the reading nook

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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If you're looking for outdoor play activities and backyard games for your kids, we have 3 fun and inexpensive activities for your kids to enjoy in your yard. These outdoor activities will entertain, teach and engage your children.
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Looking for ways to keep your children engaged without depending on screen time? Then I encourage you to explore our wooden alphabet letters, letter and number blocks, and other keepsake toys - all designed to promote learning through creative play.
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