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Tag: motor skills
How to make beautiful braids for Christmas with Nancy
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December 23, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Ever since girls are girls, the majority dream of having long enough hair to create beautiful hairdos. That´s why, girls young and old adore braids, one of the prettiest and less complicated of them all. Besides, braids are a wonderful solution to getting their hair out of the way in order to continue playing! Today, at The Toy Blog, we would like to teach you how to make beautiful braids this Christmas season with the Nancy Hairstyle Briefcase.

6 Christmas decorating ideas for toddlers
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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.

Learning about Good vs. Evil with Nancy
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September 17, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Although child psychology experts assure us that children are not born with a sense of moral justice, learning to distinguish the good from the bad is necessary in order to live in society. Knowing how to differentiate between both and act accordingly is part of our job as parents and educators. And because the best way to learn is by playing, today, at The Toy Blog, we´d like to offer you advice so you can help your kids think before they act and develop the necessary empathy to become responsible adults.

The power of motorcycles and the benefits of riding
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July 9, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

The wonderful sensation of freedom and movement that you get when riding a motorcycle seduces adults and children alike. Kids love them because it allows them to feel all grown up and independent. But, riding motorcycles also stimulates their motor skills and coordination too. Just like we suggested in this post, toy motorcycles and cars are excellent tools to teach children basic concepts such as left, right, forwards and back. These toys are also a great excuse to help them understand road safety. Keep reading to discover which are the best options for your little ones this summer.

Cuentosmonos are April’s Wishmakers
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April 29, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Our Wishmakers this month, Suani Armisen and Ana Caillabet, are the creators of Cuentosmonos, (Spanish for Cute or Monkey Stories) a site full of collaborative stories. But before it all began, both women worked in different fields: Ana on web design and Suani on online training. A casual conversation over lunch with their husbands led them to write a story together to help the Fundación Mona, a non- profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of primates.

The Best Music for Children
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April 27, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Getting kids to feel attracted to music is not a science. They easily engage in activities, which require singing and dancing, without even asking them to. Songs keep them socially active while they learn by having fun. But there are ways in which we can keep them interested in music for years to come. The key is to know what songs they should listen to and offer them a variety.

Let´s go Ice-Skating!
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December 29, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Ice-skating has become a popular activity during the Christmas season. And it’s a great way to exercise but the best part about it is that you can ice skate together! A wonderful way to spend quality family time!  It´s healthy, fun and has tons of benefits. Keep reading to discover what ice-skating has to offer.

The 6 Best Stay at Home Toys
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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.

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.

Best Back-to-School Toys & Activities
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September 2, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Toys are much more than fun and entertainment. The good ones are those that offer children the chance to learn and stimulate their imagination, creativity and social skills. Before they go back to school, parents should provide children with the necessary tools that will help for an easy transition.

These tools include activities and educational toys that will give the little ones a head start. Here at The Toy Blog, we´ve made our list of favourite activities and toys that will get your children to associate the pleasure of playing with discovery and learning.