How To Build a Lemonade Stand for Kids With Antsy Pants Playhouse Kits

  Have the kids ever begged you to build a lemonade stand? Every single time our family has entered a home improvement or arts and crafts store, my son would make a comment about the materials he would need to build a lemonade stand. So, like us, if you ever wondered, here’s how you build a lemonade stand […]

Hanna Andersson Coupon and Back to School Finds

When Hanna Andersson asked if we’d like to do some in-store back to school shopping and in addition share a 15% off Hanna Andersson coupon for you, I couldn’t wait! Gavin is going to Kindergarten! When I started ToyQueen.com, it was months before I even knew I was pregnant. Although the 3 years of preschool certainly seemed […]

5 Genius Tips to Motivate Kids to Play Outdoors

This sponsored post and $50 Toys “R” Us gift card giveaway are on behalf of the Toy Industry Association’s TheGeniousofPlay.org initiative, which celebrates the many proven benefits of play. Any opinions included are my own. This year, my family couldn’t be any more eager for Spring, happily leaving those monstrous snowbanks from the snowiest winter in history […]

Scratchy Clothing Can Be A Big Sensory Issue for Children

If you have a child or are sensitive yourself, you know that scratchy clothing can be a big sensory issue for children. You know — the tags that people are adamant about removing, the way kids or adults rub clothing textures through their fingertips in stores before purchasing looking for something that “feels just right.” Or, […]

ToyQueen.com Attended Social Media on the Sand #BeachesMoms

“You don’t have to be the expert at everything you do, you just have to have a willingness and a desire to never give up.” – Adam Stewart, CEO Sandals & Beaches Resorts I don’t think there is a more fitting quote said by a CEO to over 125 bloggers seated in the same room […]

Loving Frogglez Goggles, Swim Goggles for Kids

Loving these kids frogglez goggles, easy to adjust plus simple for kids to put on themselves. #ad A photo posted by Keriann Wilmot (@keri_wilmot) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:42pm PST We recently took a trip to Beaches Turks and Caicos for the Social Media on the Sand conference and boy do I wish we received […]

20+ Outdoor Toys and Activities That Easily Store in the Trunk of the Car #SiennaDiaries

Disclosure: We have been participating in the Toyota #SiennaDiaries campaign for the last 3 months, where I have been driving a Toyota Sienna minivan and documenting our travels. We received a stipend to participate in the program, but any opinions included within this post are mine my own. A few weeks ago I took part in a […]

Tips for Traveling with Kids Podcast

Today I was asked to take part in the Parenting Roundabout podcast, hosted by a colleague of mine  at About.com, Terri Mauro, the expert on parenting children with special needs. Every week, 4 About.com Parenting Experts engage in a podcast on all sorts of fun and interesting topics. Along with Terri, I was joined  by Catherine Holecko, About.com’s Family […]

BoomCo Blaster Toy Reviews

Disclosure: I received the following BoomCo blaster toys for review, any opinions are my own. Blasters are popular with boys in the tween, teenage and adult age ranges. Recently, Mattel released a new line of blasters, BoomCo. These plastic dart toy blasters are air powered, without any batteries required. They travel distances around 20 yards […]

Zorbz Water Balloons Giveaway ($50)

Disclosure: I was provided with Zorbz Water balloons and a pumper for review, any opinions are my own. Water balloon games have been entertaining children and adults outdoors forever. However, many kids, whether they have fine motor challenges or not, have a hard time learning to tie-off the balloons once they are full of water. […]

Radio Flyer Cyclone Bike

Disclosure: Radio Flyer provided a free Cyclone bike to facilitate this review, any opinions are my own. So many bikes and ride-on toys require children to have good control of their abdominal muscles for balancing and coordination and strength in both legs. This can be a challenging skill for kids to learn, especially kids with […]

Wrecker the T-Rex Sand & Snow Toy (Giveaway)

Gavin loves playing in the sand at the beach digging huge holes, and now that we are in the throes of winter, having just received another 8 inches of snow, aside from sleds and a shovel, until now we didn’t really have any dedicated snow toys. I could have kissed the UPS Delivery man when […]

Play Sånd from Brookstone

Disclosure: I was provided with a sample of play Sånd from Brookstone to facilitate this review, any opinions are my own. Part of  childhood these days is engaging in sensory activities or experiences using sand, water, rice, play-doh, paint, and shaving cream. Most preschool and Kindergarten classrooms have sensory bins or tables that on any […]

Hello Sunshine is a Fun Educational Game for Toddlers from ThinkFun

Toddlers, or children between the ages of 1 and 3 are learning about themselves and how they relate to the world around them. After they physically explore their environment by walking, climbing, running and touching everything in and around it, they begin to learn about spatial concepts when following directions and communicating. First they learn […]

Riding Toys for Toddlers (Giveaway)

As soon as kids around 1-year-old begin to pull themselves up to a standing position and begin to walk, riding toys for toddlers become increasingly popular. They offer a great way for kids to practice walking and developing balance, as they push it from behind, and they learn to develop coordination and the muscles in […]

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