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Big Kid (5 - 8 years)

These Big Kid toys are designed for children aged 5 through 8 years old, and are built for deeper learning through play experiences.

Big Kids are the talented little ones who have already mastered basic skills and are looking for a way to nourish what they they already know and play with the concepts they've learned. They can work independently or they can work because their communication skills have flourished. They are little scientists who like putting different things together to see what the results. Their imaginations are incredible - and if you sit back and listen, you will have a front row seat to a stories filled with character and spirit. The playthings in this collection are made to develop the growing imagination, writing skills, cooperation, independent play, concentration, problem solving, and imaginative thinking through play. They are open-ended and can be used by themselves or combined with other items to be used in new ways. Big Kids never cease to amaze me in their ability to find new ways play, learn, and grow. Let their imaginations inspire you. No batteries. No buttons. Just the power of creativity.

  • Sensory Box - Explore With Me Sensory Bin Starter Set

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    Sensory Box - Explore With Me Sensory Bin Starter Set

    $45.00

    This Handmade Wooden Sensory Bin or Sensory Box is full of developmental manipulatives. Our wooden box kit is an excellent starter toy for hands-on learning and imaginative play. This is a preschooler toy or toddler toy ages 3 and up, with open-ended exploration opportunities to develop an understanding of physics, gravity, volume, shape, size, sound, how things fit together, similar and different, size relation. Add tactile manipulatives to make it a homemade surprise or seasonally appropriate toy.

     

    Our Maker's Description:

    Introducing the Explore With Me Sensory Box tool kit – an invaluable addition to hands-on learning. Oh how I love the open-endedness of a sensory bin. I love how many different skills can be practiced with a little bit of imagination and a box of "stuff". I always enjoy creating these seasonal boxes, it's a lot of fun for me to make - and how I love watching my little one’s excitement when she sits down to play – it’s like opening a present. It’s therapeutic and just plain fun.

    My little explorer really enjoys playing with different nick-knacks in a tub filled with something tactile - I mean, who wouldn't? It's a great way to add texture to play while exploring a subject through excavation and discovery. Sometimes she mulls through the bin on her own and sometimes we work on it together, incorporating more conversation as she explores. Either way she is learning some very important lessons: physics, gravity, volume, shape, size, sound, how things fit together, similar and different, size relation...the list goes on.

    There are so many ways to use, play, and explore with the contents in this kit. A wooden box is the window to sensorial play and imaginative excavation. Let your little one’s creativity go wild with the pouring, scooping, pinching, placing, picking, poking, and playing opportunities this learning box inspires. Add a smidgen of playful thought and create a unique and magical Explore With Me experience at each and every sit-down. This kit contains the basics and can be used over and over again – just change the ingredients and you can create a whole new learning adventure.

    Some ideas for something tactile:
    Rice
    Uncooked Pasta
    Sand
    Rocks
    Beans
    Beads
    Lentils
    Un-popped Popcorn


    What’s You Get:
    - 1 wooden box measuring ( 8.5" x 8" x almost 2" deep ) to hold all your tools & can be used as the actual “Sensory Bin”
    - 2 different wooden bowls
    - 2 different wooden scoops
    - 2 different wooden canisters with lids
    - 1 pair of wooden tongs
    - 1 muslin pouch to fit inside the box & put your main ingredient in

    The Color Sorting Bowls and Sorting Hearts shown in the last picture are NOT included in this kit. If you are interested in these items they can be found by following these links:

    Color Sorting Bowls - http://www.mamamayishop.com/products/color-sorting-bowls

    Sorting Hearts - http://www.mamamayishop.com/products/counting-hearts

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  • Pocket Place - Little People Travel Toy - Choose Your Color

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    Pocket Place - Little People Travel Toy - Choose Your Color

    $16.00

    Pocket Place is a preschooler toy and big kid toy that fits perfectly in little pockets as a travel game or imaginary friend and play companion. Choose a pocket place of your favorite color or collect them all!

    Mama May i Toymaker's Description:
    Pocket real estate is definitely a commodity. But what if you could have a friend hidden between the cloth and thread? A friend kept close, in a home of their very own. What fun. What company. What peace of mind knowing that your little companion could so easily transport – to school, a restaurant, the doctor’s office, grandma’s house, with you - next to you. Transitions may be a little easier…Play times a little less lonely…night times a little less afraid….with a familiar friend held near. This open-ended pocket toy travels easily and lends itself to a myriad of imaginative play, time and time again in a whimsical little world; My Pocket Place.

    Each Pocket Place comes in a tiny tin approximately 3.75" x 2.5" - the perfect size for pockets, backpacks, and pretend. Inside each little house you will find a friend...and some things to make a house a home.

    1 Little Tin "House" - Each color has it OWN style house / window and cannot be changed
    1 Little Person approximately 1.75" tall
    1 Fabric Swatch
    1 Ball approximately 3/4" diameter
    1 Felt Rectangle
    1 Circle Disk
    1 Raw Wooden Bowl
    1 Raw Wooden Spool
    1 Raw Wooden Circle

    This listing is for one pocket place, please select your color variation before adding to cart :-) 


    This product has Small Parts and is NOT suitable for children under the age of 3. Thank you!

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    This toy and description are property of Mama May i. I work really hard to create new toys. Please don’t copy my ideas or words for monetary compensation. Copyright MamaMayi 2008 – present

    All of my creations were made with your little one in mind. Each piece was designed to nurture child development through open-ended play. These pieces can be used to broaden your little one's understanding and knowledge of our world and were created as early educational toys. I am inspired by the teachings of Montessori; the natural beauty of Waldorf; and incorporate a myriad of other learning-through-play philosophies when I design. It makes me smile to see my made-with-love pieces being toted for use as preschool toys and in natural play settings. Thank you for helping me support little minds, bodies, and imaginations through engaging, hands-on play and discovery.

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    © 2008 - present by Mama May i. 
    All rights reserved. All products, descriptions, pictures, words, logos and, names are property of Mama May i and may not be copied, used, reproduced, transmitted, or distributed in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of Mama May i.

    For re-posting permission for Blog Features, please email Jessica Perkins at MamaMayiShop [!at] gmail.com 

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  • Wooden Toy - Classic Ball And Cup Dexterity Game

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    Classic Ball and Cup Dexterity Game

    $9.00

    This old fashioned game will never go out of style. You will find that little ones and adults alike will want to try their hand-eye-coordination and skill at this classic game. “Just one more try…” won’t be enough when it comes to playing with this traditional gem. Enjoy the simplicity of building fine motor skills, understanding physics, and fostering hand-eye coordination with this hours-of-fun, old-fashioned toy.

    *This listing is for ONE of the games, you choose the color from those shown in the picture.

    Each Ball and Cup Game is painted to order. You can choose from one of six colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue Purple. The ball and the cup are painted with a non-toxic plant based paint and then lightly sealed with a beeswax finish. Because they are painted to order, please allow an extra 3 business days.

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  • Pretend Play - Fairy Friends

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    Fairy Friends

    $35.00

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    Fairy Friends

    $35.00

    Let these open-ended wooden pieces delight and inspire your little one to play and dream with a Fairy Friend. This whimsical set includes just enough wood, fabric, and fiber to enchant the imagination and tickle your little fairy's outdoor senses. This set was created with my own, real-life, fairy-loving friend. She doodles and journals and creates and fiddles with these little pieces inside on shivery days...and we bring them with us outside on sunny ones. Find a hollow, a tree trunk, a sitting stump, a mossy green bank, leafy field, or pasture of posies to let these newfound friends dance in the light of creative thinking. Reminiscent of cloud-watching days, let your little one get entwined in the beautiful simplicity and dream-coaxing play of this lovingly packaged Fairy Friend. Each home includes enough pieces to set the stage for a daytime, playtime, mealtime, or nighttime adventure -- whatever your little one and Fairy Friend can dream of together.

    Each Fairy Friend includes one of each item in a coordinating color scheme:

    - A Fairy House made of felt, cotton fabric, and ribbon measuring approximately 7.5" tall and 5.5" wide.... with enough ribbon to hang from the wrist on walks through the forest or playtimes in the park.
    - One Fairy Friend - each measuring approximately 2" tall painted in nontoxic, soy based paint.
    - One crinkly leaf in coordinating cotton fabric, felt, and ribbon
    - One felt pillow
    - 10 pieces painted in the same color as your Fairy Friend and house
    - 5 unpainted pieces

    Let your little one delight in a dream walk; an investigation of imagination and pretend play; and a get-to-know-you with a new-found friend. You will be amazed and inspired by the conversations you will overhear and the imaginative ways your little one and Fairy Friend play and learn together.

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  • Table Talk - Connection Cards - Connection: One Question At a Time

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    Table Talk - Connection Cards - Connection: One Question At a Time

    $45.00

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    Table Talk - Connection Cards - Connection: One Question At a Time

    $45.00

    Dinner used to be my favorite part of the day as a family. But spending dinner time as the only grown up made it super easy for me to cook whatever; order in whatever; and let my kids eat whenever. What used to be a time of family-gathering and conversation: sharing our gratitude and thoughts turned into an isolated time for me. I knew I had to bring back family dinners and I knew I needed a ritual to get me there. I created this deck: Connection, One Question at a Time. Connecting Beyond "How Was Your Day?". There are almost 50 cards. We keep them in a bag and draw one or two at dinner time. It's brought us back together. The kids love drawing a card. I love seeing my own artwork - flaws and all - on vibrant backgrounds. I love hearing them engage in questions and curiosities with one another.

    The paper is about 18pt and super soft to the touch. Fronts and backs have questions so there are 90 questions in all.

    I brought them out to a restaurant for dinner and it was beautiful to be able to bring this ritual with us even on a dinner date. I am SO EXCITED to share these with you! I can envision using them in a classroom for short breaks and open-ended discussion or as writing prompts. 

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  • Mama May i Explore Sensory Bin of the Month Club - Monthly Subscription Kit

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    Mama May i Explore Sensory Bin of the Month Club - Monthly Subscription Kit

    $67.00

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    Mama May i Explore Sensory Bin of the Month Club - Monthly Subscription Kit

    $67.00

    Seasonally appropriate play activities that allow little ones to learn about changes in their world are so much fun to put together but often take a bit of time! There are many ways to expose your little explorer to the tidings of each season, but one of my favorites has always been building sensory bins. Sensory bins are the perfect pairing of learning through play with hidden lessons in volume, physics, science, experimentation, fine motor skill-building, imaginative play, counting, sorting, organizing, and categorizing.

     

    Let Mama May I take the guesswork (and time!) out of creating these tactile learning tools with our monthly Mama May I –Explore- Sensory Bin of the Month Kits. These pass-me-down play kits are sure to engage and delight the young learners in your life. Because they are self-contained, you can keep them easily catalogued and accessible for play-and-learn time at home or you can pick one up and tote it along for some quiet fun on the go. By the end of the subscription you will have a library of tools, themes, objects, and ideas your little archeologist is sure to dig!

    The first kit comes with a durable wooden box or container which can be used for all subsequent kits, to hide and seek manipulatives.

    Marvelously fun, engaging, and inspiring, each additional monthly kit will include the following components:

    Base material

    Basic Tool (at least one new tool to add to your Sensory Bin tool kit!)

    Sensory Objects that are seasonally relevant or thematic

    Ways to Play activity sheet (ideas on how to further connect through play)

     

    The Mama May I –Explore- Sensory Bin of the Month Club is the perfect milestone gift. A New kit will arrive at your loved one’s door every month for the duration of your subscription - 1, 3, 6, 9, or 12 months – such a thrill! These make a wonderful teacher, classroom, or school gift as well!

     

     

    *These kits are intended for children over the age of 3 as they contain SMALL PARTS and choking hazards. Children should always be supervised while at play.

    *Currently these kits are only shipped in the US for this price. If you are shipping this internationally, we can do so for an additional fee but you will need to contact us with your mailing address so we can give you an individualized shipping quote. Thank you!

    *When purchasing a kit, or subscription, if purchased before the 15th of the Month, you will receive that month as your first kit. If you order after the 15th, you will receive your first shipment the following month. Your subscription will last 1-12 months, depending on the subscription length you purchase.

     

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  • Wooden Toy - Gumdrop Top

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    Gumdrop Top

    $6.00

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    Gumdrop Top

    $6.00

    This item was featured on MSN Glo !!

    These little Gumdrop Tops are a treasure to keep in your pocket. Don't be fooled by the size of these little sweeties! Though they are small, they offer a great bit of fun and are completely portable, as they fit easily in the palm of your hand. Fun as one, or as a colorful group, these bright drops distract and entertain both little ones and grown-ups alike. They allow little spinners to explore physics while working fine motor skills and dexterity. Watch curious eyes light up with intrigue as the Gumdrop Top flips from ball to stem as it quickly spins!!!

    Available colors: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Orange.

    Each top measures approximately 2" from stem to top.

    ---This listing is for ONE Gumdrop Top. Please be sure to choose a color. If you don't I will roll a Rainbow Roller and let the color gods choose one for you!

    *NOTE – This toy is not intended for children who still mouth things as they would be a choking hazard.

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  • Sensory Color Sorting Playset

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    Sensory Color Sorting Playset

    $49.00

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    Sensory Color Sorting Playset

    $49.00

    Color-Sort your world!


    This beautiful color-sorting mat has been quilted together with an array of rainbow colors, 10 in all (pattern and pattern placement may vary from the pictures, but all 10 colors will be there): Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown, Black, and White. It is almost a yard (36”) long and can easily be rolled up and toted around for an indoor or outdoor color adventure. Delight your little explorer’s senses with this bright and playful sorting set. There are 8 different sets of textural manipulatives to organize, categorize, and sort: Ribbon, Paper, Felt, Buttons, Yarn, Rocks, Wooden Coins, and Paint Swatches. Encourage a deeper understanding of color concepts and art while nurturing fine motor skills, cognitive thinking, and problem solving with this beautiful learning toy. 

    All the many pieces of this set come in a drawstring pouch for portability. Have your little one reach into the bag, no peeking, to find something – round, soft, thin, smooth, rough, big, little, square, wooden, bumpy, stringy…..the possibilities to expand vocabulary are endless! Take turns pulling out an item and finding where it belongs on the mat. Watch as the interactive Rainbow Collage unfolds before your eyes. 

    Blue as the sky, as the ocean, as blueberries - Different shades and tints, but all the same “color”. Brown as mud, as tree bark, as an earthworm. Pink as a lollipop, lipstick, or “Pink Sky at Night.” 

    Use this set as a conversation starter to discuss our world of color. 
    Use this set as a puzzle to encourage sorting and organization. 
    Use this set as a game to excite little artists. 
    Use this set to foster new perspectives of how we look at the colors all around us.

    Enjoy playing and discovering our colorful world…time and time again.


    * This Play Set contains SMALL PARTS and is not suitable for children who put things in their mouths. *

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  • Learning Toy - Story Starters

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    Story Starters

    $25.00

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    Story Starters

    $25.00

    Who? What? When? Where? … what about WHY?

    Tell me a story. YOU create the WHY.

    Storytelling is such a simple and beautiful tradition to share with your wee ones. With only the buttons and beeps and sounds of your own imagination, let these Story Starters inspire a journey of mystery, whimsy, and joy between you and your little author. Share in a creative storytelling journey with your little one and help them adventure through creative problem solving, vocabulary building, and memory making. 

    A beautiful collection of hand stamped images inspire the Who. What. When. and Where. While you and your story maker share in the delight of creating the WHY. Each 1” die is gently sanded and hand-stamped with non-toxic, archival black ink. Included inside a treasure tin, is a pocket Moleskine entitled: "My Little Book of Why" to jot down your musings and reflect on past story-making adventures; A laminated Story Telling Symbol Key to help with spelling and ideas; and a miniature, tin-sized pen completes this whimsical Story Starter Play Set. 

    This would make a Birthday Gift, Back-to-School Memory, or Family Fun Night Game.

    *Note – As with ALL toys, children should be supervised while at play. The Story Starter Play Tin is not suitable for children who still mouth things.*

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  • Learning Toy - Make A Match - Toddler - Zoo

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    Make a Match - Toddler - Zoo

    $27.00

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    Make a Match - Toddler - Zoo

    $27.00 $27.00

    It’s about time – Toddler Time! I am proud to announce select Make a Match games are now being offered in Toddler-Sized fun. These substantial wooden pieces are sure to have your little one holding, clicking, clapping, banging, playing and roaring with delight. These adorable animals are seeking a loving Zookeeper to watch over them, hold them, and make animal sounds with them. All in a fun day’s work!

    Need to put them to bed for the evening? Tuck them into their drawstring pouch for easy put-away. Or have you little one plop them into an empty tissue box – a game sure to inspire your little one’s growing fine motor skills with a rewarding clink. Clink. Clink. 

    Each wooden piece measures approximately 2” in diameter and ¼” thick. They are sturdy enough for toddler-action-play. 

    Each set comes with 24 pieces (12 pairs of different animal friends).

    The Zoo Edition includes:
    Zebra
    Penguin
    Iguana
    Panda
    Tiger
    Alligator
    Monkey
    Giraffe
    Turtle
    Lion
    Elephant
    Koala 

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  • Rainbow Ring

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    Rainbow Ring

    $6.50

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    Rainbow Ring

    $6.50

    This listing is for 1 Rainbow Ring - all the colors of the Rainbow are melted and mixed together in one Rainbow of a Crayon. A great shape to grab hold of, this crayon offers a myriad of ways to explore with color. Turn the crayon a little and scribble some more...like magic the color on the paper changes!

    This Ring is made from repurposed Crayola Crayons, so the markings are smooth and the colors are vibrant. A dozen or so crayons are melted to make each Rainbow. Each is about 3.5" in diameter and about 3/4 of an inch thick. If thrown it may break. We keep ours on our Easel so it's available for color play in a safe tray.

    These would make super favors for a birthday party. They would make the perfect "gift topper" for a fun addition to a gift box. They would also fit well in a stocking or make a great addition to an advent calendar. Available in multiples if needed.

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  • Learning Toy - Rainbow Roller

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    Rainbow Roller

    $7.00

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    Rainbow Roller

    $7.00

    Have you ever been stuck at a restaurant, waiting for your food, with a restless little one in tow? This pocket-sized rainbow colored die will turn that antsy wait into a happier delay, while creating a wonderful learning opportunity. All you have to do: Grab it and Roll. Try to find something around you the same color as what this rainbow colored block reveals. Take turns rolling. See who can find the matching item the fastest. This unstructured toy lends itself to an endless array of gaming possibilities. Let your little one’s imagination lead the way to learning and play!

    Turn any of our colorful play sets into a game with the Rainbow Roller! (Play Sets listed under the "Toys" heading in the shop.)

    This listing is for ONE 1.5" cube. Each of the six sides has been hand stamped and hand painted with a nontoxic, soy based pigment. The cube is then lightly sealed in an organic beeswax and jojoba oil.

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  • Mama May i Book A Day - Countdown to Christmas PDF - FILLED Calendar Download - over 120 pages

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    Mama May i Book A Day - Countdown to Christmas PDF - FILLED Calendar Download - over 120 pages

    $30.00 $15.00

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    Interested in joining our BOOK A DAY Christmas Countdown ?
    We would LOVE to have you along for this Season of Magic. Sign up and receive our CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN Book a Day Guide. Each day has a list of books, activities, crafts, sensory play, pretend play, music, movies, and other exploration through CONNECTION. Start a new #familyritual right now! Create Memories in your #familyculture that your kids will remember for a lifetime. My children ASK for us to start this project EVERY YEAR! They love taking time out from the busy season to PAUSE and PUSH PLAY on family connection and togetherness. Come along and play with us!!
    Over 120 pages of books, activities, and ideas for connecting each day this Magical Holiday Season!
     
    You can follow our #holidaymagic on FB and IG at @ThePlayFULLWay @JessicaLPerkins and @MamaMayiShop <3
    For PERSONAL USE ONLY. 
    Holiday time is an EXTREMELY busy time of year for me. Due to the chaos of production, emails, craft shows, and daily operations, I feel compelled to build Special Time into our daily rhythm to spend with my little ones. I began doing a Book-A-Day leading up to Christmas a few years ago. The first year I thought it would be fun to try something new; schedule quality play time; and add literacy to our busy Winter days. Now my children have come to see this series of reading, making, & doing as part of a beautiful tradition of playing together. The remember so many of the memories we have made while doing this December series. We usually add some special “field trips” to see our favorite Holiday sights - a trip to the Theater - or a ride on the Polar Express Train.
    I have been collecting Holiday books since I was a child. Some of these are childhood 
    favorites; some I’ve found at Thrift stores along the way; while others I have purchased specifically for this project.  Feel free to use what’s here as inspiration, take what inspires you, and leave the rest. Wishing you and yours a magical and lovely Holiday Season filled with connection, play, learning, and beautiful memories.
    The calendar I created has many built-in sensory skills mingled throughout the days to inspire different learners and build different skills. Below is the Legend for the COMPLETE calendar accentuating different types of activities. Feel free to add your own books, activities, crafts, sensory play ideas. I would love to see what you and your little ones create this Holiday Season. 
    Enjoy!
    Jessica

    This is part of the #MamaMayIRead Series. Please feel free to download these pages and print whichever set works for you. These pages are for PERSONAL USE ONLYPersonal use means non-commercial use of the Media. The Media may not be used in any way whatsoever in which you charge money, collect fees, or receive any form of remuneration.

    copyright MamaMayI, LLC. 2015

     

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