently given the opportunity to try out the game, and was provided with an X-Key controller.  My kids LOVE it!  And they are learning as they play!

Keys & Kingdoms is the world's first role playing game that teaches real musical skills in a completely new way.  It doesn't matter if a child has had any previous music lessons or not, once they start playing this game, they will be creating music within minutes!  The game incorporates a revolutionary teaching method called the Sight Reduction Method, or SRM.  It slowly removes all visual cues/aids as sources of musical information and trains kids to play anything by ear, instantly.

   

With the absence of sight cues, kids won't suffer through the frustrations of trying to read music.  Instead, they'll learn to recognize musical notes by ear and then play them back on a real instrument.  It promotes creativity and lets them play music in their own style.  You can access Keys & Kingdoms from your desktop, laptop or IOS mobile device, so you can play any time, no matter where you are! 

Get started by downloading the game, connect a keyboard (use your existing keyboard or boost the learning experience with the X-Key controller available at checkout) and then just enjoy the game as your child masters music.  Parents receive weekly emails with a report on the child's progress through the game as they learn valuable music skills and enjoy hours of fun.  You can see how your child becomes less dependent on sight reading over time.  You can also see the hours your child has logged in for training that helps them recognize and play music by ear.  And you can gain insight into the time your child spends creatively playing their own unique music.    

Your kids will have so much fun playing this game because it sends them on an epic journey across five different islands, battling villains, opening chests and saving Harmonia.  And while they are doing that, they are learning and practicing piano playing.  Imagine the joy and the sense of pride they will feel (and you will feel as well) when they sit down at a real piano and begin playing a song that they learned in the game!

So go ahead and let your kids play a video game.  But let that video game be Kings & Kingdoms because they will also learn to play the piano.  It's for kids age 6+ and there is no prior piano experience necessary.  It's a fun and engaging game that will keep your children entertained for hours at a time while they unknowingly practice their piano lessons.  And it's a fraction of the cost of traditional music lessons, plus it double as entertainment as well!  It's a win/win for everyone!

Stream live content like a PRO!

I just received a really cool new product from VocoPro to try out and review.  VocoPro is a California based professional audio company.  Their name has been synonymous with professional karaoke systems for over two decades, and they still hold the number one spot for high end professional karaoke products.  They have top notch customer service and the carry all of the fun professional gadgets from P.A. systems to multi-format hard drive player to multi-channel wireless microphone systems.  They are truly the leader in professional vocal systems for singers, performers and artists all around the world!

   
The cool new product that I just received is the VocoPro Streamer LIVE.  For just $179, you get a powerful content creator package that includes everything you need to capture lasting performances, vlogs and podcasts at home or on the road.  Through the STREAMER USB audio interface, you can plug in your PC or smart phone with the included condenser mic, or your own instruments, to broadcast your content to the world.  Other features include Bluetooth wireless input to stream accompaniment tracks, 16 sound effects, and both chat and singing mode with pitch correction, pitch bend, reverb effects and vocal eliminator for accompaniment music.

        
This streamer has it all!  It's one of the most flexible and affordable audio interface packages on the markey for content creators.  It has clean mic preamps with a 48V phantom powered input and a non-powered input for dynamic mic or instrument.  It has independent mic, reverb, FX, accompaniment and monitor level controls and a rechargeable audio interface via USB input to eliminate the need for additional power supply (400Ah).  It even comes with a boom stand and an LED ring light!  

  
The VocoPro STREAMER-LIVE is a great product!  It's affordable, it looks really cool and it has everything you need to stream live content like a pro!  Check it out!

Check out the newest line of build sets from Plus-Plus: Plus-Plus GO!

If you've never built anything with Plus-Plus, then you really need to try it.  It's such a simple concept, but it's so much fun!  Kids of all ages enjoy them - even the adult kids!  The pieces are all the same, shaped like a puzzle piece, and they can interlock in any way you choose.  Whether you do a flat build, or a 3D creation.  And now they've come out with a new line of sets called Plus-Plus GO!  They've added wheels and a new smaller baseplate that allows you to build vehicles that will roll.  They provided me with two different sets from their new line, so I could try them out for this review.  You guessed it... I love playing with these things just as much as my kids do!


The Plus-Plus GO! Street Racing Super Set comes with everything you need to build and stage your own little drag race.  For $49.99 you get 900 pieces in a dozen different colors, 12 wheels, 4 baseplates and instructions to create 3 cars and accessories.  Build two street racer hot rods and the police cruiser to chase them in hot pursuit.  Customize each vehicle to suit your personal tastes.  Build a traffic light and some street barricades to throw in as well.  Be creative and use your imagination and this set will provide hours of fun!


The Plus-Plus GO! Hot Rod Set includes 240 pieces in 10 different colors, 4 wheels, 1 baseplate and instructions to create the Hot Rod.  It's priced at $17.99.  You can build the Hot Rod, race it and customize it.  It's so much fun!

Plus-Plus GO! has already received the ASTRA award for Best Toys for Kids int the Construction Category.  Building these 3D models will challenge kids to develop their fine motor skills while encouraging the use of their imagination.

Plus-Plus is made in Denmark in a zero plastic waste factory powered by renewable energy.  Each piece easily connects to the next and lets your imagination create colorful flat mosaics or work in 3D to make more intricate builds.  You can even make curves thanks to the unique design of this deceptively simple shape.  You can even download their free app for even more building ideas.  This is a perfect STEM toy to develop fine motor skills, focus and patience - as well as design, imagination and creativity.  If you haven't tried Plus-Plus yet, what are you waiting for?!

Add lights to your creations with E-Blox

I was lucky enough to receive a starter set from E-Blox for review, and my kids are creating some awesome masterpieces that really light up!  E-Blox are compatible with other toy bricks sets, so you can build with your existing bricks and use the E-Blox to light your creations up.


The E-Blox Power Blox Light Up 3D Starter Kit has a retail price of $32.99 and comes with everything you need to get started except a 9V battery to power it and a small screwdriver to install the battery.  You can even download build instructions from the website, or look up instruction videos online that will walk you through several creations, like the simple robot (they call it an alien in the video), the heart and the light tower.  This is recommended for age 8+, but slightly younger children will also enjoy it with proper supervision.  It's not for ages 3 and under due to the choking hazard of the small pieces.

 

As you can see, the video walks you through each step to building the cute little guy that is pictured on the front of the box.  It shows you how to insert the battery into the E-Blox battery box and testing to see if it works.  It goes on with the complete instructions on assembling the alien (or robot) and even gives trouble shooting tips and suggestions.  It's very easy to follow.

  
The Starter Kit comes with 25 Power Blox pieces, in different sizes, that can be used to create the designs on the back of the box, or use your imagination and design your own creations.  There are different colors of light bricks too (blue, green and red), which I thought was cool.  You can purchase additional E-Blox sets and combine them to create a bigger masterpiece.  Or combine them with your existing building bricks and the possibilities are endless!  Create buildings, vehicles, robots and more!  Imagine the joy on your child's face when they see their creation light up!

   
You won't find this Patented Technology in any other toy brick set.  It will stimulate young minds with creativity, imagination and science, making it a great addition to any STEAM curriculum.  There are no wires, you build the circuits directly into your projects as you light up the 3D circuits with the unique power block.  You'll love using your imagination to create awesome structures, combining other toy bricks with your E-Blox to enhance and bring lights to every creation you can come up with.

Online music/singing lessons are convenient, productive and fun!

Now you can learn to play an instrument or take music lessons online in the comfort of your home when you enroll with ProInHome.  You will connect with a teacher for each lesson via ZOOM.  Their teachers are knowledgeable and make you feel completely at ease as they conduct their lessons.  They teach all ages and levels of experience, and offer courses that you can choose from, like guitar, piano, saxophone and singing.  They also have very affordable lesson rates:  $30 for a 30 minute lesson or $50 for a 60 minute lesson once per week.  You can also get two 30 minute lessons per week for $25 per lesson.  I was lucky enough to try out their singing lessons in exchange for this review. 

     
A typical singing lesson begins with warm up exercises to loosen up your voice.  You also learn how to get different effects when you're singing by the way you hold your mouth and you learn proper breathing.  A really cool thing that I liked was the teacher asks what music you are interested in and builds your lessons around that.  So you won't have to sing a song you hate!  After a single lesson, you will most likely be able to hear a difference in your singing, I know I could!

Along with your lessons, you will be given access to the online student portal where you can see any study material or lesson assignments that your teacher adds there.  If you ever have any questions or need help with something, your teacher is just an email away.  My teacher was very responsive to emails and very helpful.  

Since the lessons are conducted completely online, you will be in the safety of your own home.  No worries about distancing, no need to wear a mask.  Yet it is still a one on one lesson with your teacher.  They even give you the chance to show off everything you learn by holding online recitals!  Isn't that great?  So check out ProInHome today!  Sign up for a trial lesson and see how you like it!

Fun games with a fishing theme!

Looking for something to keep your kids occupied this summer?  Check out these great games that I received from Goliath Games for review!   


With a retail price of $24.99, Shark Bite is a great game for 2-4 players.  It's recommended for age 4+ and my kids have a blast playing it.  To play, you just place the fun and colorful sea creatures into the game unit (the shark), snap it open and start playing.  Players take turns rolling the die and fishing for the sea creatures using the fishing rods.  The thing that really makes this challenging and exciting is the fact that you never know when the shark is going to bite!  When you least expect it, the shark will jump up and its mouth will snap closed.  This causes screams, squeals and laughter!  Can you make your "catch" without getting bitten?  

     
Shark Bite comes with 1 hungry shark, 12 colorful sea creatures, 1 fishing rod, 1 die, 1 sticker sheet and complete instructions.  The great thing about this game is that it doesn't need batteries!  So pit your fishing skills against your family and friends and see who wins!

 
Let's Go Fishing gives you another chance to show off your "fishing" skills.  This is a 1-4 player game and is recommended for age 4 and up.  It has a retail price of $16.99.  This is the original version of a well known and well loved fishing game that parents will probably remember playing as kids.  It teaches hand-eye coordination as players use their mini fishing poles to try to catch the most fish.  It's challenging because it the game board spins, and the fish open and close their mouths, so you have to time it just right in order to hook your fish.  Are you fast enough to catch more fish than your opponents and win the game?

      
Let's Go Fishing comes with the deluxe motorized game unit (requires 1 C battery, not included), 21 colorful fish, 4 plastic fishing rods and complete instructions.  This game is perfect for traveling, as well as playing at home.  It will keep your little ones occupied for hours as they try to out-fish each other!

This craft kit is a craft and activity in one!

I received these cool DinoMazing products from EggMazing for review.  These are perfect for your little budding paleontologist or anyone who loves dinosaurs. 


You can get a DinoMazing Egg Decorator Kit for just $27.99, and that price includes the shipping!  This craft kit is actually a craft, and an activity!  First, decorate your dino egg by popping it into the decorator and using the different colored markers to create a cool design.  Easily create your designs as the decorator spins.  As you color the egg, you will see the cracks in it.  You can decorate the eggs with stripes and lines, as well as any designs that you think looks "prehistoric".  Once you have your egg decorated, crack it open to see what type of dinosaur you have.  Each egg has a surprise mini collectible dinosaur inside, and it's dripping in colored slime!  The kit includes one decorator, two plastic eggs (each containing a mystery dinosaur and slime) and six colorful markers.  The decorator requires 4 AA batteries, which are not included in the kit.

         
For $4.99 (and again, that price includes the shipping!), you can a Mystery DinoMazing Egg Refill.  There are six dinosaurs to collect:  Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Pterodactyl, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor and Ankylosaurus.  You can even swap the dinosaurs' head and limbs to create your own breed!  Another great thing about the decorator is that you can use it to decorate regular hard boiled eggs as well!  So you will be able to decorate eggs any time you want to with no need to purchase the refills unless you choose.  This would make a great summer activity for any little one.  It's even fun for adults!  So pick one up for your dinosaur fanatic today!

Personalize your T-Shirt with Chalk of the Town!

I received this product from Chalk of the Town for review and I'm really excited about it!  These T-Shirts were invented to be decorated with bright, precise chalk markers.  It lets you create new designs every time you wear it!


Chalk of the Town is available in both kids and adult sizes, so they're not just for kids.  Let's face it, we adults like cool shirts too!  You can get a short sleeve kit for kids that comes with a shirt and 3 chalk markers for $29.95.  Kits in adult sizes is just slightly more.  You can also choose long sleeve kits, stencils & markers, Tote & Patch Kits and single T-shirts.  Each shirt, patch and tote features a chalk board panel that you can really write on.  You can choose the shape of the chalk board, the designs available are speech bubble, heart and unicorn.  T-Shirt colors include Raspberry, Purple, Brilliant Blue and Lime Green.  

You get to decide how you want to decorate your shirt!  You can draw a picture or write a message.  Whatever you choose!  You can decorate your shirt for holidays or special occasions, or just in every day designs.  Tired of your design and want to change it up?  Just erase it and start over again!  The possibilities are endless.  You can create matching shirts with family members and friends, or be totally unique! 

  
I love these shirts, and I love that they allow my children to express their creativity.  And they love being able to decorate their shirts in any way that they choose.  And people always notice these shirts and comment on how cool they are.  So pick up some for your family!  Your kids will love them!  And you can accessorize with the patch kit and the tote kits!

Share these classic games with your kids

I received these classic games from Goliath Games and I am thrilled to review them!  These are classic games that I remember playing as a child, but they have been updated with fun new designs that are perfect for kids.  They are perfect additions to the family game collection for family game night.

  
Mastermind for Kids is a challenging game of logic and deduction.  Kids get to test their code cracking prowess as the try to find the secret code.  There are three levels of play, so kids can learn and grow with the game.  Mastermind is a great strategy game, it's one of the world's most popular games ever!  It's easy to learn, fast to play, and it's different every time.  The Code maker sets a secret code, then the Code breaker tries to match the code using logic, deduction and a little bit of luck.  After each move, the Code maker gives clues to the Code breaker.  With lots of possible code combinations, every game is guaranteed to be a brainteaser.  The winner will be a true Mastermind!


Mastermind For Kids comes with a plastic game base with a Rocky Mountain tray, 72 adorable jungle animals in 6 colors, 12 red scoring pegs and complete instructions.  All of the game pieces can be stored in the game board.  This is a 2 player game that is recommended for ages 6 and up.  It can be purchased at Walmart, Amazon, Kohl's, Barnes & Noble and KMart.

 
Mancala is thousands of years old, tracing its lineage to ancient Egypt.  Legend has it that workers played the game during rest periods while building the pyramids.  But the game is great for modern times as well.  It has gained new popularity as one of the world's most intriguing and clever two player games.

Mancala For Kids is a special kids edition that replaces gemstones with cute plastic animals.  To start the game, you place all of the animals in the pockets of the board.  When it's your turn, choose a pocket and scoop up all the animals in it, them drop them back into the pockets one by one as you circle the board.  The object is to collect the most animals by the end of the game and there are just a few easy rules you need to follow.

 
The game comes with one high quality, solid wood hinged playing board, 48 colorful animal playing pieces and complete instructions.  All of the pieces are stored inside the game board, which folds up for easy storage.  This is a 2 player game that is recommended for ages 6 and up.  It can be purchased at Amazon, Walmart and KMart.

 
The object of Sequence For Kids is to be the first player to make a sequence of four same color chips in a row using only your own chips.  Play a card from your hand and place your chip on a corresponding character on the board.  When you have four in a row, you win!  Use a Unicorn card to place your chip anywhere you want.  You can remove one of your opponent's chips by using a Dragon card.  This game can go back and forth so quickly that you never know who will win until someone does!

 
Sequence For Kids comes with a folding game board, 42 playing cards, playing chips (21 red, 21 yellow, 21 blue and 21 green) and instructions.  This is a 2-4 player game and is recommended for ages 3-6.  It can be purchase from Amazon.

Your kids will love these classic games, and you will love introducing them to them.  So if you're looking for new additions to your family game night, consider giving these a try!

The perfect sleeper for your baby

I was recently given these sleepers by ZippyJamz for this review.  If you have an infant or toddler still in diapers, you're going to love these!  ZippyJamz makes dressing your baby, and changing diapers, super quick and oh so convenient!  ZippyJamz are available in several different colors and prints for both boys and girls.  They have a retail price of $29.99 and you can purchase them on Amazon.


If you have a baby, you know how frustrating it can be to get your baby out of a sleeper to change a diaper.  Especially when it's the middle of the night.  You're sure to wake your sleeping baby trying to get the sleeper off so you can change the diaper, not to mention the fact that you practically have to strip the baby naked to do it.  Most sleepers have one zipper that runs from the neckline down to the knee area of one leg.  When you unzip it to change a diaper, you expose the baby's chest and stomach to the cold air.

  
ZippJamz has a patent pending design that combines two zippers in one sleeper.  The first zipper goes along the front like a traditional sleeper, making dressing your baby quick and easy.  The second zipper is placed along the inseam, making diaper changes easy, effortless and convenient.  You won't have to expose your baby's chest and stomach to cold air because you will leave that zipper closed.  You'll use the second zipper to easily change a diaper.

     
The zippers are fully lined, so they won't pinch or irritate your baby's skin.  They are easy to zip and unzip, even if your baby is rolling around, kicking or trying to crawl away.  The simple design means there are no snaps and no cold air drafts can reach your baby's chest and stomach.  Size NB and 0-3M have fold over mitts to prevent your baby from scratching himself.  And size 0-3M to 18-24M have grippy non slip soles for kicking, crawling and walking.  Each ZippyJamz is made of Premium GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) Cotton that is so soft, gentle, natural and breathable.  Once you try ZippyJamz, you're never going to want to go back to regular sleepers again!

These games are great additions to your family game night!

I'm always on the look out for fun games to add to our family game night collection.  I've just added a couple of new games to ours that I was given by USAopoly for review.  They have tons of great games, check out their site to see their full selection!


First we have ASTRO TRASH.  You need 3-5 players for this game, and it's recommended for age 6+.  You can purchase it on Amazon or at Target for the suggested retail price of $19.99.  Awards it has won include Recommended by MENSA Mind Games 2019, Creative Child Magazine 2019 Game of the Year - Kid's Dice Games category, The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval 2019, Tillywig Award Best Family Fun 2019, Play on Words (PAL) Awards 2019 and Good Housekeeping Toy Awards - Best Board Game 2020.

  
To play Astro Trash, each player must get rid of all the trash on their play mat at the expense of the players to their left and right.  Players simultaneously roll three dice and rapidly move the "trash" according to the direction, quantity and color indicated on the dice.


The game comes with 15 dice, 5 individual player mats, 1 oversized central play mat, 50 colored plastic pieces, 11 trash trophies and the rules.  This is a very fast paced game and the whole family will have a blast playing it!


The second game I received is GEEK OUT! DISNEY.  You need 2 or more players for this one and the recommended age is 10+.  You can purchase it directly from the website.  The suggested retail price is $19.99.  


The social interaction and bluffing party game takes on a new twist that levels the playing field for all Disney fans!  Players outbid each other across 90 years of Disney magic to find out once and for all exactly who is the biggest Disney fan!


This game comes with 120 cards, 1 custom game board, 1 die, player tokens, 20 bid tokens and the rules.  So you think you know all about Disney?  Play this game and prove it!

Not your ordinary puzzle

If you're getting bored at home, but are not quite ready to end your isolation, a 3D puzzle will keep you and your family occupied and having fun for a while.  I received this 3D London Bus Puzzle from Ravensburger and it's so much fun putting it together!  This puzzle is recommended for ages 10+ and has a suggested retail price of $29.99. 


This isn't your ordinary puzzle.  When completed, it will form a 3D bus, not a flat picture of one.  The completed bus can be used as a desk accessory for holding pencils, scissors, etc. because it has openings in the top.  And there's no mess to worry about when constructing it because it's a puzzle...no glue is needed!

 
It comes with 260 high quality plastic puzzle pieces, 4 rotating wheels and instructions.  The puzzle pieces are shaped to fit together perfectly to create a realistic model of the iconic double decker bus in London.  Each puzzle piece is printed with a number on the back side, so you can choose whether you want to assemble the bus the old fashioned way (by eye) or just by following the numbers.  Personally, I wouldn't dream of following the numbers, because I think the fun of doing a puzzle is figuring our where each piece fits.  But that's just my own preference!

The wheels actually turn, which makes this not just a puzzle, but also a model vehicle.  Assembling this puzzle requires some hand-eye coordination, strategic planning, focus and lots of patience!  But you will love the end result.  You'll be proud of the highly detailed London bus that you built yourself!  And kids think it's amazing to start out with a puzzle and end up with a model vehicle that actually rolls!  It's fun for the whole family!

A doll that's made for the water

I was provided with this doll by Madame Alexander for this review.  


Little girls love dolls.  And they want to take them everywhere with them, even the bath tub.  But if the doll isn't designed for water, it can ruin them.  But the Splash and Play Mermaid is designed for time in the tub.  It's just as beautiful in the water as it is out of it.  And you can get one for your little girl for the MSRP of $49.95.


This doll is fully submersible and comes dressed in the cutest mermaid outfit.  She is wearing blue shorts with a fish scale pattern and a white t-shirt with pink sea shells made to look like a sea shell bra.  She also comes with a pink hooded mermaid towel with a green mermaid tail.  She has a bottle and a fish toy as well.  

 
At 12", this doll is the perfect size for a little girl to hold and cuddle.  Your daughter will love wrapping up in her own hooded towel, while she dries her doll with the mermaid towel.  She can even take her doll into a swimming pool with her, because everyone knows that mermaids love to swim!  

Splash and Play Mermaid is recommended for ages 2+ and will make a perfect summer companion to any little girl.  Being made for water play means that this doll will quickly become a favorite that is taken everywhere.  Bath time will be something that is looked forward to because your daughter will love exploring the underwater "mermaid kingdom" while she bathes.  And while you most likely won't have any trouble getting her into the bath tub, you will have trouble getting her out of it!

Colors, patterns and creativity...you get it all with this kaleidoscope!

If your kids are like mine, they are fascinated by colors and patterns.  That's why I was so happy when Elenco gave me this Smartivity Kaleidoscope to review.  This mesmerizing toy is recommended for ages 6+ and has a suggested retail price of $38.95.


This kaleidoscope is completely kid powered.  It doesn't need batteries, just a child's curiosity.  It lets you explore an infinite sequence of patterns and a dazzling world of colors!  First designed by Scotsman Sir David Brewster in 1816, a kaleidoscope is not just another toy.  It's a portal to a magical dimension where colors dance and wonders abound.  Because of the ever changing patterns, kaleidoscopes have been used as a source of inspiration by designers and artists.  It will inspire creativity and introduce children to the wonders of light, color and reflection as they peer into the fascinating world of patterns and designs.


But this isn't just an ordinary kaleidoscope!  Your child will actually get to build this one!  They will get to fill the drum with the colorful trinkets that are included in the kit.  This will give them a huge feeling of accomplishment as they peer into it and explore the wonders of light, color and changing patterns.  They can even decorate it with their own paints and markers to make it truly unique and personalized.

Building this kaleidoscope will help develop analytical skills, creativity, motor skills and practical skills.  It comes with easy to understand, illustrated instructions with experiments to ensure their understanding of concepts learned through play.  It's designed for learning the fundamental principles of STEM and STEAM.  Assembly is mess free - it uses rubber bands instead of glue - and it's made from high quality, re-engineered, laser cut wood.  And, like all Smartivity products, it is recyclable, safe, non toxic and sustainable.  So order one today and give your child a toy that they can both build and play with!

Just add sun

I received this awesome Solar Oven Science and Art Kit from Griddly Games for review.  You can do some really amazing things using only the sun for power.  With this kit, you can learn how the energy of the sun can be used to heat objects, as well as cooking food.


Just Add Sun ($29.00):  Use the sun's energy to heat up a tasty treat in this STEAM solar oven kit.  Melt s'mores, nachos or make your own crazy crayons with the power of the sun and the Just Add Sun Solar Science + Art Kit.  Introduce kids to eco friendly energy alternatives as they learn how solar energy works.  Experiment with sunlight, heat transfer, reflection and more!  Plus learn to upcycle items to create fantastic art!  And a portion of the proceeds from Just Add Sun is donated to Solar Cookers International.

          
The really cool thing about this kit is that the box functions as a solar oven, thanks to the special reflective lining that you can see in the photo above.  Your kids will be fascinated by this!

The kit comes with one Solar Oven Box, one 4" x 4" Canvas, one 100ml Clear Bottle, one 100ml Black Bottle, one Mini Funnel Cutout, two Black Balloons, two Clear Balloons, eight Was Crayons, one Pipette, one Clear Straw, Wax Paper, one Magnifying Glass, two Bottles of Food Coloring and one Pair of Rubber Gloves.

Activities include Balloon Blow, Mystery Pop Balloon, Melting Ice, Solar Oven, Build a Thermometer, Sundial, Ice Hands & Food Coloring, Wax Paper Sun Catcher and Painting with Wax.

Kids will enjoy learning Science lessons such as freezing and melting points, light absorption and reflections and heat transfer.  And they will absolutely love creating delicious treats that they can eat.  You will have to provide the food ingredients, but the sun will do the rest!  Let them make treats for the whole family to enjoy!