Have You Read the 2017 Newbery Medal Book?

Have You Read the 2017 Newbery Medal Book?

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.
We found the book impossible to put down and the whole family enjoyed the complex twisty turny story. You will not be disappointed in this modern classic. (Ages 10+ as a general rule.)
If you need more find the 2017 Newbery Honor books here:
Wolf Hollow, by Lauren Wolk

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Sling-Slang DIY YOYO

Sling-Slang DIY YOYO

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.

“Made by hand in Michigan one by one, a portion of this assembly provides work to veterans and the disabled.”

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Fort Building 2.0 With Stick-lets

Fort Building 2.0 With Stick-lets

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.

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Super Storm Squirt Gun

Super Storm Squirt Gun

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.

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Easter Basket Stuffers

Easter Basket Stuffers

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.

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Spring Value Set – Perfect for that new sandbox you intend to build in the backyard right? ($11)

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7 Piece Sand Digging Set – Load up the sand and move it with this awesome set. ($14)

Opinel Le Petit Chef Set

Opinel Le Petit Chef Set

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.

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You Will Love The Circus Ship

You Will Love The Circus Ship

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

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New Amazon STEM Club Subscription Service

New Amazon STEM Club Subscription Service

“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.

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The GeoSafari Jr. My First Telescope…

The GeoSafari Jr. My First Telescope…

…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.


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Invite A Fairy Into Your Home

Invite A Fairy Into Your Home

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?

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Welcome To Ooka Island

Welcome To Ooka Island

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.

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Family Game Night Just Got Mental

Family Game Night Just Got Mental

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.prod9284_dt

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!

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You Need The Robot Mouse Activity Set

You Need The Robot Mouse Activity Set

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From The Social Network

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.

Credit: Learning Resources

Credit: Learning Resources

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!

A to Z Alphabet Groceries

A to Z Alphabet Groceries

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.

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We Live in a World Where Our Kids Can Design Their Own Clothes

We Live in a World Where Our Kids Can Design Their Own Clothes

If you have little girls, letting them pick out their own outfit is a pretty entertaining exercise. Clash City, here we come. Now imagine your kids could design their own clothes. Well, that just takes it from entertaining into awesome territory, right? With Picture This, just print out a template for a dress, let them draw/color it in, snap a picture of it, upload it, and within 15 days their dress will be shipped to your home. What an incredible time to be alive. (T shirts, boys stuff and adult sizes coming soon).

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SAVE SUMMER!

SAVE SUMMER!

As you console your kids this week because they are bummed about school starting let them know that the fun in the sun does not have to be over. Just because they have homework again does not mean the fun has to stop! It’s still HOT out right? Baseball is still on the TV at night right? The pool is still open for business right? You still get iced coffee in the morning right? You haven’t switched burgers on the grill for beef stew in the crock pot yet, right? Your wife still hasn’t packed away the bikini right? Right? Okay, we can skip that last one but cmon you are still a “fun dad” right? Please tell us that hasn’t changed just because Tony Romo getting hurt is the annual first sign of fall!  No? Okay then, get these three things today and extend summer into the fall daddy!

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Hurricane “Reusable” Water Balls – ($12) Because why would you not want the ability to drench your kids up to 1,000 times with one hurricane ball? Toss, throw, play & splash your way into colder afternoons.

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Hydro Swirl Spinning Sprinkler – ($13) Don’t use the same boring sprinkler that you water your prized tomatoes with to entertain your kids. This sprinkler wiggles and splashes in unpredictable directions making that backyard water play endlessly fun.

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Hydro Twist Pipeline Sprinkler($12) If the hydro swirl isn’t enough to keep you in the summer spirit here is one pipeline that both sides of the aisle can agree on. The Hydro Twist Pipeline Sprinkler runs 8 feet across your lawn and you don’t have to worry about any eminent domain issues, just how wet and wild your kids will get dodging the fountains of water.

And while your kids are having a blast this late summer maybe you should be trying some of those summer beers we talked about huh?

Get Your Girls To Say Gomee!

Get Your Girls To Say Gomee!

“You go girl” is something a parent of every little girl should be saying all the time. It’s no secret we live in a world where it’s hard growing up female. We can make it a little bit easier for them by offering constant positive encouragement and support and before long our daughters might just be saying “Gomee!” We support the Gomee brand because of it’s message to our girls, “you can do anything, you are amazing!” Gomee has created a line of patches that offer stylish and unique to the individual positive reinforcement. Attaching these patches to shirts, jackets or bag will empower our girls and also open up an important ongoing dialogue on the importance of being one’s true self. Parents can use these great products as a teachable moment that will help shape your daughter’s path forward in life as they grow.

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“Fix” Picky Eating With A Smiley Fish Placemat

“Fix” Picky Eating With A Smiley Fish Placemat

“Carrots?” “Noe Dadd-ie.” “How about some beans, you love beans?” “Mummy, noooo.” “Ravioli?” “Noe!” “But, listen, you loved ravioli last week just try some okay?” “Noooooo.” What if I put it in this cool fish placemat?” – – – “More…pwease?” If you have a kid over the age of one you know the joys of dinner time, right? Nothing will make it easy unless you want to serve up Lunchables every night so you have to find fun ways to introduce new foods and sometimes that included the foods presentation to the toddler. Hexnub has created a really great silicone placemat/plate that not only makes your life easier but will entertain your fickle kid too.

If you have a kid over the age of one you know the joys of dinner time, right? Nothing will make it easy unless you want to serve up Lunchables every night so you have to find fun ways to introduce new foods and sometimes that included the foods presentation to the toddler. Hexnub has created a really great silicone placemat/plate that not only makes your life easier but will entertain your fickle kid too. “The Fish Placemat is easy to transport and stack. Mats can be rinsed with warm soapy water or placed in the dishwasher. Our placemats are also oven & freezer safe, made out of the highest quality silicone that meets all safety standards (BPA, fishPVC, lead and phthalate free).”  We encourage your kids to play with their food on this non-slip placemat. Move those peas from the tail to the eye, stack the eggs along the edge and fill the fish eye with syrup so they dunk those pancakes! We have been using this placemat in our home for a few weeks and while string beans can still be a challenge, things have gotten a lot smoother.

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Why Parents Love Para’Kito

Why Parents Love Para’Kito

With all of the recent news about mosquito-borne illnesses, we wanted to share with you a great brand we first found when vacationing abroad. Para’Kito is the global leader in mosquito protection and it’s now available in the states. Parents love and trust Para’Kito because it is DEET free, easy to use/apply, and it only uses natural-based active ingredients like citronella, rosemary and geranium oils to repel those pesky bugs.  Their repellents come in a few different forms like the refillable band & clip, a roll-on gel, and a unidose gel. We used the refillable bands (they last for two weeks) while on vacation in a swampy part of Italy last year upon a local’s suggestion. What we loved was the comfort and protection our family had. You almost forget you are even wearing the bands they are so stylish and comfortable. While the summer here in America ramps up so does the threat of itchy swelling bites and rapidly spreading disease from mosquitoes. The bands and clips are perfect for your camp bound kids, your weekend hiking adventures or just for playtime in your backyard. The whole family will look stylish in the wide variety of bands. We love the Brazilian band the most. read more…

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