toy review


Do you have a hard time figuring out how to have an active role in educating your child at home?

My family loves to explore the world and I find it easy to have engaging conversations with my oldest.

However, on the days we are laying low at home, I’m tempted to rely on screen time to fill the hours. That’s where Learning Resources has helped me out.

When ever people hear that we take our kids with us when we travel, they think we’re crazy. The first comment we get is usually that they are too young to remember, so why bother. The next comment is always about the high cost of travel. Yes, traveling with kids can be pricey. I wouldn’t consider our family to be budget travelers, but we are trying to teach our kids about travel budgets and how to stick to them.

My husband’s family is from Hong Kong and it’s a big part of who they are. My husband picked up a little bit of Chinese growing up but mostly had an “All-American” upbringing. Now that we have kids, it’s brought to light the importance of showing our kids pieces of their heritage so they can keep in touch with their roots.

Our toddler has been going to Chinese school for awhile. It’s been really helpful since neither my husband nor I really speak Chinese (and our toddler just laughs when we try.) Not only do we like that he’s connecting with Chinese culture, but we also hope that it will help him later in life. The hard part for us is supplementing his Chinese at home. It’s been difficult to find products that encourage us to talk about China.

I’m always on the hunt for travel-themed toys for my son. Not necessarily toys that are great for travel, but ones that inspire thoughts about travel and adventure. My son has a great interest in airplanes and airports. He likes to tell me where the airplanes are going and what they are going to do at the airport.

Diggin sent us their Boxset Airplanes to review. It arrived just in time for a play date, so we unboxed it and the kids immediately got to work unpacking the pieces and trying to build the runway.  Then, they immediately brought the pieces to me to put together before they rushed back to grab the airplanes. They were actually silent as they decided where to put the runway pieces and explore the box. The only argument they had was when one wanted to turn it back into box so he could carry it around while they other still wanted to play.