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3 Toy Ideas to Prepare Your Child For Preschool Posted Monday, July 28, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

We know how hard it can be to get your child prepared to begin preschool. We have provided a few educational items to help you enhance your child’s preparedness. Don’t stress, these three fantastic products will make learning fun for any child.

Smarty Blocks is one of the best choices to get (and keep) your child’s minds active. This game will be a great tool now and down the road when they start reading. The lower-level challenge cards present a picture that your child must try and copy in less than one minute. When your child is a little older and has started reading, have them try the higher-level challenge cards, which requires some reading. Smarty Blocks was ... (click here to read more)


30 Signs Your Child Might Turning Into a Hipster Posted Friday, July 25, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

We are not even sure what a hipster is but we love that Jennifer Latch, from Urban Playground created this list of signs your child is turning hipster. We especially enjoy number's 11 and 12. Which are your favorites?

REPUBLISHED FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST

1. They start wearing sunglasses inside.

2. On Saturday mornings you find them watching Inspector Gadget episodes on VHS.

3. They seek out local hand-crafted artisan root beer.

4. The origin of the cacao bean in their chocolate bar is of the utmost importance.

5. They'll only drink milk ... (click here to read more)


Teeter Popper Has Arrived! Posted Wednesday, July 16, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education | Special Needs | Video

The Hottest New Toy of the Year has officially arrived at the best specialty toy stores across the country! Meet Teeter Popper, the never ending bubble wrap, balance toy, source of fun!

A NEW utensil for play... how it's used is up to the kids!

Whether they rock it, roll it, sit in it or stand... kids want to move with Teeter Popper! How wildly fun it is!

“POP-POP-POP... POP-POP-POP!” Senses go for a ride every time they play.

A cinch to maneuver - stand, sit, rock, tilt, wobble, wiggle, spin. How children play is however they choose.

Hand kids a Teeter Popper and walk away... but don't look away. Seeing the ... (click here to read more)


Hex Hive: A Math Game In Remembrance of My Mother Posted Wednesday, July 16, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

This is a great reflection article from one of our favorite inventors Kim Vandenbroucke.  Kim lets us in on her process for creating games. If you want to read more great insights on the game industry from one of the best be sure to check out her site The Game Aisle.  Also make sure to check out Hex Hive here.

REPUBLSHED FROM THE GAME AISLE

It was Bastille Day on Monday and (more important to this blog post) it was also my mother’s birthday. Sadly she’s been gone for more than a decade, but I really do credit her with my passion for game design. I come from a game playing ... (click here to read more)


Rainbow Rowell - On The Lost Art of the Telephone Conversation Posted Monday, July 14, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Our good friend, Rainbow Rowell who is quickly becoming a literary superstar put together this fantastic perspective on the landline telephone. Her style of connecting simplicity with the past hits close to home. If you enjoy this small example of her writing be sure to check out any of her work.

REPUBLISHED FROM RAINBOW ROWELL
I always knew there would be a telephone in my new book, Landline.

I had the title and concept -- a woman finds a way to talk to her husband in the past - figured out more than a year before I started writing.

But I saw the phone as a plot device, nothing more. Like the ... (click here to read more)


Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms? Posted Thursday, July 10, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

REPUBLISHED FROM KATRINA SCHWARTZ MIND SHIFT
At the White House Maker Faire recently, where President Obama invited “makers” of all ages to display their creations, the President investigated a robotic giraffe, a red weather balloon and shot a marshmallow cannon made by a student. With so much fanfare and media attention on the event, some educators are hopeful that the idea of tinkering as a way of learning might finally have made it back to the mainstream. But will the same philosophy of discovery and hands-on learning make it into classrooms?

“Most of the people that I know who got into science and technology benefited from a set of informal ... (click here to read more)


WWII Vet Forms Unlikely Friendship with Preschooler Posted Wednesday, July 9, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education | Video

One of the best friendship stories we have seen in a long time. This story features little Emmett, just a preschooler, and his best friend/mentor Erling an 89 year old WWII Vet. Warning have your tissues close because this may result in a strong emotional response. Please take the time to watch and share this video today!

REPUBLISHED FROM KARE 11
FARMINGTON, Minn. – For nearly a decade Bryan and Anika Rychner had little interaction with the elderly man next door.

At best, they'd flash a wave or say hello in passing.

That changed last year when their son Emmett, just 2 years old ... (click here to read more)


Kind Words About Us...We Had to Share Posted Tuesday, July 8, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Normally we shy away from tooting our own horn. Actually we very rarely do, but this British Mum really made us feel special today and we had to share it! We feel like she gets us as many of you do. Toys are meant to be the tools of growing up. We work really hard to only curate only the best toys for learning and growing. We are happy this message is being conveyed across the pond! So make sure to give her a follow, as much of her content is great!

REPUBLISHED FROM SMARTLY MOMMYING
My parenting philosophy is fairly characterized by a heavy dose of adventure, sautéed in nerd, with a sprinkling of minimalism.

Toys and gear ... (click here to read more)


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