Family Scholastic Adventures' 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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ARTISTIC EXPRESSION The Importance of Creative Development

COOL TECH TOYS The Coolest Tech for Learning and Play

GIVE BACK GIFTS Gifts with a global mission

Disclosure:Â Most of the items included in this guide were provided from brands for advertisement and/or review purposes. All opinions expressed herein are honest and my own. #ad

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Holiday Gift Guide


Happy Holidays Every season has its highlights and winter of course brings the best in flavors, scents and colors through the magic of the holidays. It also brings forth the coolest tech, toys and learning fun. This holiday season, let your inner child curiosity guide your gift giving. Take a look inside for the hottest toys and tech.

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As a mother, I not only take pride in finding that WOW gift but also balancing the bigger gifts with very cool, curiosity-building educational and artistic finds. When toys, crafts and tech lasts longer than the latest trends... I can feel good about our investment. At Family Scholastic Adventures, we take pride in offering truly valuable gift ideas, those that hopefully stand the test of time... or at least longer than the holiday break. #JustKidding But it also comes down to how much time parents invest in playing and engaging children, not just the dollar amount spent. So, with that said, we've found some really incredible holiday wishlist items to interest us adults, as well as, our clan. Have a playful holiday!

Barbara Spalding


STIMULATING THE CURIOSITY OF

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1. VTech Go Go Smart Wheels Roller Coaster 2. Bag O Dirt by Play Vision 3. Flip Zee Girls - Soft plush dolls converts from baby to girl 4. LeapFrog Sing & Snuggle Violet lullabies with shapes, colors & letters 5. Meiya & Alvin Storybook Gift Sets

6. FAO Swartz Fawn Plush 7. Flip-A-Zoo two in one plush animal toys 8. Beat Bugs Yellow Submarine featuring 3 Beetles songs 9. Kid Knex Robot Building Set for younger builders


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Come Together For Family Game Night BY BARBARA SPALDING

Bringing your family together for a game offers so many valuable benefits. While some games are more educational than others all games enable better communication skills, teamwork, and patience. For younger family members, cooperative games takes the edge off "winning" and competing against one another... although competition can be a good thing and definitely a skill enhancing tool. Things like critical thinking, strategy, decision-making and analysis are skills practiced through healthy competition and game play. Today's market offers a wide array of family games. Look for dice games, cards, traditional board games, interactive board games and more. Click below to learn of some of the hottest games this holiday season and be sure to log onto http://Blog.FamilyScholastic Adventures.com for more game suggestions and reviews.


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Luva Bella

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Magic Sketch Boogie Board

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VTech Action Cam 180

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A Child's Artistic Expression Matters BY MARK SPALDING While reading, writing and arithmetic will always be the core of a good education, the need for creativity and artistic expression is still valid and relevant, even in this digital age. Art can be much more than splashing pretty colors on a page. Art can tell a story. It can lead you to a place you never knew you wanted to be. It draws you in and invites you to see the world, not only from the artist’s point of view, but challenges you to see the world in a way you may not have been aware of before. Art can be a problem solver. Maybe you’re working through some personal issues. Maybe you need a break from the grind of every day life. Using your imagination and creativity can release your mind from those burdens for a while, either by focusing on how to paint that tree or form the arm on that sculpture, or by simply letting go and allowing the brush to flow across the canvas unburdened by preconceived notions about what is right or wrong or fitting into a box. Using your imagination and creativity can be useful in so many ways. Looking at a problem from multiple angles, looking for something that maybe other people have skipped over or missed, thinking outside the box, can bring a lot of success and rewarding results. In the end, Art and Creativity are about tapping into the non-analytical side of your brain. Sure, there is some technical know-how that helps you to create, but it’s the drive to create that only your imagination and creativity can provide. Don’t be afraid to flex those muscles once in a while to keep them fresh.


Enjoy some of the seasons most colorful and creative craft projects. Sewing, cooking, coloring, writing... there is something for everyone's artistic flavor.

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01 Yummy Nummies Sweet Straws : Includes Dispenser, Powdered Candy, & Straws 02 Crayola Silly Scents Twistable Crayons 03 04 05 06 07

STMT Journaling Kit includes: Journal, Emoji Stickers, Glue, Paper, Tassel, Embellishments, Glitter Tape & More Yummy Nummies Marshmallow Treats Kit: Mixer, Pre-measured trays, & Ingredients to make several treats Real Cooking Baking Essentials Kit: Includes child size utensils, baking ingredients, & recipes perfect for little bakers Color An Apron by Great Pretenders: Personalize your own apron. Machine Washable, Includes 4 Fabric Markers Beedos Teeneez 4 Color Pen Starter Kit: Includes Bead Pen, 500 Multi Beads, Accessories, & Storage Tray


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HEXBUG Nano Space Zip Line

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ideas flow freely whether in telling you stories or through free play. If possible, write some down for keepsake purposes. Aeromax Astronaut Dress Up & Shuttle Inflatable

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Let your Imagination Soar!


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Shopkins World Vacation

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Lori Mini Dolls

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