Changing Seasons

By Shandra Hill Smith


Children learn numbers and counting, while also growing in Bible knowledge with new workbooks from School Zone Publishing . Featuring mazes, pictures and dot-to-dot puzzles, the books reinforce stories from the Old and New Testaments. Colorful illustrations fill the pages of the workbooks for four to six year olds, with such titles from the Inspired Learning Series as:

"Bible Mazes!"

"Bible Dot-to-Dots!"

"Bible Colors & Shapes Fun!"

Fairy tale fun awaits little ones with the Disney Princess Magical Carriage Playset by PLAY-DOH. Children may transform Cinderella's dress to a beautiful gown, use half-molds to shape a fairy godmother, footmen and more, plus roll Cinderella's carriage along to take her to the ball. The playset includes one can of PLAY-DOH compound and two cans of super sparkly compound.

It's double the desserts and double the fun with PLAY-DOH Double Desserts Playset . Children three and up can enjoy hours of imaginative play time creating colorful cakes and pies in the oven. The set includes two cans of PLAY-DOH compound and two cans of PLAY-DOH PLUS compound.

You'll have your own personal stylist-in-training right at home when your little girl dresses up in the Melissa & Doug Hair Stylist Role Play Costume Set. The set includes a machine-washable smock, a battery-powered hair dryer that sounds like the real thing plus non-cutting scissors, brush, comb, plastic hand mirror and headband.

Babies can discover and explore while developing gross motor skills with Cuddle and Squeak Koalas from Lamaze. The snuggly-soft set features mom koala and baby koala.


Exploring the world is even more exciting with the Inflatable Light-up Globe from Learning Resources. For ages five and up, the globe inflates and hangs as a night light and includes a hook, string, repair kit and Activity Guide.

This sleepwear has you wishing for the arrival of fall! Hanna Andersson Long John Pajamas in Organic Cotton are oh so soft and comfortable. And adorable, too!

The 100 percent organic cotton ribbknit PJs with stretch waist come in a host of cute patterns, including Snowmen Stripes and Reindeer Stripes as well as Silent Night and Full Steam Ahead.

With zigzag embroidery, the Smockie Tee from Hanna Andersson is bright, stretchy and cute. Also, Classic Unders in Organic Cotton from Hanna Andersson continue to be a true winner. And younger ones can wiggle their way around in all-day comfort with the Crossover Creepers One Piece in Organic Cotton . Made of 100 percent organic cotton, the one-piece set comes in colors such as apple red/white, warm sun/white and happy green/white.

Keep the leaks from leaking through with PaddlePak, a water-resistant backpack for two to six year olds. Take it with you on short trips or for getaways, such as to the beach. It features a cool reflective trim and tail fin that doubles as a pocket for small valuables. Have fun choosing between Clown Fish, Octopus, Lobster, Frog and more.

Carry your laptop, tablet and more in the Jaunt Backpack from Case Logic.

The sleek backpack comes in colors such as pomegranate, ink (rich blue) and black. It holds a 15.6" laptop and includes a sleeve for your tablet plus plenty of pockets for electronics and small accessories.

School is in session, and these footwear choices from will have your son or daughter feeling like the star student. KSwiss continues to offer its Classic Original that dates back to the 1960s. It comes and black and white colors and features a full-grain leather upper.

New for 2014, the Bigshot Light from KSwiss features a black/blue/charcoal colorway grade-school boys will love.


Teen girls will stand out with Reebok Z Goddess in colors such as punch pink and gravel/lemon zest.

His growing feet will look so cute in New Balance 574 -- in colors to include black with white and grey, navy with silver and chocolate with silver.


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