Thursday, March 16, 2017

Toy Round Up at Breakthroughs in Twice Exceptional Education


I just returned from the two-day conference hosted by QuadPrep for the twice-exceptional community: therapeutic professionals, parents, and educators!!!!!  It was amazing!


I hosted a tremendously exciting raffle of the following toys to support the conference. But first we played!

Teachers were loving the 3Doodler START.  Can't burn your kids' hands.  Look at that LEGO hair. It comes off and goes back on!  YEAH!!!!


Raffle and goody bag gifts were made possible with the generous support from 



Fave photos from the conference
Thanks to Rachel Ford and Sarah Cottone for helping capture these moments!



She made herself a necklace! 

He worked hard all day. Delivering snacks. 

littleBits makes tech soooooo easy. 


You think you know math but you don't know it like Rachel McAnallen. She will blow you away. I'm sitting here with teachers of gifted children because we were following her like Confucius and she let us "play math" with her for an hour.

More videos of Rachel McAnallen here

A staffer drew this out for fun! 

I made a remote control something! littleBits remote control bit is the best. Make an RC car? Yes you can. 




STEM class for twice-exceptional kids? She packed in so much material.  Katharina Boser Master STEM Educator!  

Keynote from globally recognized leader in Twice-Exceptional Education. Susan Baum

So many friends of the 2E community.  Thank you all!!!  Think about it like this: If your teacher works well with gifted kids who have special needs, doesn't that mean that teacher is pretty much a super teacher? 2E ed is amazing ed. 

From Nancy Tarshis' talk. If you can leap right over, you probably haven't learned anything.  YES!!!
Oh look, there goes another working mother.  Gyroscope power. MiP


Nancy Tarshis knows how perfectionism hurts 2E kids. 


Oh the pressure. I want everyone to win!  Kristin Berman, Head of School, Quad Preparatory School reads out the winning numbers. 


Packing up to go home. Thanks everyone. Let's play again soon! 


As many attendees asked what were the names and where these can be purchased, here they are!
You can find a list from the Quad here

These can all be found at either the toy company's website or Amazon.  Purchases made after using our Amazon link may help support this website with a modest commission.




3Doodler START Mega Set
Buy from Amazon   


Anki Cozmo
Buy from Amazon





Every participant received a tin from Crazy Aaron's Putty World
Buy from Amazon






















littleBits STEAM Student Set
Buy from Amazon







Sphero SPRK+
Buy from  Amazon


Sphero Force Band
Buy at Amazon





Battle Worn BB-8 with Force Band  This will be auctioned off at the Quad Gala in May. 


Coder Mip
Buy from Amazon

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Top Toys to Watch in 2017




Here are some more details you may want to see before buying from this new list of toys worth watching this year. But first, may I say I admire your adventurist spirit. While I review toys for work, I do hope all of us feel free to just go with our gut sometimes.

Here are some additional photos and purchase links (they support this website) that may help you buy the toys that are already available for sale.

Read the piece at Forbes in case you missed it. 

Things You Can Buy Now:


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Twelve Amazing Books to Inspire Creativity in Kids



As seen at Forbes.com

Can't find these amazing books? Never fear! I will always be here to help!

If you haven't seen my list of books dedicated to STEM, LEGO, and making fabulous things then check it out here