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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Why the Creators' Kids Have 'Low-Tech' Parents
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Monday, September 15, 2014
Steve Jobs Didn't Let His Kids Use iPhones Or iPads: Here’s Why
Friday, September 12, 2014
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Global Parenting Habits That Haven't Caught On In The U.S. Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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3 Toy Ideas to Prepare Your Child For Preschool Monday, July 28, 2014
Things You Can Only Do As a Toddler Friday, July 25, 2014
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5 Ways to use Blocks & Construction Toys to Engage Interest in STEM Posted Monday, September 29, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Please welcome our newest Partner in Play - Savory Savings to Fat Brain Toys. This is a fantastic site for all things mommy and great savings.  We feel like she spot on with her first post - 5 Ways to Use Block to Build an Interest in STEM. - Let us know what you think, and give her a follow on social media.

Toys are a huge part of children’s learning development and while every toy you purchase does not need to be layered with “in your face” learning, I do think it is important to make use of toys that have learning benefits. One of our favorite learning toys is something that simple, can be inexpensive and does ... (click here to read more)


The Day They Let the Fifth-Graders Work From Home Posted Friday, September 26, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

This is fun article from writer/comedian Jeff Vrabel who explains why he does not believe in his kid's E-Days.

REPUBLISHED FROM JEFFVRABEL.COM
I am lucky enough to work from home, which is pretty great. I don’t have a commute, or problems with the printer, or cubicle-mates. My wardrobe is usually somewhere between daily jeans Friday and Jimmy Buffett concert. I work on porches and eat a lot of waffles on the clock. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t had a lot of jobs where waffle consumption has been this acceptable. Pretty much just this one and that one summer I robbed a Waffle House.

But working from home works because I’m ... (click here to read more)


Words and Time: They Leave a Legacy Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting

Time
The pile of presents underneath the tree was large. With nine of use kids, opening gifts was always an event in and of itself. While I can rattle off some prized toys and gifts from my childhood years, it wasn’t the presents I remember the most.

In the days that followed the bad toys broke, some pieces got lost, the ink ran out and some toys lost their charm. But the memories of play, the feelings of love, and the quality of family - that gift continues - even today.

A Parents Time

When I was a little girl, daddy coming home from work was a highlight! Mom would yell “Daddy drill!” and all of us kids would quickly pick up a pre-determined section of the main ... (click here to read more)


How Gifted and Talented Programs are Failing Our Kids Posted Monday, September 22, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Jenn Choi one of regular bloggers wrote this interesting and heartbreaking article on the short-comings of talented and gifted programs. We would love to hear your thoughts on educating the talented and gifted. 

REPUBLSISHED FROM QUARTZ

'Take a minute and think about the most talented colleague at your office—not the most popular, not the nicest, but rather the smartest person who comes up with those unforgettable, out-of-the-box solutions. He’s that person you seek when you need a real expert.

Is this person also a bit “rough around the edges”? Do you feel she or he could be “really great someday” if he could just learn to… ... (click here to read more)


Do Toy Companies Need More Women at the Top Posted Monday, September 22, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Having a husband and wife team as the top decision makers at Fat Brain Toys solves the problem of gender equality. We all know Karen is the final decision maker at Fat Brain Toys.

REPUBLISHED FROM THE ATLANTIC 

As a little girl, I loved Barbies. But now as an adult, I'm slightly embarrassed by this. My best defense: Well, there weren't better girls toys back then. Three decades later, when surveying the toy options for little girls, it doesn't look like that much has changed. Why is the toy aisle frozen in time?

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, the CEO of a consulting firm focused on gender diversity, has a theory: She thinks that toy companies ... (click here to read more)


Pointers for Celebrating National Talk Like a Pirate Day - September 19th Posted Friday, September 19, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting

Join us today in celebrating National Talk Like a Pirate Day with your children. The holiday is simple - we are not supporting pirating or anything - we just are celebrating talking like - we assume they talked. Because talking like a pirate is fun - it is as simple as that. Here are some basics form talklikeapirate.com.

The basics

Pirate lingo is rich and complicated, sort of like a good stew. There are several other sites that offer glossaries that are pretty good, and you can find some of them on our links page.

But if you just want a quick fix, a surface gloss, a pirate patina if you will, here are the five basic words that you cannot live without. Master them, and you can face Talk Like a Pirate ... (click here to read more)


Happy 40th Birthday to Playmobil - See How They Celebrated Around the World Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

PLAYMOBIL celebrated their 40th birthday by sending out 40,000 figures to spread their smile in eight cities worldwide this September

We've collected some of the best pictures for you. Have fun and ShareTheSmile!


Major Fun Reviews Hex Hive Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

REPUBLISHED FROM MAJOR FUN
There are at least two very pleasant surprises awaiting the HexHive player. One of these is the bees. The other, the numbers.

I explicate:

There are 40 “challenge cards.” Each is on a separate, hexagonal board that aligns perfectly below the transparent hexagonal solving surface. On each challenge card, you will see a group of connected hexagons, like cells in a beehive. (Hence the bee theme.) Each cell contains a number, from zero to six. There are ten different, transparent pieces; each of which is a different color and shape. Which pieces you must use to solve the puzzle is clearly and compassionately illustrated on the bottom of each board. Though all ... (click here to read more)


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