Why Kids Love Customizable Toys and Accessories

Humans, in general, are a creative lot. It is part of our nature to make things or to change and modify things. We might do this to improve the function of something or enhance its aesthetics, or sometimes for no particular reason at all. In other words, just for fun. This innate tendency to create and modify things starts at a very early age. Little children naturally play and interact with objects within their reach. A child on a beach will naturally start playing with wet sand, making piles and patterns, playing and pretending while using the available materials to create something new, like a sandcastle. Give a child some simple wooden blocks and within minutes they will likewise have them arranged or stacked in a column or a pyramid. Little ones will instinctively pick flowers and tie the stems together to make a chain which magically becomes a necklace or a crown. Voilá…kids jewelry made from nature.

Assembling and creating and customizing things is not just a way we entertain ourselves. It is a natural survival instinct that has improved our quality of life since the dawn of humanity. This human desire to create, organize, and improvise is what has given us the technological and engineering marvels we all enjoy today. This inherent adaptability starts in early childhood.

Little humans assemble things to express themselves and exercise their creativity and ingenuity. This is why creativity-inducing toys such as custom jewelry for kids offered by Maya Toys are so popular. There is only so much you can do with a toy car. You can drive it around, crash it and make it fly, but it is still just a car. The possibilities are limited in terms of play value. Compare that to a box of parts and pieces that you can connect and assemble to make a necklace, crown, car, spaceship, robot, dinosaur or anything else you can imagine. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. This customizability significantly raises the play value.

Toys and accessories that are customizable require a child to invest more thought and more time to assemble them into something new, different or original. But this is precisely what makes these toys more engaging to the child who plays with them. The child sees potential and possibility in a box of LEGO blocks or an Erector set or assorted Lincoln Logs or a custom jewelry making kit. Unlike a puzzle that also has many pieces but only one solution, a toy that has interchangeable parts to assemble in many different ways will always offer greater value in terms of playability.

Another aspect of the customizable toy that makes it unique is the intrinsic challenge it presents. If a boy wants to create something using an assortment of parts or materials, he first must visualize what it is he wants to create, then plan how to achieve that desired goal and figure out what steps to take in what order to do so. And then when things don’t come together as planned, figure out how to solve problems, overcome obstacles and often improvise a solution. Customizable toys are excellent learning tools to help children in this way.

As children are challenged to create and improvise using their imagination and the unlimited possibilities offered by customizable toy kits, they will grow into more confident

and capable adults. Toys that challenge children to think and solve problems are toys that contribute to the betterment of human civilization and society.

Our Forest Friends Nursery Reveal

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In the past few years, we have done several home makeover and DIY projects.  We’ve done a little painting outside, put up new light fixtures, painted furniture, gotten new appliances, and bought all new furniture in our living room, but I don’t think anything has been quite as exciting or as fun as putting together our new baby nursery!  After deliberating over a few themes and color schemes, I finally decided on the Forest Friends theme from Sweet Jojo Designs.

I LOVE this brand.  I first attracted to the overall look and colors of this set, and when I saw all the different types of accessories that were available, I was SOLD!  I’ve seen plenty of bedding sets with just your basic sheet, comforter, mobile, and diaper stacker.  If I wanted any other pieces, I’d just have to look around for something that sort of matches, but all of the Sweet Jojo Designs collections have EVERYTHING you could possibly need to decorate your nursery, including matching wall art and wall decals.

Apart from the great designs, the collection is also very high quality, and each nursery collection has a matching toddler and child bedding set, so when baby Thaxon gets big enough for his toddler bed, I’ll just have to get a new bedding set, and we can continue using the rest of his decor! [Read more…]

New Book for Your Child: If I Could Climb Trees

If I could climb trees

As a mom, I love finding and recommending books, programming, and activities that are family friendly.  For kids, I particular look for items that allow children to have fun while using their imagination or learning something new.  The children’s illustrated children’s  book series Nuggies definitely falls in to this category, and they have new book coming out titled If I Could Climb Trees.  It is written by Jeff Minich and illustrated by Renan Garcia. The 32-page illustrated hardcover retails for $19.95 and is now available for pre-order at the low cost of $3.98 at the If I Could Climb Trees – Amazon Product Page.

If I Could Climb Trees is the fifth volume in the Nuggies book series. It is scheduled for publication on March 28, 2017.

In the book a little dog dreams and imagines all the things she could see and all the creatures she would meet if only she could climb trees. The book contains fun, whimsical images like bugs that wear shows on their feet and birds who have paws they use to bury treats.

If I Could Climb Trees is not only a sweet and fun bed time story for kid, but it also encourages them to use their imaginations and dream big!

Check out the for more information on these adorable children’s books at the Nuggies Website.  Also, get updates and download printable colors sheets at the Nuggies Facebook Page.


Strawberry Banana Orange Popsicles

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The fall season brings so much stress.  First we have the back to school season, and that is immediately followed by the holiday season.  This also just happens to be the time that is the busiest for my business.  With everything going on, it is absolutely essential that I am feeling well and have plenty of energy.  One thing that I find helps with this is Emergen-C®.  Today I’m going to tell you why Emergen-C is a fall must-have for me, and I’ve got a delicious “better for you” popsicle recipe featuring the product!

Emergen-C is a dietary supplement.  It comes in powder form that, when mixed with water, makes a delicious fizzy drink that’s great for a morning pick me up or as an electrolyte replacement after your workout.  It also provides a great source of Vitamin C and antioxidants for immune support and B vitamins to enhance your energy without caffeine.  [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 292 – With Fun Halloween Treat Bag Ideas

Happy Halloween Eve!  And welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party!  Last night I was busy making Halloween treat bags for our son to carry to school for all the saxophone and tuba players in marching band.  (I LOVE making treat bags!)

Incidentally as I looked though last week’s link up, I found some cute and unique treat bag ideas for Halloween.  It may be a little late to use them this year…but if you have kids and you’ll be making treat bags next year, it’s never too early to bookmark some ideas!  Take a look!

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Peanut Butter Pie and How to Make a Fall Porch and Photo Booth Scene

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Peanut Butter Pie 7

With fall festivities comes the opportunity to get creative on so many levels!  I love getting in the kitchen and making some yummy fall recipes for my family and outside events, and I also LOVE decorating our porch and living room for the fall season!  Today I’m sharing a little bit of my fall creativity.  I’ve got a delicious Peanut Butter Pie recipe, featuring yummy fall flavors, and I’m going to share a tutorial on how I create the fall scene on my porch.  The fall scene also doubles a fun photo booth for your trick or treaters and fall guests!

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Crescent Mummy Dogs and a $10 Paypal Giveaway

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Crescent Mummy Dogs

Halloween is almost here!  If you haven’t yet made any festive treats for your ghouls and goblins, it isn’t too late!  Today I’m sharing an easy recipe for Crescent Mummy Dogs.  This is something you can make for you family as a quick and easy Halloween dinner, and it also makes a great treat to serve at a Halloween party for kids or adults!

Consider adding a Halloween twist to your next tailgating party!  Or bake up a little fun for child’s school party or for an event at your church!  There are so many possibilities.

The key ingredient to these mummy dogs is a can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls: [Read more…]

Candy Apple Bites

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candy apple slice platter

We may be falling in fun fall festivities, but I still have to stay on task when it comes to keeping my family fed.  After the first couple of months of school, those same old breakfasts and snacks start to get old, and finding new food choices our boy loves can be a challenge.  Luckily Kellogg’s is here to save the day.

With so many great products like Pop Tarts, Nutri-Grain bars, Eggo waffles, Rice Krispies Treats, Kellogg’s has so much to offer for breakfast and snack time.  And of course, Kellogg’s also offers an amazing assortment of cereals, including Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheats, Rice Krispies, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, and Krave. [Read more…]

Hershey’s Halloween Scarecrow Pudding Cups

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Hersheys Halloween Scarecrow Pudding Cups

Fall is such a fun time!  Each year I look forward to seeing all the fun decor in stores and online, and I love breaking out my own decorations!  Fall also brings a lot of great opportunity to make great snacks and treats, from football food to Halloween goodies!  Today I’m excited to share a fun tutorial on how to make Scarecrow Pudding Cups using Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding.

These pudding cups are a great treat that you can make and serve at your child’s Halloween party or other fall events.  And it is also a great activity that moms can do with kids, or elementary teachers can do with their students.  Just give everyone a pudding cup and a plate of ingredients, and then let them go crazy! [Read more…]

Banana Pudding Go-Paks + Wicked Good Treat Bag Printable and Tutorial

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared a variety of back to school breakfast, lunch, & snack ideas.  Today we continue this topic with some snacks you can serve at home or on-the-go.  Plus I’m going to show you how I’ve taken a couple of simple products and created a fun Halloween treat bag that is a great alternative to your usual candy treat bags. (There’s also a cute printable and tutorial for you!)

On the Go Snacking Ideas [Read more…]