Will video game consoles make the toys we grew up with obsolete? I say “No way!” The kind of toys where we used our hands and imaginations to learn and grow will always have a place in children’s hearts. The way we first learn to play pours the foundation for the way we will learn throughout life. I have nothing against console video games. I think they can be very [...]
Kids have been collecting things for about as long as there have been things to collect! Whether they were baseball cards, Barbie dolls, seashells, dinosaur figurines … the list could go on forever. However, this isn’t a random phenomenon. It’s often part of our development as human beings. While not every child finds collecting fun, the act of collecting can be incredibly intellectually stimulating – and provide the opportunity to [...]
Lite Poppers are the only Unique Sphere USB rechargeable LED touch sensor construction toy in the universe. The play pattern is entirely addictive and you can design anything you can imagine if you have enough parts! No batteries needed! 30 minute charge time with over 2.5 hour playtime! Light up your creation by touching the base!
Construction toys offer one of the few open play patterns that allow kids the ability to build confidence while playing. Most construction toys offer both abstract and methodical builds. Engineering can be a daunting task and, but it forces children to utilize both sides of the brain. Much like being bi-lingual, the re-working of how the brain thinks is greatly enhanced with construction toys. One of the greatest accomplishments a [...]
Most don’t realize 42 percent of Americans play for at least three hours per week. Four out of five American households contain a device used to play video games. The average game player is 35 years old. According a Kaiser Foundation study conducted in 2010, children between the ages of eight and 18 spend an average of 7 hours 38 minutes a day with digital media. When the use of [...]
Do you remember your favorite toy growing up? Odds are, you don’t have to think too hard to remember. Most likely, you already have fond memories popping up of your G.I. Joe … your Barbie … your Matchbox cars … or any one of hundreds of other toys. No matter what it is, what’s important is that your favorite toy holds a very special place for YOU. Those were very special [...]
(They’ll Have So Much Fun, They Won’t Realize They’re Learning!) Let’s face it: Tell a child that a toy is “educational,” and they’re probably going to be a little wary. It’s almost like eating broccoli: No matter how good it may be for you, many children won’t eat broccoli because “they’re not supposed to like it.” Unfortunately, when it comes to toys, “educational” and “fun” don’t go together in many kids’ [...]