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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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Why Girls Need "Boy Toys"(and Boys Need "Girl Toys")

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Sunday, 16 August 2020

For as long as we can remember, it’s been the norm to see young girls playing with baby dolls and toy kitchens while their brothers run around with toy trucks and building blocks. 

 

Gender-neutral toys have somehow become all too rare, but research shows that boys need “girl toys” and girls need “boy toys.” Non-gender-neutral toys can even be harmful to a child’s self-esteem and early learning experience. 

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When To Play and When To Back Off

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Thursday, 06 August 2020

Being a parent is hard.  As a parent, there is so much on my plate. How do I get my son to brush his teeth or clean up his toys? Do we have clothes that fit? What are we going to feed him for dinner? Are we disciplining right? How are we going to be able to afford daycare?  And that's not all!  These are just the daily logistical things.  What about playing with kids? As parents, should we participate in pretend play with our kids? How much is too much? What is the right way to participate? Is it bad that I don't want to play with my kid all the time?   These are the struggles we deal with daily.  These are the hardest questions...because there is no right answer and yet, what we do has a profound impact on the life of the child.

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Parenting From A Distance

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Thursday, 06 August 2020

Some of you may know that I have been away from home for about 3.5 weeks and have at least another 3.5 weeks to go.  Right when our family started getting comfortable with our isolation situation at home, I got the call to help our country through the Army National Guard. Less than 48 hours later, I was leaving home for an unknown period of time and leaving my wife and 2 year old son behind. 

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Mr. Rogers

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Thursday, 06 August 2020

As we all stay home and try to entertain our kids all day, we find ourselves changing our parenting styles and we attempt to keep the family sane. In our house, this had led a screen free 2 year old to watching some TV just to give Mom and Dad enough time to answer a few emails and get their daily work done.

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Talking To Kids about serious issues

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Thursday, 06 August 2020

In the wake of COVID-19 I started thinking about how to talk to kids about serious issues like this.  How much should we be telling them? How do we tell them the truth without panic setting in?  How do we give them just enough information so they can form their own opinions and not just take ours? There is a lot to consider when talking to a child about these types of things and honestly, there is probably no right way to do it.

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I Play To Make Specialty Toys Better

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Thursday, 06 August 2020

I had the unique opportunity to be a committee member on the ASTRA Best Toys For Kids Award Selection Committee.  I know, that is a long name for a committee.  What does all of that mean?  Let's dive in!

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