Christmas 2016

Written By: Nadereh Nabai

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all of you and your family!

In keeping with tradition here’s the list of this year’s favorite toys, but first I want to share a few thoughts:

 The research is not conclusive on the effect of digital devices on a rapidly growing infant’s brain therefore, consider erring on the side of caution and not buy one for a child younger than 2 to use, unless for video chatting with parents and family members. Remember infants and very young children  learn best by physical play and face to face interaction and conversation with adults and with other children.  On the same note the American Association for Pediatrics recommends the following:

  • For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they’re seeing.
  • For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
  • For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.
  • Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.
  • Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.

Before buying gifts take an inventory of what your kids have and put away; or better yet, give away old toys  they have out grown and make room for the new.

Talk to your child about the importance of sharing and encourage them to opt out of getting a new toy, and instead buy something for a child in need:.)

Melissa and Doug (ages 2- 6+)

Car Carrier Truck Around the House Sound Puzzle Happy Giddy Tunnle Nesting Car Garage Pirate Ship 3d Sound Farm Puzzle Switch and Spin Train Sound Puzzlehypertoss






Catch and Count









PBS Stacking bee

PBS Croquet

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Create Your Own

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Child Board+ Coloring Books

snowbaby snowman finger puppet pokeadotalphabet Onefishtwofish little penguin little raindeer






color me happy

spiral draw







Games to Play Together

chalk games chutes and ladders bopithypertossfairyfinds ohsnap simonsays study birdie telestrations twister














Good for Little Fingers (Ages 0-3)

tobbles tugie balance tower tea_time_puzzle_product_1_re spinagain sort N popPizza_parlor









Good for Medium Fingers (Ages 4-5+)

litebrite emoji popperhexactlygnome popper






Good for Older Fingers

popem legos flexipuzzle box and balls






Bath Time

boon pipes booncogs waterfallbathrinser






Eating and Edibles


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Active Play Younger (Ages 0-5)

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Active Play Older

stomp rocket specialfxsaber maverick pogo air_pogo_blue_01__71410.1445563527.1280.1280 airglowdisc






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