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Summer Survival Guide: 2-5 Years

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Get a "Mom Break" with these momlogic-approved picks!

How do we keep kids entertained through the long, hot season ahead? We teamed up with our friends at Common Sense Media*  to create a three-part series of best books and DVDs in small, medium, and large-kid versions. We start with the little ones, kids ages 2-5.


Wonder Pets: Save the Beetles
Age: 3 and up
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)
Price: $ 11.99
The Wonder Pets are back! The adorable animals have to work quick to save three beetles trapped in a yellow submarine. Kids will have fun listening to the pets respond to a call for "help" in British accents and perfect four-part harmony. For a complete review, click here.

Classic Caballeros Collection
Age: 4 and up
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)
Price: $ 13.99
In this fun film, Donald Duck gets a big birthday box from Latin America -- complete with magic travel guides he can jump into and find Jose Caroica the samba-ing parrot and Panchito the Mexican rooster. It's easy to watch in short segments with lots of fantastic Latin music to dance to. Click here for a full review.

Play with Me Sesame: Let's Play Games
Age: 3 and up
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)
Price: $13.99
Get ready for playtime with the Sesame Street crew. This interactive DVD will teach basic principles like taking turns and good sportsmanship. Kids will have fun watching their fave Sesame Street characters. For a full review, click here.

The Wiggles: Getting Strong
Age: 2 and up
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)
Price: $10.99
Kids 2-5 dance and learn with energetic Aussies. The terminally happy Wiggles from the TV show present their first in a series called Wiggle and Learn. In The Wiggles: Getting Strong, kids can join Murray (Murray Cook), Jeff (Jeff Fatt), Anthony (Anthony Field), and Sam (Sam Moran) as they sing, dance, hop, and jump, moving their bodies and encouraging young viewers to join in. Click here for the complete review.

Pictures from Our Vacation
Age: 4 and up
Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)
Price: $11.55
Moms are usually pulling their hair out trying to figure out what to do with kids on road trips. The smart mom in this book gives her kids cameras and journals -- for a trip the kids will never forget. It's the perfect book about summer road trips with your family. For a full review, click here.

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever
Age: 4 and up
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)
Price: $ 10.88
If your kids have fantasies about setting their own schedule and eating whatever they want, this is the book for them! James and Eamon eat banana waffles and play video games at their leisure. It's a very cute story of two boys not quite roughing it. Click here for a full review.

Bebe Goes Shopping
Age: 3 and up
Rating: 3 Stars (out of 5)
Price: $ 6.00
Taking kids to the store is always an adventure. When little Bebe gets restless, his mom has to figure out ways to keep him entertained and still get the shopping done. This is a fun read-aloud that teaches some basic Spanish words. Click here for a full review.

Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly
Age: 4 and up
Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)
Price: $11.55
As usual, the bejeweled, beribboned Nancy has a plan for making the world fancier. However, when life doesn't look so rosy, she works through her disappointment with her family's loving support and finds "fancy" in unexpected places. For a full review, click here.

My Friend Rabbit
Ages: 3 and up
Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)
Price: $6.99
Now also a TV show, Rabbit and Mouse's friendship teaches kids some valuable life lessons: How to play with the big kids, how to share a treasured toy and how to solve problems for yourself. With beautiful pics, kids will have fun looking as well as reading. Click here for the complete review.

*Common Sense Media is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that reviews media titles from a parents' perspective to help moms and dads make sure that they - and not the media - are the primary influence on their kids' lives. Click here for more reviews and other information about kids and the media.

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