Holiday Gift Guide For Busy Families: Kids

Disclaimer: While I have received some items to review, these are items I truly believe will make great gifts. 

1. Vtech Write & Learn Creative Center: With each milestone our children reach, there seems to be a different toy to help encourage that. Very few toys cover more milestones than this amazing Creative Center. Both of my kids love it and will for years. Learn about this and other Vtech toys here.

2. Pillow Pets Back Packs: Pillow Pets are always a great gift idea. The Back Packs add something extra to the mix. Soft and cuddly, like the original, but with a pouch. This would make a great travel companion. Not only can they use it for their goodies, but you could also put a blanket inside and use it for a travel pillow and have everything they need when they reach their destination. Purchase here.

3. Learn, Absorb, and Praise Classic collection. This set of 3 board books teaches about God and how he relates to a child's every day life. The wrapper of the set allows you to write words of encouragement and your very own prayer for the child. It is a beautiful book set and is sure to be enjoyed by children everywhere. See my full review here.

4. PlaSmart Smart Mat: This mat will be a perfect gift for one or multiple children. It is a large 78"x46" and can be used inside or outside. In fact, ours gets used at home, in hotel rooms, outside, and cmaping. It is available in road and castle print, coated in EVA foam, and easily cleaned. This mat is sure to be the child's most useful and fun gift! ($29.99 PlaSmart website)

5. Kurio Tablet: We live in a very tech driven world and kids are no exception. Kids are getting more and more computer/ device savvy and we often consider getting them their own. We worry about their online safety and the safety of the device in children's hands- so we put this off. Kurio has come to the rescu with their kid friendly and kid safe tablet. The Kurio Xtreme 2 With Kurio Motion 2.0 is sure to wow the techie kid on your list. It is a full-function Android tablet with a 7" screen and Android 5.0. It has Kid-Proof bumpers, a shatterproof screen protector, and built-in kickstand. Available in blue at retailers nationwide and an exclusive pink version at ToysRUs
The stand is perfect for playing Kurio’s exclusive Kurio Motion body-movement-controlled games that will have kids up off the couch—running, jumping and dancing in front of their tablets.  All-new Kurio Motion 2.0 multiplayer games—found in the “Extreme” and “Playground” Motion game packs—get kids in the competitive spirit as they knock baseballs out of the park, raft down rivers, race drones, show off their dance moves and more.  Thanks to the micro HDMI port, the Xtreme 2 can be connected to the TV so that that the entire family can gather in the family room and compete head-to-head in any of the 18 exclusive Kurio Motion games included.
But, that’s not all. Since this is a full-featured Android tablet, the Xtreme 2 is fully loaded with more than 60 apps (a $300 value) for out-of-the-box play, including some of the most popular gaming apps: Subway Surfers™, Berry Rush™ and Zombie Tsunami™. Kids can also stream music and videos from Spotify, YouTube Kids, Toon Goggles and Netflix, Skype and stay connected with kid-safe email. Plus, with parents’ permission, kids can access millions more apps through the Google Play store.

As always, Kurio tablets let parents customize their child’s tablet experience in a password-protected Parental Area, setting time controls, managing apps and determining web access for up to eight user profiles. The Kurio Genius Internet filtering system allows kids to safely search the web, covering more than 500 million websites in 170 languages and providing in-app web filtering to block inappropriate content. 
Parents can also access Kurio SOS, Kurio’s live, instant 24/7 customer care service right from the tablet. Kurio SOS offers free, unlimited live chat sessions with a tech expert—and Kurio’s technicians can actually remotely takeover the device and resolve any issues that may arise. This way, the kids can get back to their tablet and parents can look like tech support superheroes!

Tech specs: Mediatek© MTK8127™ Quad-core processor, Bluetooth 4.0, 16 GB of internal memory (expandable by 32GB with microSD card), front and rear-facing cameras, micro HDMI and micro USB 2.0 ports.

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