The 2022 Holiday Gift Guide for Children!

Osmo makes learning fun with expertly created educational games that combine technology and hands-on interactions. My oldest son used Osmo when he was in elementary school and absolutely loved it!  We had it at home and loved it so much that we recommended it to his PTO. The PTO bought Osmo kits for the entire school, so he had a lot of exposure to Osmo.  It was a big part of his childhood!  We are excited that our youngest son is in his prime Osmo years! It's fun to watch his excitement while he learns to math, reading, and more.  This year, we are excited to feature Osmo's BYJU Learning sets featuring Disney and Osmo Pizza Co.

Osmo recently upped their game with the new BYJU Learning sets featuring Disney! There are multiple versions of BYJU's Learning based on age ranges - Pre K to 3rd grade. These premium kits help kids in Pre-K to 3rd grade build math, language, reading, vocabulary, and other core skills, while playing alongside beloved Disney and Pixar characters. Kids practice, play, and learn using an interactive app and hands-on activities, personalized to the child’s learning level. This self-paced learning program provides real-time feedback, and supports different types of learners, helping them gain confidence to learn on their own.  Includes over 3,000 video lessons, quizzes, read-along stories and digital worksheets. Comes with Magic Workbooks (for Math, Language, Reading), Osmo Base Set, Wizpens, Crayons, & 1 year access to BYJU'S Learning App featuring Disney.

In our personal experience, this set has been very worthwhile because our son has happily spent hours building his core skills in math, language, reading, and vocabulary. He's in kindergarten right now and the kids take placement exams in January. He attended preschool, we read to him daily, and we do many activities to help him academically. However, I feel like Osmo and the BYJU Learning featuring Disney have really helped to push him over the top. I'm confident that he'll be placed in a high group just like his brother who was a voracious reader and Osmo fan! Regardless of how he ends up scoring on the exam in January, we will be happy and are glad that we've been able to instill a love for learning in him thanks to good books, activities, Osmo, and the BYJU Learning featuring his favorite Disney characters! BYJU Learning featuring Disney is available for iPad or Fire.

Osmo Pizza Co. is another fantastic holiday gift.  We love all of the Osmo products that we've tried but this one stands out because it let's our son pretend to be a grown up as he runs his own pizza making business.  It's a very cool concept -  Osmo Pizz Co. teaches kids real-world business skills by operating a pizza-making business in addition to practicing addition, subtraction, fractions, mental math, critical thinking, creative problem solving, social interaction, and communication skills. They make pizza for customers, collect payment, make change, and learn about profitability. The set contains: pizza/tray, toppings, money tiles, stackable storage for game pieces; and Pizza Co. game app. Similar to many children, my son is very curious about money and buying things, so this game was very engaging to him. It's fun to watch him "play" and realize that he's becoming great at math and problem solving! Osmo Pizza Co. retails for $49 and is available for iPad or Fire. This is our second child to use Osmo and we can't say enough great things about it!

StoryTime Toys offers whimsical toys that make classic fairytale storybooks that also come with fun build-and-play sets! Each set includes a full picture book and 3D toy to build and play! We love cuddling with our little one to read the book and then have fun watching him transition to the play set for each book. The play sets add to the fun and help little ones to create happy childhood memories! We love that the screen-free fun that encourages little ones to have fun learning to read, improving fine motor skills, and having fun with pretend play! Their best-seller is Goldilocks, and their new toys for 2022 are the Preschool Play Puzzles and Nativity (finally a nativity for play and not just display!). A personal favorite is their Arthur collaboration. Visit StoryTime Toys!

Blackbeard’s Treasure Hunt game (Vango Toys) is the perfect toy for little pirates and young swashbucklers! Follow the treasure map, unlock a treasure chest and collect the booty of gold doublooms the spill out of the chest! Takes both luck. . . and strategy. Yo ho ho! My boys spent hours and hours playing with this game. It comes with instructions that make the game fun. My children have also created new ways to play the game. For instance, they ask me to hide the treasure chest so that they not only have to race to fill their keys to match a card, but also have to race to find the treasure chest and open it! You'll find it on Amazon!

Whiskware offers durable, stackable containers that are perfect for holiday travel and busy schooldays. The Twist n’ Lock lids and removable handles make simple work of packing snacks, knick-knacks, and tiny treasures. These contains are made from durable, BPA-free, dishwasher-safe plastic, each stack contains one 1/3 cup jar and two 1-cup jars, plus a removable carry handle. They come in a variety of colors and with different characters from Disney, Star Wars, Pixar, and more! The MSRP is $14.99. Visit Whiskware!

The Cake-N-Bake Challenge game (Hey Buddy Hey Pal) is a totally different kind of action-packed family game with a delicious, rainbow-layer, foam cake being the center of attention! The object of the game is to, well, just be the fastest baker! Players will race to stack their cake slices based on the order on a game card. The first player to correctly stack their cake wins a candle, and whoever collects six candles wins. Great for preschoolers learning their colors - plus no reading is required! You'll find this fun and fast paced game on Amazon.

Magformers Cube House - Frog 20 piece set is a fun set for children to use their imaginations. The set includes 2 triangles, 24 squares, 1 window square, 1 sector, 2 arches, 3 plates, 1 frog block, 2 wall plates, 1 mini chair, 1 mini slide, 1 frog character, and 1 bunny hat. It also includes a step-by-step educational idea booklet with follow along ideas and instructions. This set is a great holiday gift for ages 3+ as it helps to develop color and shape recognition, fine motor skills, and problem-solving ability!

The Jurassic World: Dominion Flying Pterosaur - Quetzalcoatlus is an epic dinosaur toy that is educational and fun!  Kids will have fun building and flying a model of the Quetzalcoatlus — the largest flying animal of all time.  They get to assemble the model and hang it from the ceiling with included hardware. The battery-powered motor propels their Quetzalcoatlus through the air while a thin cable keeps it soaring along a circular flight path. Learn how the propeller makes the model fly, about the similarities between pterosaurs and modern-day birds, and all about this awe-inspiring giant of the prehistoric skies.

Shady Rays offers polarized sunglasses with sport-influenced designs that offer 100% UV protection for little ones that spend time outside. We live in Texas where it's important for our children to wear sunglasses year round.
Their sunglasses are available in adult and child sizes. You can order plain or prescription lenses. Shady Rays polarized sunglasses are especially nice because they are stylish and also shatter-resistant, scratch-resistant and ultra lightweight to ensure a long life-span. Parents will appreciate that they even go the extra mile to include lost or broken coverage which ensures you’ll always get a brand-new pair, no matter what! They have truly thought of everything! Sunglasses from Shady Rays are a fun and practical gift for children of all ages!

Feltman Brothers offers adorable outfits that are perfect for the holidays. You may have seen this brand worn by celebrity children as it is loved by celebrities. The brand's classic and timeless designs feature exquisite embroidery and beautiful smocked styling. Personally, we love the Chunky Knit Set  and Velour Holiday Set

These beautiful outfits are incredible quality to keep up with energetic children.  We love that both outfits are made from soft fabrics and that the designers paid meticulous attention to detail on every stitch! If you are shopping for a holiday outfit for your baby or young child, Feltman Brothers should be your first stop!

Bombas Youth Original Calf Socks will help to keep little toes cozy throughout the holiday season! As a Boy Mom, I have noticed that Bombas is the only brand of socks that have held up to my energetic children. My children have a large age gap and both love their comfortable Bombas socks! As a boy mom, I prefer to shop for higher quality clothing that will last longer since my children are energetic.  Bombas has been our go-to brand of socks for years because their socks are excellent quality. They even offer a Happiness Guarantee because they stand behind their products.  Another reason that we love this company is that they are driven by a desire to help people in need. One of the top needs at homeless shelters is clean socks. Bombas has donated millions of pairs of socks over the years. The more that they sell, the more they donate. It's nice to know that your purchase helps others to stay cozy with fresh clothing this holiday season.