I’m a first time dad, and I’m learning as I go with this parenting thing, and one of the countless things my 17-month-old daughter Rosemary has taught me is that kids get bored with their toys. We have a large box in the basement that is overflowing with toys that she has absolutely no interest in. Sound familiar?
Now there is a great way to avoid the same old toys. Little Pnuts is a toy subscription company that delivers age appropriate, all natural toys to your door four times per year.
Rather than plastic toys that repetitively blink and beep until they require new batteries, the toys Little Pnuts includes in each shipment are non-battery operated and made from high quality, all natural, sustainable materials. Each toy is carefully selected to target your child’s specific age and is designed to boost imagination and creativity while helping to engage gross and fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills, and concentration.
The convenience of not having to go toy shopping is value enough in my opinion, but considering the quality of these toys and the thought that goes into selecting them, Little Pnuts is very reasonably priced. You can make a onetime payment of $240 for a one year subscription or you can pay $25 monthly. Special Deliveries arrive in March, June, September, and December. The toys are brand new and are yours to keep. Each delivery includes a flyer that describes each toy and explains the developmental milestones that the toys are designed to target. There is even a section of the flyer that offers play ideas.
As a sample, Rosemary received the December delivery designed for Age 1 Toddlers. The toys included a counting stacker, a puzzle with wild animals, a horse and cart with stacking pegs, and a racing bug which zips across the floor when rolled back and released. They are all excellent toys and just challenging enough for her developmental stage.
Little Pnuts toy delivery service is a great idea that can really make an impact on a child’s develpment. And it is the perfect gift!
Sure, you could go on YouTube and see the original classic Who’s On First with Abbott and Costello, but it’s a lot more fun to read the new book with your child. They love reading
Who’s On First aloud and discovering the double meanings of common words. If you’re looking for an easy-to-read book for young readers (mine is 8), this is a good choice you’ll read several times. If you’re lucky, maybe you can run the skit with your child playing Costello (or Abbott) and get it on video. YouTube hit anyone?
I was ready to be disappointed when I saw the email heading on yet another statement on a school shooting. I was expecting the usual call to discuss violence in our schools and in our culture. However, the National PTA really stood up this time, making very black and white statements that clearly support what Joe Biden has been suggesting over the past few days after his meetings with civic leaders. In the National PTA press release on the Taft Union High School shooting, the PTA lists their top three priorities:
- Universal background checks for the sale and possession of firearms;
- A ban on non-sporting ammunition in high-capacity magazines; and
- The reenactment and expansion of an effective federal ban on the sale and possession of military-style assault weapons
Thankfully absent were any hollow statements about addressing our culture. The priorities of the National PTA are just common sense steps that all Americans should support, whether gun rights advocates or not. The most recent killings have nothing to do with Second Amendment or sportsman’s freedom. They are however, directly related to a gun industry that feeds on people’s fears while actively denying rules that would save thousands of very innocent lives every year.
The one thing I don’t understand is why they decided to release this statement on a Friday, rather than the start of the news week.
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I’m loving the puzzle I got for Christmas. It’s a 1000-piece version of the New Yorker cover Maira Kalman did shortly after 9/11 called “Newyorkistan.” She translates the city of New York and it’s five boroughs into an exotic land filled with exotic names and a camel named Stan. My son and I have been working on it diligently, with the (sometimes) help of my wife and daughter. I love the way puzzles allow for parallel work and idle conversation. My son is 8, so a lot of his questions are just random things he thinks of during the day, or his pronouncements on Star Wars or Skylander Giants lore. He asks me a lot about vocabulary he discovers in Minecraft, but we mostly just marvel at the magic of finding the “right” piece and how it so satisfactorily fits into the open spaces. This is the same feeling we get when we do LEGOs together, recognizing the common memes, finding the right pieces, feeling that wonderful click that LEGO is famous for (and which Megablocks just can’t seem to get).
The puzzle is about a 1/3 finished with a lot of play value left, though I sense I’m the only one using it to avoid work, rather than as a fun activity that brings the family together on a long winter evening when dad has forbade iPad and TV.
This video is making it’s way around the internets with some proclaiming Missouri resident Emio Tomeoni, as the world’s greatest dad, ostensibly since he looks to be having fun with his son during his wife’s 110 minute absence. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a cute video, and hats off to Emio for making video memories he’ll treasure as his boy gets big. But let’s not lionize a man, or woman, beyond reason for spending some time with his kids. Until we get over this dichotomy of man hero versus absent dad, we won’t make any progress on convincing the millions of uninvolved dads that what Emio is doing is what every dad should be doing when he has a few hours with his baby son.
Fun video to watch. It brings back memories.