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

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

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 »

Green Toys: Better for kids, better for the environment!

Kids put things in their mouth. It’s completely normal behavior, since it’s part of how they discover and expand their world, but it can get kind of gross. The amount of times I fished a pebble out of my niece’s six-month-old mouth would be concerning if she wasn’t the happy, healthy, and too-smart-for-her-own-good eight-year-old that she is today. And while ... Read More »

2014 Holiday/Christmas Gift Guide: Best toys for babies

Baby’s first year is an exciting and precipitous one: he starts out tiny and completely helpless, unable to control anything aside from eating and crying. Over these 12 months, he begins to learn to grip and grab, how to roll, sit, crawl, stand, and toddle. He also learns to understand some words, and may be saying his first simple words. ... Read More »