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Parents and Children Get Sneak Peak of Joinks at The National Museum of Mathematics
Monday, August 25, 2014
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Thursday, August 21, 2014
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The Price I Will Gladly Pay for My Children's Education
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Why the Creators' Kids Have 'Low-Tech' Parents Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Rebecca Jackson the talented co-author of The Learning Habit, brought some clarification to one of the hot topics of last week.  Do low tech families tend to have children that are high tech creators? We would say of course - because families who teach their children the art of open-ended play and creativity are more likely to have children that are big dreamers and problem solvers.  We would love to hear your thoughts on this interesting debate - are children better off in low-tech learning environments?

REPUBLISHED FROM HUFFINGTON POST PARENTS

This week, parents learned that Steve Jobs was a "low-tech" dad at home. His children didn't spend the evenings hopping from one glorious iPad to another. They ... (click here to read more)


Make Ordinary Come Alive-Life Lessons Posted Monday, September 15, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

We were recently forwarded this photo from a William Martin book. The source of the photo is from one of our fantastic grandparent customers. In her email she mentioned that this is the greatest lesson a grandparent can teach to their grandchildren.  Do you agree? What do you think is the greatest lession a grandparent can teach?


Steve Jobs Didn't Let His Kids Use iPhones Or iPads: Here’s Why Posted Friday, September 12, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

With the Apple release of the new iPhone 6 and the new Apple Watch - technology has been in the forefront this week. What does that mean for our kids? Often we see a trickle down from new adapters in the tech world to everyday parents to kids. This article about our use of the latest Apple screen products into perspective. 

REPUBLISHED FROM INQUISITR
Steve Jobs is a name which is synonymous with cutting edge, innovative and groundbreaking technology.

So it may come as something as a surprise to learn Apple’s former CEO didn’t believe in letting his kids use some of his company’s greatest products – the iPhone and the iPad.
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Futuristic Friday - Meet JIBO - The First Family Robot Posted Friday, September 12, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

The debate is on - Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Do you want this or will you stay away? This little guy has raised $2,156,497 with a release date of December 2015.


How Building Blocks are Truly Building Blocks for Learning Posted Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TOPICS | Education

Recently we were sent this interesting paper by Pamela C. Phelps, Ph.D. and Laura L. Stannard, Ph.D. that examines the value of Children's Blocks and Constructive Play. Not only does it give a great history lesson in block play but also explains many of the valuable lessons building blocks can provide. For more information on the authors of this piece check out their work here.

It’s been more than two hundred years since Friedrich Froebel introduced wooden shapes for children to explore, take apart, and put together. Since then, wooden blocks have been shown to aid the development of young children. Jean Piaget’s theory of stages, for instance, tells us that children develop social, ... (click here to read more)


Leave it to Beasley: Winners Pick Up Posted Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Monopoly was spread out across the table.

Seats were pushed back; only a few were being used. Personality expressed itself in neat decks of money or heaps of jumbled cash. The noise level continued to escalate. To use the word "stress" seems a bit extreme, yet the need for victory was strong.

It may have been just a game of Monopoly, but not to me, not to us. This was a game. And we don't play to lose, or come in second place - we play to win.

My mother, being highly competitive in nature, instilled within each of us kids a desire for victory. More importantly, however, she inspired in us a desire to succeed, to win. To give our best, not back down and fight for the top. This attitude spreads across the board, in games, sports ... (click here to read more)


We Are Fat Brain Toys - We Are Toy Experts! Posted Monday, September 8, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education | Special Needs | Video

We are asked all the time - Who and What is Fat Brain Toys? In this video we will let some of our great Fat Brainers explain...


Giant Paper Airplane Powered By RC Motor Posted Monday, September 8, 2014

TOPICS | Education | Video

This video from Hobby Wars has been around for a while, but we still love it! Check out this World Record Paper Airplane flight. Proof that you are never too old for Play!


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