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Kevin Bacon and Jeff Bridges Explain Their Love of Pass the Pigs Posted Friday, July 11, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Video

Now Remember...Everything Depends on This -Kevin Bacon!

 

Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon, during separate visits to Jimmy Kimmel explain their obsession with Pass the Pigs game. You know when The Dude from the Big Lebowski and Ren from Footloose get together the pigs fly. Click Here for Pass the Pig Party Edition! 




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)


Parents Use Cardboard, Creativity, and Toddler to Recreate Movies Posted Monday, July 7, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting

The parents at Cardboardboxoffice.com are at it again with baby Orson.  Check out these great recreates of iconic movies. 




There Are More Museums in the US than Starbucks and McDonalds Combined Posted Thursday, July 3, 2014

TOPICS | Education

We might just be alright after all. This fun little story from The Washington Post highlights our love with history and retelling future generations the value of things we have had and done.

REPUBLISHED FROM THE WASHINGTON POST
There are roughly 11,000 Starbucks locations in the United States, and about 14,000 McDonald's restaurants. But combined, the two chains don't come close to the number of museums in the U.S., which stands at a whopping 35,000.

So says the latest data release from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent government agency that tallies the number and type ... (click here to read more)


Kaleidograph Featured on The Five with Dana Perino Posted Thursday, July 3, 2014

TOPICS | Education | Video

Check out this great endorsement from Dana Perino about one of our featured Fat Brain Toys, Kaleidograph from Pattern Design Toys. Not the greatest video quality but the impact of the toy is apparent.




A Perspective on Freedom this July 4th Posted Thursday, July 3, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting

 

REPUBLISHED FROM NATALIE THOMAS
Last month on our family vacation, I watched my daughter splash in the pool with her daddy, feel the breeze in her hair and the sun on her back, go on her first of many bike rides (in a buggy) and taste her very first ice cream cone, laughing as she winced at the cold cream, watching it dribble down her sticky chin.

As we arrived at the airport, somber because our trip was over, we saw something that sobered up our sadness fast.

A military mom saying goodbye to her family.

In an almost catatonic state, I looked on as my husband asked me questions, my daughter said my name. I, unknowingly somewhat mesmerized, ... (click here to read more)


Introducing Peek-A-Doodle-Doo! Posted Tuesday, July 1, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education | Special Needs | Video

The find and hide game of chickens and eggs!

Cluck! Cluck! What an “egg-cellent” memory you have!

A “My First Game” for your clever little farmer. With constant motion, Peek-A-Doodle Doo engages your child's memory and concentration in a farm fresh way!

Part 1: Cluck! Find the Eggs!
Can you rule the roost? Collect all twelve eggs and return them to the crate. Choose carefully little farmer. Keep an eye on your fellow players and where they are moving their chickens.

Part 2: Cluck, Cluck! Hide the Eggs!
Next, players take turns removing an egg from the ... (click here to read more)

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