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Kids and mermaids: a magical combination
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December 14, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

The first written testimony of them is found in Homer´s Odyssey but there already were artistic representations in ancient Greece. Today we will talk about mermaids, that mythological being, half fish, half woman, that has fascinated us and has served as inspiration to poems, novels, legends, literature, films and toys. At The Toy Blog, we´d like to propose your kids play in the Kingdom of Mermaids with PinyPon using these fun activities as a starting point. Ideas that combine history and entertainment.

Blue Planet Tales
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July 3, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Reality is often times, harder to believe than fantasy, including our very own. And although we know that the history of Earth and its civilizations is full of adventures, discoveries, findings and outstanding characters we have to be very good at storytelling to get children interested. This is the premise with which Blue Planet Tales was born, an educational app, which offers interactive stories so kids can appreciate, understand and learn about real, passionate subjects found in nature, science and history.

 

5 History Apps Designed for Kids
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November 21, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

You might be one of those parents who question whether kids need to learn history. Does it make sense for them to store all those facts, maps and characters? Yes. Learning about the past allows them to better understand the world they live in and the future that lies ahead. History has civic and moral functions that teaches kids to learn about past mistakes so they don´t repeat themselves in the future. It also helps them know and understand other cultures. Through history, they learn about values, customs and ideas so they are prepared to become tolerant human beings and respect others. But how can we get them interested? With kids, it always comes down to making it fun.

Just like math and science, history is a subject many kids consider uphill. Even though children have to wait until they reach junior high to study history, parents can establish the grounds that will lead to their curiosity.

A good way to introduce your kids to history is through fiction. Stories are full of knights in shining armor and princesses, an excellent conversation piece to get you going about the middle Ages. You can also use toys to illustrate different historical periods that will call their attention and enable them to better comprehend situations of the past.

Another effective resource is taking your kids to museums where they can see, first hand, what they leaned through storybooks. Grandparents are another great source of education and can personify events that took place in their time and talk about the world when they were younger.

History should be taught as a wonderful story full of mysteries and adventures so children can begin to ask questions that will enhance their learning skills.  We suggest you begin with a concrete fact that will spark their curiosity and then talk about where, what, how and when. Keep maps and drawings nearby so you can help them put everything in to context.

If you don’t know where to start, check out History for kids to get an idea on the proper language to use and topics. Usborne Children Books is a wonderful resource as well.

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If you still can´t get them interested, you might want to incorporate the new technologies available today. There are hundreds of apps designed especially for kids to learn history as a game. Here are the best:

Dinosaur Mix: A great app to get little ones to discover what dinosaurs looked like, where they lived and what they ate by creating their very own prehistoric creatures. Available for iPad and iPhone.

Odysseus: A game created for children between 4 and 8 that teaches them about Greek mythology through the figure of Homer´s legendary Odysseus. With interactive illustrations, maps, albums and mini games such as the Horse of Troy puzzle, this app will spark their imagination. Available for iPad, iPhone and Android.

Quelle Historie: From the same creators as Odysseus, this app is dedicated to History’s most prominent characters such as Cleopatra, Napoleon, Joan of Arc, Nelson Mandela, etc. They appear along simple texts (and audio) and related games so kids from 8 to 10 years of age can enjoy. Available for iPad, iPhone and Android.

How much do you know about History: This free visual app is a journey that takes kids from the Stone Age to the present and puts their knowledge to test. Who is the best historian at home? Available for iPad, iPhone and Android.

Empire Run: Focused on playing, Empire Run has children explore History taking on the role of an intrepid child that must travel throughout the 5 great empires (ancient Egypt, Rome, Mayas, Ming Dynasty and the Mongol Empire). Available for iPad, iPhone and Android.

Did you ever think about getting your children excited about History at home?

Photo Credits: Brad Flikinger

 

The Best Wishmakers in the world: Our Mothers!
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May 11, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

If there is something that unites off human beings is that we have a mother. Our mothers or our mother figures are the core of family life, our guides and support. From the moment they carry us inside their womb until we are born, their important role continues throughout their life, assuming a great responsibility.

They are there when we fall, when we take our first steps, when we cry, when we laugh. They are there to feed us, educate us and transmit important values. They applaud us, they support us and love us unconditionally. For all of these reasons and more, we wanted to dedicate this month, in our Wishmakers section, to them, to all the mothers of the world who, undoubtedly have the hardest job of all.