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At KidEssence, our handmade toys help smart & savvy parents encourage growing minds to learn through love, laughter + play via toys that stimulate the intellect and build self-esteem.

Childhood is but a fleeting moment in time. Parents, you know this all too well. By making the most of every beautiful moment with toys that foster creativity in your kids, you begin a lifelong journey of character building + kindness, learning + exploration, in everything they do in life.   

KidEssence. For learning + growing. For play. For kids.

Anxiety in Children

Anxiety in Children

The latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida has once again sparked the debate on what we need to do to make the schools around our nation safer.  Should we ban guns?  Arm teachers and school staff?  Take better care of our kids at home + at school? No matter what our view is in this debate, we can all agree that anxiety + depression is on a sharp rise amongst school-age kids to young teens.  Recent studies show that teens + young adults are 5 to 8 times more likely to have symptoms of anxiety + depression.  Doctors + therapists have seen a tremendous spike in anxiety disorders in the last 6 years.  When anxiety + depression go unnoticed or untreated, the risk of suicide in teens increases.  That's a scary reality our children are facing today. 

It’s normal to worry or be nervous about certain situations — the first day at a new school, a math test, the problem is the degree of anxiety. If the anxiety is intense, lasts for a long time or gets in the way of normal activities, the child needs help.

Anxiety can express itself in different ways for each child.  They can have panic attacks, develop phobias, display physical symptoms like headaches, stomach ages, vomiting, etc. 

With a family member that suffers from anxiety disorder, we've seen how it can affect the family as a whole.  We wanted to create a product that can help her deal with her anxieties at home in a relaxed way, that helps the parents involvement too.  Kids can find it difficult to express their feelings in words face to face sometimes.   They may feel scared or intimidated of what the parent's reaction may be.  

As parents, we want to have the best tools under our belts to parent well.  We love our kids and only want the best for them.  But we aren't perfect.  We yell, react on the spot, sometimes punish out of anger.  It's okay when that happens sometimes.  We are only human.  

At KidEssence, we have developed a product that can help both kids with anxiety + help the parents resolve these issues.  This month, in our Facebook Group, KidEssence Family we have offered this new product to our group members.  Our anxiety eaters are proving to be a great tool to help kids with their tough issues.  The child simply writes or draws a picture of their worry/anxiety, places it inside the zippered mouth of the toy and the animal eats their anxiety away.  Later, the parent can open the mouth and read their child's problems- take time to think through the situation and how they can sit down and have a productive conversation with their child about that worry.  It's a win win for both!  

anxiety eater

If you think your child could benefit from our anxiety eaters, head over to our facebook group and place your order! They are only available for the month of March.  

Anxiety Eater

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Six Benefits of Fine Motor Skills

Six Benefits of Fine Motor Skills

Learn why fine-motor skills are important in a child's development and how you can help provide an environment to help your child develop these skills.


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Fall & Winter Events

Fall & Winter Events

It's that time of year again.  We love getting out and meeting everyone!  Here is a list of events you can find us at!  All are family friendly filled with lots of fun activities and great artists to shop from!


Hoboken Fall Festival 2017

One of our favorite events to not only work, but attend! So many activities for parents and kids!  Find us and get some free hand drawn coloring pages!  


Find us at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran church for the Holiday Craft Fair in Bethpage, NY.  Yes Long Island friends!  We will be in your neck of the woods this year!  

449 Stewart Ave. Bethpage, NY 9:00am-4:00pm


Lindgren Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Fundraiser - Date and Time TBD.  We love helping to support this local preschool.  Bring the kids and let them play in the school yard, read books in the library, pet the goats, chase the chickens, and enjoy the bonfire with a donkey in the background!

Location: Lindren Preschool in Closter, NJ

Stokes Farm Holiday Craft Bazaar- Date and Time TBD. Enjoy this 2 day even just before Christmas and support an amazing local farm in Old Tappan, NJ.  Grab a homemade donut, cookies, unique vinyl art, and other Christmas gifts located in their farmhouse!

23 Dewolf Rd, Old Tappan, NJ 07675



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