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The Five Best Winter Toys for Kids

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Wednesday, 11 November 2020

With winter weather quickly approaching, we will soon find ourselves spending much more time indoors. We will have to say “see you later” to family bike rides and running around the park and find new ways to stay busy inside. Luckily, there are some incredible toy and activity options to keep your little ones engaged and happy through the cold days to come.

 

Below, we will talk through the five best types of winter toys for kids, as well as the benefits that come along with each:

 

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The Benefits of Learning Languages Early

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Wednesday, 04 November 2020

Raising a bilingual child can sound daunting at first, but when you start from the very beginning, it’s actually a quite simple process that’s filled with a multitude of lifelong benefits. Below, we’ll look into how kids learn language, why it’s best to start as early as possible, and why learning more than one language is so beneficial for kids.

 

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STEM and STEAM Learning: What Do They Mean and Why Are They Important?

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Friday, 16 October 2020

You’ve probably heard of STEM or STEAM learning at least a time or two, but why are these subjects important enough to be considered essential to our society’s future by the United States Department of Education? And what do these two terms mean, exactly? We will explain the two learning styles in detail below, as well as look into why they’re so important for our kids today.

 

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The Not-So-Terrible Twos: Supporting Toddlers’ Big Emotions

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Friday, 09 October 2020

For little people that play the day away and take nice long naps, toddlers do have it a little rough. They are not babies anymore, and their social-emotional skills are forming at an unbelievable rate. Each day, they understand a bit more of the world around them. At the same time, they are still little enough to not have control of what happens around them (and not know how to control the emotions happening within them just yet, either).

 

It is understandable that this age is commonly referred to as “the terrible twos” when you think of all the crying, yelling, and just the big emotions in general.

 

However, when you consider all the changes a toddler is experiencing, it may not be so terrible after all.

 

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The Benefits of Digital Media for Kids

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Monday, 05 October 2020

Most of the time, we hear about the downsides of screen time and digital media for kids. This information is important, but at the same time, we don’t necessarily need to dismiss screen usage altogether. Digital media for kids does come with a few impressive benefits, and we’ll dive into each of them below:

Most of the time, we hear about the downsides of screen time and digital media for kids. This information is important, but at the same time, we don’t necessarily need to dismiss screen usage altogether. Digital media for kids does come with a few impressive benefits, and we’ll dive into each of them below:

 

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Let's Play Outside The Benefits of Playing Outside for Kids

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Monday, 28 September 2020

It wasn’t too long ago that parents would call us in for dinner and remind us to be back home before the streetlights kicked on. Now, playing outside is something we have to plan and sometimes even talk our kids into doing. The ChildMind Society actually found that the average kid spends just 4-7 minutes in unstructured outdoor play, compared to an average of 7 hours in front of a screen. This surprising but all-to-real statistic, along with the multitude of benefits of playing outside, show that something has got to change.

 

Below, we’ll dive into why exactly it is so important that kids play outside, as well as provide you with a few tried-and-true ways to get your little ones excited about being outdoors.

 

 

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Prioritizing PE: The Importance of Physical Activity During Distance Learning

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Thankfully, we’ve been able to spend plenty of time outdoors throughout most of the pandemic. Socially-distanced walks, hikes, and bike rides have been safe, as well as running around the backyard with all the normal bikes, balls, swing sets, and gross-motor toys that live out there. With winter well on its way, our kids will still need to move (even though we will likely be spending much more time inside our homes).

 

Below, we’ll share a few tips on how to keep your kids engaging in physical activity during distance learning and provide some fun ideas for movement games for all ages:

 
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Let’s Look at Toys in a New Light – The Benefits of LEGO and Other Educational Toys

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Wednesday, 09 September 2020

“Play is the highest form of research.” -Albert Einstein

 

It seems odd at first that one of the most brilliant minds to walk this Earth gave play such a significant role.

 

The CDC gives play an equivalent role, stating it is a basic piece of child development.

 

When you really take the time to think about it, it’s evident that we should be doing the same.

 

When our kids play, they’re learning through every little action they take. You might have a baby discovering object permanence, a toddler learning about gravity as he stacks blocks just to knock them down, or an older child building STEM skills while they dig through a pile of LEGO bricks. No matter what toy your child is playing with, however, it’s important to recognize the growth that is taking place before your very eyes.

 
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Grown-Ups Need to Play, Too

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Wednesday, 02 September 2020

We’ve all got homes that are filled with toys for our children. Your kids more than likely have toys for every developmental stage they’ve gone through, replicas of their favorite animals and vehicles, pretend-play supplies, and so much more. But what do you have to play with? Maybe a board game or two collecting dust in the back of the closet? This may come as a surprise to you, but grown-ups need to play, too.

 

Wait, what? Did we just just say grown-ups need to play? It sounds a bit strange at first, but once you dive into the facts, it starts to make sense. We’ll cover everything you need to know in this post so you can start prioritizing your much-needed daily dose of fun.

 

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Stress and Fidget Toys: How These Small Items Can Help Kids Stay Focused Through Stressful Times

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Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Stress and Fidget Toys: How These
Small Items Can Help Kids Stay
Focused Through Stressful Times
 
We are all in the middle of a global pandemic, and unfortunately, our kids are feeling the
challenges, too. Whether they know someone who has gotten sick, they’re picking up hints of
financial struggle, or they’re going back to school in a way that looks completely different than it
did last year, they’re likely experiencing some added stress from the situation our (and their)
world is in.
 
There are many ways we can support our kids through this challenging time. As we work to
make this time as simple and carefree as possible for our children, the connection between
decreased stress and fidget toys is worth looking into.
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