St. Patrick’s Day will bring you the luck of the Irish when you discover our fabulous finds this month. Take a look at a talented local artist who hand stamps sterling silver pieces to create stylish and personalized jewelry. And wherever your Spring Break plans take you, make your travels fun and easy with the featured activity book, an easy-to-drink-from sippy cup and the timely new book in the Magic Tree House series.
Each rating is determined by: feedback from kids and parents, price, durability and age appropriateness.
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The Vintage Pearl Jewelry
by Local Artist Erin Edwards
Price: $25.00 and up
Ages: For mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and special loved ones
“Unique, one-of-a-kind and beautifully made” best describes this fabulous jewelry. You will find each piece is handcrafted using select sterling silver charms and personalized with names, initials, and more. Our mom reviewer shared “…there are so many options available to choose from when creating your jewelry - selecting exactly what I wanted made it unique and special to me.”
You can also add embellishments such as freshwater pearls and birthstone crystals for further personalization. Because each piece is made once it is ordered, it takes between 2 – 4 weeks to receive. (You may want to order now for Mother’s Day!) “It is a truly thoughtful gift to give and a special gift to receive. I absolutely love wearing my necklace.” Note: Use product code tulsakids15 and receive a 15% discount. ♥♥♥♥♥
Leprechaun in Late Winter
by Mary Pope Osborne
(Random House, 2010)
Ages: 7 - 12
This is the newest book in the popular Magic Tree House Series, and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Although our parent reviewer’s daughter has read several Magic Tree House books, she acknowledged, “The great part about this series is that your child doesn’t have to read the books in order. Each book is a stand-alone story.” All books in this series are based on the premise that two kids, Jack and Annie, discover a magical tree house, which enables them to travel on many adventures together. Interestingly, a nonfiction research guide, Leprechauns and Irish Folklore accompanies this specific book and can be purchased separately. 128 pages. ♥♥♥♥♥
I Can Draw Wild Animals
Illustrated by Simon Abbott
Ages: 3 - 6
“This is a great activity for kids to work on in the car. It’s easy to take along and kept my 4-year-old daughter entertained for quite a while.” This board book demonstrates how to draw an animal in only four steps. The illustrations are simply laid out on a grid so kids can see how to draw proportions that match the illustration of the animal they are trying to draw. The book contains six different animals with accompanying pictorial drawing instructions. Comes with one black dry erase marker which is “easy to use and wipes off clean with tissue,” our reviewer said. “We also had other dry erase markers that my daughter used to color her animals.” ♥♥♥♥♥
Tilty Sippy Cup
Price: $6.99 for 2-pack
Ages: 9 months and up
What makes this cup different from other sippy cups? It is specifically designed with an angled wall built inside the cup for minimal tilting while drinking. “It is the most requested cup by my daughter, even over her pink sippy cup. It is easy for her to drink from.” Our reviewer liked the sturdiness of the cup and that it is dishwasher safe (top shelf). The only drawback was that the lid has two small holes where drinks can leak out if it gets knocked over. On a positive side, the lid still fastened tightly even after several washings and did not leak. Made of clear plastic so kids can easily see what kind of drink is inside, the cup is also BPA-free and is recyclable. Holds approximately seven ounces of liquid. ♥♥♥♥♥
Product Reviews Next Month: The Century for Young People by Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster
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