Shop talk: Products we love in March
Ignite your child’s imagaination with Dr. Panda Plus: Home Designer ($39.99, ww.drpanda.com, ages 8-12) an app connected toy with two different modes. With its unique physical and digital play experience through augmented reality technology, kids can customize their digital playhouse by coloring from 51 flashcards to see their designs come to life in 3D.
Baking Class ($18.95, www.storey.com/books/ baking-class, ages 8-12) is a delightful book featuring 50 easy-to-follow recipes. Includes step-by-step photos to teach bakers-in-training how to knead dough, make biscuits, decorate cookies, and produce a perfect pie, along with essential skills like following directions and accurately measuring ingredients.
The versatile Sleepod ($189, www.askrembla.com, ages birth – 7 months) is easy to use and lightweight. Can be used for co-sleeping, baby lounging, daytime napping or traveling. Manufactured in Los Angeles, it uses organic, natural materials to create a safe, hypoallergenic, and cozy environment for babies.
I Love My Purse ($18.95, www.annickpress.com, ages 4-7) is a charming book with a wonderful message – celebrate your unique individuality. Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. First his father, then his friends and even the crossing guard question him about his "strange" choice. But Charlie is not deterred and thanks to his determination, everyone around him realizes something important -- be true to yourself.
Learn a language
The French Collection (89.99, http://www.whistlefritz.com/product/ the-french-collection/, ages 2-7) is a boxed set of DVDs and CDs with an entertaining combination of live action, animation and upbeat music to introduce children to a new language. From games to the seasons and birthdays, these videos offer a captivating introduction to the French language. Includes a translation guide, lyrics, and English and French subtitles.