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4 Skills Educational Toys Help Develop in Children

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4 Skills Educational Toys Help Develop in Children

Many of our fondest childhood memories involve playing with educational toys--memories such as building out train sets or strategizing to solve a new puzzle with friends. Often, our favorite toys did more than just take us to our happy place--they also developed skills that we now use on a regular basis, such as completing tasks with our hands (otherwise known as fine motor skills) or cognitive problem solving. Now that you have your own children, you’ll want to be certain that they develop the motor, cognitive, and emotional skills that serve as the foundation for their learning path for years...

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Tips for Preparing Your Child for the First Day of Kindergarten

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Tips for Preparing Your Child for the First Day of Kindergarten

A child’s first day of kindergarten is a big milestone for most families--and it’s natural for both child and parent to feel a mix of emotions about it (seriously though--have those tissues handy!). Seeing your little one spread his or her wings in this new way can be challenging, but it’s also extremely rewarding...especially when you know that you’ve done a few essential things to prepare for this moment. In the interest of having a good experience as your child transitions to a new chapter of life, here are a handful of practical tips you can use to prepare for...

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How Toys Advance Motor Skill Development

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How Toys Advance Motor Skill Development

It’s easy to take for granted the skills we develop as a child that allow us to function in and interact with the world around us. For example, motor skills allow us to accomplish even the simplest of tasks--from walking down stairs to using a spoon while eating. Toys are great tools that can prepare your child to learn and physically engage with the world. From reading books to playing a game on the soccer field, these skills will be needed in a variety of settings in his or her future. First things first--let’s dive a bit deeper into the...

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Best Toys for Outdoor and Indoor Play

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Best Toys for Outdoor and Indoor Play

Our childhood memories are often filled with recollections of playing in the great outdoors or finding unique ways to entertain ourselves inside on rainy (or excessively hot) days. Playtime wasn’t complete without those certain go-to toys that kept you entertained. Maybe it was your beloved wooden jigsaw puzzle you’d try to master with your siblings in the playroom, or the pull-along toy that you had to bring along anytime you’d go exploring in your backyard.   These lovable sources of entertainment and play have a hand in forming our cherished memories, as well as developing important skills in growing minds...

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Sunday Funday #3: Family Olympics

Sunday Funday #3: Family Olympics

A little competition never hurt anyone, right!?  OK, so maybe my family goes overboard and a little competition can get out of hand, but if your family can maintain civility - then Family Olympics is a great way to get everyone active and have some fun. Is Competition Good for Kids? There’s a lot of debate about whether “healthy” competition is good for kids or not.  Here are some of the reasons that experts support appropriate competition for children (see more at this article from Parents.com). Competition can help kids see the connection between hard work and rewards Competition imitates...

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