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Explore, Dream, Discover: Eleven Must-Have Gifts for Happy Kids


Sean Covey’s New York Times bestseller teaches timeless principles through a cast of characters living in a town called 7 Oaks. A must-read for all parents and young children, with tips to pass on for generations, $19.99.  Also a great gift or stocking stuffer. Buy it here.

While we often differ on the ways we rear our children, from how to teach and inspire, to how we discipline and guide, we can all agree on one thing:  We want our kids to be happy!  From the first day, we have high hopes and big dreams for our little ones.  But how do we teach them to not only learn and prosper, but to be happy in the process?

In The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, Sean Covey, best-selling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, teaches us life lessons that young children can understand, from learning how to take charge of their own lives to discovering how balance is best.  Covey uses beautifully illustrated stories to bring his family’s successful philosophy to young children.  Whether they’re singing along with Pokey Porcupine’s harmonica or playing soccer with Jumper Rabbit, everyone is having fun and learning all sorts of things. These seven stories show how practicing the 7 Habits makes this possible for the whole Seven Oaks Community.

Check out our top must-have toys and gifts for the wonder years, and let your children dream, explore and discover.


They say travel is the best education for children and adults alike. This US map (in blue or pink), allows kids to track their travels and choose their next destination. Personalize for free, specify name or message up to 28 characters (“Travels” is not preprinted), $29.99.  For adults, we also offer an elegant framed U.S. map with mahogany-finish frame, personalized with up to 24 characters, $89.99


Ask any parent: these multi-colored sturdy cardboard building blocks provide hours of entertainment. Tough, corrugated cardboard bricks have no sharp edges; strong enough for an adult to stand on and light enough for tots to tote and stack. Made in USA, ages 18m+. Set of 24 $19.99 or buy two sets or more for $17.99 each HERE  Our new Sentence Builder helps children develop early language skills with more than 150 moveable word magnets and magnetic play board, $24.99



Munro Leaf’s fun and simple hardcover books on polite behavior explain the importance of manners with humorous stick-figure drawings to amuse your children, ages 4-8, $14.95 each. See all three HERE.  Used as a paperweight or a bookend, our handcrafted Elephant Bookends by Zuny make a heartwarming gift; $64.99



Is your little one a budding Picasso?  Our 250-piece Mega Art Supply Set includes a sketch pad, folding easel and all the colors to let your imagination run wild, $34.99



Habit #2 of Happy Kids: Plan ahead and set goals. Our Melissa & Doug® Magnetic, Dry-Erase Responsibility Chart has two fabric-hinged boards; one shows the days and one holds the 89 responsibility/reward magnets, $22.99 HERE


One of our best-selling “smart toys”, these Magna Tiles encourage your kids to think in 3D with interconnecting tiles that build cubes, pyramids and more. 32-piece set, $59.99 HERE



For your aspiring Einsteins, ignite their interest in science with experiments that include making volcanos, crystals, and goo. Ages 6+, My First Mind Blowing Science, $24.99


















Take a break from the iPad and get back to basics with our best-selling personalized #2 hardwood pencils in a variety of colors and designs. Great for school, home or office.  Set of 12, $11.99; two or more sets, $9.99. See all designs HERE


Always keep your sense of humor and laugh right along.  Laugh Out Loud Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliott is full of one-liners, tongue twisters and knock-knock jokes. This bestseller will leave your kids in stitches, only $4.99

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