Tag: DIY
6 Christmas decorating ideas for toddlers
December 5, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

It´s Christmastime and the season to decorate our homes. If you have older children, surely they´ll be thrilled to help you decorate, especially the tree. But what about the toddlers at home? With so many colours, ornaments, lights and tiny delicate objects, what can we do to protect them from getting hurt or from breaking ornaments in a thousand pieces? Here are 6 ideas so the little ones at home can also be part of the decorating team this year.

New App – Create your own orchestra with everyday objects
July 20, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Here, at The Toy Blog, we´ve written about the powerful benefits that music has on children. Among other things, music builds their self-esteem, improves their concentration and helps their academic performance. In our article titled “6 Reasons your Kids should Learn to Play an Instrument”, several experts recommend children take music lessons but now that summer is here, and we´re on vacation, we propose a musical app called Duckie Deck Homemade Orchestra, a game that encourages toddlers to create their very own orchestra with everyday objects.

Let´s Fly a Kite!
May 26, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Nice weather is the perfect chance to enjoy the outdoors with your kids playing with dirt, water and…air! Objects that fly, like the classic kites, attract adults and children alike. Easy to make, accessible in price and, most entertaining. Created in China around 1200 BC, kites were used as a military sign but already in the 12th century, European children enjoyed it as a pastime. Kites have also been used to measure atmosphere and Benjamin Franklin used one himself when he studied lightening and invented the lighting rod. So, why not have this toy in mind to engage in fun family time together? Keep reading to discover all the benefits that flying kites has.

How PinyPon can help you make great costumes
February 6, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

With Carnival and Mardi Gras right around the corner, do you know what your children will dress up as? If you haven’t got the time to think of an original costume, don´t worry. Here, at The Toy Blog, we encourage you to get inspired with four PinyPon figures. All you need are some pieces of old fabric and some good old DIY skills. More importantly, your children can help you decide and make them too. Keep reading so you can enjoy a wonderful afternoon together.

Things we can provide when playing with our kids
January 23, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Make the best out of playing with your children. Your experience, knowledge of their tastes and a little bit of imagination will make them see their toys in a different way and they´ll keep learning. Keep reading to discover the things you can do as a parent or teacher in order to stimulate, encourage and cultivate their imagination, creativity, language, observation and motor skills. This will also teach you what they might not tell you at home.

Kids should give gifts, too!
December 30, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Before our children go back to school, make the most out of it, encouraging them to think of the people they love and making them gifts at home. It could be their babysitter, who absolutely adores them or that wonderful teacher who has motivated them all year. Have them think of their best friends and their parents who always make time to organize fun parties and activities.  By doing so, we won´t only be teaching them to be generous and value what they have but it´ll help them develop their creative skills as well. Here are great gifts our children can make at home for those they consider VIP.

What do we do with all the leftover gift-wrapping paper?
December 23, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

According to last years poll, a billion Christmas cards were sent in the United Kingdom alone. 17 for every man, woman and child. And the majority were tossed in the bin after the holidays. If we think of all the gifts we receive and their packaging, imagine how much paper, ribbons and boxes will end up in the trash! However, there are many things we can do to recycle this and have a great time in doing so. Here, at The Toy Blog, we wrote about how we can help protect our environment. Today, we´d like to share some tips on creative crafts we can make at home with all the leftover paper.


Let´s Play with Power Trains
December 3, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

What is it about trains that fascinate children so much? It could be their size, their speed or the ability they have to drag along large wagons or even the sound of their whistle. Whatever it may be, toy trains have been a favourite for several generations since the 20th century.  Who doesn´t remember the electric trains we inherited from our parents or even our grandparents? Times have changed however and with it, the world of toys. Children don´t want to press a simple button to make it work. They want to interact with it. Conscious of children´s dreams and hopes, at Famosa we´ve designed the Power Trains, trains that children can build. Toys that develop their imagination, creativity and skills.

10 arts & crafts for a great back-to-school
September 16, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Summer vacation is over and getting back into the routine can be a real drama for some children. Conscious that going back-to-school can be a difficult transition, at The Toy Blog we´ve published two articles: ‘Best Back to School Toys and Activities‘ and How to get rid of back-to-school Blues to help your kids get back into the routine. Today, we wanted to share 10 activities that will get them excited to grab their backpacks and head to school. The key is to teach them that school is actually fun.

Original Costumes in No Time
February 28, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

If you´ve read the headline, you´re probably raising an eyebrow thinking: that´s just not possible. Making costumes requires a lot of time and I´m not even skilled. However these 6 ideas are truly simple to make and will help you save the day. Honestly, you will need some time and tenacity but it´s the perfect excuse for a fun time with the family.