HWTH Favorite Things: Maveric’s List

It’s day 2 of our favorite things segment and one thing about boys is that they LOVE trucks and they love to build. So at no surprise to me, Maveric added Lakeshore Learning Snap and Design Monster trucks as one of his favorite things!

This set comes with 15 snap on pieces and allows for your child to design the ultimate Monster truck and leads to hours of fun!

Thankfully for our house this kit came with 3 trucks which is perfect when you have 3 sons! The boys love to race their monster trucks throughout the house. It’s so cute seeing Axel join in on the fun.

In addition to this, Maveric included his favorite magnetic building block by Picasso Tiles.

With over 130 pieces this set will provide hours of fun for kids of every age. As a mom of 4, I personally love the letter and number inserts. I love to use them with the boys to help with letter recognition.

Maveric as well as his brothers love to build towers and I love stem enhanced toys because they truly get to let their imagination run free.

Be sure to check out more awesome items from Picasso Tiles here

I’m always happy when I find toys that let my kids utilize their imaginations. In a world where technology is king, it great to invest in PLAY. Hence the reason why I only allow tv time on the weekends. I hope you enjoyed today’s segment be sure to check out tomorrow’s and happy holidays.

Until next time……

Meka

Raising Readers

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We’ve teamed up with IncrediBundles  to share our love for raising readers!  As a child I can honestly say, that I never had anyone sit down and encourage me to READ!  Reading has never been one of my favorite subjects, I was thankful enough that my high school had mandatory summer reading list, thank God for Cliff’s Notes (no judgment).  I’ve always known that I would make sure my kids loved reading and that I encouraged my little ones to become avid readers.  When we had our baby shower for Elle I remember asking for gently used books instead of cards so that I could start her library.  That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and it’s created reading monsters in the Harrell house!

Speaking of baby showers or gifts for babies in general, Incredibundles offers some pretty cool gift bundles for any occasion.  We were able to choose a bundle that best fit our family and since we’ve been collecting books for over 8 years, I decided to create a bundle for the kids.

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They offer a variety of bundles, anything from toys, books, diapers, bath products, and organic items.  My goal was to get as many new books as possible and I was able to throw in a teether and stacking cups for Axel.  I love that you can truly create cool custom gifts at any budget.  Free shipping is given for all bundles that are $49 or more so for me, it only makes since to start my budget at $50.   Check out all of the awesome bundles here .

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One thing I love about my mother in law is that she is a retired educator as well as an advocate of early childhood literature!  So of course she was thrilled when our new books from IncrediBundles arrived.

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Here are some tips that we feel are very necessary to help jump start your child to becoming reading machines:

  1. Start as early as in the womb.  Sing, read, talk to your baby!! This also helps with early language development.
  2. Make it a family endeavor, take time out for family reading together. 
  3. Utilize your public library, there are so many amazing toddler and preschool programs.  This is such a special trip for our kids with their Nana.  They also meet so many new friends at our local library. 
  4. Keep books available at a kids level! We like to keep them in the car, in baskets throughout the house and on their bookshelves.
  5. Utilize the art of story telling.  Talk about your childhood adventures, our kids get a kick out of this!  They always want to hear more stories of their Nana, Papa and Dad’s childhood memories.
  6. Talk to your child at dinner, yes TALK!! No distractions, ask open-ended questions and truly engage with them.

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Thanks to Incredibundles for allowing us to share our reading rediness tips!  Share the gift of reading with someone you love. Check out this awesome giveaway and enter to win by clicking the link below!

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Happy reading and until next time…

XO

Meka