The Parentville Fave Five - Mompreneurs Know Best
Parentville.com is highlighting great products started by moms.
Here are two that were started by moms with Masters in Education who found insight through their pre-school teaching experience:
This is a wonderful set of 40 cards, front and back, that have fantastic activities you can do with your child to maximize brain development, self esteem, and relationship building with parents and others. It was started by Deborah McNelis, who has devoted her life to developing educational programs to help children achieve their maximum potential.
The cards come in ages birth, 1, 2, 3, and 4, with 5 coming soon. The words on the front of each card have an activity, for instance, with age 2: "Lay two objects on the table. While I am not looking, put one of the items in an empty cereal box. When I look at the object left on the table, have me tell you which item is hidden in the box."
This is an inexpensive set of hundreds of ideas to do with your child - all for the price of one toy! Great gift for new parents and for trips to grandparents' house, too, if they don't have as many toys. Buy each for $9.99 or 3 for $24 (save $6) or all five for $40 (save $10).
Brittany Shapiro has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and developed this completely organic play-dough from her passion for kids learning.
This is a wonderful gift set for age 3+ (2 with supervision). For $30, it comes with 3 tubs of all-natural, non-toxic, handmade dough in blue, purple and green (you can buy pink and orange separately for $8.95 each), a wood rolling pin and four wooden shapes to make imprints, plus an organic apron. Even the packaging is made from recyclable, organic and bio-degradable materials.
This is a terrific idea started by Stacey Rosenthal. It's a sterling silver necklace (or bracelet) with beads inside it that rattle. Baby loves to grab hold and use as a teether, and the silver is cool to the touch so it is soothing. Pretty for you, safe for baby and easy to clean, plus the teether won't keep falling to the floor!
Jessica Kim founded this company that produces protective covers for baby in a car seat. These come in Fleece or Flannel for colder days and cotton/mesh with SPF and UV protection 40-50+ for warmer days. While keeping baby warm and cozy, you can keep baby essentials in the pockets on either side of the cold weather version to avoid carrying another bag.
Susan Beacham is a mom of two and a former private banker. She saw how some of her clients had difficulty with financial terms and wanted to help kids get smart about money.
This is a wonderful transparent piggy bank that allows kids (recommended age 4+) to sort their change for four uses: Save, Spend, Donate and Invest. It teaches them the value and uses of money, especially in these economic times.
It comes with a financial literacy booklet; the pig comes in six colors and also in a cow and football shape. You can also buy with a coordinating kit for a total of $39.99 (vs. $17 for bank only), with an "at home" version of the Excellence In Financial Literacy Education curriculum for schools (ages 6-11, includes handbook, coloring & activity book and CD with presentation slides).