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Review: ThinkPlay STEM Junior Xtra

ThinkPlay STEM are great for getting your kiddos excited about building. I love that they come with a book in different things you can make but you also have the choice to get super creative and build whatever you can imagine. It comes with a bunch of different block pieces in different colors. They can be stacked or stuck together by sliding the pieces into each other. Our daughter can’t slide them together yet but she’s getting close. I even think they are hard to put together and take apart. So when we use these I start the pieces but let her slide them all the way. It would be better if they snapped together. What is great is the sense of accomplishment and pride she gets from completing a project.


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Monday: books (she picks one and 1 about letters), game based on letters, break, 2 workbook pages…

Daily Schedule: Toddler

Our daughter is 2.5 now. We’ve been doing the same schedule for awhile now works great for us but might not work for everyone.


8-9: wake up, go potty, get dressed (she picks her own clothes), breakfast with milk or water, brush teeth
10-12: school time, play time
12-1: lunch with water or juice
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7-8: play time
8-9: bath/shower time, brush teeth, story, bed


She doesn’t wake during the night or take naps because then she’ll stay up forever.

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