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I don’t know about you, but I am in love with Amazon! It is the largest online store that carries everything, including the universe. That’s a joke… it is the universe!
Even before I knew anything about blogging or being an affiliate, I was a huge admirer of the storefront. It became my “go to” search engine for any product I couldn’t find locally- simply because I knew it was on there and I could get it in less than 2 days with Amazon Prime. (Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial)
It has almost become an instinctual response to send friends and family to Amazon. I caught myself suggesting a visit to the online store more than a dozen times in one week! The phrase, “Have your tried Amazon?” literally rolled off my tongue as if I were a sales rep looking to sell you my best pitch on why you needed to check it out.
The truth is, the big “A” doesn’t need much coercing or sales pitches to get customers. Everyone knows about it, and pretty much loves it. So, here goes my super sales pitch!
Have you noticed that when you jump on to the site (you know, to find that one item your just need to “order quick” and spend your entire meeting shopping. True story…) that there is a new thing called Amazon Picks? I accidentally clicked on it the other day and had the Jet.com commercial happen to me: my head exploded and purple dust came flying out.
There are countless categories to choose from and the picks that are listed are friggin’ awesome! I had so many “favorited” items that I started making lists of categories of my own. And the best part is, the items change every day! Every. Single. Day.
Needless to say I fell in love with a crap ton of items, and I want to share them with you.
Average price: $20
What it promotes: Building and creativity skills.
These blocks are cool because while kids are learning to be creative by building, the magnet allows their creations to loosely “stay put” without having to make sure the blocks fit perfectly together. It gives them room to try different shapes and builds without their pieces falling apart.
Average price: $14
What it promotes: Saving at an early age.
While this little gem is ceramic and not meant to be played with, it’s a cute reminder to start saving.
Average price: $7
What it promotes: Reading, grammar, math, imagination, and adventure.
This timeless classic is more than 50 years old and still gets rave reviews. Although this isn’t meant for a toddler to read, most children read this around 7-10 years old and enjoy it well into adulthood. The book combines imagination with daily tasks to find the wonder in learning.
Average price: $14
What it promotes: Safety and security.
What a cute blue blob to wake up to in the middle of the night! I started with a regular night light for Hunter when he was a baby. As he grew he learned that the one nightlight didn’t cover the entire room, and he needed an additional light (a Mickey Mouse one) with a soft glow and a face. Now, if he wakes and needs to come into my room he can see the floor, walls, and furniture and is less nervous upon waking mid- night.
Average price: $27
What it promotes: Imaginary play and fine motor skills
Hunter has a set of these and he loves pretending to cook for me (another skill that is promoted!) I also like that it begins teaching kids that eating healthy and taking the time to make our meals is just as important as what we put into our bodies.
Average price: $13
What it promotes: Hand-eye coordination and fun!
This game reminds me of the velcro circle pads and ball game that is older than dirt. I think everyone (who had an older brother like me) had that game at some point in their life. I like this toss and catch better as there’s no scratchy velcro and hard tennis-like balls aren’t being whipped at kids to make sure they “stick”. And, these can go in the water for pool play, unlike it’s velcro brother.
Average price: $65
What it promotes: Basic shape identification and early intro to fractions
Ok, I don’t know about you but I hated fractions. I mean loathed them. And, I’m not sure if I really disliked them because I had such a horrible time learning them and how to use them in math or if they’re threw off my OCD by not being a whole number. Ha!
This cool puzzle introduces children (over 3) to fractions and how to see them with tactile learning. Sometimes it’s best to move them manually instead of trying to do it all in your head. I think I needed this as a kid…
Average price: $9
What it promotes: Counting, colors, animal identification
Hunter has been counting to 10 (and beyond) since a very early age, so had this book gone to at least 20 or 30 I would have liked it even more. With that said, the drawings, lift-the-flap, and object questions like, “What’s this?” from Hunt make this a fun read for kids just learning to count.
Average price: $25
What it promotes: Introduction to science, conducting experiments, and logic
I find this science set super cute! What a great way to bring out the little scientist in your kids. The experiments are age appropriate and come with visual directions. I can’t wait to order one for his upcoming birthday!
As you can see there’s a TON of awesome gifts and miscellaneous things as well as needed items to get on Amazon. Like I said, this is my “go to” store for so many reasons other than 2 day shipping. (Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial)
Do you have a deep love for Amazon? Check back and see my new weekly series of my favorite picks. I may have found something that you’ll love! 🙂