Moon Dough

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 1, 2010

My kiddos were extremely excited to try the new Moon Dough Barnyard Playset that we received just before our vacation. Well, I pulled it out today and let them all go to town…

Not only is Moon Dough incredibly messy, but it was difficult for my youngest little guys – the targeted age for this set -to use the mold in just such a way to actually create the barn animals. Noah lost interest fairly quickly, but the twins came to the rescue and were able to create smooth and consistent cows, roosters and sheep for Ben.

Moon Dough and Ben
Moon Dough

Moon Dough looks and feels like wet sand before molded, however it resembles big, fluffy marshmallows when molded into fun shapes. All in all, I think my kiddos enjoyed making a huge mess, mixing the three colors that came with the set, and squishing the dough between their fingers.

I’m thinking that, although the dough is never supposed to dry out and it really is easy to clean up, we would need to purchase Moon Dough Refill Packs if the kiddos ever want to play with it again. I suppose it’d be fun to add a few more colors to the mix!

I received this playset to review as a member of Team Mom. No monetary compensation was received. As always, all opinions are mine.



by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 27, 2010

Pop On Pals We returned home late one evening, from a fun day out and about, to a package on our front doorstep. Not entirely an infrequent occurance, but certainly one that excited my younger two kiddos!

Why? you ask.

Well, the package on our doorstep contained a brand new Pop On Pals Amusement Park Playset, complete with a strong man striker, dragon swing, milk toss game, ferris wheel and roller coaster! Lights, music, and the popping sound that the little Pal made held their attention for quite some time as they figured out how everything worked.

Ben and Noah would have played with the Pop On Pals playset until bedtime had there not been one problem – there was only one Pop On Pal that came with the set.

Their lack of Pals did not prevent the boys from being creative the next day, however. Noah and Ben found some very suitable stand-ins and played for hours! Little People will have to do until we can purchase a Pal Pack or two.

Why I Like Pop On Pals::

Pop On Pals encourage imaginative play and help little ones develop fine motor skills. Pals are the perfect size for small hands to play with and the signature “pop” sound adds to the fun!

I received this playset to review as a member of Team Mom.


Buy Once. Play Forever.

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on February 9, 2010


Just before Christmas, we were introduced to Maukilo – a fabulous online ecommerce, featuring toys that can be enjoyed, loved, and possibly even passed down to your children’s children one day. I ended up featuring the Automoblox in my gift guide for the Holidays, because we loved them so much!

Maukilo has a wonderful variety of toys for the old and young. I would recommend shopping Maukilo for outdoor and pretend play, and even for keepsake items and decor for the nursery.

I have been given a $25 Maukilo gift certificate for one of you to win, so you can see for yourself just how easy it is to find something you and your kiddos will love!

Here’s how to enter for a chance to win:

  • Visit Maukilo and come back and leave me a comment, before 9pm on February 23rd, telling me about something you learned about the company, an item you loved and would buy, or a brand you were surprised to see was sold at Maukilo.

Want a few bonus entries? Leave me a separate comment for each of the following:

  • Tweet about this giveaway, including a link to this giveaway and the hashtag #D2Dgvwy.

More Than Play!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 1, 2009

Playskool recently sent us the Busy Ball Popper for Noah to check out. At Playskool they believe that play stimulates the senses, engages the imagination, encourages curiosity, and empowers children’s sense of self confidence by allowing them to discover the world at their own pace. I totally agree! As a homeschooling mom, I also know that play lays an important foundation for advanced learning skills – skills like reading, writing, mathematics, critical problem solving, and conceptual thinking, to name just a few.

Now, this Busy Ball Popper is a wonderful “toy” to help develop eye tracking, temporal awareness, anticipation, and prediction – truly More Than Play! – however, it was a little underwhelming for two-year-old Noah. I’m sure that my one-and-a-half-year-old nephew, on the other hand, will love it!

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