Kid-Tested, Parent-Approved: Bunnies and Blooms
Nancy A. Moore
Get ready for Easter and spring with this collection of products. No need to “hunt” around - from Easter-themed books to a healthy treat for Easter Baskets, we have you covered. We also found an alternative to traditional over-the-counter allergy medications that might allow your child the opportunity to enjoy being outside and not suffer as nature is going into full bloom.
Each rating is determined by: feedback from kids and parents, price, durability and age appropriateness.
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10 Easter Egg Hunters
by Janet Schulman and Illustrated by Linda Davick
(Alfred A. Knopf, 2011)
Ages: 3 - 8
This board book incorporates rhyming, counting and colorful illustrations of children hunting for Easter eggs. The right side of every page spread has the number of eggs the kids have found, along with the illustration of the eggs. “My kids enjoy holiday inspired activities. This one is great for the younger ones. By reading the story, we worked on finding and counting eggs as well as naming the color of each egg,” commented our parent reviewer, with kids ages 5 and 2. 25 pages. ♦♦♦♦♦
Cold ‘n Cough 4kids
Ages: 2 and up
Don’t let allergies stop your kids from experiencing the joy of hunting Easter eggs outside or all wonders of spring. With so many products on the market, consider this homeopathic option that is touted as being 100 percent natural. This sugar-free option relieves nasal congestion, cough, sore throat, running nose and sneezing. “The hardest part is to remember to give it to him every four hours, even at night! This being a natural option outweighed the inconvenience issue,” our reviewer said. “My son even likes the taste, so we are sticking with this brand.” Also interesting to note is that Hylands produces several products for kids. Take a look at their website for more specifics. ♦♦♦♦
Duck and Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny!
by Tad Hills (Swartz and Wade, 2012)
Ages: Birth – 3
Delightful story about two friends, Duck and Goose, who search for a place to hide while they are waiting for the Easter Bunny. In the end, they fall asleep and wake up in the morning surrounded by large, pastel colored eggs. The simple concept is very age appropriate and the sturdy board book makes it easy for little hands to hold. Illustrations are familiar with the Duck and Goose series. The story is short and basic, yet it will keep your child’s attention. 22 pages. ♦♦♦♦
Just Great Stuff Bar
Made by Betty Lou’s
Ages: Kids and Adults
The unique chocolate bar we tested was Chocolate Dream Greens. Our parent reviewer noted, “The taste is different, but very good. It makes me feel good to feed my kids healthy food. And this one appears to be a treat, but is actually healthy.” This non-traditional chocolate bar provides a wonderful alternative for those who are gluten-free. This vegan bar contains an antioxidant value equivalent to 11.5 servings of fruit and vegetables. A few of the ingredients include freeze-dried carrots, spinach, broccoli, and kale. Each bar is covered with organic dark chocolate. There are four flavors available and each certified organic – Organic Cacao Acai, Organic Fruit and Veggie, Organic Superberry Acai, as well as the flavor we tested. Package includes a box of twelve bars (1.5 ounces each) at $26.28. Save the $10 shipping cost on your initial call-in order by mentioning that you saw this review in TulsaKids Magazine.
(For free shipping, call Betty Lou’s directly at 1-800-242-5205) ♦♦♦♦