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Top Ten Toys For Earth Day Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Earth Day began in 1970 as a way to create awareness for environmental protection, and has grown into one of the largest secular holidays in the world with over one billion people celebrating. At Fat Brain Toys we celebrate Earth Day year round by having a large selection of green, recycled, and earth friendly toys. We also carry a large selection of earth science and environmental education toys. Below is a sampling of some of our over 600 Earth Day toys.

4M Paper Making Kit
Combining the fun of making a piece of paper and recycling it. Wow! 4M Paper Recycling Kit is a hands on project that teaches a lesson and creativity. This science kit is a great educational experience. ... (click here to read more)


Interview for the Toughest Job in the World Posted Monday, April 21, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting

You may have seen this video go viral in the last couple of weeks, but it is still worth a share. A fake job interview for the job of MOM. Take the time to share this with any moms you know and never forget to always thank your mom.


British Teachers Find Infants Unable to Use Toy Building Blocks Due to iPad Addiction Posted Friday, April 18, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

This article from the The Telegraph, a respected newspaper in the UK,  paints a doom and gloom scenerio on a future generation of toddlers unable to play with toys as simple as building blocks due to their obsession with tablets and cellphones. Although we have not seen this extreme, we all know that overuse of tablet and smatrt phones for children is not great for their development. 

 

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Rising numbers of infants ... (click here to read more)


Study Argues Parental Involvement Is Overrated Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Here is an interesting little article from the New York Times Op-Ed section. This piece argues that parental involvement may not be that important. But later concedes that it is important for parents to set expectations and check in with kids. Fun little discussion today - How much should parents be engaged in their children's education?

REPUBLISHED FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES

Most people, asked whether parental involvement benefits children academically, would say, “of course it does.” But evidence from our research suggests otherwise. In fact, most forms of parental involvement, like observing a child’s class, ... (click here to read more)


5 Reasons Kids Should Garden Posted Monday, April 14, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting

As the weather warms in parts of the country it is time to get our children outside and active. One of the best ways is to teach your children the joy of gardening.  In this informative blog Teresa O'Conner give us 5 great reasons to teach your children to garden.

1) Prevents Nature Deficit Disorder: With so many kids spending time away from nature, we’re seeing evidence of a “nature deficit disorder” in many children. As Richard Louv explained in his book, Last Child in the Woods, this disconnect from nature is leading some kids to become overweight, anxious and depressed. Plus, this nature deficit disorder is affecting children’s performance in school too. More ... (click here to read more)


Use Weather to Teach Early Science Posted Friday, April 11, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Spring weather has arrives which means one thing... variable weather. Today it might be warm and dry and tomorrow cold and windy. This is a great time to teach your children the value of understanding the science behind the weather. Jessica Efird gives us some great ideas on how to use weather with your children.

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“One Mississippi, two Mississippi …”

“Ka-boom!”

On the night of a big storm, I was trying to shift my son’s focus from his fear of severe weather to an exercise in counting. Using a trick I had learned as a child, we started measuring the time between seeing ... (click here to read more)


I love you Dada… I just love Mama more. Posted Wednesday, April 9, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting

This heart warming blog is from Chris Routly, who is creator and of Daddy Doctrines, a must read for all parents. As his bio describes he is proud full-time at-home daddy, a part-time children's book author and illustrator, a parent blogger, and an accidental activist. Please give him a follow and read his stuff.

 

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My oldest son is a major cuddler.

We often joke that, like his Mama, his Love Language is “snuggles” and he has long been most content to curl up in a lap, or to climb into bed just to be next to you. Some of his most emotional low-points ... (click here to read more)


A Working Mother’s Solution to Stimulating Your Child’s Language and Development Posted Monday, April 7, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education | Special Needs

As a Speech-Language Pathologist for almost 20 years, I have spent thousands of hours playing with children. However, as a working mother of two young boys, I know the challenges and juggling act that balancing work and family brings to a home. Kids want to play...all the time! They don’t care if you are rushing out for a meeting or appointment at work, trying to do the mountain of laundry that has built up, or simply trying get yourself ready for the day while simultaneously packing backpacks, lunches, and refereeing a fight amongst siblings. As parents, we all want to see our children grow and flourish in every area of development and would do most anything to see this happen. Yet, there are thousands of toys on the market making the possibilities endless and overwhelming for parents ... (click here to read more)


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