Home > PLAY Blog
toy blog game blog parenting blog toys news
Parenting Education Special Needs Video   Online Games Way More Than A Box Activities

 Recent PLAY  PLAY Today - Featured Articles for Saturday, April 19, 2014
Now Seeking
Contributers to PLAY!

Click here for details...

Up to 40 Percent of US Children May Lack Secure Attachment to Parents
Monday, March 31, 2014
Happy Opening Day
Monday, March 31, 2014
Dad Gives His Son Super Hero Powers
Friday, March 28, 2014
Best Resume Ever - Woman Creates LEGO Version of Herself
Friday, March 28, 2014
Fat Brain Toys Overland Park Opening Soon!
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Register for Exclusive Offers & Discounts from Fat Brain Toys:

Strandbeest Inspires New Hexbug
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Maybe Your Child Just Needs You
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Testing Games: Can Teaching Kids to Be Opportunistic Reduce Standardized Test Anxiety?
Monday, March 24, 2014
8 Things We All Need to Know About Happiness
Friday, March 21, 2014
Are We Overdoing Holidays for Kids?
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Magic of Toys from a Specialty Toy Shop's Perspective
Monday, March 17, 2014
Mathematicians Are Hoping Their Calculations Add Up to the Perfect Bracket
Monday, March 17, 2014
10 Great Ways to Celebrate Pi Day
Friday, March 14, 2014
Artist Creates Life Size Elephant Origami from Single Sheet of Paper
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
STEM and Out of School Time - INFOGRAPHIC
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Monday, March 10, 2014
This Makes Us HAPPY - Kids from Budapest
Monday, March 10, 2014
Preschoolers Outsmart College Students According to Study
Friday, March 7, 2014
Celebrate The Art of Unplugging With Fat Brain Toys This Weekend
Friday, March 7, 2014
INFOGRAPHIC - Time Spent By Children Consuming Media by Decade
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Letter from 5th Grade Self
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Let's Play - The Value of Play Through the Eyes of a Speech Pathologist
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Metropolis II - A Kinetic Sculpture That Circulates 100,000 Miniature Cars Every Hour
Monday, March 3, 2014
Boys Versus Girls Toys - Is There a Difference?
Friday, February 28, 2014
The Secret Life of Jim O'Conner
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Even more PLAY...
Fat Brain Toys Biggest Sale of the YEAR Wednesday, February 26, 2014
And You Thought Dado Cubes Were the Coolest Cubes Around Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Personalized Name Puzzle Tuesday, February 25, 2014
You Don't Know What Teachers Do Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Hopscotch Brain Teaser Activity Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Sights and Sounds of Toy Fair 2014 Monday, February 24, 2014
Can Spatial Reasoning be Taught, and Should We Bother? Friday, February 21, 2014
Gallup Releases Happiness Rankings By State Friday, February 21, 2014
Kids Answer Favorite Valentine Questions Friday, February 14, 2014
R.I.P. Barbie: America's Iconic Doll Is Fading Out Into History Thursday, February 13, 2014
There's ICE ICE BABY - No School Announcement Thursday, February 13, 2014
Dear Mom - A Letter from Working Mom to Stay at Home Mom and Vice Versa Wednesday, February 12, 2014
16 Year Old Explains Math and Beauty Monday, February 10, 2014
This is Marbelous Thursday, February 6, 2014
A Bowl. A Monkey. And A Special Idea. Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Win A LEGO Minifigure Case and 4 Tickets to The LEGO Movie TODAY! Monday, February 3, 2014
Will the Real STEM Toys Please Stand Up Monday, February 3, 2014
GoldieBlox Is Only The Start Sunday, February 2, 2014
Classic Optical Illusion Friday, January 31, 2014
The Future of News - The Internet 1981 Friday, January 31, 2014
Crochet Playgrounds by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam Thursday, January 30, 2014
Catch LEGO FEVER and Win the NEWEST LEGO MINDSTORM Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Rube Goldberg Contest Brings Out the Best in Thinking and Fun Monday, January 27, 2014
The World's Quietest Room Friday, January 24, 2014
Teach Reading with LEGO Play Thursday, January 23, 2014
Catch the LEGO Fever - Enter to Win Amazing Prizes Including a LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Wednesday, January 22, 2014
3 Great Snow Toys You May Not Have Seen Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Some Call Them Awkward - We Call Them Families Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Sam's Husker Stadium Monday, January 20, 2014
pipSquigz Back in Stock Thursday, January 16, 2014
Babies in Restaurants and Breastfeeding in Church - Mealtime with Infants Wednesday, January 15, 2014
5 Dangerous Things You SHOULD Let Your Kids Do Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Artist Mom Make Babies Dreams Come to Life Monday, January 13, 2014
What Will I Know? Friday, January 10, 2014
Yottsugo Featured at Will Shortz's World Of Words Weekend Thursday, January 9, 2014
Fat Brain Toys a Finalist for Most Thoughtfully Stocked Toy Store Award Wednesday, January 8, 2014
From Etsy To Harrods - Matthew Hiebert's Twig Adventure Tuesday, January 7, 2014
3 Brothers, 95 Hours - One Huge Snow Shark Monday, January 6, 2014
An Illustrated Tribute to Etch a Sketch Inventor Andre Cassagnes Monday, January 6, 2014
Playing With Your Food Monday, January 6, 2014

From the PLAY Archives:
January 2014

From the PLAY Archives:
December 2013
12/31  12/30  12/26  12/24  12/23  12/20  12/19  12/18  12/17  12/16  12/12  12/7  12/6  12/5  12/3  12/2 

November 2013
11/29  11/27  11/26  11/25  11/23  11/22  11/21  11/20  11/19  11/18  11/15  11/14  11/13  11/12  11/11  11/8  11/7  11/6  11/5  11/4  11/2  11/1 

October 2013
10/31  10/30  10/29  10/28  10/26  10/25  10/24  10/23  10/22  10/21  10/19  10/17  10/16  10/15  10/14  10/11  10/10  10/9  10/8  10/5  10/4  10/2 

September 2013
9/30  9/27  9/26  9/25  9/24  9/23  9/20  9/19  9/17  9/16  9/13  9/12  9/11  9/10  9/9  9/6  9/5  9/4  9/3 

August 2013
8/31  8/30  8/29  8/28  8/27  8/26  8/23  8/22  8/21  8/20  8/19  8/15  8/13  8/12  8/9  8/8  8/7  8/6  8/5  8/4  8/3  8/2  8/1 

July 2013
7/30  7/29  7/27  7/26  7/25  7/24  7/23  7/19  7/18  7/17  7/16  7/15  7/12  7/11  7/10  7/9  7/8  7/7  7/5  7/3  7/2  7/1 

June 2013
6/29  6/28  6/27  6/26  6/25  6/24  6/21  6/20  6/19  6/18  6/17  6/14  6/13  6/12  6/11  6/10  6/9  6/7  6/6  6/5  6/4  6/3  6/1 

May 2013
5/31  5/29  5/28  5/27  5/24  5/23  5/22  5/20  5/18  5/17  5/16  5/15  5/14  5/13  5/11  5/9  5/8  5/7  5/6  5/5  5/4  5/3  5/2  5/1 

April 2013
4/30  4/29  4/28  4/26  4/25  4/24  4/23  4/22  4/21  4/19  4/18  4/17  4/16  4/15  4/14  4/12  4/9  4/5  4/3 

March 2013
3/19  3/18 

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. 



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

Heavy Duty Machinery Takes on JENGA Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014

TOPICS | Video

You have to hand it to Caterpillar with their latest video in the Build for It series. They show off their equipment playing the worlds largest game of JENGA. Check out the Caterpillar page here for more on this fun, and giant game!

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?


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.


“One Mississippi, two Mississippi …”


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.



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)

Building Becomes a Playable Rubik's Cube Posted Friday, April 4, 2014

TOPICS | Education | Video

Puzzle Facade brings the experience of solving a Rubik’s cube to the urban space. It transforms the Ars Electronica’s media facade, into a giant Rubik’s cube, inviting passers-by to engage with an interactive experience that takes place in the city of Linz (Austria).

In Puzzle Facade the player interacts with the specially designed interface-cube. The interface-cube holds electronic components to keep track of rotation and orientation. This data is sent over Bluetooth to a computer that runs the Puzzle Facade designed software. This software changes the lights and color of the large-scale Ars Electronica’s media facade in correlation to the handheld interface-cube.

Due to the nature of this building ... (click here to read more)

Teaching My Children Independence Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting

Recently I saw this fun Age-Appropriate Chores for Children chart. It got me thinking about the parenting that occurs at my house. Everyday in my home a silent war between my wife and I occurs. This unspoken war is what makes us, I hope, really great parents. My wife and I come from different parenting schools, in raising our 3 and 6 year old children. Although we fall on opposite sides of the scale, we both respect and rarely judge each others parenting styles.

First, my wife is a classic attachment parent. Bless her heart, she would lay down in a puddle so that my 2 children would not have to walk through it. She is a successful, and confident business owner, but the second she gets home she becomes cook to order chef, and waitress for my kids. She would rather undergo ... (click here to read more)

A GIRL NAMED ELASTIKA - Creativity and Creation In a Short Film Posted Wednesday, April 2, 2014

TOPICS | Video

Occasionally you come across something and just need to share it with as many people as possible. This is exactly one of the instances -

She’s young, dreamy and fearless, she drives cars way too fast, she’s also a yamakasi. She likes adventure, fireworks and unrelenting seas. From the day I conceived her, I’ve been a worried father. And a proud one too.
For distribution, contact coordo@travellingdistribution.com - More to come at facebook.com/GuillaumeBlanchetFilmmaker

Girls Are Taught To Think Pink, But That Wasn't Always So Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

In this NPR article Susan Stamberg takes a look into the history of PINK with the help of a recent exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Art. It begs a great question - Why is pink a now considered a girl color? Do you like pink?

With sleet, snow and freezing temperatures extending through March, the National Cherry Blossom Festival — which recently kicked off in Washington, D.C. — is decidedly less pink this year. In a few weeks the Tidal Basin will be ringed by rosy, pink blossoms, but until then, we traveled north to Boston, where a show at the Museum of Fine ... (click here to read more)

Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Eiffel Tower with Wrebbit Posted Monday, March 31, 2014

TOPICS | Education

Say Happy Anniversary in a snap!

Join our friends at WREBBIT and celebrate Gustave Eiffel’s famous tower, built for the 1889 Paris World Fair. WREBBIT®, in collaboration with Fat Brain Toys and fans all over the world, are marking this milestone anniversary by immortalizing this Paris landmark in a truly special way.

Post your pictures of your Wrebbit 3D at wrebbit3d.com/eiffel125 or just take a tour of all the places the tower has been. Have fun travelling the world with one of the world’s favourite 3D puzzles like you’ve never seen it before!

The PLAY blog is a platform dedicated to honest, engaged, informed, intelligent and open conversation about parenting. However, the opinions expressed on this site are those of individual parents/writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Fat Brain Toys. In addition, content provided on this site is for entertainment or informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or safety advice.

McAfee SECURE sites help keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams
Home | Shopping Cart | Help | Privacy Policy | Return Authorizations | Toy Blog | Coming Soon | Christmas Toys
Best Toys by Age | Birthday Gifts | Top Kids Toys | Toys on Sale | New Toys | Popular Toy Searches

Copyright © 2003-2014 Fat Brain Toys LLC. All rights reserved. Fat Brain Toys® is a registered service mark of Fat Brain Toys, LLC
Fat Brain Toys Offices
1405 N. 205th St., Ste. 120 Elkhorn, Nebraska USA 68022
Phone 1-800-590-5987
Omaha Toy Store
16909 Burke Street, Suite 131 Omaha, Nebraska 68118
Phone 402-504-6218
Overland Park/Kansas City Toy Store
5601 West 135th Street Overland Park, Kansas 66223
Opening May 2014!