A young child’s interest in toys changes quickly. A new plaything that was a huge hit when first received is forgotten just a few days (make that hours) later. That can be frustrating for parents as the clutter and the bills mount up. That's why a toy rental service makes so much sense. It saves money, space and the environment. Less junk to throw in the landfill!
Toy rental websites offer Netflix-style subscriptions so your kid can try out new playthings on a regular basis. These services are also great for when your child goes on an extended visit to a grandparent or another relative who doesn't have playthings lying around the house. Traveling families can also benefit from shipping toys to a destination to lighten the luggage, just like you might rent strollers or car seats on the road. Here are some toy rental websites that ship packages throughout the United States.
I don't know about you, but, in our household, mornings are the hardest time of day. If the morning scramble weren't enough, my kids need a hearty breakfast to make it through the school day. Cereal doesn't cut it, and I'm not good enough to whip up pancakes on a weekday.
My go-to breakfast is the smoothie. So simple, so good. There are lots of fancy smoothie recipes online, but this basic smoothie can be whipped up in seconds and makes for a healthy and filling breakfast. Share your favorite variation in the comments.
Some people avoid crafts altogether for fear of the mess and clean-up involved. And, then, there are kids who hate the feeling of wet paint on their fingers or other messy projects. But that's no reason to skip creative time. This fun project keeps everything contained so everyone can be happy while they create.
Let the little ones finger paint without fear it'll end up on the table, their clothes, the walls or the dog. This no-mess sensory-friendly activity will keep your house clean and their fingers occupied.
These Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bites are so healthy (plus they're gluten-free and vegan) I wasn't sure my kids would like them, but they've become a staple in our home. Mostly because they are so easy to make I can whip up a batch any time. I also love that they're incredibly customizable. Feel free to experiment with your own add-ins or use what you have around the house.
The Museum of Science is a paradise for any kid who ever wanted to push a button and see what happened. Some of the exhibits are specifically aimed at children, but even those with a wider audience in mind have lots of hands-on opportunities for fun and learning. Here are my favorite exhibits when visiting the museum with kids.
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