Tag: cooking
6 healthy, quick and easy ideas for school snacks
October 20, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Getting healthy and easy snacks and school lunches ready each morning can become a hassle and is more time consuming than we care to think. Especially because we also have to offer our kids a healthy variety and prepare ready to eat food, which can be transported in their backpacks or school bags. If this seems pretty uphill to you, relax. Today, we´ll give you 6 healthy, quick and easy ideas for school snacks.

8 ways to get your children to watch less TV
January 28, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

How many hours should a child watch TV? In a study, published by medical journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, British paediatricians, led by psychologist Aric Sigman, suggests children under 3 not watch television or use other electronic devices such as cell phones, computers or tablets. And for kids 3 and older, they recommend they spend no more than 2 hours a day in front of a screen. Other experts however, believe we should not prohibit but limit the use of screens. Instead of isolating children in this technological and digital age, the key is to help them consume in moderation. Overexposure to screens can cause serious problems related to physical and cognitive development such as obesity, attention deficit disorders or lack of empathy.  Instead of opposing machines, we must search for educational alternatives that may substitute them. Especially during the winter months, when children spend more time at home. The Toy Blog would like to offer 8 ideas to help you help them not be tempted to watch too much TV.

Eating out and healthy
January 13, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Eating out with children might seem like a great plan but sometimes we aren´t entirely sure where to go. We´d rather they eat healthy because we know how important it is for them. Not only because they´re growing but because they need to learn how to eat well and eat just about anything. Going to a fast food restaurant is all right every now and then but it´s an option that has delicious and healthy rivals.

A healthy family diet
January 8, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Here, at The Toy Blog, we´ve written numerous posts on the importance of eating well. They say we are what we eat and eating well gives us the drive to stay healthy, acquire good habits and enjoy life much better. In terms of diets, nutritionists, doctors and paediatricians do not recommend healthy children go on diets because they need the necessary calories and nutrients in order to study, learn and play. After the holidays, however, there are certain diets –healthy and nutritious –that the entire family can enjoy. Here are three suggestions. But before, we´d like to clue you in on how your children can learn to eat healthy and actually like it.

Encourage them to do what they love best with Club Hello Kitty
January 5, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

The Toy Blog had the fortunate chance to interview four girls who share the same admiration for Hello Kitty. But they each have different tastes and hobbies. One of them is a musician. Another has cultivated a knack for sports. A third loves to cook and the fourth gets a thrill out of fashion and design. Surely your daughter shares one of even more of these same interests. As parents, we must learn to encourage our little rock stars chef, fashionista or athlete to do what she loves best.  So she continues to learn, create her own personality and enjoy the process.

Technology and Kids: 6 ways to disconnect
December 19, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

New technologies provide many benefits to our children. Today, there are innumerable apps that are created to stimulate their learning process and are broken down into different subjects such as math, languages, art, etc. They also serve as great tools to increase their reading skills and self esteem as children have to face challenges. With all these advantages, why are we told they shouldn’t use tablets, smartphones or computers so often? Like all other aspects of life, it´s not good to spend too much time on one thing as it could provoke addiction, sleeping disorders and a lack of social skills. Our mission as parents should be to teach our children to use technology in moderation. So how do we do it? Keep reading to discover 6 ways to disconnect.

Family Christmas plans, activities and games
December 17, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Last year, during this same month of December, we shared some tricks and advice on how to survive the Christmas season and make it memorable for your children. This year, we´d like to share some ideas, activities and plans that you´ll be able to enjoy with them as a family. From decorating ideas to arts and crafts, games and outdoor fun. Keep reading to discover the best plans and games for a great family Christmas.

How to avoid eating too much candy
December 16, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Most children love eating sweets so trying to get them to cut down is a difficult task. Even more so at this time of year as parents tend to indulge in sweets as well. But it’s not impossible to maintain a healthy diet. It´s a matter of having some self control and teaching it to our children. Keep reading to discover 5 ways to avoid eating too much candy this Christmas season.

The 6 Best Stay at Home Toys
December 11, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Cold weather shouldn´t be a reason to stay inside this winter and not practice a sport, do exercise and play outdoors. In our post “My Children Don´t Exercise”, we pointed out how kids need it to help them grow and about the social and physical benefits exercise has such as improving their balance, developing their self esteem and encouraging team work.  But there are days when it´s simply impossible. Whether it´s because our kids don´t feel good or because of the terrible weather, if they stay inside just make sure they never stop playing. With these 6 toys, they will not miss being outdoors and continue developing other abilities and skills.

Where does our food come from?
November 28, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

It´s an unfortunate fact: children today, especially those who live in urban areas, have no idea where food comes from. They mistakenly believe that milk, veggies and eggs come from the same place as cereals, toys and candy do: from the store. While childhood obesity and food disorders are on the rise, luckily taking care of what we eat is also on the up. It is now known that eating well is feeling good and performing better. But besides helping out in the kitchen and learning how to eat healthy, it´s also important they know where the food they eat comes from. Here are some simple tools and family fun activities to help your little ones be on the right track.