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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

*New Product* Tiny Tickler - Play the Giggle Game


Tiny Tickler


Play a Giggle Game…So important is one-on-one interaction with your baby. With the Tiny Tickler you can play a simple giggle game with even the youngest of explorers. The Tiny Tickler will help your little one begin to understand where her body begins and ends through sensory stimulation and interaction with her favorite person: You! A great way to introduce parts-of-the-body vocabulary and directions like top, bottom, left, and right all while building a healthy sense of ego and engaging her desire to play.
The wooden ring is softly coated in organic, all-natural beeswax and jojoba oil for durability. Gently knotted to the ring are whimsically soft, colorful strands of 100% , bias cut, Habotai silk. Each strand has been hand-dyed.

*Though this is not meant as a teething ring, it provides a great changing table, after bath time or, on-the-go parent-child game partnership that will tickle your little one’s senses time and time again.

The Tiny Tickler - Play the Giggle Game is available at
for $12.00

Monday, September 27, 2010

Scratch Art


I found these at the craft store on Clearance for under $2.00. In grade school I remember having to ever so gingerly scratch the surface without getting any oil from my hands onto the black "paper" and make each stroke count because we weren't allowed to get another piece, so I wasn't sure if Buga would be old enough for them yet. Even with these special precautions, I remember LOVING it, so for the price, I figured it would be a great fine motor skill builder and a good bit of fun.

I took them out of the learning closet for the first time today because it was a rainy day and we definitely needed a fun distraction....needless to say, she loved it. It was so much easier (and less rule-like) than I ever remembered! The bright colors that showed up underneath the dark black space...beautiful!


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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Another Way to Play - With the Family Box


I love when Buga comes up with new ways to play with the same toys. Sometimes I feel like we are so bombarded with *new* toys, we don't take the time to really appreciate the abilities of our oldies-but-goodies. So when we got out our Rainbow Building Blocks and added our Family Box, we had a whole imaginative way to build, play, and explore. We made a little "house" for our wooden people. You can see the bedroom set up with all their sleep sacks. There is a "couch" (with the flower) in front of the TV (which makes me laugh). There is a "table" which apparently converts into a camera and a computer. and the little Lego pieces are the kitchen appliances (sink, stove, oven, fridge).







Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Able 2 Able Guest Blog Post!!


I am so honored to have been asked to be a guest-blogger on the able2able website - a site that celebrates every child as an individual. Check out their mission and my guest blog!!! :)



There's an urban legend floating around that, scientifically speaking, when compared to birds the Bumble Bee shouldn't be able to fly. Their bodies are big and round and their wings are short, rough, and stubby. Birds, on the other hand, have beautiful, aerodynamic bodies with graceful, sweeping wings. Supposedly, scientists can't fully explain why the Bumble Bee can fly, but it probably has something to do with the fact that Bumble Bees don't care about science. They just like to fly.

This is what able2able.com is about. Special Needs children are more than a diagnosis, behaviors, or labels. Our children can do and be so much more than their appearance suggests. We just need to stop telling ourselves and to stop telling them that they shouldn't be able to so they can't. And we, as parents, caregivers, teachers, and therapists need to adapt. Throw away the cookie cutter and ignore the rules. Change the way we communicate with and teach our children. Change the way we expect our children to communicate and interact with us. Stop expecting a bee to be a bird. And celebrate every precious flutter of your little Bee's wings!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

*New Product* Story Starters - You Create the WHY Play Set


Who? What? When? Where? … what about WHY?

Tell me a story. YOU create the WHY.


Storytelling is such a simple and beautiful tradition to share with your wee ones. With only the buttons and beeps and sounds of your own imagination, let these Story Starters inspire a journey of mystery, whimsy, and joy between you and your little author. Share in a creative storytelling journey with your little one and help them adventure through creative problem solving, vocabulary building, and memory making. A beautiful collection of hand stampedimages inspire the Who. What. When. and Where. While you and your story maker share inthe delight of creating the WHY.


Each 1” die is gently sanded, hand-stamped, and lightly polished with an organic, all natural beeswax. Included inside a treasure tin, is a pocket Moleskine entitled: "My Little Book ofWhy" to jot down your musings and reflect on past story-making adventures; A laminated Story Telling Symbol Key to help with spelling and ideas; and a miniature, tin-sized pen completes this whimsical Story Starter Play Set.

This would make a wonderful Birthday Gift, Back-to-School Memory, or Family Fun Night Game.

*Note – As with ALL toys, children should be supervised while at play. The Story Starter Play Tin is not suitable for children who still mouth things.*


Story Starters : You Create the WHY
currently sells for $24.00 at

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lovey LOVE!!


I recently received an e-mail update from a Mama who bought a Tinker Square from my shop. I LOVE getting these updates because I put so much time and love into making each of my handmade pieces... and it warms my heart to see them go out into the world and continue to be LOVED.

She bought this as a gift for her son to give to his new "little sister" as a "Welcome Home" present from the hospital--How Sweet!


She recently found a new way to use it at a restaurant to keep her son (3 and half) busy while waiting patiently for their breakfast : As an "Eye Spy" conversation blanket to find letters and numbers. I absolutely LOVE to see how parents come up with ways to play, interact with, and teach their children. Brilliant!

Thanks so much for sharing your LOVEY LOVE. May you enjoy many more smiles, giggles, and exploration from this handmade toy.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

*New Product* Flutter Fly Streamers


Summer brought with it some outdoor fun....and some new products to go along with the blue skies and sunshine-y days.


These colorful, flittery, fluttery silk streamers will endlessly delight your little mover and shaker. Two-grabbable hoops and twelve strands of rainbow, hand-dyed, silk make each playful pair oh so soft and whimsical. Watch your little ones’ imagination take flight along side these gracefully gleeful, movement powered, gliders.

The Set You Get:

1 Red, Orange, Yellow hand-dyed streamer hoop
1 Blue, Green Purple hand-dyed streamer hoop
Muslin pouch for easy storage and toting

Each hoop has been lightly sealed with organic beeswax and jojoba oil. Each Flutter Fly Streamer is made of hand-dyed silk, bias cut. The edges will lightly soften and “fray” over time, adding to its flutter and whimsy.

*NOTE* Due to the length of the streamers, adult supervision is required while little ones are at play.



Have you figured out how to bag up your little one's
Energy and Whimsy?
We have.

A Great Get-Out-and-Go Activity
In a Cute Little Pouch

Sunday, September 5, 2010

*New Product* Make a Match Memory Game - Flower Edition

I am pleased to announce a NEW addition to the Make a Match Collection at MamaMayi
Make a Match Memory : Flower Edition


This little Make a Match Memory Game is compact enough to fit into your purse, backpack, or even your pocket. The perfect play toy for picnics, play dates, or rainy days, this is a classic, multi-generational game that will be enjoyed time and time again. There are 24 wooden coins made from all natural wood and measure 1 and 1/2 inch in diameter. They are sanded to a smooth finish and are soft to the touch. Each set includes 12 pairs of hand stamped black ink images. Adding a finishing touch is a drawstring pouch to collect and pocket the pieces when they are not in use. Each set makes a unique gift for both parents and children to enjoy together.

*NOTE* Due to the small size of the wooden coins, this game is not suitable for children under the age of 4. As always, children should be supervised while at play.

The Flower Edition includes 1 butterfly set and 11 different flower / kaleidoscope inkings

Friday, September 3, 2010

It's been awhile

It has been awhile since I last blogged. I have millions of pictures, video clips, and new products just waiting patiently in folders and files on my desktop to make their appearance on our Blog...I just haven't had the TIME to do I. It seems like a copout, but completely and utterly the truth. Every weekend since May has been filled up with outings, obligations, responsibilities, vacations, reunions, parties, graduations, and just plain craziness....so, for our time apart, I apologize.

Hopefully as things settle down I will get back to blogging of our learning adventures
together.

Here's a start:

Meet, the Box Family
quietly resting

Buga has rediscovered her Family Box. When I first introduced her to it, she liked it...but it didn't receive the one-on-one time I was hoping. When I last brought it out she has really explored and played with each of the little people. Her imagination and "playing pretend" has really flourished in such a short period of time. It is absolutely beautiful to watch unfold and I am so grateful to be a part of it.

The Line Up :
We were practicing lining them up and talking about size differences.

Buga working on Fine Motor Skills
Fitting the right little person into the right color / size sleep sack

Feeling accomplished!


A Quiet Kiss
Making sure each member of the family was given proper affection

The Family Box is currently $21.00
and can be purchased at my shop