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Three Fat Brain Toy Co Products Named Finalists in 2014 Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test Posted Thursday, August 28, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Arx 2.0, Smarty Blocks, and Teeter Popper Chosen to be Tested by 50 Goddard Preschools Nationwide

Smarty Blocks, Arx 2.0 and Teeter Popper, three new releases from Fat Brain Toy Co. have been named as finalists to the 7th Annual Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Top 10 Toys. Throughout the month of October, 50 Goddard schools throughout the US will test this year's best toys. Children ranging in age from six weeks to six-years-old will ultimately determine the Top 10 Toys for the season while Goddard teachers ... (click here to read more)

5 Great Toys To Educate Beyond the School Bell Posted Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Common Core Education has created a great opportunity for before and after school learning from both parents and program directors. With the focus of in-school time increasingly devoted to the subject matter related to Common Core. Children are void of things like problem solving, creative thinking, and imagination. Check out these 5 fantastic products that will fill the need in your children for learning beyond the bell.

1. LEGO Mindstorms EV3
You build a robot with an EVC brick inside (the heart). Connect it to your computer or smart device and program it to do stuff.

The robots you make will do things you never thought possible. ... (click here to read more)

Parents and Children Get Sneak Peak of Joinks at The National Museum of Mathematics Posted Monday, August 25, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Joinks, expected to be one of the hottest toys of the holidays, was given a test run at The National Museum of Mathematics in New York this weekend. Product inventor Richard Elaver delighted the standing room only crowd by showing the children and parents some example builds and gave advice on how to make some amazing creations with Joinks.

Expected to be available for purchase in mid-October, Fat Brain Toys is available for pre-orders now. Check out the product page for Joinks to reserve your set today.

These 3 High-Tech Toys Help Teach Girls to Stick with Science Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

As a big believer in getting girls active in STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) we have been an early adaptors on all of of these products, and in some cases contacting them while still on Kickstarter. Enjoy this quality article from Dan Tynan, that appeared on Yahoo.

As the late great James Brown once sang, “It’s a man’s man’s man’s world.” And while that may no longer hold true for society in general, the Godfather of Soul remains spot on when it comes to high tech.
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Jammies Viral Video Family Raps About Back to School Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

They're back....

The Holderness family went viral in December of last year with their XMAS JAMMIES song. And now they've released a new video, paying homage to Sir Mix-A-Lot with a new parody called Baby Got Class. 

Declaring I like big buses and I can't deny," the family raps about backpacks, healthy lunches, and more. The family dedicated the video to the amazing teachers who take care of our kids all year and don’t make enough money.

For more great videos - check out the Holderness Family facebook page or youtube page. Check out all their work at VisitTheGreenroom.com

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Must Haves in The 7 Areas of Early Childhood Development Posted Monday, August 18, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Former first grade teacher Jenae, shared this great chart, from her blog I Can Teach My Child, of her 7 areas of development for early childhood. We love this because as a toy company that takes play very serious these are some of the areas that toys can help develop.  We thought along with a defenition of each, we would give you a few suggestions on products that may help in the development of each skill.

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The Price I Will Gladly Pay for My Children's Education Posted Thursday, August 14, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

At Fat Brain Toys we are not a tradiitonal school supply company.  We are not focused on selling packs of markers or pencils. But as one of the leaders in the educational toy world we are lucky enough to have many tremendous teachers as valued customers. Some forward thinking schools understand the value of getting the types of products we sell into their classrooms, but for the most part we are selling directly to teachers. Many of these teachers use their own money to teach your children. I guess that is why we love this blog from Audrey Hayworth on her perspective when in comes to school supplies.


Last week, ... (click here to read more)

NASA Catches Photos of Blurring of Black Hole Light Posted Wednesday, August 13, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has captured an extreme and rare event in the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole. A compact source of X-rays that sits near the black hole, called the corona, has moved closer to the black hole over a period of just days. Also check out these great Space Toys to get your future rocket scientist engaged. 

"The corona recently collapsed in toward the black hole, with the result that the black hole's intense gravity pulled all the light down onto its surrounding disk, where material is spiraling inward," ... (click here to read more)

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