Bright Starts #BabyLOLL Play Date Lots of Fun

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I received free products in order to host the Bright Starts sponsored Play Date. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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My girls are growing up way too fast. My 2 year old wants to do whatever her older sister is doing, so I didn’t realize just how few “baby” toys we have around here these days. The realization hit me when I was preparing for a friend to bring over her 13 month old, and I thought I would put a basket of toys in the living room he could play with. I pulled the few toddler aged toys we have out, and I watched as Aubrey happily played along side him all evening. It’s no wonder Aubrey feels left out when Ellie’s best friend comes over and they want to play with the “big kid stuff” without her. She really doesn’t have much stuff that is geared just for her age.

Is it that she thinks she’s too old for those toys now? I don’t think so. She just doesn’t have many to play with, so when we were chosen to host a Bright Starts “League of Little Laughers” Play Date I was super excited to see how Aubrey would interact with her friends and toys created just for their age range.

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It’s typical that anytime I plan a play date something goes wrong. This year has been a really bad year for sickness, particularly Hand, Foot, and Mouth so it was hard to find a time when everyone could get together without spreading lots of germs. I finally decided to throw the #BabyLOLL play date for the kids that could come, and we’ll have another after the New Year to share our #BrightStarts toys again.

This was such an easy play date to host because the toys are the entertainment. I threw a blanket on the floor to protect the little ones from our cold hard floors and set all the toys out. We gave them free reign to play with whatever they wanted.

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The toys:

Spin & Giggle Puppy– This adorable toy is shaped like a bowl. Put the included balls in the bowl, press one of the buttons, and the Spin & Giggle Puppy starts spinning and moving around. The balls spill out, but they don’t come flying out as projectiles towards the little ones. That’s a plus! The younger babies had a blast with it, but the older toddlers weren’t really interested.

Learn & Giggle Fish- I really didn’t think the kids were going to like the Learn & Giggle Fish because it seemed almost too simple. To my surprise it was actually a big hit with a lot more features that I realized. The first play mode teaches colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. The second play mode plays sounds and music when baby pushes the “fish scale” buttons. The buttons light up, and you can turn the lights on and off by pushing the buttons. All of the kids had fun playing with it, and Aubrey is still enjoying it. She prefers the teaching mode, and that makes Mama happy!

Learn & Giggle Activity Station– Definitely the hit of the party, this window shaped activity center has so much for the kids to do! Every little guest from 9 months to 3 years found something that had them laughing and playing. Aubrey kept gravitating to the flip book that interacts with the window panes and tells a story with every page flip, and the light switch. She loves light switches, so this quickly became her favorite toy. The younger babies were captivated by the lights and sounds, and all of them giggled when someone would pretty down on the cat’s paw and make the fish bowl spin and light up. There is so much do to with this toy I’m still not sure Aubrey has discovered it all, and she wants to play with it all the time.

bright starts activity stationGiggables– These adorable balls come in 6 different characters. We received the Tiger. The Giggables roll across the floor and interact with sounds. Each ball tells the baby what type of animal it is. This was a big hit with the under 1 crowd, but most of the other kids were pretty bored with it.

Bunch of Balls– What is better than a bunch of balls? It was fun watching the little ones use their imaginations to play with simple plastic balls. I spied one of the older toddlers trying to stack them. I eventually had to remove them from the play date, though, because my mischievous little girl is in a throwing stage and wanted to use the younger babies as her targets. These are great replacement balls for the Spin & Giggle Puppy if the ones that come with it get lost!

We also received some tips for games to play with the kids and recipes for the party. The kids were so busy playing with the toys we never got to the games. I did make a couple of the recipes, but again the kids were so busy none of them cared too much about food. I passed out copies of the recipes to all the moms who came, and two have let me know they made the “Bright Starts Bars”, and they were a big hit. Here’s the recipe!

Bright Starts Bars
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Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup of old-fashioned oats
  • 2-3 tablespoons of raisins or dried cranberries
  • Pinch of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash the banana to a smooth consistency, using a fork.
  3. Add the oats and applesauce to the banana and stir until combined.
  4. Chop up the raisins/cranberries to a smaller size for smaller children if you wish.
  5. stir raisins/cranberries and cinnamon into mixture.
  6. Form the mixture into bar shapes with your bands and place on baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until firm.
  8. Allow to cool before serving.

 

Overall everyone had a great time, and the kids really enjoyed the Bright Starts toys. You can find out more about the Bright Starts brand and connect on the following social media channels.

Facebook- /BrightStarts

Twitter- @BrightStarts

Pinterest- /BrightStarts

Instagram- @BrightStarts

Hashtags- #BabyLOLL #BrightStarts

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I received free products in order to host the Bright Starts sponsored Play Date. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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Jenn is from Upstate, SC, and loves that she gets to work from home to be with her two little girls. Jenn has been happily married to her very own Superman, Ben, for over a decade, and spends her time reading, writing short stories, doing freelance work and blogging, crafting, riding motorcycles, watching Clemson football, and enjoying life with her family.

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