Home > PLAY Blog
toy blog game blog parenting blog toys news
0
Parenting Education Special Needs Video   Online Games Way More Than A Box Activities


 Best in PLAY  PLAY Today - Featured Articles for Saturday, April 25, 2015
Now Seeking
Contributers to PLAY!

Click here for details...

#1. Autistic Second Grader Makes The Rest Of Us Look Silly
#2. Homeowner Pulls Up Carpet to Get Lifesize Monopoly Board Surprise
#3. The Greatest Dot to Dot - Free Printable Activity
#4. Toys Are Tools - Creating Your Toolbox
#5. 10 of The Best Toys You May Have Never Heard Of
#6. Steve Jobs Didn't Let His Kids Use iPhones Or iPads: Here’s Why
#7. 25 Reminders for Fathers of Sons
#8. Maybe Your Child Just Needs You
#9. Will the Real STEM Toys Please Stand Up
#10. Perplexus Creator Michael McGinnis Explains That Toy Design Contributes to the Depth of Experience
#11. The Psychology of Why Children are Completely Obsessed with Frozen
#12. Personalized Name Puzzle
#13. A Message To Parents of Young Children
#14. Tobbles Neo Selected As Top Toy in Goddard Schools Toy Test
#15. Boogers Might Be Good For You
#16. 5 Great Gift Ideas for Children Too Old for Toys
#17. Fat Brain Toy Co. leads the Specialty Toy Industry with Three Toy of the Year Nominations
#18. Happy Holidays from Fat Brain Toys
#19. Fantastic Retro Lego Ads
#20. Squigz Featured On Top Gifts Under $50

 Top PLAY Contributors
#1. Mark Carson
#2. Jennifer Choi
#3. Matt Hansen
#4. Melissa Cleveland
#5. Kathy Lorkovic
#6. Julie Schneider
#7. Kristen Stehli
#8. Michael McGinnis
#9. Megan Galko
#10. Jillian Robertson
#11. Elise Duryea
#12. Kevin Mathis
#13. Missi Perez
#14. Alex Hochstrasser
#15. Katie Keith
#16. Alice Chase
#17. Erik Quam
#18. Nicole McDonald
#19. Bettina Chen
#20. Bruce Hansen

 Even more PLAY...
Elementary School Dumps Homework and Tells Kids to Play Instead Friday, March 6, 2015
Murals by Artist 1010 Expose Hidden Portals of Color in Walls and Buildings Thursday, March 5, 2015
Learning From LEGO Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Today Show Features 2 Fat Brain Favorites For Girls Friday, February 27, 2015
Name the Famous Paintings Recreated with Playmobil Friday, February 27, 2015
The Three Words That Made Me a Better Dad Thursday, February 26, 2015
Fat Brain Toys Invades The National Museum of Play Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colorforms Looking for Revival Monday, February 23, 2015
Build Your Own LEGO Oscar- with Nathan Sawaya Monday, February 23, 2015
Type of Play Matters Says Michigan State Monday, February 23, 2015
Fat Brainers Changing the Toy Industry Thursday, February 19, 2015
I Know What Causes Autism Wednesday, February 11, 2015
50 Random Acts of Kindness for Kids Monday, February 9, 2015
Deployed Dad Keeps Son Close with LEGOS Friday, February 6, 2015
Halftime of Raising My Daughter: Time for a Pep Talk Friday, February 6, 2015
Fun with LEGO Painting Thursday, February 5, 2015
Barber Publicly Shames Your Misbehaving Kid with an Old Man’s Haircut Thursday, February 5, 2015
Is Your Child Ready for an Allowance Thursday, February 5, 2015
Plush Rush- Why People Lost Their Minds Over Beanie Babies Thursday, February 5, 2015
Personalized Name Puzzle Reveals Top Baby Names Wednesday, February 4, 2015
4 Ways to Kindle Your Child's Genius Monday, February 2, 2015
Fat Brain Friend Dr. Z Receives National Recognition for Helping Kids Without Hands Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Create Amazing Upcycled Crayons Tuesday, January 27, 2015
What Should We Do with Science Fairs? Monday, January 26, 2015
Special Font Designed to Help Dyslexics Read Friday, January 23, 2015
Man Turns Home into Giant Ball Pit Thursday, January 22, 2015
How Do You Answer - Mommy Will You Lie Down with Me? Wednesday, January 21, 2015
12 Ways Pediatric Therapists Use Squigz Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Amazing Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures Monday, January 19, 2015
Dot To Dot Fun Monday, January 19, 2015

 From the PLAY Archives

January 2015
1/13  1/9  1/8  1/7  1/5  1/2 

 From the PLAY Archives

December 2014
12/29  12/24  12/23  12/19  12/18  12/15  12/12  12/4  12/2  12/1 

November 2014
11/30  11/28  11/24  11/21  11/20  11/19  11/18  11/17  11/16  11/14  11/13  11/12  11/11  11/10  11/7  11/5  11/4  11/3 

October 2014
10/31  10/30  10/29  10/28  10/27  10/24  10/23  10/22  10/21  10/15  10/13  10/10  10/7  10/2  10/1 

September 2014
9/30  9/29  9/26  9/23  9/22  9/19  9/18  9/17  9/16  9/15  9/12  9/10  9/8  9/4  9/3  9/2 

August 2014
8/28  8/27  8/26  8/25  8/21  8/20  8/19  8/18  8/14  8/13  8/12  8/11  8/7  8/5  8/4  8/1 

July 2014
7/31  7/30  7/29  7/28  7/25  7/24  7/16  7/14  7/11  7/10  7/9  7/8  7/7  7/3  7/1 

June 2014
6/30  6/27  6/26  6/25  6/24  6/23  6/18  6/17  6/16  6/11  6/9  6/6  6/4  6/3  6/2 

May 2014
5/29  5/27  5/23  5/22  5/21  5/19  5/15  5/14  5/13  5/12  5/6  5/5  5/1 

April 2014
4/30  4/29  4/28  4/25  4/23  4/22  4/21  4/18  4/17  4/15  4/14  4/11  4/9  4/7  4/4  4/3  4/2  4/1 

March 2014
3/31  3/28  3/27  3/26  3/25  3/24  3/21  3/20  3/17  3/14  3/12  3/11  3/10  3/7  3/5  3/4  3/3 

February 2014
2/28  2/26  2/25  2/24  2/21  2/14  2/13  2/12  2/10  2/6  2/5  2/3  2/2 

January 2014
1/31  1/30  1/28  1/27  1/24  1/23  1/22  1/21  1/20  1/16  1/15  1/14  1/13  1/10  1/9  1/8  1/7  1/6  1/2 

 From the PLAY Archives

December 2013
12/31  12/30  12/26  12/24  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 

Italian Studio Takes Children's Creativity to New a Dimensions Posted Thursday, April 23, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting | Education | Video

Sengi Mossi is a unique dancing and art studio in Rome. Their belief system is roughly translated below and create this new way of thinking in children in regards to creativity. Active motion allows us to create in an artistic way by involving our bodies in different situations. Enjoy the video and let us know if you think this is something your children would enjoy.

ABOUT SENGI MOSSI FROM SENGI MOSSI
Who said you need to draw seated? While the hand on the sheet runs, the rest of the body has to stay silent? You can draw with the whole body: running, jumping, laughing. You can draw without looking, draw with the body of the other, draw with the voice, drawing the air. You can be incisive and you can get lost in space.




Denver Teacher Shares Heartbreaking Notes From Third Graders Posted Thursday, April 16, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

One of the most heartbreaking and great reminders of the struggles of children in our communities you will read today. What do you think?

REPUBLISHED FROM DENVER ABC CHANNEL 7
Kyle Schwartz teaches third grade at Doull Elementary in Denver.

Although she says her students are a pleasure to look after, the educator of three years adds that many of them come from underprivileged homes.

"Ninety-two percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch," Schwartz tells ABC News. "As a new teacher, I struggled to understand the reality of my students' lives and how to best support them. I just felt like ... (click here to read more)


The Father of This Famous Face Saved By the Internet Posted Thursday, April 16, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting

Never turn down an Internet meme in need.

It's been almost eight years since Sammy Griner's face first graced your computer screens as the Success Kid meme. He was always there for you when you needed him, and now he needs our help.

Sammy's 39-year-old father, Justin Griner, needs a kidney transplant. He has been battling kidney disease since 2006, Justin's wife Laney told the Daily Dot, and experienced full kidney failure in 2009. Justin is now on kidney dialysis 12 hours a week, and a kidney transplant is the only permanent solution.

Laney created a GoFundMe page to raise $75,000 to cover the remainder of the cost of the kidney transplant and pre-treatment not covered by Medicare. At the time of ... (click here to read more)


The Elimination Diet No One is Talking About Posted Wednesday, April 15, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

One of our favorite sites and writers Julie from Preschool Engineering, recently asked for our readers to give her feedback on her latest work. She has a unique perspective that we can relate to and this piece is no different. So give this a quick read and let us know your thoughts. 

REPUBLISHED FROM PRESHCOOL ENGINEERING

I like my screen technology. I enjoy watching TV. The clever games on my iPad are wildly entertaining. I have vivid memories of Disney movies from my childhood. So, in the name of introducing my children to all the fun things in the world, I didn't hesitate to show them TV shows, iPad games, YouTube videos, etc. We have learned ... (click here to read more)


Norway Sends First Donut to Space Posted Tuesday, April 14, 2015

TOPICS | Video

There is so much PLAY in science. These Norwegian scientists prove that by sending a pastry where no pastry has gone before. We want to know what you would send to space.




This Is the Definition of Big Trouble Posted Monday, April 13, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting

This father handles this tricky situation well - you try not to laugh!




Supporting the Development of Creativity During the Week of the Young Child Posted Monday, April 13, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

If you have a child or grandchild in preschool than you are well aware that this is the week we celebrate "The Week of the Young Child". The event was created and is supported by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This weeks is a chance to refocus and remember the value of education for children 8 and under. This blog from Laurel Bongiorno takes a look at the role creativity plays in the education of young children.

REPUBLISHED FROM NAEYC.ORG
A three year old sits at the kitchen table extremely focused on his art. He’s gathered white paper, a glue bottle, ... (click here to read more)


4th Grader Gives Opinion on Standardized State Tests Posted Friday, April 10, 2015

TOPICS | Education

The idea of standardized testing and the corruption and punishment associated with these tests have been heavily discussed in the media lately. Here is Sydney Smoot, a fourth grader at Brooksville Elementary, who shared her concerns on testing in schools with members of the Hernando County School Board at their regular meeting on March 17, 2015.

We would love to hear what you think of these tests and the impact they have either positively or negatively on your children?




Raising Your Successful 35 Year-Old Posted Friday, April 10, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting

Interesting perspective from KJ Dell'Antonia from the New York Times Blog Motherlode, about parenting. KJ discusses letting your children fail for their own good. This fine line of letting a child be a child and nurturing is hotly debated topic. How much help should you give a child when put into problem solving situations? Should you help with that homework project? Let us know your thoughts -

... (click here to read more)

Video: The Green Toys Story
Earth Day is Everyday at Green Toys
Tree Change Dolls Transforms Bratz Dolls
My three daughters are autistic. I despise Autism Awareness Month
Why April is Important to Me
GoldieBlox and the Easter Egg Space Jump
Brother and Sister in Amazing Frozen Piano Mashup
Purpose Built Dell Commercial Features Green Toys
Is Recess the Most Important Class of the Day
Mini Squigz Are Here
Celebrating Spring Outdoors is Beneficial for Babies
Father and Daughter Recreate Jurassic Park with $100,000 Worth of LEGO
Art Museum Uses Fat Brain Toys and Creativity to Create Artistic Playland
Sometimes a Cardboard Sled Is All You Need
12 Things Teachers Think But Can't Always Say to Parents
UNICEF Explains Play is the Building Blocks of Lifelong Learning
Family Game Night is Back
The Art of a Handcrafted Puzzle
On Pi Day Celebrate Maths Enigmas
Mini Squigz Listed as Top Ten Toy to Watch in 2015

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 © 2003-2015 Fat Brain Toys LLC. All rights reserved. Fat Brain Toys® is a registered service mark of Fat Brain Toys, LLC
Click to verify BBB accreditation and to see a BBB report.
Fat Brain Toys Offices
1405 N 205th Street, Suite 120
Elkhorn, Nebraska 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, Suite 2230
Overland Park, Kansas 66223
Phone 913-305-4894

  MacWeb04