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Whatsapp groups for parents, yes or no?
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January 27, 2016  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

New technology can undoubtedly become good allies for parents and we must take advantage of them. Whatsapp chat groups, for example allows them to be in touch with other parents so everyone knows what is going on at school, if there is homework or activities such as day trips or PTA meetings. The use of Whatsapp chat groups is beneficial when used as a tool but depending on the situation at hand, it can also become detrimental. Keep reading to learn when to use it and when not.

Bilingual Apps and what science is saying
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January 26, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

If you a bilingual family or have decided to learn another language this year or even perfect the second language you already know, congratulations!  It is one of the best gifts you can give your children. Today, at The Toy Blog, we offer you the latest scientific studies related to learning other languages and a list of the best bilingual apps.

Play hide & go seek with Nenuco
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November 3, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

When you were young, you probably spent many hours of the day playing hide & go seek. This universal game has been enjoyed by entire generations. In the digital era, however, this game has been adapted and now it can be played on a tablet. With whom? With none other than Nenuco. We want to introduce you to Famosa´s new free app, which combines tradition and new technologies. After your kids have played inside, perhaps they might feel enticed to engage in the real game outside.

Kids Safe Video Player
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October 21, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

It´s unquestionable! Kids today manage new technology with great skill and ease. How many times have your kids surprised you with their search capabilities? Although most parents understand the benefits that the 2.0 world has, some of us feel a bit insecure when it comes to Internet content. The first word of advice is to share those moments with them. Be by their side when they´re looking for something on the Internet to discover their online habits and teach them how to avoid risks. But, even so, sometimes this isn´t enough. While they are entertained, most of us wish for some time to ourselves. So, what´s the solution? Today, at The Toy Blog, we´ll talk about Kids Safe Video Player, an app designed to guarantee safety to children while watching videos on Internet.

Talking Faces, learning about emotions
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October 5, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Cultivating emotional intelligence should be one of our priorities when it comes to raising our kids. Like we pointed out in this article, if children learn to manage their emotions, they come to accept themselves and others. Here, at The Toy Blog, we also mentioned how to cultivate this learning process in your day-to-day but now, we´d like to show you another way to get your kids to learn about emotions by analysing them with the fun game of Talking Faces. This app, available for iPhone and iPad will also get them thinking about their future, something kids love to do as they discover how the world works.

Learning as they play with Doctors and Teachers by Nenuco
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September 15, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Did you know that when they play is when they learn the most? According to Angie Rupan, Educator and Coordinator of the Childhood Development Centre in San Francisco, “playing is the way kids begin to understand and process the world they live in.” That´s why they must have time to alternate between free play and role-play: two of the best forms of entertainment.  Playing to be all grown up is a great opportunity to interpret different roles and just as we suggested in this post, two of their favourite professions areteacher and doctor. Today, we´d like to offer you some ideas and activities you can use to motivate them to keep learning as they play.

Getting them ready for a new school year
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August 27, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Summer is the time of year to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors and non-structured play. Now that summer is coming o tan end however, it´s also important that kids integrate their fun activities while they get ready to go back to school and keep learning. Vocabulary, Reading, math, languages… There are thousands of educational apps out there intended for little ones to have fun while they learn. We´ve done our homework and we offer you our selection of the best apps for a great back-to-school.

The best books and games to enjoy before summer ends
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August 12, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Did you know that reading to your children out loud reinforces your relationship with them? It also sets the base for basic learning, improves critical thinking and develops their social skills while activating their curiosity. Still not convinced that reading is important? Discover what other benefits reading and free play has right here. Plus, today we suggest 3 books and 3 games so they enjoy what´s left of the summer.

Discover Nancy´s Facebook page
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August 11, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Nancy is a doll that likes to be in on all the new technology available: she loves to look things up on the computer; she plays online and shares her universe via social networks. She even has her own blog, Nancy´s Diary, mentioned here at The Toy Blog, where she offers fantastic ideas. But today we´d like to talk to you about Nancy´s Facebook page, where she shares news, contests, photographs and videos and she has a fan base of more than 93.600. Become a fan today so you and your children can be the first to know what´s going on in Nancy´s world.

International Day of Friendship
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July 30, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Making friends and maintaining them throughout our loves is so important that today, July 30th, is the date to celebrate the International Day of Friendship. This year, the United Nations resolution places a special emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity. Here, at the Toy Blog, we encourage your to celebrate it with your kids by teaching them how to play with others.