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Travel Toys: LeapFrog’s Scribble and Write

The final item in our series on travel toys for summer learning and fun is LeapFrog’s Scribble and Write, portable and lightweight at 1.2 lbs and running on 3 AAA batteries. The Scribble and Write, geared to ages 3 through 5, guides young ones in learning how to recognize and write the alphabet and numbers. [ More ]
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Travel toys: InnoTab Max Kids Tablet
VTech’s Innotab Max Kids Tablet, currently around $85 on Amazon, is the third addition to our series on toys for summer travel. The tablet, recommended for children ages 2 to 9, includes 18 learning, play and art apps, a rotating camera and video recorder, and an easy-to-use 7-inch touchscreen interface. [ More ]
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Travel toys for tots: Crayola’s Mess-Free Coloring Desk
This week’s featured travel toy is Crayola’s Mess-Free Coloring Desk, which will provide your little ones with hours of travel-friendly and mess-free art projects. The desk, currently $15 at Amazon, is a lightweight 2.3 lbs, and comes equipped with a set of mess-free Color Wonder Markers, Paints, and a paintbrush made especially for the included 20-page Color Wonder Drawing Pad. [ More ]
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All aboard the Magic Learning Bus
LeapFrog’s Touch Magic Learning Bus (currently available on for under $20, with free shipping for Prime members) is a musical learning toy for children ages 2 and older. Making movements or touching the sensor will activate the bus, which runs on three AAA batteries (included). [ More ]
A digital baby book you can send to print
Kidmondo is an online baby book that lets parents and caretakers track and share baby’s milestones and special moments. The feature-rich site includes pages for journaling, recording physical and medical data, tracking growth, posting pictures, and a food journal to record reactions to first bites. [ More ]
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The mother of all body pillows
Leachco’s Snoogle Total Body Pillow is the top-selling body pillow on Amazon, thanks to its ergonomically designed comfort and support for moms-to be. Designed by a registered nurse and mom, the Snoogle’s flexible shape conforms to the shape of your body, providing support for your back, hips and tummy while keeping your knees and hips in a neutral position. [ More ]
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And on keyboard…
Ginzick’s Kids Music DJ Style Playmat with Keyboard & Microphone, currently available at Amazon for under $40 (with free shipping for Prime members), is the type of toy I wish had been around back in olden days when I was a kid. [ More ]
“Trying for a Baby” Tech
When I was trying to conceive–back before the Internet or smart phones or apps–I got serious. I’m a programmer so I had to do it by the numbers. So I whipped up a LOTUS 1-2-3 spreadsheet (I know, I’m dating myself) and plotted my basal body temperature, bodily changes, and even the dates and times of our marital sex bouts. [ More ]
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A homework helper for younger spellers
The Franklin KID-1240 Children’s Talking Dictionary & Spell Corrector, currently available for under $50 at, offers personalized greetings, phonetic spell corrections, a rhyme finder, and 5 word-building games that include different skills levels. Geared to children ages 6 and up, the unit runs on 4 AAA batteries (not included) and comes with 44,000 vocabulary words, as well as a guide to writing cursive for little hands. [ More ]