Category Archives: Toddler

Fight Summer Brain Drain – Get a Trampoline!

Following summer vacation, the average teachers spends the first 4-6 weeks reteaching what kids had previously learnt. Whoa. Why am I talking about the first days back at school in February when we’ve just started Christmas holidays you may be asking? Well, brain drain is a very real phenomena of summer break. Kids (and parents) blob out, watch  more TV and in general just don’t have a regular routine for practicing reading, writing and maths.

Their are a ton of ways to build in educational moments to your day-to-day, and it doesn’t have to be taxing. It’s just a matter of turning the everyday into a learning moment, giving names to everyday objects so that your child learns new words, pointing out objects from the car on a roadtrip and turning it into a story. I know, I know, you probably do this already, but it’s just a reminder for the long hot days – after all they will be missing out on the daily reinforcement of concepts they would normally get at school.

Uh, Ghada…what’s this all got to do with a trampoline?

Review of the Joovy Bicycoo Balance Bike and Noodle Helmet

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I am thrilled to have been provided with a Joovy Bicycoo Balance Bike for to facilitate this review. My little daredevil of a daughter mastered a scooter earlier this summer and has since been enamored with her brother’s bicycle. I have heard from other parents how much easier learning to ride a bike is when a child starts on a balance bike as opposed to with training wheels. And as we watch our older son on his bike with training wheels, we can see the value in balance bikes actually teaching the skills needed for bike riding – more so than training wheels.

Joovy wrote an article on  Balance Bikes vs. Training Wheels if you are still trying to decide what is best for your child. They also offer some great tips for encouraging your child as they learn to balance.

Makit Personalized Plates Special Offer

My little dude is budding artist, so I am excited to have been given the opportunity to review the Make A Plate Art Project and sharing Mr P’s creation and review with you soon! Makit have also been kind enough to offer Mama Goes BAM readers 30% off on their Prepaid Art Plate Kit (that’s a savings of over $5).

Simply head on over to, follow the steps for creating your plate and use the promo code “USFAMILY” at checkout. The famous Make A Plate  kit lets your child use Makit’s special paper and markers to create your own design. They’ll turn your art into a personalized treasure!

About Makit

Makit has been in business for over 40 years. Make A Plate kits allow children to let their creativity soar in crafting a lasting gift for Mom, Dad, Grandparent or teacher. All Make A Plates are nontoxic, BPA-Free, dishwasher safe and proudly made in the USA.

Create with the Crayola Get Out and Create Pack

Thanks to Crayola for providing my son with the Get Out and Create Pack to help him continue to nurture his love to create – from the playground, to quiet time at home or even on the road.

Much to my husband’s delight, my son is a natural artist. In a former life when he was much much younger Mr BAM was a celebrated artist selling paintings from his traveling adventures and inspiring interest in his paintings that took up entire walls. Once upon a time it seemed to us that Little Mr P would never progress beyond the scribble. As first time parents we didn’t realize that he was on a totally normal trajectory and now, he definitely has an eye for detail, color and is a born artist.

See that chalk art below. Yes our Mr P drew that in the playground with Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk. See, the eye patch…It’s a ninja. Pretty good I think, but then again maybe I’m just biased cause I’m his mama.

As parents we all get caught up in molding our kids into the image we want them to be, not necessarily what they naturally are trying to be. Mr P loves to create, play with paints, mix colors and figure out the exact detail that will bring his drawings alive. I like Crayola products because they let kids be kids – mix, match, draw and erase and as mom I don’t have to worry about a huge mess.

Because we are in a rental house, I am always a little hesitant to use sidewalk chalk out the front of our house – our landlord can be picky. But with the Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk simply spray away with water and it’s gone!

We recently took a roadtrip through Connecticut to Rhode Island and the Crayola Color Wonder Mini Stow and Go was the perfect carry case and drawing table for him while in the back of the car.

The markers color only on special paper and not on skin, furniture or carpets. Bonus! The last thing we need is for him to leave his mark behind in a rental car.

Before we even took off, he had popped open the storage and started on his first of many creations.

The Smurfs 2 Video Game Hit with Novice Gamer

My 5 nearly 6 year old loves to watch others play Wii Games, besides Just Dance I haven’t really taken the time to find him a game that would actually be enjoyable at his level of game play rather than frustrating. He is starting to have play dates where he is invited to play video games. I believe this is what is spurring him on to want to explore video games more. So when I was given the opportunity to Review Ubisoft’s The Smurfs 2 Video Game for Wii, I thought this sounded like it might be a fit for him. Though his past gaming experiences have mostly been on the iPhone,  he always picks up on the game play easily enough so I had hope that this would be a good introduction to an adventure platform game.

PishPosh Mommy: Organization for the on-the-go Mommy

I remember being pregnant with Mr P and trying to build my baby registry. It’s all so foreign and the best way to find products that work is to ask the advice of moms who have gone before you. The diaper bag was one item that no two moms will give you the same advice on. Some moms want function and don’t care about fashion, some want a bag big enough to carry everything but the kitchen sink, others don’t want their diaper bag to look like a diaper bag. I remember settling on a backpack style diaper bag, reasoning that function definitely trumped all other features of a diaper bag. When I actually started carrying my diaper bag backpack, I was disappointed. I wanted the leather handbags I used to carry – in rich purple and blue faux leather, not this horrible school kid like backpack in bright green – yuck! It absolutely clashed with everything.

I recently met PishPosh Mommy at the Brookly Baby Expo and was introduced to their Quickzip Carryall Organizer. Now this, this is the perfect solution for keeping your handbag identity while still having it function as a diaper bag. With several internal pockets, an internal zippered pocket as well as external pockets, the carryall makes it easy to store diapers, wipes, creams, toys and bottles and sippy cups – zip it all up and then drop it in your normal coveted handbag. The pockets inside a diaper bag are what make them necessary – but with the PishPosh Mommy Carryall, you carry these internal pockets with you from bag to bag – no need to sacrifice style!