I’m really excited about today’s post! If you saw my Instagram, you know that its sponsored by Moonlite. But honestly, I’m super proud to say that I’m able to work with a brand that I’m so passionate about! I think it’s super cool when my absolute favorite brands want to work with me to promote their products. And this one is so good! This one meaning the Moonlite Storybook Projector. But I’m also gonna talk about some of my other favorite educational toys that Molly has been loving lately.
First, let’s talk about Moonlite. This thing has absolutely changed the game in my household. Not only has it made bedtime special and magical for Molly, but for Kevin and myself as well. It has also become a tool we use to help keep Molly on the right track all day long. Let me explain.
The very first night we used the Moonlite projector, Molly had an absolute ball! She kept asking, “How does it do that?” And I told her, “Magic!” And ever since that night, we call it “magic.” And honestly it is kind of like magic. I say that because when we use it every night before bed, she is transported into another world! If you saw the video of her on my Instagram post today, you know she giggles and gets so excited with every slide in the story. I can’t even really put into words what this time is like at night, but I will say that it’s creating moments with Molly that I will absolutely never forget! It’s not only magical for her, but It really is magical for me too!
OK let me explain what it is, it’s a small device that you clip to your smart phone, that uses your phones’ flashlight to project images onto a wall or any surface really. But what makes it extra fun is that you use the app that has the stories and plays the cutest sound effects to go along with each story. Molly gets so excited when she sees a ducky in the story and then hears quacking on my phone. We read The Hungry Caterpillar with the Moonlite projector and at the end of the story I flash the projection onto the ceiling and all around her room when the Caterpillar becomes a butterfly. She loves seeing the butterfly flying all over her room. Now whenever an animal comes up in a story, she asks for that animal to fly around her room. Anything from horses to doggies to Mickey Mouse! It’s the cutest thing ever! She’ll say, “The horsey wants to fly!” So stinking adorable!
And this is a perfect product to talk about when sharing my favorite educational toys because it was also named the number one educational toy of 2018 and the winner of the Gold Mom’s Choice Award and Family Choice Award! Love it so much that I got one for my sister to use with her kiddos! I know she’s loving it just as much as we are.
OK what else!? Well she’s at an age where her imagination is really starting to develop. In fact, the other day I witnessed her doing imaginary play for the very first time. It was so fun! So I want to give her things that help encourage her to use that imagination to create things! So we love Bunchems! Have you heard of these things?! The reason I love them so much for her is because she can’t quite put building blocks together yet. Well, she tries but it’s hard for her to put two blocks together. Although she is getting better at it. But with Bunchems, it’s so easy for her to stick the two pieces together and create anything she wants. Right now her favorite things to make are ice cream cones & cookies. Somebody is wishful thinking and craving all her favorite sweets! Ha!
We loooove Etch A Sketch. This is an oldie but goodie! She loves it because she’s be able to create something, watch it magically disappear, and then keep creating! And we love it because it’s perfect to use to keep her busy when we’re on the go. Molly loves to color and draw but paper and crayons don’t exactly travel well. Can you imagine giving your child markers in the car? There would be marker all over your seats and windows! Ha! But I, like many parents, have to bring my kids with me when I’m out running errands or stuck in traffic. And we need something to distract them during those times! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely handed her my phone to play a game many times. But what I love about Etch A Sketch is that it’s just as portable as a phone but limits their screen time. We have a larger one for car rides, and a little one for plane rides. In fact, we just got back from New York and you probably saw Molly playing with the little one on the plane. It’s the perfect thing to throw in a carry-on bag that doesn’t take up that much space and can keep her occupied. There’s a reason it’s been around for years! It’s simply one of the best!
Some of you guys have asked me how I keep my house so clean when I have a toddler and an infant. Well, one of the ways is having her play with toys that don’t make a mess. And as you can see from all the toys on this list so far, none of them really made a mess. AquaDoodle uses water to color instead of markers or crayons. She does get markers and crayons that we confine to the kitchen counter or even in her highchair if she wants to paint. But we can put the AquaDoodle on the floor in the living room and let her go to town! I truly believe, and I’m sure there’s research out there, that kids brains need freedom to create and be creative in order to develop. We’ve been practicing Molly’s letters on the AquaDoodle lately. She can do an L and is kind of starting to understand how to draw an M for Molly. But she definitely has a ways to go. She is only two after all 😉
Anyways guys, those are just a few of my favorites that I wanted to share on the blog with you today! Let me know what you think in the comments below and tell me some of your favorite educational toys that you give to your kiddos!