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We're sharing four fall-themed play-based sensory learning activities that your child can do with our wooden Uppercase Alphabet Letters and 10-Piece Numbers Set.
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We're sharing four enriching citrus-themed play-based learning activities that your child can do with our wooden Lowercase Alphabet Letters and 10-Piece Numbers Set.
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If you're wanting toys that will not only keep your child busy all summer long, but also encourage educational growth through play-based learning, you may be in the market for a few new Montessori-style products to help you out. We’ve got you covered!

Ahhh, the age old battle: plastic vs wooden toys. 

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Pick your fighter: On the left we have the type of battery powered, land-fill filling, easily broken plastic toys you'll see all over TV and in big box stores.

On the right we have timeless, eco-friendly, heirloom quality, educational AND entertaining wooden toys. 

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Homeschooling is a challenge. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. It takes a lot of patience and juggling of priorities. In this blog, I’m sharing four fun homeschooling activities that you can do with Smiling Tree’s wooden educational toys!
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Play is a magical thing, and giving my children the opportunity to imagine, create, and explore is one of my all-time favorite parts of parenthood! When choosing toys for my children, I have always gravitated towards quality, multi-purpose toys.

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Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Kathleen, you’re being a crunchy tree-hugger again!” But hear me out… if you’re tired of staring at all of the battery powered, noisy, flashy, and overly stimulating toys currently scattered across your living room floor, then keep reading.
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As a mom of four, I love kids activities that are easy to set up and can be played independently, while also encouraging sibling bonding, teamwork, and even some healthy competition. Today I'm sharing five of my favorite sibling activities that my children love to play and actually get along with one another while doing so.
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