My favorite developmental toys for kids

I’m trying to live more minimally and decrease the clutter that makes its way into our house.

So when the time came to buy Christmas gifts for my kids this year, I felt a little stressed about finding things that were in line with my desire for simplicity and purpose in our toy room.

I want toys that encourage my kids to use their brains and toys that they won’t get sick of after a few weeks (or a few days!) and that I will feel good about having in my home for a long time. That means no loud, annoying, cheap (easily breakable) or tacky toys.

I’m so excited to share my picks! I linked all of the products for you, so all you have to do is click on the images to check them out. Please share your own favorite toys in the comments!

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My favorite iPad games for kids

I’m very particular about the way my kids spend time with technology. It can quickly become time-wasting and brain-numbing. I think the biggest concern for me is that it can take away from time they could be spending imagining, interacting with others or learning in a more productive way. But our kids are growing up in a tech-savvy world, and I don’t want to shield them from it or demonize it. I want my kids to know how to take advantage of it for the positive tool it can be.

I was so excited to find a learning program that is in line with how I want technology to be used in our home. Osmo is an award-winning game system that uses the iPad and iPhone for interactive, hands-on learning.

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