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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.

 

Help Save the Planet with Mutant Busters
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December 26, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

It´s in the back of our heads all the time:  we need to teach our children to respect the environment and take care of nature. We recycle at home and we remind them to turn the faucet off when brushing their teeth but are we doing enough? Are our children conscious of these small but important steps? The answer is yes. They are conscious but they probably take it as something they need to do, an obligation and not something they do for fun. In order to change the way they see things we can offer our children toys that have ecological values. The Mutant Busters, the stars at this year´s Juegorama, are a good example.

Technology and Kids: 6 ways to disconnect
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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.

Become a Fashion Designer at Club Hello Kitty
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December 8, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Yanina, Isabella, Telma and Kelly are four very different friends who share a common passion: Hello Kitty. Together they’ve created Club Hello Kitty so fans from all over the world can join together. We had the privilege of interviewing them here at The Toy Blog and discovered not only how much fun these dolls are, but how they help improve children´s creativity. The proof is that each doll has their own online design game at Famosa. If your kids love to create, draw and decorate, make sure you introduce them to these four fabulous dolls.

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

 

10 apps that kids will have fun being scared with this Halloween
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October 22, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Halloween is right around the corner, a day in which children actually have fun getting scared. Houses get filled with frightening pumpkins, bats and rats. If you want to actually know the origin of these traditions, go ahead and read the article we published here: Best Toys for Halloween. It even offers ideas on how to celebrate it.  Another option is making use of some fun phone apps. Here are 10 Halloween applications that will boost your children’s creativity, attention span and motor skills.

10 apps for young photographers
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October 10, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

You might have a young photographer at home yet to be discovered so we wanted to get you and your children motivated. As with other artistic disciplines or by playing with toys, photography can boost creativity and is a wonderful means by which we can express emotions, feelings and ideas as well as a way of discovering our own personal approach when it comes to creating. With a camera in hand, children are given the chance to decide what and how to capture what they see and it allows them to observe the world from different perspectives, some they haven´t even considered before. That´s why we wanted to share 10 apps that will help your young photographers develop their creative skills.

Winners of the PinyponTour Contest
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September 30, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

It´s been a great summer and one full of creativity. Ever since Famosa launched it´s first Instagram contest on July 22nd, PinyponTour, all the unconditional fans of Pinypon have been uploading their most original and funniest photos so they could win 2 nights for 4 at any hotel in the world. Today, here at the Toy Blog, we´re announcing the winner. Keep reading to see the prize-winning photo and discover the 10 finalists, who will receive a fun pack of Pinypon Travellers (Brazil, France, London and Japan) and a Pinypon airplane.

8 programming apps to cultivate an analytical mind
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August 13, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

According to the experts, learning to program will not only widen our children´s job perspectives in fields such as science, engineering and new technologies but it will help them become critical thinkers. Software is already a critical part of our lives, irrespective of what we do for a living. Learning to program and code has to do with the way we understand how the world words. Continue reading to learn about the new educational apps that will lead your children to the world of new technologies and discover the advantages offered by learning to computer science.

15 Best Apps for Future Artists
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May 7, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

As parents, we strive to motivate our children to discover their innate skills. There are children that are interested in math, nature or science while others are more inclined towards the arts. Whether it´s in the kitchen, at the drawing board or on the piano, today there are special apps created for future artists. Here is our list of the 15 best apps that will help the little ones develop their natural talents.