April showers are behind us turning thoughts to the sunny days of Summer! Before Memorial Day weekend sneaks up on us, stock up on the latest and greatest toys to encourage tots to head outdoors. With new toys at the ready, kids will be begging to enjoy the fresh air. Check out these 10 new toys for outdoor fun.
In show business, they tell actors to steer clear of kids and pets because they steal the show. Well, that's certainly the case here! The only thing that could make a baby giggling nonstop any cuter is an adorable dog trying to eat soap bubbles. This video is all kinds of adorable!
People, including strangers, have plenty to say about a pregnant mama's baby belly – from the supportive to the downright insulting. When the mama-to-be is nearing the end of her pregnancy, she will welcome suggestions that she looks like she's ready to pop! Jessica Kirkland, of Pen n' Paper Flowers, built an entire baby shower around that bubbly theme. Starting with lollipop invitations and a bubble machine that greeted guests at the door, she carried it out through a menu that included POP ‘ems, POPcorn, soda POP, and more. Check it out!
Source: Pen n Paper Flowers
Hot toys in the Summertime! An estimated 160,000 toys cram American store shelves at any given time so how does a mom know with which toys her kids will tinker? I got the inside scoop yesterday at Time to Play magazine's showcase of Summer toys in NYC and rounded up my five favorites to simplify your shopping. Check out the picks!
To celebrate the transition to Spring, the nation's leading bubble makers have declared this National Bubble Week and are hosting events at children's museums throughout the week. While there are plenty of commercial bubble products on the market, making a homemade solution is quick, inexpensive and can be used to refill your wee one's favorite Dora container (especially after she accidentally knocks it over).
For some fun bubble toys, check out our picks below.
Have you ever watched a dog chase bubbles? (If not, you should do it soon 'cause it's hysterical.) Problem is, soap isn't so great for his mouth. Yuck. If you want your pup to play like this, check out some fun scents and shapes made just for him — perfect for home or garden, see six styles in this slideshow!
Bottles of bubble solution come pretty cheap which is great when your wee one tends to lose the accompanying wand often. This weekend, I discovered a better solution than repeatedly buying bottles of the soapy solution — pipe cleaners!
Take a pipe cleaner and bend it into fun shapes like hearts, circles, stars, etc. Then dip it into the magical suds and blow. Your tot will be pleased with his creation and you won't have to keep tabs of plastic wands anymore.
I cannot get over how a simple, timeless activity like blowing bubbles continues to entertain my daughter for hours. Each day we go to the park to see how big a bubble she can blow with her trusty plastic wand, and in the process she gets her hands covered in the soapy solution.
Then, I came across Little Kids' Squeeze 'n Blow Pop-Up Bubbles ($3). The bottle's unique design allows children to squeeze the bottle, revealing the ubiquitous wand that is already coated in soapy water. With a little puff of air, it produces tons of beautiful bubbles, and keeps my lil one's hands clean. Available in Dora, Diego, Backyardigans, car and fairy varieties, there is sure to be one that catches your wee one's eye. And, the bottles can be refilled with your own bubble solution.