Cool Kids Educational Toys: An After-Holiday Gift Guide

If you're looking to put your child's holiday cash and gift cards to good use for more meaningful post-Christmas shopping, this is for you. From encouraging your little ones to become citizens of the world to inspiring the next science genius, we've curated a quick list of toys that are equal parts, empowering, educational, creative and cool.   Happy Holidays!  

Little Passports

1. Choose an adventure. 2. Check your mailbox. 3. Discover and learn. 

Little Passports destination-specific subscription packages arrive every month filled with letters, souvenirs, activities & more delivering discovery and adventure. They'll spark the imaginations of children ages 3-12.


Elle and Cee World Girls

Rebel, Explorer, Scholar, Warrior, Healer - each doll inhabits these traits, and Elle and Cee World Girls represent girls from different countries and backgrounds, with unique personalities and perspectives, just like real world girls.


All In One Easel

Play, write or draw with chalk.  This easel does it all! 


Project MC2

Perform an experiment at home with tech genius and socially savvy, Bryden Bandweth and all the other dolls of MC2 using safe household ingredients. They're also available at Target.


Marie Curie by Miss Possible

Early exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is found to be extremely important to girls' eventual success in those fields.  Miss Possible provides one part inspiration and one part skill-building through role models – in the form of dolls.  


Goldie Blox

Connected with incredible organizations like Techbridge, Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code, and the Society of Women Engineers for their work in providing role models and support for women in STEM, Goldie Blox dolls get girls building  and inspire the future generation of female engineer via these fun, fabulous construction toys.

Natural Cleaners in the Classroom

Unless you’re living under a rock, you know about the huge push across the world to switch to greener, more sustainable cleaning practices, everywhere from homes to offices to dry cleaners and beyond.

We’re passionate about schools, so here’s a few tips on how, and why, to switch to natural cleaners in the classroom.

Standard Cleaning Products and Indoor Air Pollution

In 2009, The Environmental Working Group found that, in California alone, cleaning supplies release 32 tons of contaminants (457 different types) into the air each day.

Why Go Natural

  • Clean naturally because the air inside a space can be up to 4 to 5 times as toxic as the air outside. With a 6-7 hour school day, that’s most of a child’s day spent in a toxic atmosphere.

  • Clean naturally because it’s been proven that indoor air quality (IAQ) greatly affects a student’s ability to perform.

  • Clean naturally because a recent study found that test scores significantly increased with greater ventilation of outside air into classrooms.

  • Clean naturally to avoid the byproducts of toxic indoor air quality like:

    • Direct effect on classwork and learning

    • Increased health problems

    • Missed school days

The Fix

Like conquering bad habits, it’s easier to replace them with positive habits than it is to kick them cold turkey.  

So, take a look around your classroom and swap out harmful, traditional cleaning supplies with legitimate green options.

We’ll make it even easier for you and share a few of our favorite natural cleaning products and DIY recipes in Part 2! Stay tuned!

We Asked #SmartGirlsAsk and Jerry Answered!

Here at Kid-Smart Spaces we love Amy Poehler's Smart Girls almost as much as we love interior design.  So, you can imagine how excited we were to have had a question answered at this year's Emmy's for #SmartGirlsAsk, and by the notorious, Jerry, at that! Heartfelt? Yes. Hilarious? We think so. See for yourself, below!

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