Life Hacks For Kid Survival – Must Have Toys For The Everyday Parent (Part 3 of 5)


Only One You by Linda Kranz makes #3 on the list. I don’t really write that much about books at Learning Express (although I really should), but this book is such  a favorite at our house, I had to give it the respect it deserves and put it on my top list of must haves. (See Part 1, Part2) Join a young fish named Adri on his adventure learn some very valuable life lessons some from his mom and dad like “Always be on the lookout for a new friend,” or “appreciate art, it’s all around you!” The fish are all uniquely painted giving the book a very colorful, vibrant look. It’s very inspiring!

Why I like it?

  • It’s super positive and very encouraging for readers.
  • Not only does it give young readers encouragement, it helps me reflect on things as well.
  • The artwork is fantastic. My daughter loves to choose her favorite ones on each page as we read.
  • It’s a great story, and it’s short enough that you don’t get tired of reading it over and over again.

Learning Express not only has Only One You, but the follow up book as well called You Be You. These two books are valuable additions to any home library. This book falls right inline with Learning Express’s mission to make the next generation better, one gift at a time. “There’s only one you in this great big world…”


Birthday Registries For Kids – What’s the Deal?

Birthday BoxI heard the DJ’s discussing the “new issue” of Birthday Boxes on the radio this morning and I thought I would put this out there. Learning Express was a leader for this trend. We’ve been doing them for over 15 years now, it’s nothing “new.”

First off, what is it?  The Birthday Box Registry is a unique gift registry program where kids can come in and pick out things they would like for their birthday, then we put it all in a box and parents and families can come shop out of the box. (Not to Be confused with our Birthday Baskets) The program is designed to make it easier on those parents who needed to be at the party 30 minutes ago and they don’t have a gift. They come in and say “I need to see ___________’s Birthday Box please.” They can grab a gift in their price range, pay for it, have it wrapped for free, and be out the door in less than 10 min.


  • Quick
  • Easy on parents
  • Fun for the kids
  • Eliminates duplicate gifts
  • All gifts are 100% returnable, even without a receipt!
  • Teaches kids the joy of giving! How? See below.

Sounds good right? Well, there are some who have issues with it. Let me address those. Some parents disagree because they say a birthday gift registry teaches kids to expect, puts a strain on parents who can’t afford presents, and promotes greediness for material things. Plus, many parents are doing “no gift” parties anyways. These are incredibly valid arguments. In fact, my family and I believe in some of these same objections, BUT, there are options.

If you’re doing gifts remind the child that they may not always get what they ask for. Just because you have a registry doesn’t mean people have to shop from it (Married folks can I get an amen? I know we got some crazy stuff at our wedding).

My wife and I have had “no gift parties” for our kids. Someone always brings a gift. So we tried the Birthday Box registry for our little girl, but there was a catch. We called it a “Birthday Donation Box.” Our little girl had a blast walking through the store picking out things she thought other little boys and girls would like. Parents came and bought the gifts, then we donated to a local program for single moms. It was completely optional for parents. This did several things…

  • Taught my daughter the joy of giving
  • Not only did it make it easier on parents who wanted to buy something, but also parents who couldn’t afford to had no pressure to buy. All the gift were anonymous.
  • It made an impact in the lives of other people right here in our local community.
  • It was really fun for my daughter!

That’s just one way that my wife and I used the Birthday Box program. Giving is a big part of our lives and a big part of your local Learning Express store’s vision. We’re not a just a toy store, we want to provide you with awesome gifts and experiences you can share with your children.  Birthday parties are fun and exciting. If parents choose to have parties with gifts, awesome! If they choose not to, cool deal! We’re here for you either way.

Thanks for reading, have a great day!

~ Clayton

Life Hacks For Kid Survival – Must Have Toys For the Everyday Parent (Part 1 of 5)

SurfWith all the toys for you to choose for your kids, there are some that are must haves, staples in every house, i.e. having them makes your life a little easier. I thought I would compile a list of my family’s TOP TOYS that we got from Learning Express.

Starting off the list is the Mini and Maxi Scooters from Kickboard USA. These scooters are top of the line quality and super durable. We suggested the maxi to some friends of ours for their 3 year old little boy. He’s 8 now and the scooter is still kicking! On top of that, he shares it with my daughter when they’re on play dates.  This scooter is WELL LOVED!

Why I like Them…

  • As stated above, they’re super durable
  • They have a unique 3 wheel technology that is safer for children than other competitors.
  • The “lean to turn” steering is easy for kids to learn, and makes it more fun, kind of like you’re “surfing the sidewalk.”
  • The color options are fantastic and don’t fade over time.
  • The maxi has an adjustable handle bar that will actually grow with the child.

As you can see, these scooters are awesome! Want more info? Check out a post I did last year on these must have toys from Learning Express! Stay tuned for more of my TOP TOY picks from Learning Express…


Robot Turtles Game

Robot Turtles Game

Introducing Robot Turtles! The New game from Think Fun that teaches kids basic coding concepts.  Robot Turtles is a such a hit, it is the most backed boardgame in Kickstarter history!

The Basics

Robot Turtles provides brain development and computer programming skills to kids as young as 4+ . Players dictate where their turtles go and tell their programmer (the adult) where to move them. The object is to move your turtle to the jewel on the gameboard. The trick? Players can’t touch their turtles, they have to visualize their path.

Why We Like It

  • Makes kids use their noggins
  • Easy to learn, and engages the entire family
  • Has many different levels of play, so the game can grow with the child
  • It has turtles….I mean that counts for something. :)

Robot Turtle 2


Cary, Raleigh, Durham – NC


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