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Editor’s Picks: Virtual reality, bedtime stories and more for learning and play

By Elena Epstein, director of the National Parenting Product Awards. NAPPA Awards has been celebrating the best in family products for 32 years. For more product reviews and gift ideas, visit 

More Than Affirmations: Inspiring Affirmation Cards, Reflection Prompts and Activities for Kids

Features 30 positive affirmation cards for kids with different and unique reflection prompts, and mindful activities and exercises. These cards and activities promote confidence, positivity and self-reflection. $19.99, ages 4-11,

Alphapals Sets

A cozy, cuddly seat full of wonder and play. The soft plush Alphabag is fully lined and includes 26 Alphapals plush letters hidden inside. Each letter includes Alphapals’ trademark signature embroidered smiley face, giving each letter its own personality. $195, ages 2-4,

Ditty Bird First 100 Words Interactive Book

Help build early language ability and fine motor skills with this new interactive musical sound book. It uses repeating words, imitating sounds and singing nursery rhymes to support children’s language learning. $19.49, ages 1-4,

My Little Pony: Virtual Magic

Ever wondered what it would be like to visit modern-day Equestria? This 18-chapter extended reality (XR) adventure will take you deep inside—with exclusive prequel content featuring Izzy’s backstory. $39.99, ages 7-11,

Nursery Pal Dual Vision

A smart HD baby monitor made up of a 5-inch screen, parent unit and a dual-lens camera. Provides close-up and wide-angle viewing, along with AI motion tracking. It also allows for two-way audio talk and can be controlled using the free app. $229.99, ages birth+,

“The Moon is Broken”

A lyrical bedtime story that explores the power of imagination and friendship while teaching children about the phases of the moon. $9.99, ages 2-5,

Go Fish U.S. History

This reimagined “Go Fish” takes everyone’s favorite childhood card game and combines it with U.S. History. No longer do you ask, “Any fours?” Now you ask, “Any presidents?” Instead of, “Do you have any kings?” you might say, “Do you have any scientists, authors, sports legends, women in history?” $11.99. ages 7+,

You Got a Phone! (Now Read This Book)

Features a humorous yet supportive tone and hilarious illustrations that draw readers in and keep them engaged. This helpful book provides important information on cyberbullying and the hazards of too much screen time. $10.99, tweens,

bekids Science

A series of short, digestible lessons designed to boost scientific literacy. Featuring learning experiences crafted by educational experts and interactive games for each topic, these lessons are ad-free, kid-friendly and easy-to-use—no parental support needed! $2.99/month, ages 2-4,


Bebi Toddlers—Educational Games & Puzzles

Mixes logical thinking and fine motor skills with fun games. Find 500+ toddler games focusing on colors, shapes, letters, phonics, number tracing, healthy eating and much more in one app. $6.99/month, ages 2-5,