This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx. All photos and opinions are my own.
Kids are baaaccckkkkk toooo sccchhhooooooolll!!! I’m sorry, let me try that again. KIDS ARE BACK TO SCHOOL!!! I love summer and I love having my kiddo at home, but y’all … she’s been home with us since March 2020 when lock-down began and it is time. I am so excited for her to be on a schedule, around kids her age and getting all the attention she deserves while Mama can finally focus on work and being productive again.
BUT that doesn’t mean that the fun has to end for anyone! I’m excited to be teaming up with BabbleBoxx to share several fun brands and products just in time to celebrate the new school year. Keep reading for some back-to-school must-haves and great post-school activities, along with special offers just for my readers!
AGE-BASED EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FROM BANANA PANDA
WHAT IT IS: Banana Panda is a brand of puzzles, games and books that delight little minds and the grownups who care about them. Their products are designed to offer family bonding and immersive independent play for babies, toddlers and growing kids alike.
WHY WE LOVE IT: We received two puzzles: Observation Puzzle My Body (ages 7+) and What in the World Young Explorers (ages 6+). First of all, Daisy LOVES puzzles. She could do them all day every day, and I 100% support that! They’re so great for minds and brains of all ages, and a great way to pass time without any screens. Daisy is currently obsessed with learning about the human body (she wants to be a doctor!), so the My Body puzzle couldn’t be more perfect for her. The What in the World puzzle is such a fun way for our little explorers to learn about the world and go on an adventure right from their own floor! Both take a little help from us right now, but I have no doubt she’ll be putting them together all on her own in no time.
WHERE TO FIND IT: Shop Banana Panda products HERE.
SPECIAL OFFER: Use code playandlearn for 15% off, valid July 10 – September 30, 2021. They would make awesome gifts!
REUSABLE CLOTH PLACEMATS AND NAPKINS + INSULATED, MACHINE-WASHABLE LUNCH BAGS FOR KIDS FROM KIDS FROM FUNKINS
WHAT IT IS: These adorably stylish, insulated lunch bags from Funkins are thoughtfully designed by moms, and tested by kids and teachers to ensure optimum functionality both at home and school. Funkins bags are super cute, roomy, and easy to pack – best of all, they are machine washable! The cloth placemats and napkins are an eco-friendly mealtime solution that help to keep food messes contained while brightening the table. Love it! They’re sized just right for school lunch tables, kid’s tables and little hands and faces, and help to cut down on paper waste since they’re machine-washable and reusable.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Well, what’s not to love? They’re cute, functional, resuable, easy to pack and store, and any mama’s favorite: machine-washable! Daisy was so excited to gift one to her besties and they’re already planning a beach picnic with them. And I’m ordering myself one to use as my travel and beach cooler bag!
WHERE TO FIND IT: Shop the Funkins website HERE, or on Amazon HERE.
SPECIAL OFFER: Use code BBOX2021 at checkout to receive 20% off your order at www.myfunkins.ca. Offer valid through September 30, 2021.
INTERACTIVE GAME CONSOLE AND MEGEE – LEARN SPANISH CONTENT PACK FROM JOGOBALL (AGES 8+)
WHAT IT IS: A screen-free tech toy/gaming console, Jogoball is filled with over 1,000 hours of content (15 different games) of right out of the box. Through motion recognition and smart audio, Jogoball features fully immersive gameplay with active, trivia, social games and more. Throw it, shake it, tap it, spin it, punch with it and twist it to enjoy hours of fun! No screen needed, and no subscription fees ever.
You can add even more fun with the Jogoball Maegee Learn Spanish Content Pack. Just place the Megee silicone sleeve on the Jogoball device to activate easy-to-learn technology to teach Spanish vocabulary, sentence building, pronunciation and more through a variety of games. With three different learning levels, Megee is for everyone – kids and adults alike!
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is SO MUCH FUN!! Charge it, sync it with your phone’s Bluetooth, and let the magic happen through the Jogoball! It lights up, has its own speaker, and tells you what to do for tons of interactive games. We made a game night of it with our neighbors and were entertained for hours. The expressions on their faces say it all! Perfect for any family, a gift for anyone, or a treat for yourself. I seriously cannot recommend it enough. Note that ages are 8+, but we did play with our 4-year-old and she loved it, too. Great with supervision of adults or older kids!
WHERE TO FIND IT: Shop Jogoball HERE. (Jogoball Interactive Game Console / Ages 8+ / Retail Price: $119.00) (Jogoball Megee – Learn Spanish Content Pack / Ages 8+ / Retail Price: $29.00)
SPECIAL OFFER: Use code BABBLE for 20% off.
WHAT IT IS: smarTrike believes in providing kids with the freedom and confidence to explore the world through physical activity from an early age, and does so with the help of a range of products, from Folding Stroller Trikes to Balance Bikes to Scooters. Their products are designed to support childhood development, allowing children to grow and learn new skills with the same product for years to come.
WHY WE LOVE IT: We are HUGE fans of any activities that involvement movement and staying away from screens. smarTrike offers so many ways for kids to get outside and move their bodies, while working on coordination and balance. Coming from someone who wishes she was better at these things, it’s important to me as a mom to make sure my children are doing better than I did!
WHERE TO FIND IT: Check out all of the other fun products Smartrike has to offer HERE.
SPECIAL OFFER: Use my special code BLONDE15 for 15% off your order!
SURPRIZE BY STRIDE RITE (REVEL PINK)
WHAT IT IS: Surprize by Stride Rite is a sub-tier of Stride Rite and sold exclusively at Target. Surprize by Stride Rite delivers on the promise of the ‘rite’ fit for every little walker, while also putting style center stage with classic and seasonal silhouettes that are “Fit for Every Step.” Available in a few colors and styles, these are super easy for little hands to take off and put on, they’re machine-washable, and they light up!
WHY WE LOVE IT: Daisy shrieked when she opened these and realized they light up! She put them on immediately and has worn them to school with her uniform and to play every day since. The colors are so bright and fun, the laces light up (as opposed to the bottom of the soles), and they’re super easy for her to put on herself. We will be getting another pair, for sure!
WHERE TO FIND IT: Grab them at Target HERE.
HAND AND FACE CLEANING WIPES FROM YIPES!
WHAT IT IS: Yipes! Hand & Face Cleaning Wipes are designed to gently and effectively remove dirt. They’re 94% biodegradable, made with 99% plant-derived ingredients and are not tested on animals. Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic, non-irritating Yipes! are formulated without parabens, phthalates, or petrolatum, ensuring a gentle cleaning experience every time. PLUS they’re made by PlaneAire®, a woman-owned small business in Princeton, NJ … I love all these things!
Yipes! are designed for kids 3 and older. There are many cleaning wipes for babies and adults on the market, but none were designed especially for kids. Yipes! was designed and developed with input from kids , who told us that they are easy to open, feel good on the skin, and are fun to use.
WHY WE LOVE IT: I love that they were designed especially for kids and with input from kids. Daisy is so happy to have her very own wipes that she can keep in her room and in her bathroom, and says they are so soft (she’s very particular about feels, so she means it)!
WHERE TO FIND IT: Shop Yipes! Wipes HERE.
SPECIAL OFFER: Get 15% off sitewide with code YakToSchool
Hope you found this post helpful and enjoyed learning about some of these items. I sure do love them all! If you’re an expecting mom or know someone who is, my next post is for you. Stay tuned!