Great Stuff For A Grand Summer

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Kimochis

Help your grandkids to identify feelings and express them in a comfortable way with these award-winning “toys with feelings inside.” Each cuddly creature has a pocket to hold one or more feelings. See a TV CW 31 Good Day interview with the mom who invented Kimochis. To use in the classroom, see this video. $25 ea. (pack of “mixed feelings” $12). Available at Kimochi.com.

Tiny Cool CD

Your young grandkids will love dancing and singing along to Princess Katie & Racer Steve’s upbeat and witty tunes. Hip lyrics (included!) and cool music punctuated with plenty of laughter bring home messages about individuality, acceptance, kindness and the other amazing capabilities of kids. $15. Sample the music and fun on their animated website princessracer.com.

Remembered Voices

How cool would it be to hear your grandbaby’s first words anytime you want? Or to record your grandson’s favorite bedtime story for him to listen to whenever he’s missing you? Or to record your thoughts for the next generation? With Remembered Voices you can save and share precious memories anytime via a “verbal family library” by phone, online and MP3 upload. Recording tips. $50 for 300 minutes of longtime archive & 24/7 access.

Wyland Swim Gear

Give little ones confidence to swim like a fish with these fun, ocean-inspired swim vests, arm floats, baby seats and swim goggles. Says artist Wyland about his colorful designs, “I want my art to show the beauty in nature to today’s youth in hopes that by seeing it they’ll work to preserve it.” $7.99+. From FINIS. Available at Sears.com and Kmart.com and other retailers.

I’m a Rock Star CD

Joanie Leeds has a versatile, crystal clear voice and a right-on delivery of her just-for-kids messages in her albums and concerts. Grands will love her enchanting lullaby “Give Me a Hug,” and kids will grin listening to Joanie explain to “Dad” that “It Was the Elf” who messed up the bedroom, the bathroom, the kitchen…. $15. Available at citykidmusic.com.

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