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Brother and Sister in Amazing Frozen Piano Mashup Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015

TOPICS | Video

Check out this very fun video of a brother and sister playing a special Frozen mashup. Make sure to watch past the 1 minute mark for their amazing backward playing ability!




Purpose Built Dell Commercial Features Green Toys Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting | Video

We love this video from Dell telling the story of making a toy with Green Toys. A Fat Brain Favorite, Green Toys uses recycled milk containers as the main ingredient in all toys. Yep, the plastic milk jugs that you and your family drink from every day, (though you’d never guess that by looking!)

Earth-friendly Green Toys contain no Phthalates or BPA. They are safe. They’re chunky. They’re colorful… just begging to be played with. Make sure to tell us about your favorite Green Toy and check out all of our the Green Toys available at Fat Brain Toys.




Is Recess the Most Important Class of the Day Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting | Education
In a recent study from Stanford University, researchers discovered what many of us may already know. Recess is more than just a chance for kids to burn off some pent up energy. A new study shows a high-quality recess program can engage students in meaningful play and prepare them to learn when it’s time to go back to the classroom. “Positive school climate has been linked to a host of favorable student outcomes, from attendance to achievement,” writes Milbrey McLaughlin, professor of education and public policy at Stanford University and founding director of the John W. Gardner Center. “Recess isn’t normally considered part of school climate, and often is shortchanged in tight fiscal times, but our research shows that it can be a critical contributor ... (click here to read more)


Mini Squigz Are Here Posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting | Education | Special Needs
Mini Squigz may be tiny, but their building fun is MIGHTY! Looking for a great fidget toy for your children or your office? These new members of the Squigz family are 40% smaller, packed with more pieces, and designed with the addition of a new shape and new colors. They take Suction Construction to a whole new level of POPPING excitement! Just like the originals, much of the thrill is in pushing them together and pulling them apart for that ever so ear-pleasing POP. But now, the building possibilities are more endless, more intricate, and more fun than ever before. Stick them to any flat surface you can imagine. Build them up, out, sideways, around, and any which way you can think of. Just like before, they always stick strong and never leave behind any residue. Mini Squigz are ... (click here to read more)


Celebrating Spring Outdoors is Beneficial for Babies Posted Monday, March 23, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting
Medical Doctor, Robert Needlman explains on the Highlights blog how beneficial being outdoors during the spring for babies and toddler. Springtime is a wonderful time for babies. They love to look at trees, flowers, and clouds. They notice small things, like bugs and birds. They love the feel of movement in a stroller or a front-pack carrier. You don’t have to worry about taking your baby outside. A typical baby can handle weather that’s a little cool if he or she is dressed well. Babies don’t need to be overheated, but they like to have their heads covered, and mittens are nice if the day is brisk. Babies become ill from the germs carried by other people (especially young children, who don’t always cover their coughs). Outside, those germs are swept away by ... (click here to read more)


Father and Daughter Recreate Jurassic Park with $100,000 Worth of LEGO Posted Monday, March 23, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting | Education
This video is the most adorable way to relive the best moments from the original Jurassic Park. A father and his young daughter — along with the help of a few very talented friends — put together this three-minute, stop-action Lego video with over $100,000 worth of plastic bricks, according to the creators. That, along with lots of time, patience, and some special and visual effects work, brought this cute video to life. Some of the set-pieces are truly impressive, and the stop-motion animation imparts a more light-hearted feel to the video than something like The Lego Movie. Be sure to watch the video above, and check out the making-of clip below for more on how it all came together. For Great LEGO Proucts Visit HERE For Great Dinosaur Toys Visit HERE You can find and follow ... (click here to read more)


Art Museum Uses Fat Brain Toys and Creativity to Create Artistic Playland Posted Friday, March 20, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting | Education
Fat Brain Toys has always been proud of our art inspired and design driven toys. Now some of these toys are being used at the Joslyn Art Museum to inspire art and creativity for playful minds of all ages. To learn more about some of the design focused toys at Fat Brain Toys visit our site here.  Make sure to check out the Joslyn Art Museum here.  REPUBLISHED FROM THE OMAHA WORLD HERALD It’s a dangerous time to be a closet at the Joslyn Art Museum. Earlier this year, the museum turned an old storage room into a contemporary art space called the CAP Gallery. Now the Joslyn is unveiling Art Works, a 1,500-square-foot interactive center that transformed an out-of-view storage area into an artistic play area for all ages. Art Works represents a “whole new ball of wax” ... (click here to read more)


Sometimes a Cardboard Sled Is All You Need Posted Thursday, March 19, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting | Education
This is a fantastic article from KJ Dell’Antonia that was published in the New York Parenting Blog.  The idea that snow, a cardboard box, and some duct tape can lead to a fun day of play is at the heart of Fat Brain Toys.  Real play can occur anywhere, but requires ingenuity and the ability to play open ended. Enjoy this article and let us know your best day with a cardboard box. Duct tape. Cardboard boxes. Enthusiasm. That’s what it took to defeat the late-winter blues here this weekend. It was a birthday party (we’re not normally that creative just in honor of the Ides of March), and among the best we’ve ever hosted. Twelve children took about an hour to tape up their sleds before we hit the hill on one of the grayest, windiest, dreariest March ... (click here to read more)


12 Things Teachers Think But Can't Always Say to Parents Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting | Education
Fat Brain Toys not only is a source for teachers to find great products for their classrooms but also for their children. We have so many great relationships with teachers that this post from Matthew Dicks is something that hits close to home. The relationship between parents and teachers is a special relationship that can be tricky to fulling understand.  REPUBLISHED FROM HUFFINGTON POST PARENTS 1. I love your child just a notch below my own children. Truly. And oddly, that love kicks in almost immediately, just like it did with my own kids. 2. I will miss your child for the rest of my life, even if your child was incredibly difficult and made my days long and exhausting. 3. When it comes to my job performance, you and your child are my primary concern. If you're happy ... (click here to read more)

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