Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Clever Christmas Gifts and Activities for Kids

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The season of Advent is only weeks away and we are planning a month full of family activities. Creating treats is one of our favorite Christmas traditions. Every year the kids are inspired by the glossy magazines at the checkout. Every cover seems to show festive cookies and crafts claiming to by 'simple'. Cookie decoration is not a talent i was graced with. Thankfully my mother passed down a foolproof cookie recipe and am going to share it with you! First head to the store and grab a couple of boxes or graham crackers or plain cookies and box of powdered sugar. Gather together all the sprinkles and chocolate chips that have been lurking in the back of the pantry. Make a big bowl of icing from powdered sugar and water. Open the cookies and let the kids decorate to their hearts content. Glamorous cookies? Nope. Healthy...hahaha! Sticky, Happy kids? Definitely! Just as we don't have to make picture perfect cookies to create memories we also don't have to buy into the yearly toy hype. Educents has put together a great list of educational stocking stuffers and activities to inspire us!  educational stocking stuffer ideas

Personalized Letter from Santa

Gone are the days of trying to write in “Santa’s handwriting.” Educents has made it so easy to make your child feel special and loved by Santa! The personalized letter comes straight to your front door from the North Pole in a beautiful red envelope, and highlights your child’s exciting accomplishments this year. The letter also includes some fun Santa-approved activities for you and your kiddo to spend some sweet holiday time together, like a recipe for Mrs. Claus’ Famous Cookies, two snowflake craft templates, a packet of reindeer food (glitter!) and a sheet of festive stickers. This special letter will make for an imaginative and exciting addition to the very top of our Christmas stockings this year! 4_2_20 
 This letter will make for an imaginative start to any Christmas morning, but there’s more pressure now to keep the fun going! Here are some other easy stocking stuffers to keep the magic going for your kiddos this year!

Educational Stocking Stuffer Ideas

1. FREE DIY Crystal Christmas Tree Experiment - An opportunity to spend more time together as a family is one of the best gifts you can give! These directions for a DIY salt-crystal Christmas tree can get the whole family involved and teach everyone something new!

 2. DIY Push Light Planets - Create these amazing lights for your kiddo's bedroom. Each light is decorated to represent one of the planets. To encourage planet recognition, even paint the names of the planets onto each pushable light!

3. Show Me the Kwan - Looking for a great, fun game for the whole family to play after all the presents have been opened? This clever and upbeat word game gets kids excited about vocabulary, word construction and more and is the perfect size for a stocking!

4. Matching Games for Little Learners - These handmade wooden matching games from Mama May I are a very sweet stocking stuffer for little learners. Choose from Zoo, Trucks, Vegetables,Space   mama_may_i_make_a_match_dino1_large_9117

 5. The Familia Craft Kit - This craft kit has all the tools for your kiddos to decoupage little wooden peg dolls to create their own story or to include in a new adventure! They come in a slim tube that’s easy to fit in a stocking! 6. DIY Domino Set - This homemade domino set is one you and your family can play for years to come. To make this set special for the holidays, use green and red puff paint! DIY Domino Set
  7. DIY Pop-Up Alphabet Sponges - This simple gift is a low-cost way to make baby's bath time fun and educational! Cut sponges into the shapes of alphabet letters and numbers.

  8. DigiPuppets - This adorable animal finger puppet acts as a touchscreen-sensitive stylus for phones and tablets. Use them on their own to keep kids engaged with digital learning tools, or head to the app store to download DigiPuppet’s educational games. digipuppets_zipusageforzulily2_5db6

  9. Just Add Milk Science & Art Kit - This kit is filled with fun science and art projects you can do along with some at home ingredients, and it’s just the size of a milk carton! If your child is lactose-intolerant, don’t worry, the experiments work with non-dairy milk as well!

  10. DIY Telling Time Clock Pillow - Crafty family members can take a few hours to create this comfortable accessory for kiddos learning to tell time!DIY Telling Time Clock pillow

  11. Clever Catch Math Balls - These inflatable balls make math-learning fun with active games you can play with 2 or more people. Just keep it deflated, and this blow-up Clever Catch is ready for the stocking! Choose from: Numbers 0-25, Money, Multiplication, Addition, or Subtraction.

  12. DIY Hopscotch Mat - Here's a fun game you can make yourself, roll up into a Christmas stocking, and then play on Christmas Day and many, MANY days after that!

  13. DIY Bongo Rice Shakers - Use some household materials to make shakable, musical instruments for little ones to use while Christmas caroling on Christmas Day! DIY Stocking Stuffer Instrument

 Looking for more ways to make your Christmas stockings and holiday gifts extra special this year? Head to Educents' Give the Gift of Education page for more ideas, tips, steals and deals!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lego Deals of the Week 4/12 -4/18

Last week was a bit of slow Lego week. All the sales seem to be focusing on Tax season and Spring cleaning. Argh I think I'd just about prefer to step on a lego brick!

The online Lego store has just listed some great deals. They are definitely worth putting away for upcoming birthdays.Most deals have links: only the Amazon links are affiliate links. This means if you purchase them I receive a small commission which will probably end being spent on more lego! Thanks! All the other links are simply there to save you some time.

Legends of Chima Fans will love the 20" sword set... it's not a building set but at $4.48 (RRP $17.99) is is worth a mention!

Ninjago Hover Hunter (79pc) $6.98 RRP $11.99 at Lego.com
Walmart also has great Duplo deal for the younger fans!

Price decreases in the new Lego Friends series.

LEGO Friends Heartlake Hair Salon (318 pc) RRP. $29.99 now available for $23.99 at Kmart, Target and Amazon .

Lego Friends Stephanie's Beach House (369 pc) RRP $39.99  Now available for $29.99 at Walmart

LEGO Friends Summer Caravan (297 pc) Building Set RRP. $29.99 now available for $23.99 at Amazon and Walmart
LEGO Friends Olivia's Ice Cream Bike (98pc) RRP $11.99 now $7.98on Amazon

  LEGO Friends Stephanie's Pizzeria (87pc) RRP $11.99 now $7.98 on Amazon

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lego Deals Round-up for 3/29 -4/4

We love Lego around here. Our five-year-old become a passionate builder first and then over time her big sister realized she was missing out. Creating towns, pet salons, and vehicles is something they enjoy doing together. Trust me, with a four year age gap they don't often agree on much anymore.

Thanks to birthdays and Christmas the kids have no shortage of the bricks and figures, but they still love to pour over at the Lego Magazine. Here's the thing we all know, Lego is not cheap. It also never seems to be on special when I am gift buying. For this reason stalking Lego deals has become a part time hobby of mine. The Lego deals of the week posts are here for any other parents out there (complete with lego shaped imprints on their feet) who wouldn't mind saving some money.

Most deals have links: only the Amazon links are affiliate links. This means if you purchase them I receive a small commission which will probably end being spent on more lego! Thanks! All the other links are simply there to save you some time.

Store Promotions

Toys r us: 20% off Lego Friends, Star Wars, DC Super Heroes & Duplo Constuction sets (In-store and Online,  Ends 4/4/14)

Great deals on Individual sets: Listed by Series.

LEGO Friends Olivia's Ice Cream Bike (98pc) RRP $11.99 now $7.98
LEGO Friends Stephanie's Pizzeria (87pc) RRP $11.99 now $7.98
LEGO Friends Vet Clinic (192pc) RRP $19.99 now $15.99 (Piwi Favorite!)

Mini golf hang sell pack (48pc) $4.99 Find these in the Easter aisles of most Target stores
Friends Heartlake Hot Air Balloon usually $29.99 in ad promo $23.99 (Online and In-store)
Friends Jungle Tree Sanctuary (Online and In-store) usually $29.99 in ad promo $23.99

Lego Store Website
Model Catwalk (144 Pc) was $14.99 now $7.48 (Lego Store)
Lego Friends Carry Case (31 pc) was $14.99 now $7.48 (Lego Store, Online)
Lego Friends Name Sign (43pc) was $12.99 now $6.48 (Lego Store, Online)

Lego Stephanie's Beach House (369pc)  usually $39.99 now $29.00 (Kmart and Walmart Online)


Lego Disney Elsa's Ice Castle (292pc) RRP $49.99 now $39.97 (Online)


Lego Disney Princess Sleeping Beauty's Royal Bedroom (96pc) usually $12.99 now $10.39 
Lego Disney Princess Ariel's Undersea Palace (379 pc) usually $54.99 now $43.99 (Kmart, Online) 

Lego City hang sell pack (48pc) $4.99  Find these in the Easter aisles of most Target stores
Lego City Campervan building set (195pc)  RRP $19.95 now $13.99 (Target, online)

Creator Roaring Power (374 pc) usually $29.99 now $20.99 (Online and In-store)

LEGO Creator Forest Animals (272 pc) RRP $19.99 now $14.99
LEGO Creator Toy and Grocery Shop (466pc) RRP $39.99 now $31.99

Other series:

Ultra Agents Drillex Diamond Job (312pc) usually $29.99 in ad promo $23.99 (Online & In-store)
Super Heroes Hulk Buster Smash usually $29.99 in ad promo $23.99 (In-store)

Have you seen any other great deals in your travels? Please share them in the comments!



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