ALEX Blogger Bulletin – Complicatedmama.com

May 8, 2012 at 13:54 | Posted in ALEX Blogger Bulletin, ALEX Toys | Leave a comment
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Our next guest blogger is Corine from Complicated Mama!

Featured in the  Digital Mom’s Handbook and nominated as a 2010 Nickelodeon Parents Pick Nominee, Corine has been a member of the blogging community since 2003. Corine’s Lifestyle site, Complicatedmama.com which highlights fun finds and topics for the fun, chaotic, and sometimes complicated life of mom.

Read her post Education & Imaginative Play with the ALEX Mix N Blast Volcano Set!

Education & Imaginative Play with Mix N Blast Volcano

May 8, 2012 at 13:53 | Posted in ALEX Blogger Bulletin, ALEX Toys, Educational, Indoor Play, Kid Concoctions | Leave a comment
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Over spring break, my family and I visited the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. The trip had been one that we had been planning for a long time and we were all very excited.  For my son who is 7 years old and extremely curious about science nature, the buzz about our upcoming trip, naturally stemmed to conversations about volcanos. He had lots of questions about how volcanos worked and if he would see one while we were on vacation.

Maui’s volcano has not been active in many years and is surrounded by a rainforest, so I knew getting a great view of it while we were away would be unlikely. So before we left, to further embrace his curiosity, and continue the dialogue, we broke out the ALEX/Kid Concoctions  Mix N Blast Volcano Set.

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ALEX Blogger Bulletin – BenSpark.com

April 11, 2012 at 11:57 | Posted in ALEX Blogger Bulletin, ALEX Toys | Leave a comment
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Our next guest blogger is Drew Bennett, blogger at 

Drew is a husband and lucky father of two adorable kids. He is also a photographer who recently completed seven straight years of taking a photo each day. At BenSpark.com, Drew blogs about life with his wife Allison and their children.

Read his review here: Inspiring Creativity.

Inspiring Creativity

April 11, 2012 at 11:57 | Posted in ALEX Blogger Bulletin, ALEX Toys, Crafting, Little Hands | Leave a comment

I have been taking and posting a photo every day for seven straight years. This project has been a way for me to not only document the events of my family but to express my creativity. Creativity is what I want to help cultivate and stimulate in my children. A big part of how I do this is through artistic expression.

With my daughter, she is four, we color, paint, sing and play instruments. I play like a four year old and color outside the lines take pictures at odd angles and make up silly songs. Through crafting I can see my daughter beginning to develop her sense of self, her ability to create and achieve. She is proud of her work and we celebrate it.

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ALEX Blogger Bulletin – Creative Kidstuff

March 28, 2012 at 15:22 | Posted in ALEX Blogger Bulletin, ALEX Toys | Leave a comment
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Our next guest blogger is Happi Olson!

Happi is a wife and mother of four kids ages 5 to 15. She loves all things creative, crafty and cooking related. In her spare time she is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Creative Kidstuff, a Minnesota based specialty toy retailer.

Read her review here: On the Farm Fun for Easter.

On the Farm Fun for Easter

March 28, 2012 at 15:20 | Posted in ALEX Blogger Bulletin, ALEX Toys, Holidays | Leave a comment
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Hosting an egg hunt is a family tradition at the Olson house. Every year friends and family gather the Saturday before Easter to hunt and collect eggs filled with candy and small treasures. The fast and furious search is followed by a delicious potluck brunch and a lively round of candy and treasure swapping.  This event is always a hit, but as it has grown and in many cases grown up, hiding spots for the eggs have become harder and harder to come by. This year I decided to change things up to make the hunt harder for the older kids and even more fun for the little ones.

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ALEX Blogger Bulletin – Peekababy.com

March 14, 2012 at 10:36 | Posted in ALEX Blogger Bulletin, ALEX Toys | Leave a comment
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Our next guest blogger is, Jessica Kobrin Bernstein, author of

Before becoming an “over-educated” stay-at-home mom (as she likes to put it), Jessica was a teacher. These days you can find her either chasing after her lively kindergartener and toddler or cooking something in the kitchen.

Read her review here: Using a Tots Art Start Kit to Foster Toddler Creativity.

Using a Tots Art Start Kit to Foster Toddler Creativity

March 14, 2012 at 10:35 | Posted in ALEX Blogger Bulletin, ALEX Toys, Kid's Arts & Crafts | 2 Comments

It’s sometimes hard to get all the way through an art project with a toddler.  My 2 ½ year old daughter is constantly bubbling over with excitement about wanting to do “a project”, but it’s not always easy to come up with something appropriate to her level of fine motor skills as well as something that can be done from start to finish in 15-20 minutes, or before she loses interest.

Enter Tots Art Start kit from ALEX.

In this box are the makings of 6 art activities – some shaped pieces of paper for decorating, a little baggie with some shredded paper for collaging, assorted tissue papers and three triangular easy grip crayons, assorted large and small sticker circles, and two frames with peel and stick paper centers.

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ALEX Blogger Bulletin – Meet Our Guest Blogger!

February 24, 2012 at 10:00 | Posted in ALEX Blogger Bulletin, ALEX Toys | Leave a comment
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My Four MonkeysIntroducing our first guest, Angie Knutson, author of:

Angie and her husband, Jeremy, are the parents of 4 children – 2 girls and 2 boys – from 3 to 11 years old.  My Four Monkeys is a product review site for any and all types of moms and dads.

We are so happy to bring you her first post for the ALEX Blogger Bulletin!

Read Angie’s post Teaching Children About Emotions.

Teaching Children About Emotions

February 24, 2012 at 09:59 | Posted in ALEX Blogger Bulletin, ALEX Toys | Leave a comment
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Children are emotional beings. Often they are too young and immature to understand the feelings they are having. They may lash out or have a meltdown simply because they aren’t able to identify and express their emotions. As parents, it’s our job to teach our children about their emotions, how to handle them, and how to be sensitive to the emotions of others. There are several ways you can instill these important skills in your children. Continue Reading Teaching Children About Emotions…

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