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From baby toys and cool threads to store openings and things to do with your little one. We cover the new, the old favourites and the best-kept secrets for everything baby.


Last Minute Father's Day Ideas

Looking for a cool toy that is actually for dad but that your kids will love too? The new Sphero 2.0 works with your iOS or Android and turns your family room into a videogame.

Just download the Sphero apps onto your mobile phone or device and play. The ball can roll at up to seven feet per second and jump ramps. You can create racecourses around your living room or play educational games together.

We linked Sphero up to our iPad and tested it out with our kiddie testers – it was a huge hit! They even gave it a pet name and laughed as Sphero danced around the floor.

 

Personalized Goldfish Valentines

Tired of the basic drugstore Valentines? We love these Personalized Great Catch Goldfish Valentines. What kid doesn’t like Goldfish crackers and it’s a nice alternative to the influx of sugar that usually comes with Valentines. Creative types can even make their own at home and deliver to the entire preschool class.

 

Monster Mess

Eco-friendly parents are always looking for a way to reduce waste. Double-duty Funkins act as a reusable cloth napkin and placemat. The double-sided, 100 percent cotton fabric Funkins are made using low-impact dyes and are perfect for school lunches, on-the-go and at-home meals and snacks. And we love their festive designs – like the Monster Mash Orange Brains (seen here).

 

Easy Easter Crafts

If you’re on the hunt for quick and easy Easter crafts for your kids, check out our new favourite blog: Planet Forward. To make this cute (and handy!) Easter Basket, all you need is an empty milk or juice carton and whatever you feel like decorating it with. That’s what we like about Planet Forward – their ideas are simple and sustainable. The blog is a fun, chatty complement to the company’s site, which features “sustainable essentials for the urban environmentalist” (think reusable water bottles, organic fashion and green home-cleaning kits). For other helpful nuggets on sustainable living and more eco-friendly crafts for kids, check out planetforward.ca/blog.

 

Keep the Kids Busy

If you’re having a lot of kids over for the holidays, a holiday craft table is the perfect ice breaker. We love this simple Christmas Tree idea from Family Fun Magazine. All you need are craft sticks, paint, glue and a little bling and all the kids from preschool to the early grades will be happily entertained. Click here for full how to instructions.