Super low price for this Learning resources Toy.
- Different every time you build, this versatile, interconnecting gear set fosters imagination and provides opportunities to experiment with simple mechanics and science.
- Supports STEM by introducing children to sorting, grouping, counting, designing, constructing, and putting physics into play with spinning gear movement. Learning gets more intricate as children’s abilities advance.
- Boost fine motor skills while promoting reasoning and problem solving as children create moving experiments with spinning, colorful action.
- 96-piece set includes 48 uniformly-sized gears in six colors: red, orange, yellow, green, and purple, 8 interlocking square base plates, 19 square pillars, 8 pillar extenders, 12 six-way axles, and Activity Guide.
- Winner of 4 awards
- Ages 3+
- Gears! line of construction sets that builds confidence, perseverance, and self-esteem, arming kids with the real-world, early STEM-supporting skills necessary to prepare them for future success.
My husband wrote about some of the thinking that went into our lunch planning with the kids. I figured I should write a follow-up blog about what our results were and some of the specific hacks we have used. I hope you will also share the ideas you come up with.
I created a Pinterest Board so I could save all the ideas that I have found on the internet. I am a visual person and there are so many great ideas. We went through the board with our kids and created our own list.
Here is the list we came up with:
We also set up time on Friday afternoons or Sundays to prepare as many snacks as possible for both Shabbat and the week. It may just mean taking down the box of pretzels from above the washing machine and dryer or it might mean packing individual bags for the week. We have the kids put together enough of the snacks that they want to eat during the week, so when they are prepping their lunches they can just pull the kinds of food they want.
We use EasyLunchboxes for the containers. It easily divides their container into three different areas and then they put their snacks for the morning and the afternoon on top of the container in their lunchbox. I think we will need to invest in at least one thermos for some of the new ideas that they have come up with.
Our older kids go to a school that is not nut-free. I have to say that this is amazing. I love the approach they have taken to having individual classrooms that school are nut free/sesame free. The lunch room, however, is not nut free. And its a real game-changer for my 3rd grader who eats in the lunchroom. She is able to take carrots & hummus, a peanut butter sandwich, etc. It just adds to the variety of options she has. It also teaches her a lesson to be respectful of her peers and make sure her snacks or birthday treats follow the limitations of the rest of the kids in her classroom.
Please share the ideas you come up with.
Check out this great deal on a glider from Amazon. It’s under $100 from Stork Craft.
- Constructed of solid wood and wood products
- Metal, enclosed ball bearings for a smooth glide
- Made from plush, polyester/micro-fiber blend
- Cushions are spot cleanable
- Meets or exceeds US and Canadian safety standards; Coordinates perfectly with other Storkcraft furniture; Assembly required
- This item is eligible for free replacement parts. Contact Amazon Customer Service for more information.
It’s a great glider for a budget.
I find that some parts of the year there is a birthday party every weekend. So I have been looking at a variety of options for birthday gifts. Here are some I have found.
Stomp Rocket (8+)
- Kid-powered: You stomp on the launch pad to send these Ultra Stomp Rockets up to 20 stories high — that’s 200 feet in the air!
- Winner of the Dr. Toy Award, iParenting Media’s Hot Toy Award, Preferred Choice Award, and iParenting Media’s Excellent Product Award
- Includes a Stomp Launch Pad and 4 foam-tipped Ultra Stomp Rockets
- No batteries required
- Super easy, fast assembly
- Ages 8 and Up
Lego Vehicle Transporter
- Features a tilting cab that reveals a detailed engine, folding trailer ramp for vehicle access, large exhaust stacks, warning beacons roof spotlights
- 3-in-1 model: rebuilds into a tow truck towing a yellow car, or a mobile crane
- Vehicle Transporter measures over 2″ (6cm) high, 9″ (25cm) long and 1″ (5cm) wide
- Tow truck measures over 2″ (6cm) high, 6″ (16cm) long and 2″ (7cm) wide
- Mobile crane measures over 1″ (5cm) high, 7″ (18cm) long and 2″ (6cm) wide
Soda Can Robot (8+)
- The 4M Soda Can Robug teaches the value of recycling by repurposing a used can into a fun and functional robot.
- No special tools or knowledge required; the kit contains detailed instructions and all the necessary parts. Just add a used soda pop can and let the fun begin.
- Perfect for young science enthusiasts, especially those with an interest in robotics and green science.
- Requires two AAA batteries (not included).
- Recommended for ages 8 years and up.
- Challenge your child’s imagination with 4M toys and kits.
- 4M educational toys cover a wide range of educational subjects and include science kits, arts and crafts kits, robotics kits, and more.
- 4M offers a wide range of toys and kits to let you build a clock, crochet a placemat, or turn your room into a planetarium–all in the name of making learning fun.
- Electrical parts provide students grades 2 and up (age 7+) with hands-on experience designing and building models of working electrical circuits
- Snap-together parts require no tools and ensure correct connections
- Includes 30 parts, and instructions for over 100 projects, including working models of a photo sensor, a flashing light, and an adjustable-volume siren
- Requires 2 AA batteries (sold separately)
- Awards: The National Parenting Center-Seal of Approval, Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products, Dr Toy Best Educational Products
- Valuable component to a rounded STEM curriculum
- Build working models of a photo sensor, a flashing light, and an adjustable-volume siren. More than 100 exciting projects in all with included 30+ snap together parts
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Purim is less than a month a way and I have been searching for different kinds of containers and ideas for Mishloah Manot. Here are some of the ideas I have come across for containers on Amazon. There are tons of deals. And Amazon can change their prices at any time, so the widget will provide the current pricing available.
- 100 16 oz. Clear PET Plastic Cold Cups & 100 Straw Slot Flat Lids.
- Great for Iced Coffee, Smoothies, Bubble/Boba Tea, Milkshakes & Frozen Cocktails.
- Approximate Dimensions : Top Diameter : 3 7/8″ , Bottom Diameter : 2 1/4″ , Height : 4 5/8″
- Proudly made in the USA with a BPA free plastic.
Total Price: $17.40 for 100, 17 cents a cup set
- 24 Gift Boxes
- Measures: 2″
- Hot Pink
Total Price: $5.79 for 24, 24 cents a box.
You could have your kids decorate it with stickers.
- Package of 50 – 5oz. Plastic dessert cups with lids
- Great for all occasions
- Perfect for parties and everyday use
- Disposable – reusable – easy clean up quality plastic cups with lids
- Polar ice brand quality
Total Price: $13.35 for 50, 27 cents a cup
- Paper Black And White Gift Boxes
- Package contains 24 2″ square boxes
- Simple assembly required
Total Price: $8.95 for 24, 37 cents a box
- Paper gable boxes in stripe, chevron and polka dot patterns
- Measure 4 x 2.5 x 4.75 inches
- Ship flat for easy assembly
- 36 per package; 12 of each pattern
- Perfect touch for birthdays, weddings, baby or bridal showers, candy buffets and gift wrap
Total Price: $19.98 for 36, 56 cents a box
- Cardstock favor box decorated with light blue watercolor and white stripes with rope pull
- Personalization available at additional cost
- Measures 3.25 h x 2.25 w
Total Price: $14.99 for 24, 62 cents a box
- 1 Dozen Oriental Clear Frosted Takeout Boxes.
- Boxes Measure 2 1/4 Inches x 2 1/2 Inches x 2 1/4 Inches.
- Metal Handles Measure 2 1/4 Inches.
- Simple Assembly Required.
Total Price: $9.07 for 12, 76 cents a container
Make Your Own Mishloah Manot
Check out Tori Avery’s Woven Baskets.
Check out these cute Cookie Baskets or this Paper Plate Crown.