I promised myself I wasn’t going to make a full-on kid’s gift guide primarily because we limit toys to ‘really special’ ones due to small living quarters and I knew if I did a bunch of research on all the coolest kid’s gifts I would want them all. That aside, I do have one really cool new toy I just have to share with you guys. One of my favorite kid’s toy brands, Seedling has been reimagining play in the most innovative ways for us ever since I discovered them a few years ago, but they took it to a whole new level when they introduced, Parker. It’s the world’s first augmented reality teddy bear and you’re going to want one for the kid in your life that loves to play and nurture. Intended for 3-6 year olds, I figured Gunnar may not take an interest, but he loves to snuggle him. There’s no electronics or anything inside, so he’s soft and cuddly. Even the play medical devices (thermometer, stethoscope, etc.) he comes with were large enough not to be a concern. Harlowe really understands what it is to take care of him and loves nursing him back to health. I have the Parker app which shows a game-like augmented reality of Parker and opens up this interactive world where the kids are capable of Parker’s belly aches or a sore throat. It’s really cool to see them both using STEAM skills during play and having empathy to care for Parker feel better and want to see him become happier and happier. Growing up in the ’80’s, I’ve actually been blown away by Parker’s capabilities and find it really fun to play with too. It’s sort of like a Tamagotchi, but way cuter and much more sophisticated.
PS if you do need a gift guide for kid’s this one is amazing. Yes, I did want everything in Part 1 for Kids who know all the neighbors and ask for ten more stories every night. I’m looking at you, Harlowe. 🙂