For the vegetarians out there, we know how upsetting it can be when you get to a dinner party and cocktail hour consists of sliders and pigs in a blanket, followed by a salad with extra bacon bits (good luck picking those out) and a nice juicy roast beef as the main course. Looks like you’ll be filling up on mashed potatoes and dessert … again. Come prepared this year, whether you’re hosting or attending the party – here are some great vegetarian friendly recipes that will satisfy both the vegetarians and meat-eaters in attendance.
As a new mom, I’ve quickly discovered that my biggest recurring worry is “Am I being a good parent?” Part of my continuous effort to be awesome involves buying everything my bouncing baby girl could possibly need –including the best educational toys. My husband and I want to ensure we’re stimulating her to learn and discover the world even though she’s only 4 months old! After a little research, here are my top 10 picks the best education toys for little people from three months to 18 months:
These are more than basic stacking blocks. These decorative blocks are sound-makers that include beads, rattles and cool bells.
Baby Gyms and Activity Mats
Baby gyms and activity mats are a great way to give your little one some tummy time, strengthens their hand-eye coordination and teaches your baby how to conquer grasping.
These adorable plush puppies can be customized to learn your child’s name as well as a wealth of other things. These puppies teach colors, sing lullabies, teach numbers, and more!
Puzzles are nothing new, but exposing your toddler to three- or four-piece puzzles with large pieces can boost their problem-solving skills. Colorful puzzles can help sharpen motor skills and provide a sense of accomplishment.
When your baby unstacks these rings he or she will find a maraca and tambourine to play. This toy teaches babies how to stack, grasp, shake and jiggle the instruments.
This easy-to-grip toy plays seven soothing classical melodies to help your baby slumber. It promotes auditory development and music appreciation.
Rattle balls are designed to help little ones learn to grasp and roll a ball. Babies will be fascinated by the bright colors and the rattling beads inside.
This kitchen encourages babies to pretend with plenty of movable parts like a real kitchen. The refrigerator door opens, the stove has an on-and-off switch, and it plays music!
Blocks are a classic toy, yet they’re still effective because they builds motor skills, hand-eye coordination, creative thinking and knowledge of shapes and colors.
This amazing toy teaches ABC’s, colors, and numbers! It also has animal activities and can play 100 melodies! This interactive learning station teaches kids reading skills, motor skills and language development skills.
Learn more about these and other great toy choices for your little ones at Parenting.com.