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Teaching our kids to embrace their inner geek

IMG_8661 copy.JPGI have always been a weirdo.

From an early age, I have loved horror & sci-fi movies, monsters, magic, and make believe. I loved super heroes and villains, and fell in love with characters from books & TV shows.

And that is why I love any brand that encourages children to embrace their inner geek & explore their interests, and Deboop Shop is a favorite of mine! My son was playing with his masks earlier this week & I decided I needed to write up a post showcasing this brand’s radness! Ran by Kelly & Nell, a mother daughter team, they make play masks and more to encourage young children to pretend play as their favorite characters – from Doctor Who to Wonder Woman, from Minions to Hello Kitty inspired masks, they have something for every young (and young at heart!) geek to wear to their next Comic Con they attend.

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They also take custom requests and can design masks specific to your kiddo’s tastes – like my Mon-stor masks they designed, shown above! You can follow them on Facebook & Instagram to see more, or browse their shop, too. My son is a huge Doctor Who nerd, and I ordered him the Cyberman & 10th Doctor masks for Christmas when he was younger. Still a huge favorite toy & he and his bestie wore them to the KC Comic Con a few years ago! Having a collection of masks of characters he loves helped my son feel confident in his interests & share them with his friends – these masks inspired many hours of pretend play, dress up & role playing when my son was younger!

I think allowing dress up & pretend play at all ages teaches kids to embrace their interests, and to be confident in sharing their passions with others. ♥

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My son has quite a few in addition to his Doctor Who set & at 11 years old, actually still enjoys them! He & his friends still dress up in his Deboop Shop masks & capes from Halloween costumes of the past before Nerf wars & hide and seek championships. So whether you have toddlers or pre-teens, Kelly & Nell have masks for every age & stage of pretend play. I can’t wait until Zoey is a little older and I can order her all kinds of masks for dress up! ♥ I think I am definitely going to add this one to her dress up box:

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This post is in no way sponsored – just sharing some products I love from one parent to another! Pop over to their shop and check it out, and tell me your favorite mask in the comments!

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Maker Made Monday – The Childhood Store

So y’all know I love rainbows, crafty things and kid-related goodies. So of course I have to share these mama made rainbow crayons!

In additional to tradition style crayons, Katie makes all sorts of fun shaped, all natural, non-toxic and ecofriendly crayons to encourage children to explore their creative side. Made from soy & beeswax, these crayons are softer than big brand crayons, meaning they are easier to blend together – like coloring with pastels! Which makes them perfect for teaching young children about mixing colors.

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Plus, Katie’s seasonal designs are pretty freaking awesome – check out this Easter set! How fun would this be to put in your toddler’s Easter basket? The oversized oval sized crayons are perfect for small hands & refining motor skills.

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And not only are her products vibrant & fun, her Instagram feed is pretty fun too. So be sure to follow her there & visit her shop to stock up on creative colorful crayons for your wee ones!

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