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Editor’s Picks for August and September 2021

Here’s what the team at Frederick’s Child is loving for you and your family.

Cry Babies Goodnight Starry Sky

Cry Babies Goodnight Starry Sky

This Cry Babies toy makes realistic baby sounds and cries light up LED tears when you remove its pacifier. Press her belly; she’ll turn any room into a magical starry night sky by projecting a moon and stars design. Kids can also fall asleep to the sounds of five different lullabies that play more than 10 minutes of soothing music. $19.99, ages 18 months+, imctoys.com


Design & Drill Bolt Buddies First Responders

Use the kid-friendly power drill to snap the pieces together, then race into endless pretend-play fun with a fire truck, police motorcycle or rescue helicopter. The sustainable packaging transforms into a reusable play set, which becomes part of the playtime experience and features color-in graphics that spark kids’ creativity. $21.99-$39.99, ages 3+, educationalinsights.com

Super Mario Aquabeads Creation Cube Set

Super Mario Aquabeads Creation Cube Set

Place the beads on the provided templates, spray with water and watch as the beads magically fuse together to create Super Mario art. Using the included design pegs, your child can attach the bead design to the base to act out scenes. The creation kit includes more than 2,500 solid, jewel and star beads in 30 vibrant colors. $39.99, ages 4+, epocheverlastingplay.com

Spanish for Kids: La Musica

Spanish for Kids: La Música

Pack your bags for a musical adventure around the world. Join María and a playful group of peers as they embark on a fun-filled journey from Spain to Latin America. Dance to lively Spanish melodies, explore vibrant places and meet a colorful cast of characters. $12.99, ages 1-10, whistlefritz.com

A Smart Girl’s Guide: Race and Inclusion

A Smart Girl’s Guide: Race and Inclusion

Give kids the tools and techniques to gain racial fluency, normalize the conversation around race, question biases and take positive action individually and collectively. Tips, quizzes, questions and challenges provide practical ways for readers to learn and implement the concepts right away. $12.99, ages 10+, americangirl.com/shop/p/a-smart-girls-guide-race-and-inclusion-book-hcf40

Discovery: Rocks and Gems

Discovery: Rocks and Gems

Learn how various rocks and gems are formed and their uses. Use the six rock and gem samples to get your collection started. This fun learning kit features a slide-out tray printed with rock names and a poster for young collectors to categorize their finds. From sparkling gemstones to molten lava, this introduction to the world of rocks and gems is a must-have item for any future geologist. $17.99, ages 6-8, silverdolphinbooks.com

The Imagine Neighborhood Podcast

The Imagine Neighborhood Podcast

Each episode tells an original, fantastical and hilarious story, but it also tackles the big feelings that come with growing up. Through the use of metaphor, the series explores topics such as fear, frustration and responsibility, as well as real-life serious issues including race and diversity, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and cyberbullying. Free, ages 5-8, imagineneighborhood.org

Math Sprint

Math Sprint: The Mental Math Game

This educational board game for kids boosts addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. $29.97, ages 7+, byronsgames.com/schoolhouse.html

Magna-Tiles: Animal Series

Magna-Tiles: Animal Series

These distinctive animals are ready for your child’s next adventure in creativity and learning. Match animals to their footprints and build new and exciting environments. The figures are compatible with all Magna-Tiles sets and feature fun new characters, colors and patterns. $39.99, ages 3+, magnatiles.com

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