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LEGO Mindstorms EV3: real science for kids… and grownups!

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As we touched on briefly in our last piece on LEGO, the LEGO company is already in the midst of harnessing the academic potential of their toys, and you can read exhaustive research and see endless educational activities at the LEGO Education website. When you get to the middle school and high school levels, the crown jewel of LEGO education ... Read More »

7 ways to entertain a sick child this flu season

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Nobody likes being sick at any age, and a sick, cranky kid can be a real challenge. It can be tricky to keep them relatively happy and ensure that they get enough rest and drink enough fluids, and while some TV is ok, you don’t want it to become an all-day activity: Dr. Lisa M. Asta at the AAP warns ... Read More »

#playwithyourtoys on Instagram to win!

As we know from the basics of child development, “Play is the work of the child”: kids pick up all of their physical, social, intellectual, and emotional skills by playing, and toys are the tools. But that sounds a little dreary, doesn’t it? Play shouldn’t feel like work, and the best kind of work, even if you’re an adult, is play! ... Read More »

Vote for Magic Beans in the Cribsie Awards!

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Awards, accolades, glowing reviews: we’ve won them all over the years, including oodles of Best of Boston awards, Boston A-list awards, and more. We’ve had that “you like us, you really like us!” moment again and again, and it never stops being awesome. We’re just so honored every time we hear that someone appreciates what we do! The ultimate reviewers ... Read More »

Car Seat Installation: Some Basics for Parenting Newbies

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While we can’t install your car seat for you (we used to, but ran into some insurance issues), making every aspect of your journey as a new parent easier is our number one priority. So, here are a few resources and tips we hope will help! Before we get started, the most important thing to remember is that CORRECT INSTALLATION ... Read More »