The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill is 2017’s winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal for children’s literature. If you have not read it please buy it for your whole family, it is really a stunning work of literature and art.
“Moonlight is magic. Ask anyone you like.” Barnhill’s story is also pure magic, distinguished by careful development of a complex plot and indelible evocation of unique characters. Love, heartbreak, hope, sorrow, and wonder all shine in exquisite, lyrical prose.“This compassionate, hopeful novel invites children everywhere to harness their power, and ask important questions about what keeps us apart and what brings us together” Newbery Medal Committee Chair Thom Barthelmess.
Remember the great yoyo boom of the mid-late 90s? Walking the halls of any high school in America was taking your life and limbs into your own hands as most boys were playing with their new yoyos. Tait has a great new handmade yoyo that you put together out of the box yourself. You and your kids will have a blast learning new string tricks on this beautiful heirloom toy.
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Stick-lets tagline is “Because Mother Nature Misses Us” and we say let’s fix that this summer! It’s time to take the backyard back and bring fort building into the modern age. Stick-lets is a unique new product that we found at Toy Fair and fell in love with. The number of uses for Stick-lets is up to your imagination. Want a cabin made out of sticks? How about a tower for your green beans to grow up? Or maybe you want a cool garden sculpture? Stick-lets will hold your child imagination all day as they frolic in nature building forts, and swords, traps for monsters and homes for fairies. Let’s make this summer amazing and reintroduce our kids to Mother Nature’s best toy, the stick.
No doubt you remember that one birthday back in the late 80’s when you got your very first super soaker right? Millenial dad’s childhoods can be broken down into before super soaker and after. After was so, so, so much better. Summer was lit. Your backyard turned into a home base, the neighborhood was a battlefield, allegiances were made and broken, no prisoners were taken and everyone had a blast. Pun intended. Don’t your kids deserve a souped up squirt gun too? Yeah, they do. We love this Super Storm Squirt Gun that we picked up for our kids. The range this blaster has is unlike anything you have seen before. 38 feet of range is more than enough to hit the kids across the street as you and your family battle for dominance on the ave.
These toys are a toddler and a parents dream. Cheap, easy to buy and loads of imaginative fun for everyone. Who doesn’t love flying their helicopter around the kitchen or loading up sand with the dump truck out back? The best thing about these plastic toys is that they are all American made. So while you stuff those Easter baskets this week you can feel good about keeping jobs here at home. You should really check out American Plastic Toys for some really great deals on awesome spring and summer toys for your whole family.
Spring Value Set – Perfect for that new sandbox you intend to build in the backyard right? ($11)
7 Piece Sand Digging Set – Load up the sand and move it with this awesome set. ($14)
Does your personal Le Petit Chef in training help you make dinner every night? I know ours does so this tiny chef set has come in handy. No only can your personal sous chef peel those potatoes and carrots but they can learn proper knife techniques and even keep all those fingers on the other hand with the awesome hand guard. The peeler and knife boast beechwood handles! No idea here if beechwood is paramount getting a spot in the line at Per Se, but it sure won’t hurt right? Click BUY below to see more about the Opinel Le Petit Chef Set.
We’ve never seen a coloring book that leaves so much up to the imagination. The Teddy Bear Book from Rock & Pebble is 30 blank pages just waiting for 15 magical teddy bears to come to life from your little one’s imagination. How cool is this hand stitched coloring book? It’s like a Moleskin for a toddler except for way more fun.
Well, maybe the kid needs a bit more but what is not to love about this oversized whale blanket. The blanket is oversized, not the whale. The whales are small and cute and a perfect compliment to your cooing tummy timer. Also, since the blanket is oversized it will grow with your child and/or come in hand for a dad nap on the couch. Trust us, these blankets are super comfortable for everyone. Invest in this heirloom quality blanket and love it for a long long time.
The uses that a new parent can find for the Flo contact-free smart thermometer are endless. Check your sleeping babies temp my simply placing the sensor an inch from their forehead, check the temperature of that bathtub without guessing and magically make sure the milk you just heated up is the perfect drinking temp for your little guzzler. “Replace those outdated thermometers and stay on top of your family’s health with Flo!”
We were gifted this book while on a trip to Maine last summer and instantly fell in love with it, and we totally believe that you and your family will too. The Circus Ship is a delightful new children’s book that captures the readers and the listener’s attention from page one. Your kids will love the vivid illustrations and the enthralling storyline and you will love reading this tale “one more time please”! Click buy below.
When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own to swim the chilly waters. Staggering onto a nearby island, they soon win over the wary townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them, villagers of all species conspire to outsmart the bloated blowhard. With buoyant rhymes and brilliantly caricatured illustrations evoking the early nineteenth century, Chris Van Dusen presents a hugely entertaining tale about the bonds of community — and a rare hidden-pictures spread for eagle-eyed readers of all ages. via Amazon.com
Do you think the Modern Bunny likes Modern Love? Silly questions, of course, it does, everyone likes modern love. More importantly, your kids will love playing with this unique stacking toy. Stacking toys are an essential to every nursery whether it be for a hip focal point on the bookshelf next to the Dr. Seuss books or on the floor with your little crawlers. Also, fear not parents all these parts from Petit Collage are safe for your little one to chew and suck on.
“STEM Club is a monthly program that delivers handpicked, high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math toys to your door at a great price. Each month you will receive a different, age-appropriate STEM toy that will encourage your child to learn through play. From robotics to natural sciences, there’s always a new discovery on the way.” Different packages available for 3-4 year olds, 5-7 year olds and 8-13 year olds.
…is perfect for checking out objects in space or even object that take up space this holiday season, like say looking for a jolly old elf. But seriously, this simple to set up and simple to use telescope makes objects grow 10x so the surface of the Moon will be ripe for exploration by your little Neil deGrasse Tyson. We have a deep love for Educational Insights here at Relevant Dad HQ, any tool/toy that can get the STEM juices flowing in our little ones is a winner in our book. The GeoSafari line has some amazing sets that will rocket your kids minds into a learning adventure.
Guy. Guys, you won’t believe what I saw today. I was at the Playwright for happy hour and you know they have those free wings that I like, and well, of course, I had had a couple pints and had to use the men’s room. So I walk down this hallway and I notice this tiny little door on the baseboard which I thought was silly. What was that? So I got down on my hands and knees, (which is a very brave thing to do on an Irish pub floor) and I see a tiny notepad with the words “who are you voting for” on it. What the heck, I thought? So, I asked the bartender and she told me that the door was from the Irish Fairy Door Company and if you wrote notes to the resident fairy, or left them gifts they would respond, but, only when you were not watching. Amazing! I asked if I could find a fairy door for my house because my kids would love to have a secret fairy friend to leave notes for. The bartender told me of course and that “each Irish fairy door comes with a magic key in a bottle, three stepping stones, the Family / Fairy Lease Agreement, a notepad for your fairy and the Fairy Welcome Guide for all you need to help settle your fairy into their new human home!” Your kids can have a charming fairy door too, imagine all the fun your family can have with your in home fairy? Now, I still want to know who the fairy is voting for? I will just have to go back for a few pints right?
There is nothing more rewarding and nothing more frustrating for children than learning to read. That is why there are so, so, so many products in the childsphere catered to that very task. In the 90’s Hooke On Phonics might have been the rage but we live in a modern world and we want you to check out Ooka Island. “Where?” Ooka Island ‘rents’, you gotta visit today! Reading as you know is a learned skill and you know what Malcolm Gladwell says about mastering a skill, but our kids don’t have the patience to wait 10,000 hours to learn to read do they? The reason Ooka Island is so cool is that your child is tasked with teaching the Ooka elves (in the game) how to read, and in doing so…they learn to read themselves. Clever. Ooka Island is created with over 25 years of clinical research so you can rest assures that it works. The game will even track and analyze your kid’s progress and cater that rest of the tasks to their needs. Skip the cartoons for a half and hour three times a week and before the end of the year, your child will be reading.
I mean when we start something with a Dad joke you just know the product we want to share with you must be awesome right? What’s the joke you ask? Well, we got a chance to check out some of the amazing products from ezpz (Less Mess, More Fun) and let me tell you they rock. Not just the cool silicone tableware but the people at the company too. (Just look how good their inventions are for kids with special needs!)
Their flagship product is the Happy Mat which is available in a few different colors, this patented mat suctions to your table with its food grade silicone and is much fun to eat off of as it is to look at.
We also fell in love with the super versatile Happy Bowl mat’s in our house because you can put ANYTHING in them so keep mealtime and playtime cleaner. Yeah, we said playtime because these mats are so super easy to clean that we thought hey why not fill them with Play-Doh or finger paints? You can easily wash off any mess in seconds or even throw it in the dishwasher for harder jobs, or if you are lazy like us.
Listen, these mats are just amazing in so many ways. All of your kids will love them no matter what their needs are. Mealtime can be a challenge and ezpz helps alleviate the mess and contain your kid’s food. If only they could ezpz the floors and walls you might have a spotless house after that mac & cheese dinner.
As Millennials, we are naturally drawn to anything that looks like Tetris so when we were sent Mental Blox 360° it was game over. This isn’t any old puzzle game, this one really makes you think, it’s almost like playing a Tetris/Monuments Valley mashup in real life.
You get these cards with an innocuous picture on them and then with the allotted blocks you have to figure out as quickly as you can how to make the design. Really, it is mental. We have seen a few 3D Building Game’s but this one has a fun alternate perspective take on it that really makes it fun for the whole family. You can even compete in teams to see who can create their cards image the quickest. Family game night just got mental!
Do you want to know what is cooler than being a billionaire? Being young enough to still get an allowance! Which is perfect because your little Zucks are just at that age so why not set them up today to become a potential billionaire down the road? We are talking about learning to code and Learning Resources has a very cool tool that will set up the basics of coding for your kids to springboard from. Meet Code & Go’s Robot Mouse. This activity set was created to teach your children the basics of simple coding and to ignite their conceptual understanding of STEM ideas.
We have been having fun playing with this activity set in the offices for a couple of weeks during our down time and it’s actually pretty fun for adults too. You can use the provided grid, or even just program Colby to move around the table top or floor around obstacles of your choosing. This simple toy teaches and solidifies a whole host of STEM theories for your kids. The problem-solving skills that they develop alone make this set worth your purchase.
We are giving away one Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set to one lucky reader. You can find the details here: I WANT A CODE AND GO!
Sure, it’s sweet that you scored a play kitchen for your kids but isn’t it sorta lame that all you have to stock it with an empty box of pasta and a can of coffee? Learning Resources has a fantastic A to Z Alphabet Groceries set that will cover your kid’s culinary needs from, well from A-Z right? Beyond that, each item is labeled with both the word and starting letter of the item inviting learning interactions each time your little Gordon Ramsey plays kitchen. Milk, beans, donuts, and yes even egg rolls will keep your child growing that awesome little imagination they are cultivating each and every play session. “Colorful, realistic groceries introduce early language skills and are great for imaginative play too! Each of the 26 groceries is labeled with a letter, word, and colorful picture. Reinforces letter recognition, everyday vocabulary, and creative role play. Cartons measure 6.5″H, Jars 4″H.” Who doesn’t love playing with their food? Grab this set today and have a blast together making up all sorts of delish dishes.
When you are a new dad or a seasoned dad for that matter, you will often stand like a creeper above your kid’s crib just watching them sleep. You could do it for hours. What do you think about? What they are dreaming about? Who they might become, where they might end up in life, what amazing adventures might they embark on? Maybe you just watch over their sleeping little bodies and wish for them to travel the world. We love the artwork of Jessie Husband (cool name) there is just something magical about her creations. We hope that when our children are dreaming at night, they dream in the style of her artwork, vibrant, colorful and full of adventure. Check out this wonderful infant one piece (and toddler t), it’s everything, isn’t it? “Someday I Am Going To Travel The World.” We hope so.