50% off Learning Resources Products Today Only (11/20)

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Today only, get 50% off Learning Resources toys on Amazon!

 

Check out all the toys available.  

 

Here are just a few of our favorites:

 

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Design and Drill:  This has been one of my boys’ favorite toys!  It is currently $20 (regularly $40).  Edited (10:20 am CST):  Looks like this specific toy is sold out.  So sorry!

 

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This Super Magnet Lab is $16.50 (regularly $32.99).  

 

 

 

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I absolutely love this sorting pie activity!  It is currently $13.50 (regularly $29.99).

 

 

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This Pretend Play cash register is currently $16.00 (regularly $39.99)

 

 

 

 

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This gears set is $14.98 regularly $29.95.

 

 

 

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This Squirrel game looks super fun!  It is currently $11.00 (regularly $21.99).

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This Pretend Play food set is currently $12.50 (regularly $24.99).

 

 

Check out the rest of the toys included.

Best Gifts for Boys Ages 5-7

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My boys are HARD on toys.  My mom still has all of my brother’s Star Wars and Ninja Turtle toys from when they were little–they are in pristine shape.  But I honestly don’t think I will have much to salvage from the wreckage that is their toys.  If it comes into our house, it’s gotta be TOUGH (or engaging enough that they want to be careful with it).

I’ve compiled this list of some of our favorite gift ideas for boys.  Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see some handmade ideas as well!

And please know that I am by no means stereotyping these toys as only for boys…but as I currently have only boys of these ages, this is simply from our personal experience.  These are great ideas for girls as well!  :)

 

Here are some of our favorite toys for boys ages 5-7:

 

 

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Snap Circuits:

We got Big Brother his first set for his 6th birthday and both the boys are crazy about them.  It isn’t a toy we keep out, because I don’t want the parts getting lost, but when we do pull it out from the closet it is played with nonstop for at least a couple hours.  Get them here.

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Plasma Car:

Little Brother got one of these for his 4th birthday last year and it is perfect for our laminate flooring all over the main level of our house (and great for smooth concrete outside)!!  Find them here.

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Razor Scooter:

This is what we are getting both of our boys for Christmas!  Our neighbors have some and they love them.  I know they will be thrilled to have their own!  See all the colors available here.

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LEGOs:

Our boys are currently obsessed with LEGO Star Wars, but LEGO has all sorts of sets for various interests:  Ninjago, Minecraft, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, LEGO City, and Super Heroes.

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Stomp Rocket:

These things are just the coolest.  Set it up, stomp on the launch pad, and watch the rocket shoot up to 100 feet in the air!  What kid wouldn’t love that?!?!

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NERF Weapons:

We used to have family NERF Gun Wars when I was growing up.  Up until now, our boys haven’t had the fine motor ability to manipulate the Nerf guns very easily, but they are just now getting into them!  Check out all the variations here.

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Slackline:

We don’t currently have a slackline for our boys, but we are planning on purchasing one for either Christmas or one of their birthdays.  I have heard so many good things about slacklining and we are excited to have one for our backyard!

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Hover Ball:

This cool toy is like having a soccer ball on an air hockey table.  It is really neat and our boys have enjoyed playing with ours, especially during the long winter days indoors.  It says it can go on carpet, but we have found that it only “hovers” well on smooth floors (like laminate or wood).

Homemade Ideas for Boys Ages 5-7

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DIY Science Kit (with free printable experiment book)

The perfect gift for a science-lover!

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Kids Tinkering Kit

I love this idea for creating a kids tinkering kit from Katydid and Kid!

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Stomp and Catch Board

This was originally created for preschoolers, but bigger kids love it too!

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What is your son’s favorite gift that he has received?

Show-and-Share Saturday Link Up!

There were lots of great ideas shared last week!  Here are just a few:

 

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Growing Book by Book shares this cute Scarecrow Letter Patches activity.

 

 

 

 

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I love this Shape Christmas Tree craft from Buggy and Buddy!

 

 

 

 

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Teach the concept of gratitude from a Biblical perspective with these 13 Thanksgiving Bible Activities from Christianity Cove.

 

 

 

 

 

Have an idea or activity to share??? Just link up below!

Next week I’ll be sharing my favorites from the ones you submit!

*By linking up, you are granting me permission to use and/or repost photographs from your blog.



 

 

 

Rainbow Discovery Bottles for Babies

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Little Sister is at such a fun age…she is so curious about everything!  A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law gave her a water bottle to play with during church and she had so much fun watching the water slosh back and forth.  And later that day, she grabbed a spice bottle from my cabinets to play with (which reminded me of her brother at about the same age).  So I thought it would be fun to make bottles that she could hold with various contents.      

 

There are so many possibilities for these Rainbow Discovery Bottles!  I was inspired by Growing a Jeweled Rose and Fun at Home with Kids for ours.  Some of the bottles make noise:  the rice, beads, and (oddly enough) the waterbeads!  Some are just fun to look at (baby oil and corn syrup).  But ALL of them are fun to play with and to talk about colors, shapes, and sounds!      

 

Please note:  These should only be played with when your child is being closely monitored.  Never leave your child alone with these discovery bottles.  I would recommend gluing the tops of the lids so that they cannot break open.  

 

Here is what you’ll need:   

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4 oz. plastic bottles with lids

waterbeads

colored rice (follow these instructions)

baby oil and colored water

miniature pony beads (we received compliments of CraftProjectIdeas.com)

Corn Syrup

Glitter

Pony Beads

Pom-Poms      

 

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The boys are equally as enamored with our discovery bottles.  They think the red one is the coolest one of all because the waterbeads make such a funny noise when you shake them!    

 

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Check out more activities for babies here and on our Pinterest board!

 

 

Frozen-inspired Painting

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Brrrrrr…it’s cold outside!  Little Brother and I spent our first frosty morning of the season with this Frozen-inspired painting activity.  I absolutely love using corn syrup as paint because it dries shiny (we have made a fishbowl inspired by One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and a rainbow using corn syrup as well).  This time we added glitter for a whole new sparkly effect!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  a paintbrush, washi tape, a piece of cardstock, corn syrup, food coloring and glitter (which we received compliments of CraftProjectIdeas.com)!  

 

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 1.  Mix the corn syrup with a few drops of food coloring and some glitter for your “paint”.

 

 

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2.  Place the washi tape on the piece of cardstock to make your child’s name (or another design).

 

 

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3.  Paint all over with the corn syrup paint!  (FYI:  If the corn syrup is super-thick, it will take quite a while to dry…so encourage your little one to spread it on pretty thin!)

 

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 4.  Let it dry completely and then remove the tape!

 

 

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 It glitters and shines in the light!

 

 

 

Check out more cold-weather activities here!